Chickens culled in Tainan
A total of 10,820 chickens were on Monday culled at a farm in Tainan after it was confirmed to be infected with the highly pathogenic influenza A virus subtype H5N2, the Tainan Animal Health Inspection and Protection Office said. The culling was the third time the disease has hit Tainan this year, office Deputy Director Chuang Wei-chao (莊惟超) said. Disinfection work and bird flu surveillance and monitoring procedures were intensified at poultry farms near the infected chicken farm, he said.
Contest calls for entries
An annual literary contest aimed at giving a voice to immigrants and migrant workers is now calling for submissions from expatriates in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Malaysia. The Taiwan Literature Award for Migrants was initiated in 2014 by Chang Cheng (張正), who runs Southeast Asian bookstore Brilliant Time in New Taipei City’s Jhonghe District (中和). Organizers are accepting entries in languages such as Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai or Filipino, with a limit of 3,000 words. The deadline is May 31. Contest details can be found at tlam.sea.taipei.
TAS to host flea market
The Taipei American School (TAS) Orphanage Club is to host its semi-annual flea market on Saturday from 10am to 3pm, come rain or shine. Scores of tables are to feature a variety of clothing, toys, household items, antiques, books and electronics. There are also to be food vendors. There is no admission fee and all proceeds are to benefit needy children and orphans in Taiwan and overseas. The school is at 800 Zhongshan N Rd Sec 6 in Taipei’s Tianmu (天母).
DOING ENOUGH? The HPA budgets NT$1.3 billion to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but has no separate budget to fight teen drinking, a doctor said The government should step up alcohol education and prevention efforts, and allocate more of the budget to it, doctors said on Friday, citing the high consumption of alcohol among Taiwanese adolescents. One out of four 12-to-17-year-olds has consumed alcohol, said Yen Tsung-hai (顏宗海), director of Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Department of Clinical Toxicology. The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) budgets NT$1.3 billion (US$43.9 million) annually to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but it has not allocated a separate budget for preventing teenage drinking or excessive alcohol use, Yen said. “There is no so-called ‘safe drinking level’ for minors,” because any amount consumed
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
YOUNGEST PATIENT: Cases of botulism have been only sporadically reported over the past few years, with two in 2015, six in 2016 and none in the past three years The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the nation’s first case of infant botulism this year, a four-month-old boy in northern Taiwan, as well as five new cases of Japanese encephalitis confirmed last week. The boy was introduced to homemade solid food in the middle of last month, but began to experience constipation and loss of appetite on June 23, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said, adding that he was taken to the hospital when he developed a fever and shortness of breath on June 25. In the hospital, the boy also experienced a rapid heartbeat, limb
The National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park in Taipei is to open to the public today. The park in Datong District (大同) near the North Gate (北門, Beimen) is one of the museum’s four branches. During the Japanese colonial era, the site housed the railway department of the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan’s Bureau of Transportation. After World War II, it served as the headquarters for the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) for several decades. In 2007, it was listed as a national monument under the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法). At an opening ceremony yesterday, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung