Taiwanese jailed in Thailand
Three Taiwanese have been arrested in Thailand on suspicion of fraud, in a joint operation carried out by Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau and local law enforcement agencies, Thai police said yesterday. The three men, who were arrested in a hotel room in downtown Bangkok on Friday, are believed to be the leaders of a fraud ring that was raided in Cambodia and Malaysia in February, police said. Police said that information obtained during the two raids indicated that the suspects in both countries belonged to the same fraud ring, which was being run by Taiwanese. Taiwanese ringleaders were using Thailand as a recruitment base for hiring locals to carry out telecom scams that targeted mostly Thai nationals, police said.
Trainer to be ready next year
A prototype for a domestically developed trainer aircraft is expected to be ready next year, Aerospace Industrial Development Corp chairman Anson Liao (廖榮鑫) said. Following a visit by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to the firm’s Gangshan factory in Kaohsiung on Friday, the company is confident that it will deliver 66 trainers by 2026 as agreed upon, he said. It would deliver a prototype by September next year and flight tests are expected to start in 2020, Liao said. The company partnered with 71 local and foreign businesses for parts to decrease costs, while still meeting the Ministry of National Defense’s standards, he said. The ministry has allocated a budget of NT$68.6 billion (US$2.31 billion) for the project, which is expected to improve the nation’s defense and weapons development capabilities.
New measles case confirmed
A new measles case has been confirmed at Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in New Taipei City’s Linkou District (林口), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said on Friday. The patient, in his 20s, on Sunday last week sought medical help after developing a rash and a fever, the CDC said. Tests confirmed on Friday that he had the measles, it added. The man has since been quarantined at home for observation and treatment, CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said. The patient had not left the nation in the past few months, and had been vaccinated against the measles at a young age, he said, adding that the patient is suspected of having contracted the virus when he visited the hospital on April 2. The patient has since come into contact with 21 people, whose health condition is to be monitored until May 14, when the virus’ incubation period ends, the CDC said.
Suspected shoe thief nabbed
A Keelung man surnamed Chen (陳) was arrested on suspicion of theft after police discovered 868 pairs of used women’s shoes in his residence. Police searched Chen’s parents’ home, where he lives, following a tip-off from the management committee of a residential complex in the city’s Anle District (安樂) that he could be a shoe thief, the Keelung City Police Bureau Fourth Precinct said. The committee had installed surveillance cameras after receiving multiple complaints from female residents that their shoes were missing, police said. Officers seized the shoes believed to have been stolen, police said. Chen, 40, was quoted by police as saying that he is a shoe fetishist and admitted to stealing shoes from his neighbors since June 2013.
FATAL FIRE: The health department is trying to contact the inspector who visited the site of the illegal nursing home to ask why they did not advise follow-up checks The Taipei City Government yesterday said that a health department inspector last year had visited the site of a long-term care facility in Neihu District (內湖) after receiving a report questioning its status. A fire broke out at the facility on Tuesday afternoon, killing three people. The Taipei Fire Department said that it received a report about a fire on the first floor of a four-story residential building on Kangning Road Sec. 1 at 2:38pm on Tuesday, firefighters arrived at 2:43pm and the fire was put out by 3:07pm. The firefighters found three men in beds and rushed them to hospital for
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD: Media speculation has fueled confusion about the KMT’s reasons for skipping a Chinese forum and delaying an AIT meeting, party sources said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Sunday said that it is not seeking to improve relations with the US or China at the expense of the other, and that its relations with the countries would be topic-based. The party has faced questions over its foreign policy after it on Monday last week announced its withdrawal from the annual Straits Forum and delayed planned talks with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The party has also taken a tough stance on the importation of US meat containing ractopamine, while also lambasting China for increasing its military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait. Following
Yuchi Township (魚池) fishers have appealed to the Nantou County Government for help in dealing with an invasive fish species in Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), where it has devastated the local ecosystem. Fishers at Sun Moon Lake have been using electrofishing in an attempt to eliminate the giant snakehead fish — found in Africa and Southeast Asia — but they have struggled to keep up with the growing population of the species, which breeds during September and October, the county government said on Monday. The county has contacted researchers at National Tsing Hua University, saying it hoped they could come up