Drug crackdowns bear fruit
The Taipei City Police Department’s increased efforts to combat illegal drugs are making great progress, with more cases resolved over the past two months, the Criminal Investigation Division said yesterday. The department launched two programs against illegal drugs in July and last month, which resulted in 1,805 drug-related cases and the arrest of 1,849 people for drug offenses, up 19.9 percent and 18.2 percent respectively from the same period last year, division anti-drugs center head Huang Ren-jian (黃壬鍵) said. With the help of big-data analytics, officers raided 91 hot spots known for drug crimes and conducted more inspections on roads frequented by people associated with drugs. A total of 263 spot checks were carried out over the period, leading to 823 cases and 831 arrests, the center said.
Tsai visits injured soldier
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday visited Chin Liang-feng (秦良丰) at the Tri-Service General Hospital in Taipei ahead of Armed Forces Day today. The paratrooper is recovering from critical injuries sustained in a May 17 drill rehearsal accident, and Tsai said that he has come a long way toward recovering and is in good spirits. The president posted photographs of her visit on Instagram and said that she hoped the 26-year-old would continue his rehabilitation efforts and would use his recovery period to enrich himself. Chin was badly injured after his parachute failed to fully open when he jumped from a C-130 plane at a height of 396m. He was in a coma for several days. Neurological surgery department head Chen Yuan-hao (陳元皓) on Aug. 16 said that that Chin had been moved from intensive care to a regular ward on Aug. 13 and had been doing well with rehabilitation and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Airport MRT ranked fourth
Taiwan has the fourth-fastest connection between a major airport and commercial district in Asia, according to a list by Klook, a Hong Kong-based booking platform. It takes 1.2 minutes per kilometer to travel from the Taipei City Hall MRT Station to Taipei Main Station, transfer to the airport MRT line and arrive at the check-in counters at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport’s Terminal 1, Klook said on Friday. Malaysia topped the list with 0.53 minutes per kilometer from downtown to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, followed by South Korea, where it takes 0.9 minutes per kilometer to reach Incheon Airport from central Seoul. Hong Kong placed third, with Airport Express trains taking 1.18 minutes per kilometer to travel to Hong Kong International Airport, Klook said.
Zhao wins best director
Myanmar-born Taiwanese director Midi Zhao (趙德胤) took home Best Director on Saturday night from the 58th Asia Pacific Film Festival (APFF) in Taipei for his drama The Road to Mandalay (再見瓦城). The Road to Mandalay is a story about two Burmese who flee their country’s civil war in search of a new life in Thailand. It premiered at the 73rd Venice Film Festival in 2016. Garth Davis’ Australian drama film Lion took home the festival’s biggest prize, Best Feature Film. Best Actress went to Hong Kong’s Teresa Mo (毛舜筠) for her role in Tomorrow Is Another Day (黃金花), while Amir Ali Danaei of Iran won Best Actor for his role in Appendix. Malaysian Dain Said’s 2016 fantasy-noir thriller Interchange won the Best Visual Effect.
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