Ex-ambassador falls sick
Former ambassador to the Dominican Republic Tang Ji-zen (湯繼仁) yesterday collapsed while accompanying foreign dignitaries in a meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) at the Presidential Office Building in Taipei, but regained consciousness after treatment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Tang, who is now an ambassador on home assignment after the Dominican Republic broke ties with Taiwan in May, lapsed into unconsciousness in the midst of a meeting between Tsai and foreign dignitaries invited to attend the Double Ten National Day celebrations, the ministry said. Taipei City Hospital’s Department of Emergency Medicine said that Tang was first attached to an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine and given 26 shots of adrenalin, but remained in critical condition. He was then transferred to National Taiwan University Hospital and regained consciousness after further treatment. He is to remain in hospital for observation, the ministry said.
Cooler weather in north
The arrival of the first northeast monsoon would start affecting the weather today until Saturday, sending the mercury down in the northern and northeastern regions, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. Temperatures in the north are forecast to slide to about 19°C, the bureau said, adding that people living in coastal areas in the north would experience even lower temperatures. Chances of occasional rains are high in the northern and northeastern regions, with sporadic heavy rainfall likely to occur in the northeastern region and Taipei and New Taipei City, the bureau’s forecast showed. Cloudy to sunny skies are forecast for the rest of the nation, with afternoon thundershowers in the south and the mountainous areas in central Taiwan, it said, advising people living in the southern and central regions to be alert to the large variation in temperature between daytime and evening. Although the northeast monsoon is expected to weaken by Sunday, chances of occasional rains remain high between Sunday and Tuesday next week, the bureau said.
Agencies trade accusations
Local and central health authorities yesterday blamed each other for not issuing a public warning and recalling products over a reported food scare implicating Yi Jin King (義進金), which allegedly used forged labels and banned chemicals in its egg products. The Chiayi County Health Bureau said that in July it found 0.05 parts per million of nicarbazin in eggs produced by the firm, which were sold at a Pxmart outlets nationwide. Nicarbazin is legal for general veterinary use, but is prohibited for use in egg-producing hens, according to Council of Agriculture regulations. Council officials said the bureau neglected to inform the public about the test results, and failure to do so has allowed the tainted eggs to be sold on the market. However, bureau officials said they had notified the council in July, but as it did not receive any instructions, it issued no public warnings or orders to recall the eggs. The bureau is not responsible for testing eggs for toxic substances or banned chemicals, and was helping with a nationwide food safety inspection program coordinated by the council. Company owner Su Wen-yuan (蘇文源) yesterday said that test results from August and last month showed his company’s egg products were safe and conformed to health standards.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Huang’s body was found just outside the bathroom and showed no signs of a struggle, and no alcohol or drugs were found Singer and actor Alien Huang (黃鴻升) was found dead at his home in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投) yesterday. He was 36. Huang was also known by the nickname Xiao Gui (“little ghost”). His body was found when his father went to check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and called emergency services to the house at 11am, the Taipei City Police Department said. Huang’s body, which was discovered just outside the bathroom, showed no signs of a physical struggle, and he appeared to have been dead for some time, police said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were
Scooter riders should regularly clean their helmets, especially in summer, to prevent dirt and sweat from accumulating and causing scalp problems, such as hair loss and permanent baldness, a dermatologist has warned. Poor hygiene practices by helmet wearers often lead to scalp problems, such as bacterial folliculitis, tinea capitis and seborrheic dermatitis, Lu Pei-hsuan (呂佩璇) at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital said on Aug 31. The first step to maintain good scalp care is proper hair washing, as shampoo residues can easily cause dandruff and itchy scalps, while improper scratching will cause inflammation, Lu said. The best way to wash your hair is to
CONFIRMED IN PHILIPPINES: The CECC would conduct contact tracing for the migrant workers to determine if they had come into contact with elderly people or children Six Filipinos tested positive for COVID-19 upon returning home from Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday as it reported a case of imported COVID-19 infection, bringing the number of confirmed cases in Taiwan to 500. Philippine authorities reported four of the cases through the National IHR Focal Point, while the other two were reported by the company that they had worked for in Taiwan. The six — five women and one man — are aged from their 20s to 40s, and worked as in-home care workers, domestic workers, factory workers and sailors in Taiwan, said Minister of Health and
INTIMIDATION: Chinese military maneuvers have mostly led to heightened support for Taiwan’s defense forces, while China appears poised to continue its campaign China’s incessant military activities in and near the Taiwan Strait over the past several months are “greater in meaning than in substance,” and are aimed at polarizing Taiwanese society, a researcher said in a report published on Friday. China has attempted to intimidate Taiwan through military threats, while at the same time calling on Taiwanese and US officials to practice restraint, which is aimed at causing a rift between those who prefer resistance against China and those who prefer peace, said Lee Kuan-cheng (李冠成), a researcher at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research. “China’s goal is to obscure public awareness