After being sworn in yesterday, new Coast Guard Administration Director-General Chen Kuo-en (陳國恩) vowed to make every effort to prevent African swine fever from entering the nation.
While he was happy to take up the challenge, his new post came with great responsibility, and keeping out African swine fever was the most pressing issue right now, he said.
It is better to do more than less, and to make meticulous and long-term preparations to combat the disease, as such steps are essential to ensure the nation’s health and economic stability, he added.
The Coast Guard Administration would also follow President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) plan to acquire smart technology, including thermal imaging devices and vertical takeoff and landing uncrewed aerial vehicles, he said.
Since the first confirmed case of African swine fever was reported in China’s Liaoning Province in early August last year, Taiwan has been on high alert for fear that the virus could wipe out the nation’s NT$80 billion-a-year (US$2.6 billion) pig farming industry.
The Central Emergency Operation Center for African swine fever data showed that there have been 25 cases of pork products brought from abroad that tested positive for the virus so far.
Chen succeeded Lee Chung-wei (李仲威), who on Wednesday last week was appointed head of the Ocean Affairs Council.
He has an extensive background in police work, including serving as commissioner of the New Taipei City Police Department and director-general of the National Police Agency. He served as deputy head of the National Security Bureau from mid-September 2017 until last week.
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