Pork found on boat
About 4kg of pork was seized onboard a Chinese vessel caught on Wednesday illegally fishing in Taiwanese waters, along with its 6,000kg catch, the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said. The Minjinyu No. 5728 was stopped at about 3am in waters 23.7 nautical miles (43.9km) northwest of Penghu County’s Huayu Islet (花嶼) during an inspection by coast guard personnel, said Hung Po-lun (洪挬論), captain of the CGA Penghu branch. The fishing boat’s crew initially sought to prevent officers from boarding the vessel, so the officers fired into the air after which they were able to board and conduct an inspection, Hung said. The ship was seized and its 15-member crew detained, Hung said, adding that they were fined for illegally fishing in Taiwan’s waters, while the catch was thrown overboard. The pork would be handed over to customs authorities to be destroyed, he said. The spread of African swine fever shows no sign of abating in China.
Drug suspects arrested
Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the seizure of nearly 5,000 tablets of the controlled hypnotic drug nimetazepam at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in January, airport police said on Wednesday. Airport police and customs personnel on Jan. 8 opened a suspicious air express parcel after an X-ray screening in the express air cargo delivery services area and found 4,938 nimetazepam tablets weighing a combined 1.37kg and estimated to have a street value of NT$1.5 million (US$48,542). Five suspects were arrested in Yilan County, including two minors, who are suspected of posting the package.
Senior judges yesterday met to discuss the constitutionality of a law that makes adultery a criminal offense, before being ordered by Judicial Yuan President Hsu Tzong-li (許宗力) to set a date for a constitutional interpretation within the next month. The judges met to discuss Article 239 of the Criminal Code on offenses against marriage and family, after 18 judges had called for a constitutional interpretation of the issue. Taipei District Court Judge Lin Meng-huang (林孟皇) said that while he had previously tried adultery cases and never questioned the law, his feelings changed when trying a case last year involving baseball star Wang
TOO TIRED: Investigators found that the pilot’s lack of alertness could be attributed to a lack of sleep the previous night, when he had slept with his child It was a copilot’s inappropriate operation of the aircraft and the pilot’s insufficient alertness that led to a hard landing of a China Airlines cargo flight on Dec. 13, 2018, the Taiwan Transportation Safety Board said yesterday. Flight CI6844, a Boeing 747-409 which departed from Hong Kong International Airport, landed on the pre-threshold area of runway L5 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, about 21m before the head of the runway, an investigation report said. The hard landing damaged three runway lights, but none of the personnel on board sustained any injuries, the report said. When approaching the runway, the copilot failed to maintain
DISTRUST WARRANTED? The WHO is under China’s control and has become a useless organization, while data from China cannot be trusted, a Control Yuan member said China’s demand that the novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, Hubei Province, not be referred to with names like the “Wuhan pneumonia” betrays its lack of confidence in itself, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) told lawmakers yesterday. Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Yi-yu (蔡易餘) asked Su, during a interpellation at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, for his view on China’s attempts to redeem its national image in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. These included China’s efforts to “bleach” its image, including having WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus publicly praise its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, and thanking it for buying time
Taipei residents who stay at hotels in the city during their 14-day mandatory quarantine period are eligible to apply for the city’s NT$7,000 subsidy, with online applications to be launched next week. Taipei Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) on Monday said Taipei residents who have COVID-19 Health Declaration and Home Quarantine Notice dated after March 19 and a quarantine hotel receipt for the dates covered by the quarantine period, would be eligible for the subsidy. The Taipei City Government on Sunday told the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) that so many city residents are under home quarantine that about 90 percent of