Mung bean bad for skin: FDA
Applying mung bean powder on the face to prevent acne could eventually lead to cellulitis, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Monday. Some Internet rumors have suggested that using a facial mask made of mung bean powder could improve acne, as mung beans absorb excess oil and contain protein, calcium, carotene and vitamin B, but such rumors are false, the FDA said. Applying mung bean powder directly to the face could lead to irritation and peeling, and could develop into contact dermatitis, it said. For pimples that are already inflamed, there is a chance that they would turn into cellulitis if exposed to infected substances, it added.
Airport begins upgrades
Taichung International Airport on Monday began upgrades that are expected to increase its capacity by 1 million travelers per year, the Civil Aeronautics Administration said. The NT$990 million (US$32.45 million) project, scheduled to be completed in 2022, would enable the airport to handle 3.69 million passengers per year, agency Director-General Lin Kuo-hsien (林國顯) said at a groundbreaking ceremony. The airport last year saw a record-high 2.64 million passengers, up 10 percent from the prior year, agency data showed. The upgrades are to focus on the domestic terminal, adding one floor to the existing two-story building and connecting it to the international terminal, the agency said. Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said that future improvement programs would allow the airport to handle more than 10 million visitors per year by 2040. Those projects would include better road connections, such as an expressway from the Qingshui Service Area on the Formosa Freeway (Freeway No. 3), he said.
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