Hospitals fail inspection
Two Taipei hospitals have been ordered to improve their air quality or risk a fine after an inspection discovered excessively high bacterial concentration levels. Of the 23 medical institutions inspected, National Taiwan University Children’s Hospital and the Koo Foundation Sun Yat-sen Cancer Center were found to be substandard, the Taipei Department of Environmental Protection said in a statement on Monday. The two institutions had bacterial concentration levels of 2,588 and 2,740 colony-forming units per cubic meter of air respectively, far higher than the maximum allowed, the department said. The facilities have been ordered to post notices at major entrances informing the public that the air quality inside is substandard and to improve the air quality by Dec. 20, the department said. Should they fail to make improvements they face a fine of between NT$50,000 and NT$250,000, the department said.
Kinmen program promoted
Meetings targeting dozens of local tour operators and promoting the Kinmen 2020 travel program, which includes events that range from cultural festivals to large-scale outdoor events, were held in Taichung, Taoyuan, Taipei and Kaohsiung earlier this month, Kinmen Tourism Department Director Ting Chien-kang (丁健剛) said. As part of the travel program, the Kinmen Marathon is to be held in February, followed by the Jinning Rock Oyster and Wheat Cultural Festival in April, the Wudao City God Parade in May, the Quemoy International Music Festival and Cross-Strait Swim in July, and the Mid-Autumn Mooncake Dice Game in September and October.
FAMILY FEUD: Weng Jen-hsien, who was convicted of killing six people in 2016, was the second prisoner to be executed since President Tsai Ing-wen took office A death row inmate was executed on Wednesday, less than a year after he was convicted of killing six people by setting fire to his home. Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥) said that he signed the order and the death sentence was carried out on Wednesday afternoon in New Taipei City. The Supreme Court on July 10 last year sentenced 53-year-old Weng Jen-hsien (翁仁賢) to death after he was convicted of killing his parents, niece, nephew and nephew’s wife and his parents’ caregivers. Weng set fire to his home in Taoyuan’s Longtan District (龍潭) on Feb. 7, 2016, after a family feud
At a campground in Nantou County, a team of women are using ropes to shimmy up a towering seven-story tall Chinaberry tree, fighting their fear of heights and reconnecting with nature. Tree climbing remains somewhat niche in Taiwan, but a growing number of women are embracing the challenge thanks to the island’s first international certified female climber arborist. Sylvia Hsu (許芢涵), 26, said she was inspired to set up her own women-only tree climbing classes after seeing the popularity of similar gatherings in Europe. “A women-only camp is a more relaxed environment,” she said. “I was hooked on trees after my first climb...
Police in Kaohsiung are investigating a possible murder after a woman’s body was found in a plastic container on Thursday. The bucket was found by a person operating an excavator on a construction site at a private lot next to the Ciaotou Sugar Refinery Station (橋頭糖廠站) on the Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit system. Police investigator Chen Jen-cheng (陳仁正) yesterday said police had reviewed missing person reports and have narrowed the identity of the victim down to about 20 possible people. Physical evidence suggested she might have been a Fongshan District (鳳山) woman surnamed Lin (林), who was about 60 years old when she
IN PRINCIPLE: The Central Epidemic Command Center began yesterday to ban visits to hospitalized patients, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung said The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday announced 10 new COVID-19 cases — eight imported and two locally transmitted — bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 339. The imported cases involved six men and two women, all Taiwanese, who had traveled to Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Indonesia, countries in Latin America, the UK or the US before arriving back in Taiwan between March 6 and Tuesday, center data showed. Among them, patient No. 338 was part of a tour group that traveled to Austria and the Czech Republic, and has resulted in an infection cluster of five cases,