Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

Tue, Mar 18, 2014 - Page 5


‘Crush’ cited threats case

A senior high-school teacher was arrested on Sunday on charges related to threatening e-mails reportedly sent to Chinese activist Wang Dan (王丹), the Hsinchu City Police Bureau said yesterday. Wang, 45, a visiting assistant professor at National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, received two e-mails on Thursday last week with threats including “I will let you die,” the bureau said. Wang reported the e-mails, which police traced to a 45-year-old teacher in Taipei surnamed Lu (呂), who was arrested and taken in for questioning, the bureau said. Lu told police that she developed a crush on Wang after listening to a speech he made three years ago and had sent several e-mails to him. Wang yesterday in a message on Facebook thanked Hsinchu police for swiftly finding Lu, adding that he does not know the woman. The case has been sent to prosecutors for a criminal investigation, the bureau said.


Cops help in suicide rescue

When police in Greater Kaohsiung pulled over a speeding motorcyclist on Sunday they did not expect they would end up escorting him to his destination and help him save a life. Police yesterday said that they intercepted the motorcyclist, identified by his surname Huang (黃), after he sped through a red light at an intersection in Sanmin District (三民). Huang, who was reportedly extremely agitated when stopped, told the officer that he was trying to get to a nearby building before his cousin jumped to his death. Instead of issuing a ticket, police activated their sirens and escorted Huang to the building, where they found Huang’s cousin standing on a 19th floor window ledge shouting. Working together, they managed to calm the man down and persuade him to return indoors, police said. A spokesperson for the police reminded anyone considering suicide that there is nothing shameful about seeking help. The suicide prevention hotline can be reached by dialing 1995 from any mobilr phone or landline in the nation, he said.


‘Kano’ cleans up in Taipei

The Taiwanese baseball drama Kano grossed more than NT$13 million (US$428,600) at theaters around Taipei over the weekend, topping the box office ahead of the current Hollywood blockbusters. Kano beat French-American mystery-thriller Non-Stop and DreamWorks’ Need for Speed in box office receipts during the three-day period starting on Friday last week. In the whole of Taiwan, Kano grossed NT$37 million over the three-day period, bringing nationwide box office receipts to NT$200 million since the movie’s premiere 18 days ago. Set in 1931 during the Japanese colonial era, the movie tells the story of the Chiayi Agriculture and Forestry Public School baseball team.


New visa process agreed

To help the growing cruise market, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications have reached an agreement to outline measures to simplify the visa process for travelers arriving on cruise liners, said Wei Shuo-liang (魏碩良), a spokesman for the Port of Keelung. The measures would be similar to a visa-free program and would not require advanced applications, Wei said, adding that visitors would receive a temporary travel pass after their cruise operator notifies the NIA of travelers’ information. Chinese passengers would not be included in the program, Wei said.