Actor Nicky Wu weds
Actor Nicky Wu (吳奇隆) yesterday announced his marriage to Chinese actress Liu Shishi (劉詩詩). The 44-year-old Wu posted photographs of the couple’s marriage certificate and rings with the caption “cherish happiness” on his Sina Weibo microblog. Wu and Liu, 27, met in 2011 on the set of the Chinese TV series Scarlet Heart (步步驚心), the show that made Liu famous. Wu shot to fame in the 1980s in Taiwan as a member of the Little Tigers boy band. He continued his singing career after the trio disbanded in 1995 and moved into acting. Since 2000 he has focused his career in China, starring in films and TV series.
Warning on monkey bites
The Centers for Disease Control urged visitors to Yushan National Park to be careful if encountering Formosan macaques after almost half the monkeys in the park’s Tataka area have tested positive for the herpes B virus. The agency said National Pingtung University of Science and Technology researchers recently tested Formosan macaques in the park and found 47 percent carried the virus, which can infect animals as well as humans. “If bitten by an infected Formosan macaque, people could be infected with the human herpes B virus,” CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said. Although there are only 40 cases of humans being infected with the herpes B virus, the mortality rate is more than 70 percent for those who do not receive proper treatment, he said. Survivors are often left with serious after-effects, he said. If bitten by a monkey, the victim should sanitize the wound immediately with soap or iodine and wash it with clean water for 15 to 20 minutes before seeking medical treatment, he said. Victims should also be vaccinated against rabies.
It took director Chong Keat Aun (張吉安) nearly a decade to complete Snow in Midsummer (五月雪), a deft chronicle of Malaysia’s May 13 incident told through one woman’s search for her brother and father. Although only his second feature, it led the field at yesterday’s Golden Horse Awards with nine nominations. Chong said it had been a struggle to get people to share their memories of the intercommunal violence following the 1969 national election, known among the country’s ethnic Chinese community as “513.” “My father, for example, would shut the conversation down if my mother or grandma even mentioned the topic,” Chong said
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday said that a surge in respiratory illnesses in China has been caused by at least seven types of pathogens, and small children, elderly people and immunocompromised people should temporarily avoid unnecessary visits to China. The recent outbreak of respiratory illnesses in China is mainly in the north and among children, CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞) said on Monday. Data released by the Chinese National Health Commission on Sunday showed that among children aged one to four, the main pathogens were influenza viruses and rhinoviruses, while among children aged five to 14, the main pathogens
A new poll of Taiwanese voters found the top opposition candidate for president jumping past the ruling party’s hopeful into the lead position ahead of January’s election — the latest twist in a drama-filled race. Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) presidential candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) had an approval rating of 31.9 percent versus 29.2 percent for the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) presidential candidate Vice President William Lai (賴清德), the poll released yesterday by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation showed. The Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) presidential candidate, New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜), ranked third with 23.6 percent, according to the survey conducted
A New Taipei City hotpot restaurant could be fined after a rat dropped from the ceiling and landed on a customer’s plate last week, the New Taipei City Department of Health said yesterday after conducting an inspection. A woman recently posted on the “I am a Banciao resident” (我是板橋人) social media group saying that she had been eating with a friend at Chien Tu Shabu Shabu Hotpot Restaurant’s Shuangshi B branch in Banciao District (板橋). “While still eating, a big rat suddenly dropped down from the ceiling, landing on a plate next to a hotpot,” she said. “Later on, a member of