Don't drink raw milk, health authorities warn

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Dairy cattle in Chiayi were confirmed this week to have been infected with bovine tuberculosis. Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞) said that the milk of cows infected by bovine tuberculosis do carry bacteria that can infect humans. So long as the public does not drink raw milk directly from the dairy cow, the risk of infection is low, he said. Cattle CulledA day earlier, dairy cows at three farms in Chiayi were confirmed to have been infected with bovine tuberculosis. As a result, a total of 53 cattle dairy from the Yunlin farm were culled, while those animals not infected are under quarantine at their respective locations.

April 21, 2017 16:07 UTC

Myanmar policy shifts toward the major global powers

Thailand -- Myanmar has made substantial shifts towards its relations with major powers comprising China, Russia and the United States. They are key regional players in Southeast Asia which will impact directly on peace and stability as well as economic development in Myanmar. In the first half of this year, China has made impressive diplomatic inroads throughout Southeast Asia, taking advantage of the lack of policy clarity coming from the new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Beijing has been able to sharpen its long-standing policy and make the necessary adjustments to ensure strong friendships and cooperation with countries in the region. Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw's recent visit to China demonstrated the new dynamics of their bilateral ties, which have encountered different challenges over the years.

April 21, 2017 16:07 UTC

Group urges murder suspect be released for retrial

By Sun Hsin Hsuan -- Lin Jin-guei (林金貴), who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2010 for the 2007 murder of Kaohsiung taxi driver Wang Ren-fong (王人鋒), was granted a retrial by the Kaohsiung Branch Court of the Taiwan High Court on Wednesday after new evidence was introduced. The Taiwan High Prosecutors Office Kaohsiung Branch insisted that Lin be held until prosecutors have decided whether to appeal the ruling granting a new trial. The video caught only a blurry image of the suspect's face, but it showed that the suspect had shoulder-length hair. New evidence submitted by the TIP includes a photo taken two months prior to the murder showing Lin with short hair above the ears. The case will be the first criminal case granted a retrial by the Taiwan High Court Kaohsiung Branch Court since it was established in 1990.

April 21, 2017 16:07 UTC

Dioxin contamination confirmed in a Taiwan first, with 3 Changhua farms sealed off for 7 days

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- In the first such case in Taiwan, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has detected the known carcinogen dioxin in eggs at a concentration exceeding the legal allowable limit. According to the FDA, preliminary reports showed that the eggs containing excess levels of dioxins were produced from three egg farms in Changhua, namely Chun Yi (駿億), Hung Chang (鴻彰) and Tsai Yuan (財源). The farms raise approximately 80,000 to 90,000 hens in total, producing an average 65,000 eggs per day. All eggs and associated egg products made using the farms' eggs had been ordered off the shelves by 3 p.m. Saturday, Lin said. The NCKU team was entrusted by the FDA to conduct an analysis into the levels of dioxin contamination in food products in Hsinchu and Miaoli.

April 21, 2017 16:07 UTC

Honda launches its affordable HondaJet in Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Honda Aircraft Co. officially launched its lightweight-jet — the HondaJet — in Taiwan on Friday. The aircraft is aimed to appeal to businesspeople who want a quick means of jetsetting across the region. The company's CEO, Michimasa Fujino, the mastermind behind HondaJet's design 20 years ago, also arrived in Taiwan tointroduce the HondaJet to members of the press and potential buyers. According to Honda Aircraft's Fujino, HondaJet is equipped with an "over-the-wing" engine mount, a breakthrough design in aeronautics engineered by Honda and the culmination of more than 20 years of technological innovations and aviation design. Fujino has said he hopes the comparatively affordable price could be appealing to younger Taiwanese businesspeople.

April 21, 2017 16:07 UTC

The Archive: On May 13, 1960, we reported on the 'new' cross-island highway

We delve into a random edition from way back in CP's 65-year history. One of these is the Datong location on Zhongshan North Road, which is only two minutes' walk from The China Post's original office. CHINA POST PICTORIAL:■ A Pleasure Ride Along The New E-W Cross-Island HighwayWe dedicated a whole page to celebrating the "thrilling" new central cross-island highway. The introduction read:"People in Taiwan can now have a most enjoyable and thrilling sightseeing trip along the East-West Cross-Island Highway which was opened to traffic on May 9. The trip can be comfortably made in two days by staying overnight at Lishan which is located at the center of the highway."

April 21, 2017 16:07 UTC

Carriers hit out at order for breathalyzer tests on all Taiwanese pilots

The CAA on Wednesday announced a new "zero tolerance" policy that requires all Taiwanese pilots to undergo pre-flight alcohol testing starting June. Airlines whose pilots fail alcohol tests conducted before entering the cockpit will face fines up to NT$3 million (US$99,000). The decision was made after two cases of local carriers sacking their pilots for failing a random pre-flight alcohol test within the past month. The CAA lifted airlines' internal pilot alcohol test policy from their previous 50 percent inspection goal — already the strictest in the world — to 100 percent. But if foreign pilots display abnormal behavior before flying, the CAA has the power to step in and conduct alcohol tests, officials added.

April 21, 2017 16:07 UTC

A festive Taichung Mazu International Festival

This dayslong pilgrimage is all to welcome Mazu (媽祖), the goddess of the sea, and is a major highlight of the annual Taichung Mazu International Festival (臺中媽祖國際觀光文化節). A Defining Element of Taiwan's Cultural HeritageFor over a century, Mazu worship — originating in the Song Dynasty — has been a widely observed practice in Taiwan. And, in this regard, no Mazu ceremony is as defining as the annual pilgrimage. "During this time, everyone can express their gratitude to Mazu for her protection over this cherished land in their own way," he added. This is the single most illustrious Mazu Holy Pilgrimage in Taiwan — covering more than 100 temples on its roughly 340-kilometer route across four coastal counties of Central Taiwan: Taichung, Changhua, Yunlin and Chiayi.

April 21, 2017 16:07 UTC

6 Kuomintang chairman candidates confirmed

By Stephanie Chao -- The candidate ballot sheet numbers in the Kuomintang (KMT) chairperson election were finalized Friday, as the six applicants became eligible candidates after it was confirmed that they had all acquired enough valid signatures from party members. The candidates are incumbent KMT Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), Vice KMT Chairman and former Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), former Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), former Vice Chairman Steve Chan (詹啟賢), former Taipei Agricultural Products Marketing Co. President Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) and former Legislator Pan Wei-kang (潘維剛). Hau had 108,233 signatures and received a 24.41 percent validity rate with 26,418 valid signatures. Hung submitted a total of 128,888 signatures, but received a low validity rate of 19.3 percent with 24,878 valid signatures. Pan received the lowest at 18.19 percent, with only 18,347 valid signatures out of 100,870.

April 21, 2017 16:07 UTC

Food review: Katsu Black Curry at Tonghua Night Market

I stumbled onto this lovely Japanese curry house tucked away in a Tonghua Night Market alley this week. But Dengaku curry house has gained plenty of fanfare from locals, particularly university students, since it opened in September last year. Small wonder it's such a hit — the rich, unmistakable smell of curry rice lures you down the alleyway and one bite of the black curry gets you hooked. I haven't tried these yet, but their beef curry rice (NT$150) and pork yellow curry rice (NT$130) start at more affordable prices, and are even cheaper for take out. Key takeaways:► An easy-to-miss gem► Serves up sinfully good curry made from scratch, with loveDengaku Black Curry House 田樂黑咖哩► No.

April 21, 2017 16:07 UTC

Erdogan is transforming the essence of the Turkish state

In a decisive but divisive referendum, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan narrowly gained the political blessing he sought by winning 51 percent of the nationwide vote. The main opposition party, the Republican People's Party, has called on the electoral commission to annul the outcome citing "manipulating the referendum results." Still the newly minted Sultan Erdogan failed to gain the minimum 55 percent vote he wished for to bless the constitutional changes. Turkish tourism was booming and deservedly so. Erdogan is loved or loathed, a strong paternalist leader with a delirious following combining high-octane nationalistic politics with Islamic fervor.

April 21, 2017 16:07 UTC

'The gov't is at fault for tainted eggs'

Chang said the eggs found to have contained excessive levels of dioxins from the Changhua farms had been tested back in February, and it was unreasonable to seal off his warehouse for the eggs delivered to him in April. He said there are no factories in the neighborhoods of the Changhua egg farms, which have also been sealed off by the FDA. If the eggs laid by the hens there contained dioxins, the sources of the problem must have been the underground water, Chang said. It is the first time that eggs in Taiwan have been found to have contained excessive levels of dioxins. The permissible level in eggs is 2.5 picograms per gram or less, but a batch of eggs from the Changhua farms contained 5.2 picograms per gram, according to the FDA.

April 21, 2017 16:07 UTC

Keelung, a city remodeled

Or the valuable commercial and fishing ports and marine cultures that the city is renowned for? In this new era, the city of Keelung and its surrounding area developed unevenly, with unequally distributed infrastructure and several important historic sites and nature's treasures scattered throughout the region. Lin believes that the revitalization of Keelung must begin from its heart: Keelung Harbor. "In the past, the municipal office of Keelung and the port company overseeing the management of Keelung port always worked independently," Lin said. An ongoing and successful city development has to be a joint effort from every company and citizen of Keelung," he added.

April 21, 2017 16:07 UTC

Rashford fires Man Utd into Europa semis

MANCHESTER, England -- Teenage striker Marcus Rashford enhanced his reputation by stepping up in the absence of the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic to steer Manchester United into the Europa League semifinals with an extra-time winner against Anderlecht. The Europa League was the competition in which Rashford made his senior breakthrough lastseason, scoring twice on debutagainst FC Midtjyland as an 18-year-oldunknown. The Swedish striker appeared to be in pain and held his head in his hands as he was being treated. There is barely a month left in Ibrahimovic's first season at United, and he is yet to commit to another year. The draw for the Europa League semifinals takes place Friday.

April 21, 2017 16:07 UTC

FDA finds high dioxin levels in eggs

The farms have between 80,000 and 90,000 chickens which are estimated to produce 65,000 eggs per day, the council said. FDA Deputy Director Lin Chin-fu (林金富) said investigations are still being conducted regarding the farms’ contracted retailers and their other customers. Council official Wang Chung-shu (王忠恕) said it is prohibiting the farms from relocating chickens or selling eggs for seven days, adding that the council would station staff on-site to continue monitoring. Should the eggs fail to pass a second test, the council would demand that all the eggs are destroyed, Wang said. Eggs from the contaminated sources should not be available for sale, but consumers should not be overly concerned, the council said.

April 21, 2017 15:56 UTC

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