Lin was also accused of threatening the girls with circulating the images online if they did not send him more nude photographs, it said. Lin possessed naked pictures of 81 girls and one who had just turned 16, police said. This led to his actions to obtain explicit images and try to force himself upon one of the victims, police quoted him as saying. Lin said he started his ruse by talking to girls online and forming an online fantasy relationship with them, police said. He then convinced them to send him naked pictures as proof of their love, which he used to obtain more explicit images by threatening to circulate the images online.
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By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterNearly 200 people wearing white T-shirts and caps yesterday afternoon protested in front of the Taipei City Council building and handed Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) a petition against fines the city government imposed on residents of 1,675 illegal residential units in a commercial zone in Neihu District (內湖). From March to August last year, the Taipei Department of Urban Development informed residents that they would face fines under the Urban Planning Act (都市計畫法) for living in illegal residential units. Despite several protests by the area’s residents, the department in December last year said that it would not change its decision to impose fines. A few city councilors also attempted to stop Ko from delivering his administrative report at the beginning of the meeting, which mainly focused on the issue of illegal residential units in Neihu. KMT Taipei City Councilor Yeh Lin-chuan (葉林傳) urged Ko to re-evaluate urban planning in Neihu.
By Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter, with CNAThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday pledged to ensure the fair treatment of a Taiwanese man detained by Australian authorities over his alleged involvement in an intimidation case, after the man’s family accused the ministry of indifference. The ministry’s pledge came just hours after relatives of 31-year-old Wu Tse-chun (吳澤濬) were joined by Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers at a news conference in Taipei, saying that the ministry had refused to protest against the treatment Wu has received. Wu’s family said he traveled to Australia in 2011 through a working holiday program and was admitted to a local school in 2013. He was initially held at a police station, but was transfered to an immigration detention center in Brisbane after his student visa was revoked, his family said. His relatives said they sought help from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Brisbane, but it declined to intervene.
AP, BERLINJulian Brandt starred on Monday as Bayer 04 Leverkusen outclassed RB Leipzig 4-1 to move above the hosts into the Bundesliga’s last qualification spot for the UEFA Champions League. Brandt scored minutes after the break with a fine finish and was involved again when Panagiotis Retsos made it 3-1 shortly afterward. The side will be hoping the midfielder is fit enough to face Olympique de Marseille in the UEFA Europa League tomorrow. The loss ended Leipzig’s run of seven games without defeat across all competitions. Leverkusen’s form, in contrast, had been erratic with three wins and three defeats in their previous seven games, but only their fans could be heard singing as the match ended.
Bureau Conservation Division director Hsia Jung-sheng (夏榮生) told the newspaper that experts consulted at a recent conference recommended that the bureau exclude the macaque from the protected species list. However, any determination on changing the protected status of a species must be confirmed by the committee, which routinely meets to review such cases, he said. While downgrading the macaques’ status would exclude them from special consideration extended to protected species under the Wildlife Conservation Act (野生動物保育法), other legal restrictions on the hunting and domestication of wildlife would still apply, Lin said. “It is unlikely that deregulation will be followed by a significant uptick in macaque hunting,” Lin said. In January, the Kaohsiung City Government passed an ordinance banning the feeding of macaques, with offenders risking fines of up to NT$10,000, to discourage macaques from migrating into urban areas.
Staff writer, with AFP, CORINTO, NicaraguaA Taiwanese navy flotilla on Monday docked in Nicaragua in a high-profile visit highlighting diplomatic ties with Central America and the Caribbean that are shrinking as China presses countries in the region to drop diplomatic relations. It is the sixth time Taiwan has sent a “friendship flotilla” to Nicaragua. After Nicaragua, the ships are scheduled to make stops in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic, as well as the Marshall Islands. Half of the countries with which Taiwan has bilateral diplomatic relations are in Latin America and the Caribbean, where it is slowly losing ground. In June last year, Panama cut ties with Taiwan to open relations with China, just as Costa Rica did in 2007.
“It was a crucial turning point in my life,” Tai said. Despite their shock at what seemed to be a sudden change in direction, his parents offered their full support, Tai said. “My former classmates were either already employed or were starting their master’s studies,” Tai said, adding that only a few of his former classmates supported his decision to start all over again. He was lucky that he only spent a year studying for the university entrance exam before passing it and being accepted by Kaohsiung Medical University, he said. Tai said he also spent one month in India during his medical studies working with the homeless.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterThe New Power Party (NPP) legislative caucus yesterday issued a survey for the nominees of the Executive Yuan’s transitional justice promotion committee, saying that their answers would be used as a reference for evaluating whether the candidates are suitable for the position. NPP caucus convener Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) said the party issued surveys to help lawmakers understand nominees for grand justice and minister and deputy minister of justice, so no exception is being made for the nominees to the new committee. The committee’s members must have appropriate ideas and the proper attitudes on transitional justice to meet the public’s expectations, she added. The 15 questions in the survey are categorized into six main themes: knowledge on transitional justice, the duties of the committee, the elimination of authoritarian symbols, transitional justice for Aborigines, knowledge on redressing unfair judicial cases and the ethics of committee members. Regarding knowledge on transitional justice, the survey asks the nominees to define and characterize transitional justice, estimate the level of achievement of transitional justice in the nation and identify the model of investigation most suitable for Taiwan from the different types conducted in other nations, Kawlo Iyun Pacidal said.
“People was still groovin,’ they was groovin’ confused though,” Williams says. Studio warriors who fought through trial, error, self-doubt and strife to find their place in the music universe. Moore as alter ego Dr Madd Vibe as Dr Frankenstein, putting all the parts together in the lab. Now, with the Brand New Step, Moore is back to his old tricks. Moore himself has been all over the world with his music, but this will be his first visit to Taiwan.
Firefly light trails that were last seen in the park 24 years ago reappeared on March 26, as fireflies were spotted at the park’s No. The Parks and Street Lights Office said it would also cover street lights in Daan park with a specialized shade to avoid annoying fireflies. The firefly season in Taichung’s Dongshi District (東勢) is already underway, the Taichung Agriculture Bureau said on Sunday. For 14 years the Soft Pond Recreational Agriculture Area (軟埤坑休閒農業區) has held a firefly watching event and visitors can learn about Hakka culture and the ecosystem through a variety of activities, ecological tours or trying Hakka cuisines made from local ingredients, the bureau said. The Pears Homeland Recreational Agriculture Area (梨之鄉休閒農業區) has several firefly watching trails with local ecological tours, and visitors can also enjoy rural cuisines created by farmers, the bureau said.
By Shelley Shan / Staff reporterTemperatures in northern and northeastern Taiwan are expected to drop on Sunday with the arrival of a cold front and a strong northeast monsoon, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. The bureau forecast that temperatures on the west coast could reach 30°C from today until Friday, with highs in central and southern Taiwan likely to reach between 32°C and 33°C. Isolated afternoon thundershowers are forecast in mountainous areas on the west coast and isolated showers are forecast for the east coast. On Sunday, the combined influence of the cold front and a strong northeast monsoon is likely to cause temperatures in the north and northeast to drop by up to 8°C, and by about 4°C in other regions. The influence of the northeast monsoon is predicted to continue into next week, with lows of 16°C expected in the north and northeast.
By Yang Mien-chieh / Staff reporterThe legislature’s Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee yesterday approved draft amendments to the Air Pollution Control Act (空氣污染防制法) that would enforce stricter controls on old vehicles in a bid to curb air pollution. Mobile sources of air pollution — vehicles, planes, trains and other mobile engines — are among the major causes of air pollution and the Environmental Protection Administration has proposed amending the act to enforce stricter emission standards for vehicles more than 10 years old. A modification to the act’s Article 36 would give the government the authority to tighten emission standards for vehicles more than 10 years old. If a vehicle owner continues to ignore the local government’s request to improve the vehicle’s emissions within a given period of time, the local Motor Vehicles Supervision Office would have the power to withdraw the vehicle’s license. The draft amendments also propose allowing local governments to ban old vehicles from driving in certain areas, and those contravening such bans would face a fine of between NT$500 and NT$60,000.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterTaipei City Council Speaker Wu Pi-chu (吳碧珠) yesterday announced that she would not run for city councilor in the Nov. 24 local elections, heralding the end of her 37-year tenure. She made the announcement at the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) Taipei City Council caucus as the new council session began. KMT councilors presented Wu with a bouquet and KMT Taipei City Councilor Wang Chih-bin (汪志冰) jokingly asked her if she would change her mind and stay in the council with them. She thanked the city councilors, city government officials and supporters who have backed her throughout the years. It would be more troublesome now that she is leaving and many councilors would run for the post, Ko added.
AFP, WASHINGTONConsumer and activist groups yesterday called for an investigation into Google-owned YouTube for allowing advertising to be targeted at children in apparent violation of US law. Twenty-three groups signed a complaint to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), arguing that YouTube is among the most popular online platforms for children and offers many programs designed and promoted for children. Golin added: “Google profits immensely by delivering ads to children and must comply with COPPA,” the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. COPPA, passed by the US Congress in 1998, restricts Web sites’ handling of data and advertising for children. Several Web site operators have faced fines for violations, including Yelp and a unit of Walt Disney Co.
The committee would enlist the assistance of the transitional justice promotion committee, which is to become operational next month, they said. A public inquiry into the property’s sale is be conducted soon and accountability for the illegal proceeds from the transaction is to be a key issue, sources from the asset committee said. The KMT kept using the property for 35 years until 1984, when it started to pay a “symbolic” rent of NT$300 per ping (3.3m2), which was far beneath the market price, they said. The KMT had concluded the use agreement with the government via the KMT Central Committee, which as a private foundation or association lacked the legal competency to sign a valid contract of that kind, they said. Committee spokeswoman Shih Chin-fang (施錦芳) yesterday said that the KMT headquarters’ sale was “a classic case of the KMT’s methods of capitalizing on illegally obtained assets.”