Another Tour Bus Driver Arrested for DUI

The driver of a tour bus was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Keelung yesterday. It was the second Sunday in a row to see a tour bus driver arrested for the offence, and is the second offence for the same driver this year. Mr Wang, 55, was driving a family tour group consisting of 30 passengers back to Taichung after an overnight trip to Ilan County, Sunday, December 10. After being pulled over by police while

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Crew Rescued from British Yacht Adrift in Heavy Seas

Coast Guard vessels from Keelung rescued the crew of a British-registered yacht after it lost power when a fishing net fouled its propeller in heavy seas about 50 nautical miles north of Cape Fugui yesterday. The Coast Guard received reports that a vessel was sending distress signals at around 5:25am yesterday, November 22. A coast guard cutter and a helicopter were immediately dispatched to facilitate a rescue. However, heavy seas, and the tall mast of the yacht made an airlift

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Big Waves Lash North Coast: Truck Swept to Sea, 104 Anglers Trapped, 1 Person Drowned

[Cover picture: United Daily News] Anglers fishing off a breakwater at the entrance of Keelung Harbor were suddenly faced with a life-threatening situation when a series of large waves surged over the concrete platform this morning. Keelung Harbor Bureau said that sea conditions before the waves began to surge where normal. At around 8:00am waves began to surge over the breakwater. A truck that had just pulled up near the edge of the breakwater was knocked over by the waves.

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Woman Bitten by Cobra in the Kitchen

A 70 year-old Keelung woman felt a pain in her ankle while cooking lunch today, and was shocked when she looked down and saw a cobra. The woman was rushed to hospital still conscious but with a swollen ankle, while firefighters were dispatched to catch the snake. The firefighters caught the 60cm long cobra and warned nearby residents to be on the alert. Ms Xie’s family said that they had lived in the house for 30 years, and although they

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10 Injured in Family Arson Case: Brother Arrested

A man set fire to his family’s home in the early hours of this morning in Keelung City. A total of 9 people, including a 1 month-old baby required hospital treatment for smoke inhalation. Mr Yang, 29, had long resented the way he was treated by his elder and younger brothers. He claims to have lost his temper after family members looked at the contents of his cellphone. Yang, who is said to be on the autistic spectrum, told police

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Australian Woman Dies on Cruise Ship en Route to Keelung

An Australian woman died of suspected heart failure on a cruise ship en-route between Hong Kong and Keelung Harbor 2 days ago. Officials boarded the ship at Keelung yesterday to verify the cause of death. Apple Daily reports that Sharna Marie Graham, 53, was traveling with her 55 year-old husband David on the Celebrity Millennium. At around 8:00pm on the evening of April 10, Ms Graham collapsed and did not respond to first aid treatment in the ship’s clinic. The

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Power Plant Spews Soot over Neighboring Districts

A technical problem at a power station this morning caused one of its three chimneys to emit a pall of thick, black smoke containing sooty ash, which fell on the surrounding district. At around 11:00am, residents around the Hsieh Ho Power Station in Keelung City noticed a thick black cloud of smoke coming out of one of the power station’s chimneys. Black soot rained on cars and blackened people’s clothing. A broadcast from the power station’s office warned residents to

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Blood on the Streets of Keelung: Massacre Remembered

[Picture: Liberty Times Network] A group of activists in the port city of Keelung created some provocative street art in the early hours of the morning to commemorate a massacre of civilians by Chinese Nationalist troops March 8, 1947. Early morning commuters were confronted by streets and sidewalks around Keelung Station splattered with red paint. Transparent plastic silhouettes laid on the ground represented victims of what some books describe as ‘indiscriminate killing’. Authorities were seen before dawn hurrying to clean

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Exotic Venom-spurting Stinkbugs Invade Taiwan

Taiwan Environmental Information Center has reported that Keelung City has experienced an explosion of giant stink bugs this year. The bugs can spurt a skin-burning venom when disturbed. The exotic species, Tessaratoma papillosa, is believed to have traveled by ship from Kinmen in 2009. The bugs are commonly found in China. Since they arrived, they have been recorded all over the island except for Hualien and Taitung counties. The giant stink bugs are a pest in trees of the Sapindaceae

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Residents Plant Trees After Water Company Destroys “Green Tunnel”

Photos: United Daily News Residents of Keelung gathered to plant trees in an area previously cleared by Taiwan Water Corporation. The land is owned by the water corporation, but residents were incensed when the government-owned company cleared the land to build a depot. The mature trees once lined both sides of the road, forming what residents called a “green tunnel”. Keelung Mayor Lin You-chang, and legislator Tsai Shi-ying turned up to show their support for the 300 residents who registered

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10 Year-old Boy Releases Flare in Keelung: Sets Neighbor’s Car on Fire

A 10 year-old boy alone at home, and feeling bored, released a flare from a third-story Window. The flare smashed through the rear window of a neighbors car, starting a small fire. Nearby residents managed to extinguish the fire with water before it spread from the rear hatch. The owner found the remains of a cylinder and police identified it as a flare after accessing cctv footage which showed it shooting out from an apartment on the third floor. When

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