Fishing ban on great white sharks, basking sharks, and megamouth sharks goes into effect today

Taiwan’s Fisheries Agency announced that a ban on catching great white, basking, and megamouth sharks went into effect today, November 10, after a 60-day notification period for objections to an amended law passed the threshold. The proposed ban was put forward in July this year after a series of controversial catches raised concerns of conservation groups, who have long called for the ban. In a four-day period between June 15 and June 18 this year, six rare megamouth sharks were

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Tesla charging station emits smoke in Hsinchu Science Park after transformer box catches fire

Firefighters suspect a short circuit was the cause of an incident of a Tesla charging station suddenly emitting a pall of white smoke this afternoon, November 8, at Hsinchu Science Park. According to ET Today, Firefighters responded to a report at around 5:00 pm, and after arriving at the scene, immediately called state-owned power company, Taipower, to cut off the electricity supply. After the power was cut the smoke gradually reduced in volume, and firefighters cooled the power supply unit

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Laundromat gas explosion injures 4 in Tainan City

Four people were injured in Tainan City when a gas explosion and fire destroyed a self-service laundry in Tainan City yesterday evening, November 7. The Tainan City Fire Bureau received reports of an explosion and fire at a laundromat on Da-ren Street, Yongkang District at 9:29 pm. Twenty-six vehicles and 56 personnel were dispatched to the scene of the explosion. Three men and one woman were found injured. The most seriously injured was a 65-year-old man who suffered burns to

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Mutant invasive crayfish found infesting ponds in Taipei City park

A species of crayfish that reproduces asexually, and first appeared in Germany in 1995 before spreading through Europe and Africa, has been found infesting ponds in Da’an Forest Park, Taipei City. Taipei City Councilor Lo Chih-chiang (罗智强) held a press conference today, and said that a large number of the marbled crayfish had appeared in the ecological ponds of Da’an Forest Park. Lo revealed that the marbled crayfish were first discovered in the park in June last year by Associate

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High-tech traffic cameras installed at intersection capture 812 violations on first day of operation

New traffic law enforcement cameras installed at an intersection at National Freeway 1 Linkou Interchange yesterday, November 2, have already racked up 812 violations, netting NT$484,200 in fines after just 24 hours. The Traffic Police Corps of Taoyuan City Police Department said that the new law enforcement equipment can cover a variety of traffic violations. As well as red-light runners, the cameras can capture and record illegal lane changes, and cars using left or right turn lanes to go straight,

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Police solve 16-years missing person’s case after bones found in steel drum

A man in Changhua County has been charged with murder following an investigation launched in May when human remains were found in a steel drum in Dacun Township. On May 11, a Taoist Priest collecting recyclable materials, accidentally knocked over a steel drum, which was located in a fire alley next to a drainage ditch. Bones fell out of the drum, which the priest immediately recognized as human. The subsequent police investigation revealed that the drum contained a human skeleton,

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President Tsai apologizes to victim’s family, people of Malaysia after student abducted, murdered in Taiwan

President Tsai Ing-wen today apologized to the family of a Malaysian student who was sexually assaulted and murdered in Tainan City, October 28, and extended apologies to the country and people of Malaysia, adding that the incident did great harm to Taiwan’s international image. The 24-year-old female student surnamed Chung (鍾) was reported missing Thursday, October 29, after failing to return home from the Chang Jung Christian University the previous night. A subsequent police investigation led to the identification of

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Students charged after cat abuse video shared on social media

Two male college students were charged with offences against the Animal Protection Act after one of them uploaded a video showing the other abusing a pet cat, yesterday, October 28. The 20-second-long video filmed by a Taiwanese student named Chen, showed his fellow student, of Chinese nationality, named Lin, biting the tail of an American shorthaired cat. After the cat responds by hissing and kicking back, Lin then slaps the cat on the head, throws it to the ground, and

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Pilot dies after fighter jet crashes off east coast

The pilot of an F-5E fighter jet died after ejecting from the plane off the coast of Taitung County this morning, October 29. The F-5E single-seat fighter of the Air Force Seventh Wing crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from the Taitung Chihhang Air Force Base at 7:30 am on a regular training mission. The pilot, Captain Chu Kuan-meng (朱冠甍) reported engine failure two minutes after take off, and ejected from the aircraft over the ocean. An Air

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14 people injured in Keelung City bus crash

Fourteen people were injured, none seriously, after suspected brake failure led to a bus crash in Keelung City this evening, October 27. Bus driver, Mr Wu, said that the brakes failed as he approached the three-way intersection of Zhongzheng Road, Xiangfeng Street, and Fengren Street, at 5:45 pm. The route 103 bus traveling between Badouzi and Keelung City downtown crashed into 10 scooter riders, knocked down road signs, hit a utility pole, then crashed into a light truck, leaving a

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Endangered stork, rare visitor in Taiwan, found dead of electrocution

Birdwatchers in southern Taiwan were over the moon earlier this month when a rare oriental stork (Ciconia boyciana) appeared for the first time in nine years, however, the bird was found dead this morning, October 27, of apparent electrocution. The stork was first spotted in Yong’an Wetlands, Kaohsiung City in mid-October, when it was noted that the bird was tagged with the number “E37,” and fitted with a satellite transmitter. The bird was found to have been bred by researchers

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