Uni student survives 5-storey fall after leaving her key at home

A female university student fell from the 6th floor of a building onto a roof 5 floors below, in Kaohsiung City in the early hours of this morning, but remained conscious and is not seriously injured, according to reports today, May 28. Kaohsiung City Fire Department received a report that a person had fallen from a residential building in Gushan District at around 1:00 am. Firefighters found the 22-year-old woman, named Tsai on a roof on the first floor. Tsai

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Food scandal: Restaurateur who passed off duck liver for foie gras has prison sentence commuted

The owner of a high-end teppanyaki restaurant in Kaohsiung City won an appeal to the Supreme Court, effectively reducing her penalty to a commutable prison sentence of 5 months from a previous 1 year, 6 month sentence for the crime of passing off duck liver as genuine foie gras, yesterday, May 13. The legal saga began at lunchtime on September 19, 2016, when a man named Lu (盧) took his wife to the Cardial restaurant on Longde Road, Gushan District,

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Students use BB guns to fend off thieving monkeys on university campus

The Kaohsiung City Agriculture Bureau said that it is not illegal for students to use BB guns to protect themselves from monkeys, after a video was shared showing a female student carrying a BB gun to take a food delivery at Sun Yat-sen University. A driver for the popular food delivery service, Foodpanda, uploaded a video to social media showing a customer coming out of the female dormitory to take delivery of her meal armed with a BB pistol. The

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Man falls 13 floors to his death from overturned excavator on demolition site

A worker fell to his death on a demolition site in Kaohsiung City after the excavator he was operating on the 14th floor, overturned, and fell to the 13th floor, where it remained suspended upside down. The 30-year-old operator, named Hsu fell out of the excavator’s cab, plummeting 13 floors to the ground. An ambulance was dispatched to the site, but paramedics found that Hsu was obviously dead, and did not send him to hospital. The Kaohsiung City Labor Bureau

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Rebar collapse on Kaohsiung City construction site leaves 1 dead, 4 injured

One person died, and four others are injured, one in a critical condition, after a stack of rebar collapsed on a construction site in Kaohsiung City’s Gushan District this morning, March 4. At 9:20 am, five workers were tying rebar five floors underground when a stack of three-meter high rebar collapsed like dominoes for a length of between 40 and 50 meters, leaving two people trapped. Three others were injured but managed to extricate themselves from the tangle of steel

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Gangster dead after shootout with cops in Kaohsiung City

A suspect being investigated for a kidnapping and ransom case was declared dead in hospital after being shot several times during a shootout with police in Kaohsiung City this morning, March 2. Police from Chiayi City Police Department, the Criminal Investigation Bureau, and Kaohsiung City Police Department were investigating a 57-year-old man named Lee, who is suspected of masterminding the kidnapping and ransom of a wealthy businessman in Chiayi City in January. Lee was driving a white BMW SUV near

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1 killed, 2 injured by runaway truck wheel on freeway

One person died, and two were injured after a wheel came off a truck and bounced over the center guardrail into oncoming traffic on National Freeway 1 in Kaohsiung City this morning, February 27. At around 8:00 am, two wheels came off a semitrailer traveling northbound at the 364 kilometer mark. One wheel remained in the northbound lanes, while the other bounced over the center guardrail, and hit a car traveling in the fast lane southbound. In the car were

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Monkey appears to be hard at work at Sun Yat-sen University

A picture of a Formosan macaque in an office at National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung City has gone viral on social media, as it appears that the monkey is working diligently, and highly focused on the task at hand. “Currently, universities are on vacation, but look who’s at work in the communication office at Sun Yat-sen University,” Chang Morgan posted on Facebook, Wednesday, February 3. Lin Meiyin, secretary-general of the Taiwan Macaque Coexistence Promotion Association said that Sun Yat-sen

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Firefighters work overnight battling chemical factory fire in Kaohsiung City

Firefighters in Kaohsiung City worked through the night to extinguish a fire at a chemical plant in the Linyuan Industrial Park after an explosion and fire was reported at around 8:30 pm yesterday evening, January 29. Thirty-six vehicles and 75 personnel were dispatched from 14 fire stations to battle the blaze at the UPC Technology Corporation (1313.TW) plasticizer plant on Gongye 2nd Road. The fire destroyed around 300 square meters containing plasticizer dioctyl phthalate (DOP) and phthalic anhydride (PA) production

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Unexploded depth charge found while unloading catch in fishing harbor

Coast Guard officers blockaded a fishing port in Kaohsiung City yesterday, after an unexploded depth charge was found on a fishing vessel while the crew was unloading the catch at the fish market. The unexploded bomb was found at 11:00 am at the Keziliao Fishing Harbor. Entry to the port was blocked until an bomb disposal team from the Army Fourth Regional Support Command ammunition depot arrived at around 1:00 pm. Army personnel identified the bomb as an MK6 depth

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Three family members dead after residential fire in Kaohsiung City

Three members of a family died after a fire in a four storey residential building in Kaohsiung City in the early hours of the morning today, January 15. The Kaohsiung City fire department responded to reports of a fire in Fengshan District at 4:44 am. Twenty-eight vehicles and 62 personnel were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, firefighters found a 33-year-old woman named Wu, holding a one-year-old infant, on a balcony on the third floor calling for help. Firefighters raised

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