Survivor Found in Overturned Fishing Boat

[Picture: United Daily News] A fisherman was rescued after surviving 38 hours in the overturned hull of a fishing vessel Sunday morning, December 12. The body of the captain was recovered later the same day. Jinrui Yi No. 88, with a crew of 8, sailed out of Keelung Harbor December 7 to fish for shrimp off the coast of Hsinchu County. The vessel overturned in big waves while rounding Cape Fukuei on its way back to port, Friday evening December

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EPA Major Policy Shift: Toilet Paper to Be Flushed

Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration has reversed its policy on disposal of toilet paper, and says that citizens will flush toilet paper in the future, rather than putting it in a bin. The policy shift comes after a 10-year long controversy that saw the EPA maintain that throwing toilet paper in the toilet would result in pollution. EPA Minister Lee Ying-yuan, speaking to the Legislative Yuan, said that the EPA future policy objective is to encourage people to change their habits.

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Taiwan’s Largest Cocaine Bust: 218KG Intercepted

[Picture: United Daily News] Customs officials and police in Kaohsiung Harbor intercepted a shipment of cocaine hidden in batteries. The 218.45kg haul is the biggest cocaine bust in the history of Taiwan. Investigators received intelligence that a Taipei-based company had been making shipments of heavy vehicle batteries to Australia. While the batteries have a market-value of barely NTD$10,000, the shipping costs amounted to three times that value. Customs, police and coast guard personnel formed an ad-hoc group to investigate the

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Oil Tanker Safe: Thanks to Japanese Horsepower.

Photo: Taiwan Coastguard. The 40,407 gross ton oil tanker Kang-yun, carrying 20,000 kiloliters of aviation fuel, along with heavy oil, and diesel fuel was dragged off the seabed today, after being grounded since December 1, 2016. The CNPC tanker Kang Yun ran aground Thursday morning, due to a combination of mechanical failure and bad weather, according to various reports in Taiwan’s Chinese language media. On Thursday, harbor officials downplayed the seriousness of the incident and assured the public that the

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Grounded Oil Tanker has Crack in Hull: No need to worry, say authorities

An oil tanker that ran aground on the north coast of Taiwan, on the morning of December 1, has a crack in the hull, and is taking water, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA). The vessel Kang Yun, carrying 20,000 kiloliters of Aviation fuel, as well as diesel and heavy oil ran aground at around 9:00am, Thursday morning (Taiwan time: GMT+8). Harbor authorities on Thursday assured the public that there was nothing to worry about, and that tugs would

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EPA on Standby: Tanker Aground Won’t Budge

[Cover Picture: United Daily News] New Taipei City: The Environmental Protection Agency is on standby, and monitoring the grounded oil tanker Kang-yun after tugs failed to move the 40, 407 gross-ton ship at high tide yesterday afternoon. Harbor officials yesterday appeared confident the ship would be moved. They said only the ships stern sat on the sandy bottom. The EPA yesterday also attempted to allay public fears of an oil spill. They pointed out that the double-hulled ship had little

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Oil Tanker Aground on Taipei Coast

An CNPC oil tanker carrying 20,000 kiloliters of aviation gas ran aground on the coast of New Taipei City this morning, and is currently sitting less than 200 meters from shore. Tugs have been sent to attempt to tow the ship offshore at high-tide. The ship ran aground at Ruibin at around 9:00am. According to a harbor bureau section chief, the ship was preparing to enter Shen-ao Harbor when the crew miscalculated the depth at low tide. Harbor authorities said

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New Taipei City the New Gotham City: Police Begin Crackdown

Cover Picture: United Daily News. New Taipei City police chief Hu Mu-yuan announced the launch a coordinated crackdown on organized crime groups responsible for a spate of street violence that has led commentators to dub New Taipei City as “New Gotham City”. The operation begins tonight, November 30. The call comes after the month of November saw street brawls occur just about every night. There have been twenty six cases of street violence recorded in the city so far this

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Filmed in Taiwan: Trailer for Scorsese’s “Silence” Released

Paramount Pictures released the official trailer for Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” yesterday, providing a preview to the sets and locations used around Taiwan, where the movie was filmed in 2015. Paramount announced the film will appear in theaters December 2016. Scorsese chose to shoot the film in Taiwan after talking to Taiwan-born director Ang Lee. Lee filmed “Life of Pi” on the island. Taiwan provided a suitable, and much cheaper location to film the story, which is set in 17th century

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Taiwan International Surfing Open Kicks off in Taitung

An opening ceremony today saw an Amis blessing ritual, and a performance by an indigenous drumming group, as surfers gathered for Taiwan’s only international surfing contest, in Taitung County, Donghe Township’s Jinzun Beach. Surfers will begin competing for NTD$2.5 million (more than USD$78,000) in prize money tomorrow, Thursday, November 24 until Sunday, November 27. Surfers began testing the waters today, and spectators gathered on the beach to watch the world class surfers warming up for tomorrow’s contest. The competition is

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Continuous Rain Causes Rockfalls and Traffic Hazards

Three days of continuous rain has resulted in rockfalls, road-blockages, and a spate of traffic accidents in Taiwan, Wednesday, November 23. On Provincial Highway 9(the Su-hua Highway), a 55 year-old woman was seriously injured in a traffic accident at around 10:00am. The woman was riding as a passenger on a scooter when it collided with a semi-trailer at the 116km mark. A series of rockfalls saw the road temporary blocked in several locations, as road crews rushed to clear debris.

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