ICRT Weekly Central Taiwan News Report, Oct. 7–transcript

Mayor Lu touts success of shopping festival Speaking to city council, Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen touted the success of this summer’s second annual shopping festival.The festival included special offers, activities and lucky draws for a wide range of items, including TVs, scooters and a new apartment.Overall, they registered over NT$9 billion on the festival’s online […]

ICRT Weekly Central Taiwan News Report, Sep 23–transcript

Free 10 km bus trips to end for non-Taichungers Starting January 1, the first 10 km free and NT$10 maximum charge on buses in Taichung is set to no longer apply to tens or hundreds of thousands of commuters.After the new year starts, the policy will only apply to Taichungers.The only exceptions will be students […]

ICRT Weekly Central Taiwan News Report, Sep 16–transcript

Tragedy strikes camping families Tragedy struck two camping families when a flash flood struck their tents in the very early hours of Sunday morning.Of the six people in the two families, only two survived.The father of one family survived by swimming to safety.The other survivor was the mother of the other family, who had been […]

ICRT Weekly Central Taiwan News Report, Sep 9–transcript

Mask supplier detained for passing off non-medical masks The owner of a company in Changhua County has been detained for allegedly supplying pharmacies in Nantou with non-medical grade surgical masks from unknown sources, prosecutors said yesterday.The company is accused of procuring 610,000 masks from an unknown source and falsely labeling them to look as if […]

ICRT Weekly Central Taiwan News Report, Sep 2–transcript

Local revolt against American pork All three KMT-led central Taiwan governments have responded strongly to the party’s call to strike back against President Tsai’s decision to open the country to sales of American pork, which contains the leanness-enhancing agent ractopamine.Taichung announced that existing local regulations have fines ranging from NT$30,000 to NT$100,000 if any ractopamine […]

ICRT Weekly Central Taiwan News–transcript

CECC and Changhua County at odds Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), last week decided to launch an investigation into the Changhua County Health Bureau, saying it was not clear why the bureau had tested an asymptomatic teenager for COVID-19 after his recent return from the United States.The […]

ICRT Weekly Central Taiwan News–transcript

TCM poisoning scandal continues to widen A third traditional Chinese medicine clinic has been added to the list of places prescribing medicines to patients containing highly toxic cinnabar and lead tetroxide, which had led to many cases of organ failure and could potentially be fatal.The number of people confirmed poisoned has risen to 28 as […]

ICRT Weekly Central Taiwan News–transcript

TCM poison scandal spreads A second Taichung-based traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) clinic has been ordered to suspend business after city authorities found it had also allegedly prescribed drugs laced with heavy metals to patients.A court, meanwhile, has now ordered these two traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and one medicine dealer based in Taichung to be detained […]

ICRT Weekly Central Taiwan News Report transcript

TCM clinic poisons clients A doctor at a Taichung-based traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) clinic has been suspended for 30 days for prescribing drugs containing heavy metals that led to lead poisoning in at least fifteen patients.The case first came to light after a Taichung City Councilor told reporters Friday he had been hospitalized for a […]

ICRT Weekly Central Taiwan News Report transcript

Taichung mayor back at work following surgery Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen arrived for work, and addressed reporters and the City Council from a wheelchair following hip surgery.Describing it as an old injury, she said she decided to have the surgery on the advice of doctors and to “get it over and done with.”Her vice mayor […]