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Woman hospitalized after suicide attempt
A Vietnamese mother and her two-year-old daughter were checked into a Tainan hospital yesterday after drinking pesticide in what neighbors called a suicide attempt, local media reported.
The woman, surnamed Luan, is married to a Taiwanese man. Their four-year-old son was rushed to the hospital with Luan and her daughter, but did not drink pesticide himself because he was frightened, media reported the woman's neighbors saying. The neighbors speculated family burdens drove the woman to her actions. The family's finances were reportedly strained because Luan's husband has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and Luan's mother-in-law works as a caregiver at a hospital.
Tainan County Government's welfare department said it has not ruled out the possibility of separating Luan from her children.
Valuable recyclables
Household or kitchen waste can be turned into a cash cow if the waste is properly collected and treated, officials with the Cabinet-level Environmental Protection Administration said yesterday.
Officials from the EPA's Bureau of Environmental Inspection estimated that some NT$2.4 billion can be generated annually by collecting kitchen waste. Leftover food scraps contain valuable nutrients that can be used to improve garden soil. Waste fruit and vegetables, peelings, coffee grounds, egg shells can be safely composted using the proper methods, the officials noted.
Seeking pardon
An alliance of Pepo peoples and other civil rights groups asked President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday to pardon a member of the Pepo Tribe on the eve of his imprisonment and address the difficulties such people face.
The alliance said that Pan Jen-yung was sentenced to one year and 10 months imprisonment in 2003 for killing a Reeve's muntjac - a species of deer -in violation of animal conservation laws and gun and ammunition control laws.
Alliance officials said that as Pepo people are not legally considered aborigines, Pan could not appeal for a commutation. But if Pan is sent to jail, his family will be plunged into difficulties, they said.
Huang's trouble
Taiwan Solidarity Union Legislator Huang Cheng-che (黃政哲) had his party membership rights suspended yesterday after he was indicted on charges of breach of trust and fraud November 22.
The TSU central executive committee's decision will be referred to the party's central review committee and if the latter approves the decision, Huang's legislative seat will be taken over by Lin Chih-chia, the party's secretary-general.


Updated : 2021-10-18 00:04 GMT+08:00