Natural ant repellent

After all the recent rain, we’re being invaded by small, biting ants. One way to clear them from your kitchen floor is to spread a little talcum powder (baby powder). Your kitchen might end up smelling like a diaper, but it will be ant free.

Boys throw stones at hornet nest and…

Considering that this is a possibly life-threatening situation, it would seem that the police and media would have paid more attention to the cause of the hornet attack:

…witnesses reported the hornets swarmed from their nest and began attacking people after a couple of boys threw stones at the nest

I’ve read that more people die of hornet stings in Taiwan every year than snake bites. I’m not sure if that’s true, but they are potentially fatal, as is drunk driving and lighting off fireworks inside a building, so you’d think there would be something more made of the cause of the attack, which was the idiotic behaviour of these kids, not an unprovoked attack by hornets.

Angry hornets hurt seven

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

Hsinchu County Fire Department yesterday said that seven people were injured after being attacked by a large number of hornets at a mountain campsite.

The department said more than 30 people who were at a waterfall near the campsite in Jianshih Township (尖石), were attacked by a large number of hornets at 9:49am.

Fifteen people were stung, with seven of them seriously hurt. The seven were treated at a hospital in Hsinchu City, it added.

The hospital said the victims are in good condition and may be able to leave soon.

The department said witnesses reported the hornets swarmed from their nest and began attacking people after a couple of boys threw stones at the nest, which was hanging under a bridge.

A 51-year-old man surnamed Su (蘇) and his 18-year-old daughter were the most seriously hurt, officials said.

The fire department reported Su as saying: “Hornets filled the air. It was terrible. People were trying to cover themselves, and were screaming and running away, but my daughter and I could not escape and were stung repeatedly.”

An 11-year-old boy and a five-year-old boy were also both stung several times, officials said.

The fire department said people should not disturb hornets’ nests and should leave the area quietly and quickly if they encounter one.

If stung by hornets, victims should not try to pull the insects’ stingers out because more venom would be released by such an action, the department said.

 

Taiwan to get a Great Firewall?

It looks like Taiwan may create its own version of The Great Firewall.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/05/31/380007/Move-to.htm

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Well-known international website The Next Web recently reported that Taiwan will block overseas Internet services that infringe on copyrights — similar to measures taken by China — and triggered discussions among foreign Internet users.

The tech community and its supporters have expressed outrage over the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office’s (TIPO, 智慧財產局) decision announced last Tuesday that Internet service providers will be required to block websites that infringe on intellectual property.

According to The Next Web’s report, China has been monitoring the nation’s Internet system through the technically sophisticated Internet filtering systems called the Great Firewall. Now a similar system will be used by Taiwan and a long list of foreign websites that will be blocked has been created by the government.

Winning lottery receipt numbers for March – April 2013

Uniform-Invoice Prize Winning Numbers for Months 03-04, Year 2013

Special Prize     
13393774
NT$10 million for matching all the digits from the above special prize winning number.

Grand Prize
25894576
NT$2 million for matching all the digits from the above grand prize winning number.

First Prize
43792479
01973003
71347425
NT$200,000 for matching all the digits from any of the above first prize winning numbers.

Second Prize     NT$40,000 for matching the last seven digits from any of the first prize winning numbers.

Third Prize     NT$10,000 for matching the last six digits from any of the first prize winning numbers.

Fourth Prize     NT$4,000 for matching the last five digits from any of the first prize winning numbers.

Fifth Prize     NT$1,000 for matching the last four digits from any of the first prize winning numbers.

Sixth Prize     NT$200 for matching the last three digits from any of the first prize winning numbers.

Additional Sixth Prize     
997
NT$200 for matching the last three digits from any of the above prize winning numbers.

Regulations for Prize Money Claims     

  1. In order to receive the prize money, a winner must fill out the form on the back of the uniform invoice and present this with his or her ID card at any post office from 2013/06/06 to 2013/09/05. A winner need not collect the prize money in person. Such person as is entrusted by a winner to collect his or her prize money should present his or her own ID card along with the winning person’s ID card and the winning uniform invoice at the post office in order to receive the prize money.
  2. If the uniform invoice receipt does not indicate the amount of the sale, t he winner is not qualified to collect the prize money.
  3. If the buyer shown on the uniform invoice receipt is a government agency, state-run enterprise, public school, military unit or a business entity, t he winner is not qualified to collect the prize money.
  4. For winners of the fourth, third, second, first, grand or special prize, 20% withholding tax is levied on the prize.
  5. Each invoice may win only one prize.
  6. For more details, please check the Uniform Invoice Award Regulations .
  7. If a winner has any questions about claiming the prize money, please call the Service Line: (02)2396-1651.

Official announcement at http://is.gd/kHZeeT

Winning lottery receipt numbers for January – February 2013

Uniform-Invoice Prize Winning Numbers for Months 01-02, Year 2013

Special Prize     18623268
NT$10 million for matching all the digits from the above special prize winning number.

Grand Prize     23322026
NT$2 million for matching all the digits from the above grand prize winning number.

First Prize     55296725、65713406、44395947
NT$200,000 for matching all the digits from any of the above first prize winning numbers.

Second Prize     NT$40,000 for matching the last seven digits from any of the first prize winning numbers.

Third Prize     NT$10,000 for matching the last six digits from any of the first prize winning numbers.

Fourth Prize     NT$4,000 for matching the last five digits from any of the first prize winning numbers.

Fifth Prize     NT$1,000 for matching the last four digits from any of the first prize winning numbers.

Sixth Prize     NT$200 for matching the last three digits from any of the first prize winning numbers.

Additional Sixth Prize     
436
NT$200 for matching the last three digits from any of the above prize winning numbers.

Regulations for Prize Money Claims     

  1. In order to receive the prize money, a winner must fill out the form on the back of the uniform invoice and present this with his or her ID card at any post office from 2013/04/06 to 2013/07/05. A winner need not collect the prize money in person. Such person as is entrusted by a winner to collect his or her prize money should present his or her own ID card along with the winning person’s ID card and the winning uniform invoice at the post office in order to receive the prize money.
  2. If the uniform invoice receipt does not indicate the amount of the sale, t he winner is not qualified to collect the prize money.
  3. If the buyer shown on the uniform invoice receipt is a government agency, state-run enterprise, public school, military unit or a business entity, t he winner is not qualified to collect the prize money.
  4. For winners of the fourth, third, second, first, grand or special prize, 20% withholding tax is levied on the prize.
  5. Each invoice may win only one prize.

For more details, please check the Uniform Invoice Award Regulations .
If a winner has any questions about claiming the prize money, please call the Service Line: (02)2396-1651.

Official notice found at http://service.etax.nat.gov.tw/etwmain/front/ETW183W7?id=13da02f439000000d68cbb68e9351738&site=en

Winning lottery receipt numbers for November – December 2012

Uniform-Invoice Prize Winning Numbers for Months 11-12, Year 2012

Special Prize     
87165494
NT$10 million for matching all the digits from the above special prize winning number.

Grand Prize     
02818106
NT$2 million for matching all the digits from the above grand prize winning number.

First Prize     
59105591、35149832、40131517
NT$200,000 for matching all the digits from any of the above first prize winning numbers.

Second Prize     NT$40,000 for matching the last seven digits from any of the first prize winning numbers.

Third Prize     NT$10,000 for matching the last six digits from any of the first prize winning numbers.

Fourth Prize     NT$4,000 for matching the last five digits from any of the first prize winning numbers.

Fifth Prize     NT$1,000 for matching the last four digits from any of the first prize winning numbers.

Sixth Prize     NT$200 for matching the last three digits from any of the first prize winning numbers.

Additional Sixth Prize     
653、106
NT$200 for matching the last three digits from any of the above prize winning numbers.

Regulations for Prize Money Claims

  1. In order to receive the prize money, a winner must fill out the form on the back of the uniform invoice and present this with his or her ID card at any post office from 2013/02/06 to 2013/05/06. A winner need not collect the prize money in person. Such person as is entrusted by a winner to collect his or her prize money should present his or her own ID card along with the winning person’s ID card and the winning uniform invoice at the post office in order to receive the prize money.
  2. If the uniform invoice receipt does not indicate the amount of the sale, t he winner is not qualified to collect the prize money.
  3. If the buyer shown on the uniform invoice receipt is a government agency, state-run enterprise, public school, military unit or a business entity, t he winner is not qualified to collect the prize money.
  4. For winners of the fourth, third, second, first, grand or special prize, 20% withholding tax is levied on the prize.
  5. Each invoice may win only one prize.
  6. For more details, please check the Uniform Invoice Award Regulations .
  7. If a winner has any questions about claiming the prize money, please call the Service Line: (02)2396-1651.

Link to announcement: http://www.etax.nat.gov.tw/etwmain/front/ETW183W7?id=13c705555ae000008b1e384e209a4729&site=en

New Longchang speed camera?

It appears that a new Longchang speed camera is set to be unveiled soon. I would imagine that initially at least it will be very diligent. Slow down!

Longchang speed camera

Jelly waiting

I detest blog postings containing cute pictures of animals. Life is full of anomalies.

Wild boar tracks

When I first saw these tracks I thought they were deer as they look very much like the deer tracks one would see in the US, but I soon realized they are most likely wild boar. This is only a few hundred meters from Route 11. Click to enlarge.


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Winning lottery receipt numbers for September – October 2012

Uniform-Invoice Prize Winning Numbers for Months 09-10, Year 2012

Special Prize     
15719324
NT$10 million for matching all the digits from the above special prize winning number.

Grand Prize
11661657
NT$2 million for matching all the digits from the above grand prize winning number.

First Prize
64718986
49313179
29736314
NT$200,000 for matching all the digits from any of the above first prize winning numbers.

Second Prize
NT$40,000 for matching the last seven digits from any of the first prize winning numbers.

Third Prize
NT$10,000 for matching the last six digits from any of the first prize winning numbers.

Fourth Prize
NT$4,000 for matching the last five digits from any of the first prize winning numbers.

Fifth Prize
NT$1,000 for matching the last four digits from any of the first prize winning numbers.

Sixth Prize
NT$200 for matching the last three digits from any of the first prize winning numbers.

Additional Sixth Prize     843、927
NT$200 for matching the last three digits from any of the above prize winning numbers.

Regulations for Prize Money Claims     

  1. In order to receive the prize money, a winner must fill out the form on the back of the uniform invoice and present this with his or her ID card at any post office from 2012/12/06 to 2013/03/05. A winner need not collect the prize money in person. Such person as is entrusted by a winner to collect his or her prize money should present his or her own ID card along with the winning person’s ID card and the winning uniform invoice at the post office in order to receive the prize money.
  2. If the uniform invoice receipt does not indicate the amount of the sale, t he winner is not qualified to collect the prize money.
  3. If the buyer shown on the uniform invoice receipt is a government agency, state-run enterprise, public school, military unit or a business entity, t he winner is not qualified to collect the prize money.
  4. For winners of the fourth, third, second, first, grand or special prize, 20% withholding tax is levied on the prize.
  5. Each invoice may win only one prize.
  6. For more details, please check the Uniform Invoice Award Regulations .
  7. If a winner has any questions about claiming the prize money, please call the Service Line: (02)2396-1651.

Official posting at http://www.etax.nat.gov.tw/etwmain/front/ETW118W/CON/641/5462115926127922558.