Taiwan water park explosion injures over 100

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Banned but demand fuels lucrative trade of electronic cigarettes

A black market for contraband cigarettes exploded on the scene in 2006 due to the large 'sin' tax on cigarettes. The same thing has happened with electronic cigarettes since the Government banned them in 2010

BANNED: A man adding vape juice to his electronic cigarette in the US.

The Government’s ban on electronic cigarettes has resulted in a thriving black market.

Prices of e-cigarettes have nearly doubled, with a standard starter set costing $175 instead of $100 three years ago.

And each time news of government enforcement activities goes out, illegal peddlers justify the price increases by stating the increased risk of smuggling these products from other countries.

Demand for these alternative tobacco products has not abated, they claim.

Read the full reports in our print edition on June 28.

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Woman gives birth at lift landing

UNEXPECTED: A woman gave birth at this lift landing on Friday.

A woman in labour was trying to get to the hospital when she was forced to give birth at a lift landing in Bishan on Friday.

The incident happened at 11.50am at Block 131, Bishan Street 12, reported Lianhe Wanbao yesterday.

The woman, said to be a teacher in her 30s, suddenly shouted in pain when she and a female friend were at the foot of the block.

Her water bag broke and she was in so much pain that she had to sit down beside the lift, the report said.

She delivered soon after.

Madam Liang, 49, was in the area with her maid and mother when she saw the woman lying on the floor and the friend holding onto a newborn baby in her arms.

The resident was reported as saying: "I heard a woman shouting and I thought someone was being robbed. When I went to check it out, I realised it was a woman giving birth."

HELP

She rushed forward to help by wrapping the baby with a towel.

Madam Liang said the friend later told bystanders that the baby was the woman's fourth child and the birth process was smooth.

But the umbilical cord was still intact as bystanders did not dare to do anything, fearing it would endanger the life of the mother and child.

The friend contacted an ambulance from a nearby hospital which arrived minutes later.

Madam Liang, who was worried for the safety of the baby, recounted: "When I heard the baby cry, I heaved a sigh of relief."

The woman's husband, who had received the news, arrived in time to accompany his wife and the baby in the ambulance.

Another resident told the paper that she has often seen the woman and her husband take their three kids aged below seven for outings.

"They are friendly, and they would greet me," the neighbour added.

Brothel in the heartlands?

Residents of Woodlands block concerned about possible vice activities at unit

ILLICIT: (Above) Ads promoting sexual services appeared online after the women moved into the unit.
ILLICIT: Men seen leaving the unit.

Residents of a HDB block at Woodlands Drive 70 are concerned one of the units there has been turned into a brothel.

Strangers, mostly men, have been seen entering and leaving a unit on the ninth storey unit recently.

Shin Min Daily News reported that three foreign women have moved in recently.

Then, advertisements promoting sexual services and urging men to "seek pleasure" has emerged online, the report said.

Neighbours that The New Paper on Sunday spoke to said the men are usually looking at their phone and looking for a unit.

Read the full report in our print edition on June 28.

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More than 200 hurt after fire in Taiwan water park

One of the injured at the water park

At least 205 people were injured, 82 seriously, in an explosion on Saturday (June 27) evening at a recreational water park in New Taipei, Taiwan, the country's official Central News Agency reported.

The fire at Formosa Water Park in Bali District happened around 8.30pm and was quickly brought under control, CNN said.

The cause of the fire had yet to be determined.

Several victims, some of whom suffered burns of over 40 per cent, were sent to different hospitals for treatment.

The report said there was still injured people waiting at the park awaiting treatment, Focus Taiwan news channel reported.

The park was having a “Color Play Asia” party when the accident happened.

Some people attending the party posted on Facebook that the fire began after a large volume of powder spewed into the air.

Source: Central News Agency, CBB, Focus Taiwan

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