Taiwan’s Chan advances to women’s doubles final at Rogers Cup

Taiwanese tennis ace Latisha Chan (詹詠然) will become the world’s top ranked women’s doubles player next week after reaching the finals of the Rogers Cup in Canada with her Russian partner Ekaterina Makarova on Saturday.

The second-seeded Chan and Makarova beat sixth seeds Andreja Klepac of Slovakia and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the semifinals to book a spot in Sunday’s final against Ashleigh Barty of Australia and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands.

With the victory, the 28-year-old Taiwanese earned a spot in the Rogers Cup women’s doubles final for the first time in her long career and also picked up enough ranking points to move into the top spot in the world in women’s doubles.

Claw machine craze sparks calls for animal protection law review

A legislative report is calling for a review of the Animal Protection Act amid the booming popularity of claw crane machines and the growing practice of offering live animals as prizes, which has sparked accusations of animal cruelty.

A report by the Legislative Yuan’s Organic Law and Statute Bureau published on Aug. 3 noted reports by local media that some outlets using claw crane machines were operating on the edge of the law.

They are accused of offering live animals such as lobsters and mud crabs as prizes and putting up signs to tell customers that “clawing invertebrates is not against the law.”

Technically, they are not wrong because invertebrates are not covered by the Animal Protection Act, but the report said caging live animals and hurting them by grabbing and dropping them shows no respect for living things or animal protection.

Some owners of claw crane machines are accused of offering live animals such as lobsters and mud crabs as prizes and putting up signs to tell customers that “clawing invertebrates is not against the law.”

68 arrested in Yunlin party raid

Sixty-eight people were arrested and party drugs were seized during a drug raid at a pub in Yunlin County on Saturday night, county police said Sunday.

Based on data showing that police often found possession and use of drugs at a Dounan pub in random inspections, Yunlin County authorities suspected it was providing drugs for customers and launched an investigation into the establishment.

During a raid Saturday night, police arrested 68 people, including the pub owner surnamed Chen and 54 foreign nationals, many of whom were migrant workers, according to police.

They also seized 1.18 grams of ketamine, nine cigarettes with ketamine, and 19 packets of drugs weighing a total of 98.3 grams.

The 68 suspects have been referred to the Yunlin District Prosecutors Office for further investigation.

During a raid Saturday night, police in Yunlin arrested 68 people and seized drugs, including the pub owner surnamed Chen and 54 foreign nationals, many of whom were migrant workers, according to police.