VIEW THIS PAGE English-speaking drivers to hit Taipei County’s streets
Taxis with English-speaking drivers are expected to hit the streets of Taipei County soon as part of the county government’s efforts to build a more foreigner-friendly environment in the local transportation network, a county official said last week. The exact date would be announced later, the official said. Under the program, the Taipei County Government will offer free English conversation courses to taxi drivers through virtual reality learning and those who qualify will be certified and recruited into the English-speaking service network. In the future, foreigners will be able to call an English-language taxi service through the county government’s certification system, the official said.
Indonesian facing trial for alleged poisoning
The Taipei Prosecutors Office indicted an Indonesian domestic worker on Wednesday on charges of causing injury, after she allegedly poisoned the family of her employer with mercury. Prosecutors said the worker, known by the name Sukini, is being held at a detention center in Hsinchu pending trial. The alleged victims — a man surnamed Chang, his wife and their two children — are recovering after being treated in hospital and having heavy metal residues removed from their bodies, prosecutors said. The prosecutors said Sukini allegedly broke several thermometers and put the mercury into the family’s food. Chang and his wife later developed symptoms that included hair loss, mouth ulcers and impairment of vision, all indicative of mercury poisoning. The two children in the family, aged three and five, were constantly falling because they lacked physical coordination, the prosecutors said. It was found that the mercury concentration in their bodies was 10.42 times the normal level in the adults and 23.33 times the normal level in the children. After Sukini ran away, Chang’s wife found several broken thermometers in the house, which led her to suspect that the family had been poisoned, prosecutors said.
EFFICIENCY: The rules for Philippine arrivals were revised after 17.6% of arrivals with symptoms tested positive, compared with 0.7% of those with no symptoms Starting today, Chinese spouses who hold a reunion permit can apply to enter Taiwan and travelers without symptoms from the Philippines do not need to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival, but are to be tested after a 14-day quarantine, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said that from today, Chinese who are married to a Taiwanese citizen and hold a reunion permit can apply to the National Immigration Agency for entry into Taiwan. Chinese who are married to a foreign national and hold an accompanied reunion permit
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MISTAKE: The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy is not a UN body, and the government is committed to protecting the nation’s name, Joseph Wu said The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday condemned the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy for listing Taiwanese cities as belonging to China on its Web site, and asked that it correct the error. The organization was inaugurated in Brussels in 2016 as a global coalition of mayors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Six Taiwanese cities at the time joined the coalition as cities in “Taiwan,” the ministry said. However, officials from the Kaohsiung City Government — one of the organization’s members — last week noticed that the city was now listed on the organization’s Web site as a
BALANCED DEVELOPMENT: TSMC chairman Mark Liu said the firm is committed to local investment: a third in the north, a third in the center, a third in the south Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電), the world’s biggest contract chipmaker, yesterday said that, based on its strategy of balancing capacity, it plans to make northern Taiwan its manufacturing hub for advanced technologies that go beyond 2 nanometers. “As the company is committed to investing in Taiwan, we try to deploy one-third [of our total production capacity] in the north and have one-third each in the center and south” of the nation, TSMC chairman Mark Liu (劉德音) told reporters on the sidelines of Semicon Taiwan’s Master Forum in Taipei. TSMC last year reached its goal of deploying capacity equally across those parts