Due to the popularity of smartphones and tablets, more and more teenagers have become members of the “heads down,” or phubbers, group. To safeguard the physical and psychological development of the youth, the National Communications Commission (NCC) has instructed manufacturers of these devices to add warnings on the devices, packages and manuals of smartphones and tablets, reminding people that they should not spend a long period of time staring at the screens.
The amendment of the Protection of Children and Youths Welfare and Rights Act was passed by the legislature on the third reading on Jan. 23, stipulating that children and youths may not spend a long period of time using electronic devices.
In addition to reminding people that overusing electronic devices can harm visual acuity, the NCC also urged people should take a 10-minute break after using smartphones or tablets for 30 minutes; children younger than 2 years of age should not stare at screens; children older than 2 years of age should not stare at screens for longer than 1 hour per day.
Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Liberty Times
(Liberty times, translated by Ethan Zhan)
1. manual n.
說明書 (shuo1 ming2 shu1)
例: I’ve never read such an interesting manual before.
2. legislature n.
立法院 (li4 fa3 yuan4)
例: Laws are made by the legislature, but legislators are elected by the people.
3. visual acuity phr.
視力 (shi4 li4)
例: If you want to grow up to be a pilot, you must have good visual acuity.
The Western Section of the Taipei Metro’s Circular Line (the Yellow Line) in New Taipei City has been in operation since Jan. 31. On Sept. 6, someone riding in a Metro train car saw the quite moving scene of an elderly workman sitting on a paint pail that he had with him because he was afraid of dirtying the seats. Some netizens were moved to tears by the story. The person posted a photo on the “Baofei Commune” Facebook group. He said that when he was on the Circular Line in New Taipei City, he had come across an elderly workman
VieShow Cinemas’ Taipei Sun, a digital IMAX movie theater located in Taipei’s Ximending area, closed its doors on Sept. 8 in preparation for the building to be torn down for an urban renewal project. The fate of the mosaic mural The Rising Sun, which is 18.5 meters long and 3 meters high and is located on the second floor, has since become a focus of controversy. The mosaic mural was created by Yen Shui-long (1903-1997), an important figure in Taiwanese art, whose work ranged from painting, crafts and pottery to advertising design, and who was a pioneer in Taiwan’s arts
Let’s go for a spin in my new set of wheels (2/5) 坐我的新車去兜風吧（二） A: How about we organize a road trip to test out my new set of wheels? B: Alright. Any thoughts on where to go? A: I’m thinking of driving along the east coast and staying in Taitung for a long weekend. What do you think? B: That’s a great idea — but does your vintage car have air conditioning? A: I’m afraid not, but at least the weather is starting to cool down now. How about this Saturday? B: Sure. Let’s do it! A: 我們來規劃一趟公路旅行，試試我的新車，你覺得如何？ B: 好啊。你有想到去哪裡嗎？ A: 我打算沿著東海岸開，然後週末連假待在台東。你覺得呢？ B: 那真是太棒了──不過，你的經典車有空調嗎？ A: 恐怕沒有哦，反正天氣開始變涼了。星期六出發怎麼樣？ B: 當然。就這麼做吧！ （Edward Jones, Taipei Times／台北時報章厚明譯） English 英文: Chinese 中文:
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