■ Sports \nFoundation to be established \nThe Kaohsiung City Government is planning to establish a 2009 World Games foundation to help promote the city, officials of the southern Taiwan port city said yesterday. The officials said that after Kaohsiung won its bid to stage the World Games in 2009, the city government has been preparing for the games, hoping to enhance the profile of Taiwan and Kaohsiung through the sponsorship of the games. The city government has commissioned commercial and city image ads and other brochures to advertise to the world that the games will be staged there. The foundation is expected to be established Jan. 15 with initial funding of NT$5 million (US$156,250). \n■ Disaster Aid \nTaiwan plans more help \nTaiwan is planning to help countries affected by the Dec. 26 tsunami disaster to build health centers in addition to providing them with emergency aid, Center for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Kuo Hsu-sung (郭旭崧) said yesterday. Kuo said a long-term plan was necessary because a lot of infrastructure in the tsunami-hit areas has been destroyed. Besides offering US$50 million in relief for the affected countries, Taiwan has also sent medical teams to some of the worst-hit countries. Also yesterday, the Department of Health announced that it will donate 10 shipments of emergency medical supplies to the World Health Organization for delivery to the disaster areas. \n■ Events \nHispanists to hold meeting \nThe fifth meeting of the Asian Association of Hispanists will be held Friday and Saturday at Tamkang University in suburban Taipei, organizers said yesterday. Around 100 hispanists from home and abroad, including Spain, Argentina, Chile, Germany, Japan, China, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand and the US will take part in the conference, with its theme centering on hispanist studies and globalization, according to university officials. Participants will discuss cultural, language and historical problems for worldwide hispanists arising from globalization and possible countermeasures in a gathering that will be open to the public, they said. The Asian Association of Hispanists was set up in 1985 in Seoul. It has held three meetings in Seoul, Manila and Tokyo. \n■ Diplomacy \nAmbassador quits post \nRelations between Taiwan and Haiti are solid, outgoing Taiwan Ambassador Hsieh Hsin-ping (謝新平) said yesterday. Hsieh, who is scheduled to return to Taipei to work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs later this month, said now is a good time for Taiwan to change its ambassador to Haiti because bilateral relations are in good shape. In a telephone interview with the Central News Agency, Hsieh said he has assured the Haitian government that Taiwan will always be Haiti's best friend and will do its utmost to help the Caribbean country resolve problems and promote national development. Hsieh's successor, Yang Cheng-ta (楊承達), is scheduled to arrive in Haiti late this month to assume his new post. Hsieh said he believes that Taiwan-Haiti relations will be further expanded on the basis of current foundations after Yang assumes office. Hsieh asked for a job transfer last May because he has been suffering from a skin allergy. After a half-year wait, the foreign ministry has finally agreed to his request.
Food delivery provider Foodpanda had 564 consumer disputes from January to last month and failed to attend many mediation sessions with local governments nationwide, the Executive Yuan’s Consumer Protection Committee said. In a news release earlier this month, the committee said that it investigated consumer complaints and mediations for Foodpanda and rival Uber Eats during the period, when the number of delivery orders jumped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Uber Eats had 80 consumer disputes, the committee said. Of Foodpanda’s consumer disputes, 368 resulted from delivery drivers canceling orders after customers could not be reached, 108 were related to the quality or quantity
‘HONEYMOON’ IS OVER: A political science professor said that the Tsai administration’s popularity peaked after it successfully contained COVID-19, but is waning President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) and Premier Su Tseng-chang’s (蘇貞昌) approval ratings fell significantly this month in the wake of the government’s handling of the distribution of relief funds and stimulus coupons to people and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a poll released yesterday by the New Power Party (NPP) showed. The poll showed that 68 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with Tsai’s performance, down 8.9 percentage points from last month, while 21 percent said they disapproved of her performance. Her approval among respondents aged 20 to 29 fell 14.7 percentage points, the largest decrease when compared with other age
Passengers arriving at Taoyuan International Airport will find that most entrances to both terminals have been sealed off as part of its COVID-19 prevention efforts. Follow the signs and directions posted on the doors to find the nearest entry point. The airport has installed infrared cameras and thermometer guns at all open entrances, and all persons with a temperature of over 37.5 degrees Celsius are prohibited from entering the terminal. In addition, staff will take the temperature of those checking in to their flights in advance at Airport MRT stations A1 and A3. In accordance with the Centers of Disease
A 35-year-old man has undergone a 3D endoscopic mastectomy, after having injected himself with more than 3 liters of soybean oil over eight years. The man, whose name was not revealed, had complained that his breasts were becoming loose and losing their shape, said Chunghwa Christian Hospital Endoscopic Mastectomy Center director Lai Hung-wen (賴鴻文), who performed the surgery last year. At age 27, the man began searching for inexpensive breast augmentation methods, before learning about soybean oil injection from a cosmetic surgery Web site, Lai said. Over the past eight years, the man injected himself at home 10 times, starting with about 50ml