Taiwan ranks fifth in a national wealth rating of developing countries compiled by the World Paper and Money Matters Institute, up a notch from a year ago. \nThe Wealth of Nations Triangle Index has been issued annually since 1996. It measures the balanced development potential of 70 developing countries around the world in terms of three subindexes -- economic environment, social environment and information exchanges -- on the premise that sustainable growth is dependent on balance. With a total of 63 variables, 21 variables in each of the three subindexes are gauged. \nIn the newly released 2004 Wealth of Nations Triangle Index for last year, Taiwan ranked fifth with a total score of 1,816, one place up from the 2003 rating. \nSouth Korea ranked top in the 2003 survey, but dropped two notches to third place in the rating for last year. South Korea and Taiwan were the only two Asian countries to make the top 10 list for 2004. \nSlovenia topped last year's rating followed by Israel, South Korea, the Czech Republic, Taiwan, Estonia, Hungary, the Slovak Republic, Lithuania and Latvia. Seven of the top 10 nations were East European countries. \nChina ranked 27th, up seven notches from the 2003 rating. In terms of the economic-environment index, China ranked sixth, higher than Slovenia and Taiwan, but its social environment rating was very low.
TOO TIRED: Investigators found that the pilot’s lack of alertness could be attributed to a lack of sleep the previous night, when he had slept with his child It was a copilot’s inappropriate operation of the aircraft and the pilot’s insufficient alertness that led to a hard landing of a China Airlines cargo flight on Dec. 13, 2018, the Taiwan Transportation Safety Board said yesterday. Flight CI6844, a Boeing 747-409 which departed from Hong Kong International Airport, landed on the pre-threshold area of runway L5 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, about 21m before the head of the runway, an investigation report said. The hard landing damaged three runway lights, but none of the personnel on board sustained any injuries, the report said. When approaching the runway, the copilot failed to maintain
DISTRUST WARRANTED? The WHO is under China’s control and has become a useless organization, while data from China cannot be trusted, a Control Yuan member said China’s demand that the novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, Hubei Province, not be referred to with names like the “Wuhan pneumonia” betrays its lack of confidence in itself, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) told lawmakers yesterday. Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Yi-yu (蔡易餘) asked Su, during a interpellation at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, for his view on China’s attempts to redeem its national image in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. These included China’s efforts to “bleach” its image, including having WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus publicly praise its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, and thanking it for buying time
Taipei residents who stay at hotels in the city during their 14-day mandatory quarantine period are eligible to apply for the city’s NT$7,000 subsidy, with online applications to be launched next week. Taipei Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) on Monday said Taipei residents who have COVID-19 Health Declaration and Home Quarantine Notice dated after March 19 and a quarantine hotel receipt for the dates covered by the quarantine period, would be eligible for the subsidy. The Taipei City Government on Sunday told the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) that so many city residents are under home quarantine that about 90 percent of
REPEAT OFFENDER: The man went outside for exercise on Wednesday and then left his home on Saturday with his girlfriend, officials said A New Taipei City man has been fined NT$400,000 (US$13,221) and ordered into government quarantine after breaking home quarantine for a second time on Saturday. The 25-year-old man, surnamed Chen (陳) returned to Taiwan on Sunday last week and was ordered to home quarantine until Sunday. He was seen leaving his home on a scooter with his girlfriend on Saturday, three days after he was fined NT$200,000 for going outside to exercise, police said. Chen has now been placed in a quarantine center arranged by the district office and health center of the district where he lives, police said. Police warned the public