Museum spruces up
In an effort to improve the landscape around the National Palace Museum, the Taipei City Government will decorate Ziqiang Tunnel (自強隧道) with plants and art pieces from the museum. The Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs said it would install a calligraphy piece on top of the tunnel and landscape its surroundings. Art pieces chosen from the museum will also be placed along the tunnel's walls. The city government will also improve the landscape in nearby Shuangxi Park (雙溪公園) and in local communities to improve the appearance of the area.
Canada renews agreement
Canada, the first country to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on academic exchanges with Taiwan, renewed the agreement yesterday, the Ministry of Education said. The agreement was renewed to facilitate student and teacher exchanges between the two countries, the education ministry's Bureau of International Cultural and Educational Relations announced in a press release yesterday. The first memorandum was signed in May 2004 and expired last month, it said.
Lee to address journalists
Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) has been invited to address the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan (FCCJ) this weekend, FCCJ officials said yesterday. Lee will speak on Japan's foreign policy and then take questions from the media, the officials said. The event will replace an original plan by Lee to hold a news conference on Saturday, the same day he is scheduled to wrap up his 11-day visit and return to Taiwan. The FCCJ has more than 300 members.
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
PILLAGING PENGHU: A 7,539-tonne Chinese ship found mining sand in the Formosa Banks area was escorted by several CGA ships to a Kaohsiung harbor The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) yesterday announced that it had dispatched ships to intercept Chinese dredging vessels operating in the nation’s territorial waters near Penghu and detained 10 crew members, who were transported to Kaohsiung. A coast guard patrol discovered more than 20 dredging vessels in an area known as the Formosa Banks, 46 nautical miles (85km) southwest of Penghu County’s Cimei islet (七美) at about 5am on Wednesday. The agency responded by dispatching two patrol boats, the 3,000-tonne Kaohsiung and the 500-tonne Penghu, along with two frigates, to intercept the Chinese vessels, while an airborne observation unit was used to monitor
‘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