Thu, Jul 15, 2010 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan News Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

■ TELECOMS


CHT to upgrade for free

Approximately 2 million customers of Chunghwa Telecom's (CHT) ADSL service will enjoy faster transmission speeds at current prices after the National Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday approved its new rate plan. CHT has since 2008 proposed upgrading the services it offers customers, but did not secure the commission's approval until yesterday. “We consider what the CHT offers as a new service, and [price] rates for any new service must be reviewed by the NCC,” commission spokesperson Chen Jeng-chang (陳正倉) said. “Meanwhile, as the nation's dominant telecoms provider in the fixed network service market, CHT may fall under suspicion of engaging in predatory pricing if it offers the scheme.” Based on the approved rates, those subscribing to CHT's 256K, 1M and 2M services will be automatically upgraded to 512K, 2M and 3M respectively without having to pay additional costs. The service upgrade should be completed within three months, the commission said.

■ SPORTS

Nation to host equestrians

Taiwan will host this year's International Equestrian Federation (FEI) annual conference, the Chinese Taipei Equestrian Association said yesterday. The four-day conference is scheduled to start in Taipei on Nov. 1. The federation's general assembly will also hold an election for a new chairperson on Nov. 5. Association secretary Joy Lin (林鳳嬌) said the association had spent eight years on its bid to host the FEI annual conference in Taiwan. “During the conference in Copenhagen last year, we presented a video made by the Tourism Bureau that showed the beauty of Taiwan,” Lin said. “Taiwanese equestrians are well-known among the FEI members, particularly because of their extraordinary performances during the 2006 Asian Games in Doha.”

■ SOCIETY

Ma praises blood donors

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) praised a group of outstanding blood donors at the Presidential Office yesterday, saying that he enjoyed donating blood because of the feeling that he was sharing his resources with others. Ma told the Taiwan Blood Services Foundation's selected donors that he envied them because he had to temporarily stop donating blood after doing so 178 times because he visited countries where malaria or West Nile virus was contractible. One man from the group had donated blood 185 times, while another had donated blood platelets 889 times. Ma said he used to donate blood during lunch breaks when he was Taipei mayor. “It was quite convenient to donate blood and have some noodles, then catch up with the news on TV before taking a nap,” he said. According to the foundation, 7.93 percent of Taiwanese donated blood last year, a higher percentage than in the US, Japan or the EU.

■ TOURISM

Top award for flower booth

The Taiwan Tourism Bureau's office in Kuala Lumpur has won the top award in an Outstanding Floral Display contest at an international flower festival being held in Malaysia, the office said yesterday. The Taiwan booth displays a flower fountain and an arch decorated with butterfly orchids and birds of paradise flowers, in a”dream garden” theme, which is also the theme of this year's Putrajaya Flower and Garden Festival. In addition to Taiwan, nine other countries, including Japan, Britain and Canada, are participating in the biennial festival. The festival is meant to showcase the best of the world's landscape and horticulture industry.

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