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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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
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