‘Monga’ in Academy run
Monga (艋舺), the film Taiwan is nominating for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards next year, won the Best Asian Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival on Tuesday. Lee Tai-kuai (李大塊), an official with the Culture Center of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, accepted the award on behalf of the film’s producers. The gangster movie set in Taipei’s old Wanhua District (萬華) was a local box office success when released in January, setting the single day record for a domestic film, according to the online Business Weekly. It also helped stimulate tourism in that part of the city. The award given at the festival was established by the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema, a pan-Asian film cultural organization involving film production professionals.
Autistic bikers see Kaohsiung
Six autistic bike riders on a trip around the country arrived in Kaohsiung City yesterday, four days after setting off from Taipei and braving the elements down the west coast. The riders, aged 13 to 30, are being accompanied by family members and volunteers on the third round-the-island cycling journey organized by the Autism Society Taiwan. The group stopped briefly in Kaohsiung City before getting back on their bikes to head for Pingtung, the nation’s southernmost county. “No one has complained about how difficult the trip has been despite the heat and rain,” one of the parents accompanying the riders said.
Dementia film to debut
The nation’s first documentary film depicting life stories of dementia patients will debut late next month, an organization for Alzheimer’s patients announced yesterday. Thanking the public for raising NT$8.2 million (US$256,000) for the film, the Catholic Foundation of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia and Allianz Taiwan Life Insurance Company said the money raised over a five-month period had assisted in the production of The Long Goodbye and would also provide care for elders suffering from dementia. The film, which took nearly three years to complete and was directed by Golden Horse Award winner Yang Li-chou (楊力州), aims to help people understand Alzheimer’s and teach them how to interact with those who suffer from the disease. The groups encouraged the public to raise awareness of the disease, which is growing rapidly among Taiwan’s aging population.
County gives hearing tests
All newborns aged three days to one month with at least one parent registered as a Taipei County resident can get a free hearing test at one of the 12 designated hospitals or clinics located in the county, the county’s Public Health Bureau said yesterday. Foreign nationals can also use the service as long as one of the newborn’s parents can prove residency in the county, bureau officials said. According to the bureau, since Taipei County began offering the service last month, a total of 998 infants were checked and 22 cases of abnormal hearing detected. Studies have shown that one in every 500 newborns will end up needing a hearing aid during their childhood, but if hearing problems are detected within a child’s first six months of life, many infants can eventually restore their hearing to normal levels, the bureau said in explaining the rationale behind the program.
‘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
Peggy Chen (陳佩琪), wife of Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), yesterday said that the Central Epidemic Command Center’s (CECC) claim that Taiwan had warned the WHO about possible human-to-human transmission of COVID-19 was “far-fetched.” The US on April 9 said that the WHO had put politics first and ignored Taiwan’s early warning in December last year, which the WHO denied the following day. The WHO said that it received an e-mail from Taiwanese authorities on Dec. 31 last year, but that “there was no mention in the message of human-to-human transmission.” Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the CECC,
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
PROTECTION LACKING: DPP Legislator Lai Pin-yu said that currently, victims cannot legally force online platforms to remove sexual videos or imagery of them A bill to prevent the nonconsensual distribution of imagery or videos of sexual acts between adults on Friday passed a first reading and has been forwarded to a Legislative Yuan committee to be discussed. The bill was jointly proposed by 18 Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators. It seeks to promote gender equality, uphold righteous and moral social conduct and to protect the privacy of individuals, all of which would help prevent incidents similar to South Korea’s “Nth Room” case, the proposal said. The Nth Room involves a criminal investigation into the distribution of sexually exploitative videos via the Telegram app from 2018 to