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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff Writer, with CNA

BUSINESS

Trend Micro breaks record

Trend Micro, a major global content security provider, has successfully released 865 mousetraps in a domino circle, a feat expected to set a new Guinness World Record. The Tokyo-headquartered, Taiwanese-founded multinational said it broke the previous record of 200 mousetraps and would submit its claim to the Guinness World Records organization for formal confirmation. The mousetrap game, which was organized in Hsinchu City this year, was part of the company’s annual engineering camp aimed at enhancing the team spirit of its 700 engineers from around the world.

AGRICULTURE

Sweet dumpling prices rise

Prices of sweet rice dumplings, traditionally eaten on the winter solstice in Taiwan, have risen by between 10 and 30 percent this year, but the Council of Agriculture said yesterday that prices are still under control. The statement was made by Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Wu-hsiung (陳武雄) after Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) cited complaints from the public about the price increase, which are a result of a rise in the price of glutinous rice. Taiwan produced more than 58,000 tonnes of glutinous rice this year, more than 15,000 tonnes short of the amount required to meet demand, Ting said, adding the council should have responded to the situation earlier. Part of the glutinous rice sold in Taiwan in the past years was imported, Chen said, adding that global prices have gone up because a drought in Thailand has caused a shortage.

BUSINESS

Gou voted most charismatic

Terry Gou (郭台銘), chairman of the Foxconn Group, was voted the most charismatic boss by Taiwanese workers, according to the results of a recent online survey. Twenty-one percent of the respondents in the Yes123 job bank poll said they hoped to work with 60-year-old Gou, head of the world’s largest computer and electronic components contract manufacturer, whose major clients include Apple and Dell. Yulong Group chairman Kenneth Yen (嚴凱泰) was second, with 10.9 percent of the votes, and Yu Mei-ren (于美人), an entertainment agent who is a former TV host, was third. Although Gou is known as a tough boss, his company was voted as the second most attractive corporation in Taiwan because of the generous prize money it gives away at its year-end party, said Chiu Wen-jen (邱文仁), the job bank’s deputy CEO. Last year the top prize was 200,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at NT$26.9 million (US$900,000). Gou’s personal fame has also helped the company’s ranking, Chiu added. The survey was conducted online from Nov. 29 through Dec. 6, collecting 2,219 valid samples.

TRANSPORTATION

CAL to launch Wuhan service

China Airlines (CAL) will begin regularly scheduled flights between Taipei and Wuhan, China, on Jan. 26 the company said yesterday. The carrier will operate two round-trip flights a week to Wuhan, which will become its 17th destination in China. CAL said the new route reflected its interest in adding flights to second-tier Chinese cities, such as Wuhan, and in taking advantage of growing demand from the tourism sector for flights between Taiwan and China. It sees Wuhan, one of China’s ancient cities, as an attractive destination because it has long been a tourism center.

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