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.
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.
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.
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.
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