Nun celebrates 77th birthday
A Catholic nun, Sister Edmara Ulrich of Switzerland, who has served in the country for nearly half a century, yesterday celebrated her 77th birthday at her church in Chiayi County. National Immigration Agency Deputy Director-General Ho Jung-tsun (何榮村) went to the Fenchihu Catholic Church on Alishan (阿里山) to wish Ulrich happy birthday in person and to give her a birthday cake. Ho also presented Ulrich with a gift of a Republic of China (ROC) Centennial commemorative badge as a token of gratitude for her contribution to the care of disadvantaged Taiwanese. Ulrich and another nun, 71-year-old Clemens Dietl of Germany, have served at the church for 20 years. They have both been in the country for more than 45 years and speak fluent Mandarin and Taiwanese.
Hotels targeting Japanese
Some hotels said they have been tailoring their promotional campaigns to attract more Japanese tourists since the opening of direct flights between Taipei Songshan Airport and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport in October. Spurred by higher consumption levels among Japanese tourists, the hotels said they have been devising special packages geared toward Japanese. Westin Taipei said it has been giving its Japanese guests high-end cosmetics gift sets because it knows Japan’s society is brand-driven. Likewise, the Regent Taipei said it has chosen a limousine model that is popular in Japan to transport guests between the hotel and Songshan Airport. Regent Taipei said Japanese guests account for up to 70 percent of its business and that the opening of the Shongshan-Haneda route was a good move.
Kinmen bridge work begins
Construction on a 5.4km bridge linking Kinmen Island (Greater Kinmen, 大金門) and Little Kinmen (小金門), also know as Lieyu (烈嶼), will begin today, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said yesterday. Lu Jie-pin (呂介斌), an engineer at the ministry’s Taiwan Area National Expressway Engineering Bureau, who is in charge of the project, said it would take more than five years because of the difficulties involved in building underwater piles. The cost of the project is estimated at NT$7 billion (US$233 million) and it is scheduled to be completed in June 2016, he said. When it is finished, the “Kinmen Bridge” will be the longest in the Taiwan-Fujian area and is expected to boost local tourism and improve transportation between Greater Kinmen and Little Kinmen.
Paiwan creche wins third
A Taiwanese creche, entered by the Tainan Catholic Diocese, won third prize in the foreign division of an exhibition of nativity scenes in Rome on Friday, with an entry that featured Paiwan Aboriginal heritage. The creche depicted a Paiwan stone-slab stable made from driftwood found during floods caused by Typhoon Morakot in 2009. The figures of baby Jesus, his mother Mary and Mary’s husband, Joseph, were all dressed in traditional Paiwan costumes. According to the jury, the Taiwanese exhibit was delicate, yet full of strong emotions. While representing the humble birth of Jesus, the work shows the infant Jesus with arms open, as if to embrace the whole world, which sends a message of joy, the jury said. This marks the first time that a Taiwanese entry has won a prize in the annual international exhibition, now in its 35th year. This year’s foreign division was won by Chile, while the first runner-up was Hungary.
DELUSIONAL: The male patient said he did not know that the woman had mental problems, but the court said that her being restrained in isolation should have given him pause The Taiwan High Court has ordered the Jhudong branch of the Taiwan National University Hospital and a male patient to jointly pay a former female patient’s family NT$400,000 in compensation after the man had sex with the woman, who has mental problems, while hospitalized. The 26-year-old woman has been diagnosed with a mental disorder, a symptom of which is that she obsessively seeks to have sex, her mother said. The mother filed a formal complaint and sought damages from the hospital and the male patient surnamed Chen (陳) after finding out that her daughter had sex with the man while
The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) should not use the government’s disease-prevention policy as an excuse to block people’s access to the Taipei Railway Station’s main hall, the Taiwan International Workers’ Association said yesterday. The association held a protest at the station after what organizers said were about 400 people staged a sit-in on Saturday to demonstrate against the TRA’s proposal to ban sitting on the floor of the main hall. In accordance with the Central Epidemic Command Center’s disease-prevention measures, large gatherings have been banned in the hall since the end of February. After protesters yesterday expressed their grievances at the southern
SEEKING OPTIONS: A Sinyi Realty corporate realty official attributed the spike to proposed legal changes in the territory and the ongoing pro-democracy protests More Hong Kongers purchased real estate in Taiwan last year than other foreigners, Ministry of the Interior statistics showed. The ministry attributed the spike to a proposed extradition law that the Hong Kong government submitted last year, which would have allowed suspects to be sent to China and other nations, which sparked mass protests that are continuing. The rate of purchases last year by Hong Kong natural and juridical persons stood at 40 and 60 percent respectively, with building area purchased by both standing at 47.41 percent and 52.59 percent respectively, ministry data showed. Department of Land Administration statistics showed that Hong Kongers
NEW RECRUITS: Nearly 9 million students are to graduate from university next month, and Beijing plans to use incentives to convince them to join the military, an analyst said Rising unemployment in China due to the COVID-19 pandemic could benefit the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) by allowing it to attract new, better educated recruits, a Taiwanese security researcher said on Friday. Chen Ying-hsuan (陳穎萱), a policy analyst at the Division of Chinese Politics and Military Affairs at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research, a government-funded think tank, made the remarks in an article published in the Defense Security Biweekly magazine. About 8.74 million university students are expected to graduate in China next month, while Chinese companies’ demand for fresh graduates fell 16.77 percent annually in the