Peak ATM hours announced
The Consumer Protection Commission yesterday said peak hours for cash withdrawals from ATMs would be mornings and afternoons from today until Thursday, and advised customers to check with their banks on daily limits for withdrawals and transfers. The commission said the hours between 11am and 2pm, and 5pm and 7pm during the two days prior to the start of the Lunar New Year holiday, as well as the first two days of the New Year, would be peak hours for ATM use. People seeking to avoid standing in line should avoid these times. Customers should also avoid using ATMs they have never used before and keep the printed receipts in case the machine malfunctions.
Scooter statistics released
The area formerly known as Kaohsiung County ranked No. 1 in terms of the number of scooters per 100 residents last year, while Taipei posted the lowest number, according to a statement released by Directorate--General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics. Last year, for every 100 Kaohsiung County residents, there were 83 scooters on average, the statement said, which cited the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. Taipei reported a scooter ownership rate of 41.8 percent, the statistics showed. Meanwhile, more motor vehicles were registered last year, with scooters showing the biggest increase from a year earlier, the statistics showed. A total of 21.72 million motor vehicles were registered last year, up 1.6 percent from 2009. The number of scooters registered rose 1.7 percent to reach 14.85 million in the same period, the report said. Last year, 6.88 million cars and pickup trucks were registered, a 1.6 percent increase from the previous year.
People should avoid eating too many zongzi (粽子, glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves), as consuming several in one meal could cause indigestion, bloating, gastric acid reflux, heartburn and other stomach ailments, a doctor said on Saturday. Zongzi is a traditional delicacy for the Dragon Boat Festival, which was on Thursday. Citing a recent case as an example, Cathay General Hospital gastroenterology department head Chu Yu-ming (朱淯銘) said that a 58-year-old taxi driver surnamed Hsiao (蕭) ate meals at irregular hours due to his work and has been taking diabetes medicine for three years. Hsiao recently bought a bag of zongzi and ate
A Taipei veterinarian is urging pet owners to avoid using insecticides around their homes, as their ingredients can be toxic to pets. Commercial-grade insecticides contain pyrethroids — organic compounds similar to natural pyrethrins, pesticides produced by flowers such as chrysanthemums — in quantities that are harmless to humans, but potentially fatal to cats and dogs, Asian Veterinary Specialist Referral Center veterinarian Chua Man-ling (蔡曼琳) said. Even in small quantities, pyrethroids are hazardous to cats, as they lack the metabolic enzymes needed to process them, Chua said. Cockroach sprays and ant traps are especially dangerous to pets as they contain boric acid, she
While stereotypically considered a household pest that simply will not die, Hung Ting-yang’s (洪鼎揚) experience with Archimandrita tesselata, commonly called the peppered roach, might change a person’s mind. The peppered roach originates in South America, is omnivorous and, as it is capable of growing to 7cm to 9cm long, is a giant compared with other roaches, which have an average length of about 4cm. The peppered roach goes through six separate chrysalis stages and takes nine months to reach full maturity. Mature roaches have wings, but cannot fly and can only glide. They have an average lifespan of three years. As his
The EU’s list of safe nations to which it would reopen borders next week does not include Taiwan, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said the list has not been finalized and some EU countries have highlighted the importance of “reciprocity.” The provisional list comprises Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and the Vatican, the New York Times reported on Friday. The EU said it would add China, considered one of the “acceptable countries,” if it also opens its borders to EU travelers, the newspaper reported. Backed by