Paraguayan leader to visit
Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo is scheduled to arrive on Friday for a weeklong visit, the Paraguayan Presidential Office said in a statement on Monday. He is scheduled to meet President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Cabinet ministers, in addition to visiting some industrial parks, the statement said. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had invited him to visit several times, but he had been unable to travel because of treatment for lymphatic cancer and the unstable political situation in Paraguay. Lugo began his trip to Asia on Sunday in Vietnam.
Survey finds work woes
A survey of women found that more than three-fourths (77 percent) of those who left the workforce after marriage said it was difficult to return to work, a poll by 104 job bank showed yesterday. The poll, released to coincide with International Women’s Day, sought to determine whether marriage was a stumbling block in a woman’s career. Fifty-six percent of respondents said they left the workforce after marriage. Within that group, 65 percent said they quit “to take care of a newborn,” while 19 percent said it was “less costly to take care of children by themselves” and 17 percent said they were laid off because of “family and children” factors. Of the women who left work after marriage, 95 percent said they planned on returning to the work. Fifty-six percent wanted to return within two years, citing financial difficulties (53 percent), the need to find self-worth (31 percent) and to “kill time” as children grew up (19 percent).
Financial literacy ranked
Taiwanese women rank sixth in financial literacy among 14 markets in the Asia-Pacific region, a survey by MasterCard found. Women in Taiwan scored 68.7 on MasterCard’s Index of Financial Literacy, beating their counterparts in Hong Kong (68) and China (60.1). They also outshone their counterparts in South Korea (55.9) and Japan (59.9). The survey was conducted between Sept. 13 and Nov. 11 last year, and asked respondents questions on three major components of financial literacy: basic money management, financial planning and investment. Questions on basic money management included skills in budgeting, amount of savings, and responsible usage of credit. The financial planning section asked respondents about their knowledge of financial products, as well as their ability to make a long-term plan for their financial needs. Investment-related questions involved knowledge of investment risks and investment products. The index score was calculated from the weighted sum of the three components, with 100 as the maximum score in financial literacy and zero as the lowest possible score. Taiwan ranked third in both financial planning (82.4) and investment (61.3) across the region, trailing Thailand and Vietnam. Women in Hong Kong, however, scored better in basic money management than those from Taiwan and China.
Sextet performs tonight
Devil’s Trill, a string sextet featuring prize-winning Serbian violinist Nemanja Radulovic, will perform its first ever concert in Taiwan tonight, the International New Aspect Culture and Education Foundation said on Monday. “This is definitely not a traditional classical music performance,” New Aspect director Hsu Po-yun (許博允) said. “The group breathes new life into classical music.” Tonight’s concert will feature the Violin Sonata in G minor after which the group is named