Flight attendants unhappy
Flight attendants and their representatives said yesterday that a proposed government rule to allow longer working hours per week would violate the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法). Federation of Aviation Employees director-general Jesse Lee (李昭平) said the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) plans to allow flight attendants to work up to 75 hours over seven consecutive days. The labor law stipulates that the maximum working hours in a two-week period should not exceed 84 hours, he told a press briefing at the legislature. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) said the CAA cited “fatigue management” as the reason for the planned change, but the shift would only help airlines legitimize prolonged working hours. Flight attendants attending the press conference said the proposed change not only disregards the health of flight attendants, it also ignores flight safety and passenger safety. Chang Ling-ti (張羚悌), a CAA flight standard section chief, said flight attendants’ opinions would be taken into account and that the agency would continue to communicate with them.
EVA, Guam entice couples
More than 800 couples have registered to compete for three free Guam wedding packages next month, a special offer to celebrate EVA Airways’ launch of passenger service to the Pacific island on June 18, the company said yesterday. The applicants will be interviewed tomorrow, when they will be asked to tell about how they met and decided to tie the knot. The three winning couples will be determined by how interesting their stories are, EVA officials said. The five-day, four-night packages are being offered in collaboration with a wedding company. Each package includes round-trip business class tickets, wedding gowns and suits, five-star hotel accommodation and a chapel ceremony, the officials said.
USDA bars Nebraska poultry
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has banned the export of all poultry and poultry products from Nebraska to Taiwan. Nebraskan poultry products loaded on a vessel on or after Monday are ineligible for export to Taiwan, the latest version of Export Requirements for Taiwan issued by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said. Those products loaded on or before Sunday were not affected. The requirements also ban any poultry sourced from birds hatched or raised in Canada from being exported to Taiwan. FSIS did not specify the reason for the change. FSIS had previously prohibited poultry from Missouri that were loaded on or after April 19 from being sent to Taiwan.
New Tamsui cruise planned
A new cruise route linking Huajiang Wharf in Banciao (板橋) with the left bank of the Tamsui River (淡水河) in Bali (八里) will be launched by the end of this year, New Taipei City (新北市) Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) said. Ecological parks will be built at both ends of the Erchong canal in Sanchong (三重) and Wugu (五股), while more bicyle routes will be constructed, he said. Chang Yen-kuang (張延光), director of the city’s Water Resources Department, said dredging projects are being implemented in the Tamsui River, Sindian River (新店溪) and Dahan River (大漢溪) ahead of the launch of the “blue way” tour from Huangjiang Wharf to Bali. Two more wharfs will be built next year at Liji (利濟) in Sinjhuang (新莊) and Chongyang (重陽) in Sanchong, Chang said.
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
ZERO TOLERANCE: National Police Agency Director-General Chen Ja-chin said that he ordered Kaohsiung police to investigate reports of planned voter intimidation Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokeswoman Yen Juo-fang (顏若芳) yesterday denounced the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) for asking people not to vote in a recall poll against Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), while National Police Agency Director-General Chen Ja-chin (陳家欽) called on police to follow up on reports that gangsters are planning to intimidate voters. Yen said that in an effort to save Han, the KMT has mobilized all of its members, who have increasingly tried to prevent Kaohsiung residents from exercising their right to vote in the poll on Saturday next week. She called on Kaohsiung residents to have the courage
Taipei is to reopen public facilities starting on Monday next week under three conditions, and allow indoor and outdoor events with fewer than 250 and 1,000 people respectively, Taipei Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) yesterday. The three conditions are practicing social distancing measures or wearing a mask if the proper distance cannot be kept, enforcing a real-name registration system for indoor activities and prohibiting meal sharing, Huang said. All municipal facilities would resume operations under those principles, with the exception of school campuses, she said. School campuses at high-school level and below would remain closed to the public to protect student health, but