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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff Writer, with CNA

MUSIC

Kylie Minogue wows fans

Pop diva Kylie Minogue dazzled fans last night in Taipei, performing in Taiwan for the second time after her first visit in 2008. The concert, held at the Nangang Exhibition Hall, was part of her six-month “Aphrodite” world tour, which began in February. Upon her arrival on Saturday for a three-day visit, she was welcomed at the airport by a crowd of screaming fans, with some singing Minogue’s hit songs to attract her attention, as the Australian singer-songwriter walked out of the airport’s arrival lobby. She greeted fans and signed autographs, saying she was very happy to be in Taiwan. The singer will leave today to travel to Manila for another show.

SOCIETY

More women walk

Walking is the primary means of non-motorized transportation for women in Taiwan, while men more often ride bicycles, a survey released yesterday by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications shows. The ministry said the gender factor was a key issue in the use of public transport and that the survey could be a useful reference in transportation policy planning. The survey showed that 13.9 percent of women used non-motorized forms of transportation, about 2.1 percent more than men. Non-motorized transportation is defined as active transportation and human-powered transportation that provides both recreation and transportation. In the poll, walking and cycling were included in the category of eco-friendly public transportation. The survey showed that 17.14 percent of women take public transportation, such as city buses and the MRT, while only 10.3 percent of men do so, as they prefer to drive cars. Almost 78 percent of men take private motorized transportation, about 9 percent higher than women, the survey found.

POPULATION

Birthrate rises in first half

The number of babies born in the country in the first five months of this year increased 8.3 percent compared with the same period last year, according to recent government figures. During the January-May period, 75,792 babies were born in Taiwan, statistics from the Ministry of the Interior showed. Last year, 166,886 babies were born in Taiwan, a 12.8 percent decrease from the previous year. Fifty-three percent of the babies were firstborns and 36 percent were second births. Meanwhile, the number of mothers in the 20 to 24 age group dropped 12.1 percentage points from 10 years ago, while those in the 25 to 29 age group fell 6.5 percentage points. Taiwan has one of the lowest birthrates in the world.

SOCIETY

Balloons fly over Taitung

Twenty hot air balloons crossed Taitung over the weekend, creating a kaleidoscope of color. Most of the balloons, tethered together, floated over the Luye Rift Valley on Friday, while some were released on Saturday and yesterday. Fourteen of the balloons were from the US, Canada, Switzerland, Dubai, Thailand, India and New Zealand. Hot air balloons are classified as aircraft, which means they are not officially permitted to fly over Taiwan for reasons of aviation safety, according to Rosa Huang, a lecturer at the University of Kang Ning, which co-sponsored the event. The 20 balloons were launched for teaching purposes only, Huang said.

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