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.
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.
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.
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.
DOING ENOUGH? The HPA budgets NT$1.3 billion to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but has no separate budget to fight teen drinking, a doctor said The government should step up alcohol education and prevention efforts, and allocate more of the budget to it, doctors said on Friday, citing the high consumption of alcohol among Taiwanese adolescents. One out of four 12-to-17-year-olds has consumed alcohol, said Yen Tsung-hai (顏宗海), director of Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Department of Clinical Toxicology. The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) budgets NT$1.3 billion (US$43.9 million) annually to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but it has not allocated a separate budget for preventing teenage drinking or excessive alcohol use, Yen said. “There is no so-called ‘safe drinking level’ for minors,” because any amount consumed
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
DREAMING OF TRAVEL: About 7,000 people applied for the experience, with about 60 chosen for the first flight yesterday, which includes boarding an airplane Starved of the travel experience during COVID-19? Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) has the solution — a fake itinerary where you check in, go through passport control and security, and even board the aircraft. You just never leave. The airport yesterday began offering travelers the chance to do just that, with about 60 people eager to get going, albeit to nowhere. About 7,000 people applied to take part, with the winners chosen by random. More fake flight experiences are to take place in the coming weeks. “I really want to leave the country, but because of the pandemic, lots of flights cannot fly,”
SOUTH WINDS: Taiwan’s southeastern region, as well as central and southern regions, would see regional showers and thundershowers, the Central Weather Bureau said Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in the afternoon in the next two days might cause damage in affected areas, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday, urging people to stay vigilant. With the weakening of a Pacific high-pressure system and with a frontal system in the north moving south, the nation would come under the influence of southwest and south winds today, the bureau said. People in the nation’s southeastern region, as well as in central and southern Taiwan, are likely to experience regional showers or thundershowers, it said. Chances of afternoon thundershowers are high nationwide, and people in some regions