Navy holds maneuvers
The navy dispatched two of its four Kidd-class destroyers and anti-submarine warfare helicopters yesterday to take part in a maneuver off the coast of Yilan, ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays. Four Kuang Hua VI-class missile boats opened the drill with an anti-ship exercise off the coast of Suao Township (蘇澳), followed by a demonstration of S-70C ASW search-and-rescue helicopters. A close-quarters showing by the two destroyers — the Keelung and the Suao — was the highlight of the exercise. The navy said the close distance between the two ships increased the difficulty of the operation and required instant and sensitive responses from the officers and crew. They used colored hats and flags to communicate, using 82 separate types of signals. Taiwan purchased the four destroyers from the US in 2001.
Fruit a good gift: poll
Fruit gift baskets are a good choice when visiting friends or relatives during the Lunar New Year holidays, according to the results of a survey released yesterday. The survey, conducted by Common Health Magazine, found the majority of Taiwanese people polled said they prefer to receive fruit, followed by local specialties and alcohol. The magazine also encouraged people to buy things they would like to receive or to send “appropriate” gifts to different recipients. Health products might be a good choice for the elderly, while alcohol and other beverages might be best for superiors, according to the survey. As people are becoming more health-conscious, the magazine said, pastries and snacks that are normally high in starch and oil, but low in nutritional value, might not be a good choice. The survey was conducted nationwide between Dec. 19 and Jan. 5 among 2,903 respondents.