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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

SOCIETY

Kids’ entrance fees differ

Amusement parks are more flexible and lenient with their entrance fees for children than other places where children go with their parents, according to the results of a survey published yesterday. The Consumers’ Foundation survey compared charges levied on parents with children at restaurants, theaters and amusement parks. Some amusement parks surveyed applied height limitations loosely, giving discounts to children who are taller than the official recommended limit, according to the survey. Restaurants were found to be less child-friendly in their pricing policies, with nearly half of those surveyed charging parents for children who did not have meals. Cinemas also had different height regulations for free admission, with differences of up to 30cm, the survey showed. The survey was conducted by telephone and the Internet last month, in which 10 restaurants and 10 theaters and 10 amusement parks were randomly selected.

SOCIETY

Gay couples ‘partners’: MOI

In cases where one member of a homosexual relationship dies, the survivor should be referred to in the obituary as the deceased’s partner, a Ministry of the Interior (MOI) official said yesterday. In a publication on funeral etiquette that will be released in June, the Department of Civil Affairs suggested people avoid the use of terms such as “close brotherly or close sisterly relationship” in the obituaries of homosexuals. Department Director Huang Li-hsin (黃麗馨) said a funeral is an event that helps people come to terms with their loss, therefore, the person closest to the deceased should have an appropriate role at the funeral. Lee Hui-jen (李慧仁), a college instructor who helped compile the publication, said the editorial staff consulted the homosexual community and it was decided that the term “partner” should be used, in an effort to break gender stereotyping.

DIPLOMACY

Nepal kids to have eyecare

Taiwan will help provide eyecare for thousands of children in Nepal this year by funding an international humanitarian aid project, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. Under the program, four eyecare centers are to be established to screen the vision of 120,000 children under the age of 15, offer surgery to 320 children and correct the vision of another 1,000, NGO Affairs Committee Vice Chairman Wu Rong-chuan (吳榮泉) said. The project is being organized by Orbis International and co-financed by the ministry, which has approved US$100,000 in funding. The project is to be launched three months after an agreement is signed by both parties, Wu said.

SOCIETY

No plans for kids soon: poll

More than half of female office workers are not considering having children soon, mainly because of economic reasons or because they cannot find the right partner, a survey of female office workers aged 25 to 35 by an online human resources agency found. The results of the 1111 Job Bank survey, released yesterday, showed 50.4 percent of female office workers who responded to the poll said they are not planning to have a child in the next three years. Asked why, 44.09 percent cited economic pressures, 40.48 percent said they could not find the right partner and 24.86 percent said they were happy with their current situation. The respondents were allowed to answer more than one category. The survey was conducted on female workers with and without children between March 16 and Friday. A total of 627 valid samples were collected.

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