Ma accepts nuclear petition
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) accepted a petition on nuclear safety presented yesterday by officials from the Yenliao Anti-Nuclear Self-Help Association during a climate change forum. Ma was presiding over the closing ceremony of the forum, at which the activists raised their concerns. Association secretary-general Yang Mu-huo (楊木火) said the government should ensure the safety of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, which according to experts could be crippled in the event of a tsunami. According to the four-page petition, based on a report conducted by professors from National Cheng Kung University, the 12m seawall protecting the plant would be useless in the face of a major tsunami.
Summer activities cut back
About 40 percent of parents are reducing their budgets for their children’s summer activities because of the rising costs of living, a survey said yesterday. Twenty-three percent of parents said they would not send their children to summer camp this year, the survey found. When arranging summer activities, 76 percent of parents said their top consideration was the “content,” or what the activity involved, while 44 percent said they look at the costs involved. Family travel is the most popular summer activity, favored by 56 percent of parents, followed by private tuition and classes. The poll by the King Car Education Foundation surveyed 1,152 parents and 1,201 fourth to sixth-grade students.
The High Court on Thursday rejected an appeal by former Taiwan Federation of Financial Unions deputy director Lai Wan-chih (賴萬枝), upholding a sexual assault conviction against him. In 2017 the Taoyuan District Court found Lai guilty of sexually assaulting a secretary, sentencing him to three years and two months in prison in the first ruling, which he appealed. Court documents showed that Lai was part of a federation-organized weekend trip to Nantou County in June 2014. After dinner and KTV, Lai and others in the group went to the secretary’s room and he remained until they were the only two left, the documents
DIPLOMACY US journalists ‘welcome’ US journalists expelled by China are welcome to set up shop in Taiwan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said yesterday. Beijing ordered the expulsion of 13 journalists from the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal earlier this month as part of a spat over media freedoms with the US. Wu said on Twitter that the journalists would be warmly received on the other side of the Taiwan Strait. “I’d like to welcome you to be stationed in Taiwan — a country that is a beacon of freedom and democracy,” Wu wrote. “You’ll find
The Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC) labor union yesterday criticized the company’s decision to freeze pay raises for workers this year, saying that salaries for management should be frozen as well. The company had explained its reasons for the freeze in an internal memo issued on Wednesday evening. “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to the global economy, and the transport business and tourism industry are expected to be hit the hardest by the outbreak,” the company said. “Many transport and travel service operators have been forced to suspend business, reduce employees’ salaries, lay off employees and decrease workers’ hours
Taiwan Mac Educational Co is to donate 1,000 picture books about COVID-19 to the Ministry of Education, which said it would distribute them to schools across the nation, the publisher said on Tuesday. The book, titled Say Bye Bye to the Novel Coronavirus (和新型冠狀病毒說 Bye Bye) uses vivid illustrations to explain how COVID-19 has affected the world and what preventive measures people can adopt to keep it away, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Kao Chia-yu (高嘉瑜) said. Kao said that she facilitated the donation after learning about the book’s upcoming release during an interview with the Taipei-based publisher about the outbreak’s effect on