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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with agencies

SOCIETY

Taiwan top for workaholics

Taiwan has the highest number of workaholics among Asia-Pacific countries, according to the results of a survey on holiday working habits by Regus PLC, an international corporation that provides office solutions, released yesterday. The survey, which questioned 16,000 working people in more than 80 countries, showed that 61 percent of working Taiwanese continue to handle work affairs while on holiday for at least three hours a day. The percentage is the highest in the Asia-Pacific region, topping China’s 44 percent, 38 percent in Malaysia and 33 percent in South Korea. The survey found that, on average, more than 20 percent of working people around the world work on holidays for at least 3 hours a day.

TELECOMS

Cables to link Kinmen

Two undersea cables between Taiwan’s Kinmen and China’s Xiamen are expected to enter service by the end of this year, Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom Co said yesterday. The Taiwanese telecoms company made the remark following the completion of construction on the Taiwanese side earlier this month. The two fiber-optic cables have been connected to local exchange facilities from their two locations off the northwestern coast of Kinmen, Chunghwa Telecom said. The cables are a joint venture between Chunghwa Telecom and China’s three main telecoms operators — China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile, the Taiwanese company said, adding that construction on the Chinese side is still ongoing.

AGRICULTURE

Ma pledges rice farm help

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said yesterday his government will do its utmost to help lessen the losses that rice farmers sustained after their rice paddies were devastated by heavy rain and Tropical Storm Talim over the past few weeks. Council of Agriculture statistics showed heavy rain damaged 13,000 hectares of first-crop rice paddies that are pending harvest around Taiwan. Most of the damaged paddies lie in the Yunlin, Chiayi, Taichung, Changhua and Nantou areas, the council said. The agricultural losses caused by heavy rain across Taiwan this month have escalated to nearly NT$900 million (US$30.06 million), with farmers in Greater Taichung and Taoyuan, Chiayi, Yunlin and Pingtung counties recording the worst damage, according to official statistics. The council announced yesterday that disaster-affected farmers in these areas are entitled to low-interest loans at 1.25 percent a year to assist them in post-disaster rehabilitation.

FLOOD PREVENTION

Ministry promotes stilts

The Ministry of the Interior said it will promote the construction of houses on stilts in the nation’s flood-prone areas in an effort to prevent flood damage to property. SOCIETYTaiwan top for workaholics

Taiwan has the highest number of workaholics among Asia-Pacific countries, according to the results of a survey on holiday working habits by Regus PLC, an international corporation that provides office solutions, released yesterday. The survey, which questioned 16,000 working people in more than 80 countries, showed that 61 percent of working Taiwanese continue to handle work affairs while on holiday for at least three hours a day. The percentage is the highest in the Asia-Pacific region, topping China’s 44 percent, 38 percent in Malaysia and 33 percent in South Korea. The survey found that, on average, more than 20 percent of working people around the world work on holidays for at least 3 hours a day.

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