Colder weather expected
Cooler weather is expected across the nation next week with the arrival of cold fronts and seasonal winds, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. Temperatures in the north could drop to about 14oC on Tuesday and Wednesday, while in the south and east, morning and nighttime temperatures could fall to between 16oC and 18oC, the bureau said. A cold front and seasonal winds will arrive tomorrow and another front on Tuesday, the bureau said. The mercury is expected to rise slightly from Thursday as the cold air mass weakens, the bureau forecast. From this afternoon until tomorrow, northern and eastern areas could see brief showers as the front approaches, the bureau said, adding that rain could also be expected in northern and eastern areas between Tuesday and Wednesday.
One in five spouses foreign
About 20 percent of marriages in Taiwan over the past decade involved a foreign spouse, the latest government statistics showed yesterday. In the period from 1998 to June this year, an average of 20.59 in every 100 marriages in Taiwan involved a spouse from China (including Hong Kong and Macau) or another country, Ministry of the Interior data showed. In that period, 9.64 of every 100 babies born in Taiwan were to non-Taiwanese mothers, data showed. The number of Taiwanese marrying non-nationals peaked in 2003 to account for 31.86 percent of all marriages in the nation, according to the statistics. As of October, there are 470,922 non-national spouses, 304,717 of whom are from China, statistics showed.
Boss-worker romance divides
More than one-quarter of office workers are opposed to office romances between bosses and subordinates, according to an online survey published yesterday. Among the 26.13 percent of office workers who expressed opposition to such relationships, 18.09 percent said such relationships tend to cause disputes, affect work performance and impact the corporate image, the 1111 Job Bank poll showed. However, 22.61 percent of office workers have no problem with boss-subordinate romances, the survey showed. The other 51.26 percent of office workers in the poll did not express a firm opinion on the matter, saying “it depends on the situation.” The survey was conducted via e-mail between Nov. 23 and Dec. 7. The poll collected 1,194 effective samples and had a margin of error 2.83 percentage points.
Levi’s commits to ‘detox’
Levi’s, one of the world’s largest jeans brands, has committed to toxin-free production, according to Greenpeace Taiwan. Levi’s is the 11th international clothing brand to have made “credible commitments” to the “Detox” campaign launched by Greenpeace last year, which calls for industries to refrain from releasing toxic chemicals into waterways, the environmental protection organization said. Greenpeace said that after examining the waste water released from Levi’s contract manufacturing factories in China and Mexico earlier this year, it found many different kinds of toxic chemicals, including nonyl phenol polyoxythylene ether (NPE), a hormone-disrupting substance. After hundreds of thousands of people around the world supported the campaign and voiced their demands for Levi’s to employ toxin-free production methods, the company joined other brands, such as Nike, and Puma, H&M and Esprit, that have already committed themselves to Detox, Greenpeace said.