Pet abuser to do social work
A college student on Monday was ordered to do 40 hours of community service after admitting that she had mistreated her cat. The Providence University student, surnamed Lin (林), sparked a public outcry after posting photographs on Facebook of how she punished her cat “Kiki” by placing it in a plastic container. Lin did not take the backlash seriously until Greater Taichung District prosecutors informed her that she had violated the Animal Protection Act (動物保護法). After Lin showed remorse, saying she “deeply regretted” her action, prosecutors agreed to defer prosecution of the case, but ordered her to do 40 hours of community service over the next nine months and put her on probation for one year.
More people taking cruises
The nation has emerged as the largest market in Asia for Star Cruises due largely to a rapid growth in passenger numbers in recent years. Without giving specific numbers, Star Cruises said it recorded the best sales in Taiwan among all Asian markets last year. The leading cruise line operator in the Asia-Pacific region entered the Taiwanese market in 1997. Last year, sea ports around the nation served 992,000 passengers, an increase of 41.8 percent from the previous year, Ministry of Transportation and Communications statistics showed. The high growth was partly attributed a 45.4 percent increase in the number of cruise passengers to 390,000 last year. Catering to the growing demand for cruise travel in the region, Star Cruises recently ordered two mega ships — 150,000-tonne and 160,000-tonne models — with a maximum passenger capacity of more than 4,500. The ships are expected to be delivered in 2016 and 2017.
Groups mark Fukushima
Japanese and Taiwanese groups will commemorate the third anniversary of the devastating March 11, 2011, earthquake in Japan with a concert in Greater Taichung, organizers said yesterday. The concert, set for April 1 at the Chungshan Hall, is meant to reflect Japan’s gratitude for the relief assistance offered by Taiwan — which donated about ￥20 billion (US$195 million) in aid, more than any other single country — following the magnitude 9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, said Lee Hsueh-feng (李雪峰), president of the Taiwan Koza Taiwan-Japan Exchange Association. As the concert is meant as a “thank you” gesture, 1,000 Taiwanese will be admitted free of charge, while up to 500 more tickets will be sold for NT$3,000. Some performers will come from the hardest-hit areas, including a female high-school choir and an opera singer, organizers said.
W and Regent: hottest hotels
The W Taipei and Regent Taipei are among the most popular accommodation choices for foreign celebrities when they visit Taiwan, Hotels.com said on Monday. W Taipei has been popular among foreign entertainers, sports stars and designers, Hotels.com said in a statement, based on information it has collected in recent years. Those who have stayed at W Taipei include Canadian pop-R&B singer Justin Bieber, Taiwanese-American NBA player Jeremy Lin (林書豪), retired Japanese football player Hidetoshi Nakata, Taiwanese-Canadian designer Jason Wu (吳季剛) and South Korean stars such as Jang Keun-suk. The Regent Taipei has been a popular choice among South Korean entertainers, counting among its celebrity guests actor Lee Min-ho, actress Yoon Eun-hye, the girl group Girls’ Generation and pop group Super Junior.