Pingsi to hold Yuan Zai party
With the first birthday of Taipei Zoo’s giant panda cub Yuan Zai (圓仔) around the corner, New Taipei City’s Tourism and Travel Department is to release a raft of panda-shaped sky lanterns at a party in Pingsi (平溪) on July 5 to celebrate the bear turning one. A 4.5m-tall sky lantern in the shape of a giant panda and 150 smaller lanterns measuring 1.2m each are to be released from an elementary school to mark the milestone of the first giant panda born in Taiwan, department officials said. Yuan Zai fans who want to take part in the release can apply to do so on the department’s Web site starting on Wednesday next week, they said. There are 150 slots available for NT$399 each, which covers the cost of a small lantern. Participants will also receive souvenirs, including two panda-shaped meal boxes and a travel book featuring 12 stories about New Taipei City. The meal box has been designed by the New Pingsi Coal Mine Museum and will contain popular local dishes, the department said.
Unlicensed software popular
In the Asia-Pacific area, Taiwan ranks joint fifth with South Korea in terms of prevalence of unlicensed software use, with an average of 38 percent of software installed on personal computers not properly licensed, a poll published on Tuesday showed. The Business Software Alliance Global Software Survey found that 43 percent of PC software worldwide last year was not properly licensed, representing a commercial value totaling US$62.7 billion. Japan had an unlicensed usage rate of 19 percent, New Zealand had 20 percent, Australia had 21 percent and Singapore had 32 percent, the poll showed. For the region, the rate was 62 percent last year — a commercial value of US$21 billion.
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
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A Belgian man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan last week is likely to have contracted the disease in Taipei in late June, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health vice dean Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday reported that the man, who is in his 20s, came to Taiwan for work on May 3 and tested positive on Wednesday last week as he was about to depart. The man in March reported loss of taste and smell, the center said, adding that he worked in Changhua County, but visited Taipei several times,