Pride parade route unveiled
This year’s Taiwan Pride Parade, an annual celebration by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, is scheduled to be held on Saturday in Taipei, the organizer said yesterday. Participants are to split up along two separate routes after setting off from Xinyi Road Sec 1 at 2pm. They are to converge on Zhongshan S Road, the Taiwan LGBT Pride Community said. The theme of this year’s parade is “no age limit,” and members of the LGBT community and its supporters are invited to take part to jointly explore how age and gender are hindering people from freely expressing themselves when living their lives, the organizer said.
Parents eye US education
Seventy-five percent of Taiwanese parents are considering sending their children abroad for their university education, with the US remaining the top destination, according to a survey conducted by HSBC. When given the choice of where they would be willing to send their children to study, 60 percent of respondents chose the US, while the UK and Germany each received the support of 38 percent, the survey found. The global survey conducted earlier this year in 16 nations interviewed 300 Taiwanese parents with at least one child younger than 23. Though Taiwanese respondents indicated that they would like to send their children abroad to study, cost could be a barrier. An international student in the US is expected to spend more than US$165,000 in total university tuition and living expenses over four years, HSBC said. In the UK, the cost is approximately US$120,000. By comparison, it is more economical to attend a Taiwanese university, which costs about US$44,000 over a four-year period, HSBC said.
A Taipei veterinarian is urging pet owners to avoid using insecticides around their homes, as their ingredients can be toxic to pets. Commercial-grade insecticides contain pyrethroids — organic compounds similar to natural pyrethrins, pesticides produced by flowers such as chrysanthemums — in quantities that are harmless to humans, but potentially fatal to cats and dogs, Asian Veterinary Specialist Referral Center veterinarian Chua Man-ling (蔡曼琳) said. Even in small quantities, pyrethroids are hazardous to cats, as they lack the metabolic enzymes needed to process them, Chua said. Cockroach sprays and ant traps are especially dangerous to pets as they contain boric acid, she
DOING ENOUGH? The HPA budgets NT$1.3 billion to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but has no separate budget to fight teen drinking, a doctor said The government should step up alcohol education and prevention efforts, and allocate more of the budget to it, doctors said on Friday, citing the high consumption of alcohol among Taiwanese adolescents. One out of four 12-to-17-year-olds has consumed alcohol, said Yen Tsung-hai (顏宗海), director of Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Department of Clinical Toxicology. The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) budgets NT$1.3 billion (US$43.9 million) annually to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but it has not allocated a separate budget for preventing teenage drinking or excessive alcohol use, Yen said. “There is no so-called ‘safe drinking level’ for minors,” because any amount consumed
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
DREAMING OF TRAVEL: About 7,000 people applied for the experience, with about 60 chosen for the first flight yesterday, which includes boarding an airplane Starved of the travel experience during COVID-19? Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) has the solution — a fake itinerary where you check in, go through passport control and security, and even board the aircraft. You just never leave. The airport yesterday began offering travelers the chance to do just that, with about 60 people eager to get going, albeit to nowhere. About 7,000 people applied to take part, with the winners chosen by random. More fake flight experiences are to take place in the coming weeks. “I really want to leave the country, but because of the pandemic, lots of flights cannot fly,”