X-men in Taipei
Australian actor Hugh Jackman, known for his role as Wolverine in the X-Men movies, arrived in Taiwan yesterday to promote Logan, which is expected to be the final time he plays the character on the big screen. Patrick Stewart, who plays Professor X in the film, is accompanying Jackman on the movie’s promotional tour, 20th Century Fox said. To celebrate Jackman’s beloved character that made its debut in 2000, Mercedes-Benz Taiwan and the film studio hosted a photographic exhibition of the characters and story lines featured in the Wolverine series of films. The exhibition runs until March 17 in Taipei’s Xinyi District (信義). The movie opens in theaters on Feb. 28.
Vietnamese workers arrested
Tainan police on Saturday arrested 11 Vietnamese at a karaoke parlor party that was organized by a migrant worker who had left his job, Tainan police said yesterday. Acting on a tip, police raided the establishment and caught the suspects, including an alleged illicit drug supplier, a man surnamed Wu (吳). Police said they found Wu in possession of six “coffee packs” weighing 52.2g containing a mixture of Category 2 and Category 3 drugs. Drug dealers have been packaging drugs in instant coffee bags to disguise their contents, police said. Urine tests showed that seven of those arrested had used illicit drugs, police said, adding that they have been referred to the Tainan District Prosecutors’ Office on suspicion of violating the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act (毒品危害防制條例).
Local film comes in second
The Taiwanese film Way Back Home (回家的路), directed by graduate student Cheng Tang-jung (程堂榮), has won second place for Best Short Fiction at the Fourth Chennai International Short Film Festival in India. Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in Chennai director-general Charles Li Chao-cheng (李朝成) accepted the award on Saturday. Way Back Home, produced by Wu Hsiu-ching (吳秀菁) and Chiu Ding-hao (邱丁豪), was one of 140 entries from 14 countries. It tells the story of two children going home from school on their own after their mother forgets to pick them up, and they do not want to contact their remarried father to collect them. It explores romantic, family, parent-child and marital relationships in modern society, the office said. The festival, which was first held in 2014, holds competitions in the short fiction, short documentary and short animation categories.
Taiwanese join Tokyo race
About 1,300 Taiwanese participated in the Tokyo Marathon yesterday, the largest group of runners from any foreign country at the event that attracted about 36,000 people from around the world. The marathon started at 9am at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and ended at Tokyo Station. Sixteen members of the Chinese Taipei Road Running Association, including a 72-year-old, participated in the race. Some Taiwanese runners wore the Republic of China flag on their clothing or painted on their face, while some wrote “Taiwan” on their chests in English. Kenyan runners dominated the marathon, taking first place in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Yesterday’s race was a qualifier for Japanese men for the 2017 World Championships in Athletics to be held in London in August. Hiroto Inoue had the best time among Japanese men, finishing in eighth place overall.
Food delivery provider Foodpanda had 564 consumer disputes from January to last month and failed to attend many mediation sessions with local governments nationwide, the Executive Yuan’s Consumer Protection Committee said. In a news release earlier this month, the committee said that it investigated consumer complaints and mediations for Foodpanda and rival Uber Eats during the period, when the number of delivery orders jumped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Uber Eats had 80 consumer disputes, the committee said. Of Foodpanda’s consumer disputes, 368 resulted from delivery drivers canceling orders after customers could not be reached, 108 were related to the quality or quantity
PILLAGING PENGHU: A 7,539-tonne Chinese ship found mining sand in the Formosa Banks area was escorted by several CGA ships to a Kaohsiung harbor The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) yesterday announced that it had dispatched ships to intercept Chinese dredging vessels operating in the nation’s territorial waters near Penghu and detained 10 crew members, who were transported to Kaohsiung. A coast guard patrol discovered more than 20 dredging vessels in an area known as the Formosa Banks, 46 nautical miles (85km) southwest of Penghu County’s Cimei islet (七美) at about 5am on Wednesday. The agency responded by dispatching two patrol boats, the 3,000-tonne Kaohsiung and the 500-tonne Penghu, along with two frigates, to intercept the Chinese vessels, while an airborne observation unit was used to monitor
‘HONEYMOON’ IS OVER: A political science professor said that the Tsai administration’s popularity peaked after it successfully contained COVID-19, but is waning President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) and Premier Su Tseng-chang’s (蘇貞昌) approval ratings fell significantly this month in the wake of the government’s handling of the distribution of relief funds and stimulus coupons to people and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a poll released yesterday by the New Power Party (NPP) showed. The poll showed that 68 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with Tsai’s performance, down 8.9 percentage points from last month, while 21 percent said they disapproved of her performance. Her approval among respondents aged 20 to 29 fell 14.7 percentage points, the largest decrease when compared with other age
Passengers arriving at Taoyuan International Airport will find that most entrances to both terminals have been sealed off as part of its COVID-19 prevention efforts. Follow the signs and directions posted on the doors to find the nearest entry point. The airport has installed infrared cameras and thermometer guns at all open entrances, and all persons with a temperature of over 37.5 degrees Celsius are prohibited from entering the terminal. In addition, staff will take the temperature of those checking in to their flights in advance at Airport MRT stations A1 and A3. In accordance with the Centers of Disease