Lee named 10th top director
Two-time Oscar-winning film director Ang Lee (李安) has been ranked 10th on this year’s list of the 21st century’s top 100 directors compiled by the Web site They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They? To qualify among the 100 most critically acclaimed filmmakers of the 21st century, each director or directing team needs to have a minimum of two films released between 2000 and last year and be cited in the site’s list of top 1,000 films of the 21st century, it said. Lee made the No. 10 with four of his films included in the top 1,000 films list — while Tsai Ming-liang (蔡明亮) and Hou Hsiao-hsiang (侯孝賢) ranked 34th and 36th respectively. Hong Kong film director Wong Kar-wai (王家衛) retained his top spot on the list, followed by the US’ David Lynch, Austria’s Michael Haneke, Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul and the US’ Paul Thomas Anderson.
Cash limits tightened
Regulations prohibiting travelers from entering or leaving the nation with excessive sums of undeclared cash have been tightened, the Customs Administration said on Wednesday, adding that from June 28, anyone trying to transport NT$100,000 or more in cash without declaring it will face having the money immediately confiscated. Under current regulations, passengers and flight crew must declare any cash they are transporting into or out of the nation if it exceeds NT$100,000, US$10,000 or 20,000 yuan. Any amount of foreign currency in excess of the limits would be seized at customs checkpoints. For New Taiwan dollars, outbound travelers are allowed to deposit the excess at customs before leaving and retrieve it upon return.
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
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,”
A DEPRIVATION? The Taiwan Higher Education Union said the program, which drew much student criticism, undermined students' right to an education The Taiwan Higher Education Union on Monday accused Ming Chuan University (MCU) of sacrificing its students’ right to education by altering the English-language instruction for first-year students. The university, which has long emphasized the value that it places on English-language education, in the 2019-2020 academic year changed its English program for first-year students to a combination of self-learning through online videos and weekly lab sessions, during which students would take online tests, the union said. The change has deprived more than 3,000 students of in-person instruction and of interaction with their teachers, the union added. The online program drew much criticism from students