THSRC cuts discount
The 4 percent discount on high-speed rail tickets offered during off-peak hours is to be cut by one hour from tomorrow, Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC) said. The off-peak hours are from 9am to 12:35pm, and after 8pm to the end of service from Monday to Thursday. However, due to the large number of passengers in the morning, off-peak hours are to be adjusted to between 9:30am and 12pm, the company said. After 8pm is still considered off-peak under the new measure. According to THSRC’s schedule, fares on eight trains per day will be affected by the schedule change. The company said that the 10 percent to 35 percent discount on tickets purchased between five and 28 days prior to departure will not be affected by the new policy.
Most naturalized by marriage
The majority of people who last year became naturalized Republic of China (ROC) citizens were spouses of Taiwanese citizens, with nearly 70 percent from Vietnam, government data released yesterday show. Last year, 3,252 people were naturalized, a decrease of 360, or 10 percent, from the year prior, the Ministry of the Interior said. The drop reflected a decline beginning in 2005 in the number of international marriages, the ministry said. It is believed that as the economies of Southeast Asia and China continue to grow, fewer women from those countries choose to leave their home to marry abroad, including to Taiwanese men. A total of 93.8 percent of last year’s naturalized citizens were women, 90.7 percent were married to Taiwanese, and 68.5 percent were from Vietnam, the ministry said. Meanwhile, 623 Taiwanese gave up their citizenship, with 94.7 percent doing so voluntarily, the ministry said.
Alcohol tests made mandatory
As of early June, every pilot working for a Taiwanese airline is to be given a blood alcohol test before flying, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said on Friday. The new regulation is to affect more than 2,800 pilots, including those in general civil aviation transport, common aviation industries and at flying schools, the agency said. Local aviation companies perform alcohol tests on only about 30 percent of their pilots, the CAA said. Testing is to be expanded at the demand of the legislature after two Taiwanese carriers — Far Eastern Air Transport and China Airlines — reported pilots who had a higher alcohol concentration level than the legal limit during random checks, the CAA said. Although such cases are rare, the CAA said it would not tolerate any breaches and is adopting the regulation to proactively prevent pilots from flying under the influence of alcohol.
Hakka Radio to air in June
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Saturday said that Hakka Radio would be launched in June, describing it as a “major step” to propagate and spread the language. During an appearance at Hsinchu County’s Tung Blossom Festival, Tsai said Hakka is a national language and it needs to be more widely used. Hakka Radio is to be launched by the Hakka Affairs Council, the president said, adding that in conjunction with Hakka television and radio, it is a “major step” toward ethnic transitional justice. The radio station is to broadcast nationwide and its purpose is to promote Hakka language and culture and foster ethnic groups’ access to media and give them a voice in cultural development, the council said.
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
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s
NEW ERA: Taiwan, which has controlled its virus outbreak, now faces the challenge of safely resuming economic exchanges with other nations, Chang Shan-chwen said People should not focus entirely on having zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, but neglect overall control over the disease situation, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said yesterday. Chang made the remark at a forum in Taipei discussing the steps Taiwan should take in the post-pandemic era, organized by the Chinese-language magazine Global Views Monthly. Chang, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩), and Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention director C. Jason Wang (王智弘) each made a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Chang, Wang and Buddhist Tzu
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,