Divorces highest since 2012
There were 54,439 couples who divorced last year, the most since 2012 and up 589 couples from 2016, Ministry of the Interior statistics showed. The median length of the marriages was seven-and-a-half years. A total of 18,454 couples (33.9 percent) divorced within five years of their marriage, while 11,737 couples (21.56 percent) stayed married between five and nine years. Couples were less likely to divorce when their marriage lasted more than 10 years. About one in five marriages that ended in divorce last year (19.81 percent) were between a Taiwanese and a foreign national, the statistics showed.
‘Father of Irwin mango’ dies
Cheng Han-chih (鄭罕池), the “father of the Irwin mango,” passed away on Friday last week at the age of 89. He was estimated to have died at about 9:30am while taking a nap after breakfast, the Liberty Times (sister newspaper of the Taipei Times) reported online on Saturday. Cheng, born in 1929, was a native of what was called Tamai Villiage (玉井), Tainan Prefecture during the Japanese colonial era. Premier William Lai (賴清德) on Sunday said on Facebook that more than 50 years ago, Cheng imported 100 Irwin mango saplings from the US, but only four survived the severe frost the next year. Cheng did not give up, but worked even harder to find innovative ways to resolve pest and marketing issues, Lai wrote, adding that he shared his knowledge with other farmers and helped make the Irwin mango popular. The red mango is nicknamed the “ruby of summer” in Taiwan. In 2011, Lai, who was then Tainan mayor, presented Cheng with a special award in recognition of his efforts to promote the mango and his selfless dedication to local farmers.
ADEQUATE COVERAGE: New Taipei City, which has more than 9,500 people under home quarantine, said it would add another 450 rooms at its disease prevention hotels The Taipei City Government has added a fourth designated disease prevention hotel, allowing people under 14-day home quarantine to isolate themselves from NT$5,000 per day, it said yesterday. The Taipei Department of Information and Tourism launched the first disease prevention hotel on Feb. 21 to accommodate travelers without a place to stay during mandatory home isolation or quarantine, and for people who want to separate themselves from their family members or roommates during quarantine. The department said that as of yesterday, more than 120 travelers have stayed at one of the city’s three disease prevention hotels, and their 178 rooms are nearly
MISINFORMATION: The 100,000 masks given to ally Paraguay were bought in other Latin American nations, not made in Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Taiwan has not yet reached a point where it can export masks to diplomatic allies amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday, dismissing as misinformation online reports that it gave away masks to curry favor with a diplomatic ally. “Taiwan provides med-ical aid to diplomatic allies based upon specific circumstances,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said, adding that the supplements donated by Taiwan were all purchased locally in allied countries, in accordance with their needs. “The time is not yet ripe” for Taiwan to export medical supplies, such as surgical masks, to diplomatic allies, until
An improvised protective device for use when intubating patients designed by Taiwanese doctor Lai Hsien-yung (賴賢勇) is being adopted in the Philippines to help doctors there stay safe amid the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. “We made this acrylic aerosol box for my sister Dra. Frances Legaspi for Antipolo Doctors Hospital. Credits to Dr Lai Hsien-yung for the concept and design,” Anton Legaspi, whose family owns a business that makes customized designs, said on Facebook on Monday. The hospital is in Antipolo, about 25km east of Manila. Legaspi’s post was accompanied by several photographs of the box and a short demonstration video
All state-run columbariums must strictly regulate how many visitors they host during Tomb Sweeping Day on Saturday next week to curb the spread of COVID-19, New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) said yesterday. Hou asked people to use online worshipping services instead. Electronic “tomb sweeping” systems, which display a virtual altar for people to make offerings and say prayers, can reduce crowd sizes at columbariums, Hou said during a site visit to Shulin Life Memorial Hall (樹林生命紀念館), a columbarium in the city’s Shulin Disrict (樹林). Measures for admission control would be strictly implemented in state-run columbariums, Hou said, pointing to the Shulin