German office picks partner
The German Institute Taipei on Friday named Taiwanese professor Tseng Tse-fong (曾梓峰) as honorary Kaohsiung director to help promote economic and cultural ties between the two nations. Tseng, a professor at the National University of Kaohsiung’s Graduate Institute of Urban Development and Architecture, has been named honorary director effective immediately, the institute said on Facebook. Institute Director-General Martin Eberts on Friday presented a certificate of appointment to Tseng. The honorary director’s main job is to assist in promoting economic and cultural cooperation between the two nations, and does not involve consular affairs, the institute said. Tseng said he hopes to strengthen cultural, academic and economic exchanges between Taiwan and Germany.
Cellist’s surgery a success
Cellist Chang Chen-chieh (張正傑), who broke his left wrist while cycling in Vienna earlier this week, yesterday said that his surgery had been successful and he is now wearing a cast. On Facebook, Chang said that doctors had told him to wear the cast for four weeks. “But after the cast is removed, I will be able to play cello again,” he said. The 57-year-old broke his wrist when he was riding a bike along the Danube River and hit a pothole. He was sent to a hospital in Vienna for the operation. Chang said he was grateful for the blessings he had received from Taiwan. Chang has worked with artists beyond the boundaries of classical music. Last month, he played with Peking opera singer Chu Lu-hao (朱陸豪) at a charity event held at a penitentiary for women in Kaohsiung.
Average rent 27% of pay
Salaried workers who live in rented accommodation in Taiwan spend about 27 percent of their income on average on rent, a 1111 Job Bank poll found. Respondents had an average monthly salary of NT$34,386. Those from Taipei and spent an average of NT$10,392 per month on their accommodation, the most among the six special municipalities. Of the six municipalities, Tainan had the cheapest rent, with respondents spending an average of NT$6,000 per month, the poll showed. The average size of rented apartments for salaried workers was about 42.4m2, the poll found. About 38 percent of respondents said they rented because they could not afford to buy. The survey was conducted among 1,180 salaried workers older than 18 who were registered members of 1111 Job Bank. It ran from July 2 until Thursday.
Housing project launched
A groundbreaking ceremony was on Friday held for a project to build 400 temporary housing units for victims of the Marawi conflict, a five-month armed battle that ended late last year in the Philippines. It took place at a construction site in Rorogagus East, Marawi City, and was attended by representative to the Philippines Michael Hsu (徐佩勇), as well as local city officials. The project is a collaborative effort between the Taiwanese government and the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, Hsu said. The housing project is part of efforts to help Marawi City recover from the conflict, which left about 350,000 people displaced, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees data released in February showed. In January, Taiwan launched a relief effort that included sending 10,780 tonnes of rice to those affected.
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,”
YOUNGEST PATIENT: Cases of botulism have been only sporadically reported over the past few years, with two in 2015, six in 2016 and none in the past three years The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the nation’s first case of infant botulism this year, a four-month-old boy in northern Taiwan, as well as five new cases of Japanese encephalitis confirmed last week. The boy was introduced to homemade solid food in the middle of last month, but began to experience constipation and loss of appetite on June 23, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said, adding that he was taken to the hospital when he developed a fever and shortness of breath on June 25. In the hospital, the boy also experienced a rapid heartbeat, limb