Youth reliant on phones
Taiwanese adolescents rely heavily on their mobile phones for entertainment and interpersonal interactions, and the older they get, the more important their smartphones become to them, a survey released on Wednesday by the non-profit King Car Cultural and Educational Foundation showed. In the poll of Taiwanese aged 10 to 17, 76 percent said they would feel inconvenienced without a mobile phone to contact other people, and 64.1 percent said they would feel bored without one. In terms of phone usage, 16.1 percent of respondents use their phones more than five hours a day; 22.9 percent average three to five hours; 39.5 percent one to three hours; and 21.5 percent one hour a day. Most of the respondents used their phones to watch videos, interact on social media and play online games, said the survey, which was conducted in March with 3,017 valid samples.
Student’s body found
The body of a Taiwanese student who went missing last week after going for swim in a river in Germany has been found, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday. The body of the exchange student, surnamed Tsai (蔡), was found on Tuesday morning in the Weser River near Minden, a ministry statement said. Tsai’s family has confirmed that the body is that of their 18-year-old son, who had been missing since Friday last week. The ministry expressed its condolences to the family and thanked German rescue teams for their assistance in the search. According to local media reports, Tsai was part of a 60-member group that was camping on the banks of Weser River. He was swept away while swimming in the river.
New scratch lotto coming
A new scratch ticket game is to be introduced on Monday, offering 200 top prizes of NT$100,000, Taiwan Lottery Corp said on Thursday. The Win-Win Lottery scratch tickets are to be sold at NT$100 each, and players will have a chance to win cash prizes of NT$100,000, NT$1,000, NT$200 and NT$100, Taiwan Lottery general manager Tsai Kuo-chi (蔡國基) said. The chances of winning would be 29.93 percent, based on two sets of 12 hidden numbers on the ticket, each in a range from 1 to 24, he said. The NT$100,000 prize would go to ticket holders who match none or all 12 winning numbers, Tsai said. Players who match one or 11 numbers would win NT$1,000, while those who match two or 10 would win NT$200, and those who match three or nine numbers would get NT$100, he said. The scratch game is part of the nation’s Public Welfare Lottery, which saw a 7 percent year-on-year increase in sales in the first five months of the year, Tsai said.
Mussel season arrives
It is harvest time for mussels cultivated in waters off the coasts of Matsu, with the local delicacy to be available until late September, aquaculturists said. Mussel cultivation is a key aquaculture industry on the outlying island, with consumers on Taiwan proper the major customers, to whom farmers and retailers ship the fresh produce via home delivery services, while tourists can savor the limited seasonal delicacy at local restaurants. The harvest season normally runs from June to September, but began a week late this year, local businesses said. Mussels are known for their high nutritional value and are said to increase sperm count and improve sperm motility, a study by National Taiwan Ocean University’s food science department said.
Senior judges yesterday met to discuss the constitutionality of a law that makes adultery a criminal offense, before being ordered by Judicial Yuan President Hsu Tzong-li (許宗力) to set a date for a constitutional interpretation within the next month. The judges met to discuss Article 239 of the Criminal Code on offenses against marriage and family, after 18 judges had called for a constitutional interpretation of the issue. Taipei District Court Judge Lin Meng-huang (林孟皇) said that while he had previously tried adultery cases and never questioned the law, his feelings changed when trying a case last year involving baseball star Wang
Instead of hating the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), help change it, KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said, as he urged young people to join efforts to reform the party. As the nation marked Youth Day on Sunday, Chiang said in a Facebook post that he wanted to remind people that “the KMT used to be very young.” Now, when people think of the KMT, they equate it with older people, he wrote. “Even if [the KMT] is a 100-year-old party, it must maintain a young mentality, and understand what young people want and what they want the KMT to do,” Chiang wrote.
TOO TIRED: Investigators found that the pilot’s lack of alertness could be attributed to a lack of sleep the previous night, when he had slept with his child It was a copilot’s inappropriate operation of the aircraft and the pilot’s insufficient alertness that led to a hard landing of a China Airlines cargo flight on Dec. 13, 2018, the Taiwan Transportation Safety Board said yesterday. Flight CI6844, a Boeing 747-409 which departed from Hong Kong International Airport, landed on the pre-threshold area of runway L5 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, about 21m before the head of the runway, an investigation report said. The hard landing damaged three runway lights, but none of the personnel on board sustained any injuries, the report said. When approaching the runway, the copilot failed to maintain
DISTRUST WARRANTED? The WHO is under China’s control and has become a useless organization, while data from China cannot be trusted, a Control Yuan member said China’s demand that the novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, Hubei Province, not be referred to with names like the “Wuhan pneumonia” betrays its lack of confidence in itself, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) told lawmakers yesterday. Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Yi-yu (蔡易餘) asked Su, during a interpellation at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, for his view on China’s attempts to redeem its national image in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. These included China’s efforts to “bleach” its image, including having WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus publicly praise its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, and thanking it for buying time