Plastic cloth disrupts trains
About 2,000 high-speed rail passengers were delayed by a brief suspension in services caused by a long strip of plastic cloth that got tangled in the train system’s electric cables, the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp said yesterday. The company decided to suspend two-way services on the tracks between Greater Tainan and Zuoying Station (左營) in Greater Kaohsiung at 11:54am after the cloth was found wrapped around cables at the 336.6km milestone, near Dashe (大社) in Greater Kaohsiung. Maintenance workers managed to remove the plastic by 1:12pm and normal operations resumed at 1:30pm. The company said that passengers on 15 trains were affected by the suspension, with delays ranging from five to 42 minutes. It said it was collecting evidence and would seek compensation from the owner of the cloth. Passengers were not eligible for a refund because the delay was not the company’s fault, it added.
Taiwanese big YouTube fans
Taiwan’s rate of viewing YouTube videos on mobile devices is higher than the global average because of the nearly 100 percent penetration rate of smartphones and tablets in the country, Google Taiwan said yesterday. Mobile devices make up about 25 percent of YouTube’s global viewership, with Taiwanese being among the biggest users, the company said. It did not disclose the actual figure for Taiwan. It said it is conducting a survey on Taiwanese users viewing videos on YouTube on mobile devices and expects to release the results in one or two months. YouTube statistics show that more than 1 billion users visit the Web site each month, with more than 6 billion hours of video being watched each month.