As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Taiwan, a group of Golden Melody Awards nominees recently covered the classic Chinese hit “Hand in Hand” to offer encouragment to medical workers. The song, originally recorded by 86 singers including A-mei, was released in 2003 to boost the morale of the public during the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
With the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to increase last week, Taiwanese rock band Mayday donated 66 ZOLL ventilators to 14 hospitals in Taipei and New Taipei City. Entertainer Janet Chia also launched a campaign to deliver lunch boxes to medical workers on the front line since early this month, and other artists, including Little S, Vivian Hsu and Roy Chiu, have joined the campaign.
Chia has raised over NT$92m (nearly US$3.4m) to purchase 342 “high flow nasal cannulas” (HFNC) for hospitals, while Japan-based Taiwanese supermodel Lin Chi-ling has also donated six “positive pressure COVID-19 testing booths” to Taiwan.
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(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
Taiwan’s central bank increased its benchmark interest rate by a modest amount on Thursday last week, the third hike this year, as it tries to battle inflation without further weighing down its slowing economy. The central bank raised its policy rate by 12.5 basis points to 1.625 percent, in line with forecasts of most economists surveyed by Bloomberg. The bank also raised its reserve requirement ratios by 0.25 percentage points. The central bank’s decision came hours after the US Federal Reserve hiked interest rates by 75 basis points, the fifth increase this year, to tame rampant inflation. Taiwan’s policy makers have been
Laugh out loud at ‘stand-up comedy’ 「單口喜劇」：讓你笑到「並軌」 Most of us know someone great at telling jokes. It takes exceptional talent, however, to become a successful stand-up comedian. These people stand up on stage with just a microphone and try their hardest to get as many __1__ from the audience as possible. In countries like the US and the UK, top stand-up comedians are among the best-known celebrities. Most focus on a specific type of comedy in their act. One of the most common is observational comedy, __2__ jokes are made about aspects of everyday life. Another is political satire, which makes fun of people in politics. Early versions
The ‘Barnum effect:’ A common cognitive bias 覺得星座運勢很準？「巴納姆效應」在作祟 Have you ever read your horoscope and thought the predictions were extraordinarily accurate? If so, you’ve experienced the “Barnum effect,” also called the “Forer effect.” This psychological phenomenon refers to the tendency of people to believe that vague, general statements are specific descriptions of themselves. The Barnum effect works exceptionally well for positive statements, as most people’s egos enjoy praise and reject criticism. It’s named after American businessman P.T. Barnum, who’s strongly associated with the phrase, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” This declaration conveys humans’ gullible nature and desire to believe the good things they’re told about themselves. This common
A: There were so many aftershocks after the recent earthquake. It was scary. B: Do you have an earthquake emergency kit at home? A: No, I don’t. What should I prepare for the emergency kit? B: Taiwan’s National Fire Agency recommends that people include seven essential items. A: Let me guess: drinking water and food are two of the essential items. B: Correct! The other five are a small blanket, emergency medicine, coarse cotton safety gloves, a flashlight and a whistle. A: 最近地震後餘震不斷，好可怕。 B: 你家有地震避難包嗎？ A: 沒有耶，避難包裡該準備什麼？ B: 根據台灣消防署建議，應該有七樣必備物品！ A: 我猜要有飲水和食物。 B: 猜對了，還要有小毛毯、急救藥品、粗棉手套、手電筒及哨子。 （Translated by Edward Jones, Taipei Times／台北時報張聖恩）