Peak ATM hours announced
The Consumer Protection Commission yesterday said peak hours for cash withdrawals from ATMs would be mornings and afternoons from today until Thursday, and advised customers to check with their banks on daily limits for withdrawals and transfers. The commission said the hours between 11am and 2pm, and 5pm and 7pm during the two days prior to the start of the Lunar New Year holiday, as well as the first two days of the New Year, would be peak hours for ATM use. People seeking to avoid standing in line should avoid these times. Customers should also avoid using ATMs they have never used before and keep the printed receipts in case the machine malfunctions.
Scooter statistics released
The area formerly known as Kaohsiung County ranked No. 1 in terms of the number of scooters per 100 residents last year, while Taipei posted the lowest number, according to a statement released by Directorate--General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics. Last year, for every 100 Kaohsiung County residents, there were 83 scooters on average, the statement said, which cited the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. Taipei reported a scooter ownership rate of 41.8 percent, the statistics showed. Meanwhile, more motor vehicles were registered last year, with scooters showing the biggest increase from a year earlier, the statistics showed. A total of 21.72 million motor vehicles were registered last year, up 1.6 percent from 2009. The number of scooters registered rose 1.7 percent to reach 14.85 million in the same period, the report said. Last year, 6.88 million cars and pickup trucks were registered, a 1.6 percent increase from the previous year.
A debt dispute between a restaurant owner and a criminal ring might be behind a bizarre cockroach attack at the Taipei eatery on Monday night while it was hosting a police gathering, Taipei Police Commissioner Chen Jia-chang (陳嘉昌) said yesterday. Preliminary findings of a police investigation into the case at the G House Taipei suggest that the unusual incident might have been directed at the restaurant’s owner, who allegedly owes money to the Bamboo Union, Chen said. The suspects were Bamboo Union members and there was no evidence indicating that the cockroaches were targeted at the police officers at the restaurant, he
Taiwan’s armed forces should closely monitor China’s development of a new tanker aircraft, as it would significantly boost the Chinese air force’s capability to carry out long-range raids, a military expert said on Wednesday. Ou Si-fu (歐錫富), a research fellow at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research, said in an online article that China is developing a tanker variant of its Y-20 military transport aircraft, known as the Y-20U. The Y-20 has a maximum take-off weight of 220 tonnes and the tanker variant is expected to carry up to 60 tonnes of fuel, more than three times the maximum
QUARANTINE BLUNDER: The government should be responsible for a cluster infection at a hotel, as the cases have caused panic, DPP Legislator Chen Ming-wen said The Ministry of Transportation and Communications should make it mandatory for pilots and flight attendants, as well as their family members, to be vaccinated in view of a cluster of COVID-19 cases at the Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport hotel, lawmakers said at a meeting of the legislature’s Transportation Committee yesterday. The cluster infection at the hotel had led to 28 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, including hotel workers, as well as China Airlines flight and cabin crew, and their family members. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday tightened quarantine requirements for pilots and flight attendants, who must quarantine
TRAVELING WHILE CONTAGIOUS: The highest risk of infection is indoors, especially in settings where people take off their masks to eat and drink, an expert warned The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday posted a list of places visited by people who were recently diagnosed with COVID-19 while they were likely contagious, urging people who visited the sites at the same time to practice self-health management. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said that confirmed case No. 1,129 — a woman in her 60s who works at Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, a designated quarantine facility, and tested positive on Friday — visited Chiayi between Friday last week and Monday. On the first day of her trip, she visited the Big Chiayi