Condom usage encouraged
About 72 percent of Taiwanese men practice safe sex through the use of condoms, the third-highest percentage in a recent international survey. China topped the list at 79 percent, followed by Hong Kong at 76 percent, said the condom manufacturer that commissioned the survey. Chileans reported the lowest rate at 39 percent, the survey, released on Tuesday, found. Almost 56 percent of the Taiwanese men polled reported to have used condoms when they had sex for the first time. Brazilians had the highest percentage of using condoms at first sex — 66 percent, followed by Greeks (65.5 percent) and South Koreans (62.8 percent). Indonesians reported the lowest percentage at 27.6 percent. Former Department of Health minister Twu Shiing-jer (涂醒哲) and Taiwan AIDS Foundation chairman Shih Po-nan (施伯南) urged the public to use certified condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and avoid unwanted pregnancy.
Mine removal demonstrated
The military demonstrated standard procedures used for the removal of unexploded ordnance found by members of the public, during a media tour of a Yilan County naval base yesterday. Reporters were also shown a variety of bomb-removal clothing and equipment. During a simulated emergency, personnel performed procedures to remove an explosive found on a farm. After observing the situation, the team took steps to remove the explosive to a safe environment and place it in a secure container. Most cases involving unexploded weapons occur at construction sites, where workers discover the shells buried underground, military staff said. These unexploded shells could have been used in previous military training or during World War II, the staff said.
The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) should not use the government’s disease-prevention policy as an excuse to block people’s access to the Taipei Railway Station’s main hall, the Taiwan International Workers’ Association said yesterday. The association held a protest at the station after what organizers said were about 400 people staged a sit-in on Saturday to demonstrate against the TRA’s proposal to ban sitting on the floor of the main hall. In accordance with the Central Epidemic Command Center’s disease-prevention measures, large gatherings have been banned in the hall since the end of February. After protesters yesterday expressed their grievances at the southern
SEEKING OPTIONS: A Sinyi Realty corporate realty official attributed the spike to proposed legal changes in the territory and the ongoing pro-democracy protests More Hong Kongers purchased real estate in Taiwan last year than other foreigners, Ministry of the Interior statistics showed. The ministry attributed the spike to a proposed extradition law that the Hong Kong government submitted last year, which would have allowed suspects to be sent to China and other nations, which sparked mass protests that are continuing. The rate of purchases last year by Hong Kong natural and juridical persons stood at 40 and 60 percent respectively, with building area purchased by both standing at 47.41 percent and 52.59 percent respectively, ministry data showed. Department of Land Administration statistics showed that Hong Kongers
ZERO TOLERANCE: National Police Agency Director-General Chen Ja-chin said that he ordered Kaohsiung police to investigate reports of planned voter intimidation Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokeswoman Yen Juo-fang (顏若芳) yesterday denounced the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) for asking people not to vote in a recall poll against Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), while National Police Agency Director-General Chen Ja-chin (陳家欽) called on police to follow up on reports that gangsters are planning to intimidate voters. Yen said that in an effort to save Han, the KMT has mobilized all of its members, who have increasingly tried to prevent Kaohsiung residents from exercising their right to vote in the poll on Saturday next week. She called on Kaohsiung residents to have the courage
Taipei is to reopen public facilities starting on Monday next week under three conditions, and allow indoor and outdoor events with fewer than 250 and 1,000 people respectively, Taipei Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) yesterday. The three conditions are practicing social distancing measures or wearing a mask if the proper distance cannot be kept, enforcing a real-name registration system for indoor activities and prohibiting meal sharing, Huang said. All municipal facilities would resume operations under those principles, with the exception of school campuses, she said. School campuses at high-school level and below would remain closed to the public to protect student health, but