The survey found that 85 percent of the children did not consume the recommended amount of dairy products per day. According to the Health Promotion Administration, elementary and junior-high school students should consume at least 1.5 dairy products per day, because their bodies are still developing. It found that 83.63 percent of school-aged children consume less than 1.5 dairy products per day, while 40.6 percent drink milk less than once per day and 3.8 percent drink milk once per week or less. Children should consume 800 to 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day, Wu said. People who do not eat dairy products, such as some vegetarians, can consume the recommended daily dose of calcium by drinking soy milk with black sesame seeds, Wu said.
By Wang Jung-hsiang and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writerPlans for next year’s flower festival in Kaohsiung have been finalized, the Kaohsiung Public Works Bureau’s Maintenance Office announced on Tuesday. Dubbed a “sea of flowers,” the festival will display flowers planted across five fields and 27 parks throughout the city in early January to welcome in the New Year, the office said. The flower festival is held annually and promoted by the Kaohsiung City Government from December until March the following year. Parks where planting is to take place include Shuanghu Forest Park (雙湖), Shihchang Forest Park (石昌), Aozihdi Forest Park (凹子底) and Weiwuying Park (衛武營), among 23 others. Snapdragons, begonias, sage flowers, petunias, lantanas, Chinese ixoras and bougainvilleas are to be among the flowers planted throughout the parks, the office said.
Staff writer, with CNAA group of professors has launched an online campaign to have Guinness World Records recognize a rainbow over Taiwan last week as the world’s longest visible rainbow. He said the photographs would be used to create a “rainbow clock” to prove to the Guinness World Records committee that the longest-lasting rainbow took place in Taiwan. The current Guinness record for the longest-lasting rainbow of six hours was set in 1994 in Sheffield, England. A rainbow clock based on the 36,000 pictures should be able to create an effect similar to time-lapse photography that shows second-to-second movements of the rainbow during those nine hours, Chou said. His team only recorded the rainbow with minute-by-minute photographs rather than video, because they never expected it to last so long, he said.
The average daily smartphone use of the nation’s travelers exceeds the global average of 2.7 hours by a significant margin and is the third-highest in Asia after Thailand’s 4.1 hours and South Korea’s 3.9 hours, the survey showed. The most often used mobile software are GPS-based map apps, usually for their navigation function and scenic spot recommendations, it showed. Travelers have increasingly shared images of their travels on social media, with 53 percent sharing food photography, 46 percent sharing images of scenic attractions and 45 percent sharing images of their traveling companions, it found. About 25 percent of Taiwanese respondents said their devices running out of power topped the list of traveling worries. More than 30 percent of Taiwanese respondents said it would be impossible to have a perfect trip without their smartphones, while 40 percent said they obtain portable Wi-Fi hot spots prior to traveling.
By Stacy Hsu / Staff reporterThe Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday said it plans to nominate “new immigrants” to run for councilors in the six special municipalities in next year’s elections to advance their rights in Taiwan. It is estimated that Taiwan is now home to more than 500,000 new immigrants and 350,000 of their offspring. “When it comes to the protection of new immigrants’ rights, the KMT is ahead of other parties,” Hsieh said, citing as an example a draft new immigrant basic act proposed by dozens of KMT lawmakers in late October, including KMT Legislator-at-large Lin Li-chan (林麗蟬), an immigrant from Cambodia. To allow more new immigrants to participate in politics, Hsieh said the committee would recommend a list of new immigrants to the KMT’s local chapters as potential candidates for next year’s nine-in-one elections. “It is our hope that the KMT can provide more space for new immigrants interested in politics,” Hsieh said.
The case has sparked a public furor, because the investigation revealed that Yen was a repeat offender. Yen was in June last year pulled over again for DUI, but she only had her driver’s license suspended, a lenient punishment. The investigation showed that Yen did not stop, but continued down the road, where the damaged car later broke down. After the fatal accident on Nov. 14, Yen’s Breathalyzer test showed a blood alcohol level of 0.46 milligrams per liter (mg/L), well above the legal limit of 0.15mg/L. Because the crime involved a hit-and-run that resulted in a person being killed and the main suspect was a repeat DUI offender who drove without a valid license, prosecutors have requested that the court impose a stiff punishment.
By Jason Pan / Staff reporterThree people have been arrested after two separate shooting incidents in Taipei. A woman was hit in the face by an air gun pellet on Thursday and a man fired four bullets at a lottery shop yesterday. Police yesterday announced that they apprehended two suspects in relation to Thursday’s shooting and, as part of the investigation, took them to the scene to simulate their roles in the action. Chinese Culture University officials condemned the random shooting and pointed to a worsening of safety conditions in Taipei. Police yesterday afternoon apprehended a suspect surnamed Chu (朱), who allegedly had money disputes with the lottery shop owner, surnamed Lee (李).
To reduce pollution emissions by ships using diesel fuel, the ministry is building high-voltage power supply systems at the port, Institute of Transportation Deputy Director-General Huang Hsin-hsun (黃新薰) said. Most ships currently use fuel containing 3.5 percent sulfur and switch to fuel with 1 percent sulfur when they pull in to port, he said. TIPC cannot promote the policy of using low-sulfur fuel alone; Cabinet officials must take the lead, he said. Given that air pollution in Kaohsiung comes from many sources, it is hard to ascertain how much of the pollution comes from the port, he said, questioning the Environmental Protection Administration’s claim that nearly 20 percent of the city’s air pollution comes from the port. To present more feasible policies for curtailing air pollution, TIPC plans to take an inventory of pollution sources at the port, which it expects to complete by October next year, Chang said.
Staff writer, with CNAAn animation calling for an end to the culture of victim blaming emerged as one of the winners at the annual Golden Pin Design Awards in Taipei on Thursday. The animation, titled The Mystery of Victim Blaming, explores the psychology of victim blaming, especially in cases of sexual assault, and urges the pubic to fight against prejudices and support the victims. SimpleInfo Design creates animation and graphic designs to spread information about social issues and other challenges. The winners were selected from four categories: product design, visual communication design, packaging design and spatial design. Of the 23 winners, 16 were from Taiwan, three from Japan, two from China, and one each from Hong Kong and Germany.
By Crystal Hsu / Staff reporterThe nation’s presale property market was last month “yellow-blue,” indicating that it has started to recover, although buying interest and advertisements slowed slightly from October, Chinese-language Housing Monthly magazine reported yesterday. Housing Monthly’s market sentiment gauge was 33.5 last month, the third-highest reading this year, but down 0.8 points from one month earlier, as developers and builders recovered confidence and put more houses on the market. “Overall, the market remains on the course of recovery, as evidenced by strong sales of presale projects in New Taipei City’s Banciao District (板橋),” Housing Monthly research manager Ho Shih-chang (何世昌) said. The magazine uses a five-color system to describe the local property market, with “red” indicating overheating, “yellow-red” showing fast growth, “green” representing stable growth, “yellow-blue” signaling transition and “blue” indicating contraction. However, advertisements last month dropped 12 percent from October, the magazine said, adding that 90 percent promoted old projects.
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Staff writer, with CNADemocratic Progressive Party Legislator Chiang Yung-chang (江永昌) yesterday suggested that the government should lower the threshold of the consumption tax refund to boost the amount spent by tourists. Citing Japan, Chiang told a meeting of the legislature’s Finance Committee that Taiwan should lower its current purchase threshold of NT$2,000 which grants a refund of 5 percent. Japan currently has a consumption tax refund of 8 percent for foreign visitors if they make purchases totaling ￥5,000 (NT$1,290) in two designated categories of goods. If Taiwan would follow Japan in lowering the refund threshold, the nation would see an increase in purchases made by foreign visitors, Chiang said, adding that the boost in sales would create additional revenue for the nation’s coffers. However, officials at the Ministry of Finance said a lower threshold does not necessarily result in foreign visitors buying more.
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Ching Fu founder and president Chen Ching-nan (陳慶南) was quoted by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister newspaper of the Taipei Times) as saying that he was mulling selling two-thirds of the company’s stock to the unidentified billionaire. Chen was quoted as saying that the billionaire expressed concern that the government’s indigenous shipbuilding program would suffer from the Ching Fu scandal and wanted to establish a professional team to take over the minesweeper project to ensure the success of the nation’s defense industry. As US defense giant Lockheed Martin, a subcontractor for the project, has already acquired an export permit from Italy’s Intermarine, the minesweeper project would be able to proceed if the deal goes through, Chen was quoted as saying. However, the ministry stood by its statement last month, saying that the contract would be terminated unless Ching Fu pays back NT$2.4 billion (US$79.9 million) by today and lays out a plan to overcome delays to scheduled work. The bottom line on Ching Fu is that it must make up for lost time and pay back its debts within the alloted time, the ministry said.
The amendments would affect Article 17 of the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act (公職人員選舉罷免法) and Article 17 of the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act (總統副總統選舉罷免法). Under the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act, the electoral districts of Aboriginal candidates for the mountain and plains areas are made up of plains Aborigines — commonly known as Pingpu — and mountain Aborigines respectively, rather than specific administrative regions. The required application documents and screening, as well as how to publish the voter list, deliver voting notices and perform other tasks, would be decided by the Central Election Commission, the draft amendments say. In his proposal, Sra Kacaw, an Amis, said that considering the level of trust in domestic politics and the feasibility of the administrative tasks, implementation of absentee voting should first be trialed during the presidential and vice presidential election. Sra Kacaw, who chaired the committee meeting, said that the draft amendments would still need to go through negotiations between the ruling and opposition parties before they could be submitted for deliberation in a plenary session.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterThe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Tuesday urged people with chronic liver disease to be vaccinated against influenza as soon as possible, as a flu infection can worsen liver disease and might even cause liver failure. The centers’ disease monitoring statistics showed a total of 53,815 reported cases of flu-like illness last week, including eight people with serious flu complications, six of whom had not received flu vaccinations. People with diabetes or cardiovascular diseases have a higher risk of developing serious complications when they contract the flu, CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞) said. However, 6 percent of the cases with serious flu complications reported in the previous flu season involved people with chronic liver disease, so those people should also be aware of the increased risk, Lo said. People with chronic hepatitis B, hepatitis C, alcoholic hepatitis or fatty liver disease, regardless of age, are all eligible for government-funded flu vaccines, Lo said.
By Jason Pan / Staff reporterThe Taiwan High Court yesterday upheld the guilty verdict for former New Taipei City deputy mayor Hsu Chih-chien (許志堅), who was convicted of taking bribes from real-estate developers, and sentenced him to 10 years in prison. Hsu Chih-chien was found guilty by the Taipei District Court on March 6 in the first ruling. Hsu Chih-chien told the High Court that he and Chou were old friends, and it was normal for them to give valuable gifts to each other. He added that the regular payments that Chou made were for investment in a Taipei property owned by his family. However, the court rejected Hsu Chih-chien’s appeal, after finding sufficient evidence and corroboration from witness testimony that he had taken bribes in exchange for influencing decisions to favor the two companies.