Ministry apologizes for ‘offensive’ childcare adINAPPROPRIATE: The education ministry promised to self-reflect after a video promoting its childcare policy was accused of mocking figure collectors and anime fansBy Lee I-chia / Staff reporterThe Ministry of Education yesterday apologized for a video it released last month promoting the government’s childcare policy amid criticism from anime and manga fans that it disrespected people’s hobbies and preferences. Called the “National Childcare Policy for Ages 0-6,” it includes increasing affordable education and care services, reducing tuition costs, boosting childrearing allowances, and raising salaries for childcare and education personnel to ease the burden of raising a child. The entrance to the Ministry of Education is pictured in Taipei in an undated photograph. Apologizing for the incident, the ministry said that it welcomed public scrutiny and supervision. He added that the ministry would reflect on its actions and continue to emphasize public communication when it makes videos to convey its ideals and values.
October 10, 2023 15:16 UTC
Bureau urges cautions as fraud on Marketplace risesBy Yao Yueh-hung, Wang Meng-lun and William Hetherington / Staff reporters, with staff writerBuyers and sellers on Facebook Marketplace should exercise caution as reports of fraudsters targeting users of the platform increase, the Criminal Investigation Bureau said on Sunday. In related news, data from the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) and the National Credit Card Center showed that credit card fraud related to leaked personal information has been on the rise since 2021.Credit card fraud reached NT$2.24 billion last year, up 14.2 percent from NT$1.96 billion in 2021, the data showed. “In the past, people would use physical means to steal credit card numbers along with the three-digit verification codes on the backs of the cards. The manager said that one bank customer’s information was stolen by a phishing site claiming to offer discounts on fast food. People should also be on the lookout for fraudulent text messages that appear to come from their banks, the bureau said.
October 10, 2023 13:21 UTC
If you think you have been scammed, call your bank or card provider to report it immediately. “You can also report a stolen card on most banking apps,” says Lisa Webb, a consumer law expert at the consumer group Which?. It is harder to report fraud itself via a banking app, so you may still have to call a number. He adds that this is not very common but, when it does happen, it can be “devastating.”To avoid this, you should be careful with personal details, especially anything sent over e-mail. If you suspect you may have had personal details stolen, you should keep an eye on your credit file using a credit reference agency.
October 10, 2023 07:42 UTC
A tale of two National Day eventsBy Chen Yung-chang 陳永昌A few days ago the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the US hosted its annual Double Ten National Day banquet at Twin Oaks estate in Washington. A week earlier, the Chinese embassy in the US also hosted a national day reception. The Double Ten National Day banquet at Twin Oaks showcased Washington’s support for Taiwan. However, some more significant occasions, such as Double Ten National Day celebrations, are still restricted to maintain the appearance of the US’ “one China” policy. In 2019, the celebration of China’s national day in Washington marked a turning point.
October 10, 2023 03:40 UTC
Ko favors elevating Cabinet’s role if elected presidentStaff writer, with CNATaiwan People’s Party (TPP) Chairman and presidential candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said he would elevate the Cabinet’s role in government, enshrine a parliamentary system into the Constitution and create the position of prime minister if elected. Taiwan People’s Party Chairman and presidential candidate Ko Wen-je speaks at a news conference in Taipei yesterday. Next year’s election is a good opportunity to end the autocratic presidential system and return the power to the people, Ko said. If elected, he said he would abolish what he calls the “elective monarchy system” and replace it with a Cabinet-run government. Democratic Progressive Party spokesman Chang Chih-hao (張志豪) said Ko was contradicting himself, because while he is ostensibly pushing to elevate the Cabinet’s role, he is a monarchist at heart.
October 09, 2023 23:54 UTC
Based on Planck’s hypothesis, the theory of quantum mechanics was developed, laying the foundation for further theoretical development. including German theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg’s matrix mechanics and Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger’s wave mechanics. Schrodinger proposed that in an equation, the wave functions of an electron are also matter waves, just like particles of light are also matter waves. At the time, everyone was perplexed by one question: Given that the wave functions are in plural form, what exactly would their physical significance be? Nobel’s great spirit has carried on to our time, inspiring us to do things for the greater good.
October 09, 2023 21:41 UTC
The agency attributed the increase in disposable income to the nation’s economic growth, with GDP expanding 2.35 percent last year from the previous year despite the impact of the pandemic. In other words, the wealth gap has not improved despite increases in people’s average disposable income and GDP. Former US president Barack Obama once said income inequality is the “defining challenge of our times,” while Pope Francis tweeted that “Inequality is the root of social evil.” Many experts believe income inequality inevitably leads to social instability and disorder, and even political turmoil. Wu’s analysis also found that perceived unfairness in wealth distribution reduces non-rich citizens’ willingness to fight for their country by dampening their national pride, a key element in psychological attachment to national identity. Wu’s research highlights the importance of an equitable distribution of wealth and resources, and, more importantly, it suggests that unfairness in wealth distribution threatens national security.
October 09, 2023 03:43 UTC
A submarine’s acoustic signature, or sound profile, has important implications for its combat operations. The acoustic signature is the sound its machinery and propeller make during operation. Just like humans, each submarine has a unique “voice.” Each submarine’s acoustic signature is different, even for different submarines of the same class. In underwater combat conditions, a vessel can only be detected by sonar, so underwater combat could be called acoustic warfare. Consequently, a submarine’s acoustic signature is an important way of identifying it.
October 09, 2023 03:43 UTC
Fuel prices to drop for fourth week as global crude fallsBy Chen Cheng-hui / Staff reporterGasoline and diesel prices are to drop NT$0.1 per liter this week following a fall in global oil prices last week, CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC, 台灣中油) and Formosa Petrochemical Corp (台塑石化) announced separately yesterday. It is the fourth consecutive week that CPC and Formosa are lowering their fuel prices. Global crude oil prices moved lower last week due to several factors, such as the strengthening US dollar, the likeliness of Russia lifting restrictions on diesel exports, and higher-than-expected US gasoline inventories, the companies said. Based on CPC’s floating oil price formula, the cost of crude oil fell 4.42 percent last week from a week earlier, it said. The price of premium diesel is to be NT$28.3 per liter at CPC stations and NT$28.1 at Formosa pumps, they said.
October 08, 2023 23:03 UTC
Earthquakes kill more than 2,000 in AfghanistanSEARCH AND RESCUE: People were attempting to dig out the dead and injured by hand in Herat, where people were trapped under buildings that had crumbledAP, ISLAMABADPowerful earthquakes over the weekend killed at least 2,000 people in western Afghanistan, a Taliban government spokesman said yesterday. It is one of the deadliest series of earthquakes to strike the country in two decades. People affected by an earthquake wait for relief in Herat, Afghanistan, on Saturday. Photo: EPA-EFESaturday’s magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit a far more densely populated area, near Afghanistan’s fourth largest city, Herat. Yesterday, people attempted to dig out the dead and injured with their hands in Herat, clambering over rocks and debris.
October 08, 2023 17:13 UTC
China perpetuating property bubbleBy Antonio GraceffoFor decades, Beijing has used investments to generate growth, with much of its spending focused on constructing new apartment buildings. Property prices increased steadily from 2000 through March 2021. BOC, ICBC and CCB reported increases in property sector nonperforming loans of 20 to 30 percent. Analysts estimate that the quantity of property loans in danger of default is equal to 12 percent of GDP. The other option is for property prices to drop significantly, which would trigger massive credit defaults, threatening the banking sector.
October 08, 2023 16:37 UTC
Young Cubans spurn roles as revolutionariesAFP, HAVANAIn Cuba, thousands of neighborhood cells set up as the eyes and ears of Fidel Castro’s communist revolution are trying to find ways to lure young people who have little interest in the cause. Cuban Committees for the Defense of the Revolution national coordinator Gerardo Hernandez speaks during an interview in Havana on Tuesday last week. The defense committees are particularly visible during elections, presiding over neighborhood meetings and scrupulously controlling citizens’ participation. Manuel Cuesta Morua is a dissident who faced “acts of repudiation” in the 2000s, when large groups of CDR members would verbally and physically abuse opponents. Every year, on the night of Sept. 27, CDR members get together in their neighborhood for a party around a stew cooked on an open fire.
October 08, 2023 05:28 UTC
Pakistan overcome De Leede; Bangladesh winAFP, HYDERABAD and DHARAMSALA, IndiaBangladesh beat Afghanistan at the Cricket World Cup in India yesterday, while Pakistan on Friday opened their campaign with a comfortable 81-run win against the Netherlands, overcoming an impressive performance from all-rounder Bas de Leede. “Credit to the bowlers, we started well and took wickets in the middle. De Leede then anchored his team’s innings with a polished 68-ball 67 spiced with two sixes and six fours. Bangladesh’s Najmul Hossain Shanto plays a shot during their ICC Cricket World Cup match against Afghanistan in Dharamsala, India, yesterday. Pakistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan, left, runs out Roelof van der Merwe of the Netherlands during their ICC Cricket World Cup match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, India, on Friday.
October 07, 2023 22:48 UTC
New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi, the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) candidate for president, second right, poses for a picture with supporters during a visit to Taichung’s Shuinan Market yesterday. Photo: Tsai Shu-yuan, Taipei TimesThe KMT and TPP have been in talks for months over a possible joint presidential ticket to challenge Vice President William Lai (賴清德), the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) presidential candidate, who is leading in polls. In addition, the core values of each party, its policies and goals should be clearly defined in a covenant or guidelines, Hou said. Taiwan People’s Party Chairman and presidential candidate Ko Wen-je, right, greets supporters as he returns from a visit to the US at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Friday. “I feel sorry for the publisher, as it has already finished printing the books,” Ko said yesterday.
October 07, 2023 21:42 UTC
Four cases opened over submarine secret leaksTREASON? Admiral Huang Shu-kuang (黃曙光), who heads the Indigenous Defense Submarine program, on Thursday last week said that “certain legislators” were making it difficult for the program to purchase critical equipment. Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei TimesMa allegedly leaked files from the submarine program to the Chinese Communist Party and the South Korean Mission in Taipei, Kuo added. The Supreme Prosecutors’ Office said that the High Prosecutors’ Office would lead treason investigations. The Supreme Prosecutors’ Office yesterday instructed the Kaohsiung office to continue its investigation.
October 07, 2023 15:51 UTC