Wowprime share price up due to vouchersWIN-WIN SITUATION: As shareholders would likely spend extra money when using the voucher, it would help the firm pay personnel costs and rent, an analyst saidBy Kao Shih-ching / Staff reporterRestaurant chain operator Wowprime Corp (王品) yesterday saw its share price increase 9.98 percent to NT$63.9, after the company announced that it would provide gift vouchers to those who bought its shares. In the previous two years, the company provided shareholders with a NT$500 voucher and a 25 percent discount coupon. Wowprime shares were also popular in the regular market, with 1.802 million shares traded, compared with the daily average transaction of 368,000 shares this month, the data showed. “It seems that Wowprime successfully protected its share price with the food voucher. Given that the company has about 22,000 shareholders, it is expected to issue food vouchers worth NT$48.4 million.
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It has the support of the Presidential Office and the Executive Yuan, but would not be finalized until a detailed report is made by the Directorate-General of Highways and approved by the Executive Yuan, the ministry said. Lin has been communicating with the Presidential Office and Executive Yuan to secure the funding, the ministry said. There are an estimated 16,000 tour bus drivers and 100,000 taxi drivers nationwide who would be eligible for the subsidies, it said. Bus drivers can also apply for up to NT$110,000 to cover driver training courses under that package. President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has asked the Executive Yuan to discuss the issue, and it was expected to make an announcement soon, he wrote.
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Taichung to be first to ban e-cigarette use by minorsBy Chang Ching-ya and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writerTaichung is set to become the first of the nation’s six special municipalities to ban residents under the age of 18 from using or possessing e-cigarettes, starting in September. Under the Taichung Autonomous Act for E-Cigarette Hazards Prevention (台中市電子煙危害防制自治條例) passed by the Taichung City Council on Wednesday, provision of e-cigarettes or related items to minors or pregnant women is to be punishable by a fine between NT$10,000 and N$50,000, as of Sept. 28. Using e-cigarettes at schools, museums and movie theaters or on public transportation systems is also to be banned, with violators liable to fines ranging from NT$2,000 to NT$10,000. A person uses an e-cigarette on Nov. 6 last year in Taipei. E-cigarettes had fallen between the regulatory cracks as they are not considered a tobacco product under the terms of the Tobacco Hazard and Prevention Act (菸害防治法), the Taichung City Government said.
9) — as part of a six-month trial, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said on Facebook on Saturday night. The Ministry of Transportation and Communications already allows big bikes to use Highway No. An entrance and exit for the Tsaopu Senyung Tunnel on the South Link Highway is pictured on March 3. Photo: Chen Yen-ting, Taipei TimesMotorcycles with an engine displacement of more than 50 cubic centimeters (cc) are classified as heavy motorcycles, and those with engine displacement of more than 250cc are categorized as large heavy motorcycles, Lin said. Lrge heavy motorcycles should have yellow license plates if their engine displacement is between 250cc and 550cc, while those with 550cc or larger engines use red plates, he said.
Tsai unveils memorial to officers killed in JanuaryStaff writer, with CNAPresident Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday unveiled a memorial wall honoring eight senior military officers who lost their lives in a helicopter crash in January, including former chief of the general staff Shen Yi-ming (沈一鳴). President Tsai Ing-wen, center left, yesterday presents a commemorative plaque to a relative of one of the eight military officers killed in a helicopter crash in January at the unveiling of a memorial wall outside the Ministry of Defense in Taipei honoring the men. Tsai once again expressed her sorrow and offered condolences to the officers’ families, thanking the men for their contributions to the nation. “Lastly, I want to tell the eight officers who died while carrying out their duties: We will remember your sacrifices,” she said. Prior to the unveiling, Tsai led a spring memorial service in honor of national martyrs at the National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine, which is about 1km from the ministry.
Virus Outbreak: People who litter masks face fines of up to NT$6,000Staff writer, with CNAPeople who throw away their masks in public areas can be fined up to NT$6,000, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said. Masks fall under the category of general waste and should be disposed of in regular garbage bins, the ministry said. However, those who discard their masks on the street can be fined NT$1,200 to NT$6,000 under the Waste Disposal Act (廢棄物清理法), it said. Photo: Lo Chi, Taipei TimesLocal governments have reported an increase in the number of discarded masks since the COVID-19 outbreak began, as the use of masks has skyrocketed. Only four masks were found in the garbage bins that the hospital had set up, the bureau said.
The cover of the nation’s passports bears the name “Republic of China” in English under the nation’s official Chinese name, while “Taiwan” is printed in English under the national emblem. Republic of China passports are pictured in Taipei on Feb. 26. “People have suggested using stickers or passport holders to distinguish the Taiwanese passport from the Chinese passport. We suggest that the passport cover be redesigned,” NPP Chairman Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) said. The party would ask people to submit their ideas for a new passport cover design before the summer vacation, Hsu said, adding that it would work with experts to create samples for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to consider.
Su called on Chen to continue serving in his position steadfastly while waiting for the judiciary to prove his innocence. Hsu had forwarded a case involving Chen, NPA Department of Human Resources Director Chang Shu-fang (張淑芳), as well as NPA Director-General’s Office coordinators Wu Cheng-chieh (吳正杰), Chu Cheng-tzu (渠正慈) and Wang Wen-chu (王文助), to the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office. Premier Su Tseng-chang yesterday comments on the Ministry of the Interior’s decision to report National Police Agency Director-General Chen Chia-chin to prosecutors during a visit to Taichung Distillery to inspect the progress of the distillery’s epidemic prevention measures. Su yesterday said he was dismayed by the incident, adding that the public is likely confused and unimpressed by the kerfuffle, especially amid fears over COVID-19. Su added that the ministry did not inform his aide of the matter until after 8pm on Friday.
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Inaugurated in May 2018, the 2,629 tonne Legend is managed by the National Applied Research Laboratories’ Taiwan Ocean Research Institute (TORI). An ocean floor seismometer developed by Taiwanese researchers is deployed in the Okinawa Trough in 2018. In September 2018, they deployed 35 OBSs in the trough and recovered 33 of them nine months later, Kuo said. The survey found that earthquakes below the northern trough can happen at depths of up to 300km, deeper than a previous observation of nearly 200km, he said. Developing more survey instruments instead of purchasing them from elsewhere is key to boosting research and industrial capacity, Kuo said.
Academia Sinica, National Chengchi University and National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) have issued announcements to clarify their quarantine measures for confirmed cases. There can be a lapse between a school’s disease prevention actions and the CECC’s daily case announcement, an NTHU administrative officer said on Friday. NTU said it was upset about criticism it had received over its disease prevention measures, as those criticizing it did not realize the measures’ importance. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the CECC, yesterday said that announcing confirmed cases is the center’s job, but it respects entities for disclosing detailed information if they do not divulge personal information. To avoid interagency confusion, the center would draft guidelines about information disclosure, he said, urging agencies to cooperate, instead of confronting each other.
Virus Outbreak: CAA initiates rules for crew, pilotsStaff writer, with CNAStrict measures forcing the cabin crews and pilots of local airlines to be quarantined at home between flights to combat COVID-19 were put into effect on Friday, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said. The home quarantine period for cargo flights would be three days, Lin said. At home, the crew members are not allowed to leave their homes at all during their five-day or three-day quarantines. Previously, airline crew were not subject to the home-quarantine requirement as long as they followed the standard operating procedures while overseas. That practice raised concerns, particularly this week after two cargo flight pilots with China Airlines were confirmed to have contracted the disease.
Virus Outbreak: Next week critical in fight against coronavirus, Ko saysBy Lee I-chia / Staff reporterTaipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said that the disease prevention measures implemented in the next week would be critical in determining how the nation’s COVID-19 situation develops. Ko made the remark on the sidelines of a launch event for Cherish Food Taiwan’s Cherish Food Kitchen, which is to provide 300 free hot boxed lunches each day to frontline healthcare professionals at seven hospitals in Taipei and New Taipei City. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, right, listens as New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi speaks yesterday at an event in New Taipei City organized by Cherish Food Taiwan. The seven hospitals are: New Taipei City Hospital’s Sanchong and Banciao branches, the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Taipei Hospital and Shuang Ho Hospital, Taipei Municipal Wanfang Hospital, Shinkong Wu Ho-su Memorial Hospital, and Taipei City Hospital’s Chung Hsin Branch. “In my opinion, the upcoming week is the most dangerous period [for Taiwan], as the reported cases have increased by about 20 every day,” he said.
KMT amendments reach committee review phaseYOUTHFUL APPROACH: Johnny Chiang called on the DPP to form a constitutional reform committee, saying that young people should speak up for their own rightsBy Sean Lin / Staff reporterA proposal by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus to amend the Constitution to lower the legal voting age to 18 and the age ofpolitical party candidacy to 20 yesterday advanced to committee review. “Today is the most significant day for the reforms that the KMT has pledged to undertake,” KMT Legislator Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) told a news conference in Taipei. As the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has been a vocal supporter of lowering the legal age of candidacy, it should quickly assemble a constitutional reform committee to respond to calls from young people, he added. Politicians have traditionally made decisions for young people without listening to what they really want, KMT caucus secretary-general Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安) said. The KMT used to oppose lowering the legal voting age because it believed that younger voters generally disliked it, DPP caucus director-general Cheng Yun-peng (鄭運鵬) said.
Virus Outbreak: Firm donates COVID-19 picture booksBy Dennis Xie / Staff writer, with CNATaiwan Mac Educational Co is to donate 1,000 picture books about COVID-19 to the Ministry of Education, which said it would distribute them to schools across the nation, the publisher said on Tuesday. The book, titled Say Bye Bye to the Novel Coronavirus (和新型冠狀病毒說 Bye Bye) uses vivid illustrations to explain how COVID-19 has affected the world and what preventive measures people can adopt to keep it away, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Kao Chia-yu (高嘉瑜) said. Kao said that she facilitated the donation after learning about the book’s upcoming release during an interview with the Taipei-based publisher about the outbreak’s effect on the local publishing industry. National Taiwan University Hospital pediatrician Huang Li-min, right, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Kao Chia-yu, center, and Taiwan Mac Educational Co president Huang Chang-fa hold copies of a picture book about COVID-19 at a news conference in Taipei on Tuesday. K-12 Education Administration member Chan Ya-hui (詹雅惠) said that her agency would send the books to schools across Taiwan, prioritizing rural areas.
E Ink eyes growth jump this quarter despite pandemicBy Lisa Wang / Staff reporterE Ink Holdings Inc (元太科技), a supplier of e-paper displays, expects a slight uptick in growth this quarter as demand for e-readers and electronic shelf labels (ESLs) improves amid the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it said yesterday. The E Ink Holdings Inc booth at Computex Taipei is pictured on May 28 last year. It also plans to add manufacturing tools at its fab in Hsinchu, which would add some capacity, E Ink said. Last year’s downtrend in royalty income would likely extend into this year, the company said. Last year, E Ink took in NT$2.24 billion in royalty income by licensing advanced fringe field switching LCD technology to flat-panel makers.