Pilots under pressure: keeping your job is a challenge for locals and foreigners alike

The Novotel hotel at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport will no longer provide accommodation to foreign pilots after an outbreak of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said, Friday, April 30. Health and Welfare Minister and Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) director Chen Shih-chung said that the most likely source for the infection was a foreign pilot, and that foreign pilots have “divergent” behaviors, being less likely to follow instructions for epidemic prevention. Four of 10 CAL pilots who tested

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Man seriously injured after paraglider accident

A paragliding instructor was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after crash landing on a beach in Dulan Township, Taitung County today, April 23. According to China Times, the 70-year-old senior instructor, named Deng, was flying a powered paraglider at around noon, when it suddenly lost power and fell from a height of around three stories. Witnesses at a nearby camping area immediately called emergency services and rushed to the man’s assistance. Deng suffered a serious head injury and was

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First EMU3000 intercity train will arrive in June: expected to relieve congestion on east coast line

Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) announced today, April 11, that the first of 50 newly-purchased EMU3000 trains will be delivered in June, and priority will be given to reducing congestion on the Eastern Trunk Line. The EMU3000 will function as a multipurpose, non-tilting intercity train, and is expected to increase passenger capacity by 40% on the east coast line, effectively solving the problem of excess demand during peak travel periods. The trains were purchased from Hitachi Corporation, Japan, in a record-breaking

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Bank clerk married same spouse 4 times, divorced 3 times in little more than a month to claim extra marriage leave

A bank clerk in Taipei City married the same spouse four times and divorced three times in a 37-day period last year, in order to claim 32 days marriage leave, United Daily News and Liberty Times reported today, April 11. According to a lawyer named Lin who posted about the unusual case on his Facebook page, the bank was issued a fine for only paying for the mandatory 8 days leave for the first marriage. According to Lin, the clerk

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Taiwan tech companies report large revenue gains as ICT demand continues to surge

Taiwan PC manufacturer ASUSTek (TWSE: 2357) announced a consolidated group revenue for March 2021 of NT$45.9 billion, a year-on-year increase of 74% due to continuing strong demand for laptop computers. The company reported today, April 9, that group revenue for the first quarter of 2021 was NT$116.2 billion, a year-on-year increase of 64%. ASUSTek said that the company has a positive outlook on PC market demand and an active growth strategy going forward. In the first quarter of 2021, the

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Starlux Airlines opens recruiting for 127 personnel: expecting recovery of aviation tourism industry

Starlux Airlines announced that it was seeking 127 recruits for flight crew and ground service personnel starting today, March 31. The positions are to fill manpower demand for new aircraft delivered, and flight routes opening in the second half of 2021, the airline said. Vacancies include cabin crew, maintenance, sales, customer service, airport operations and internal administration jobs. Starlux Airlines CEO Glenn Chai said that the global aviation industry has been hit hard by the epidemic in the past year,

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Evergreen commissions build of 20 new 15,000 TEU container ships

Taiwan’s global shipping giant Evergreen Marine Corp (TWSE: 2603) has commissioned Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries to build 20 new 15,000 TEU container ships, the company announced today, March 25. Evergreen Marine’s board of directors recently approved the construction of 20 new 15,000 TEU ships due to a rise in global demand. Each ship will be constructed at a price of US$115-130 million, with a total transaction value of US$2.3-2.6 billion, according to today’s press release.

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1.6 million packs of contraband cigarettes seized from cargo ship intercepted near Dongsha Island

Coast Guard and customs officials have seized 1.6 million packs of contraband cigarettes from a Togo-flagged cargo vessel that was intercepted near Dongsha Island March 6. Coast Guard officers intercepted the ship after receiving intelligence that the 2,000 ton aggregates carrier TONG HANG No. 6 bound for Taiwan from Cambodia was carrying cigarettes manufactured in China. After intercepting the vessel on March 6, the Coast Guard escorted the ship to the Port of Kaohsiung. After arriving on March 9, customs

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Acer’s February revenue up 80.9% year-on-year

Strong demand for computers has seen Taiwan ICT giant Acer (TWSE:2353) rack up NT$20.32 billion (US$718.06 million) in consolidated revenue for February, 2021, up 80.9% from the same time last year, the company announced today, March 9. Cumulative revenue for the first two months of the year was NT$43.813 billion, a year-on-year increase of 76.8%. Acer reported that its e-sports product revenue in February increased 91.3% year-on-year, while Chromebook revenue increased by 631.3%. Earnings from desktops were up 34.3% from

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Taiwan February exports hit a new high, 9.7% up from last year

Taiwan’s Ministry of Finance announced export figures for February today, March 9, showing that exports totaled US$27.29 billion, up 9.7% from the same time last year. The announcement marks the eight consecutive months of positive economic growth. Cumulative exports for the first two months of 2021 reached US$62.06 billion, a year-on-year increase of 23.2%. According to the Ministry of Finance, continued demand for tech products, including chips and panels, laptops, which expanded 68% last month contributed to overall increase in

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Taiwan, Palau close to opening travel bubble MOFA and CDC confirm

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), and the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) have confirmed that tourism travel will soon be possible between Palau and Taiwan. Various media outlets are quoting tourism industry sources saying that President Surangel Whipps Jr will visit Taiwan to make the announcement March 15. MOFA confirmed today, March 7 that it welcomes the President of Palau to visit Taiwan after the launch of the “safe travel circle,” but refused to confirm date for the visit.

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