AIT to be closed for Labor Day
The American Institute in Taiwan announced yesterday that all its offices will be closed on Monday, September 3, in observance of Labor Day in the U.S.
The AIT said in a press release that the offices to be closed that day include the Consular Section, the Commercial Section, the Agricultural Trade Office, the American Cultural Center and the AIT Kaohsiung branch office.
All offices will re-open next Tuesday at the usual time, the AIT said.
The Educational Testing Service has announced a plan to adopt a new method of testing for its Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) worldwide starting next March.
ETS Taiwan representative Wang Hsing-wei said the new testing method, which includes a greater variety of question patterns and tests in listening comprehension of spoken English in four different accents, is designed to test the English proficiency of nonnative English-speaking people.
For more than 25 years, the TOEIC test has been used by institutions, companies and government agencies worldwide to measure the English proficiency of nonnative English-speakers.
Minister of Justice Morley Shih yesterday instructed his department to investigate the case of a man who took the fall for others in exchange for monetary rewards.
According to a Liberty Times report, Kuo Jung-hui has a criminal record that includes almost a hundred figure crimes and has admitted that he did not commit about 70 percent of them. Kuo has a medical history of leukemia and has often been released from prison for medical treatment. The report said that Kuo, who has served a total of 48 years, four months and 22 days in prison so far, had received between NT$3 million and NT$4 million for his efforts.
The Taipei 101 Mall and the Grand Hyatt Taipei have the cleanest toilets among the city's department stores and restaurants, including hotels, according to the results of an evaluation released yesterday by the Bureau of Environmental Protection.
Rounding out the top three list in the category of department stores are Idee and Sogo's Fuhsing store, while the Grand Hotel and McDonald's Taipei Zoo outlet rank second- and third-cleanest, respectively, in the restaurant category.
In the recreational category, the toilets at Taipei Zoo were rated the cleanest, followed by those at Yangmingshan National Park.
In the transportation category, the cleanest toilets were found at the Muzha station of the city's mass rapid transport network, Sungshan Airport and the underground parking lot at Linsen Park.