Minors face limits on Web cafe visits
The Taipei City Government will forbid people under 18 from staying in Internet cafes late at night during the upcoming winter vacation, which will run from January 21 to February 10, officials said yesterday.
The city government currently bans those under 18 from visiting Internet cafes on school days from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. They are not allowed to visit Internet cafes from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. on weekends, which also applies to holidays, including winter vacation, summer vacation and spring vacation, according to officials at the city's Department of Economic Development.
The southern Taiwan Kaohsiung port handled 9,471,056 TEUs (twenty feet equivalent unit) of cargo in 2005, marking the first decline in 14 years, the latest statistics provided by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications showed yesterday.
The target of the Kaohsiung Harbor last year was to handle 10.3 million TEUs, but it ended up handling 9,471,056 TEUs, down 2.5 percent from 9,710,411 TEUs in 2004.
Faced with the rapid development of Chinese ports, the officials expressed worries that Kaohsiung Harbor will encounter a bigger challenge ahead.
The number of women infected with HIV/AIDS in Taiwan through sharing needles during the use of illegal drugs has quadrupled over the last year, an official of the Department of Health said yesterday.
Hsu Chao-tsun with the DOH's Center for Disease Control made the remarks as it reported the latest number of HIV/AIDS cases, which topped 10,000 in mid-December.
Hsu cited statistics as showing that the number of women infected with HIV/AIDS has increased rapidly, with the men/women ratio narrowing to seven to one in 2005 from 12 to one in 2004.
Eight dances to come
A dance group from the Martha Graham Dance Company led by Sheu Fang-yi, a Taiwanese dancer who is one of the principle dancers of the company, will present eight dances for Taiwanese audiences in March.
The well-known Martha Graham Dance Company, which began in 1926, will be coming to Taiwan for the third time. It made its first visit to Taiwan in 1974, and made a second one 16 years after that in 1990. The eight dances will be held on March 25 and 26 (Saturday and Sunday) at the National Theater, Taipei.
The dance company was invited by the Arts Formosa Company, whose president, Chou Tung-jen, said he is afraid of losing money because he is unsure whether people will like the performances.