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pttwarrior May 22, 2020 2:35 PM

Golden China Hotel temporarily closes operations

By Crystal Hsu / Staff reporter

May 19, 2020

Golden China Hotel (康華大飯店) in Taipei’s Zhongshan District (中山) has temporarily shut down operations to cope with a sharp decline in business amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 215-room hotel near Xingtian Temple (行天宮) has suspended reservation services for this month and next month, and is to take advantage of the slow season to do maintenance, the Chinese-language United Daily News reported.

The news came as little surprise given that the sector is bearing the brunt of pandemic restrictions alongside travel agencies, retailers and transportation service providers.

Golden China said that it has not set a timetable for reopening and is waiting to see how long the market would be affected by pandemic response measures.

Although Taiwan as of yesterday had not reported new infections for 11 days, authorities have no intention of lifting travel restrictions on foreign tourists any time soon, as the outbreak remains serious in most other parts of the world.

As of yesterday, the virus has sickened more than 4.7 million people globally, with more than 315,000 deaths.

Hotels in Taipei are harder hit than properties in tourism resorts due to their heavy exposure to international visitors on business and sight-seeing trips.

Facilities that stay open are offering large discounts on room rates, and have added food delivery and takeout services to mitigate losses.

pttwarrior May 22, 2020 2:48 PM

Video shows Taipei cops arrest pandemic jerk

Taipei police finally arrest woman after she assaults security guards for being told to wear mask

By Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2020/05/19 10:50

A new video has surfaced showing the moment a woman who had attacked Taipei Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) security personnel was finally subdued and arrested by police.

On Friday evening (May 15), a 26-year-old woman surnamed Cheng (鄭) was asked by security staff at the Taipei City Hall metro station to leave because she was not wearing a mask, which is required of all MRT passengers. Instead of cooperating, a viral video shows her wrestling with a female security officer until a 33-year-old male security guard surnamed Liao (廖) steps in to rescue his colleague.

The pandemic jerk then proceeds to punch, scratch, and bite Liao for approximately two and a half minutes. At the end of the video, Liao loses his composure, wrestles Cheng to the ground, pins her arm, and shouts "Have you had enough?"

In a new video that has surfaced, a Taipei police officer tackles Cheng to the ground while another grapples with her until he achieves side control. The first officer then struggles mightily to twist Cheng's right arm behind her back to apply handcuffs.

As she continues to put up a fight, the policeman has to settle for slapping on the cuffs with her arms in front instead. The video ends with Cheng still lying on the ground as police prepare to take her into custody.

Cheng was transferred to the Taipei District Prosecutor's Office to be investigated for charges of assault (傷害罪). She was later released after posting NT$30,000 (US$1,000) bail, reported ETtoday.

According to Taipei Metro, in accordance with Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) guidelines, all MRT passengers are required to wear a face mask upon entering a station. Those who refuse to comply with the regulation can be subject to fines ranging between NT$3,000 to NT$15,000.

Liao is a third-degree blackbelt in Taekwondo, stands 180 centimeters tall, weighs 85 kilograms, and is known by his colleagues as the Taipei Metro version of Holger Chen (陳之漢), reported Liberty Times. Liao said that he had tried not to retaliate against the woman as she assailed him and instead just focused on fending off her blows.

However, he found that his efforts to calm the woman down had failed and he said he was left with no choice but to take her down to restore order to the station and ensure the safety of passengers. Liao then went to the hospital to receive treatment for minor injuries.

Taipei Metro Chairman Lee Wen-chung (李文宗) praised Liao for his actions and gave him 30 free MRT tickets and a gift box of chicken stock. Lee said that the MRT will document Liao's injuries, compensate him for medical treatment, and press charges against Cheng.

Lee said that security guards are asked to prioritize the peaceful settlement of problems and seek non-violent means to calm irate passengers. However, in this case, a member of the cleaning staff saw that the woman was becoming increasingly violent and called the MRT police and Taipei city police to help Liao out.

Lee said that this time, "through cooperation among personnel and tacit understanding, the emergency situation was handled in a short period of time."

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pttwarrior May 22, 2020 2:54 PM

Video shows woman assault MRT guard over mask rule

Pandemic jerk: Woman repeatedly punches MRT security guard after being told to wear face mask

By Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2020/05/18 11:41

Over the weekend, video surfaced of a female Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) passenger in Taipei exhibiting reprehensible behavior toward a security guard after she became enraged over the transportation system's mask policy.

Although Taiwan had by Friday (May 15) gone 33 days without a new case of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) and eight days without an imported infection, the Taipei Metro was still strictly enforcing the rule requiring passengers to wear face masks at all times. That evening at 7 p.m. in the Taipei City Hall metro station, a 26-year-old woman, surnamed Cheng (鄭), who was asked to leave because she was not wearing a mask assaulted security personnel, including an attack on a male security guard that lasted for nearly three minutes.

In a video posted on Facebook and YouTube, a woman wearing glasses is seen being pinned to the ground by a female MRT security employee after apparently refusing to wear a mask and assaulting a staff member. The guard can be seen admonishing Cheng for her behavior.

However, Cheng starts to wrestle with the other woman, and as she pulls her down, a large, male security guard steps in and pulls Cheng up. Once on her feet, Cheng begins to viciously punch him in the face.

The male guard shows remarkable patience as he tries to fend off Cheng and calm her down. Despite his best efforts, Cheng continues to punch him.

The man eventually pins Cheng to the ground and asks her to calm down. Cheng then bites the man's hand and he releases his grip.

Once back on her feet, Cheng taunts and challenges the man to fight her without his bulletproof vest. The security officer takes off his vest in apparent preparation to fight her.

However, the man continues to use restraint as he tries to reason with Cheng. Emboldened, she becomes even more aggressive and proceeds to rain down punches on the hapless security guard for nearly two more minutes.

Finally, the security guard loses his composure, wrestles Cheng to the ground, pins her arm, and shouts "Have you had enough?" The video was quickly shared on the Taiwanese online message board PTT, where netizens expressed their sympathy and admiration for the security guard.

Cheng was arrested by Taipei Police and was transferred to the Taipei District Prosecutor's Office to be investigated for charges of assault (傷害罪). She was later released after posting NT$30,000 (US$1,000) bail, reported ETtoday.

According to Taipei Metro, in accordance with Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) guidelines, all MRT passengers are required to wear a face mask upon entering a station. Those who refuse to comply with the regulation can be subject to fines ranging between NT$3,000 to NT$15,000.

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pttwarrior May 24, 2020 5:09 AM

Not only one pandemic jerk was observed in Taipei MRT

Why are there so many crazy people in Taipei?

The following one is the first pandemic jerk got fined in Taipei MRT

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pttwarrior May 29, 2020 4:19 PM

Eslite to close Shihlin outlet at end of May

Taipei, May 26 (CNA) Eslite Spectrum Corp., which runs the popular Eslite bookstore chain in Taiwan, said Tuesday that it will close a store located in Shihlin District of Taipei by the end of May.

Eslite said the Shihlin store, which opened in 1999, will be shut on May 31 due to the expiration of its lease, along with a planned closure of its 24-hour Dunnan store.

Since Eslite opened its first store in Taiwan in 1989, it has evolved from a bookstore chain into a fusion retail model that combines a bookstore, shopping mall and cultural creative platform.

The Shihlin store, located on Wenlin Road with an area of about 170 pings, is close to the Shihlin station of the Taipei MRT and became a favorite place for students, white collar workers and housewives.

One netizen said Eslite fans will miss the outlet after the closure.

The announcement of the Shihlin store closure came after the bookstore chain operator closed its Anpin store in Tainan, southern Taiwan, at the end of March and its Taitung outlet in eastern Taiwan at the end of April.

After the closures of the Dunnan and Shihlin stores, the number of Eslite outlets around Taiwan will be cut to 40.

Overseas, Eslite currently runs stores in China's Hong Kong, Suzhou, Shenzhen, as well as in Japan.

(By Jiang Ming-yan and Frances Huang)

pttwarrior Jun 8, 2020 5:11 PM

CORONAVIRUS/Mandarin Oriental Hotel suspending room bookings due to COVID-19

Taipei, May 27 (CNA) Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Taipei, said Wednesday that it will not be accepting bookings for accommodation after the end of May, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but its restaurants and wedding banquet halls will remain open.

From June 1, the guest rooms will be closed and all previous bookings will be canceled, the five-star hotel said in a statement.

The decision was made in light of the fact that most of its guests are usually foreign visitors, who cannot now enter Taiwan because of the border restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is unclear when the situation will stabilize, the hotel said.

With the temporary closure of its guest rooms, Mandarin Oriental said, it will have to lay off some employees in its housekeeping department, fully observing the country's labor laws, and will adjust the duties of the remaining staff.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and Chiang Yi-ching)

pttwarrior Jun 8, 2020 5:13 PM

CORONAVIRUS/Mandarin Oriental Taipei hotel to lay off 212 employees

Taipei, May 28 (CNA) The Mandarin Oriental Taipei plans to lay off 212 employees on June 7, the Taipei City Department of Labor said Thursday, citing a redundancy proposal submitted by the five-star hotel to the department.

The hotel said in a statement issued Wednesday that it will not be accepting room reservations from June 1 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic but that its restaurants and wedding banquet halls will remain open.

The hotel decided to partially suspend its operations as its occupancy rate has fallen sharply because of border restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic that have blocked foreign visitors -- its main source of customers -- from coming to Taiwan, it said.

The labor department has received the hotel's redundancy proposal for review, said Chen Hsin-yu (陳信瑜), director of the labor department.

The number of insured employees in the hotel normally stands at 863. It plans to lay off 251 employees and already reported layoffs of 39 employees between March 27 and May 27, according to Chen.

However, if the hotel insists on implementing a mass layoff of another 212 employees on June 7, it will be in violation of the Act for Worker Protection of Mass Redundancy, which stipulates that a business entity should inform the relevant authority of its redundancy plan by written notice at least 60 days before implementation of the plan, and could face a fine of NT$100,000 (US3,330)-NT$500,000, Chen added.

The stipulation applies to business entities with more than 500 employees that intend to lay off over 20 percent of their workers within 60 days, or more than 80 workers within one day, as well as those who intend to lay off over 200 workers within 60 days, or more than 100 workers within one day.

Chen suggested that the hotel should reach a consensus with employees to tackle the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its business by taking advantage of the central government's bailout plan to help hoteliers.

She also expressed hope that the hotel can defer from laying off pregnant women and disadvantaged workers.

Also Thursday, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said that the hotel has not applied for the central government's bailout subsidies, perhaps because of its operational strategic considerations, and that he will try to find out how the ministry can help.

COVID-19 has dealt a heavy blow to the local tourism industry, particularly the hotel sector, and hoteliers have adopted various strategies to respond to the the impact of the virus, Lin said.

For instance, the five-star Regent Taipei has transformed its operations by attracting domestic tourists to boost its occupancy rate, while the Mandarin Oriental Taipei has chosen to temporarily suspend its room occupancy operations in anticipation of the reduced number of foreign customers due to the border restrictions, Lin said.

Lin said his ministry respects the free market mechanism, but if hotels decide to go out of business, their workers' rights must be protected.

(By Liu Jian-pang, Yu Hsiao-hand and Evelyn Kao)

pttwarrior Aug 23, 2020 5:15 PM

Mozilla to lay off 250 staff, close Taipei office due to COVID-19


Aug. 12 (CNA) Mozilla, the developer of free web browser Firefox, plans to lay off approximately 250 workers, about a quarter of its workforce, and close its Taipei office as part of a corporate restructuring caused by the long-term impact of COVID-19.

The company had a restructuring plan in place for 2020 even before the COVID-19 pandemic, including investing in innovation and creating new products, Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker wrote in a blog post and in an internal message to the company's employees Tuesday (U.S. time).

But "economic conditions resulting from the global pandemic have significantly impacted our revenue. As a result, our pre-COVID-19 plan was no longer workable," Baker said.

Baker's message also cited the organization's need to adapt its finances to a post-COVID-19 world and put more focus on financially viable products.

"So going forward we will be smaller. We'll also be organizing ourselves very differently, acting more quickly and nimbly," Baker said.

In addition to the layoffs, Mozilla will be closing down its office in Taipei and transferring its 60 workers to new teams, the company said.

Mozilla's operation in Taipei is mainly responsible for the development of Firefox Lite, a fast and lightweight web browser that lets consumers save data.

Firefox Lite is now available in 15 markets in Asia -- Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

(By Jeffrey Wu and Evelyn Kao)

pttwarrior Aug 25, 2020 2:17 PM

Taiwan bookstore chain Eslite to close 3 more locations before end of 2020

Shops facing closure located in Taipei Railway Station, Neihu, Sogo Zhongli

By Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2020/08/19 14:35

Celebrated bookstore chain Eslite will close three more outlets before the 2020 following six closures earlier in the year, reports said Wednesday (Aug. 19).

The three stores facing closure over the next few months are located in Taipei Railway Station, the Taipei district of Neihu, and a Sogo department store in Taoyuan's Zhongli District, CNA reported.

The Zhongli shop, located on one of the top floors of the department store, was scheduled to close on Aug. 23, the Taipei Railway Station shop before the end of August; and the Donghu store in Neihu in late October.

pttwarrior Aug 31, 2020 4:52 PM

Kaohsiung art center changes shows due to COVID-19

NEW PERKS: With high-level replacement performers, bargain tickets and relaxed refund policies for those who cannot attend, the center is to see an eventful season

By Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter

The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) yesterday announced changes to its program in the second half of the year, as COVID-19 restrictions prevented some performers from traveling to the nation.

Foreign artists traveling to perform in Taiwan are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine and take other measures after entering the nation, the center said.

As a result, some performers and artists would be unable to travel to the nation as planned, it said.
Italian organist Eugenio Maria Fagiani, seated, performs with other musicians in an undated photograph.
Photo courtesy of the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts

For the performances of Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot on Aug. 28 and Aug. 30, South Korean tenor Yonghoon Lee would perform in the role of Calaf, it said.

Italian organist Eugenio Maria Fagiani would replace France’s Thierry Escaich as the organ soloist in a concert on Oct. 9 with the Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra conducted by Weiwuying artistic director Chien Wen-pin (簡文彬), it said.

Fagiani, known as the “the wizard of improvisation,” would also perform pieces by Bach and others at a recital on Oct. 11, it said.

South Korean trio Korean Gipsy Sangjaru would be unable to perform Camino de Sangjaru at the Recital Hall as scheduled on Oct. 17, it said.

Instead, Kaohsiung local and multi-award winning classical guitarist Lin Chia-wei (林家瑋), who began learning classical guitar at the age of four, would perform that night, opening with a piece by Spanish composer Fernando Sor, it said.

The center has also announced the cancelation of three programs.

They include “Albert Xu x NSO x Weiwuying,” a lecture and concert scheduled for Sept. 27, a piano recital by Anatol Ugorski on Oct. 3, which would have been his debut in Taiwan, and a piano masterclass by Ugorski on Oct. 4, the center said.

Ticket holders for modified programs would be admitted by presenting their original tickets, it said.

Alternatively, a full refund for tickets for canceled or modified shows would be granted, it said, adding that requests must be made at least one day before the performance for modified shows, and before Oct. 30 for canceled ones.

In related news, Weiwuying on Friday last week announced that it is to sell rush tickets to performances in the latter half of the year.

From one hour before the show to 15 minutes after starting time, people would be able to purchase tickets at a 50 percent discount at designated ticket windows, it said, adding that tickets would be limited to one per person.

The performance of Turandot on Aug. 28 would be the first show to which rush tickets are being offered, it said.

Further information about event changes and cancelations, and rush tickets can be found on the center’s Web site

pttwarrior Sep 19, 2020 7:02 PM

Deutsche Securities Taipei to end operations on Aug. 18

By Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2020/08/14 14:44
Deutsche Securities Asia Ltd, Taipei branch

Taiwan's Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) confirmed on Thursday (Aug. 13) that Deutsche Securities Asia Ltd.'s Taipei Branch will cease operations on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

The office had previously been rumored to be shuttering its doors in July of last year, but Deutsche Securities said it had only laid off the remaining two employees in the branch's research department. The closure marks the second withdrawal of a foreign securities company from Taiwan. In 2016, Barclays shut its banking and equities businesses in Taiwan amid a global cull.

Taiwan's Securities and Futures Bureau (SFB) said the impact on the industry would be fairly limited given Deutsche Securities' small market shares in trading stocks and futures, which were 0.18 percent and 0.12 percent, respectively, in 2019.

An SFB official said the company has offered assistance to clients wishing to trade at other brokerages and will either relocate the 12 remaining employees to other subsidiaries in the group or terminate their employment.

pttwarrior Sep 20, 2020 9:03 AM


Carrefour permanently closes Nangang outlet

09/10/2020 09:56 PM
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French supermarket giant Carrefour has permanently closed its Nangang outlet, the company's first store in Taipei, as a result of worse than expected operational performance, the company confirmed Thursday.

Carrefour's Nangang store issued a notice in late July, indicating it would temporarily halt operations on Aug. 8 due to adjustments in its business development strategy with a focus on improving operations.

However, the Nangang store's Facebook fan page disappeared Thursday, while the store profile now appears as permanently closed on Google Maps.

Carrefour confirmed the Nangang outlet has officially stopped operations on Thursday.

Noting the 30-year-old Nangang branch was the first store it opened in Taipei, the hypermarket chain said the store's inability to meet operational targets forced the company to close it permanently and transfer personnel to other outlets.

(By Yang Shu-ching and Evelyn Kao)

pttwarrior Oct 9, 2020 1:01 PM

Ama Museum to close on Nov. 10

By Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter

The Ama Museum in Taipei, dedicated to Taiwan’s “comfort women,” is to close on Nov. 10 for financial reasons, the Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation said yesterday.

The museum on Dihua Street (迪化街) in the Dadaocheng (大稻埕) area of Datong District (大同) opened in December 2016 to preserve and highlight historical materials about Taiwanese “comfort women” during World War II to help build public understanding about the women’s experiences.

The museum became a platform for international exchanges on human rights and gender equality, and drew more than 125,000 visitors, the foundation said.

Opening-day visitors look at photographs at the Ama Museum in Taipei on Dec. 10, 2016.
Photo: Nieh Wei-ling, Taipei Times

It worked hard to raise funds to cover the museum’s operating expenses, and the cost of hosting activities, but the rent, maintenance for the 90-year-plus building and its collection, as well as personnel expenses have been high, it said.

Despite government support, shop revenue and donations, the museum lost between NT$4 million and NT$5 million (US$135,359 and US$169,199) annually over the past three years, it said.

The foundation sold its office last year to make up for the losses.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the operational challenges, given the cancelation of tour group visits and an overall decline in visitor numbers, which led to a sharp decrease in ticket sales, shop revenue and donations, it said.

The foundation said it decided not to renew the museum’s lease on its premises when it expires in December, but it hoped the public would take advantage of the museum’s final months to visit.

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