Taiwan Today: Tseng Chun-Hsin wins Wimbledon boys’ title, Taiwanese women have babies older opt for artificial means

Tseng Chun Hsin of Taiwan holds up the trophy after defeating Jack Draper of Britain in the boys' singles final at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Taiwan’s Tseng Chun-hsin wins boys’ singles title at Wimbledon

Taiwan’s Tseng Chun-hsin (曾俊欣) on Sunday, July 15, beat his opponent in the boys’ singles final of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships.

Tseng, 16, who won the French Open title last month, defeated Jack Draper of the United Kingdom 6-1, 6-7 (2/7), 6-4 in a game that lasted two hours and six minutes.

Tseng remained dominant after that, closing the third set to win his first boys’ singles title of the London Grand Slam.

More older infertile women opt for artificial means to give birth

Over 34,000 infertile women in Taiwan used assisted reproductive technology to try to give birth in 2016, with women aged 35 or over opting for the technology growing in number, according to a report by the Health Promotion Administration (HPA).

According to the HPA report, 34,486 infertile women tried to get pregnant using artificial means, including 99.4 percent through in vitro fertilization, in 2016, the last year for which data is available.

The report also noted that the average age of women giving birth to their first child in 2017 rose to 30.8, an increase of 1.27 years from 2007, according to Ministry of the Interior statistics.

Women 35 and over giving birth to their first child accounted for 21.3 percent of all first-time births in Taiwan in 2017, an all-time high and up from 7.8 percent 10 years ago, an indication of the growing prevalence of older women giving birth.

Tsai rehashes promises to young people

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Sunday that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has had trouble understanding how to communicate with young people since taking power in May 2016, but the party has not forgotten its promises to them.

Addressing the party’s annual congress at the Grand Hotel in her capacity as party chairperson, Tsai also said ruling a country is not about putting on one performance after another but coming up with solutions to problems one by one.

Tsai said that in her inaugural address two years ago, she emphasized that building a better country for the younger generation was her government’s vital responsibility.

Truck drivers protest forced vehicle renewal policy

Over 500 trucks and motorcycles blocked the road outside the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) and nearby streets Sunday to protest a recently passed amendment that would demand higher emission standards for vehicles.

Chanting slogans of “anti-discrimination” and “wanting to survive,” the protesters, mostly owners and drivers of aged diesel-fuel trucks, were angered by an EPA policy they said would lead to the elimination of vehicles produced 10 or more years ago.

Among revisions to the Air Pollution Control Act passed on June 25 was one that said vehicles 10 years or older would be subject to stricter emission standards, without detailing the new standards that would apply or when they would be implemented.

Migrant workers demand right to join referendum

Several dozen migrant workers from the Philippines and Indonesia demanded on Sunday that they be allowed to join a signature drive for a labor law referendum, saying that labor  rights are for all workers irrespective of nationality.

Migrant Workers hoped Taiwan’s government would be receptive to their demands to join referendum and reconsider the newly amended provisions of the law that favor employers over workers. (Photo credit: Taiwan International Workers’ Association)

“Foreign workers have the same rights as local workers because workers’ rights are human rights,” Gilda Banugan, chairperson of Migrante International’s Taiwan Chapter, said at the rally staged by the Taiwan International Workers’ Association (TIWA) outside Taipei Main  Station.

The protesters demanded that the government recognize the validity of migrant worker signatures on a petition for a referendum that would repeal a set of amendments to the Labor Standards Act, which took effect March 1.