Second Taiwan-born panda cub makes media debut

Six-month-old giant panda cub Yuan Bao and her mother Yuan Yuan during a media preview at Taipei Zoo in Taipei. (AFP)
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Six-month-old giant panda cub Yuan Bao and her mother Yuan Yuan during a media preview at Taipei Zoo in Taipei. (AFP)
Six-month-old giant panda cub Yuan Bao. The name means “round baby” in Chinese. (AFP)
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Six-month-old giant panda cub Yuan Bao. The name means “round baby” in Chinese. (AFP)
Six-month-old giant panda cub Yuan Bao and her mother Yuan Yuan during a media preview at Taipei Zoo in Taipei. (AFP)
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Six-month-old giant panda cub Yuan Bao and her mother Yuan Yuan during a media preview at Taipei Zoo in Taipei. (AFP)
Six-month-old giant panda cub Yuan Bao. The name means “round baby” in Chinese. (AFP)
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Six-month-old giant panda cub Yuan Bao. The name means “round baby” in Chinese. (AFP)
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Updated 28 December 2020

Second Taiwan-born panda cub makes media debut

Second Taiwan-born panda cub makes media debut
  • Yuan Bao, which means “round baby” in Chinese, was unveiled to some 150 reporters and invited guests alongside her mother at Taipei Zoo.

TAIPEI: A second Taiwan-born giant panda made her media debut on Monday, clambering over a wooden climbing frame and playing with sawdust to the sound of clicking cameras.
The cub was born on June 28 to Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, who were gifted by China in 2008 to mark then warming relations between the two rivals.
China usually only loans its pandas to foreign zoos, but gave the breeding pair — whose names combine to mean “reunion” or “unity.”
China views Taiwan as part of its territory and has vowed to one day bring the self-ruled democratic island back into the fold, by force if necessary.
Yuan Bao, which means “round baby” in Chinese, was unveiled to some 150 reporters and invited guests alongside her mother at Taipei Zoo.
Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je said the cub had “grown well.”
She now weighs over 13 kilogrammes (30 pounds), up from 186 grams (6.5 ounces) at birth.
Taiwan’s zoo has seen a flurry of births this year, including a gorilla, koala, Malayan tapir and pangolin.
Yuan Yuan gave birth to a daughter Yuan Zai in 2013 — the first giant panda born in Taiwan. The family has been the top attraction at the zoo.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, just over 1,800 are believed remaining in the wild.


TWITTER POLL: Signal is more comfortable to use versus other instant messaging apps

TWITTER POLL: Signal is more comfortable to use versus other instant messaging apps
Updated 18 January 2021

TWITTER POLL: Signal is more comfortable to use versus other instant messaging apps

TWITTER POLL: Signal is more comfortable to use versus other instant messaging apps
  • Facebook-owned WhatsApp badly hit by a backlash after updating its privacy policy

DUBAI: Signal is more comfortable instant messaging service to use compared with other apps such as WhatsApp or Telegram, according to half of those who responded to an Arab News poll.

Signal’s surge in popularity among smartphone users, thanks to a two-word tweet from technology entrepreneur Elon Musk endorsing the encrypted messaging service, clearly showed as 50 percent of the 1,451 respondents expressed contentment with it.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp, badly hit by a backlash after updating its privacy policy, got a thumbs-up from three out of 10 poll respondents while Telegram had about a tenth of supporters. The remaining 10 percent of Arab New readers who responded to the poll meanwhile said none of the three instant messaging apps were comfortable to use.

 

 

Musk earlier urged users to “Use Signal” after WhatsApp, the most popular instant messaging app, was accused of forcing subscribers to share their personal data with its parent company Facebook for advertising.

Users had to accept these new terms before February 8, otherwise their accounts will be deleted. The ensuing furor prompted WhatsApp to delay its take it or leave it privacy update until May.

It likewise came out with a clarification the privacy changes were focused on how businesses used the app.

“We want to be clear that the policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family in any way,” WhatsApp said in a statement.

“Instead, this update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp, which is optional, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data.”