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2015/12/14 | Kenzo
Global Warming Alert: Two Degrees Celsius More and Taiwan Might Be Flooded
According to Climate Central's latest report, if the temperature rises 2 degrees Celsius, the land subsidence of Taiwan's coastal areas will become more severe. If it rises 4 degrees Celsius, places including Taipei and the western coastal areas will be flooded.
2015/12/14 | Zou Chi
Taiwanese Government Encourages Chinese Investors to Enter the ICT Industry While People Oppose
A scholar-organized alliance launched a petition on the Internet opposing the trade pact opening up the information and communication technology (ICT) industry for Chinese investors. According to the petition, the Taiwanese integrated-circuit-design industry accounted for 22% of the global market share in 2014, which ranks second in the world, following the US.
2015/12/14 | Kenzo
Illegal Daily Rental Apartments Taking Over Taipei
The Department of Information and Tourism of the Taipei City Government has already requested websites, like Airbnb, with rooms that don't have hotel license numbers to take the rooms off their websites. Regarding this, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je believes the illegal apartments have appeared because there are no cheap hotels in Taipei.
2015/12/14 | TNL 編輯
Survey Shows Taiwanese Young Adults Are Most Concerned About Food Safety Issues
Chen Li-ru, CEO of the Child Welfare League Foundation, says that currently most of the presidential candidates are in favor of the grown-ups' opinions. She hopes the government can revise the minimum voting age to 18 years old so that the voices of young adults can be heard.
2015/12/12 | Zou Chi
Alibaba Acquires Hong Kong Mainstream Media
Lin Li-he, deputy chief editor of South China Morning Post, who was forced to resign for criticizing the Chinese government, says in an interview with AFP that Jack Ma's Alibaba Group and the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have a close relationship. It is hard to imagine that Ma will tolerate any criticism toward the CCP or the Chinese political system.
2015/12/11 | TNL 編輯
EU Issues Warning and Taiwan to Increase Fine for Illegal Fishing
If Taiwan has not made improvements before the deadline, the European Commission will warn Taiwan with a red card and prohibit the import of Taiwanese fishery products to European countries. It is estimated that it will lead to NT$ 520 million (approximately US$ 15.9 million) worth of damages.
2015/12/10 | 阿Ken
Taiwan Ranks First in 2015’s Global Evaluation on Open Data Index
UK's Open Knowledge Foundation surveyed 122 regions worldwide and made evaluations according to 13 criteria. Taiwan's rankings in governmental budget, national statistics, legal regulations, election results, geographic map data, pollution and emission, company registration and governmental spending have made great progress.
2015/12/09 | Zou Chi
2015 Taiwan's Word of the Year is Out
The "Word of the Year" is an annual event held at the end of every year by the United Daily News and the Far Eastern Group's Mr. Xu Yuanzhi Memorial Foundation since 2008. People vote for the Chinese character that most represents the year. "Change" is the eighth Taiwan's word of the year following words including mess, hope, plain, awesome, worry, fake and black.
2015/12/09 | Kenzo
Japanese Media Says Taiwan Tourists Are Lowering Voices in Public in Fear of Being Mistaken for Chinese
The report points out that recently the Taiwanese tourists in Japan have been more quiet and low-key. It also mentions that the feeling of not wanting to be mistaken for Chinese people in the Taiwanese society has grown after the Ma-Xi meeting in Singapore.
2015/12/09 | 阿Ken
Migrant Workers Call for Justice in Working as Long-Term Caretakers
For both family members and foreign caretakers, they work 14 hours a day, which lasts for an average of 10 years. In a long run, this is an enormous pressure both mentally and physically. However, the government and society do not see their plight.
2015/12/08 | TNL香港編輯
Schools Closed, Cars Forced Off Roads as Beijing Issues Its First Air Pollution Red Alert
In the latest smog in Beijing, 23 out of 35 environmental monitor stations recorded a sixth-level pollution lasting for five days, which was two days longer than what the red alert standard regulates. The government did not issue the red alert in time and raised controversy.
2015/12/07 | Kenzo
Taiwan Will Allow Non-Physicians to Become Forensic Physicians
Cai Ming-zhong, general secretary of the Taiwan Medical Association, says forensic science involves professional skills, so related actions should not be done by those who are not qualified as doctors or do not have clinical experience.
2015/12/04 | Zou Chi
Human Rights Monument in Jingmei Commemorates Political Victims of the White Terror
The names of more than 7,628 victims are engraved on the monument, and the Minister of Culture, Hung Meng-chi, says that the ministry will continue to research the list of victims to restore historic truth and justice.
2015/12/04 | Kenzo
Aborigine Sentenced Three Years for Hunting in the Mountains
A Bunun clergyman points out that aboriginals hunting and eating food from the mountains is part of their traditional culture, therefore the government should not punish aborigines for hunting on days that aren’t tribal ceremonies.