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2015/10/29 | Sid Weng
2015 Freedom on the Net Report Shows China Offers Internet Users Least Freedom
Freedom House has been rating the degree of Internet freedom from 2011. Iran has placed last in the last four reports, but this year China has surpassed Iran and is now the country that offers least freedom on the Net.
2015/10/28 | Zou Chi
Taiwan President Calls For Including Chinese Students in the Health Insurance System
Ma pointed out that Taiwan regulations still have some limitations upon the Chinese students, and the students take these limitations as discrimination. For example, the Chinese students have no health insurance according to the current regulations. Ma asks if other foreign students can have health insurance, why can't the Chinese students?
2015/10/27 | Zou Chi
Will Taiwan be the Sixth Country to Recognize E-sports as an Official Sports? Sport Administration Shows Hesitation
The SA issued a press release clarifying that e-sports need to be recognized by the International Olympic Committee and the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee to become an official sport in Taiwan. The decision has aroused controversy. Lin Chung-chieh, commissioner of Taipei City Government's Department of Economic Development, says that from now on they will record meetings with the SA for evidence.
2015/10/26 | Zou Chi
Largest LGBTI Conference in Asia to be Held in Taipei
Ruth Baldacchino, ILGA co-secretary general, says that she hopes the Taiwanese government can draw a line between public opinions and the values of human rights and shouldn't let public opinions infringe human rights. Also, the government needs to keep focusing on preventing discrimination against homosexuals on campus and in workplaces.
2015/10/26 | Yang
Taiwanese Afraid To Retire Unless They Have NT$10 Million Saved
Although over half of the people depend on government pension to cope with their living expenditure after retirement, people do not trust the management of the government. The survey finds that 64% of people worry Greece's financial crisis will occur in Taiwan due to the excessive welfare subsidies.
2015/10/23 | 阿Ken
KMT Presidential Candidate Plans to Turn Taichung into Capital of Taiwan
KMT presidential candidate Eric Chu says he will integrate Taichung City and Taichung County through road construction and urban planning to turn the region into Taiwan's capital. He also emphasizes that he will boost cross-strait economy to create a win-win situation if elected.
2015/10/23 | Shih Yuan
New Voluntary Guardian System in Taiwan States Guardians Do Not Need to be Blood Relatives
According to the existing guardian system, almost all guardians are children or relatives. The new system allows the elderly to choose their guardian when they are still sane. The candidates aren't limited to blood relatives and their rights and obligations are written in plain text, which may reduce family disputes and the burden of the society.
2015/10/23 | 阿Ken
Event Organizer of Water Park Explosion Says KMT Presidential Candidate Is Lying
Lu held a press conference on October 22, arguing that the prosecutors had not gone after the New Taipei City Government and also criticized Eric Chu, KMT 2016 presidential candidate, of claiming that the government did not know anything in advance. Lu indicated that Chu was lying and shirking responsibility.
2015/10/22 | Zou Chi
Chinese Tourists Only Bringing People and No Revenue to Taiwan?
Legislator Chen Ou-po says that the tourism industry has been overly dependent on Chinese tourists, but their average travel budget is only US$ 94. However, the average travel budget for Australian tourists is US$ 1,223, which means the expenses of one Australian tourist's equals to that of 13 Chinese tourists. Chen suggests that Taiwan should seek more tourists from other countries instead of relying on China.
2015/10/22 | Kenzo
Dispute over Radioactive Waste on Orchid Island Will Not Be Solved Before 2021
Plans were once made to ship the low-level radioactive waste stored on Orchid Island to North Korea, but later changed the plan to seeking other locations within the country. The Ministry of Economic Affairs has ratified two possible locations in 2012, but because of the disapproval of local governments, the referendum has yet to be held.
2015/10/22 | 阿Ken
Taiwan Plans to Build Solar Power Station in Saudi Arabia
Taipower Chairman Huang Jung-chiou says that the cooperation between Taipower and Saudi Arabia will be a benchmark for the Ministry of Economic Affairs to strengthen the structure of exports in Taiwan, as well as to raise the gross profit margin.
2015/10/21 | Yang
Are Taiwan Fruits Too Sweet? Authorities To Retrieve Their Natural Flavor
Why do Taiwanese farmers grow fruits with high degree of sweetness but low production volume and not the other way around? People say this shows the market trend.
2015/10/16 | Yang
Water Park Explosion Case Concluded and Event Organizer Charged
Prosecutors say that there wasn’t a breakdown of electric or lighting devices. Nine people were accused, but only the event organizer, Lu Chung-chi (also manager of Play Color Co.), was prosecuted for negligence that led to death and injury and offenses against public safety.
2015/10/16 | Yang
CEO of IMei Foods Says Presidential Candidate Tsai's New Food Safety Policies Are Flawed
CEO of IMei Foods Co., Luis Ko, participated in Tsai's press conference in which the presidential candidate announced five new food safety policies, but Ko emphasized three times that he didn't believe the policies were perfect and there was a lot of room for improvement.
2015/10/15 | Zou Chi
Smart Phones Will Be Allowed in Taiwan Obligatory Military Service
The Army Command Headquarters has given order that soldiers in the obligatory military service will be allowed to use smartphones in the camp starting from next month. Regarding this, retired soldiers of the obligatory military say that the Ministry of National Defense has been forced to allow the use of smart phones because they are already everywhere in the camp.
2015/10/15 | Sid Weng
Japan Displeased with Inclusion of the Nanjing Massacre in the Memory of the World by UNESCO
During Chinese State Councilor Yang Jie-chi’s visit to Japan, UNESCO decided to include the 1937 Nanjing Massacre documents in the Memory of the World. Tokyo remains suspicious about the credibility of these documents and protests against the decision. Japan is also considering suspending its funding for UNESCO.