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2015/11/09 | Yang

Taiwan's Current Serious Air Pollution Has Nothing To Do With China

Director of EPA’s monitoring department Tsai Hung-de says that the main reason of low air qualities in the morning is emission from vehicles, thermal power generators, steel plants, and large-scale factories. Moreover, the coastal areas of China have recently gone through massive downpour, indicating the country has nothing to do with the current poor air quality in Taiwan.

2015/11/06 | Kenzo

Over 70 Percent of Taiwan Employees Worry About Unpaid Leave

Spokesman of Yes123, Yang Zong-bin, says that the situation of unpaid leave should be observed until the first half of next year and the situation of the export-oriented high-tech industry and traditional manufacturing should be the main focus. Yang points out, if the workers really have to take unpaid leaves, they should start to observe if the industry has a long-term crisis and think about their next step.

2015/11/05 | Shih Yuan

Taiwan Slaughter Industry Will Allow Foreign Workers in December

The Ministry of Labor and the Council of Agriculture (COA) originally planned to bring in foreign workers for tea, fruits, mushrooms, orchids, slaughterhouses and livestock, but the meeting in June only agreed to allow foreign workers in slaughterhouses and other industries were rejected.

2015/11/02 | Yang

Camping Craze Is Killing Plantation in Taiwan

Fu Guang-yi, owner of a design company, says that the owners of camping sites can make money just by providing a piece of land. So it is common to see them chopping down trees and bulldozing orchards to plant grass over the land as new camping sites.

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.