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2016/01/18 | TNL 編輯
Taipei City Hall Grants Employees Family Care Leave for Same-sex Couples
After allowing people to register as same-sex couples last year, Taipei City Hall takes another step forward granting family care leave for employees working in the government.
2016/01/06 | Shih Yuan
Charging for Scooter Parking in Taipei City Raises Controversy
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je indicates that the government will not administer the policy to all the scooter parking spaces in the city in the next two years. Ko says that if scooters are a cheaper and more convenient mean of transportation, no one would want to take public transportation, so it is necessary to improve the efficiency of public transportation before dealing with the problems of motorcycles.
2015/12/21 | Kenzo
Taipei Mayor Reflects on The Past Year
Ko says, each of his policies makes his supporting rate drop, such as charging off-street parking fee, canceling the rule of using YouBike for free during the first 30 minutes and canceling gift money for the elderly on a traditional holiday that celebrates the spirit of respecting the elderly. Ko says he will not lose the courage to do what he should do even if it will make his supporting rate decline.
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.
2015/12/10 | 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.
2015/12/03 | TNL 編輯
2017 University Games Athletes’ Village Will Become Social Housing for Young Adults and Vulnerable Groups
New Taipei City Deputy Mayor Hou You-yi says that constructions in Linkou have been developing rapidly. Linkou is now the fastest growing city in Taiwan by population. After the public housing is initiated, it could provide living spaces for more than 10,000 people.
2015/11/27 | Yang
Five Cities in Taiwan Fight for Taiwan's Identity in International Organization
The mayor of Kaohsiung, along with Taichung, Tainan and Taipei, signed the letter of protest to the secretary general of ICLEI. As mentioned in the letter, Kaohsiung and the other four cities work hard to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and have made good achievements. There is no reason for the cities to accept the mistake made by ICLEI, which may disrupt the friendship between both sides.
2015/11/17 | Kenzo
Taipei's Airspace to be Liberated; Songshan Airport Will Relocate by 2020
Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je believes that it’s impossible to terminate the airport now as it provides service to 6.1 million tourists annually, or 20 thousand tourists daily. So the ideal solution is to alter its service by transferring it to Taoyuan Airport. However, the scheduled time for the completion of the third and fourth terminals at Taoyuan Airport, as well as a third runway, will influence the relocation of Songshan Airport.
2015/10/07 | 阿Ken
39 Banks in Taiwan Might Be Asking Employees To Work Illegal Overtime Hours
According to the results from the Taipei City Department of Labor's inspection on working conditions in the banking industry, among 32 banks, 97% did not comply to regulations regarding payments of working overtime, 69% were beyond legal overtime hours and 56% failed to hold labor-management meetings according to regulations. The fine is estimated to be about NT$ 9 million (approximately US$ 270 thousand).
2015/09/20 | Yang
E-bikes Banned from Sidewalks and Cycle-ways Starting in October
Since the highest speed of e-bikes can go up to 25 km/h and bear a huge difference with pedestrians and bicycles, e-bikes will be banned from sidewalks and cycle-ways in Taipei City for safety concerns.
2015/09/18 | Kenzo
Taipei Named Most Dangerous City in the World
Taipei, Tokyo and Seoul were named the three most vulnerable cities when facing global disasters. If adding on the scale of economic loss of accidents or natural disasters, Taipei estimates a loss of US$ 181.2 billion, becoming the most vulnerable city in the world.
2015/09/18 | Kenzo
Why Is The Government Issuing Porn Star EasyCards but not Talking about Legalizing Sex Trade?
Collective Of Sex Workers And Supporters (COSWAS) points out that the government and the EasyCard Corporation have been avoiding the fundamental problem of the sex industry. The association publicly calls on Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je to support the rights of prostitutes and requests the Taipei City government to state their stand regarding the sex industry and policies legalizing sex trade.
2015/09/07 | 阿Ken
Investigation Report of Textbook Controversy Says Reporters Were Arrested According to Law
The three reporters that were arrested held a press conference in front of Taipei City Hall this morning and say the investigation report fails to clarify key points of their arrest. They also say reflection and advice of the city government are too empty and merely play around with words.
2015/08/18 | Shih Yuan
Taipei City Joint Wedding Opens Up to Same-sex Couples
The second joint wedding in Taipei City this year is scheduled to be held on October 24 and will be the first time same-sex couples are allowed to attend.
2015/08/09 | Yang
After Typhoon Soudelor; What's More Important than Crooked Mailboxes?
The heavy rain and strong winds in Taipei City broke the record of damaged trees and turned the city into a disaster area. At least 4,000 trees in parks and on the roadside snapped or fell down.
2015/08/06 | Yang
Taiwanese Invents Ecological Method of Paving Roads
The technology allows rainwater to flow into a water tank and lets it evaporate and radiate heat during warmer weather. This prevent floods and improves the urban heat island effect.
2015/08/05 | Zou Chi
Taipei City to Increase the Price of School Lunches
Taipei Mayor Ke Wen-zhe has decided to increase the price of lunches to provide better quality food.