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Puyuma singer wins Album of the Year at 28th Golden Melodies

Radio Taiwan International Date: 2017-06-25 Indigenous Taiwanese singer Sangpuy Katatepan from the Puyuma tribe, won the biggest award at the 28th Golden Melodies on Sunday night. Known for singing the traditional songs of his tribe, Sangpuy’s album “Yaangad” picked up Album of the Year at what’s known as Taiwan’s version of the Grammys,…

Taiwanese Music on the World Stage: Mia Yen and Taiwanese Waves

‘I have always believed in the power of music. Music crosses boundaries, even cultural and personal boundaries. I want to prove to the world that Taiwan produces some of the world’s most outstanding musicians and bands.’ The News Lens Date: 2017/06/25 By: By Chieh-Ting Yeh, Ketagalan Media In the world of international politics,…

Taiwan offers assistance to China after Sichuan landslide

Focus Taiwan Date: 2017/06/25 By: Lu Hsin-hui and Elizabeth Hsu Taipei, June 25 (CNA) The Presidential Office on Sunday conveyed condolences to China over a deadly landslide in Sichuan Province and offered Taiwan’s assistance, if necessary. The message of sympathy and concern was conveyed to China via Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council and Straits…

Thousands rally over mining extension

ASIA CEMENT CONTROVERSY:It respected others’ opinions, the firm said, and its present mining operation in Hualien County is not inside Taroko National Park Taipei Times Date: Jun 26, 2017 By: Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporter, with staff writer Thousands of protesters yesterday marched from the Executive Yuan to the Presidential Office Building in…

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President Tsai records special Eid al-Fitr greeting for Muslims

Radio Taiwn International Date: 2017-06-25 President Tsai Ing-wen on Sunday posted a special Facebook video greeting for Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr. Eid, which was observed on Sunday in Taiwan, marks the end of Ramadan, a holy month of fasting. The date for the start of Eid varies throughout the world, and is determined by local religious authorities. In her greeting, the president…

Pain in the Neck: Legal Limbo for Chiropractors in Taiwan

Encouraging the development of chiropractic in Taiwan would help the increasing number of elderly and relieve some of the financial pressures on the national healthcare system. The News Lens Date: 2017/06/25 By: By Rachel McMahon, Taiwan Business TOPICS Magazine As Taiwan’s population matures into a “super-aged” society, with a predicted 20% of its population 65 years or older by 2025, the problem…

Taiwan drafting rules to charge foreign nationals for e-Gate use

Taiwan News Date: 2017/06/25 By: Central News Agency The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) is drafting new regulations that will impose a fee on foreign nationals registering for the e-Gate service, Taiwan’s automated immigration clearance system. According to the draft regulations, the application fee for foreign passport holders will be NT$3,000 (US$100.5) and access to the e-Gate service will be granted for…

Thousands celebrate Eid al-Fitr at Taipei Main Station

Focus Taiwan Date: 2017/06/25 By Chen Wei-ting, Jay Chou, Lee Hsin-Yin and S.C. Chang Taipei, June 25 (CNA) At least 20,000 migrant workers gathered at Taipei Main Station on Sunday to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which is major holiday for Muslims around the world to mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Station master Ku Shih-yen (古時彥) said he had…

Chinese warships to pass Taiwan: report

Taipei Times Date: Jun 26, 2017 By: Lo Tien-pin and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer China’s Soviet-built aircraft carrier the Liaoning and other People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) warships are to visit Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of its handover from Britain to China next month, with the ships scheduled to navigate through the Taiwan Strait or…

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Pacific high pressure system brings clouds, afternoon showers

Radio Taiwan International Date: 2017-06-25 The weather in Taiwan this week will range between sunny and cloudy as the island comes under the influence of a Pacific high pressure system. The Central Weather Bureau said Sunday that brief afternoon thundershowers will develop this coming week, mostly in areas north of central Taiwan, as well as northeastern and eastern Taiwan and mountainous areas. The daytime temperatures will be in…

FILM REVIEW: ‘By The Time It Gets Dark’

Dao Khanong/ดาวคะนอง (By the Time It Gets Dark). Electric Eel Films, 2016. Directed by Anocha Suwichakornpong. In Thai. 105 minutes. The News Lens Date: 2017/06/25 By: Andrew Alan Johnson Anocha “Mai” Suwichakornpong’s “By the Time it Gets Dark” is not a typical narrative. One might place it into the category of avant-garde Thai film in the vein of Apitchatpong Weerasethakul, but Anocha’s sensibilities are not quite Apichatpong’s. Rather…

Environmental groups protest against mining rights extension

Protesters demand revocation of the extension to a controversial mine and revision of the current mining law. Taiwan News Date: 2017/06/25 By: Teng Pei-ju, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Angered by the 20-year mining rights extension awarded by the Taiwanese government to Asia Cement Corporation (ACC,亞泥) in Taroko National Park in Hualien, environmental groups took to the streets to protest against the government in front…

More than 300 cases of heat injury reported in June: ministry

Focus Taiwan Date: 2017/06/25 By: Chang Ming-hsuan, Tyson Lu and Kuo Chung-han Taipei, June 25 (CNA) With the arrival of summer in Taiwan, hundreds of people have been suffering heat-related illnesses, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said Sunday. Since the start of June, 318 cases of heat-related illness have been reported across the country, with 80 of them occurring between June 22 and 24, according to statistics…

National Chengchi University to hold off on anthem decision until September

PAST GLORIES?The anthem’s lyrics have been criticized by teachers and students who question how they fit with the trend toward transitional justice Taipei Times Date: Jun 26, 2017 By: Wu Po-hsuan and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer An announcement on Friday by a National Chengchi University (NCCU) committee that changes to the school’s unpopular politically charged anthem would need to wait until September drew fire…