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Chinese military aircraft flying from Bashi Channel: Military

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-11-22

Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan says a number of Chinese military aircraft have flown

(CNA file photo)

from the Bashi Channel towards the Pacific Ocean. The channel is the waterway that separates Taiwan from the Philippines.

Feng was speaking at the legislature on Wednesday. Feng later left the legislature to keep a close watch on the Chinese aircraft. Defense ministry spokesperson Chen Chung-ji explains

“There were many [Chinese aircraft] today, so the defense minister and relevant agencies took this very seriously. When the minister was attending a legislative interpellation, he was also keeping an eye on the monitoring of this situation,” Chen said.  [FULL  STORY]

Don’t Let Taiwan Draw the Short Straw on Sustainability

Regulating single-use straws would put Taiwan on the map for having advanced environmental policy ahead of any other country in the region.

The News Lens
Date: 2017/11/22
By: Dinah Gardner

Taiwan Green Bulletin

In the land of bubble tea, the plastic straw is ubiquitous in Taiwan. Every iced drink, fruit

Photo Credit: Lonely Whale

smoothie, cream sodden Frappuccino, or Venti iced skinny hazelnut macchiato sugar-free syrup extra shot light ice no whip please comes with a planet of plastic to encase it and of course a plastic straw to inhale it through. Hole in the wall tea shops, fast food outlets, coffee shops, both chain and indie, to sit-down restaurants with nice tablecloths all seem to proffer that thin tube of pointless and polluting plastic.

According to local media, the country uses 3 billion of the things every year – which seems to me to be an under-estimation because with a 23 million population that comes out to 130 straws a year per person, which is only about one every three days. Those queues at the Comebuy tea and coffee outlets tell a different story!

This is a great opportunity for Taiwan. Regulating single-use straws would put the country on the map for having advanced environmental policy ahead of any other country in the region.   [FULL  STORY]

Magnitude 5.5 quake jolts southern Taiwan

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake rocked residents in Chiayi with a level 5 of intensity being felt 
Taiwan News
Date: 2017/11/22
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck Chiayi County late

Wednesday evening (Nov. 22) at 10:20 p.m., with an intensity level of 5 being felt in Chiayi, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of Wednesday’s 5.5 temblor was in the popular tourist area of Alishan Township, about 46.5 kilometers east-northeast of the Chiayi County government at a shallow depth of 18.5 kilometers.

In addition to an intensity level of 5 was felt in Chiayi County, Chiayi City and Yunlin County, while an intensity level of 4 was Changhua County, Nantou County, Taichung City, and Tainan City. An intensity level of 3 was felt in Kaohsiung City, Hualien County, and Penghu County.

An intensity level of 2 was felt in Taitung County, Miaoli County, PIngtung County, Yilan County, and Hsinchu County. An intensity level of at least 1 was felt in much of the rest of Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

President continues to push for defense autonomy amid controversy

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/11/22
By: Yeh Su-ping and Kuan-lin Liu

Taipei, Nov. 22 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) commented on a controversial

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文)/CNA file photo

warship contract scandal Wednesday, saying that she hoped the military would learn from its mistakes and continue to invest in locally made naval ships in order to promote defense autonomy.

In a video message posted on the Presidential Office’s website and her Facebook page, Tsai said that as commander-in-chief, she was asking the Taiwan military to face up to its errors and correct them.

She was referring to the alleged involvement of navy officers in fraud allegations against the financially troubled Ching Fu Shipbuilding Co. (CFS).

Earlier in the day, penalties were handed down by the Ministry of National Defense on 23 military officers, who allegedly failed to report irregularities on a CFS shipbuilding contract.    [FULL  STORY]

MND censures 24 officers over Ching Fu

MINESWEEPERS: The 24, including the chief of general staff, were disciplined for awarding the bid to Ching Fu and for misinforming lawmakers about the project

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 23, 2017
By: Jonathan Chin  /  Staff writer, with CNA

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) yesterday censured a number of top navy

Then-vice minister of national defense Lee Hsi-ming, who is currently serving as the chief of general staff, is pictured on Feb. 24.  Photo: Tu Chu-min, Taipei Times

officers, including Vice Minister of National Defense Admiral Pu Tze-chun (蒲澤春) and Chief of General Staff Admiral Lee Hsi-ming (李喜明), in connection with a minesweeper procurement scandal.

Disciplinary action was doled out for misconduct in contracting Ching Fu Shipbuilding Co (慶富造船) to build the vessels and a report on the minesweeper program presented by defense officials in the legislature last year, the ministry told a news conference.

A total of 24 officers were disciplined, it said.

A ministerial task force was called on Nov. 2 after an Executive Yuan investigative report found fault with the military’s handling of the contract with Ching Fu to build six minesweepers, the ministry said.    [FULL  STORY]

Has Taiwan’s ESL Market Hit a Tipping Point?

Taiwan’s English industry is hitting a barrier — a lack of kids.

The Neqws Lens
Date: 2017/11/21
By: Matthew Fulco

In the mid-2000s, Taiwan still had a faint flavor of the Wild Wild East. Parties in

Photo Credit: Jerome Favre / AP Photo / 達志影像

nightclubs lasted well past sunrise, and revelers often spilled out onto the street. Complaints about noise were rare. After all, people back then still tolerated election campaign trucks with blaring loudspeakers audible from a kilometer away.

The freewheeling atmosphere – and the island’s subtropical charm – attracted many a foreign adventurer. The occupation of choice was English instructor. The only requirements were a four-year university degree, a passport from the Anglosphere (including South Africa), and the ability to pass a rudimentary health check.

Yet some cram schools (buxibans) would at times bend even those limited requirements for the right candidate. Doing so was illegal, but the demand for instructors of English as a second language (ESL) often outstripped supply as the industry grew at a torrid clip. From 2003 to 2008, the number of cram schools more than doubled from 6,000 to 12,500, according to the Ministry of Education (MOE). In the Taipei area, most qualified teachers preferred to work in the city or nearby suburbs accessible by subway. A bit farther afield, schools couldn’t afford to be picky.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese wedding crasher goes ballistic

An uninvited guest at a wedding banquet in Taoyuan attacked the venue manager and left guests in shock

Taiwan News 
Date: 2017/11/21
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An uninvited guest at a wedding banquet in Taoyuan hurled a glass of juice towards a restaurant staff member after being politely asked to leave.

The woman in her 30s appeared to be reluctantly leaving the banquet when her

Still of woman attacking manager after being asked to leave. (Screenshot of ERA TV footage)

outrageous behavior was caught on camera, according to local media reports on Monday.

A 2005 American comedy film titled “Wedding Crashers” describes a duo who gatecrash into weddings to get free meals and to prey on guests of the opposite sex, a story that has become a reality in Taiwan. In fact, more than a dozen reports of uninvited guests being caught at Taiwanese weddings have surfaced over the past few years, but this incident in Taoyuan was outrageous, with this gatecrasher truly “crashing” the wedding.

In the video, a woman in navy blue dress with hair braided half-up half-down is seen sitting at a table. A family member of the wedding couple spotted the unknown woman sitting at a table and went ahead to check, but the woman suddenly yelled at the family member, drawing attention of restaurant staff and the venue manager.    [FULL  STORY]

Study finds Taiwanese victims of wage theft in Australia

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/11/21
By: Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, Nov. 21 (CNA) A study on conditions faced by temporary workers in Australia has

Image taken from Pixabay

found that many international students and backpackers are paid less than the legal minimum wage in that country, with Asian workers from Taiwan, China and Vietnam more likely to be treated that way than those from English-speaking nations.

About three quarters (75-81 percent) of Taiwanese, Chinese and Vietnamese temporary workers were underpaid in Australia, compared with 35-41 percent of Americans, Irish and British workers, said the “Wage Theft in Australia” report, conducted by two law professors from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

The study also found that the problem of “wage theft” was widespread across numerous industries but most prevalent in food services and particularly severe in fruit and vegetable picking. It concluded that wage theft is “endemic” among temporary workers in Australia.    [FULL  STORY]

Premier casts doubt on caning proposal

PUBLIC DISCUSSION: Minister Without Portfolio Audrey Tang is to hold a hearing on the petition to assess the effectiveness of flogging and possible human rights violations

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 22, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han  /  Staff reporter

Following an online petition urging the government to punish drunk drivers, sex offenders

Premier William Lai speaks at an awards ceremony for outstanding agricultural production and marketing in Taipei yesterday.  Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei Times

and child abusers by caning, Premier William Lai (賴清德) yesterday said that Taiwanese society would have reservations about the potential human rights violations.

The petition, submitted to a government-funded policy discussion platform on Oct. 23, calls for the government to impose flogging as an additional punishment for drunk driving, sex offenses and violence against children.

With the petition being endorsed by 26,771 netizens, far exceeding the 5,000-signature threshold that requires an official reply from the government, Minister Without Portfolio Audrey Tang (唐鳳) is to preside over a public hearing to discuss the proposal on Dec. 1.

Although current sentiment might favor “a strict penal code in a time of turbulence,” Taiwan is a democratic and law-abiding nation where human rights are valued, Lai said, calling for a more in-depth discussion of the issue.

“A majority of the population will likely have reservations about adopting caning like in Singapore,” Lai said, without revealing his position on the issue.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan remains 23rd in IMD World Talent Ranking

The China Post
Date: November 21, 2017
By: Tang Pei-chun and Y.F. Low

BRUSSELS (CNA) – Taiwan retained its ranking of 23rd in the world in terms of its ability

High school students receive their graduation certificate in this undated file photo. According to an annual report published by the Switzerland-based International Institute for Management and Development, Taiwan retained its ranking of 23rd in the world in terms of its ability to attract, develop and keep top talent in 2017. (NOWnews)

to attract, develop and keep top talent in 2017, according to an annual report published by the Switzerland-based International Institute for Management and Development (IMD) on Monday.

Among the Asian countries on the 2017 list, Taiwan was third after Hong Kong, which had a global ranking of 12th, and Singapore (13th), but ahead of Malaysia (28th) and Japan (31st).

Worldwide, Switzerland, Denmark and Belgium remained the three top performers this year, followed by Austria and Finland, according to the report. Rounding round the top 10 were the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Sweden and Luxembourg, in that order.

The IMD World Talent Ranking 2017 assesses the methods used by 63 economies worldwide to attract and retain the talent their businesses need to thrive, the IMD said in a statement.    [FULL  STORY]