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Joining UN is the hope of Taiwan’s people: Tsai

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2018-04-20

President Tsai Ing-wen said Friday that it is the hope of Taiwan’s people for the country

President Tsai was speaking with journalists accompanying her on her current visit to eSwatini. (CNA photo)

to join the United Nations. Tsai was speaking with journalists accompanying her on her current visit to eSwatini, Taiwan’s diplomatic ally in Africa formerly known as Swaziland.

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Tsai said one of the important principles of the UN is universal inclusion. She said that on this basis, all who are willing and able to make a contribution to the international community should be able to join the UN and take part in the activities of its related organizations.

“For the people of Taiwan, joining the United Nations is our collective hope and our wish. It is the direction in which we strive, although we know it is not something that can be accomplished all at once. We must proceed step by step, and proceed carefully with each step. We also hope that there will be many who will support us on this path,” said Tsai.     [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Online Tourism Marketing Spends Public Money for Nothing

Taiwan’s online tourism marketing is nothing short of a disgrace.

The News Lens
Date: 2018/04/20
By: Kathy Cheng

Credit: Tricky Taipei

In a previous post, we looked at the horrific social media marketing from Taiwan Tourism’s New York office. Unfortunately, it doesn’t end there. This is the Facebook page of Taiwan Tourism UK. All screenshots were taken today on April 20, 2018.

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The government’s tourism office in Frankfurt, Germany is responsible for this page since the Frankfurt office covers all marketing campaigns in Europe. As usual, there’s no verified checkmark on this account, or any of Taiwan’s official tourism accounts.

There are more than 11,000 likes. But sometimes it is the only one liking its posts. Hey, there’s no shame in that.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan police arrests Vietnamese-American man at airport

The same man had scuffled with police after smoking during his flight from Vietnam

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/04/20
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Police arrested a Vietnamese-American man in a restricted area at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. (By Central News Agency)

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Vietnamese-American man arrested inside an off-limits area at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport refused to answer questions from police, reports said Friday.

The man was found wandering around at 8 a.m. Friday on the tarmac between a freight area reserved for Federal Express and a hangar, in a part of the airport closed to the public, according to a Central News Agency report.    [FULL  STORY]

Poison ruled out in case of damaged coffee product in Yilan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/04/20
By: Han Ting-ting and Kuan-lin Liu

Taipei, April 20 (CNA) Yilan County police have concluded that a coffee drink thought to

CNA file photo

be poisoned at a FamilyMart in the northeastern county was nothing more than an employee at the convenience store damaging the drink’s packaging.

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A customer at a FamilyMart in Jiaosi raised the alarm on Thursday when he found the covered straw hole in the drink’s packaging had been pierced.

That give rise to suspicions the beverage was poisonous given Taiwan’s history with beverages that were tampered with and ended up being poisonous.    [FULL  STORY]

Lawmakers brawl over pension bill

‘VIOLENT SPEAKER’: The KMT caucus later condemned Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan, saying that he failed to remain neutral and was violent toward a legislator

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 21, 2018
By: Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

A fracas broke out at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday before the Democratic

Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan, third left, speaks as Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers shield him from documents thrown during a plenary session at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday.  Photo: Sam Yeh, AFP

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Progressive Party (DPP) caucus sent a draft amendment to the Act of Military Service for Officers and Noncommissioned Officers of the Armed Forces (陸海空軍軍官士官服役條例) to committee review with a majority vote.

The Executive Yuan last week unveiled the draft amendment, which proposes setting the minimum monthly pension for retired military personnel at NT$38,990, gradually phasing out an 18 percent preferential interest rate on the savings of retired personnel enlisted before 1995 and a formula for calculating pensions for military retirees.

The DPP and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucuses yesterday each submitted a motion regarding the proposed legislation at a plenary session of the legislature, with the DPP aiming to send the bill to committee review and the KMT opposing the move.
[FULL  STORY]

Taiwan to offer 100 scholarships for students in Swaziland

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2018-04-19

President Tsai Ing-wen announced on Wednesday that Taiwan will offer 100 scholarships

President Tsai Ing-wen announced on Wednesday that Taiwan will offer 100 scholarships to students in Swaziland to finish schooling. (CNA Photo)

to students in Swaziland to finish schooling. Tsai is currently on a trip to the African ally for the first time since taking office.

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Tsai said the King of Swaziland Mswati III hopes to develop his nation into a first world country by 2022. She said Taiwan will do all it can to help improve the living standards in Swaziland, especially its education.

Tsai spoke about the plan for Taiwan’s African ally. Tsai said, “I am proud to launch a new program today. This is a program that wil give promising but underprivileged young people in Swaziland full scholarships to enter the SCOT (Swaziland College of Technology). In the first phase, we plan to have 100 openings for full three-year programs.”   [FULL  STORY]

INTERVIEW: Meimeiwawa’s Esther Veronin on Feminism in Taiwan

Ahead of a Girl Power Concert in Taichung, Esther Veronin traces her journey from starting out in Taiwan’s male-dominated entertainment industry to becoming a feminist icon.

The News Lens
Date: 2018/04/19
By: Jocelle Koh

Credit: Meimeiwawa Multimedia

“Okay, I’m ready”, says Esther Veronin, two minutes after I had turned on some music while waiting for her to finish up. Straightforward and no-nonsense even in the middle of an Adele song (EVERYONE has time for an Adele song), the 31-year-old heads Meimeiwawa Multimedia, a Taiwanese lifestyle entertainment and media production company.

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She begins by recounting Meimeiwawa’s story as we lounge on floor chairs in the startup’s comfortable meeting space. Along with her sister and co-founder, the singer-songwriter Lara Veronin, Esther leads a team of six women who cover everything from artist management to video production.

The team has independently released over 200 videos and garnered hundreds of thousands of views on their YouTube channels, successfully executed a landmark NT$1 million (US$34,000) crowdfunding campaign and received accolades for their visual works at various film festivals in Taiwan and in the U.S.    [FULL  STORY]

178 high school students in southwestern Taiwan suffer food poisoning 

Nearly 200 high school students in southwestern Taiwan’s Chiayi County have been stricken with food poisoning over the past two days

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/04/19
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Nearly 200 high school students in southwestern Taiwan’s

Chiayi City Mayor Twu speaking to student. (By Central News Agency)

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Chiayi County have sought treatment for food poisoning over the past two days, reported Liberty Times.

After being served lunch at National Chiayi Senior Commercial Vocational School yesterday afternoon, hundreds of students have reported suffering stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms associated with food poisoning, with 178 having officially checked in to Chiayi Christian Hospital.

The Chiayi City Public Health Bureau conducted on-site inspections of the school and school lunch suppliers and took samples of the lunches and the students’ vomit which have been submitted to the lab for verification of the cause in seven days.
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Evaluation of migrant worker brokers to start April 23

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/04/19
By: Kuan-lin Liu and Yu Hsiao-han

Taipei, April 19 (CNA) The Ministry of Labor (MOL) said Thursday that its annual evaluation of brokerage firms for migrant workers will begin next Monday and the results will be published later in the year.

The ministry said it will evaluate some 1,471 companies and will rate each one based on their performance in 2017 in areas such as management, client service and systems for dealing with labor law violations.

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Based on their scores out of 100, the brokerages will be graded A (90 or above), B (70 to 89) or C (under 70).

The results of the evaluation will be published on the MOL’s website on Oct. 31 for the reference of employers seeking to hire migrant workers via brokers.
[FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese willing to fight China

‘BORN DEMOCRATIC’: Only 2.4 percent of respondents to a survey said Taiwan should declare independence, while 1.5 percent said that Taiwan should unify with China

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 20, 2018
By: Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

Nearly 70 percent of Taiwanese are willing to go to war if China were to attempt to

Tanks open fire on May 25 last year at the 33rd Han Kuang military exercises in Penghu.  Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

annex Taiwan by force, a survey released by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy yesterday said.

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The foundation considers it a fitting time to pose the question as the Chinese military has over the past few years been increasing activity near Taiwan, foundation president Hsu Szu-chien (徐斯儉) told a news conference in Taipei.

A total of 67.7 percent of respondents said they were willing to go to war to defend Taiwan if China launched an armed assault on the nation to force unification.

The number of people willing to fight to prevent unification with China rose to 70.3 percent among respondents aged 20 to 39, the survey showed.    [FULL  STORY]