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Doing nothing competition held in Taiwan: Winner stares into space for 90 minutes

  • Dozens of participants took part in the fifth international Space-out competition
  • Some 70 contestants in Taipei, Taiwan, spent 90 minutes on yoga mats relaxing
  • During the competition, volunteers in white coats monitored the peoples’ pulses

Daily Mail
Date:11 December 2017
By: Sophie Inge For Mailonline

Around 70 contestants were invited to sit on yoga mats in Songshan Cultural and

Dozens of people sat in complete silence on Sunday afternoon as they competed in the fifth international Space-out Competition.

Creative Park in Taipei, Taiwan, without looking at their phones or making a noise for 90 minutes.

During the competition, volunteers in white coats monitored the contestants’ pulses to check they were still awake.

Dozens of people sat in complete silence on Sunday afternoon as they competed in the fifth international Space-out Competition. Around 70 contestants were invited to sit on yoga mats in Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Taipei, Taiwan, without looking at their phones or making a noise for 90 minutes

The contest was invented in 2012 by South Korean visual artist WoopsYang to show the importance of taking a break from our busy lives.    [FULL  STORY]

Culture Minister: Let the people decide on CKS Memorial

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-12-11

The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei has become a hot topic, with people calling

The CKS Memorial is an issue at the heart of transitional justice.(CNA)

into question both the name and the purpose of the building. That’s following the legislature’s passage of an act on transitional justice last week.

Chiang is seen as a symbol of the authoritarian period in Taiwan.

On Monday, Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun said the public should come to a consensus on what the memorial should be used for. She said that changes to the memorial hall would involve political, legal and social issues. The minister said that once the public comes to a consensus on the memorial’s future, the culture ministry will send a proposal to the government.    [FULL  STORY]

Photos of Taipei’s Qingshan Temple festival

Photos of the annual Bangka Qingshan temple festival parade in Taipei

Taiwan News 
Date: 2017/12/11
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The three-day miaohui (廟會) or temple festival held by the

Child representing Qingshan Wang surrounded by guardians. (By Taiwan News)

Bangka Qingshan Temple (艋舺青山宮) in which the King of Qingshan (青山靈安尊王) toured Taipei’s Wanhua District, concluded on Saturday (Dec. 9).

The annual Bangka Qingshan Temple festival started in 1905 and is one the three largest in the city of Taipei. The three-day pilgrimage, which includes both night and day patrols, is held to drive away evil spirits and honor the Taoist deity the King of Qingshan, who is said to have rid Wanhua of the plague hundreds of years ago. The god was originally brought with Chinese immigrants during the Qing Dynasty to Taipei from Quanzhou in Fujian province.

The following are photos taken during the last day of the festival on Saturday.

Taiwan, Dominican Republic crack fraud ring targeting Chinese

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/12/11
By: Huang Li-yun and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, Dec. 11 (CNA) Taiwan and the Dominican Republic have jointly cracked down on a Taiwanese-funded cross-border telecom fraud ring that set up its computer system in the Caribbean nation and preyed on Chinese nationals, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Monday.

Wu Tung-wen (吳東文), the deputy chief of CIB’s 7th Investigation Corp, said at a press conference that police nabbed 31 Taiwanese suspects, including the main suspect surnamed Liao (廖), in raids in September and early this month covering 42 locations across Taiwan.

They also seized NT$8.3 million (US$276,450) in cash, six automobiles, a batch of mobile phones and notebooks, and written guidelines on fraud procedures during the raids, Wu said.    [FULL  STORY]

Officials deny security, personal leaks over e-Gate

COMPROMISED? Lawmakers called for a full investigation amid allegations that the biometric scanners used in the three international airports were procured from China

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 12, 2017
By: Huang Chieh, Wu Cheng-feng and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

There is no evidence that Taiwanese travelers’ personal information was leaked by allegedly Chinese-made biometric scanners used at the nation’s three international airports, the Ministry of the Interior and the National Immigration Agency said on Sunday.

E-Gate biometric equipment, in use since 2012 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Kaohsiung International Airport and Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport), allows fast-track processing of frequent travelers via facial recognition and fingerprint scans.

Last month, prosecutors and anti-corruption personnel began investigating officials and contractors for allegedly circumventing government rules barring the use of Chinese-made equipment for national security-related purposes.    [FULL  STORY]

A warning to Taiwan-independence forces

Global Times
Date: 2017/12/10

The minister at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, Li Kexin, said Friday that he had told US lawmakers that the day US Navy vessels arrive in Kaohsiung will be the day the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) unifies Taiwan by force. His remarks have triggered an uproar in Taiwan, with protests from its “Ministry of Foreign Affairs” and Mainland Affairs Council.

Obviously frightened, the Taiwan authorities’ reaction indicates they care about Li’s words and lack faith in their invisible movement toward Taiwan’s independence.

After the US Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2018 in September, which enables naval vessels of Taiwan and the US to pay mutual visits, Taiwan authorities have been both delighted and dubious about the bill.

The island under the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has become deficient of both direction and sense of security.

The Chinese mainland has never given up the option of Taiwan reunification by force, which is clear to people across the Taiwan Straits. But Taiwan is not sure what will prompt the PLA’s actions while the DPP has been deceiving Taiwanese that the island will stay safe whatever it does.     [FULL  STORY]

Tsai marks Human Rights Day, speaks about transitional justice

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-12-10

President Tsai Ing-wen observed Human Rights Day at an event on Sunday. She spoke

President Tsai Ing-wen gives a speech on Human Rights Day, which is observed every year on December 10. (CNA photo)

about Taiwan’s National Human Rights Museum, which is slated to open in May, and newly passed legislation which will pave the way for transitional justice.

The Act on Promoting Transitional Justice, which passed Tuesday, provides a structure for dealing with the injustices of the authoritarian period in Taiwan. That period of one-party rule began in 1945 and lasted for more than four decades.

President Tsai says the new legislation is a milestone in Taiwan’s democratic history. She says it is not aimed at causing political struggle and that she hopes the public will no longer harbor hatred because of the sad chapter in Taiwan’s history.    [FULL  STORY]

Chinese student, wife owe NT$100,000 after rescue from stolen kayak

Chinese college student, Taiwanese wife must pay owner NT$100,00 after rescue from New Taipei lake in stolen kayak

Taiwan News 
Date: 2017/12/11
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After having to be rescued from a sinking kayak in a lake in

Authorities recover kayak. (By Central News Agency)

New Taipei City a Chinese graduate student and his Taiwanese wife stole to go joyriding in on Saturday night, the couple has been told they owe the owner NT$100,000 (US$3,331) in compensation for his expensive racing craft, reported CNA.

On Saturday night (Dec. 9), police received a call that a couple was stranded on an overturned kayak in Bitan, a popular lake in New Taipei City’s Xindian District. Rescuers were then able to successfully pluck the man and woman from the water unharmed.

After a preliminary investigation by police, it was found that the 25-year-old man, surnamed Shen (沈), who is a graduate student in history at National Taiwan University (NTU), and his 27-year-old wife, also a Taiwanese history graduate from NTU surnamed Song (宋), had stolen the kayak to go joyriding on the like. However, because of the relatively unstable nature of the craft for untrained paddlers, it eventually rolled over, and they started shouting for help.     [FULL  STORY]

AIT chairman visits Taiwan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/12/11
By: Ku Chuan and Y.F. Low

Taipei, Dec. 11 (CNA) American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty

James Moriarty (Photo from U.S. State Department)

arrived in Taiwan Sunday on a week-long visit that will last until Dec. 16, AIT said in statement Monday.

This is Moriarty’s third trip to Taiwan since his appointment as AIT chairman in October 2016, it said.

While in Taiwan, he will meet with a number of senior political and business figures, according to AIT, which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of official ties.

INTERVIEW: Bersih 2.0 coalition hopes to strengthen its base with award money

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 11, 2017.
By: Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter

Despite living in a nation overshadowed by ethnic divides and a long-lived, corrupt ruling

Bersih 2.0 manager Mandeep Singh, left, chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah, center, and deputy chairman Shahrul Aman Mohd Saari, right, hold up the coalition’s campaign leaflets in an interview with the Taipei Times at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy in Taipei on Saturday.   Photo: Stacy Hsu, Taipei Times

party that cracks down on activists, representatives of the Malaysia-based Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) showed themselves unfazed, saying that they are convinced that people’s dream for a clean electoral system can transcend racial lines and survive despite a culture of fear of authorities.

“When this coalition was formed, civic society was not really directly involved,” Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah said in an interview with the Taipei Times in Taipei on Saturday.

A coalition of 93 NGOs dedicated to pushing for clean elections and electoral reforms, Bersih 2.0 is the recipient of this year’s Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award, which is awarded by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy.    [FULL  STORY]