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Drought in Tainan

ICRT Radio News
Date: 2018-04-18 

The water situation in Tainan is dire.

According to the Water Resources Administration, the Zeng-wen Reservoir is
now at less than 10 percent of its total capacity.

The Nan-hua reservoir is not faring well either, with capacity there
currently standing at 36 percent.

Water supplies for agriculture in that area have already been cut, and
measures have been put in place to better manage and reduce water usage.

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The goal is to avoid stage-three water rationing before the end of May.

In Tainan City, the administration is urging residents to cut their water
usage as much as possible, publishing a slew of recommendations for everyday
conservation habits.

The city adds that 19 drought-resistant wells have been prepared, and if the
city does enter stage-two rationing, industries that need access to that
water can apply with the city government to take from those sources.    [SOURCE]

Late Barbara Bush an inspiration: Tsai

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2018-04-18

President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday expressed condolences on the passing of Barbara Bush, the former first lady of the United States. Tsai is currently visiting the African nation of Swaziland and sent her message on Twitter.

Barbara Bush died on Tuesday, aged 92. Her husband, former president George HW Bush was at her bedside. She was also the mother of former president George W Bush.

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Tsai in her tweet said she was saddened to hear of the former first lady’s passing. The president recalled a visit to Taiwan by George and Barbara Bush in 1993 and said the former first lady was “an inspiration to all advocating family values and literacy.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bush family,” Tsai wrote.    [SOURCE]

Taiwanese LGBT groups upset with passage of anti-gay referendum proposals

Taiwanese gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei: a referendum is not the way to go when it comes to human rights

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/04/18
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) passed three referendum proposals made by local anti-gay groups on Tuesday to bring issues of same-sex marriage and gender equality education to public debate.

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Taiwanese gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei (祈家威) and the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) protested at the CEC building after the decision was made Tuesday evening. Chi said that a referendum is not the way to go when it comes to basic human rights.

Other LGBT organizations in Taiwan are also upset with the CEC’s decision. Equallove called on President Tsai Ing-wen to fulfill her promise to support marriage equality while running for office, saying that Taiwan has come so far to embrace diversity, including a landmark ruling by the constitutional court in favor of same-sex marriage last year. “We should safeguard the hard-won progress,” says the group on its FB page.  [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan summons Indonesian envoy over fishing boat incidents

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/04/18
By: Joseph Yeh

Taipei, April 18 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Wednesday summoned

Da Wei No. 13 (大鮪13)/file photo (photo courtesy of the public)

Indonesia’s top envoy to Taiwan to express concern over Jakarta’s recent inspections of Taiwanese fishing vessels without proper cause.

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Winston Chen (陳文儀), director-general of the MOFA’s Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, met with representative Robert James Bintaryo on Wednesday morning and called on Indonesian authorities not to inspect and detain Taiwanese fishing vessels without a valid reason.

When approached by a CNA reporter as he was leaving MOFA headquarters following the meeting, Bintaryo said he had no comment on the issue as he was still waiting for instructions from Jakarta.    [FULL  STORY]

Labor rights groups protest AmCham

LOBBYING: The organization recommended relaxing rules to free firms of work hour limits, which one group leader said was a bid to turn local workers into slaves

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 19, 2018
By: Ann Maxon  /  Staff reporter

Labor rights groups yesterday protested against the American Chamber of Commerce in

Members of labor groups protest in front of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei’s office yesterday.  Photo: Lee Ya-wen, Taipei Times

Taipei (AmCham) for what they called its pressuring of the government into relaxing labor standards, urging workers to join a march advocating workers’ rights on Labor Day next month.

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About 30 members of various labor groups rallied in front of AmCham’s office on Minsheng E Road in Taipei, holding banners and shouting: “Taiwanese are dying from overwork as American bosses swim in cash.”

“We believe AmCham played a major role in lobbying for the current version of the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法), which is expected to increase death from overwork,” Taiwan Higher Education Union researcher Chen Po-chien (陳柏謙) said.

In June last year, AmCham released a white paper calling for more flexibility when planning workers’ schedules, despite Taiwan already having the fifth-longest working hours in the world, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

MOE: Wu’s Time in China Was Legal

ICRT Radio News
Date: 2018-04-17 14:54:13

The new education minister is defending his activity in China from questions
by the opposition party.

Wu Mao-kun says his time as an advisor at the government-sponsored Chinese
Academy of Sciences was short-term and all according to the law.

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Wu was a former academician at with Academia Sinica, and he says his academy
signed a cooperative agreement with the Chinese institute in 2008 with
members of both sides engaging in academic exchanges.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan battles brain drain as China aims to woo young talent away

The Straits Times
April 18, 2018

China had on Feb 28, 2018, unveiled a package of 31 incentives to attract Taiwanese people and businesses to the mainland.PHOTO: REUTERS

TAIPEI (WASHINGTON POST) – After studying fashion management in London, 33-year-old Gaga Liu considered her choices: a move back home to her native Taiwan, or a job in the glitzy city of Shanghai on the Chinese mainland.

“Shanghai is a very fashionable city, a big market. Every brand wants to set up a flagship store there,” she said. “Taiwan is a very small market.”

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It was no contest. Three months ago, like many of Taiwan’s young people, she moved to mainland China to work as a visual merchandiser for Hermès.

She is one of hundreds of thousands of Taiwanese flooding to their booming neighbour to find work, fuelling fears of a brain drain from their island home.

And it is a brain drain that China appears to be gleefully exploiting.    [FULL  STORY]

Three Spaniards wanted after defacing Kaohsiung MRT with graffiti 

Three Spaniards wanted by police after defacing a Kaohsiung MRT train with graffiti

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/04/17
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Kaohsiung MRT train was defacing with graffiti by three

Train defaced by graffiti. (Photo by Kaohsiung Police)

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Spanish men on April 12, who quickly fled to Hong Kong, reported Apple Daily.

On the morning of April 12 at 5:17 a.m. staff at the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit System’s Daliao Machine Factory were shocked to find two MRT carriages had been spray painted with three large graffiti patterns. After calling the police, surveillance footage revealed three blurry figures hopping over a wall and opening a window to sneak in and douse the cars in spray paint.

Police identified the three suspects as three male Spanish nationals all over the age of 30, who were accompanied by one Spanish female. Prior to their trip, they posted on a Tumblr page that they would come to Taiwan and Hong Kong to “create.”
[FULL  STORY]

Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Hsu Li-ming named acting mayor

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/04/17
By: Wang Shwu-fen and Romulo Huang

Taipei, April 17 (CNA) The Executive Yuan approved Tuesday the nomination of

CNA file photo

Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Hsu Li-ming (許立明) as acting mayor of the southern Taiwanese port city starting April 20.

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After accepting his new post, Hsu said he will continue the city development programs initiated by outgoing Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), bringing a perfect conclusion to Chen’s 12-year tenure as head of the Kaohsiung municipal administration.

Chen, whose term as mayor ends at the end of this year, has been appointed Presidential Office secretary-general by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to fill the position left vacant by Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), who was made foreign minister in a Cabinet reshuffle in late February.

Chen, 67, is slated to assume her new post on April 23.     [FULL  STORY]

KMT urges Wu Maw-kuen probe

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus secretary-general Lee Yen-hsiu, second left, KMT caucus whip Lin Te-fu, second right, and other party officials hold a news conference at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday. Photo: CNA

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 18, 2018
By: Ann Maxon  /  Staff reporter

Academia Sinica member Wu Maw-kuen (吳茂昆), who is to take office as minister of education tomorrow, has worked as an adviser at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and another government-funded research institution in China, two Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) members said yesterday.

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The academy’s Institute of High Energy Physics listed Wu as an adviser to its superconductor research team on its Web site, KMT member Yu Shu-hui (游淑慧) said on Facebook.

According the Web site, the team holds a meeting every three months and Wu is responsible for reviewing progress and coordinating work between different groups, Yu said.    [FULL  STORY]