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ISSUE: Undermining Taiwan’s Indigenous Environments

Mining continues to threaten people and environments in Taiwan’s national forest areas, highlighting the importance of forthcoming changes to the Mining Act.

The News Lens
Date: 2017/10/17
By: Rosemary Chen

The Control Yuan (Taiwan’s investigatory agency) last week censured the Ministry of

Photo Credit: Joe [email protected] Flickr CC BY SA 2.0

Economic Affairs (MOEA) and Hualien County Government for neglecting to enforce regulations on the mining industry — the newest development in an ongoing debate on Mining Act (礦業法) amendments demanded by environmental groups since March.

On March 14, Asia Cement Corporation (ACC) received approvals from the MOEA to extend its mining permit for another 20 years — despite missing environmental assessments procedures, required under the Mining Act.

On June 25, thousands of protesters marched to the Executive Yuan requesting a reassessment on the permit for ACC and amendments to the Mining Act. They also protested for indigenous land rights and demanded that government’s environmental assessment reports be made public.    [FULL  STORY]

Kaohsiung MRT station listed on 7 Most Stunning Subways in World

Formosa Boulevard Station in Kaohsiung is renowned for its architecture of stained glass

Taiwan News  
Date: 2017/10/17
By:  Taiwan News

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Formosa Boulevard Station in Kaohsiung city

(Image from websites of Taiwan Tourism Bureau: eng.taiwan.net.tw)

has been named as one of the 7 Most Stunning Subway Stations in the World by Popular Mechanics.

The subway station in Kaohsiung city amazed the author for its stained glass architecture which is normally reserved for cathedrals. The Formosa Boulevard Station featuring the “Dome of Light” is described as a “cathedral by virtue” for its massive colorful glass panels that decorate one of the busiest stations in the city.

This magnificent piece of the art was created by the notable artist, Narcissus Quagliata and took almost four years to complete. Furthermore, the dome is the world’s largest public art installation made from individual pieces of colored glass.    [FULL  STORY]

Three mountaineers receive unprecedented fines totaling NT$180,000

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/10/17
By: Lee Shien-feng and William Yen

Taipei, Oct. 17 (CNA) Three mountaineers received unprecedented fines totaling

Photo courtesy of Hualien County Fire Department

NT$180,000 (US$5,960) for not abiding by rules regulating mountaineering activities in Hualien, local fire department official said Tuesday.

Lin Wen-jui (林文瑞), head of the Hualien County Fire Department, said the trio had to be rescued by helicopter that day after entering the mountains from Dongpu, Nantou County Oct. 7 and becoming trapped in the mountains since Oct. 14 due to heavy rain.

Each individual was fined NT$60,000 as they failed to hire a guide and purchase insurance, said Lin.    [FULL  STORY]

Migrant workers vote for better deal

MOCK REFERENDUM:A Taiwanese surnamed Lu said she supported legal protections for caregivers because that would mean a guaranteed level of benefits from their employers

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 18, 2017
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Three issues related to migrants’ rights being voted on in a mock referendum garnered more than 90 percent support, mostly from migrant workers, but the results were not received positively by Ministry of Labor officials.

Of the 2,447 people who participated in the vote, 2,424 demanded legal protections for live-in caregivers and 2,413 supported the right of migrant workers to switch employers without restriction, said the Taiwan International Workers’ Association (TIWA), which staged the mock referendum.

The third issue on the ballot was about the private employment brokerage system, which has been criticized for charging migrant workers high fees.

An appeal for the system to be abolished and replaced by one mediated by the governments of Taiwan and the migrants’ source nation received 2,415 votes, the TIWA said.

The vote was not restricted to migrant workers, with 338 ballots cast by Taiwanese, it said.    [FULL  STORY]

Indonesia one of Taiwan’s important partners: vice president

The China Post
Date: October 17, 2017
By: Yeh Su-ping and Isabel Wang

TAIPEI (CNA) – Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) said Tuesday that Indonesia

Vice President Chen Chien-jen, right, meets a visiting Islamic scholar from the Indonesian Ulema Council at the Presidential Office on Oct. 17, 2017. The vice president said Tuesday that Indonesia tops the list of Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy target countries and that the government values the relations between the two sides. (CNA)

tops the list of Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy target countries and that the government values the relations between the two sides.

Chen made the statement during a meeting with a group of visiting Islamic scholars from the Indonesian Ulema Council at the Presidential Office.

Chen noted that over 250,000 Indonesian laborers are working in Taiwan, around 30,000 Indonesian spouses live here, and more than 5,000 students from Indonesia are studying here.

At the same time, approximately 200,000 Taiwanese tourists and businessmen travel to Indonesia each year, he added.
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No delay in dealing with Chinese mudslide, despite impasse: official

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-10-16

Taiwan’s transportation minister says that there has been no delay in dealing with a mudslide that killed three Taiwanese tourists and injured two others in China over the weekend. That’s despite a political impasse between Taiwan and China which has hindered talks in other areas.

The five people killed and injured in the mudslide were part of a 45-member tour group from Taiwan. They were walking around a scenic area in the Three Gorges area of Hubei Province on Sunday morning when the mudslide occurred.

Taiwan’s transportation minister, Ho Chen Tan, on Monday responded to questions at the legislature about whether poor communication between Taiwan and China was hindering efforts to deal with the incident. He said that was not the case.
[FULL  STORY]

New tropical storm forms as northeasterly winds to bring more rain to Taiwan

Tropical storm No.21 is unlikely to affect Taiwan but Taiwan’s weather remains wet due to the impact of northeasterly winds

Taiwan Neqws
Date: 2017/10/16
By: Taiwan News

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A tropical depression has developed into the 21st tropical

Tropical Storm Lan (Image from ww.cwb.gov.tw)

storm of the year but unlikely to affect Taiwan; meanwhile, a cool and wet weather is expected to last at least a week due to the impact of northeasterly winds, according to Weather Central Bureau (CWB).

Tropical Storm Lan (蘭恩), the 21st tropical storm this year, formed near Guam at 2 a.m. just after typhoon Khanun has ended its impact on Taiwan. The storm is around 2000 km away from the southernmost tip of Taiwan and moving at a speed of 11-14 kph in a west-northwest direction, according to meteorologist Liu Yu-chi(劉宇其) in an interview with CNA.

Tropical storm No. 21 is unlikely to affect Taiwan; however, it is still under observation for its future path and intensity, Liu added.    [FULL  STORY]

Hundreds commemorate death of gay professor Jacques Picoux

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/10/16
By: Shih Hsiu-chuan

Taipei, Oct. 16 (CNA) LGBT rights activists on Monday urged President Tsai Ing-wen

LGBT activists demand President Tsai make good on her campaign promise at a rally commemorating the death of Professor Jacques Picoux.

(蔡英文) to deliver on her promise, as they staged a rally to commemorate Jacques Picoux (畢安生), a French professor whose suicide last year put the issue of legalizing same-sex marriage in the spotlight.

The activists made two demands to the Tsai government. First, they said, same-sex marriage should be legalized by amending the Civil Code which currently states marriage is between a man and a woman. The activists are opposed to introducing a separate bill to address the inequality.

Second, they demanded that the Civil Code be amended before the legislative session goes into recess, expected to be by the end of this year or early next year.
[FULL  STORY]

TRA ticket fares to be adjusted: MOTC

PASSENGER HABITS:People who use the TRA system frequently can be given greater discounts, Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan said

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 17, 2017
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) yesterday said it will reveal ticket fare adjustments for the Taiwan Railways Administration’s (TRA) services next year.

Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan (賀陳旦) was to brief the lawmakers at the legislature’s Transportation Committee on the TRA’s plans to purchase new train carriages and reform the railway operator’s ticketing system.

The plan to purchase new train carriages is expected to cost about NT$100 billion (US$3.3 billion).

However, the lawmakers questioned Hochen about a report published yesterday by the Chinese-language China Times that the TRA has proposed the ministry to adjust ticket prices.    [FULL  STORY]

U.S.-Taiwan forum weighs impact of Trump policies on national defense

The China Post
Date: October 16, 2017
By: Lu Hsin-hui and Joseph Yeh

TAIPEI (CNA) – An annual conference between Taiwan the United States, which

American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James F. Moriarty is pictured in this file photo from Oct. 13, 2017. The AIT chairman is scheduled to give an introductory remark Deputy Defense Minister General Chang Guan-chung on the second day of Taiwan Defense Industry Conference in Princeton. (CNA)

opened Sunday in New Jersey, focuses this year on the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration on Northeast Asia and their potential impact on Taiwan’s defense affairs.

The 2017 U.S.-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference will also discuss the threat and response options for Taiwan and how it could exploit China’s weakness in both traditional and emerging domains, covering air, land, sea and cyberspace, according to information on the conference’s website.

Now in its 16th year, the conference is considered an important platform for dialogue on Taiwan’s national security needs, weapons procurement and defense cooperation with the U.S.

The Taiwan delegation to the three-day conference in Princeton is being led by Deputy Defense Minister General Chang Guan-chung (張冠群), who will deliver a keynote address on Oct. 16.    [FULL  STORY]