A professor in Taiwan claims to have witnessed the longest ever visible rainbow, clocking in at nearly nine hours, and plans to submit it for a world record'A gift from the sky': record-breaking nine-hour rainbow appears in Taiwan Continue reading...
Chou Kun-hsuan of Chinese Culture University claims phenomenon beats six-hour rainbow seen in Sheffield in 1994
A professor in Taiwan claims to have witnessed the longest ever visible rainbow, clocking in at nearly nine hours, and plans to submit it for a world record.
The rainbow lasted for eight hours and 58 minutes in the mountains around the Taiwanese capital of Taipei, according to Chou Kun-hsuan, a professor at the Chinese Culture University.
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Border force raids uncover exploited workers from Solomon Islands and PNG on farms in Queensland and Western Australia
A ?recidivist? Perth couple who ran a cleaning company have been fined more than half a million dollars for the ?deliberate?, ?repeated?, and ?systematic? exploitation of Taiwanese workers, while raids by the Australian Border Force have uncovered exploited workers from the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea on farms in Queensland and Western Australia.
Further evidence of the systematic exploitation of foreign workers across Australia follows a report last month from two universities that found one-third of backpackers, and a quarter of international students in Australia were being routinely ripped off by employers paying half the minimum wage.
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Outcry over five-year sentence handed to Taiwanese human rights defender who was secretly arrested while visiting China in March
A court in China has sentenced a Taiwanese democracy activist to five years in prison on subversion charges in a case that has strained relations between Beijing and Taipei.
Lee Ming-cheh sat silently as a judge read the sentence, accusing him of disseminating articles, books and videos critical of China?s Communist system in an attempt to foment a ?western colour revolution?.
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The singer is reported to have been refused a visa ? but she?s far from the first western star to be denied entry to the country
Name: Katy Perry
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Event is first since Taiwan ruled in favour of gay marriage but some activists are frustrated by slow progress of legalisation
A sea of rainbow flags and glitzy costumes filled downtown Taipei as tens of thousands marched in Asia?s largest gay pride parade, the first since Taiwan?s top court ruled in favour of gay marriage.
The island looks set to become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage after the constitutional court said in May that laws preventing same-sex unions violated the guarantee of freedom of marriage. It gave the government two years to implement the decision.Continue reading...
The genre is often taken to mean English gloom ? but a robust hybrid version, taking in everything from local folklore to classic cinema, is flourishing among the art-school introverts of Shanghai, Tokyo and Taiwan
Perched at the edge of Shanghai?s Kaixuan Road, between Tianshan Park?s leafy calm and the imposing weight of the elevated West Yan?an Road metro station, sits Yuyintang Livehouse, a mainstay of the city?s underground music scene. Signposted by the electric glow of a polar bear holding a guitar, this indie music destination ? in a city short on such venues ? recently hosted the fourth East Asia Shoegaze festival.
Organised by Lulu, guitarist of the Shanghai shoegaze quartet Forsaken Autumn, and Japan-based Luuv Label, this year?s lineup featured an eclectic range of new and known bands from the region, including rising stars RUBUR, Japanese shoegaze royalty Cruyff in the Bedroom and the diffuse Taiwanese dream-pop outfit U.TA.
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Chinese students react with great emotion if they feel China is being criticised. There?s concern that this erodes freedom of speech on Australian campuses
The recently released Chinese student?s recording of the argument he has with his teacher about using the word ?Taiwan? illustrates how issues of sovereignty and territoriality can be very emotional for Chinese students.
In the video, the Chinese student says, in a calm voice: ?You have to consider all the students ? Chinese students are one third of this classroom. You make us feel uncomfortable.? He goes on to argue, ?You have to show your respect.? The discussion becomes somewhat unclear, but it sounds like the student then says, ?It really makes us feel terrible.? His next comment sounds like he is getting frustrated and upset: ?Why do you always keep saying that? ?Taiwan!? As if it is a separate country.?
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We want to hear from readers living in the region about what life is like around the time of North Korean nuclear tests and missile launches
Tensions in the Korean peninsula have reached new heights, with Seoul expecting further missile launches after a sixth North Korean nuclear test was confirmed on Sunday.
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Students from New Taipei City collected samples from urban rivers, creeks and ports which they then froze in moulds and preserved in resin. ?We hope when more people see this they can change their lifestyles,? said one of the groupContinue reading...
Scuffles broke out in Taiwan?s parliament on Tuesday during a budget meeting for an infrastructure development plan. Members of both the ruling Democratic Progressive party (DPP) and opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party can be seen tackling each other to the ground, shoving and throwing water at each otherContinue reading...
Office of the chief economist projects market will grow by 8.7% by 2022, but Institute for Energy Economics says this is based on out of date analysis
As Australia mulls the building of its biggest-ever export thermal coal mine, its biggest foreign buyers look set to reduce their consumption, driving down the price of Australian coal, and the profitability of its mines.
Japan, South Korea and Taiwan together buy about 30% of the world?s exported thermal coal, including 70% of Australia?s export coal.
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The president is laying down crude reminders before his meeting with Xi, but Beijing tends to react badly to bullying
The US announcement of a $1.42bn arms sale to Taiwan is a not-so-subtle warning shot across the bows of China?s president, Xi Jinping, who is due to meet Donald Trump for potentially tense bilateral talks at next week?s G20 summit in Hamburg. But Trump?s pre-emptive strike could backfire badly.
Official confirmation of the arms sale, under consideration since January, coincided with Xi?s officiation at an ostentatious military parade in Hong Kong on Friday, celebrating China?s reunification with what until 1997 Beijing regarded as a ?renegade province? similar to Taiwan.
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Experts say relationship is cooling between presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping as US loses patience over North Korea and South China Sea
Relations between the world?s two largest economies look to be entering a new phase of turbulence after the US punctured Chinese celebrations of the anniversary of Hong Kong?s return by unveiling sanctions against a Chinese bank linked to North Korea and a major arms sale to Taiwan .
The US state department on Thursday gave the green light to a total of $1.4bn in arms sales to Taiwan, a self-governing island which China considers its own territory.
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The sale is the first of its kind since Donald Trump took office and will upset China, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory
The US state department has approved arms sales to Taiwan worth a total of $1.4bn, the first such deal with the self-governing island since Donald Trump took office.
The sale announced on Thursday will anger China, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory. It comes at a delicate time for relations between Washington and Beijing over efforts to rein in nuclear-armed North Korea.
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