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Liver transplanted in pregnant woman a first in Taiwan

Radio Taiwan Internatinal Date: 19 August, 2019 By: Leslie Liao Taiwan saw its very first liver transplant in a pregnant woman. Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital announced that the procedure took place recently. It is the first case of its kind in Taiwan. The benefactor Mo Shan-ting was a hepatitis B carrier who suffered acute liver failure last year. Mo learned of her ailment three months after getting pregnant, and was told that her condition would turn critical within…

Taiwan confirms the commissioning of three Tuo Chiang-class Corvettes

The Tuo Chiang-class corvette is a Taiwanese-designed class of fast and stealthy multi-mission corvettes built for the Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy. Navy Recognition Date: 19 August 2019  Domestic shipbuilders will build three Tuo Chiang-class missile corvettes and four fast minelaying ships by 2021. It will be the first phase of a program to mass-produce a world-class naval fleet at local shipyards. The program was announced by the Republic of China Ministry of National Defense (MND) on 12…

Taipei to ban smoking around convenience stores, coffee shops from Sept. 1

Taipei to ban smoking in pedestrian arcades in front of convenience stores, coffee shops effective Sept. 1 Taiwan News Date: 2019/08/19 By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei will ban smoking in front of 15 convenience store chains and cafes starting on Sept. 1. Huang Shier-chieg (黃世傑), head of the city's department of health, on Monday (Aug. 19), said that smoking will be banned in front of convenience stores and cafes, stating Sept.…

NDC trying its hand at making English a 2nd official language

Focus Taiwan Date: 2019/08/19 By: Lee Hsin-Yin Taipei, Aug. 19 (CNA) A series of activities that encourage members of the public to speak English are being held across Taiwan, as part of the National Development Council's (NDC's) efforts to make English a second official language in Taiwan by 2030. Three types of events have been held since May to get people to use English — short film contests for students, visits by native English speakers to service sector…

Taiwan thanks Trump for jet deal

‘USE RESPONSIBLY’: The defense ministry expressed the hope that Congress will swiftly approve the deal to benefit peace in the Taiwan Strait and the Asian region Taipei Times Date: Aug 20, 2019 By: Staff writer, with CNA The government yesterday expressed its appreciation to US President Donald Trump for approving the sale of 66 F-16 jets to Taiwan amid increasing threats from Beijing. Trump a day earlier said that he had approved the US$8 billion deal and believes…

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Tsai urges HK government to talk to its people

Radio Taiwan Internatinal Date: 19 August, 2019 By: Paula Chao President Tsai Ing-wen is calling on the Hong Kong government to talk to its people. Tsai was speaking Monday while meeting with visiting former Australian defense minister Christopher Pyne on Monday. Tsai said the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong have caught international attention. Tsai said while Taiwan supports Hong Kong people’s…

hina attacks Taiwan over Hong Kong asylum

Metro News Date: August 19, 2019 By: Metro Reporter CHINA lashed out at Taiwan after its president offered asylum to Hong Kong protesters. Tsai Ing-wen made the offer to pro-democracy protesters last month but it is unclear if any requests have been received as the country does not have a formal asylum procedure. Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the Chinese cabinet’s…

Taiwan Ju Percussion Group to launch tour in Canada

Ju will perform in Canada's Taiwan Fest Taiwan News Date: 2019/08/19 By: Lyla Liu, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Ju Percussion Group (朱宗慶打擊樂團) will go on its first tour of Canada with quintet and 10-piece performances scheduled for Aug. 23, 24, and 31. To commemorate its 35th anniversary, Ju Percussion Group will launch a tour across…

Farming losses from recent rains at least NT$31 million: COA

Focus Taiwan Date: 2019/08/19 By: Yang Su-min and Joseph Yeh Taipei, Aug. 19 (CNA) Farmers have suffered at least NT$31 million (US$991,774) in losses following heavy rains in central and southern Taiwan, with Kaohsiung the hardest hit area with an estimated NT$22 million in losses, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said Monday. Among other areas inundated by the heavy rain,…

Two telecoms might have overcharged clients: group

AGREEMENT: Far EasTone Telecommunications calculated penalty fees for early termination of contract based on the number of months left on it, not days, an association said Taipei Times Date: Aug 20, 2019 By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) and Taiwan Star might have overcharged subscribers who bought telecom services and high-end smartphones due to early termination…

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VIDEO: Family Day event at Cabinet a happy occasion

Radio Taiwan Internatinal Date: 19 August, 2019 By: Paula Chao The Cabinet held a Family Day event at the office to highlight the importance of children and to thank civil servants for their dedication to their families. Premier Su Tseng-chang and his family, including his two granddaughters, all attended the event last Friday. There was a…

Taiwan cherry tree given eradication status in Nelson-Tasman plan

stuff.co.nz Date: Aug 20 2019 By: Cherie Sivignon The Taiwan cherry is a pest tree that can choke native vegetation. The pretty but invasive Taiwan cherry tree can no longer be propagated, sold or planted in the Nelson-Tasman region.  Taiwan cherry, or Prunus campanulata, has been given eradication status in the Tasman Nelson Regional Pest Management Plan…

National Taiwan University develops smart agriculture

Apex Agri-Intelligence Lab founded at NTU Taiwan News Date: 2019/08/19 By:  Taiwan News TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – National Taiwan University (NTU) has joined hands with the drone industry to establish the Apex Agri-Intelligence Lab on Monday (Aug. 19). NTU's College of Bio-Resources and Agriculture collaborates with Jingwei Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (經緯航太公司), which develops…

Taiwan concerned, but will not intervene in HK protests: president

Focus Taiwan Date: 2019/08/19 By: Yeh Su-ping and Joseph Yeh Taipei, Aug. 19 (CNA) Taiwan's government is concerned about the months-long pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong but will not intervene, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Monday. During a meeting with former Australian Defense Minister Christopher Pyne at the Presidential Office, Tsai said the government is…

Number of invasive green iguanas growing

Taipei Times Date:  Aug 20, 2019 By: Chen Wen-chan and Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer The number of green iguanas in the wild has been increasing, with more than 2,500 removed from Kaohsiung and Pingtung County alone this year, an academic has said. The invasive species has spread across Taiwan, said Chen…