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VIDEO: Pharmacies begin providing consultation services for travelers

Radiio Taiwan Internatiinal
Date: 19 July, 2019
By: Leslie Liao

Pharmacies are offering travelers free consultation services.

Pharmacies are offering travelers free consultation services.[/caption] Summer is peak travel season. However, when heading abroad, it’s not unusual to have some worries about staying healthy. Luckily, finding out what medications to bring with you has never been easier thanks to a new initiative by the Centers for Disease Control.

Summer vacation is in full swing, and that means people are scrambling to travel overseas. But going abroad isn’t without its risks. Aside from barriers, both linguistic and cultural, health is also a concern for anyone leaving the country.

Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control has teamed up with local pharmacy chains to provide travelers with consultation services on what kind of medications to prepare for an overseas trip. Travel blogger Ace Chen says it’s imperative for travelers to check the public health status of any country of they plan to visit. However, those in a hurry can simply ask a pharmacist for advice at any local pharmacy.

China cancels Prague orchestra tour amid Taiwan row with mayor

The Telegraph
Date: 19 JULY 2019
By: Nicola Smith, asia correspondent

The Prague mayor has clashed with China over Taiwan and Tibet CREDIT: OLEG NIKISHIN/GETTY IMAGES

AChina tour by Prague’s Philharmonic Orchestra has been cancelled and the city zoo’s long-held dreams of hosting a panda shattered in an escalating feud between a maverick Czech mayor and Beijing. 

China is furious at Zdenek Hřib, 38, the city’s anti-establishment mayor, for refusing to toe Beijing’s line over its sensitivities about the status of Taiwan and Tibet.

Since his election less than a year ago, Mr Hřib, a Czech Pirate Party politician, has flown the Tibetan flag at the capital’s city hall, met with Tsai Ing-wen, the Taiwanese president, and resisted Chinese demands to expel Taiwan’s representative from a meeting of foreign diplomats.

Mr Hřib, a doctor who did a medical training internship in Taiwan, has also openly demanded that China remove a clause from a Prague-Beijing cooperation that requires the Czech capital to "respect the one-China policy and acknowledge Taiwan as an inseparable part of Chinese territory".

National Taiwan University among 60 top universities for reputation

Harvard tops the list, with Cambridge and Oxford only non-U.S. schools in the top 10

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/19
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

National Taiwan University (photo by Lin Kao-chih). (By Wikimedia Commons)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – National Taiwan University (NTU) ranks between No.51 and No.60 in the world for its reputation, according to a list drawn up by Times Higher Education.

Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford top the list, followed by Cambridge and Oxford, with the rest of the top 10 filled by other educational institutions in the United States.

The first Asian college on the list is the University of Tokyo at No.11, while two schools in China, Tsinghua University and Peking University, also feature in the top 20.

NTU counts more than 31,000 students, with a female-to-male ratio of 40:60, according to the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2019. The college’s percentage of foreign students is lower than most other universities with a similar ranking, 8 percent, the surveysays. Meanwhile, there are only 11.5 students per member of staff.    [FULL  STORY]

Rare bird spotted on Matsu Islands

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/07/19
By: Feng Shao-fu and Flor Wang

Photo courtesy of Long Fu Travel Agency

Taipei, July 19 (CNA) The Chinese crested tern (Thalasseus bernsteini), a rare bird on the brink of extinction, has been spotted again this year on the Taiwan-held Matsu Islands — its original habitat — researchers said Friday.

The return of the endangered bird, a tern in the family Laridae, to Matsu for four consecutive years means the bird has a regular migratory path and has grown a sense of affinity with the environment on the islands, researchers at National Taiwan University said.

The Chinese crested tern spotted in Matsu was identified as A74, which flew back to Matsu after being released by researchers into the wild in July 2015 with a white and blue tag.

It is a critically endangered species, with only 100 estimated to still exist in 2000.

North Pacific fishers set quotas on saury catches

OVERFISHING: The agreement passed after China and Vanuatu dropped their opposition. Taiwan’s quota of below 180,000 tonnes is manageable, authorities said

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 20, 2019
By:: Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter

The North Pacific Fisheries Commission (NPFC) on Thursday agreed to set quotas for saury fishing

Attendees of the North Pacific Fisheries Commission’s fifth annual session pose for a group photograph on Thursday at the concluding ceremony of their three-day meeting at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo, Japan.
Photo courtesy of the Fisheries Agency

next year, the Fisheries Agency said yesterday.

Taiwan, participating under the name Chinese Taipei, would limit its catch to less than 180,000 tonnes, the agency said.

Formally established in 2015, the group’s seven other members are Japan, Russia, China, South Korea, Vanuatu, Canada and the US, according to information on the commission’s Web site.

Nearly 90 Taiwanese ships operate in the North Pacific’s high seas from July to November every year, bringing back an average annual catch of 160,000 tonnes and making Taiwan one of the major consumers of the species, the agency said.    [FULL  STORY]

Tsai arrives in St. Lucia

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 18 July, 2019
By: John Van Trieste

President Tsai Ing-wen (center) and St. Lucian Prime Minister Allen Chastanet (left)(左)celebrate the groundbreaking of a hospital reconstruction project.

President Tsai Ing-wen has arrived in the allied Caribbean nation of St. Lucia.

After her arrival Wednesday, Tsai traveled to the south of the country to witness the groundbreaking ceremony for a hospital being rebuilt with a Taiwanese loan.

The St. Jude hospital was an important source of medical care for residents of southern St. Lucia before it was destroyed by a fire in 2009.

During remarks at the groundbreaking, Tsai said that under the leadership of St. Lucia’s current prime minister, bilateral cooperation projects have been moving ahead. She said that exchanges in the medical field have been especially frequent and intensive.    [FULL  STORY]

Hong Kong’s Crisis Does Not Extend to Taiwan

Comparing the Hong Kong case to Taiwan’s situation is a bit of a stretch—some might even call it nonsense.

The National Interest
Date: July 17, 2019
By: Dennis V. Hickey

In recent weeks, hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China, to protest against a controversial extradition bill cobbled together by Hong Kong authorities with the support of Beijing. Much ink has been spilled trying to explain the significance of the demonstrations. Some analyses are solid efforts that contribute to the conversation. Others are not—particularly those that somehow try to link the Hong Kong experience to Taiwan. Taiwan is not Hong Kong. 

Hong Kong was a British colony for over a century—it consisted of territories stolen from imperial China at different times during the nineteenth century (Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories). It was never a sovereign, independent state. The colony’s governor was selected by London—he was never elected by the people and Hong Kong was never a democracy. Moreover, the Hong Kong people had little or no say in determining the terms of the “handover” to mainland China in 1997. Since 1997, this SAR has been intended to serve as a show piece for Beijing’s “one country, two systems” reunification formula. The scheme was also applied in Macau, a former Portuguese colony. It has received mixed reviews in both SARS.

The Republic of China (Taiwan’s official moniker) was formally established on January 1, 1912. Since that time, its territory and political system has changed dramatically. For example, during World War II, the central government moved from Nanjing to Chongqing. During the Chinese Civil War, the government was compelled to move several times before finally landing in Taipei in 1949. For seventy years, the government in Taipei has controlled Taiwan, a handful of small islands such as Kinmen and Matsu (widely acknowledged as part of Fujian province) and the best piece of real estate in the South China Sea (Taiping Island). For almost a quarter of a century, Taipei occupied the Chinese seat in the UN’s Security Council and was recognized by most governments as the legitimate government of all China. And like the United States and many other countries, the governmental system has changed dramatically in recent decades. Taiwan has transformed itself from a staid, authoritarian dictatorship into a boisterous, multi-party democracy. Despite numerous challenges and triumphs, the Republic of China on Taiwan remains a sovereign and independent state. Hence, the differences with Hong Kong are enormous and striking—a fact which led Ma Ying-jeou, then Taiwan’s president, to declare in 2014 that Hong Kong’s experience with the “one country, two systems” model is “completely irrelevant” to Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan city of Taichung to scrap Chinese-made surveillance cameras

Contractor will have to replace Hikvision cameras within one week

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/18
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Hikvision introducing ID recognition systems at a trade fair. (By Associated Press)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taichung City Government said Thursday (July 18) it would replace surveillance cameras in underground passageways within a week after members of the public pointed out they were made in China.

Taiwan has been increasingly wary of Chinese technology, as most of the world suspects close cooperation between Chinese information technology firms, such as Huawei, and the communist government.

In Taichung, residents called two members of the City Council to tell them they had found surveillance cameras in underpasses at five intersections on Taiwan Boulevard to be products of Hikvision or Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd. (海康威視), a state-controlled company which is reportedly the world’s largest supplier of surveillance equipment.

The cameras had been installed in Taichung by the city government’s construction department from 2017 until last month, the Central News Agency reported.    [FULL  STORY]

DPP official says Taiwan should stop Han from winning presidency

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/07/18
By Matt Yu, Wang Cheng-chung and Joseph Yeh

Taipei, July 18 (CNA) Newly appointed Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Deputy Secretary-General

Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆)

Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆) on Thursday said the nation's top priority should be preventing opposition Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) from winning the presidency next year.

"Our goal should be to create a 'Han-free homeland,'" Lin told the host during a radio interview Thursday morning.

Should the China-friendly Kaohsiung mayor win the presidency, Taiwan will move closer to the totalitarian government of China, Lin warned.

Also, all the major reforms introduced under President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), including the push for marriage equality, transitional justice and a nuclear-free homeland, will likely be reversed by the KMT candidate if he wins the presidency, Lin claimed.    [FULL  STORY]

Universities announce merger

AMALGAMATION: Officials said that the goal is to form a top Asian university in three to five years that would have more than 1,200 lecturers and 32,000 students

Taiei Times
Date: Jul 19, 2019
By: Lo Hsin-chen  /  Staff reporter

Officials at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST), National Pingtung

From left, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology president Yang Neng-shu, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology president Tai Chang-hsien and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology president Liao Ching-jong shake hands at a news conference in Pingtung County yesterday.
Photo: Lo Hsin-chen, Taipei Times

University of Science and Technology (NPUST) and National Yunlin University of Science and Technology yesterday said that they would promote a merger of the three.

If successful, it would be the largest higher-education merger in Taiwan’s history.

The new institute would have more than 1,200 lecturers and 32,000 students, the universities said.

While they have yet set a timetable for the merger, they said that they hope to have plans approved at university council meetings by the end of this year.    [FULL  STORY]