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VIDEO: Disabled job placement officer helps over 1,000 people find jobs

Radio Taiwan Internatiional
Date: 12 November, 2019
By: Paula Chao

A disabled job placement officer in the southern Tainan city, Chang Cheng-yu, has helped over 1,000

Chang Cheng-yu

Chang Cheng-yu[/caption]people find jobs over the past 15 years.

This is Chang Cheng-yu, a job placement officer in Tainan city. Chang has been working at the Sinying Employment Services Center for 15 years. With a smile on his face, Chang listens and answers job-seekers’ questions patiently, helping them find suitable work. 

Chang lost his lower right arm in an accident when he was young. Because of his disability, it took him a while to find someone willing to hire him. But the center eventually hired him, at first as a temp and he gradually worked his way up.

Chang says he always encourages job-seekers to maximize their strengths and not focus on their weaknesses.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan seeks return of ‘criminal income’ from frigate scandal

Daily Mail Online
Date: 12 November 2019

A Lafayette-class frigate of the Taiwan navy taking part in an exercise off the southern naval base of Tsoying in 2014

Taiwan is seeking the return of hundreds of millions of dollars in ill-gotten funds linked to a controversial deal to buy French frigates over two decades ago, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Taipei signed a $2.8 billion deal to buy six Lafayette-class frigates in 1991, a deal which strained French ties with China at the time and was later found tainted by up to $400 million in bribes.

Taiwanese arms dealer Andrew Wang was indicted for corruption in 2006 for reaping hundreds of millions of dollars from the deal, and his family were also found guilty as his accomplices.

Wang and his family were put on Taiwan's most wanted list after they fled the island shortly before the scandal broke in 1993. He died in London in 2015 aged 87.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Hualien organizes hot spring tours

One-day package tours include hot spring, meals, and other attractions along the way

Taiwan News
Date 2019/11/12
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(Hualien County Government photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s eastern county of Hualien has organized two, one-day hot spring-themed tours that will run from Nov. 22 to Dec. 21.

They are part of the county’s 2019 Pacific Hot Spring and Float Carnival, according to a recent press release on the Hualien Tourist Service Network.

Both tours include hot springs, meals, and other attractions along the way, and will be operated by Hualien Visitors Association, the statement said.

According to the tentative itinerary put forth in the press release, the Ruisui tour will take participants to Ruisui hot spring area to have lunch and enjoy a hot spring. The trip will also include visits to Jili Lake and Danongdafu Forest Park in the morning and to Princess Coffee in the afternoon.

New Taoyuan airport control tower to facilitate smart aviation

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/11/12
By: Lee Hsin-Yin

Transportation Minister Lin Chia-lung (left)

Taipei, Nov. 12 (CNA) A new control tower at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport will be officially inaugurated next month amid efforts to boost smart aviation nationwide, Transportation Minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said Tuesday.

The NT$1.27 billion (US$41.6 million) control tower will replace the current 40-year-old tower on Dec. 16, making flight control easier and more efficient, Lin said during a tour of the tower.

The new tower, which is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, integrates 15 different systems so air traffic controllers can more easily monitor information on weather, radar signals, apron traffic and flight data, he said.

The tower is 65 meters tall (including a 3-meter-long antenna), 20 meters taller than the old building, providing an elevation that offers air traffic controllers a clearer view of the runways, said Sean Yuan (袁星健), chief of the Taipei Approach Control Tower.    [FULL  STORY]

Lab tests show adenovirus infections topped influenza cases last week: CDC

HOSPITAL VISITS: There were 69,393 visits for flu-like symptoms, but adenoviruses accounted for 40.5 percent of them, while flu viruses accounted for 35.1 percent

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 13, 2019
By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

Adenovirus infections, which can cause respiratory illnesses, exceeded influenza cases last week, and adenovirus infections might enter a peak period this month, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday.

There were 69,393 hospital visits last week for flu-like symptoms, below the flu epidemic threshold, the agency said.

However, among the examined respiratory tract samples with positive results, adenoviruses accounted for 40.5 percent, while flu viruses were 35.1 percent, CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞) said at a Taipei news conference.

Adenoviruses previously accounted for less than 20 percent of the examined samples, but the percentage has been increasing over the past three weeks, Lo said.    [FULL  STORY]

Parrot Gives Smooches to Little Taiwanese Girl in Adorable Video

Date: ·November 11, 2019·
By; Bryan Ke·

A video of a little girl getting plenty of love and smooches from her pet parrot Mai Mai is melting hearts on the Internet.

The adorable moment was captured in Taiwan on Nov. 2.

“It rushes to relatives when they arrive,” the description of the video said via ViralHog. “I have never seen it do this before and I thought it was very funny.”

Parrots, which are known for mimicking their human caretakers’ behaviors, are intelligent and social animals.

Those raised in the wild often learn the calls and sounds made by their families and flocks to “preserve flock cohesion and as a means of communicating with each other,” according to evolutionary ecologist and ornithologist Devorah Bennu, widely known by her pseudonym GrrlScientist, via The Guardian.

Since Mai Mai is a domestically-bred parrot, the animal mimics the humans’ calls and sounds instead of other birds.    [SOURCE]

Analysts: Spate of Disappearances in China Sends Warning to Taiwan

Voice of America
Date: November 11, 2019
By: Ralph Jennings

FILE – Supporters of Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che detained in China, chant their support during a media event in Taipei, Taiwan, Nov. 28, 2017.

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Amid tensions with Taiwan, China appears to be flexing its political muscle by capturing a growing number of Taiwanese for suspected political crimes, say analysts.

At least four people have vanished since 2017 on suspicion of spreading information that offends Chinese leaders, according to local media reports and Taiwan government officials.

Hundreds of thousands of Taiwanese invest in China but lack foreign diplomatic protection because the two governments do not get along.

Regional experts say these disappearances remind Taiwanese academics, merchants and investors to avoid spreading word of their homeland's democracy to China, including on social media, where firms such as China-based messaging app WeChat make it easier than ever to spread views among Chinese citizens. These users are at risk of being  caught by authorities who can check internet traffic.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan flag grayed out at International dance contest

Taiwanese contestants see national flag grayed out by organizers of B-Boy competition during international broadcast

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/11/11
By: Ching-Tse Cheng, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Taiwan flag grayed out during Red Bull BC One broadcast. (Youtube screenshot)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Taiwanese street dancer was selected as one of the top 16 contestants in the annual Red Bull BC One International Dance Competition on Saturday (Nov. 9), but the Taiwan flag to display his hometown was grayed out during the entire international broadcast.

Nicknamed "BBoy Monkey King," from the dance group "Dream Runnerz," he made history by becoming the first Taiwanese dancer to qualify for the Round of 16 at the Red Bull BC One International in Mumbai, India. However, during the international broadcast of the dance battle, the national flags of all the contestants were shown except his, reported ETtoday.

Taiwan legislator Peng Chung-Hao (彭俊豪) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) shared his disappointment through Facebook on Sunday (Nov. 10), calling it a shame. He said it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Taiwanese dancer to make an impression and he could not even say where he came from.

Peng added that politics has no place in street dance competitions like this, reported Liberty Times. According to Yahoo News, Taiwanese netizens were furious about the national flag being blurred by organizers of the competition.    [FULL  STORY]

Japanese idol group Arashi hints at possibility of Taiwan concert

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/11/11
By: Chen Ping-hung and Chiang Yi-ching

From left to right are Kazunari Ninomiya, Masaki Aiba, Jun Matsumoto, Satoshi Ohno and Sho Sakurai.

Taipei, Nov. 11 (CNA) Japanese boy band Arashi made a quick stop in Taipei on Monday as part of its promotional tour "Jet Storm" and hinted at the possibility of a concert in Taiwan next year.

It was the first time since 2008 that Arashi — comprised of members Masaki Aiba, Satoshi Ohno, Jun Matsumoto, Sho Sakurai and Kazunari Ninomiya — had visited Taiwan as a group.

At a press conference Monday, the group briefed fans on their upcoming plans, including scheduled performances at New National Stadium in Tokyo on May 15-16, 2020, and a concert in Beijing next spring.

Sakurai said the group is also considering the possibility of a concert in Taiwan before it disbands at the end of 2020.    [FULL  STORY]

Mercury to drop tomorrow as strong monsoon descends, forecasters warn

BUNDLE UP: The lowest temperatures of fall have arrived and, along with some wind and rain, are to stay for most of the week until the monsoon departs

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 12, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Temperatures could plummet from tomorrow night until Friday due to the arrival of a strong northeast

Two women walk under an umbrella in front of an art installation featuring a giant inflatable face in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

monsoon, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.

The bureau said chilly fall temperatures arrived early yesterday morning due to the northeast monsoon and radiative effects, adding that more than 10 observation stations recorded the lowest temperatures yet for this fall season.

However, during the day, the weather turned sunny due to a weakened monsoon and lower humidity, the bureau said.

Figures released by the bureau showed temperatures of 14.7°C in New Taipei City’s Tamsui District (淡水), 15.5°C in Sinwu District (新屋) in Taoyuan and 17.1°C in Taipei.    [FULL  STORY]