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Employers liable for migrant employees’ COVID-19-related fees

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 25 November, 2020
By: Paula Chao

Employers are responsible for taking care of migrant workers once in Taiwan. (CNA file photo)

The labor ministry says employers are liable for the costs of COVID-19 tests and other related fees for any migrant workers they employ.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, the labor ministry said that because employers are responsible for taking care of migrant workers once in Taiwan, they are required by law to pay for these workers’ COVID-19 tests and quarantine lodging. Violators will be fined up to NT$300,000 (US$10,000).    [FULL  STORY]

As China War Threat Continues, Trump EPA Head Cancels Taiwan Trip

Newsweek
Date: 11/25/20
By: Johin Feng 


United States Environmental Protection Agency head Andrew Wheeler has called off his scheduled visit to Taiwan next month, the island's foreign minister confirmed Wednesday.

News of the Trump appointee's proposed three-day visit to Taipei in the week of December 5 riled China, which reacted equally threateningly to three trips made by U.S. officials since August.

Taiwan regretted the cancelation of Wheeler's Taiwan visit, which the EPA said was due to a change in the administrator's itinerary, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu told reporters after a committee meeting.

Taipei said it would continue its environmental cooperation with the United States and facilitate any future visits under President-elect Joe Biden.    [FULL  STORY]

Missing hiker found dead in southern Taiwan

Firefighters say initial assessment indicates Fu fell off cliff

Taiwan News
Date: 020/11/25
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Fu apparently tripped on Guanhai Cliff and fell to his death. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A China Steel Express Corp. (CSE) employee surnamed Fu (傅) was found dead in Shoushan National Nature Park on Tuesday (Nov. 24), one week after he was reported missing by his family.

Firefighters found Fu, 63, on a slope 200 meters below the Guanhai Cliff (觀海崖) Tuesday morning, according to CNA. He had multiple bruises all over his body and fractures on his right leg.

Firefighters said an initial assessment indicated that he had tripped and fallen while walking along the edge of the precipice and that he had been dead for several days.

Police and firefighters spent many days searching near the area where Fu's cell phone last emitted a signal. They concentrated their search around Shaonu Peak (少女峰) and Guanhai Cliff and even went deep into nearby stalactite caves but did not find him.   [FULL  STORY]

Beijing confirms jail sentence for Taiwanese professor

Focus Taiwan
Date: 11/25/2020
By: Lawrence Chiu and Chiang Yi-ching

​Retired National Taiwan Normal University professor Shih Cheng-ping makes a ‘confession’ during a program of China’s state-run CCTV. Image captured from weibo.com/cctvxinwen

Beijing, Nov. 25 (CNA) A retired university professor who was arrested shortly after visiting China in August 2018 has been sentenced to four years in prison on national security charges, China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) said Wednesday.

Retired National Taiwan Normal University professor Shih Cheng-ping (施正屏) was sentenced by a court in the city of Ma'anshan, Anhui province on Tuesday, TAO spokesperson Zhu Fenglian (朱鳳蓮) said at a routine press conference.

In addition to the four-year sentence, property valued at 20,000 Chinese yuan (NT$88,940) was confiscated and he will be stripped of his "political rights" for two years, Zhu said.

In China, an individual stripped of their political rights cannot vote or stand in an election, loses their right to freedom of speech and assembly, is barred from holding a position in state organizations and cannot hold a leading position in any state-owned company. 
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Virus Outbreak: CECC announces special conditions for returnees

WINTER MEASURES: People who need to travel for family emergencies, which include attending a funeral or visiting an ill relative, are to be exempted

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 26, 2020
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday announced supplementary measures to its autumn-winter COVID-19 prevention program, including special conditions under which travelers can visit Taiwan without presenting a negative COVID-19 test result, and measures for overseas Taiwanese infected with the virus to return home for treatment.

The center on Wednesday last week announced the program, which is to be implemented from Dec. 1 to Feb. 28, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Taiwan as the number of confirmed cases continues to grow rapidly around the world.

The program includes tighter border control measures, mandatory mask-wearing rules and expanded testing criteria.

However, a requirement that all travelers, including Taiwanese, present a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken within three days of boarding a flight for Taiwan has sparked public concern.    [FULL  STIORY]

VIDEO: Obesity a risk factor for dementia among the middle-aged: Research

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 24 November, 2020
By: Paula Chao


A study conducted by the medical journal Lancet found that obesity is a risk factor for dementia among the middle-aged. To reduce the risk, doctors suggested those aged between 45 and 60 exercise on a regular basis, get enough sleep and eat a healthy diet.  

Sitting at a desk all day long and drinking sugary soft drinks is not healthy. People with big bellies should watch their lifestyle and eating habits. That’s because they not only have a higher chance of getting dementia but getting it sooner as well.  

In a phone interview, a local doctor says people who are overweight have a higher chance of having a stroke and other cerebral circulation problems. That’s because high visceral fat could cause cerebral atrophy, affect cognition and trigger hypertension.  

A neurologist suggests doing exercise regularly and gradually increasing its intensity, preferably under the guidance of a professional.    [FULL  STORY]

China War Talk Escalates As U.S. Helps Taiwan Build Homemade Submarines

Newsweek
Date: 11/24/20
By: John Feng

China’s People’s Liberation Army Flexes Anti-Air Weapons During Live-Fire Drill

China issued sharp warnings to the U.S. and Taiwan on Monday, reminding both governments not to take its threats lightly in the latest round of escalating war talk from Beijing.

Comments by the Chinese foreign ministry and a Communist Party newspaper came amid a Reuters report of an unannounced visit to Taipei on Sunday by Rear Admiral Michael Studeman, an intelligence director with Indo-Pacific Command.

The trip, which was confirmed by President Tsai Ing-wen's government in a vague statement, is the third known visit to democratic Taiwan by a high-ranking U.S. official since August.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters at a daily briefing Monday that China "will, according to how the situation develops, make a legitimate and necessary response."
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China accuses US of ‘creating chaos’ after envoy backs Taiwan, Philippines

White House security advisor warns China of worldwide 'backlash' if it tries to use force against Taiwan

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/11/24
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Robert O’Brien speaks during turnover ceremony of defense articles at Department of Foreign Affairs in Pasay City, Philippines. (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China's embassy in the Philippines on Monday (Nov. 23) accused the U.S. of sewing "chaos" in Asia after a U.S. envoy pledged American support for Taiwan, the Philippines, and Vietnam in the face of Chinese military aggression.

During a speech in Manila on Monday, White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien assured the Philippines and Vietnam that "we've got your back" when it comes to China's disputes with those countries over the South China Sea. He then warned that Beijing would face a "backlash" if it tried to use military force against Taiwan, reported The Hill.

“I can’t imagine anything that will cause a greater backlash against China from the entire world if they attempted to use military force to coerce Taiwan,” said O'Brien. He then added that “The U.S. is with her friends in Taipei. We will continue to be there.”

In response, the Chinese embassy in Manila issued a statement in which it claimed that O'Brien's visit to the region "is not to promote regional peace and stability, but to create chaos in the region in order to seek selfish interests of the US."    [FULL  STORY]

 

MOFA declines to comment on reports of U.S. intelligence official visit

Focus Taiwan
Date: 11/24/2020
By Chen Yun-yu and Joseph Yeh8

The U.S. plane departs Taipei International Airport (Songshan). CNA photo Nov. 24, 2020

Taipei, Nov. 22 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday again declined to comment on reports about a visit to Taiwan by a senior U.S. military intelligence official, who apparently wrapped up a three-day visit to the country on Tuesday night.

Several local and international media outlets have reported that Rear Admiral Michael Studeman, director of Intelligence of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, arrived at Taipei Songshan Airport on a special charter flight on Sunday night.

The charter, serial number 375, departed from the same airport around 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, according to photographs taken by local media.

If the reports are true, Studeman would be one of the highest ranking U.S. military officials to visit Taiwan in recent years.    [FULL  STORY]

Water shortage expected to worsen during winter

NON-TYPICAL: Apart from Atsani, storms in autumn missed Taiwan, rainfall has been lower and average temperatures have been higher, a CWB forecaster said

Taipei Times
Date:  Nov 25, 2020
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter

Weather Forecast Center director Lu Kuo-cheng speaks at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Hsiao Yu-hsin, Taipei Times

The current water shortage is expected to worsen in the next few months, with the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) yesterday forecasting a colder, dryer winter than normal.

With winter starting next week, the bureau at a media briefing outlined the expected conditions through February and reviewed autumn’s significant weather events.

Weather Forecast Center director Lu Kuo-cheng (呂國臣) said that autumn this year had three major characteristics:

First, 13 tropical storms and typhoons formed from September to this month, up from 11 in the same period last year, Lu said.    [FULL  STORY]