- May 28 Wed 2014 18:55
- May 28 Wed 2014 18:52
Labor groups protest against Taiwan’s low wages, abuse of temporary workers (2014/05/01)
Taiwanese labor groups held a rally in Taipei Thursday to protest low wages and what they see as an abusive temporary worker system. The workers tried to force their way into the Ministry of Labor to present their appeals, but were blocked by police, leading to a tense standoff and clashes.
- May 28 Wed 2014 18:52
Legislature to vote on tax increases for high-income earners and financial services (2014/05/01)
The Legislature’s Finance Committee approved one of the biggest tax increases in Taiwan’s history Thursday. The measure would dramatically increase the business tax on financial services and add a new tax bracket that will tax high income earners at a higher rate. The bill still has to pass two votes of the full Legislature before it becomes law.
- May 28 Wed 2014 18:51
Foreign ministry denies reports that first lady will visit nuclear disaster victims (2014/05/01)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has refuted reports that first lady Chow Mei-ching will visit nuclear disaster victims during her trip to Japan next month. Chow will instead focus on cultural exchanges as part of a landmark loan of artifacts from the National Palace Museum.
- May 28 Wed 2014 18:49
Legislator says Lin ended hunger strike because of people power (2014/05/01)
Former DPP Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung ended his hunger strike against nuclear power on Wednesday and is now said to be resting comfortably in the hospital. Public protests triggered by the hunger strike forced the government to put the controversial fourth nuclear power plant project on hold, but a DPP legislator said Lin came to his decision because of the support he received.
- May 28 Wed 2014 18:48
Former president on hand for publishing of new electronic newspaper (2014/05/01)
Dissatisfied with the current state of media, Nobel laureate Lee Yuan-tseh and others published the first edition of the electronic newspaper “Taiwan People News” today.
- May 28 Wed 2014 18:47
NTNU conducts music survey as part of plans to launch popular music department (2014/05/01)
National Taiwan Normal University plans to found the nation’s first department of popular music. As part of its preparations, it conducted a survey of high school students asking their thoughts on today’s leading artists.
- May 28 Wed 2014 09:10
- May 28 Wed 2014 09:09
New Wang Ad (2014/05/01)
Taiwanese pitcher Wang Chien-ming is currently toiling in the minor leagues hoping for another shot at a major league roster. But he is still getting endorsements. A whiskey company that featured Wang in an ad six years ago has called on him again.
- May 28 Wed 2014 09:08
Former DPP chairman ends hunger strike against nuclear power (2014/04/30)
Nine days after it began, a hunger strike by former DPP Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung is over. Lin described a government decision to halt work on the plant as progress and said concern from the Taiwanese people led him to end the strike.
- May 28 Wed 2014 09:06
Northern, central Taiwan mayors given leadership roles in KMT (2014/04/30)
The KMT has named three new vice chairmen. Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin, New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu and Taichung Mayor Jason Hu will take on a greater role as the party prepares for local elections later this year and the presidential election in 2016.
- May 28 Wed 2014 08:51
Critics dispute reasons for Ma’s KMT leadership changes (2014/04/30)
Reaction toward the KMT leadership changes is mixed. While a party legislator says Ma is trying to bring in more voices, an analyst argues he is trying to quiet municipal leaders who often join the chorus of anti-Ma critics.
- May 28 Wed 2014 08:50
Government announces first quarter GDP growth of 3.04 percent (2014/04/30)
The government’s official statistics agency announced today that first quarter GDP growth was 3.04 percent when compared with the same period last year. It is the first time since quarter one of 2013 that growth has exceeded 3 percent.
- May 28 Wed 2014 08:49
Labor Day Demonstrations (2014/04/30)
Labor organizations are urging people to join a demonstration in Taipei tomorrow. Main themes will be opposition to low salaries and use of temp workers.
- May 28 Wed 2014 08:48
Looking ahead to the Taiwan International Boat Show (2014/04/30)
The Taiwan International Boat Show will debut at Kaohsiung Exhibition Center next week. On display will be luxury yachts and Taiwan’s first private marina.
- May 28 Wed 2014 08:47
Plum rains expected to begin next week but heavier rainfall will have to wait until June (2014/04/30)
Reservoirs in central and southern regions are nearing critical levels, leaving many eagerly anticipating the arrival of plum rains. The first plum rain front is expected later this week, but forecasters warn that the strong precipitation needed to alleviate drought conditions may not arrive until June.
- May 28 Wed 2014 08:42
Medical doctor learns sign language to provide better treatment to hearing impaired (2014/04/30)
A doctor in Tainan was inspired to learn sign language after treating a hearing impaired patient. Now better communication skills allow her to provide better medical services.
- May 17 Sat 2014 13:33
Switch malfunction causes serious high-speed rail delays (2014/04/29)
About 10,000 passengers were affected by the most serious of a recent spate of delays on the high-speed railway. A switch malfunction delayed traffic Tuesday morning between Taipei Main Station and Banqiao Station. More than three hours were needed to restore normal service.
- May 17 Sat 2014 13:33
High-speed railway operator expresses regret over service disruption (2014/04/29)
Following today’s service disruption, the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation held a press conference to express regret to passengers. It blamed recent delays on micro switch quality problems and said it is working with the supplier to solve the issue.
- May 17 Sat 2014 13:32
Business leaders say mothballing of nuclear plant presents challenges and opportunities (2014/04/29)
Industrial leaders expressed mixed views today over plans to mothball the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant. While many fear that higher electricity costs will drive away investors, Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou said the policy shift presents an opportunity for local businesses to find ways to save energy.