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Taiwan ranked as 3rd smartest country in world

2018.02.13

UK-based media company Alltime10s on Feb. 8 listed Taiwan as the third smartest country in the world due to its high intelligence quotient (IQ), impressive math and science scores and high college acceptance rate. 

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Please come to Hualien, local hoteliers urge

2018.02.13

Despite public concern over travel safety in Hualien following the Feb. 6 earthquake, local hotel and hot spring owners on Tuesday urged tourists to come to the region. The business owners pointed out that most of the county remains unaffected and said it is safe to visit.

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Hualien Earthquake: Engineers urge new buildings laws

2018.02.08

The National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering yesterday called for new laws to encourage the reconstruction of weaker structures, following the partial collapse of four buildings during Tuesday’s earthquake in Hualien. Building Safety Certification Association director-general Tai Yun-fa (戴雲發) said reinforcements would not be enough and that older buildings must be reconstructed.

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Taipower seeking to restart reactor

2018.02.06

The reactor’s reactivation would help Taipower achieve the Cabinet’s goal of increasing the operating reserve margin to 6.8 percent this year.

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Multiple quakes rock northern, eastern Taiwan

2018.02.05

Northern and eastern Taiwan were rocked by a series of earthquakes last night, with the strongest one, as of press time, a magnitude 5.8 tremblor at 9:56pm.The Central Weather Bureau said the 5.8 quake was centered at 27.8km northeast of the Hualien County Hall, a depth of 16 km.

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Super blue red moon to appear over Taiwan tonight

2018.01.31

The skies over Taiwan tonight (Jan. 31) will be illuminated by the extremely rare trifecta of a super, blue and red moon.

Starting from about 6:50 p.m. tonight until about 12:10 a.m tomorrow morning, the incredibly rare event which has been called the “super blue red moon” will occur over the Asia-Pacific Region, including Taiwan. The most recent lunar eclipse was 2015, the last blue moon eclipse was in 1982 and the last time a super blue red moon occurred was way back in 1866. 

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7-Eleven Taiwan opens first unmanned 'X-Store'

2018.01.30

7-Eleven Taiwan's operator President Chain Store Corp. (統一超) announced yesterday (Jan. 29) that it has opened its first experimental unmanned store in its corporate headquarters, meanwhile rival Family Mart (全家) will be launching its first wave of technology concept stores making use of artificial intelligence to make coffee and offer other services, reported CNA.

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Taipei launches new garbage trucks

2018.01.24 

Taipei City sent 69 new environmentally-friendly garbage trucks on to its streets Wednesday as part of a plan to replace more than 200 such vehicles. The program costs a total of NT$570 million (NT$19.5 million) for 215 new trucks, the Central News Agency reported.

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Taiwanese non-smokers twice as likely to get lung cancer as heavy smokers in West

2018.01.24

A study carried out by Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) revealed that non-smokers in Taiwan are twice as likely to develop lung cancer as heavy smokers in Europe and North America, reported CommonWealth Magazine. Wang Ming-jiuh (王明鉅), a physician at National Taiwan University Hospital and the author of the opinion piece posted in CommonWealth Magazine, posited that with 13.66 million scooters in Taiwan as of 2016, Taiwan's air pollution cannot be ignored as a significant contributing factor leading to these appalling lung cancer rates. 

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Gay community unhappy with blood donation rule change

2018.01.22

The rule change, which is expected to take effect in May at the earliest, will allow men who have sex with men to donate blood if they have not engaged in such sex for five years, according to the ministry. The gay community is unhappy with the coming change, arguing Monday that a broader move is needed to have any substantive impact.

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Southeast Asian plastic recyclers hope to clean up after China ban

2018.01.22

China decided to ban imports of plastic waste from the start of this year. Over the past two decades, China was keen to suck in as much plastic waste as possible, helping feed its manufacturing expansion. But policy makers took action after a string of scandals involving unscrupulous players in the waste market. Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand are among the Southeast Asian countries that have attracted Chinese investors in the plastics recycling sector over the past year, keen to fill the void left in China, industry officials said.

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Carrefour in Taiwan offers incredible discounts

2018.01.18

In preparation for the Lunar New Year, Carrefour Taiwan has started incredible discounts, up to 70%off.

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Magnitude 5.7 earthquake rattles Taipei

2018.01.17

On Wednesday, January 17th, 2018, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck Taiwan's capital city. The epicenter 12.3 kilometers north-northwest of Taipei City Hall in the mountainous district of Beitou. 

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Taiwan Tourism Bureau's camping guide has arrived!

2018.01.16

All outdoors lovers can now enjoy the new website offers that detailed information on 84 spectacular campsites throughout Taiwan.

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Chunghwa Post going green, launching electric scooters

2018.01.15

Chunghwa Post Co., Taiwan's national postal service, officially put 1,627 electric scooters into service Monday as part of a company plan to phase out its entire fleet of nearly 9,000 gasoline-powered motorcycles by 2023.

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