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National Taiwan University ranks No. 20 on The Times Asian university list


TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — National Taiwan University (NTU) was listed No. 20, the highest of eight Taiwanese colleges, on The Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings, reports said Wednesday (June 2).

Law banning adultery removed from Taiwan's criminal code


TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's legislature on Monday (May 31) officially removed a law that made adultery a criminal act.

Burmese and Indonesian test positive for Covid after Taiwan quarantine


Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday (Dec. 9) announced that two new cases of Wuhan coronavirus have been imported from Myanmar and Indonesia.

During his weekly press conference Wednesday afternoon, Minister of Health and Welfare and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced two imported coronavirus cases, raising the total number of confirmed cases in Taiwan to 721. The latest cases include a Burmese male and an Indonesian male, both of whom tested positive for the virus after completing their 14-day quarantine.

Taiwan business group donates masks to Torrance, California


As the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the United States looks to be worsening, a group of Taiwanese businesspeople donated masks to the Los Angeles County town of Torrance, reports said Tuesday (Nov. 24).

In June, the Taiwanese-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Los Angeles (TACCLA) launched a drive to find one million face masks, CNA reported. Since then, the group has been donating the masks to 11 institutions and organizations, including hospitals, retirement homes, firehouses, and police stations.


Taiwan mulls loosening labor rules to allow more foreign IT graduates


Taiwan is considering relaxing its rules for foreign graduates to work in the country as it seeks to address the talent shortage caused by its low birth rate.

Taiwan’s tertiary education institutions have seen a staggering 21.9 percent drop in the number of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students over the past decade as vocational colleges enroll more students in tourism and design departments than IT-related ones. A report by the National Development Council (NDC) on industry trends for 2019-2021 cautions that the lack of STEM talent poses a threat to the development of Taiwan’s key industries, wrote Storm Media.


Taiwan reports 5 new coronavirus cases from Russia, Philippines, Indonesia, and France


Case No. 536 is a Taiwanese man in his 20s who worked in France for an extended period of time, with his most recent departure from Taiwan being August of last year. Upon returning to Taiwan on Oct. 11, he proactively informed quarantine officers that he had begun to experience a sore throat on Oct. 9.

However, an initial test administered on the man yielded a negative result. From Oct. 12 to 13, while undergoing home quarantine, he began to suffer a cough, diarrhea, general fatigue, and shortness of breath.

Taiwan reports 3 imported cases of coronavirus from US, France


Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday (Oct. 6) announced three new imported cases of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) from the U.S. and France.


Importer of fake 'Made-in-Taiwan' masks apologizes for lying to customers


The owner of Taiwanese mask supplier Carry Mask, Lin Ming-chin (林明進), on Monday (Sept. 7) apologized to the public for importing over 3.3 million masks from China and mislabeling them as Taiwanese.

Earlier last week, a pharmacist in New Taipei City's Sanchong District discovered that a mask shipment from Carry Mask contained packages with simplified Chinese characters. It was later confirmed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the company, a member of Taiwan's "National Face Mask Team," had imported an overwhelming amount of non-medical grade masks from China and sold them as government-rationed ones.


Foreign students can now apply for Taiwan ARC online


To expedite the process of applying for an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) for foreign students undergoing quarantine and to reduce the risk of cluster infections, Taiwan's National Immigration Agency (NIA) has set up a website to enable students to apply for their residence permit online.


Microplastic pollution in Taiwan waters highest during summer


The number of microplastics polluting the oceans around Taiwan has been found to be particularly high during the summer, most likely due to Styrofoam being used by oyster farmers.


Black Lives Matter rally in Taipei joins surge of demonstrations worldwide


Central Taipei became a locus of solidarity as foreigners and locals alike on Sunday added their voices to hundreds of thousands of others around the world calling for an end to systemic racism after George Floyd's death at the hands of police in the U.S. city of Minneapolis last month.

Taipei bakes in 38.4-degree heat, hottest day of year


The mercury in Taipei climbed to a scorching 38.4 degrees Celsius (101 degrees Fahrenheit) this afternoon (June 23), according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

Temperature in Taipei's Zhongzheng District climbs to 38.4 degrees Celsius

Taiwan reports 2 imported coronavirus cases from Bangladesh


In an announcement posted on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website on Monday, the CECC reported that two Taiwanese citizens who returned from Bangladesh over the weekend have tested positive for COVID-19. Taiwan's latest cases were a married couple, including a man in his 50s (case No. 444) and a woman in her 40s (case No. 445).

Taipei nightclub refuses foreigners without passports amid coronavirus fears


A photo of a sign announcing a new discriminatory policy at a popular nightclub in Taipei City surfaced on Sunday (May 3), after a group of foreigners was denied entry because they had not brought their passports, while Taiwanese were exempt from the requirement.

Fire in Taipei KTV kills five, leaves two in critical condition


 A fire that erupted Sunday morning (April 26) at the Cashbox Partyworld KTV bar on Linsen North Road of Zhongshan District has taken five lives and injured 50 individuals, including two who are currently in critical condition after being found OHCA.

Taiwan ranked happiest country in East, Southeast Asia: survey


Taiwan has been ranked as the happiest country in East and Southeast Asia in a global happiness report released by a United Nations-affiliated organization on Friday.

Taiwanese restaurants donate free meals to hospital workers


 After a Taichung bento restaurant on Saturday (Feb. 29) sparked controversy for refusing to provide service to local hospitals, food service workers have begun donating free meals as a token of gratitude to the country's medical workers.

Should Taiwan establish Asia's first Green Deal?


 The European Union (EU) repositioned itself as a world leader on climate issues last December by announcing the European Green Deal and the goal to become climate neutral by 2050.

In the following decades, the EU will cut 90 percent of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport, ensure all packaging is reusable or recyclable, and guarantee that all member states receive fair allocations during their energy transitions. Promoting biodiversity and decreasing the use of pesticides will also be treated as priorities

Taiwan shuts down 'small three links' from China


Lienchiang County Government said Friday (Feb. 7) it will halt access to the Matsu Islands from China as a preventive measure against the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Finland praises Taiwan as a world leader in recycling


The largest Finnish newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat (HS), published a double-page spread on Wednesday (Jan. 15) extolling Taiwan's achievements in recycling and recommending that the European Union (EU) and Finland learn from the island nation.

Mercury could drop down to 10 degrees Celsius in N. Taiwan, snow falling in mountains


The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) has issued a cold surge advisory for parts of northern Taiwan as the mercury could dip to as low as 10 degrees Celsius and snow has begun falling in Taiwan's mountains.

Taiwan ranks No. 9 in world for gender equality


Taiwan ranked No. 9 on the latest Gender Inequality Index (GII), No. 1 in Asia, according to the Gender at a Glance report published by the Gender Equality Committee of the Executive Yuan.

Smoking banned in Taipei's MRT parks


Smoking is banned in Taipei MRT "linear" parks from Jan. 1, with fines ranging from NT$2,000 to NT$10,000, in accordance with the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act, Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC).

Taiwan's EVA Air accuses union of blocking 100 flight attendants from returning to work


TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As the EVA Air flight attendants strike enters its sixth day, the airline Tuesday (June 25) accused the Taoyuan Flight Attendants' Union of withholding the ID's of up to 100 flight attendants who wished to return to work.

Taiwan EVA flight cancellations June 26-30 due to strike


According to the information released by EVA Air, it is estimated that from June 20 to June 30, the total of 873 flights have been canceled, affecting more than 170,000 passengers, a new record for Taiwan's air transportation industry.

Chengte Charity Foundation organizes fun fair to help the needy


TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Chengte Charity Foundation (正德慈善基金會) Taipei Branch held a charity fair on Sunday (June 16), which included a bazaar, food stands, a children’s painting competition, blood donation drive, and live performances.

'Blue tears' not toxic: Taiwan researcher


Fluorescent blue sparkles, dubbed "blue tears," that glow around Taiwan's offshore Matsu Islands are not caused by toxic algae and a sign of environmental deterioration, a Taiwanese researcher said Sunday in rebutting a recent study.

Taiwan launches tax rebate for energy-saving home appliances


Taipei (CNA) - Consumers who buy new energy-saving home appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners between now and June 2021 will be eligible for a rebate of the excise tax paid on the items, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said Saturday.

Drivers have 31% likelihood of traffic delay in Taiwan's large cities: global Traffic Index


TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – This week, the GPS manufacturer TomTom released the results of its annual survey of automobile traffic congestion in 403 cities around the globe, which reveals which cities suffer from the worst traffic conditions.

Boys at Taiwan high school wear skirts for one week to break gender stereotypes


Male students at the New Taipei Municipal Banqiao Senior High School (板橋高中) marked the 73rd anniversary of their school Saturday (May 11) with a week-long activity during which they wore skirts to break gender stereotypes and underline the personal freedom of choice.

Tainan seeks opportunity to host 2021 Asia Pacific Cities Summit


The Tainan chapter of People to People International organization (PPTI) visited Brisbane, Australia to talk about the possibility for Tainan City to host Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors' Forum in 2021, reported the Liberty Times on Thursday, May 9.

Philippine newspaper editorial urges people to draw on recycling experience from Taiwan


A newspaper in the Philippines has called on locals to learn from Taiwan in waste disposal, hailing the island as one of the countries boasting the highest recycling rates.

Taiwan-made Gogoro 3 released at discounted price of NT$35,980


Taiwanese electric scooter maker Gogoro unveiled its latest model, the Gogoro 3, on Wednesday (May 8) featuring new batteries with a range of 170 kilometers and selling at a discounted price of NT$35,980 (US$1,162).

100,000 Chinese come to Taiwan for medical treatment a year: Internazionale


 Despite the fact that China actively works to exclude Taiwan from the World Health Organization (WHO) and its World Health Assembly (WHA), over 100,000 Chinese visit Taiwan each year for medical treatment, according to a report from the Italian magazine Internazionale.

Taipei celebrates animal protection and biodiversity in May


As May marks World Bee Day, World Turtle Day, and Endangered Species Day, Taipei City Animal Protection Office (APO) will host a variety of events to raise public awareness of the importance of animal protection and biodiversity.

Taichung Power Plant ordered to build new waste treatment facility


 The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has requested state-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) to build a new waste treatment facility for its coal-fired power plant in Taichung in two years, it said Saturday.

Taipei hoping to add more Muslim-friendly certified hospitals


The Taipei City government is working with Taiwan Adventist Hospital (TAH) to expand the number of Muslim-friendly hospitals, as part of its ongoing policy to make Taipei a more Muslim-friendly city, an official said Monday.

After 30 years, Taiwan National Police prepare for uniform upgrade


The National Police in Taiwan are preparing to roll out brand new officer uniforms this week, with the new digs scheduled to become the regulation uniform from Thursday, April 18, reports UDN.

Taiwan selected as ‘Eco Destination of the Year’ at Asia Dive Expo


Taiwan was selected as the 2019 Eco Destination of the Year by Asia Dive Expo (ADEX), the largest, and the longest-running dive show in Asia, as held in Singapore from April 11 – 14 this year.

McDonald's Taiwan to end use of plastic straws by June


McDonald's Taiwan today announced that in response to the Taiwan Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) planned ban on the use of single-use plastic drinking straws, all restaurants in the country will stop serving plastic straws, with paper ones provided to those with special needs, such as children.

Is Taipei a "Farm City?'


In 2014, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-Je (柯文哲) proposed his “Farm City” project, as part of his election campaign platform. Five years have passed since then and the question is: Has he kept his promise and brought back nature to Taipei to make a Farm City?

Taiwan activists deliver anti-nuclear referendum petition


A local anti-nuclear coalition submitted a referendum petition Tuesday to the Central Election Commission (CEC) for initial screening.

New Taipei and IFOAM promote healthy sustainable agriculture in Taiwan


New Taipei City in cooperation with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM Asia), held a youth seminar on March 29 to promote nutrition and organic farming practices.

Environmentally friendly burials on rise in Taipei


The number of so-called environmentally friendly burials has increased over the past five years in Taipei, an indication of the growing acceptance among people in the capital of Taiwan that burials should impact the environment as little as possible.

Taiwan ranked happiest country in East Asia


Taiwan is ranked as the happiest country in East Asia and the 25th happiest in the world, according to the World Happiness Report 2019.

Mercury in Taiwan could drop to 13 degrees over weekend


Although Taiwan will see balmy weather today, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) predicts that temperatures could dip down to 13 degrees Celsius over the weekend as a weather front arrives and a northeast monsoon intensifies.

Shocking amount of plastic found inside beached whale in E. Taiwan


An autopsy of a pregnant whale beached in eastern Taiwan revealed that its stomach was a "chaotic mess" of plastic garbage, according to the Ocean Conservation Administration (OCA).

7 districts in Taichung, Taiwan exposed to 8 cancerous air pollutants


A study of air pollution in Taichung City has found that seven districts contain unacceptable levels of PM2.5 and eight first-level airborne carcinogens, reported SETN.

Taiwan environmental group showcases role of NGOs as social change agents


Taiwan's modern development can be categorized into three periods: centralized government oversight from 1945 to 1970, private sector focus from 1970 to the late 1980s and the socially responsible entrepreneurship of today.

Taiwan’s Chiayi County tackles overpopulation of African sacred ibises


A nesting area of the African sacred ibises has been removed in Chiayi County after fears it would affect the native bird population, reports said Friday.

Taiwan mulls relaxing control over national park access


Taiwan is set to relax regulations governing public access to the island’s national parks as soon as June this year, following a thorough examination of the current control measures prompted by the death of a Taiwanese “bikini climber” in a failed rescue attempt in January.

Sea Turtles’ Beauty Only Belongs in Ocean


Chinese actor Eddie Peng (Peng Yuyan) is reminding the public that beautiful souvenirs are often made from poached Hawksbill sea turtles, contributing to their critically endangered status.

Taiwan eyeing commercial production of indigenous white truffles


Taiwan is seeking to develop a new technique for commercial growing of an indigenous species of white truffle called "Tuber elevatireticulatum," the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute (TFRI) announced Tuesday.

Same-sex marriage moves forward at Taiwan Legislative Yuan


A government proposal to legalize same-sex unions moved one step forward at the Legislative Yuan Tuesday, with the next phase in its review likely to occur on April 9 at the earliest.

Taiwan ranked 1st in Asia for women's legal rights


A recently released study by the World Bank has ranked Taiwan as the top country in Asia and 8th in the world overall for the extent to which it provides equal rights to men and women.

Taiwanese researchers discover dragon fruit best organic source for dye-sensitized solar cells


A National Chiayi University research team found that dragon fruit, or pitaya, is the best source of organic dye for dye-sensitized solar cells to generate electricity.

Taiwan considers culling African sacred ibis


The discovery of 2,000 African sacred ibises nesting in Chiayi County has led forestry officials to consider a mass cull of the birds known for driving out native species, the Apple Daily reported Saturday.

Taiwanese experts use indigenous term to name new termite species


For the first time, a new species of termite has been named by Taiwanese scientists, who used the Bunun indigenous term “halum” to register the “Stylotermes halumicus” found in Taitung County.

Tsai attends opening of Taiwan's first self-driving car test site


President Tsai Ing-wen and former premier William Lai (賴清德) attended the opening ceremony of Taiwan’s first intelligent driving vehicle test center on Monday.

Overseas Taiwanese community in New York commemorate 228 incident with special event


As the anniversary of the 228 massacre approaches, overseas Taiwanese communities are coming together to commemorate the lives lost and lessons learned from Taiwan’s period of White Terror.

Taiwanese scholars reluctant to declare Formosan clouded leopard extinct


The latest reported sightings of the Formosan clouded leopard are adding to the reluctance by scholars and indigenous tribes to remove the animal from the endangered species list and declare it extinct, despite the lack of an officially confirmed sighting in over thirty years, according to CNA.

Wutip becomes first super typhoon in February since 1911


Wutip is the first super typhoon recorded by the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) for the month of February since 1911, but forecasters believe "Taiwan's Shield" will hold up yet again and prevent it from impacting the country directly.

'Extinct' Formosan clouded leopard spotted in E. Taiwan


 A leopard thought to be extinct, the Formosan clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa brachyura), has been spotted by several witnesses in the wilderness of southeast Taiwan, reported CNA.

Snow could fall on 3 of Taiwan's peaks this weekend


As a continental cold air mass arrives tonight, there is a "high probability of snowfall" on three of Taiwan's mountains over this weekend, according to Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecaster Lee Meng-shuan (李孟軒).

Young athlete clocks 21.65 in 200m dash, becoming fastest junior high boy in Taiwan


A junior high school student clocked 21.65 seconds in the 200-meter dash final at the 2019 Kaohsiung Cup Games (高雄港都盃田徑錦標賽) on Thursday, shattering the national record in the junior high boys’ 200-meter dash category.

Tropical Storm Wutip could become typhoon tomorrow


Tropical Storm Wutip (蝴蝶), the second tropical storm of the year, is expected to reach typhoon strength before passing to the south of Guam tomorrow (Feb. 21), but its future impact on Taiwan is still uncertain.

Taipei ranks 6th best city for millennials in Asia-Pacific


Taipei has been ranked as the sixth best city for millennials living in the Asia-Pacific region according to a new index released by CEOWorld Magazine.

Taiwan Lantern Festival lights up tonight


The annual Taiwan Lantern Festival (台灣燈會) kicks off tonight (Feb. 19) and will last until March. 3 in southern Taiwan's Pingtung County.

Taiwan satellite Formosat-7 to be launched soon in the US


Taiwan’s Formosat-7 satellite (福衛七號) is soon to be launched in the U.S.

Taiwan ranks first in Asia for gender equality


 Taiwan comes out on top in Asia for gender equality according to a visual report published recently by the Executive Yuan’s Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics.

Taoyuan's household registration offices to open services to passport applicants


Starting this Friday, the household registration offices across Taoyuan City’s 13 districts will allow citizens to apply for a passport at a nearby district office without the need of traveling to the consular office in Taipei.


World Pangolin Day Comes Amid Alarming Number of Seizures


It's been more than two years since the ban on global trade in all pangolin species went into effect. But it has not been enough. Roughly two million pangolins have since been poached.

Google Maps launches 3D view of Taipei today


Google Maps today (Feb. 13) updated its product to show 3D views of Taipei City, as well as three other cities in Taiwan.

CAL cancels 26 flights in Taiwan as pilot strike enters 5th day


After the second round of negotiations between Pilots Union Taoyuan and China Airlines (CAL) broke down last night (Feb. 11), Taiwan's first airline pilot strike has entered its fifth day, resulting in 26 more flight cancellations.

Marriages between Taiwanese, foreigners surpass 20,000 in 2018


A total of 20,608 marriages between Taiwanese and foreigners were registered in 2018, with most of the foreign spouses coming from Southeast Asia, according to statistics from the Ministry of the Interior.

Greenpeace Taiwan warns about environmental impact of 'fast fashion


The rise of "fast fashion" has not only changed shopping habits but has also led to the creation of more waste as people are discarding clothes at twice the rate as in 2000, according to Greenpeace Taiwan.

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