US National Defense Act Calls for Navy Ships to Visit Taiwan

The US Senate Armed Services Committee has passed the National Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2018, which includes provisions for the reestablishment of regular ports of call by the US Navy at Kaohsiung and other suitable ports in Taiwan. The committee voted unanimously 27-0 to pass the act, according United States Senate Armed Services Committee website. Wall Street Journal and other media outlets are reporting the committee voted 21-6, but agree the bill received bipartisan support. The NDAA

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UK Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Taiwan Judiciary in Extradition Case

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom ruled in favor of Taiwan judicial authorities contesting a decision made by the Appeal Court in Scotland concerning the extradition of a Scotsman who absconded from Taiwan after being convicted of offenses relating to a fatal traffic accident in 2010. Zain Dean was convicted and sentenced after trial by the District Court of Taipei in March 2011. The court pronounced Dean guilty of driving while under the influence of alcohol, negligent manslaughter, and

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National Geographic Lists Taiwan as Part of China

National Geographic has ranked Taiwan #48 in its 2017 list of the 100 best travel destinations. However, the magazine has incensed Taiwan readers by listing the country as part of China. Members of the Facebook group Taiwan Passport Sticker posted pictures of the magazine and urged readers to protest on National Geographic’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Reader, Phoenix Chang wrote: “Looks like there are going to be lots of families trying to get Taiwanese visas at Chinese embassies and fail.

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Tech Factory Staff Worked 34 Days Straight, 16 Hour Days

A factory that was the site of an industrial accident that killed four workers yesterday has been found to have regularly breached labor regulations, and is currently being investigated for lethal professional negligence, Chinese language media reported today. Liberty Times Network reported that Ilan County labor inspectors found the company to be in breach of regulations in 2015 when it was found that some employees had worked 13 days in a row. Unitech Printed Circuit Board Corp, a company with

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Gang Boss Capped: Cops Don’t Buy Gunman’s Story

Police today arrested a 25 year old man suspected to have killed a gang boss in Tucheng District, New Taipei City last Thursday evening June 22. Huang Yilun (黃義倫) was shot to death as he sat in his white Porsche SUV in a parking lot. Shortly after entering the vehicle, a man approached the driver’s side door, pulled out a handgun, and fired 10 shots through the window. Huang bled to death at the scene from a wound to his

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Power Demand Surges as Temperatures Soar

Peak power demand reached a yearly high today, June 26, as air-conditioners were cranked up in homes and offices across the nation and temperatures reached a daily maximum of 36.2°C in Banciao District at 1:30pm. National electricity provider Taipower reported that peak demand reached a yearly high of 35.189KW, 500,000KW greater than the previous high for 2017 recorded June 12. The electricity reserve ratio, stood at 6.2%, which measures as a yellow alert. The demand peak was recorded at 1:46pm.

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4 Workers Dead 2 Injured After Industrial Accident

Four workers at a tech company in Ilan County died and two were injured while working in an underground wastewater tank without breathing equipment this morning. Yilan Fire Bureau received a report of an industrial accident at a factory in Suao township belonging to printed circuit board manufacturer Unitech at around 10:00am. Two workers had been working to unblock a drainage pipe during annual cleaning operations when one worker suddenly collapsed. Other workers then succumbed to toxic fumes after going

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Dog Fighting Ring Busted in Taoyuan

Police in Taoyuan yesterday raided a property hosting dog fights involving pit bulls. A total of 55 people were arrested. Contest organizers used spears to torture and draw blood from the dogs in order to enrage them before fights. Guanyin District, Taoyuan, Saturday, June 24, police raided an isolated house and arrested organizers and gamblers. The organizer of the fights was named as a 33 year-old man, Mr. Hsieh. Thirteen people were classed as “staff,” including the organizer, the MC,

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Taiwan Swelters: CWB Advises on Sun-Protection

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau this morning issued an alert by instant messaging advising people to pay attention to sun-protection, drink plenty of water, and take measures to avoid heat-stroke, after temperatures reached 36°C at 9:43am in Taitung, and was expected to rise further during the day. The CWB said that Taiwan is currently under the influence of a Pacific high pressure system, and the Taipei area will experience temperatures between 33 and 36 °C, with a comfort level (heat index)

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Construction Bureau orders Health Bureau to be Thrown into the Toilet

An official document issued to district offices by the Taichung Construction Bureau ordered that the Health Bureau is to be thrown directly into the toilet. The document caused a lot of laughter among staff in both departments. The order was meant to tell staff that from July 1, toilet paper is to be thrown directly into the toilet. However, a typo resulted in the word “bureau” being printed instead of the word “paper.” See previous article: Flush, Don’t Blush Construction

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10 Injured in Family Arson Case: Brother Arrested

A man set fire to his family’s home in the early hours of this morning in Keelung City. A total of 9 people, including a 1 month-old baby required hospital treatment for smoke inhalation. Mr Yang, 29, had long resented the way he was treated by his elder and younger brothers. He claims to have lost his temper after family members looked at the contents of his cellphone. Yang, who is said to be on the autistic spectrum, told police

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