3,000 luxury cars unloaded at Port of Taichung today, breaking previous record

Three thousand cars imported from Europe were unloaded at the Port of Taichung on December 21, breaking the record for the number of cars unloaded in one shipment at the port. The cars were carried by the Norwegian 56,164 gross tonnage vehicle carrier Hoegh Trident. The shipment also broke the record for the highest value for a single shipment since the Port of Taichung was opened 44 years ago, port authorities said. The shipment is valued at almost NT$10 billion

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Taiwanese-American Cannabis ventures fear asking help from Taiwanese community

As the legal cannabis business in the United States expands into what may be a US$34 billion dollar industry by 2025, according to some estimates, Taiwanese-American cannabis ventures face a unique hurdle – fear of asking for help from the Taiwanese community. James Shih, an experienced attorney, CEO, and co-founder of California-based My Green Network (MyGN) reached out to Taiwan English News to talk about the problem. Shih, fellow co-founder and Chief Legal Officer, Ken Hwang, a seasoned entertainment and

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China Airlines Cargo shrinks the “China” and brings Taiwan image to the fore

China Airlines introduced its new Boeing 777F air freighter today, December 14, with a new livery that put the “China” in smaller letters at the tail end of the plane, and a big image of Taiwan front and center. The new livery comes after humanitarian flights delivering anti-epidemic supplies from Taiwan to various countries earlier this year were mistaken as having come from the People’s Republic of China. See previous story: Calls to rename Taiwan’s national airline raised again after

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Calls to rename Taiwan’s national airline raised again after BBC uses picture to illustrate China cabin crew diaper story

Taiwanese citizens were once again left red-faced after the BBC used a picture of Taiwan’s national carrier “China Airlines” to illustrate a news report about Chinese cabin crew being advised to wear diapers during flights as an epidemic prevention measure. At the same time, it was acknowledged that the fault did not lay with the BBC. The BBC reported that the Civil Aviation Administration of the People’s Republic of China had issued advice that cabin crew flying to and from

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Taiwan’s Advantech signs strategic partnership with Vietnam’s VinBus to develop intelligent electric bus system

Industrial computing company Advantech (TWSE: 2395.TW) announced today that its Vietnam subsidiary and VinBus, a subsidiary of Vietnam’s VinGroup, which specializes in intelligent electric buses, have signed a strategic cooperation agreement. Under the strategic partnership agreement, the two companies will jointly develop intelligent electric bus management systems. VinBus intelligent electric buses will be Vietnam’s first public transportation vehicles to be equipped with Advanced Internet of Things (AIoT) technology. According to the agreement, Advantech and VinBus will cooperate to support and

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Train narrowly misses being buried by landslide: services suspended between Taipei and Yilan

Two trains were stopped either side of an area being monitored by railway personnel shortly before a slope collapsed onto the railway tracks this morning, December 4. The location between Ruifang and Huotong Stations on the East Trunk Line was being monitored after a minor landslide on November 30 caused Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) to reduce two way traffic to one line. Two line traffic was restored yesterday, December 3. According to reports in United Daily News at around 8:30

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High-tech traffic cameras installed at intersection capture 812 violations on first day of operation

New traffic law enforcement cameras installed at an intersection at National Freeway 1 Linkou Interchange yesterday, November 2, have already racked up 812 violations, netting NT$484,200 in fines after just 24 hours. The Traffic Police Corps of Taoyuan City Police Department said that the new law enforcement equipment can cover a variety of traffic violations. As well as red-light runners, the cameras can capture and record illegal lane changes, and cars using left or right turn lanes to go straight,

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First of 52 new commuter trains to arrive in Taiwan Saturday

Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) is preparing to take delivery of the first shipment of new EMU900 local service trains which are expected to arrive October 24. Built in Korea by Hyundai Rotem, the trains are being touted as a big improvement in local train services. With a total cost of NT$25.3 billion (US$873 million), TRA has ordered 52 trains at 10 cars per train. The first 20 cars will arrive at the Port of Hualien, Saturday. The EMU900 will gradually

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Helicopter owner-pilot arrested for illegal flight and landing in New Taipei City

The owner-pilot of a Robinson R22 helicopter that was spotted landing and taking off in Tamsui District, New Taipei City last month was arrested today, October 9, and the helicopter has been seized. See Previous story: CAA investigating illegal helicopter landing in residential district of New Taipei City. Chen Yao-ting (陳耀庭), the 59-year-old owner of a freight company, was arrested in Guishan District, Taoyuan City, and transferred to the Shilin District Prosecutor’s Office, after an investigation involving the Civil Aviation

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Six new Black Hawk helicopters delivered for search, rescue, disaster relief operations

The National Airborne Service Corps of the Ministry of the Interior took delivery of six new Black Hawk helicopters at the Port of Kaohsiung yesterday, October 7, and towed the aircraft by road to Kaohsiung International Airport during the night. The aircraft are part of a batch of 60 that were ordered by the Ministry of National Defense in 2009, 15 of which were allocated to the Airborne Service corps for search and rescue, and disaster relief operations. The first

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Taiwan shows lowest economic impact due to COVID-19 among 38 countries analysed

An analysis of economic downturns in COVID-19 impacted countries showed that Taiwan had among the lowest death-rates, and showed the least economic impact among 38 countries for which the latest GDP figures were available. The analysis by Joe Hasell, published in Our World in Data, showed that Taiwan had suffered a GDP decline of only 0.6% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the same quarter in the previous year. In comparing the death rates and economic downturns experienced,

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