Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Taiwan's national basketball team once again topped the supposedly stronger national squad on the other side of the Taiwan Strait earlier this month at this year's FIBA Asia Cup on July 17.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The Ministry of Labor (MOL, 勞動部) recently announced plans to raise the minimum wage for foreign in-home caregivers from NT$15,480 to NT$19,273, in line with the nation's newly adjusted minimum wage for all Taiwanese workers.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Taiwan's Cabinet has lost two ministers in less than two weeks. Like many of their predecessors, they have resigned for personal reasons rather than the failure of their policies.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
On Wednesday night, Taiwan was shaken by the tragic news of Flight GE222's crash on Penghu Island. Of the 58 passengers and crew, 48 died and 10 were seriously injured. The cause of the accident was not immediately apparent, but many suspected that inclement weather may have been the cause.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
The crash of TransAsia Airways flight GE222 near Magong Airport in outlying Penghu County leaves many questions unanswered. Even the most fundamental question, the number of causalities, was answered 12 hours after the ATR 72 turboprop aircraft fell after aborting its initial landing. TransAsia Airways president Chooi Yee-choong (徐以聰) confirmed yesterday morning that 48 on board were killed and 10 were injured. Five local residents on the ground were also reported to be injured.
Friday, July 25, 2014
It was supposed to be a rosier outlook for Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League (中華職棒, CPBL) for years to come when the 25-year-old league signed a lucrative broadcasting deal with an international media rights company this January.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was brought down as it flew over territory in eastern Ukraine controlled by separatist militia on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur last Thursday. All 289 crew and passengers aboard were killed.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
With the Taipei mayoral election fast approaching, the debates and arguments between the candidates are beginning to heat up. Just like in the past elections, the public and the media have been focusing on the two major candidates that represent the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Both candidates, Sean Lien and Ko Wen-je, have never run for the postion before. Lien vows to bring young energy to the city while Ko promises to bridge the “pan-green and pan-blue” divide for the sake of all Taiwanese people.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
If a court had a track record of only prosecuting people of one color or one religion, there would be predictable and justifiable outrage. The International Criminal Court (ICC), the international institution set up specifically for the prosecution of crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes, is under pressure from African nations furious at justifiably perceived bias against Africa.
Monday, July 21, 2014
A Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down Thursday by an anti-aircraft missile purportedly fired by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The deaths of the 298 people on the plane are an outrage of unspeakable proportions, and it is time to call for a credible international investigation into the tragedy and urge Russia, which supplies separatists with a steady flow of support, including heavy weapons, training and antiaircraft systems, to cooperate.