Friday, June 12, 2015
The Taiwan hotel industry is booming; more so than anywhere else in the world, and many in the industry expect the good times to keep rolling for a few years to come.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
A TVBS poll published an astonishing straw poll last Thursday. It showed that if Hung Hsiu-chu, vice president of the Legislative Yuan and presidential primary candidate for the Kuomintang (KMT), faced Tsai Ing-wen, the standard bearer of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), in the presidential election now, the former would trail the latter by a mere 1 percent.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
One of the biggest generational disconnects of our time is how the young and the old often fail to establish mutual empathy based on the belief that the other side is having a better time.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
A plaque for the latest inductee to Taiwan Baseball Hall of Fame was unveiled at Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium late last month as part of the celebrations to welcome the world's all-time home run king, Sadaharu Oh (王貞治), to become the latest member to the hall.
Monday, June 8, 2015
Presidential candidate and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen is in New York after a meeting with Antony Blinken, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State. In a tour that State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf described as yielding "constructive exchanges," Tsai appears to have scored a high mark in her pre-election tour for presenting ideas. Her mission was to reassure the U.S. of the ramifications of a possible DPP victory in the upcoming 2016 presidential elections., 1 Comment
Sunday, June 7, 2015
There are some things that China -- and probably most of its people -- may not or refuse to understand, such as democracy and freedom. The other day, pro-democracy Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong received a hostile message on his Facebook page from a mainland Chinese Internet user.
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Presidential candidate and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen's U.S. trip has already been lauded by her aides as being very successful, and her speech on Thursday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. could be seen as icing on the cake, with sections of it to please everyone -- that is everyone except her idealistic supporters who have promoted her as a viable alternative to the politics of current President Ma Ying-jeou.
Friday, June 5, 2015
Four days after being re-elected president of the International Federation of Association Football, Joseph "Sepp" Blatter, 79, announced Tuesday in Zurich he was leaving his post in a "wise move" he should have done days, weeks, months, even years before now.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Hung Hsiu-chu, vice president of the Legislative Yuan or deputy parliament speaker, remains the only participant in the ruling Kuomintang's (KMT) 2016 presidential primary. The KMT didn't cancel the primary, and instead requires her to have her voter support found out by at least two public opinion surveys. Should the straw polls show the support at 30 percent or lower, the party's all-powerful Central Standing Committee could recommend that she be not nominated, and instead draft a more likely winner to run for the election scheduled for Jan. 16, 2016., 3 Comments
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Last week's murder in a Beitou District elementary school has some sadly familiar elements. Kung Chung-an (龔重安), 29, who is suspected of stabbing a schoolgirl to death, has commonalities with Cheng Chieh (鄭捷), 22, on death row for an attack last May that killed four and injured 24 in the Taipei MRT.