Sunday, February 15, 2015
Much debate about the pros and cons of bringing the 2016 presidential election forward by a few months has centered on the prospect of making President Ma Ying-jeou a lame duck much earlier than usual, which would result in a prolonged power vacuum until the new head of state is inaugurated.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
A 14-hour standoff at Kaohsiung Prison ended yesterday after six armed inmates shot themselves, leaving their two hostages unharmed. It was an astonishing and unprecedented incident that has focused public attention on the conditions in Taiwan's prisons. The Ministry of Justice is expected to release an investigation report today and a prison reform plan within a week, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said yesterday.
Friday, February 13, 2015
A video from a dashboard-mounted camera capturing the crash of TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 into the Keelung River in Taipei on Feb. 4 has been relayed by media outlets around the world. The video shows how the plane glided past tall residential buildings, barely clearing the rooftops, before it started to tilt steeply and hit an elevated road and a taxi with its left wing before finally plunging into the river.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid a visit with his mother Yoko to the grave of Nobusuke Kishi at Fuji Cemetery at Oyama in Shizuoka on Jan. 11. Yoko Abe is the only daughter of Kishi, the prime minister from 1957 to 1960 whose death wish was to amend Japan's pacifist constitution, which General Douglas A. MacArthur imposed on postwar Japan.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Most of us have heard the phrase “No news is good news.” Generally it means that a lack of news at least means nothing is going wrong. In a time when the world is potentially facing an Ebola outbreak, two terrorist groups that are the de-facto rulers of nations (ISIS and Boko Haram), a worsening standoff in Ukraine, a possible “Grexit” from the euro zone, a weak world economy and global climate change among other things, this phrase could not be truer.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
The long-stalled Taipei Dome project has recently been under the spotlight after Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je promised to re-examine the controversial contract deal with the Farglory Group, which is responsible for the project.
Monday, February 9, 2015
When China raised the minimum salaries for Xi Jinping and the country's civil service personnel, as reported on Jan. 20, it was revamping some surprisingly low wages for public servants in the world's most populous country, from the very lowest rungs to the country's president.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
The build-operate-transfer (BOT) model that is meant to encourage private businesses to undertake major public infrastructure and development projects has been called into question after Taipei's new mayor started re-examining some of the controversial BOT projects in the city as soon as he took office.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Taiwan woke up on Wednesday to the horrible news of a second airplane crash barely six months clear of the last, and involving the same airline. Last July, a rainy night saw a TransAsia airplane crash into a field in Penghu, claiming 48 of the 58 lives on board.
Friday, February 6, 2015
The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA, 行政院環境保護署) announced Tuesday a new scheme aimed at encouraging the use of public transportation in major cities.