Sunday, October 6, 2013
The annual league table of the world's best universities published on Wednesday does not make positive reading for Taiwan with its most prestigious institutions dropping down in the rankings. Even more worrisome, it has been suggested the English language is to blame for the slump., 1 Comment
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) yesterday pressed charges against Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘), vowing to put an end to the “reign of secret police” and restore constitutional order., 2 Comments
Friday, October 4, 2013
“Big Brother is watching you”: The horror of being constantly spied on by the government, as depicted by George Orwell in his famous novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” seems to have become reality in Taiwan., 1 Comment
Thursday, October 3, 2013
There is a legendary Zen Buddhist monk named Budai (布袋), known as Hotei in Japan, where he is worshipped as one of the Seven Gods of Happiness. In China, Budai is often identified as Maitreya Buddha, who has left a famous “Rice Seedlings Transplantation Hymn (插秧偈),” a quatrain the last line of which runs: “To step back originally is to move forward” (退步原來是向前). Budai, incidentally, means a cloth sack for rice. His figurative teaching is: to make concessions is to make gains., 2 Comments
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL, 中華職棒) last week announced that Hong-Chih Kuo (郭泓志), a former Los Angeles Dodgers reliever, has signed a contract to join the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions (統一獅).
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming apologized late Saturday to the public, hours after the Special Investigation Division (SID) denied wiretapping the Legislative Yuan's switchboard number.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Members and supporters of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will hold today another mass protest to denounce President Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) possible connections to alleged illegal wire-tapping of legislators, while the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) will host its national congress and officially nominate Ma for another term as the party chairman., 2 Comments
Sunday, September 29, 2013
The question of whether HTC — and its share price — will meet the same fate as VIA (威盛) now looms again in the minds of the investing public, amid reports of the handset maker's ailing performance and the eruption of defection scandals within its corporate leadership.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
After the events of the past few weeks, Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) has certainly become the most well-known politician in the nation. He drew more attention in the past few weeks than in the past three decades of his political career.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Taiwan's educational institutions face many problems. Apart from uncertainty regarding the 12-year national education program due to come into effect next year, the government is desperately in need of an exit strategy for many of the country's ailing private schools. The Education Ministry has already identified 29 private high schools and colleges as prime candidates for closure because of poor management and low enrolment numbers.