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.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Last week, former Vice President Annette Lu urged lawmakers to impeach President Ma Ying-jeou in response to the so-called “September Strife,” for the ostensible reasons of protecting Taiwanese sovereignty and upholding a government regulated by the constitution.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
What is known as the “September Strife” between President Ma Ying-jeou and Wang Jin-pyng, speaker of the Legislative Yuan, has prompted the Kuomintang to propose doing away with horse-trading in parliamentary procedure.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
On midnight between Jan. 23-24, 1961, a B-52 bomber broke up in mid-air over North Carolina. The crew ejected at 9,000 feet. Five landed safely and two died. Falling along with the plane was its payload of two nuclear bombs, each 260 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima., 3 Comments
Monday, September 23, 2013
This week, 20,000 bras donated by locals will be sent off in the first shipment of a charity drive looking to assist Mexico, Mozambique, Uganda, Kenya and El Salvador, under the auspices of a charity project sponsored by the philanthropic organization Free the Girls (FTG). Local participation has been effusive, with more than 70,000 items being donated from Taiwan and even Macau, according to the United Evening News. Some people donated brand new items., 1 Comment
Sunday, September 22, 2013
On Sept. 15, New York state's contestant in the Miss America 2014 pageant, Nina Davuluri, became the first woman of Indian descent to wear the tiara that symbolizes what it means to be the most beautiful American woman in the nation., 5 Comments
Saturday, September 21, 2013
The Taiwan Religious Groups Caring Family Alliance, an umbrella organization representing various religious institutions, recently held a press conference to state their opposition to legalizing same-sex marriage and their determination to guard traditional values, and announced a petition against same-sex marriage.
Friday, September 20, 2013
The number of Taipei YouBike users has been increasing fast, and so have the numbers of bicycles available and rental stations. But can the city really sustain such bike traffic growth?, 3 Comments
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Cheng Cheng was born in a well-to-do family in Shenyang, mainland China. One day when she was in fourth grade, her mother, Mrs. Shen, told her that she was actually an adopted child, adding sternly that she would support her until college but no further., 1 Comment
With their necks craned to see a clear winner — unscathed or limping — emerge from September's political strife, many locals regard the Ma-Wang row as a juicy piece of gossip and some a joke. So far, President Ma Ying-jeou is looking pitiful; his determination to remove Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng has backfired in the form of the lowest approval rating he has scored in his five years in office and in the history of surveys on political leaders — a meager 9.2 percent.