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We spend an average of 8.4 hours staring at screens every day, about 1.6 times more than the average of 5.3 hours we spent in 2007, based on a recent survey conducted by the Ophthalmology Society of Taiwan.
When facing a difficult political problem, Queen Elizabeth of England, after whom the Old Dominion is named the Commonwealth of Virginia, used to sleep on it. Her motto was "video et taceo" (I see, and say nothing). Well, the next day or a couple of days later, problems often seemed to have solved themselves. Though she never heard of Lao Zi, the founder of Taoism, she practiced his do-nothingism.
Politicians are generally warm to the idea of governing as a science, a purely rational, data-driven decision-making process that leaves no room for ambiguity or human influence. Indeed, policies will be easier to explain and less prone to corruption if they are all rules and numbers.
An increasing number of countries are committed to addressing climate change and want everybody to know about it. As of Oct. 1, around 195 countries had made public their letters of intent before the Paris Conference on Climate Change, which starts on Nov. 30.
Taiwan has seen some setbacks in world rankings in terms of higher education with its top university slipping to 167th in the latest assessment by the Times Higher Education magazine.
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Taiwan's men's national basketball team ended its journey prematurely in the 2015 FIBA Asian Championship with a 99-69 triumph over Kuwait on Monday.
The Nangang Bottle Cap Factory was nearly completely torn down earlier this month, despite Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je's pledge during his mayoral election campaign last year to preserve the factory as a heritage site. Parts of the historic factory were saved at the last minute due to a public outcry.
Variety show host Jacky Wu (吳宗憲) did not take home any awards at the 50th TV Golden Bell Awards on Saturday, but he is no doubt one of the biggest winners of the night.
Taiwan's military has seen a few incidents -- one of them likely to be a fatal plane crash -- this month, and they all have pointed to one major common problem: the Armed Forces are not properly equipped or protected.
Three months ago, when McDonald's announced that it was selling its 413 stores in Taiwan to a franchise operator, government officials spun the global food giant's decision as the company's lust for profits, not as a reflection of Taiwan's investment climate.
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