Low Water Levels Reveal Old Well: Maybe from Dutch Era Formosa

Receding water levels at a reservoir in Chiayi County have revealed a well that has been submerged since the reservoir was reconstructed during the Japanese colonial period. The Lantan Reservoir was originally constructed by the Dutch when they occupied Formosa 1624 to 1662. After the Dutch left, the reservoir fell into disrepair. A Hakka immigrant surnamed Wu bought the land where the well is located, but during the Japanese colonial period, the land was resumed, and the reservoir reconstructed to

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Taiwan’s Strongest Earthquake Since 921: No Casualties or Damage Reported

The biggest earthquake to rock Taiwan since the 921 earthquake of September 1999, struck 70 kilometers out to sea north east of Keelung City today, sparing the island from any significant damage. The 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck at 1.23pm, registering a magnitude of 4 in Ilan and Hualian Counties on the east coast, and a 3 in parts of Taipei. Television news showed buildings shaking as people recorded the event on cellphones. Some stores had products fall from shelves. Train

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Air Crews Threaten to Ground China Airlines as Negotiations Break Down Again

As the peak summer travel season looms in Taiwan, unions representing flight attendants, pilots, and other airline workers are turning up the heat on China Airlines to fulfill promises made last year to increase rest days for pilots and reduce overtime for all crew members. Pilots threatened collective action after negotiations broke down earlier this month. Unions representing flight attendants have joined in protest after the airline failed to resolve the issue of excessive overtime work at a meeting between

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Two Workers Dead after Scaffolding Collapses

Two workers were killed and 5 injured when scaffolding to a height of 53 meters collapsed at a power plant being constructed in Kaohsiung yesterday May 29. A 47 year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, and a 25 year-old man was rushed to hospital where doctors were unable to resuscitate him. Firefighters reported that they turned up to a scene of chaos with men screaming for help. Rescue workers extracted a total of 11 people from the tangled

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Taiwan and Japan Establish a Maritime Affairs Dialogue to Avoid Fishing Disputes

Taiwan’s new government has wasted no time in negotiating with Japan to resolve territorial disputes over fishing grounds that has plagued relations between the two island nations in recent years. Executive Yuan spokesperson Tong Zheng-yuan(童振源), announced today, Monday, May 23, that the two sides had reached consensus on establishing a bilateral maritime-affairs cooperation dialogue mechanism. It is planned to hold the first formal dialogue before the end of July, and it is hoped a preliminary agreement can be reached, not

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Transport Ministry Back-pedals on Licences for Riders of Electric Bicycles

Taiwan’s Ministry of Transport backed off on plans to introduce licences for riders of electric bicycles starting next year. Thursday, May 19, officials announced that while they will continue with enforcing safety provisions for the vehicle class, they won’t require riders to be tested and licensed. Academics and industry members have been criticising the move to introduce the licence requirements since the Ministry of Transport announced their plan earlier this month. Critics tend to agree with the need for tighter

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China Airlines Pilots Threaten Collective Action During Dragon Boat Festival Holidays

A breakdown in negotiations between a pilot’s union and Taiwan-based China Airlines has resulted in pilots threatening to take collective action during the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival Holiday. This year the holiday which falls on June 9, will give Taiwan residents a four day holiday, and many will use the opportunity to fly domestically and abroad. Collective action would come in the form of 800 members of the pilot’s union applying for leave at this time: the same leave that

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Vietnam Protests: Week 3

People rallied in various locations around Vietnam today, Sunday, May 15, in smaller numbers than previous weeks as hundreds of people are under virtual house arrest. One of the largest rallies was in Nghệ An Province on Vietnam’s north-central coast. The central coast has been effected by a massive fish kill which people believe was caused by toxic pollution from a steel mill in Ha Tinh Province. Police blocked streets and gathered in locations likely to draw protesters while others

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Atlantic Salmon Made in Taiwan Spawns Cold-water Aquaculture Industry in the Sub-Tropics

The Fishing Agency of the Council of Agriculture held a press conference today, Wednesday,May 11. to announce that scientists had successfully bred and raised Atlantic salmon in Taiwan. The COA believes that the first domestically raised Atlantic Salmon will hit the market two years from now. A spokesman forecast that within 3 years, local producers will be able to replace around 20 percent of imports, and that production should be able to increase to a 50 percent market share in

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Tesla Seeking Business Development Manager for Taiwan Operations

Although Tesla has made no official statements about setting up operations in Taiwan, yesterday, May 9, the company posted an ad seeking a Business Development Manager to be based in Taipei. (See ad) Job ads for a variety of positions based in Taiwan first appeared on Taiwan’s 104 Jobbank in March this year (See related article Tesla in Taiwan). In April, an ad appeared on retailingjobs.com for a store manager -Taiwan. The position being advertised today seeks a person whose

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Vietnam May 8 Protest Pictorial

Pictures from today’s protests in Vietnam against the mass industrial poisoning of the ocean, and the government’s lack of action or transparency over the environmental disaster. The corporate media is understating both the size and extent of the protest, as well as the violence meted out by the government. Reuters, for example is reporting that: A group of protesters sat on the bank of a big lake in Hanoi before police shepherded them on to a waiting bus, Reuters witnesses

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