The Ministry of Education (MOE), Tourism Bureau, and SMEA are launching a project to encourage foreigners to learn in Taiwan. "Learning Mandarin in Taiwan" is a part of it. Cooperating with the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei, the MOE is launching the "Mandarin On-the Go in Taiwan" Program. The official website of "Mandarin On-the Go in Taiwan" is open. "Mandarin On-the Go in Taiwan" Official Website:http://www.mgt.org.tw/"Mandarin On-the Go in Taiwan" Official Introducing Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKpKM7a7k94
August 14, 2017 12:11 UTC
Figures from the Ministry of Culture showed that as of April, less than 15 percent of space in cultural parks nationwide were allocated to resident artists. In the most extreme case — Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei — artists took up only 0.64 percent of space. There have been wencuang parks, wencuang events, wencuang restaurants, a wencuang night market and even a wencuang cemetery. The wencuang parks are generally government-supervised — either directly or through ROT (rehabilitate-operate-transfer) partnerships with private companies — and designed to promote local culture and arts. One of the main reasons behind the consumerism of cultural parks is the dominance of the government in the articulation of urban spaces.
August 14, 2017 09:11 UTC
TAIPEI, Taiwan — The "comfort women" museum in Taipei has launched a push to have the Japanese government provide an apology and compensation for the WWII sex slavery. The call came on Sunday, the eve of today's International Memorial Day for Comfort Women. From now until Aug. 31, visitors to the Ama Museum in Datong District will be handed cards to write messages backing the campaign, AP reported. The organizers also want Japanese authorities to release all documents related to comfort women and for textbooks in the country to clearly and objectively explain the issue. Other comfort women came from South Korea, China, the Philippines and Indonesia.
August 14, 2017 08:03 UTC
TAIPEI, Taiwan — The mercury in Taipei topped 36 degrees Celsius for the 10th day in a row Monday, making it the longest streak in the city on record. This surpassed the nine-day record set from July 8-16 in 2012 to become the lengthiest Taipei hot spell in the 120 years since the Taipei weather station began making records. There is a chance the record hot spell will continue, said the CWB, which is forecasting more hot days to come this week. Hualien, 32.8Source: CWBTemperatures have also reached 37 C for nine days so far in August, breaking another 120-year record. The prolonged hot spell has put great strain on Taiwan's power system, which ran on dangerously thin reserve capacities — prompting the issuance of red power supply alerts — in the past week.
August 14, 2017 07:07 UTC
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taipei-based securities firm Taishin had some unhappy customers this morning as its services were temporarily downed by a cyberattack — the second one this year. The attack targeted the electronic trading systems of Taishin as well as its subsidiary Ta Chong Securities, also putting the firm's telephone trading service out of commission in the process. Taishin's system went down at 8:54 a.m., Apple Daily quoted a reader as saying, while Ta Chong's service went down at 8:50 a.m. It was among three brokerages targeted in February days after receiving extortion emails threatening DDoS attacks. The emails had reportedly demanded a payment of NT$300,000 in the form of bitcoins from each company.
August 14, 2017 06:22 UTC
We were in a cafe somewhere in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. Except he is a representative of an established college in Kuala Lumpur, offering to smuggle them in using student visas. He takes the bait, boasting: "If you are talking about Bangladeshi students, no-one knows better than me. I brought in 8,000 Bangladeshi students on my own." Eight thousand is over a quarter of the total Bangladeshi student population in Malaysia.
August 14, 2017 05:48 UTC
OSAKA — With the help of Hon Hai's cost-cutting know-how, Sharp is on track to a recovery. With the help of financial backing from Hon Hai group, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, Sharp has started to change direction and expand its foreign operations once again. This is a drastic change from the previous system of requiring approval for expenses of 500 million yen (US$4.6 million) or more. Direct support from Hon Hai has also been considered effective. Sharp released a cordless vacuum cleaner in December 2016, the first home appliance product jointly developed with Hon Hai.
August 14, 2017 05:37 UTC
SYDNEY — The top level of Australia's government was struck on Monday by a dual citizenship issue, as Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said that he might also hold New Zealand citizenship and that he has asked the High Court to review the issue. Joyce was the latest Australian politician to say he might be affected by holding citizenship from another country. Two members of parliament, both Greens, resigned this month after discovering they unknowingly had dual citizenship as they were born overseas. The New Zealand High Commission told Joyce he might be a citizen of New Zealand as his father was born there, he said. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Joyce, who is leader of the coalition's National Party, would not be required to stand down while the High Court considers his position.
August 14, 2017 05:15 UTC
House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted: "White supremacy is a scourge. Senator Marco Rubio, another top Republican in Congress, implored Trump to call the incidents a terrorist attack carried out by white supremacists. On Sunday the White House emphasized that his statement included the white supremacists who staged the rally to protest the city-ordered removal of a statue of a Confederate army general who led southern forces in the US Civil War. "Of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, newo-Nazi and all extremist groups," a White House spokesman said when asked to respond to the criticism. "What I did not hear in the president's statement yesterday, as well-intentioned as it may have been, is I didn't hear the words 'white supremacy,'" Signer said on CBS.
August 14, 2017 05:03 UTC
OUAGADOUGOU — At least 17 people were killed in Burkina Faso after unidentified assailants opened fire on a hotel and a restaurant in the capital Ouagadougou late Sunday. Local media quoted Information Minister Remi Dandjinou as saying 17 people had been killed and 8 others injured. Shots were heard from Hotel Bravia and a Turkish restaurant named Istanbul, witnesses told dpa. Radio France Internationale quoted witnesses as saying three men got out of a vehicle and opened fire on clients in the restaurant. Security forces launched an assault on the hotel and restaurant, located on Avenue Kwame N'krumah.
August 14, 2017 03:22 UTC
LONDON - Usain Bolt embarked on a final lap of honour Sunday to say goodbye to his adoring fans after his glittering career had not quite ended in the way everyone had envisioned the day before. "For me I was saying goodbye to the fans and my events also which I have dominated for years. Bolt received a framed part of the London track from London major Sadiq Khan and Sebastian Coe, head of the ruling body IAAF, with whom he is in talks about a future role in the sport. It gave me everything I had," he said, suggesting that he would like to work with young talent. "The Usain Bolt we carry in our hearts would have ... engraved his legacy with one last thrilling victory.
August 14, 2017 00:56 UTC
NAIROBI —Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga on Sunday called on Kenyans not to go to work on Monday and said he would announce an action plan after losing an election to President Uhuru Kenyatta. "They have spilled the blood of the innocent," Odinga said in a reference to protesters killed by police. We will make a declaration on Tuesday on which direction we are taking," he told supporters in the Nairobi slum of Kibera, an opposition stronghold. An election official who had presided over a Nairobi polling station meanwhile committed suicide, his family member said. Opposition representative James Orengo said Odinga's National Super Alliance (NASA) was demanding the immediate withdrawal of security forces from Kibera, and said the opposition would demonstrate how the elections were rigged.
August 14, 2017 00:33 UTC
LONDON - Romelu Lukaku made a dream start to his Manchester United career by scoring twice in a 4-0 win over West Ham United on Sunday. Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba then added late goals to move United top of the table after the Premier League's opening weekend. "To play for such a great club is a dream come true," Lukaku told Sky Sports. Tottenham Hotspur took advantage of Jonjo Shelvey's sending off to beat Newcastle United 2-0 in the day's first match. "We knew it was going to be a physical game," Alli told Sky Sports.
August 13, 2017 23:48 UTC
BEIJING - The concerned parties should avoid remarks and actions that could escalate tensions on the peninsula, Chinese President Xi Jinping told U.S. President Donald Trump, adding China is ready to work with the United States to appropriately resolve the issue. Xi stressed that China and the US have common interests in achieving denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and maintaining peace and stability there. The concerned parties should strive to resolve the issue through dialogue and negotiation to reach a political solution, Xi said. Both Washington and Pyongyang should be restrained rather than provoke each other to escalate tensions and increase the risk of conflict, he said. An understanding between Washington and Beijing is the essential prerequisite for the denuclearization of Korea," he said in the article.
August 13, 2017 21:33 UTC
TEHRAN - The Iranian parliament on Sunday voted unanimously for a bill to increase the budget for its missile programme as well as the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) militia. The proposed law is Tehran's answer to the latest sanctions by the United States against Iran's missile programme, state media reported. More than 600 million dollars were approved, half of which was dedicated to the missile programme and the IRGC. Nothing in the agreement covers the country's missile programme, Tehran stated, claiming that the missile programme is solely for defence. Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Sunday warned both sides against the weakening of the landmark nuclear deal.
August 13, 2017 20:48 UTC