Facebook launches e-learning site for journalists

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Facebook on Monday launched the Chinese version of "Blueprint eLearning for Journalists," with the aim of increasing exchanges with journalists in Taiwan by offering them free online courses, according to a statement. The e-learning courses for journalists are now available in Chinese, English and eight other languages, and are designed to help journalists discover content, create stories and engage audiences using Facebook. Every course features best examples, guides and cases of successful utilization of Facebook by journalists. Facebook is studying new methods to support journalists and help users make accurate judgements on news stories that they read and facilitate meaningful discussions on subjects of common concern, a statement said. To achieve this end, Facebook will move to collaborate with education experts, researchers and related associations, in addition to cooperating more closely with journalists.

March 27, 2017 15:56 UTC

Beijing, Taipei, New York: a building challenge

In Chicago — site of the world's first skyscraper — the Trump International Hotel & Tower, completed in 2009, is the second tallest completed building in that city, and the fourth tallest in the United States. The United States long ago ceded the title of world's tallest building to Asia and the Middle East. Seven of the top 10 tallest completed buildings in the world are now in Asia, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. This Chicago-headquartered not-for-profit organization founded in 1969 maintains The Skyscraper Center, a database on the world's tallest buildings. Taipei 101 is the world's sixth tallest building, and Hong Kong boasts the eighth tallest building — the International Commerce Center.

March 27, 2017 15:56 UTC

MOEA promotes country at Sourcing Taiwan exhibition

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) hosted a press conference on Monday to publicize Sourcing Taiwan 2017, a trade event for international buyers and sellers, that is taking place this Wednesday at the Nangang Exhibition Center. According to the event's organizers at MOEA's Bureau of Foreign Trade, Sourcing Taiwan 2017 serves "as a trade link between global buyers and top-rated Taiwanese suppliers." Event representatives reported that there will be 580 buyers from 61 countries attending this year's Sourcing Taiwan, which will feature nearly 1600 domestic businesses who have scheduled over 6000 one-on-one business meetings with international buyers. In its ninth year, Sourcing Taiwan 2017 promises an increase in new buyers — in fact, the percentage of new buyers is set to be a record high of 76 percent this year. Sourcing Taiwan 2017 will be one of many events that MOEA and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) hosts as part of its continued efforts to expand into Southeast Asia.

March 27, 2017 15:56 UTC

Australia’s Raper encourages young farmer exchanges

Staff writer, with CNAThere could be further exchanges between young farmers in Taiwan and Australia, as the agricultural sectors on both sides share many similarities and challenges, Australian Office in Taipei Representative Catherine Raper said. “The next generation of farmers will face new challenges but also new opportunities as agricultural practice evolves,” Raper said on Friday. “With this in mind, we wanted to start a dialogue between our respective young farmers,” said Raper, who initiated an exchange program aimed at bringing mutual benefits to young farmers in both nations. The office invited two young farmers from Queensland to visit their Taiwanese counterparts earlier this month, Raper said. Inderbitzin, who uses drones to monitor crops on his 500-hectare farm, said technology could benefit Taiwanese farmers, as it makes production more efficient.

March 27, 2017 15:56 UTC

Yilan railway still a possibility

The Cabinet listed 38 projects for cities and counties governed by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), but a direct Taipei-Yilan railway line proposed by lawmakers representing Yilan County was excluded from the list. 2 route proposed by the Railway Reconstruction Bureau, which would be unsafe and harmful to the environment,” he said. 5], fails to secure EIA committee approval, the government has to amend the project and make it viable again,” he added. Even though the a small budget has been earmarked for Yilan County, Hochen said that there are still many things that the central government can do to address the transport needs of east coast residents. Building a crossover railway line between Cidu (七堵) and Badu (八堵) railway stations would quickly enhance train capacity heading to Hualien and Taitung, Hochen said.

March 27, 2017 15:56 UTC

Report: South Korean prosecutors push to arrest ex-leader

A- A+ SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Media reports say that South Korean prosecutors have decided to ask a court issue a warrant to arrest former President Park Geun-hye on corruption allegations. A Seoul prosecution office couldn't immediately confirm the report. Park has denied any legal wrongdoing. The Constitutional Court removed Park from office in earlier March, three months after she was impeached by lawmakers over the allegations. NEXT ARTICLE Bloggers charged and rally blocked in Pakistan Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Google+ Google+

March 27, 2017 02:37 UTC

Nice weather till Friday; wet start to long weekend expected

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The temperature in Hsinchu dipped to 10.1 degrees Celsius early Monday, when the impact of the latest continental cold air mass on Taiwan was the strongest, but it will warm up to become nice and warm weather over the next few days, according to the Central Weather Bureau. With the decrease in moisture, the weather across the island was expected to be cloudy to sunny and temperatures would rise up to 21 to 24 degrees in northern and eastern Taiwan, 26 to 27 degrees in central and southern Taiwan, the bureau said. The bureau reminds the public to be mindful of the relatively big difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures in the next few days. The weather is expected to remain stable until Friday, when a weather front will precede another continental cold air mass that could bring rain to all parts of Taiwan, according to the forecast. During the Tomb-Sweeping Day long weekend that begins Saturday, the first two days are expected to be cold and wet but the weather could improve for the last two days.

March 27, 2017 00:45 UTC

Ovechkin, Winnik lead Capitals over Coyotes

WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin recorded his 30th goal of the season and Daniel Winnik scored two goals, including the game-winner late in the third period, as the Washington Capitals overcame listless stretches to beat the lowly Arizona Coyotes 4-1 on Saturday night. Ovechkin became the third player in league history to score 30-plus goals in each of his first 12 seasons, joining Mike Gartner (15) and Wayne Gretzky (13). Winnik scored with 4:39 remaining, Justin Williams added another goal not long after and Winnik sealed the Capitals' fourth consecutive victory with an empty-netter. The Capitals are three points up on the Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins. Shea Weber also scored for Montreal, which leads Ottawa by three points, although the Senators have a game in hand.

March 26, 2017 21:56 UTC

Poker tables keep decreasing on Nevada casino floors

LAS VEGAS -- When the Monte Carlo casino closes its eight-table poker room in about a month as part of a US$450 million overhaul, the Las Vegas Strip will be down nearly a quarter of the tables it had a decade ago. And unlike the boom years when they competed for card fans after everyman Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker's main event in 2003, poker's appeal in Sin City has been weakening this decade. "Casinos added more tables in response to popularity, and once it became less popular, they took away the tables," said David Schwartz, director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 2002, before fans of Texas Hold 'Em began to rush to the Strip, casinos had 144 tables and made US$30 million from the game. Five years later, casinos had more than tripled their poker revenue to US$97 million with 405 tables.

March 26, 2017 16:07 UTC

Brexit puts EU fisheries into troubled waters

BRUSSELS -- EU fishing fleets are increasingly anxious about their future access to teeming British waters as Britain prepares to trigger the two-year countdown to its exit from the bloc. Alain Vidalies, France's secretary of state for fisheries, stressed in Paris last week "the importance of preserving fairness between European and British fleets" post-Brexit. In the long term, EU fleets could lose a combined 500 to 600 vessels if they were excluded from British waters, representing 15 percent of the total, and up to 3,000 fleet jobs. Industry officials are pressing for negotiations on Britain's post-Brexit future to include continued access to British waters. British vessels, by contrast, caught just 92,000 tons, valued at 110 million pounds, in other EU waters.

March 26, 2017 16:07 UTC

'We welcome TSMC,' says Kaohsiung Mayor Chen

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- After reports Monday Taiwan's top chipmaker may build its most advanced plant yet in the U.S. instead of in Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) said Sunday that her city welcomed the chipmaker to invest there. When asked about her thoughts on the reports, Chen said she has not received any information on the matter, but promised to do all in her power to clear any unnecessary hurdles for TSMC. During a lunch hosted by President Tsai Ing-wen for local government heads from Central and Southern Taiwan, Chen said her city had taken measures to improve environmental protection. "We welcome TSMC with open arms," Chen added. A report on Monday cited sources familiar with the matter who said factors prompting TSMC to switch locations for the site included the Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) taking too long to complete, unstable electricity supply and air pollution regulations in Taiwan.

March 26, 2017 16:07 UTC

UKIP's only member in British Parliament quits party to serve as an independent

LONDON -- The UK Independence Party (UKIP) is losing its only member of the British Parliament in a blow to the upstart anti-Europe party, which has seen bitter feuding between its top figures. Douglas Carswell said Saturday that he's leaving UKIP and will serve in Parliament as an independent. He said his departure won't trigger a new election because he isn't joining another party. "By April 2019, Britain will no longer be a member of the EU," Carswell said. Carswell, a former Conservative Party member, was the only UKIP candidate to win a seat in the 2015 general election.

March 26, 2017 16:07 UTC

Saving the 'Cool Britannia' image from a Brexit bruise

LONDON -- Brexit challenges Britain's global image of openness and tolerance, but Cool Britannia has what it takes to avoid being suddenly rebranded as uncool just because it quits the EU, advertising professionals say. From music to film and fashion, Britain has for decades enhanced its image as a modern and dynamic culture. "Brexit is a self-inflicted wound because you are putting the image of openness at risk, that's dangerous," said Matt Scheckner, founder and executive director of Advertising Week. At Advertising Week, dominated by young professionals with an international outlook, there were few supporters of Brexit. Similarly, advertising professionals thought Britain could emphasize other, intangible advantages such as its stable political and legal system, and a qualified English-speaking workforce.

March 26, 2017 16:07 UTC

'The devil's water' cripples

JINDO, South Korea -- When South Korea's Sewol ferry sank three years ago killing more than 300 people, it also devastated businesses close to the wreck site. The ship went down in an archipelago off southwestern South Korea, whose 1,700 islands make up the Dadohaehaesang national park, the country's largest. Business was down by half, said captain Park Tae-il, as anglers — his main clients — avoided the area. "Fishermen call it the devil's water," he said. Now more visitors than ever before come to Jindo, said local official Choi Min-woo — over 100 every weekend.

March 26, 2017 16:07 UTC

Taoyuan airport chair vows to crackdown on unlicensed cabs

National Taiwan University professor Chang Hsueh-kung in a Facebook post accused the unlicensed taxi drivers of creating a chaotic transportation situation by holding up traffic as he leftthe airport himself. He made a direct appeal to Tseng, commenting under his post: "Darjen Tseng Chairman, where are you?" In a response to the comment, Tseng wrote on Sunday morning that he acknowledged unlicensed taxi drivers were a "hidden danger" to the airport's management and were also a "stain that needed cleaning up." As of now, the airport management would step up inspections and patrols to drive away these unlicensed drivers. Some wrote that arrivals preparing to leave the airport after 10 p.m. would most definitely get accosted by unlicensed drivers looking for business, while others called the situation "damaging to the country's image."

March 26, 2017 16:07 UTC

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