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  • Suhua Highway a model of eco-friendly construction: officials

    TAIWAN News
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Taipei, Oct. 30 (CNA) The Suhua Highway improvement project has adopted strict measures to reduce the environmental impact of the
  • Inbee Park, Shanshan Feng share Taiwan lead - USA TODAY

    TAIWAN news - Google News
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    Golfweek.comInbee Park, Shanshan Feng share Taiwan leadUSA TODAYTAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Top-ranked Inbee Park birdied five of the last seven holes Thursday for an 8-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead in the LPGA Taiwan Championship. The South Korean star, playing her first round since regaining the No.Park, Feng tied in Taiwan as Ryu stumblesGolf Channel (blog)World No. 1 Park shares LPGA Taiwan leadGolfweek.comPark, Feng share lead in TaiwanFox Newsall 88 news articles »
  • Taiwan to take delivery of first batch of Black Hawks in December

    China Post Online - Taiwan , News
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The United States will be delivering the first batch of six UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to Taiwan starting mid-December, the R.O.C. Army said yesterday.
  • Mario cameo helps Reds beat Swansea

    Taipei Times
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
  • 1st of eight tunnels completed along coastal highway

    Taiwan News
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:54 am
    The highly anticipated Suhua Highway improvement project marked a major breakthrough Wednesday with the completion of construction of the first of eight tunnels along the coastal highway. Completion of the some 212-meter Dongyue Tunnel is vital as it is one of the key sections of the 38.8-km project, which is aimed at improving road safety and reducing travel times, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications .
 
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    TAIWAN news - Google News

  • Inbee Park, Shanshan Feng share Taiwan lead - USA TODAY

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    Golfweek.comInbee Park, Shanshan Feng share Taiwan leadUSA TODAYTAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Top-ranked Inbee Park birdied five of the last seven holes Thursday for an 8-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead in the LPGA Taiwan Championship. The South Korean star, playing her first round since regaining the No.Park, Feng tied in Taiwan as Ryu stumblesGolf Channel (blog)World No. 1 Park shares LPGA Taiwan leadGolfweek.comPark, Feng share lead in TaiwanFox Newsall 88 news articles »
  • Beijing: Taiwan Instigates Mainland Students Spying - New Tang Dynasty Television

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    Beijing: Taiwan Instigates Mainland Students SpyingNew Tang Dynasty TelevisionCommunist Party mouthpiece recently reported three Taiwan spies who obtained intelligence from recruiting mainlanders such as students studying in Taiwan, tourists and women married to Taiwanese. This spy case announcement was analyzed as the ...
  • Taiwan's Ching Fu says wins bid to build minesweepers for navy - Reuters

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:51 am
    Taiwan's Ching Fu says wins bid to build minesweepers for navyReutersTAIPEI Oct 30 (Reuters) - Taiwan's largest private shipbuilder, Ching Fu Shipbuilding Co Ltd, said on Thursday it had won a contract to build six mine countermeasure vessels for Taiwan's military for an undisclosed amount. The bid was part of a and more »
  • Taiwan tycoon faces more charges in food safety scandal - Business Insider

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:36 am
    Business InsiderTaiwan tycoon faces more charges in food safety scandalBusiness InsiderTaipei (AFP) - Taiwanese tycoon Wei Ying-chung was slapped with nearly 140 fraud charges on Thursday over his alleged role in Taiwan's latest food safety scare, prosecutors said. Wei, one of Taiwan's richest men, faces a 30-year jail term if convicted Taiwanese Tycoon Faces Charges in Cooking Oil ScandalNew York Times (blog)Taiwan tycoon faces 30 years for food scandalXinhuaTaiwan Food Scandal Forces Taipei 101 Executive Out of PostBloombergThe Straits Timesall 51 news articles »
  • Taiwan urges Japan to cooperate more on solar power technology - The Japan Times

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:11 am
    Taiwan urges Japan to cooperate more on solar power technologyThe Japan TimesTAIPEI – Taiwan hopes Japanese businesses will aggressively invest in Taiwanese solar power stations, Vice Premier Mao Chi-kuo said in a recent interview. Noting that Taiwanese firms have already built solar power facilities in Japan, Mao said Japanese ...and more »
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    China Post Online - Taiwan , News

  • Taiwan to take delivery of first batch of Black Hawks in December

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The United States will be delivering the first batch of six UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to Taiwan starting mid-December, the R.O.C. Army said yesterday.
  • FDA to increase food security budget by 8 percent

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Minister Chiang Been-huang (蔣丙煌) of the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) yesterday said that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, 食藥署) will seek to increase its budget by approximately 8 percent to conduct food safety investigations overseas.
  • Siliconware raises US$400 mil. in overseas funds

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Siliconware Precision Industries Co. (矽品精密工業), one of Taiwan's leading integrated circuit packaging and testing services providers, said Wednesday that it has conducted its first overseas fund raising activity in 10 years.
  • Backpacker accuses cafe chain of illegally low pay in Australia

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - A Taiwanese man on a working holiday in Australia accused a branch of 85 Degrees Coffee (85度C) in Australia of violating the local minimum wage policy, during a press conference held by the Youth Labor Union 95 in Taipei, yesterday.
  • Swiss-Taiwan workshop tackles sustainable energy

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - A Swiss delegation met with Taiwanese representatives of nonprofit organizations and businesses in Taipei to discuss ways to tackle challenges in developing sustainable energy, including how to reduce dependence on nuclear power.
 
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    Taiwan News

  • 1st of eight tunnels completed along coastal highway

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:54 am
    The highly anticipated Suhua Highway improvement project marked a major breakthrough Wednesday with the completion of construction of the first of eight tunnels along the coastal highway. Completion of the some 212-meter Dongyue Tunnel is vital as it is one of the key sections of the 38.8-km project, which is aimed at improving road safety and reducing travel times, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications .
  • Fitch Rates Taiwan-based Chailease's Bond 'A(twn)'

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:06 am
    TAIPEI/SYDNEY, October 30 Fitch Ratings has assigned Taiwan-based Chailease Finance Co. Ltd's proposed TWD2.0bn senior unsecured bonds a National Long-Term Rating of 'A '.
  • a No one has the guts to sell submarines to Taiwana as China pressures Pentagon

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    The Obama administration is backing away from a 2001 commitment to help Taiwan acquire submarines to defend the island from Chinese attack. The Pentagon, in particular, is said to oppose the 13-year-old plan to help Taipei buy or build eight diesel electric subs over concerns of disrupting its high-priority military exchange program with China.
  • POW! WOW! Taiwan x Imperial Taels x Hua Tunan Project

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    POW! WOW! Taiwan and jewelry brand Imperial Taels enlisted street artist Hua Tunan for one hell of an epic mural, which is located nearby Taipei's SOGO department store. Drawing inspiration from classical Chinese imagery, the visually stunning piece displays two lions emblazoned in a mosaic wash of bold colors set in a gorgeous mountainous landscape.
  • Magnitude 4.3 earthquake hits South Taiwan: CWB

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    A magnitude 4.3 earthquake rocked Southern Tainan at 7:16 a.m. Wednesday, the Central Weather Bureau said. The CWB said the quake occurred at a depth of 20.8 kilometers and its epicenter was about 20 kilometers south of Chiayi County government offices in Liuying District in Tainan.
 
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    The View from Taiwan

  • VOA: Forwarding the Propaganda

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    This is why you should avoid Jiufen on the weekends.Over at VOA Ralph Jennings handed in a piece which simply forwarded the ruling party's framework of neoliberal propaganda in which it has embedded its sellout trade agreements with China, to make them more palatable, rather like the poisoned cannoli from the Godfather III. This one generated a mix of anger and laughter among those of us who have observed Taiwan long. The piece, which discussed entrepreneurship among the young but interviewed no young entrepreneurs, was dismissed  by a friend of mine who is an actual young Taiwanese…
  • The Sean Lien Campaign seeks inspiration wherever it can find it....

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    ....including, apparently, from the California lottery. Go to Apple Daily to watch the video._______________________[Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!
  • The Slaughter: An excerpt

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
    Below is an excerpt from Ethan Gutmann's The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem. It mentions Ko Wen-je, who is now a candidate for mayor of Taipei. I couldn't find an image in my Flickr account for this post, so I have left it bare. It was originally posted to Facebook. I have reproduced it in full except for the photo of the page from Gutmann's book.童文薰 added 3 new photos.第258,259,260頁 (pages 258-260Less explicit versions of Dr. Ko’s testimony have surfaced; Dr. Francis Navarro, director of transplantation in…
  • Sahlins with new book on Confucius Institutes

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Marshall Sahlins with new book out called Confucius Institutes: Academic Malware, on these Chinese propaganda and intelligence units within US universities. The blurb says: In recent years, Confucius Institutes have sprung up on more than four hundred and fifty campuses worldwide, including nearly one hundred across the United States. At first glance, this seems like a benefit for everyone concerned. The colleges and universities receive considerable contributions from the Confucius Institutes’ head office in Beijing, including funds to cover the cost of set-up, the provision of…
  • The Century of Humiliation is Expansionist Baloney

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    This post takes a look at China's claim to the South China Sea and what it teaches us about the whole idea of national humiliation that even foreigners who should know better still use as if it explained something about Chinese government policy. It is actually expansionist propaganda, which presents Chinese expansionism as redress of victimization, as is common among expansionists of all political stripes and nations.I've shamelessly stolen a bunch of slides from Bill Hayton's presentation, which is online here. As he introduces in another piece on the South China Sea mess:At the root…
 
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    The Daily Bubble Tea

  • Leofoo Resort

    Todd Alperovitz
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    Room with a View Our children had a fabulous time during our family adventure to Leofoo Resort in Hsinchu County. The resort’s main attraction is the fantastic view guests have of the hotel’s courtyard. Inside are seven different kinds of animals: giraffes, rhinoceroses, zebras, lemurs, goats, flamingos, and tortoises. The lemurs there are extremely bold. They’ll often jump on the walkway and won’t even flinch until a visitor gets around a half a meter from them. Then they’ll jump or run away.  One of them hit me in the face with its tail as it jumped while I…
  • September Instagrams

    Todd Alperovitz
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Here are a half a dozen images posted to Instagram during September. This installment’s images were taken in Caotun Township, Taichung City, and Nantou City. Aluminum [see note #1]  #61 [see note #2]  Metal Mayhem  Light Show [see note #3] The Universe [see note #4] Notes: This is probably the first time I’ve purposely used the flash on my smartphone. It’s a picture of the side of a factory taken while some of my adult students and I were waiting for a representative from the security company to debug the security system so we could all go home. Our…
  • I Want to Believe

    Todd Alperovitz
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    The Douli Invasion
  • Look Who’s Two!

    Todd Alperovitz
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
  • August Instagrams

    Todd Alperovitz
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    Here are a handful of images posted to Instagram during August. This installment’s images were taken in Caotun Township, Taichung City, and Changhua County. O O O O O O O O O O O  Sofa Face Men at Work The Blue Door Feeding Time How I Roll
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    Fili's World

  • Revisiting Dafen Copycat Artist Village : Shenzhen

    Fili
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    Just before leaving Hong Kong I was invited to join an artist friend to revisit the surreal Dafen Artist Oil Painting Village in Shenzhen. It’s the place where you can get any painting faked for pennies. The artist friend was commissioned to do a large scale piece and the idea agreed upon with the customer was that my friend would do the sketch in a small print and then these copy artists would replicate the work onto a very large canvas. This is definitely a place where it would be advisable to know fluent Mandarin, as most of them do not come from Canton province and definitely do not…
  • Kibbutz Dafna : Northern Israel

    Fili
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    While visiting Israel this year I was fortunate to get a tour of northern Israel by a friend born and raised in the area. One of the places we visited on that wonderful day was Kibbutz Dafna, which is one of many Kibbutz communal villages in northern Galilee and is a good example of the beauty and charm of those places. Those kibbutz villages started out with a very idealistic communist or socialist agenda, but nowadays they’re all doing business one way or another, and Dafna is most famous for its footwear – now part of the Teva Neot global brand. With the growing disappointment…
  • The funkier side of Guanghzou : Arts and nightlife

    Fili
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:57 pm
    In my last few visits to Guanghzou before leaving the region I got to experience a whole new side of this vibrant metropolis.   First off, I visited Redtory, the new growing art district was once a large factory, but the government designated it to artists and galleries, trying to imitate 798 in Beijing and M50 in Shanghai, and it does seem like it’s headed in the right direction.       Their website has a decent English intro: Guangzhou Redtory Art & Design Factory is located at the east side of the center axis through the CBD of Guangzhou, Zhujiang New Town.
  • Visions of Nara : Japan

    Fili
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    This post concludes my visit to the lovely city of Nara – the ancient capital city of Japan, an hour south from Kyoto and east to Osaka. Temples, shrines, huge seated Buddhas, museums, Japanese gardens, and most importantly – deer, you will not be disappointed.   My posts on Nara: Deer of the Ancient Capital : Nara Park – Japan The temples and shrines of Nara Park Todaiji Temple : Nara Park – Japan Isuien & Yoshikien Japanese Gardens : Nara Park   Below are some of my quick captures of the very photogenic scenic old town …          …
  • The temples and shrines of Nara Park

    Fili
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Wrapping up my trip to Osaka-Kyoto, I spent a day touring the ancient city of Nara. Although smaller than Kyoto and with supposedly similar temple atmosphere, Nara has a lot to offer that is different from Kyoto. Most of what Nara has is laid within the compact Nara Park, and you probably do not need more than a day to see all the attractions there. The highlight of the park, are the Nara deer that roam freely, and the huge seated Buddha within Todajai Temple, but there are also other small temples and shrines spread out across the campus as well as some wonderful small Japanese gardens.
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    Mark Forman: Photo Land

  • Vader Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

    Mark Forman
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Flowers are beautiful living things. Very delicate with intricate structures and distinctive shapes. It is hard for me not to mess around with the appearance some since they are one of the most common and therefore over shared subjects up there with puppies and cats. That being said I can understand why so many photographers are attracted to them for the reasons stated above. So I went about it a little more darkly in this treatment which seemed to be the right thing in the moment. It is a water lily which is a very common varietal here in Taiwan There are several parks around that have them…
  • The Color Thing

    Mark Forman
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
    The longest struggle I've had in my personal photography journey is with color. Finding the right ones together, not too many, not too over-saturated, balanced, etc. I was also struggling within how I processed them and my related software/camera settings to achieve color that appealed to and satisfied my eye. I'm finally getting much closer on my processing efforts which still eave the challenge of finding the right colors and composition. This image was the last one from my photowalk yesterday. Oddly, often times my last image is often a good one, sometimes the best of the day. Why? I don't…
  • Spy Vs. Spy

    Mark Forman
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:36 pm
    When I was a kid one of my favorite things to read was Mad Magazine. One of the best parts of Mad was the Spy Vs. Spy comics.  So my image above of the 2 monks seeking offerings at the busy market made me flashback on the comic due to the monochrome duality nature of the image I guess. OK maybe it's how my mind works-normal or warped, I'll let you be the judge but it's how I'm wired in any case. That being said I am always drawn to shooting Buddhist monks and nuns because of their iconic form and silhouette. Even though I've lived here in Taiwan for over 20 years there is still…
  • Buggy

    Mark Forman
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Recently I've made some adjustments to the settings on my DSLR. I discovered on a recent night shoot that I was getting a lot of noise and not clear definition as I expected. After doing some research on a photography forum I found that using ISO noise reduction offers softer images while offering some noise reduction in camera. So I switched it off and am getting much clearer/sharper images. I also made some adjustments to my color: vibrance settings to tone it down a little bit. This abstract at a nearby temple which sits under a great tree in the middle of the road here in the BeiTun…
  • Making Friends…

    Mark Forman
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    I've had my IPhone 5 for over a year and I've taken the occasional shot with it. The biggest challenge I have is processing the images on the tiny screen-hard for me to see as clearly as I'm used too on my big desktop monitor. Well actually there are a bunch of other challenges-not the least of which it's not the most ergonomic design for a camera due to the shape, the balance, how you hold it,etc. Because of some of those issues I'm developing a new IPhone/SmartPhone accessory that should help a lot with some of the holding/gripping issues. I'll keep you posted. So I'm working with the phone…
 
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