India’s St.Britto’s Group of Institutions and Seek Foundation, an NGO for the underprivileged signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Taiwan’s Changhua Christian Hospital to enhance cooperation in the field of medical health. Mrs.Vimala Britto, the co-founder and executive director said the cooperation also aims to provide good health and good life for the 15 villages near Chennai, South India. She said Taiwan’s Consul General in Chennai, Mr.Charles Li introduced the hospital to her. While she was in Taiwan, she also represented St.Britto’s College in Chennai to sign an MOU with Taiwan’s Da Yeh University. The MOU is intended to promote academic cooperation and exchange between faculty and students of both institutions. Mrs.Vimala Britto said that Britto’s College can accommodate 200 students from Taiwan for internship and exchange program.
Taiwan has hosted Asia’s largest professional ICT show for 35 years and this year, COMPUTEX 2016 also featured IoT (Internet of Things) and startup exhibits as well as the opening of the HWBOT World Tour overclocking competition. Sascha Pallenberg said the greatest thing about this year’s COMPUTEX is InnoVEX, a special startup exhibition with the hope to spark the interests of more Taiwanese innovative startups through exhibitions and presentations.
Sascha Pallenberg is a tech blogger living in Taipei and has constantly travelled between Asia, the US and Europe. He has been invited to give speeches on mobile computing and other modern technology and he strongly encourages young graduates in Taiwan to develop their own brand of startup ecosystem even though cultural constraints make it harder for them as they are afraid of failure.More
COMPUTEX Taipei 2016, running from May 31st to June 4th, attracted more than 1,600 exhibitors from 30 countries. An Austrian ICT delegation made up of 20 representatives of companies also came to take part in this year's COMPUTEX and to explore business opportunities and cooperation with Taiwan’s leading high-tech firms, science parks and research institutes. This year's main theme was “Building Partnerships in Internet Computing Ecosystems” focusing on IoT technology application, Innovation and Startups, Business Solution and Gaming.
Let's hear from Sascha Pallenberg on the future trends of ICT. Sascha Pallenberg is the Editor in Chief @ Mobilegeeks and is also a tech blogger living in Taipei and has constantly travelled between Asia, the US and Europe. He has been invited to give speeches on mobile computing and other modern technology. Sascha Pallenberg has been named as one of the top 20 Smart Mobile Device Pundits by Freescale in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 which makes him the first person to win this award for four consecutive years.More
President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s first woman president pledged to maintain stable cross-strait relations with mainland China in her inaugural address on May 20. President Tsai said she will work to maintain the existing mechanisms for dialogue across the Taiwan Strait adding that she respects the historical fact of the various acknowledgements and understandings reached between the two sides in 1992. But she did not mention the phrase “1992 consensus” as used by the former government and PRC. But she did mention that she would be guided by the Constitution of the Republic of China, a saying that was accepted by China in the past.
Prof.Denys Springer, a visiting scholar at Academia Sinica, the most prominent academic institution in Taiwan, said, as he previously wrote in one of his articles, that President Tsai will manage the cross-strait relationship in a stable manner, a position different from the “once country on each side” stance advocated by former President Chen Shui-bian of the DPP in 2002.More
Father Yves Moal, is planning to build a nursing home, called Yi Feng Garden for the elderly physically and mentally challenged people. He is a 74-year-old French priest who has dedicated his whole life to helping the disadvantaged groups in Taiwan since he arrived in Taiwan at the age of 25. The project requires a total of NT$80 million (US$ 2.47 million) and Father Yves Moal said he has raised NT$30 million (US$ 92 thousand) only so far.
Father Yves Moal was awarded Taiwan’s Presidential Culture Award in the humanitarian category in September 2015 for his devotion to the physically and mentally challenged, homeless, orphans and other underprivileged groups in Taiwan.
Apart from fundraising, Father Yves Moal runs a second-hand bookstore and relies on selling furniture made by the residents of St.Andrew Training Center, a center he is in charge of and is now home to around 50 physically and mentally challenged people in Hualien, eastern Taiwan.
For more information about St.Andrew Training Center (in Chinese), please visit https://www.facebook.com/anders/More
The Taiwanese government has developed aquaculture in Saint Lucia by helping local farmers breed fresh water prawns, tilapia and crayfish in ponds and has helped establish a tissue culture lab and two orchid green houses. Saint Lucia now grows more than 40 species of orchids. Aquaculture and agriculture are important to the tourism industry in Saint Lucia.
Bananas are an important export item for Saint Lucia. But since 2010, the banana industry has been threatened by black sigatoka, a banana leaf spot disease that can cut the fruit production in half. Small farmers could not afford expensive measures to fight the disease and the government of Taiwan has then helped farmers in Saint Lucia fight the disease, improve productivity and restore the banana growing capacity.More
Saint Lucia is an island country located in the eastern Caribbean Sea. The Caribbean nation opened an embassy in Taiwan in June 2015, in an effort to strengthen bilateral ties and it is the first embassy of Saint Lucia in the Asia Pacific region. Taiwan and Saint Lucia established diplomatic ties in 2007 and the ambassador of Saint Lucia, Ambassador Hubert Emmanuel said both sides have been working on a wide range of cooperative projects including public health, aquaculture, education, infrastructure and culture.
In the field of public health, Taiwan’s Changhua Christian Hospital established partnership with Saint Jude Hospital in Saint Lucia in 2009 and they have helped train medical staff in Saint Lucia ever since.More
According to Prof.Lee Hong-yuan, a professor in the department of civil engineering at National Taiwan University, currently there are around 6.5 million buildings, older than 30 years in Taiwan and the government needs to demonstrate stronger coordination among different ministries and local governments in order to cope with a future devastating earthquake in Taiwan.
Government statistics show that more than 8.6 million people live in 2.5 million buildings within 10 kilometers of an active fault line and many of these buildings are over 30 years. In early March, the government announced the database of some areas in Taiwan that are prone to soil liquefaction. Soil liquefaction has become an issue of public concern in Taiwan as many believed that it was the main factor that caused the death of 117 people in a major earthquake that hit southern Taiwan in February this year.More
RTI’s Carlson Wong On the Line features an interview with Prof.Lee Hong-yuan
Taiwan is situated on a crust of earthquake pushing together of the Eurasian and Philippine Sea plates over a very long period of time. The 921 earthquake that hit central Taiwan with a magnitude of 7.3 caused the collapse of 80,000 buildings and 2,400 deaths in 1999. This year’s earthquake in Tainan, southern Taiwan with a magnitude of 6.4 caused widespread damage and 117deaths. Most of the deaths were caused by a collapsed building in Yongkang Disctrict in Tainan. Prof.Lee Hong-yuan, a professor in the department of civil engineering at National Taiwan University, said, in 2013, he had warned the danger of buildings located in that area once a major earthquake hit.More
45 Taiwanese suspected of involvement of a phone fraud ring in Kenya have been sent to China rather than deported to Taiwan. The move has led Taiwan to lodge a protest with Kenya and China. The Taiwanese government has asked the mainland Chinese government to release the Taiwanese. In early April, Kenya had forcibly deported Taiwanese suspects to China.
Dr.Kennedy Ondieki, an assistant professor at National Chengchi University in Taipei, said the Kenyan government should have sent the Taiwanese back to Taiwan instead of to China, adding that it could have been a case of mistaken identity. Dr.Ondieki used to serve as a court clerk in Kenya for four years.
The detainees were asked by Taiwan’s representative to South Africa, John Chen to resist if the Kenyan police tried to remove them from the detention center as the suspects had been deceived by the Kenyan police saying that they had bought them tickets to Taiwan, but instead, the police had tried to deport them to China. Kenyan police used submachine guns and tear gas to break down the walls of the detention center later. Taiwan’s South African representative John Chen had gone to Kenya to obtain a court injunction that prohibited the Kenyan police to take the Taiwanese suspects away by force, but the Kenyan police ignored the injunction. Dr.Kennedy Ondieki said the police should not have ignored the court injunction but Taiwanese official in Kenya should not have asked the suspects to resist either.
Taiwan has now hired lawyers to file a lawsuit against Kenya’s interior minister and head of police for violations of laws. Taiwan also filed a protest with Kenya’s National Commission on Human rights that had transferred the case to Independent Police Oversight Authority for further investigation.
Ahmet Yeşil is a famous Turkish painter and his painting exhibition in Taipei runs from April 6th to 29th. Yeşil’s works can be seen in private and public collections in Turkey and abroad. His art has been exhibited in the Louvre Museum in Paris every year since 2006. He is a member of the UNICEF International Association of Plastic Arts and International Association of Plastic Arts of the Ankara United Artists and Sculptors. His childhood illness let him wheelchair-bound and that was the time he was encouraged to start his art career. To date, he has opened 105 personal exhibitions and taken part in 297 group and contest exhibitions, Ahmet Yeşil has also won 24 awards in national and international contests. His work spans around 3000 pieces.
Translators: Deputy representative of Turkish Trade Office, Mr.Tolga Gunes and Mr.Tanet KuanMore
The Salvation Army is a global non-profit organization that has been in operation in Taiwan for more than 50 years and it has provided services and assistance to the homeless people and disaster emergency relief to the most vulnerable people in Taiwan.
Bob Lee, the Regional Commander Lieutenant Colonel of Salvation Army Taiwan Regional Headquarters, said currently there are around 5000 officially registered homeless people and the Salvation Army Taiwan provides caring shelter to the homeless adding that in the future, the Salvation Army Taiwan will provide overnight shelter.
One special event that they held at the end of February is CEO Sleepout, a fundraising event inviting business leaders and foreign diplomats to experience what being homeless feels like, sleeping overnight on the floor with a sleeping bag and a sheet of cardboard. The event raised around 1 million Taiwan dollars (USD$300,000).
For more information, please visit https://salvationarmy.org.tw/
According to Mayumi Hu, the International spokesperson and PR of Taiwan’s Pet Friends Alliance, 7 out 10 dogs in the shelter have been adopted through the efforts of their organization. Mayumi Hu said more than 80 dogs have been adopted and they constantly move around delivering workshops and encourage future pet owners to adopt and to be responsible dog lovers. Louis Tsai, the president of Pet Friends Alliance who is involved in the blood transfusion for pets, also provides workshops for free at many venues all over Taiwan to help pet owners understand their furry companions. One of their goals is to help decrease the number of pet abandonment. Louis Tsai added that they will create an APP this year to help promote animal shelter adoption and provide an on-line app adoption.
For more information or if you would like to adopt a dog, please visit their Facebook, it’s in English and ChineseMore