Month: May 2017

SEA VOYAGE EXPERIMENTS: ONE SINKS, ONE FLOATS

Red Brick Daily Two interesting boat voyages were conducted in May of 2017 that may shed light on how ancient and so-so ancient people navigated the seas.   On May 21st, the traditional sailing boat you see in the photo above … just didn’t have what it took to get from Kinmen to Penghu … which was supposed to be just a stop-off on the way to Tainan — replicating the journey many Chinese immigrants once took to settle in Taiwan. Considering the boat sank easily in mildly bad weather, we can assume many would-be migrants also ended in a watery grave during...

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693-KILO HEROIN TIP-OFF EARNS INFORMANT NT$10 MILLION

Red Brick Daily Fans of heroin are in for a dry stretch after Penghu, Kinmen, Pingtung and Kaohsiung officials worked together with an informant — helping the ROC Coast Guard make Taiwan’s biggest-ever seizure of ‘H’ — some 693 kilos worth some NT$10 billion, they say. “Acting on a tip-off that a fishing boat registered to Pingtung was trying to smuggle drugs into the nation, the coast guard intercepted the boat 12.5 nautical miles (23.15km) southeast of Wuchiu Island (烏坵) and seized 1,800 bricks of heroin. The boat’s captain and four other crew were arrested. The informant is to be awarded...

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TINY E-BUS TESTED IN TAIPEI

Red Brick Daily How KAWAII is that!?!  TOO Kawaiiiiii!   “EZ10, the very first Level 4 autonomous shuttle finally arrived in Taiwan on Friday. National Taiwan University (NTU) takes the lead to announce an Industry-University Cooperation with 7Starlake, a global consulting firm specialized in smart transportation and self-driving technology.”   Other companies will be bringing concept e-buses to Kaohsiung in the fall of 2017 for the city’s “Eco-Mobility Festival.”– stay tuned   Read more here:...

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COPS CRACKING DOWN ON ‘WHITE PLATE’ KENTING ‘TAXIS’

Red Brick Daily In Taiwan, a car with a white license plate featuring black letters and numbers designates a private vehicle. “White-plate” taxis, therefore, refer to unlicensed vehicles offering transportation, usually in more rural or inaccessible areas. Taxis from Kaohsiung to Kenting do not use meter rates, but charge approximately NT$400 per one-way ride, with four passengers and their belongings put into a medium-sized vehicle such as a Toyota Wish. These taxis are legal as they have insurance and are licensed. Any monetary dispute with a licensed driver is easily settled at a police station and any complaints easily filed. With “white...

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GUESS WHAT WORD IS USED THE MOST ON TAIWAN’S WIKI PAGE?

Red Brick Daily If you guessed ‘CHINA’, congrats!  And it makes sense.  We can’t really escape the history, connection and yugeness of our neighbor across the strait. The idea was pretty cool. The China Post reports: “A Reddit user has gone through every country’s Wikipedia page, found which word appears most frequently in each, and turned the results into a map.” http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/05/24/497832/this-is.htm America?  –WAR Libya? –Gaddafi Russia? –SOVIET North Korea? -SOUTH South Korea? -NORTH check out more from the link below:...

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