Month: June 2017

ELDERLY MAN DIES AFTER KAOHSIUNG MRT ESCALATOR FALL

Red Brick Daily The escalator itself did not malfunction, but an elderly man fell while stepping on to it and, after a painful time in the hospital, he sadly passed away from his injuries. Now the KMRT is under fire. Read the article link below and let us know on FB what you think. The China Post Reports: “The Kaohsiung Metro came under fire Thursday after an 83-year-old man died from injuries suffered in a fall on a station escalator last week. The man, surnamed Chen, fell when stepping onto the escalator at Exit 1 of Kaisyuan Station. He was hospitalized...

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CHECK YOUR THOUSAND $N.T. BILLS!

Red Brick Daily There’s a reason they check your money at the convenience store … smart criminals pop up from time to time and literally print money. CNA reports: “… nine suspects … allegedly had produced some NT$1.1 million (US$36,331) in fake NT$1,000 banknotes and released about NT$600,000 into the local market, according to the CIB. Three of the suspects were caught after they used counterfeit NT$1,000 bills to pay for products in a market in Kaohsiung’s Cijin District in March … Police and investigators later found that the fake banknotes had also been used at betel nut stands,...

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GUILTY! POLITICIANS GET STIFF JAIL TERMS

Red Brick Daily The Taiwan High Court doesn’t fool around when it comes to sentences for corruption … check out these reports from the Taipei Times. “[On June 14] The Taiwan High Court yesterday upheld a guilty verdict for former Keelung City Council speaker Huang Ching-tai (黃景泰) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), handing him a 15-year prison sentence with deprivation of civil rights for four years. It was a reduced term for the 51-year-old Lee in the second ruling on the case after he was given a 20-year sentence by the Keelung District Court in the first ruling in August...

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POLE DANCING TAIWAN ‘TRADITION’ IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Red Brick Daily Scantily-clad women pole dancing at weddings, festivals or even funerals CAN be seen in Taiwan, but it’s hard to say it’s really a Taiwanese ‘tradition’. It is certainly eye-catching and has grabbed attention from the international press … including the French APF, which reported thusly: “[On June 10] Dozens of pole dancers performed on ornate neon floats at a festival in Taipei on Saturday in celebration of one of the island’s more eyebrow raising cultural traditions.The event sought to promote Taiwan’s famous dianzi huache or ‘electronic flower trucks’, travelling floats loaded with garish lights in the shape...

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PINGTUNG CONVICTS LEGISLATOR FOR VOTE BUYING

Red Brick Daily His sentence can be appealed, but Pingtung residents are NOT happy that yet again, another of their elected representatives has been busted for corrupt practices. CNA reports: “Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Chien Tung-ming (簡東明) has been sentenced to five years and six months in jail after being found guilty of vote-buying during his election campaign early last year, the Pingtung District Court ruled Monday.  The guilty verdict came after a first trial on charges that Chien bought votes to help him win one of the three legislative seats up for grabs from among 10 candidates in the...

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