Month: October 2017

KAOHSIUNG MAYOR CANDIDATE’S FATHER RELEASED FROM PRISON

Red Brick Daily Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁), a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker representing a Kaohsiung constituency and presently actively campaigning for his party’s nomination for the Kaohsiung City Mayoral 2018 election, is asking for privacy for his father and his family after the former’s Wednesday release on parole. (Chen Che-nan, right, sits with then-President Chen Shui-bain, left, in happier times) The Central News Agency has more: http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201710110031.aspx “Chen Che-nan, 77, (陳哲男), a senior aide during the administration of former President Chen Shui-bian, was released on parole Wednesday after serving three years of a seven-year sentence … his son Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁), a...

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NEW PINGTUNG KAMIKAZE BUNKERS FOUND

Red Brick Daily Every so often, a hiker or researcher will stumble across some remnant of WWII history here, generally related to the Japanese military which controlled Taiwan from 1895 to 1945. The Taipei Times explains that Pingtung County, where many such bunkers have been found in foothills, wants Central Government protection for these sites, before they get trashed by unsupervised tourists: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2017/10/03/2003679634 “Near the end of World War II in the Pacific theater, the Japanese Empire built up a string of defensive positions stretching from the north to the south of Pingtung to prevent a potential landing by US...

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PARTS OF TAIWAN — INCLUDING THE SOUTH — ARE WORRIED ABOUT WATER

Red Brick Daily Drive up to where the Gaoping River (高屏溪) begins to expand out of the mountains and you’ll notice something … the river is far from raging.  One might be able to cross many areas on foot — though that is not advised for safety reasons. (Headwaters of the Gaoping River-Wikimedia Commons) South Taiwan is looking at a drought as we enter what should be falling upon autumn, but feels more like the heat of August in Kenting. We may not make it through the winter without water rationing, as the Central News Agency notes: http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201710040016.aspx “The Water...

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UPDATE: GANG SHAN BUS CRASH DRIVER CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE

Red Brick Daily The bus was not speeding, nor was the driver overworked or using drugs or alcohol. He also was not checking his phone, Kaohsiung cops say, but rather reaching for what appears to be a box of tissues. (The driver of the bus, surnamed Wu, is pictured in hospital on Sept.11, 2017. Wu was ejected from the bus but survived with minor injuries.) Six people lost their lives in mid-September when an Aloha tour bus headed to Taipei from Kaohsiung smashed into a concrete median. Reports from Mirror Media claimed video footage from inside the bus shows...

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KAOHSIUNG ECO-MOBILITY FESTIVAL KICKS OFF

Red Brick Daily For the month of October 2017, combustion engine traffic will be barred from some streets in the Hamasen neighborhood of Kaohsiung. (KHH Mayor Chen Chu sits with Premier Lai at the opening ceremony) Here’s how ICRT’s south Taiwan correspondent E. Michael Smith put it in an ICRT blog post: “The Eco-Mobility Festival held every two years has a simple, clear mission statement: ‘One Month, One Neighborhood.’  From October 2017, that neighborhood will be in Kaohsiung and the one-month experiment is meant to answer some fundamental questions about the future of transportation in our ever-more crowded cities....

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