Parents will receive a monthly payment of NT$2,500 for each of
their first two kids aged 0 to 4 and an additional NT$1,000 for the
third child..Taiwan will expand its child-rearing subsidy program to
provide a monthly allowance of NT$2,500 for households with a toddler up
to age 4, Premier William Lai announced in a press event to address the
island’s low birth rates on May 16.
“The consequences of passing this resolution are clear: broadband
providers like AT&T, Comcast, and others will be able to sell your
personal information to the highest bidder without your permission,”
said Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA) on the House floor this afternoon.
“And no one will be able to protect you, not even the Federal Trade
Commission that our friends on the other side of the aisle keep talking
“The city of Portland has shown gross negligence in its inadequate
preventative care through this winter’s storms, and through its slow
repair of potholes as weather has improved,” claims the group’s Facebook page.
“Daily, this negligence is an active danger to cyclists and causes
damage to people’s automobiles, and an increased risk of collision and
“Portland Anarchist Road Care aims to mobilize crews throughout our
city, in our neighborhoods, to patch our streets, build community, and
continue to find solutions to community problems outside of the state,”
the page also says.
Fragments of Greek stamps were found at the Paris offices of the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) where the letter bomb exploded on
Thursday, leaving the secretary with injuries to her face and hands.
A far-left Greek group called Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei is “likely
behind” the Paris attack, a Greek police source told Agence France-
Presse in Athens.
News services run by some of China’s biggest online portals,
including Sina, Sohu, NetEase and iFeng, were shut for publishing
independent reports instead of official statements, the media said.
The sites had seriously violated reporting rules, officials said.
China has tightened controls on online communications in recent years.
Chinese news sites are prohibited from gathering or reporting on
political or social issues themselves, and are instead meant to rely on
reports published by official media, such as state news agency Xinhua.
| According to a new piece of Chinese
legislation signed into law on Nov. 1, netizens found guilty of
“spreading rumors” or “fabricated information” online can be jailed for
up to seven years. The ninth amendment to China’s
criminal law was passed on Aug. 29 this year in the 16th meeting of the
National People’s Congress Standing Committee.
強國人怎會懂？超醜的批踢踢藏有這些秘密 ~ 台灣蘋果日報 “How can superpowers understand it? Super-ugly ptt has some secrets”: an AppleDaily writeup about this review of PTT’s history and influence. Interesting that Taiwan still uses telnet BBS systems, and to powerful effect. Someone needs to write … Continue reading →
I don’t actually keep up with the news, unlike most “educated” Americans I seldom read papers regularly IRL or on the internet. It’s not that it’s very hard to generate interest in it after living abroad for so long, rather it’s more like I have too many other things to read and most reports these days are designed to get you all riled up about what turns out to be nothing. Practically everything the world can come up with has already become a routine. War in the middle east? China and Japan angry about each other? Another psychopath killed 30 people in America? I’ve read all that a million times. Come up with something new already! And then they do…and then I read the news.
Udo Ulfkotte, a former editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (which is one of Germany’s largest newspapers), has decided to go
public about the corruption of himself and the rest of the Western
‘news’ media, because he finds that this corruption is bringing Europe
too close to a nuclear war against Russia, which he concludes the U.S.
aristocracy that controls the CIA wants to bring about, or else to bring
closer to the brink.