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超扯!人為疏失human error雄三飛彈誤射擊中漁船

海軍金江艦anti-ship missile,上午八點十五分,誤射雄三飛彈,雖然沒有越過敏感的海峽中線,擊中一艘漁船造成一死三傷,軍方定調是人為操作疏失。出訪中的總統蔡英文,立刻指示由國安會、國防部以最快速度查明真相,並徹底檢討。

高雄左營軍港內,所有軍艦都停泊halted在碼頭邊,暫停一切例行的操演,就是因為金江艦竟然發射了一枚雄三飛彈,海軍司令部The navy commond立即召開記者會。Convened a press conference over the incident.

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海軍參謀長 梅家樹]]
今天是在做甲類操演前,在執行裝備的檢查測試,該員應該是在射擊的程序的時候,並沒有按照程序操作,產生這一次誤射misfiring的事件

具備搜尋目標homing capabilities功能的雄三飛彈落海前,直接貫穿一艘在設定區域中作業的漁船駕駛艙,造成船長當場死亡的悲劇。

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行政院副院長林錫耀]]
政府該負share of的責任,我們一定會百分之百承擔 assume

不幸中的大幸是,luckily 飛彈落海處距離最敏感的海峽中線,還有一段距離。Well short of the Taiwan Strait median line

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海軍參謀長梅家樹]]
它的飛行航跡是沒有(跨過)海峽中線,我們也同步coordinating的跟國安會the National Security Council那邊也做直接的報告 in submitting direct updates.

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Taichung manufacturer fulfills his dream by operating a rural bookstore (2015/03/06)

A love of reading led Taichung entrepreneur Lobsang Wang to open a bookstore. He doesn’t pressure customers to make purchases, and instead encourages them to browse. Despite big losses in his first year, he says he’s prepared to keep the bookstore open to inspire others to read.

At 11 am when this bookstore opens, a number of customers are already waiting outside eager to enter.

These book racks and a bar are all made from wood typically found in a cafe, but it’s actually a bookstore. Customers aren’t required to make a purchase. The owner encourages everyone to browse as long as they want.

The owner, Lobsang Wang, manufactures stair lifts, though his hobby has always been reading books. A year and a half ago he invested NT$40 million in a bookstore located at the border of Taichung, Changhua and Nantou. It was his hope that this new bookstore would encourage more people to read.

Voice of Lobsang Wang
Everyone thought I was crazy, but I feel very happy. I am living out a dream.

Over its first year, this independent bookstore lost NT$1 million. But Wang, who believes that books can never be replaced by e-books, is prepared to invest another NT$10 million to keep the bookstore open for another 10 years.

Huang Jing-ru
Customer
I am truly moved almost to the point of tears. Coming here today was really worth it.

For Wang, the personal investment and even the losses that he has incurred have been worthwhile.

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Volunteers help land crabs cross the busy Green Island coastal highway (2014/09/26)

Next we head to Green Island, where a crew of volunteers is busy protecting land crabs. The volunteers usher the crabs across the coastal highway, preventing them from being run over by vehicles as they make their way to the sea to lay eggs.

When evening approaches, 30 to 40 volunteers head to the highway encircling Green Island. They come armed with boards and buckets to aid in the search and capture of land crabs.

They carefully place land crabs that are just 2 to 3 centimeters long into bottles and other containers. The crabs are then brought to the sea where they lay eggs.

Mother crabs brings their eggs to the sea this time of year. As they move from the mountainous interior to the coast, they must cross the highway. Many of the crabs are crushed during this treacherous stage of their journey.

Lu Jin-yu
Land Crab Conservationist
“About 2,000 crabs die in this 50-meter wide highway. We come at dawn and dusk. They hit this board, which prevents them from scattering across the road. This is very dangerous for them,” says this volunteer.

These volunteers have therefore made protection of these crabs their duty. Despite the hard work, they take joy in helping these creatures produce a new generation.
 
     
     
 
中文 Chinese  
護綠島陸蟹

每年5到9月,正是綠島陸蟹下海產卵的季節,只是綠島環島公路上,遊客多,橫越馬路、要到海邊產卵的陸蟹,常常被車輛壓死。有一群志工,就特別在清晨和傍晚,到公路旁,搶救一隻隻陸蟹。

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Volunteers help land crabs cross the busy Green Island coastal highway (2014/09/26)

Next we head to Green Island, where a crew of volunteers is busy protecting land crabs. The volunteers usher the crabs across the coastal highway, preventing them from being run over by vehicles as they make their way to the sea to lay eggs.

When evening approaches, 30 to 40 volunteers head to the highway encircling Green Island. They come armed with boards and buckets to aid in the search and capture of land crabs.

They carefully place land crabs that are just 2 to 3 centimeters long into bottles and other containers. The crabs are then brought to the sea where they lay eggs.

Mother crabs brings their eggs to the sea this time of year. As they move from the mountainous interior to the coast, they must cross the highway. Many of the crabs are crushed during this treacherous stage of their journey.

Lu Jin-yu
Land Crab Conservationist
“About 2,000 crabs die in this 50-meter wide highway. We come at dawn and dusk. They hit this board, which prevents them from scattering across the road. This is very dangerous for them,” says this volunteer.

These volunteers have therefore made protection of these crabs their duty. Despite the hard work, they take joy in helping these creatures produce a new generation.
 
     
     
 
中文 Chinese  
護綠島陸蟹

每年5到9月,正是綠島陸蟹下海產卵的季節,只是綠島環島公路上,遊客多,橫越馬路、要到海邊產卵的陸蟹,常常被車輛壓死。有一群志工,就特別在清晨和傍晚,到公路旁,搶救一隻隻陸蟹。

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iPass Card accuses EasyCard of being a monopoly, keeps it out of Kaohsiung (2014/09/25)

The EasyCard is Taiwan’s most used stored value card for public transportation fares and is dominant in Taipei. Another stored value card provider based in Kaoshiung, iPass, has exclusive access to the Kaohsiung MRT. Each wants access to the other’s territory, but a breakthrough in the stalemate seems unlikely in the near future.

Have the EasyCard read by a sensor, and a computer displays recorded information, such as the bearer’s blood pressure, height and weight. Though the card’s functions are growing by the day, it still cannot be used on the Kaohsiung MRT system.

There are 48 million EasyCards in circulation, more than 10 times as many as the 4.5 million iPass cards issued. The two companies have tried to discuss terms for cross-use of the cards, but talks broke down over value-added services.

Wang Chih-chun (voice)
iPass Card Spokesman
Taipei Metro stations, they do not offer iPass value-added services. Under these circumstances, what’s there for the iPass to do in Taipei?

iPass Corporation says Taipei Metro spent NT$30 million two years ago to develop equipment compatible with different stored value cards and received government subsidies for the project. It should now allow other types of cards in rather than letting EasyCard dominate. But what about Kaohsiung?

Chen Chih-hao
EasyCard Spokesman
We hope the two cities can agree that if access to Kaohsiung is given then access will be given to Taipei and vice versa based on the principles of fairness and reciprocity.

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iPass Card accuses EasyCard of being a monopoly, keeps it out of Kaohsiung (2014/09/25)

The EasyCard is Taiwan’s most used stored value card for public transportation fares and is dominant in Taipei. Another stored value card provider based in Kaoshiung, iPass, has exclusive access to the Kaohsiung MRT. Each wants access to the other’s territory, but a breakthrough in the stalemate seems unlikely in the near future.

Have the EasyCard read by a sensor, and a computer displays recorded information, such as the bearer’s blood pressure, height and weight. Though the card’s functions are growing by the day, it still cannot be used on the Kaohsiung MRT system.

There are 48 million EasyCards in circulation, more than 10 times as many as the 4.5 million iPass cards issued. The two companies have tried to discuss terms for cross-use of the cards, but talks broke down over value-added services.

Wang Chih-chun (voice)
iPass Card Spokesman
Taipei Metro stations, they do not offer iPass value-added services. Under these circumstances, what’s there for the iPass to do in Taipei?

iPass Corporation says Taipei Metro spent NT$30 million two years ago to develop equipment compatible with different stored value cards and received government subsidies for the project. It should now allow other types of cards in rather than letting EasyCard dominate. But what about Kaohsiung?

Chen Chih-hao
EasyCard Spokesman
We hope the two cities can agree that if access to Kaohsiung is given then access will be given to Taipei and vice versa based on the principles of fairness and reciprocity.

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Taipei International Invention Show features special Agricultural Pavilion (2014/09/18)

The 2014 Taipei International Invention Show and Techno Mart officially opened to the public today. This year the Agricultural Pavilion at the show was of particular interest, displaying many examples of new agricultural technology.

The opening of the Taipei International Invention Show took place today, and Deputy Agriculture Minister Chen Wen-te was on hand for the opening of the special Agriculture Pavilion. This year, three different themes were on display at the pavilion: breeding, food safety, and health. This special exhibit caught the attention of many people passing by the pavilion.

A rope is connected to this clicker producing a 100-120db noise, a sort of solar powered bird alarm, helping farmers keep birds away from their rice field.

And here we see this fruit which fits in the palm of one’s hand. It’s the Hualien No. 5 bitter melon, which only takes 3 months to harvest and is considered a health food.

Chen Wen-te
Deputy Agriculture Minister
This year there are 47 items featuring agricultural technology on display. I think all of these items are appropriate for daily life, and the future development of the (agriculture) industry. So we are actively pursuing this platform to promote our achievements.

The hard work of farmers in cooperation with the efforts of the Council of Agriculture have helped Taiwan make advances in agricultural technology, benefiting both consumers and those who work in the fields.

 
     
     
 
中文 Chinese  
農產發明

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TSMC opts for electric vehicles to shuttle staff around its facilities at Hsinchu Science Park (2014/09/19)

In an effort to reduce carbon emissions, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has been promoting the use of electric-powered vehicles. TSMC has given up on diesel powered shuttle buses and switched to more environmentally friendly, electric-powered vehicles to transport its employees around its factory grounds at Hsinchu Science Park.

Passengers on this shuttle bus will notice two things that make for an especially pleasant ride. There is no loud engine noise, nor is there any exhaust smoke. The vehicle, which is used by TSMC as transport for its employees at the Hsinchu Science Park, runs solely on electric power.

In a bid to reduce carbon emissions, TSMC contracted RAC Electric Vehicles to build more environmentally friendly transport for its employees, which was funded with a two-year grant from the Ministry of Economics. TSMC previously used nine diesel-power vehicles at its factory grounds, but now uses these electrically powered shuttle buses exclusively. With a passenger volume of 3,500 persons per day, the buses are helping the company to significantly reduce carbon emissions.

Connie Ma
TSMC Human Resources
The vehicle reduces carbon emissions by 200 metric tons. That’s the equivalent of 20,000 thousand trees, or twice the size of Da-an Park in Taipei.

TSMC says it only costs just NT$2 dollars per kilometer to run its electric vehicle. By comparison, a vehicle running on diesel fuel costs 5.5 NT dollars per kilometer, making the new shuttle buses more cost-efficient.

Raymond Tsai
RAC Electric Vehicles
The vehicle can be charged at night, during off-peak hours for electricity use. One charge will lasts about an entire day.

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Changhua pharmacist manages a trip around the world on a shoestring budget (2014/09/15)

Many of us would love to travel around the world, but we often give up such a dream because of the cost. But a pharmacist from Changhua managed to overcome this obstacle, spending just NT$800,000 to travel to 26 countries in one year.

From Mount Kilimanjaro in the African country of Tanzania to an active volcano in Ethiopia and a desert scene filled with cactus trees -- Chen Wei-ting has been to all of these remote places, as part of a year-long trip to 26 countries. The pharmacist accomplished his dream trip on a budget of just NT$850,000.

Chen Wei-ting
Traveler
I found a cheap plane ticket and started planning from there. I tried my best to go in just one direction and not backtrack on my route. Since I was traveling alone, I used couch-surfing websites to find accommodation or else I stayed in local hostels. That was my goal.

Chen’s trip compares favorably to a tour from a travel agency. A typical package that takes one traveler to 14 countries in 60 days costs NT$1.2 million. Chen’s budget of 850,000 has impressed at least one person in the travel industry.

Yu Kuo-chen
Travel Agency
It’s quite difficult to do what he did. To spend just over NT$800,000 for a trip around the world, you have to be quite frugal. When you’re abroad, there are many costs that affect your budget, especially taking into account food, lodging and transport.
Yu thinks travelers should take note. If you’re on a shoestring budget for a trip like Chen’s, expect to compromise quality when it comes to food and lodging. Also required: a spirit that can endure hardship.
 
     
     
 
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A woman surprises Taipei Medical University doctors by naturally giving birth after uterus surgery (2014/09/09)

Now we turn to a new major achievement in Taiwan’s medical world.
A 36-year-old woman has given birth following an unusual surgical procedure in which her uterus was split into two parts in order to remove a tumor. The woman underwent surgery three years ago, and in spite of a difficult recovery, she recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

Ms. Hsu and her husband, Mr. Zauner of Germany, show photos of their newborn baby son. For this couple, a second pregnancy and a successful birth following the surgery has been nothing short of a miracle.

Ms. Hsu
New Mother
It was a very pleasant and unexpected surprise. We never expected that I would become pregnant again. My uterus had such a large wound [because of the surgery], and I actually never expected to become pregnant again through natural means.

When Ms. Hsu first became pregnant with her daughter three years ago, a 3.5 kilogram fibroid tumor was discovered in her uterus. Because of the tumor, Ms Hsu’s doctors performed a caesarean section for the birth of her daughter and then immediately performed additional surgery to remove the tumor, which required splitting her uterus into two parts.

Liu Wei-min
Taipei Medical University Hospital
At the time, my assistant was scared. They asked how are we going to deal with this situation? To be honest I wasn’t so sure myself because it was not something one can just look up in medical literature. There’s nothing that tells you what to do when splitting a uterus into two parts.”

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After restoration, Japanese residence in Taipei Botanical Garden re-opens (2014/09/02)

A Japanese-style house from the colonial era has recently been renovated with the help of volunteers and private enterprises at the Taipei Botanical Garden. The building and surrounding garden were fully restored to their former zen-like simplicity.

A Japanese-style building made with dark wood and surrounded by white stones is situated within the walls of the Taipei Botanical Gardens. After its recent re-opening following renovations, it was given the name Nanmending 323, harkening back to the Japanese colonial era.

Chen Bao-ji
Agriculture Minister
Here we see the surrounding garden has a Japanese zen style design based on the image of a turtle and a crane.

The grand re-opening of this building includes an exhibition of plant paintings made by volunteers at the botanical garden.

Chen Bao-ji
Agriculture Minister
Innovation and flexibility from the private sector have been a big help in allowing us to develop. We are also grateful for contributions from private enterprises, which will allow us to maintain and operate the space into the future.

The renovation of this Japanese-style house was made possible through the sponsorship and assistance of private enterprises, creating yet another attraction at the Taipei Botanical Garden.

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Lanyu’s first convenience store delays scheduled opening until early September (2014/08/31)

The opening of Lanyu’s first full-fledged convenience store was scheduled to take place at the beginning of August. While work on the store has already been completed, the opening is now scheduled for early September. The company is hoping a soft opening will help it avoid any mistakes as well as minimize its impact on island culture. 

Renovation work on this convenience store is nearly complete with a cash register, refrigerators, and shelving in place. However, Lanyu’s first true convenience store remains locked and the sign has yet to be installed. The opening date of this convenience store was set for August 12 though it continues to encounter delays. Some believe that Lanyu, in fact, doesn’t need a convenience store as many local residents have mixed emotions about this arrival of this convenience store chain.

I don’t think the (arrival) of this convenience store is good. We already have a farmer’s cooperative, so why do they need to build a convenience store?

Chiang To-li 
Lanyu Township Mayor 
You can pay fuel tax, license tax, and phone and electricity bills right at the convenience store, so I think it’s going to be very convenient for Lanyu residents.

To avoid protests from local residents, this convenience store chain has decided to wait for summer vacation to pass before it undertakes a soft opening for it’s first store in Lanyu.
 
     
     
 
中文 Chinese  
蘭嶼小七延

便利商店進駐蘭嶼的消息,日前吵得沸沸揚揚,讓原本預定8月初開幕的便利商店,雖然早已裝修完畢,卻遲遲沒有開張。為避免節外生枝,現在總公司預計在9月初低調試營運。

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Mirage jets to pass over Taoyuan stadium in flyover (2014/08/26)

For the first time ever, Taiwan’s armed forces will hold a flyover at a baseball game. Mirage 2000 jets will pass over Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium on Thursday as part of a series of events the Lamigo Monkeys are holding ahead of Armed Forces Day next Wednesday.

The flyover will consist of five Mirage 2000 jets dispatched from Hsinchu Air Base flying at a height of 1,000 feet. To promote this event, Lamigo Monkeys players and cheerleaders joined soldiers in a press event today.

The Ministry of National Defense reached an agreement with the Monkeys for a special forces unit to perform during the game. It is part of a series of events taking place over the Monkeys’ four-day “Army Party.”

Liu Jie-ting
Lamigo Monkeys
Camouflage will be present throughout the stadium to reinforce the Army theme. We hope to use this opportunity for baseball fans across the country to pay respect to the heroes serving in our armed forces.

Tseng Chao-hao
Lamigo Monkeys
We’re going to dress like soldiers. These uniforms look good and offer a strong presence, much like that of a soldier. It’s as if we’re on the battlefield putting forth our best effort.

The ministry hoped to hold similar events with Lamigo last year, but they were called off following the death of an army corporal under suspicious circumstances. But with that controversy behind it, the armed forces will be able to treat fans to a special event this year.

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