As we begin counting the waning days of the year, Yahoo Kimo has announced its Top 10 list of people in news searches during 2017. Compared to last year, when international and Taiwanese politicians dominated the list, 90 percent of this year’s rankings were either talented Taiwanese who have left us or those who have figured in gossip stories.
There have been more people who will be sorely missed leaving us this year than usual. Top of the list is the talented writer Lin Yi-han, whose passing brought attention to a social issue, which contributed to her death, to the fore; second was director Chi Po-lin, who lost his life while documenting Taiwan. Sixth and seventh places went to Leslie Koo, who died following an accident, and Liu Wen-hsiung, who passed suddenly after being taken ill.
In addition to these, Chiu Hui-mei and Democratic Progressive Party Taipei City Councilor Tung Chung-yen were no. 3 and no. 10, respectively, for their roles in a sex scandal that shocked the nation. Fourth place was spiritual guru Master (“Seafood”) Miaochan, who hit the headlines for the huge donations followers give him, while two others, cram school teacher Chen Hsing, under a cloud of suspicion for his involvement in a sexual assault case, and Justin Lee, who was sentenced to 39 years in prison by the Taiwan High Court early in the year for sexual offences, made the top 10. Premier William Lai was the only politician in the Top 10 that hadn’t been involved in a scandal or suffered an untimely death.
Photo: Paul Cooper, Taipei Times
(Liberty Times, translated by Paul Cooper)
1.林奕含 Lin Yi-han
2.齊柏林 Chi Po-lin
3.邱惠美 Chiu Hui-mei
5.陳星 Chen Hsing
6.辜成允 Leslie Koo
7.劉文雄 Liu Wen-hsiung
8.賴清德 William Lai
9.李宗瑞 Justin Lee
10.童仲彥 Tung Chung-yen
Russian scientists are poring over the stunningly well-preserved bones of an adult woolly mammoth that roamed the Earth at least 10,000 years ago, after local inhabitants discovered its remains in the shallows of a north Siberian lake. Part of its skull, several ribs and foreleg bones, some with soft tissue still attached to them, were retrieved from Russia’s remote Yamal peninsula above the Arctic Circle on July 23. Scientists are still searching the site for other bones. Similar finds in Russia’s vast Siberian region have happened with increasing regularity as climate change warming the Arctic at a faster pace than the
In the eastern Afghan city of Herat, 18-year-old high school student Somaya Faruqi adjusts a suction cap as she puts the finishing touches before unveiling a low-cost, lightweight ventilator created by her and six other young women. The all-female Afghan Robotics Team, which has won international awards for its robots, started work in March on an open-source, low-cost ventilator as the coronavirus pandemic hit the war-torn nation. It took the team almost four months to finalize the ventilator, which is partly based on a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) design, and they received guidance from experts at Harvard University. The device is easy
A: We got to the store just in the nick of time. Look at the size of the line. B: How many lottery tickets should we buy? A: Four. Four tickets: four times the luck. B: Um. . . I’m not sure the math checks out, but it’s true the more tickets we buy, the higher the chance we have of winning. A: Come on, come on. What’s the hold up? B: Looks like the person at the front of the line can’t decide on his numbers. Couldn’t he have made up his mind while waiting in line? A:
The long wait is finally over, as the Taipei Area reopens for large concerts. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, dozens of shows at the venue were forced to be canceled this year. After the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) relaxed its restrictions across public venues on June 7, applications to hold events at the multipurpose stadium are once again being accepted. Singer Eric Chou will become the first to perform at the Taipei Arena as it reopens, bringing back his Deluxe concert tour with two shows on Saturday and Sunday. On Aug. 15, online retailer PChome Online will stage a