The Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) is set to relax the requirements that mainland Chinese spouses of Taiwan residents must meet to be allowed to work in Taiwan. \nCLA officials said that Chinese spouses who can't get a low-income household certificate will still be able to apply for work if the average monthly income per member of the household is lower than that of the average of the lowest 20 percent of households in Taiwan -- according to the latest statistics provided by the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics. \nNoting that the number of Chinese spouses coming to Taiwan has been increasing every year, the officials said that many of the Taiwan residents who these spouses marry are old or poor and that the livelihood of these families are often in jeopardy if the Chinese spouses are not allowed to get work in Taiwan. \nThe CLA revised the regulations governing Chinese spouses applying for work in Taiwan last year, stipulating that if Taiwan residents meet the low-income requirements, are aged over 65, have moderate physical or mental disabilities, or suffer from serious disease or injury, their Chinese spouses can apply for work in Taiwan. \nBut the number of applicants since the date of revision had been far lower than expected, so the CLA reviewed the policy and concluded that the definition of a low-income family is too strict. Also, the requirements for issuing low-income certificates vary from place to place, so Chinese spouses face difficulties even if they want to apply.
FATAL FIRE: The health department is trying to contact the inspector who visited the site of the illegal nursing home to ask why they did not advise follow-up checks The Taipei City Government yesterday said that a health department inspector last year had visited the site of a long-term care facility in Neihu District (內湖) after receiving a report questioning its status. A fire broke out at the facility on Tuesday afternoon, killing three people. The Taipei Fire Department said that it received a report about a fire on the first floor of a four-story residential building on Kangning Road Sec. 1 at 2:38pm on Tuesday, firefighters arrived at 2:43pm and the fire was put out by 3:07pm. The firefighters found three men in beds and rushed them to hospital for
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD: Media speculation has fueled confusion about the KMT’s reasons for skipping a Chinese forum and delaying an AIT meeting, party sources said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Sunday said that it is not seeking to improve relations with the US or China at the expense of the other, and that its relations with the countries would be topic-based. The party has faced questions over its foreign policy after it on Monday last week announced its withdrawal from the annual Straits Forum and delayed planned talks with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The party has also taken a tough stance on the importation of US meat containing ractopamine, while also lambasting China for increasing its military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait. Following
Yuchi Township (魚池) fishers have appealed to the Nantou County Government for help in dealing with an invasive fish species in Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), where it has devastated the local ecosystem. Fishers at Sun Moon Lake have been using electrofishing in an attempt to eliminate the giant snakehead fish — found in Africa and Southeast Asia — but they have struggled to keep up with the growing population of the species, which breeds during September and October, the county government said on Monday. The county has contacted researchers at National Tsing Hua University, saying it hoped they could come up