Wild bird index launched
The first index of wild birds in Taiwan consisting of sketches by a local artist was launched recently and could become the new authority on the subject, the Forestry Bureau said. The index, which includes introductions of 658 bird species spotted in the nation, is seen as the most comprehensive compilation of its kind, the bureau said earlier this month at the book’s launch ceremony. Drawn by 33-year-old Lee Cheng-lin (李政霖), the book features color sketches of about 2,500 birds — including male and female birds of each species — in different movements and living in different habitats. The book was a collaborative effort between the bureau and the Wild Bird Society of Taipei. Taiwanese bird expert Hsiao Mu-ji (蕭木吉) was the editor-in-chief of the book, which took six years to complete.
Taipei No. 25 student city
Taipei ranked 25th in a survey of the best cities for international students, up three notches from last year, according to a survey published by a British higher education institution on Monday last week. Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) lists the world’s 50 top cities for students in its annual “QS Best Student Cities” rankings. Taipei was ahead of Beijing (26th) and Shanghai (32nd). Paris topped the list, followed by Melbourne, London and Sydney, in that order, with Boston and Hong Kong tied for fifth. Hong Kong was listed seventh last year. Rounding out the top 10 are Tokyo, Montreal, Toronto and Seoul. The survey draws on data on five key areas: universities, affordability, lifestyle, employment prospects and student community. To be included, a city must have a population of more than 250,000 and at least two institutes of higher education featured in the QS university rankings. A total of 116 cities and territories meet these criteria, 50 of which are ranked.
FOSSIL CLUES: The bushfires resulted from a positive Indian Ocean dipole event, when the region east of the ocean becomes drier, professor Shen Chuan-chou said The bushfires that swept through Australia last year were connected to a phenomenon known as the Indian Ocean dipole (IOD), which is expected to become more frequent due to climate change, a geologist studying coral fossils said yesterday. National Taiwan University Department of Geosciences professor Shen Chuan-chou (沈川洲) since 2001 has been working with Australian and US researchers to study climate systems in the Indian Ocean. Led by Australian National University Research School of Earth Sciences professor Nerilie Abram, the team published a paper on IOD in the journal Nature on March 9. The bushfires resulted from a positive IOD event, when the
Senior judges yesterday met to discuss the constitutionality of a law that makes adultery a criminal offense, before being ordered by Judicial Yuan President Hsu Tzong-li (許宗力) to set a date for a constitutional interpretation within the next month. The judges met to discuss Article 239 of the Criminal Code on offenses against marriage and family, after 18 judges had called for a constitutional interpretation of the issue. Taipei District Court Judge Lin Meng-huang (林孟皇) said that while he had previously tried adultery cases and never questioned the law, his feelings changed when trying a case last year involving baseball star Wang
Instead of hating the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), help change it, KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said, as he urged young people to join efforts to reform the party. As the nation marked Youth Day on Sunday, Chiang said in a Facebook post that he wanted to remind people that “the KMT used to be very young.” Now, when people think of the KMT, they equate it with older people, he wrote. “Even if [the KMT] is a 100-year-old party, it must maintain a young mentality, and understand what young people want and what they want the KMT to do,” Chiang wrote.
A survey has found that 37.3 percent of transgender people in the nation have experienced gender-related discrimination or bullying in the workplace, the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights said yesterday. The alliance’s survey showed that 55.41 percent of transgender people said that they had been afraid to use a public restroom, 18.53 percent had been harassed or attacked in public, while 15.83 percent had been afraid to ask a police officer or other professional for help. The survey, conducted from March 14 to Wednesday last week, was based on 518 valid responses from transgender people aged 14 to 78, the