An open tender for the initial design phase for the navy’s Indigenous Defence Submarine program will go live today, with the main design contract expected to be signed next month. The tender bid process for the main contractor will be restricted to domestic companies, according to Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Mei Chia-shu.
The Ministry of National Defense estimates design work on the new submarine program will be completed in three years and it will take a further five years to build a prototype, with the first submarine expected to be delivered in 2024 and put into service by 2025, following operational testing and evaluation.
The Legislative Yuan’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee on Thursday last week decided to completely abolish the NT$50 million budget for purchasing submarines from abroad next year.
(Liberty Times, translated by Edward Jones)
A request by the World Health Organization (WHO) for more information on a surge in respiratory illnesses and clusters of pneumonia in children in China has attracted global attention. Health authorities have not detected any unusual or novel pathogens, the WHO later said, and doctors and public health researchers say there is no reason for international alarm. Authorities in Taiwan, however, last week advised the elderly, very young and those with poor immunity to avoid travel to China. The following is what we know about the surge in illness in the world’s second most populous country so far, and why experts think there
Have you ever wondered about the odd name “eggplant” or heard of its bizarre nickname, the “mad apple”? The tales behind these names are just as unusual as the vegetable’s appearance. The name “eggplant” dates back to the 18th century. It wasn’t inspired by the familiar long, purple type we often see and enjoy in Taiwan. Instead, it was a unique variety, which was small, egg-shaped and white, that earned it its name. While the British were in India, this particular form caught their attention. It prompted them to adopt the term “eggplant.” Even though new eggplant varieties in
Have you ever taken off a sweater and felt a surprising shock? That’s static electricity, the buildup of an electric charge. It occurs when two items rub against each other, and electrons are transferred from one thing or person to another. If an object has an excess of electrons, it becomes negatively charged. On the other hand, when something has a lack of electrons, it naturally becomes positively charged. Opposite charges attract, so when a negatively charged object comes into contact with a positively charged one, the electrons will flow from the negative object to the positive one until the
對話 Dialogue 小實：馬克，你下個月回美國可以幫我買些東西嗎？ Xiǎoshí: Mǎkè, nǐ xià ge yuè huí Měiguó kěyǐ bāng wǒ mǎixiē dōngxi ma? 馬克：可以啊！你要買「維他命」嗎？ Mǎkè: Kěyǐ a! Nǐ yāomǎi “wéitāmìng” ma? 小實：哈哈，是啊！你怎麼知道我要買維生素？ Xiǎoshí: Haha, shì a! Nǐ zěnme zhīdào wǒ yào mǎi wéishēngsù? 馬克：現在大家很重視健康，所以我常常幫朋友買。 Mǎkè: Xiànzài dàjiā hěn zhòngshì jiànkāng, suǒyǐ wǒ chángcháng bāng péngyǒu mǎi 小實：嗯！在臺灣買這些保健食品都比較貴。 Xiǎoshí: En! Zài Táiwān mǎi zhèxiē bǎojiàn shípǐn dōu bǐjiào guì. 馬克：你只要買維他命嗎？葉黃素要不要？ Mǎkè: Nǐ zhǐyào mǎi wéitāmìng ma? Yèhuángsù yào bùyào? 小實：要要要！現在常常看3C螢幕，一定要保護眼睛。 Xiǎoshí: Yào yào yào! Xiànzài chángcháng kàn 3C yíngmù, yídìng yào bǎohù yǎnjīng. 馬克：不過，這些東西還是比不上真正的食物。 Mǎkè: Búguò, zhèxiē dōngxi háishì bǐ bú shàng zhēnzhèng de shíwù. 小實：平常吃得不夠營養，就只好吃保健食品了！ Xiǎoshí: Píngcháng chī de búgòu yíngyǎng, jiù zhǐhǎo chī bǎojiàn shípǐn le! 翻譯 Translation Xiaoshi: Mark, can you buy something