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  • Dec 07 2017 17:15About: 5 days ago
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NATIONAL DEFENSE

Budget to be raised

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday said that the nation would increase its defense budget to make possible major weapons purchases. While receiving a delegation from the US-based National Committee on American Foreign Policy, Tsai expressed gratitude for the US government’s decision in June to approve the sale of about US$1.42 billion in weapons to Taiwan. The move shows that the US government supports the Taiwan Relations Act, which governs US-Taiwan ties, Tsai said. To bolster the nation’s security, she said that Taiwan would increase its defense budget to fund major weapons acquisitions from the US. Taiwan has continuously reformed its military and strengthened its national defenses, Tsai said. Last week, the air force retired its S-2T marine patrol aircraft fleet and upgraded its marine patrol capabilities with the Lockheed P-3C aircraft, she said.

WEATHER

Yushan turns white

Despite the easing of a continental cold air mass affecting Taiwan, the nation’s highest mountain early yesterday saw more snowfall after receiving this winter’s first snow cover on Wednesday, the Central Weather Bureau said. It started snowing on 3,952m Yushan at 12:30am and the precipitation continued until 2am, resulting in an accumulation of 2cm of snow, bureau forecaster Li Meng-hsuan (李孟軒) said. A stronger cold air mass from southern China would arrive today, dropping temperatures to as low as 13°C in the north, 14°C in the center and 15°C to 16°C in the south, Li said.

SOCIETY

Police officer loses case

The Taipei High Administrative Court yesterday again ruled against a police officer who filed a gender equality lawsuit against his unit after it punished him for having long hair. The court said in a statement that it in October ruled against officer Yeh Chi-yuan (葉繼元) of the Second Special Police Corps on the basis that observance of the dress code is important to upholding the integrity of the police. As such, different requirements based on gender do not violate gender equality laws. The October ruling addressed 17 written warnings and a “C” grade evaluation that Yeh received on his performance evaluation in 2015. In its latest ruling, the court found no procedural or factual errors in the Second Special Police Corps’ 2014 review of Yeh, which resulted in 36 warnings and a “C” grade for his annual evaluation that year. He was repeatedly issued warnings for having long hair, which for male police officers violates the dress code, the court said, adding that it rejected Yeh’s claims, including that the police violated gender equality laws.

LABOR

Ministry to review act

Premier William Lai (賴清德) yesterday said that the Ministry of Labor would conduct a comprehensive review of the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) before further amendments are passed or a new labor law is enacted to “update the legislation for the modern age.” The Labor Standards Act is based on the Factory Act (工廠法) and designed to regulate assembly line work, making it inadequate for modern work conditions, Executive Yuan spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) quoted Lai as saying during a Cabinet meeting. The Labor Standards Act should be adapted to the demands of the global knowledge economy and to make it easier to deal with the changes it brings, Hsu quoted Lai as saying.



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NATIONAL DEFENSE Budget raised President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday said that nation would increase defense budget make possible major weapons purchases. While receiving delegation from US-based National Committee American Foreign Policy expressed gratitude government’s decision June approve sale about US$1.42 billion Taiwan. move shows government supports Taiwan Relations Act which governs US-Taiwan ties said. bolster nation’s security fund acquisitions continuously reformed military strengthened national defenses Last week force retired S-2T marine patrol aircraft fleet upgraded capabilities with Lockheed P-3C aircraft said. WEATHER Yushan turns white Despite easing continental cold mass affecting Taiwan highest mountain early more snowfall after this winter’s first snow cover Wednesday Central Weather Bureau started snowing 3952m Yushan 12:30am precipitation continued until 2am resulting accumulation snow bureau forecaster Meng-hsuan (李孟軒) stronger southern China arrive today dropping temperatures 13°C north 14°C center 15°C 16°C south said. SOCIETY Police officer loses case The Taipei High Administrative Court again ruled against police filed gender equality lawsuit unit punished having long hair. court statement October Chi-yuan (葉繼元) Second Special Police Corps basis observance dress code important upholding integrity police. such different requirements based violate laws. ruling addressed written warnings “C” grade evaluation received performance 2015. latest ruling found procedural factual errors Corps’ 2014 review Yeh resulted annual year. repeatedly issued hair male officers violates code said adding rejected Yeh’s claims including violated laws. LABOR Ministry act Premier William (賴清德) Ministry Labor conduct comprehensive Standards (勞動基準法) before further amendments passed labor enacted “update legislation modern age.” Factory (工廠法) designed regulate assembly line work making inadequate conditions Executive Yuan spokesman Kuo-yung (徐國勇) quoted saying during Cabinet meeting. should adapted demands global knowledge economy easier deal changes brings saying.

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