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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Call for prescriptions to be printed in foreign languages

An illiterate elderly woman from Tainan in Taiwan, who complained of being strangely tired during the day, was later found to have taken sleeping pills mistakenly with the help of her Indonesian caregiver.The 70-year-old woman surnamed Lin, whose adult children work in northern Taiwan and return home to look after her only during holidays, was recently sleeping during the day while failing to fall asleep at night, the Udn Daily News reported on the weekend.

Taiwan’s schools to offer courses in Southeast Asian languages

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s Ministry of Education has planned to officially launch courses in Southeast Asian languages at elementary and junior high schools in 2018, but trial courses were first introduced in the autumn semester this year during which new textbooks were to be put to test. With the goal of encouraging multifaceted development and promoting cultural diversity, the MOE has listed several Southeast Asian languages as part of the language courses in the elementary and junior high school curricula, said the MOE in a statement.

100 trained Indonesian nurses due in Taiwan in early 2018

A hundred trained nurses from Indonesia are due to arrive in Taiwan early next year – the first time the Southeast Asian country will send medical professionals to work in the island state. On October 12, the National Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers and an undisclosed human resources firm hired by Taiwan's Workforce Development Agency signed a cooperation agreement, the Central News Agency reported on the weekend.

Vietnamese worker falls victim to dengue fever in Tainan

Another case of dengue fever was confirmed in the southern Taiwan city of Tainan on Tuesday, with the total number of “imported” dengue cases reaching 12 in the city. The victim is a Vietnamese migrant worker who entered to Taiwan on August 16, according to a statement released by Tainan City’s Department of Health on Thursday.

Lin raises hourly minimum wage to NT$140 and monthly pay to...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- In one of his final acts as premier of Taiwan, Lin Chuan approved a committee's proposal to increase the hourly minimum wage to NT$140 (US$4.65) and the monthly minimum wage to NT$22,000, according to the Ministry of Labor (MOL), though an official announcement will probably not be released until tomorrow, reported Liberty Times. 

New scholarship program for children of Thai workers in Taiwan

Taiwan has launched a new scholarship program that prioritizes higher education for children of Thai citizens working in Taiwan and also for disadvantaged families, according to Taiwan’s representative office in Thailand. Three scholarships will be available per year. Applications can be submitted starting on September. To be eligible, applicants must be studying graduate programs in Taiwan, the office said.

Indonesian worker to serve 15-year jail sentence for manslaughter charges

An Indonesian worker received a 15-year prison sentence for a manslaughter conviction handed down by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court yesterday confirmed the previous ruling by the Hsinchu District Court and Taiwan High court of 15 years in jail for a migrant worker, named Indayani, for an incident which occurred in May 2015.

Taiwan, Philippines reach consensus on labor issues

The meeting was headed by Taiwan's Minister of Labor Lin Mei-chu (林美珠) and Philippine Secretary of Labor and Employment Silvestre H. Bello III, the MOL said in a statement.

Vietnamese workers protest migrant’s death by police shooting

Taipei, Sept. 4 (CNA) Dozens of Vietnamese migrant workers and labor rights activists protested in front of the National Police Agency (NPA) in Taipei on Monday over the shooting death of a Vietnamese worker on Aug. 31, demanding a thorough investigation of the case to determine if excessive police force was used.

Long-term Care Services Program facing shortages

The Long-term Care Services Act (長期照顧服務法) might have funding and staffing shortages over the next decade, Ministry of Health and Welfare documents showed.