Taipei, Dec. 24 (CNA) As the year draws to a close, it is an opportune time to reflect on the events that captivated, shocked, intrigued and made you reflect on the state of the world in 2015. Take a look at the articles that got you clicking on the Focus Taiwan website (focustaiwan.tw) this year. We can hazard that you'll have trouble guessing the most read articles of 2015.
Top 10 most read articles on the Focus Taiwan website in 2015:
● #10: Permanent residence for foreign blue-collar workers in the works (Apr. 22)
The Ministry of Labor announced its plans to allow eligible migrant workers in Taiwan to apply for permanent residence, as part of its efforts to increase the country's workforce.
● #9: 4 dead, 1 missing as Typhoon Soudelor wreaks havoc in Taiwan (Aug. 8)
An initial announcement by authorities said that Typhoon Soudelor had already left four people dead and one missing in Taiwan as of early Saturday, Aug. 8, as the powerful storm worked its way across the island.
● #8: Small TransAsia airplane crashes in Taipei (Feb. 4)
Breaking news stating that at least 31 people were killed and 12 were missing after a TransAsia Airways ATR-72 airplane crashed into a river in Taipei City shortly after taking off. The death toll later increased to 43. There were 15 survivors.
● #6: Two Filipino crewmen killed in brawl aboard Taiwanese fishing boat (Nov. 5)
Coast guard officials stated that two Filipino fishermen were killed, while two other Filipino and two Vietnamese fishermen were injured, during a fight aboard a Kaohsiung-registered vessel in late October this year.
Announcement that workers from the Philippines will soon be able to travel to Taiwan for work after Taiwan and the Philippines signed cooperation guidelines Monday on worker recruitment, management and service.
● #4: Over 100 injured after fire breaks out at water park (Jun. 27)
Breaking news that more than 100 people at a recreational water park in New Taipei were injured and rushed to hospital after a stage at the park caught fire, and a flammable colored powder exploded. As of late December, 15 of the 500 people injured in the fiery explosion had died.
● #3: Ministry backs allowing migrant workers to stay longer in Taiwan (Apr. 22)
Taiwan's Ministry of Labor voiced its support for a proposal by lawmakers to increase the total number of years foreign nationals can work in Taiwan, on the condition that such extensions would not affect job opportunities for local residents.
● #2: Nepal rejects Taiwan's offer to send help in rescue effort (Apr. 27)
Nepal declined Taiwan's offer of help with search and rescue efforts after the country was devastated by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, citing the long distance, lack of direct flights and diplomatic relations.
● #1: Boy stumbles, leaves hole in valuable painting at da Vinci exhibit (Aug. 24)
A Taiwanese boy accidentally punched a hole in an extremely valuable Paolo Porpora painting at "The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius" exhibit in Taipei after apparently tripping and trying to catch his balance.
Focus Taiwan has a presence across a number of social media platforms. Listed below are the most clicked articles of the year on these platforms.
● Top Facebook post: What will happen to Taiwan if global temperatures rise by 2 degrees Celsius? (Nov. 11)
A video showing a scenario, based on the sea level projections made by Climate Central, of what could happen to Taiwan after a 2 degree Celsius rise in global temperatures.
(click the image for the video)
● Top Tweet: Taipei 101 to flash tricolor to mourn victims of #ParisAttacks (Nov. 14)
News that the Taipei 101 skyscraper, the landmark building in Taiwan's capital, would put on special red, white and blue lighting displays to mourn the victims of the series of terror attacks that occurred in Paris a day earlier.
● Top YouTube video: Cyclist sets record by climbing 3,139 steps up Taipei 101 skyscraper (Mar. 22)
A cyclist from Poland broke his own Guinness World Record by climbing 3,139 steps up the Taipei 101 skyscraper on a bicycle.
● Top LinkedIn article: Five more countries grant Taiwan visa privileges (Dec. 1)
An announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that Taiwanese passport holders can now obtain visa waivers, landing visas or e-visas to 158 countries and territories after five more countries recently granted Taiwan such privileges.