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Taiwan citizens seek gun training as war in Ukraine signals China threat



A growing number of everyday citizens in Taiwan are taking gun training since the war began in Ukraine

Shooting lessons have quadrupled across Taiwan amid a China invasion threat with Russia invading Ukraine three months ago.

Some in Taiwan fearing that China might seize the opportunity to initiate a similar attack on its neighbouring democratic island with the West currently distracted.

The growing anxiety of a potential China invasion has prompted many Taiwanese to sharpen their gun skills at the shooting range.

An official of a combat skills tarining company says that bookings have nearly quadrupled since Russia first inititated attacks on Ukraine in February.

Saying that some of those who are coming to undertake training have not handled guns before.

The people of Taiwan worry China might take advantage of the West’s distraction with Ukraine to ramp-up pressure against its far smaller neighbour.

Taiwan has raised the alert level with China increasing frequency of its air missions in Taiwan’s air defence zone.

There was an “urgent” need to learn more about defensive weapons since the Russian attack on Ukraine, said tour guide Chang Yu, who attended a gun course with his wife.

Taiwanese politicians are also urging the public to start thinking about survival plans besides gun training.

Saying that people need to consider preparing survival kits, emergency food and batteries for a time when most cities could be without water and electricity for days.

Danaya Malenda contributed to this report.

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Victoria’s Secret criticized for trans woman’s apology



Victoria’s Secret is facing backlash after issuing an apology to a transgender woman who had a negative experience while trying on bras at one of their stores.

The incident has ignited a debate about inclusivity and sensitivity in the fashion industry.

The controversy began when the trans woman, who remains anonymous, visited a Victoria’s Secret store to shop for bras. She reported feeling uncomfortable and discriminated against by store staff.

In response to her complaint, Victoria’s Secret issued an apology, acknowledging the incident and expressing their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

However, the apology itself has come under fire from both supporters and critics.

Some argue that the brand’s apology is insincere and merely an attempt to save face, while others believe it is a step in the right direction towards a more inclusive shopping experience for all customers.

The incident raises important questions about how brands should handle situations involving discrimination and whether their apologies are genuine or performative.

It also highlights the ongoing challenges faced by transgender individuals when accessing spaces traditionally designed for cisgender customers.

As the fashion industry continues to evolve, many are calling for a deeper examination of inclusivity and sensitivity, not just in policies but in practice.

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Has the Australian Defence Force become top heavy?



Despite a decrease in overall personnel numbers, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has seen a notable increase in senior officers, leading to concerns about its top-heavy structure.

In recent years, the ADF has undergone significant downsizing efforts, resulting in a reduced total workforce.

However, a closer look at the numbers reveals a surprising trend – a growing number of senior officers within the organization.

The rise in senior officers has raised questions about the efficiency and effectiveness of the ADF’s hierarchy.

Critics argue that a top-heavy structure may hinder decision-making and resource allocation, potentially impacting the ADF’s operational capabilities.

Is the increase in senior officers a deliberate strategy, or is it the result of unintended consequences from downsizing efforts?

What implications does a top-heavy structure have on the ADF’s ability to respond to evolving security challenges?

Are there plans to rebalance the officer-to-enlisted personnel ratio within the ADF?

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India’s shift to coal amid declining hydro generation



India has been grappling with a significant challenge in its energy sector as hydroelectric power generation has experienced a sharp decline.

This shift in the energy landscape has forced the nation to increasingly turn to coal as an alternative source of power.

The dwindling water resources and changing weather patterns have led to a decrease in hydro generation, posing a pressing dilemma for the country’s energy sustainability.

With India’s growing population and expanding industries, a steady and reliable power supply is crucial.

However, the drop in hydroelectric power output due to factors like reduced rainfall and glacial melting has strained the nation’s electricity grid.

As a result, coal-fired power plants have become a more prevalent choice to bridge the energy gap, despite concerns about environmental impact and carbon emissions.

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