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Ting launches policy advisory team

By Chien Huei-ru

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei mayoral candidate Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) yesterday introduced his team of Taipei policy advisers, headed by Taipei City Council Speaker Wu Pi-chu (吳碧珠), as he began a series of campaign events to promote his platforms. The former legislator visited the KMTFULL STORY

US DEA plans to open office in Taipei: official

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) plans to establish an office in Taipei to promote exchanges with local law enforcement agencies, a US narcotics official said on Tuesday. Phillip Esch, narcotics attache for the DEA Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Office, made the announcement at aFULL STORY

US academic urges joint US-Taiwan military drills

With US President Donald Trump signing into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, the US and Taiwan should conduct joint military exercises to counter China’s increasing pressure on Taiwan, a US academic said in an article published on Tuesday. InFULL STORY

Hsieh cautions Yao against vow to quit politics

By Yang Chun-hui and William Hetherington

Representative to Japan Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) urged Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Pasuya Yao (姚文智), the party’s Taipei mayoral candidate, not to repeat a campaign promise to quit politics if he loses in the November elections. Hsieh, widely perceived as Yao’s mentor, said that his ownFULL STORY

KMT defers motion to expel Lin Wei-chou, raising questions about parity

By Shih Hsiao-kuang and Jonathan Chin

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday deferred a proposal to expel KMT Legislator Lin Wei-chou (林為洲), who has incurred the party’s ire for running without its approval for Hsinchu County commissioner. The KMT Party Disciplinary Committee on Aug. 3 voted to strip Lin of party membershipFULL STORY

Winston Tsai under investigation for fraud: prosecutors

By Jason Pan

Taoyuan prosecutors yesterday started an investigation into allegations that entrepreneur Wiston Tsai (蔡文清) has defrauded investors of more than NT$150 million (US$4.86 million) through his agricultural-biotechnology business. Tsai, touted as an agri-biotech pioneer in Taiwan, is known for developing large-scale indoor vegetable production through vertical farming,FULL STORY

Labor groups call for probe into death of Nigerian man

By Ann Maxon

A coalition of labor rights groups yesterday protested outside the Taipei City Hall, demanding the city investigate the death of a Nigerian man found dead at a Hwang Chang General Contractor Co construction site last month. Nwagbo John Ugochukwu, 55, was found dead at a constructionFULL STORY

More than 1,000 letters, parcels lost in shipwreck

By Shelley Shan

Chunghwa Post confirmed yesterday that it lost more than 1,000 pieces of mail and packages in a shipwreck last week, adding that it would seek compensation from the cargo ship company. This was the second time that the postal company lost mail and parcels in aFULL STORY

Dengue alert for New Taipei City

By Lee I-chia

With 10 of the 14 cases of indigenous dengue fever confirmed so far this year in New Taipei City, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the New Taipei City Department of Health urged people to avoid mosquito bites and take measures to prevent mosquitoesFULL STORY

Firm selling tainted liquid egg products passed June-July inspection, FDA says

By Lee I-chia

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday said that while its inspection on liquid egg products from 37 companies from June to last month found that 22 of them had failed at least one item, all companies passed the reinspection, including Yuanshan (元山蛋品有限公司), an eggFULL STORY

Chunghwa Telecom offers discounts for disabled subscribers

By Shelley Shan

About 4,000 of Chunghwa Telecom’s fixed Internet network service subscribers are to benefit from its latest discounts for mentally or physically challenged people, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday. The telecom’s plan was yesterday approved by the commission and is to take effect seven daysFULL STORY

Smoking jumps in high school: study

By Lin Hui-chin and Sherry Hsiao

Cigarette smoking rates increase the most between grades nine and 10, according to a longitudinal study of smoking behavior among adolescents conducted from 2012 to last year by the Health Promotion Administration (HPA). The study found that the prevalence of cigarette smoking increases with each gradeFULL STORY

Balloon festival attracts record 900,000 attendees

By Wang Hsiu-ting and Jonathan Chin

This year’s Taiwan International Balloon Festival attracted a record number of visitors to Taitung County, officials and hoteliers said on Tuesday. The month-long hot air balloon extravaganza, which ended on Monday, attracted an estimated 900,000 visitors — nearly double last year’s 480,000 — and generated NT$2FULL STORY

Seek help for genital ailments: doctor

By Chen Chien-chi and Jake Chung

A doctor on Monday urged adolescents reaching puberty not to shy from seeking medical attention if they develop any condition in their genital area, saying that such symptoms could indicate the contraction of a sexually transmitted disease. Lin Hsin-wang (林新旺), a doctor at Jenai Hospital inFULL STORY

Novelist, son ‘dumbstruck’ by restoration of old home

By Jonathan Chin

The Taoyuan City Government’s restoration of novelist Chung Chao-cheng’s (鍾肇政) former residence has “obliterated the memory” of the family’s home, the novelist’s son Chung Yen-wei (鍾延威) said on Tuesday. Chung Chao-cheng, 93, widely considered the doyen of Taiwan’s “nativist literature movement” (鄉土文學), penned The Dull IceFULL STORY

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