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NPP blocks amendment review

By Chen Wei-han

New Power Party (NPP) Legislator Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) yesterday obstructed the legislative review of a draft amendment to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法), citing a potential procedural flaw, while the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus said that the review was completely legal. During a plenary legislativeFULL STORY

Cabinet asks labor deputy head to stay

By Chen Wei-han

The Cabinet has asked Deputy Minister of Labor Liao Huei-fang (廖蕙芳) to reconsider her resignation after the former labor rights activist reportedly quit due to conflicts with the Ministry of Labor over a draft amendment to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法). Liao on Sunday announced herFULL STORY

DPP hopefuls look to Lai for support

By Yang Chun-hui and William Hetherington

Aside from President and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), Premier William Lai (賴清德), known for his grassroots connections, is viewed as a valuable asset as the party prepares for next year’s local elections. The elections are to take place either on Nov.FULL STORY

KMT implements changes for local vote

By Shih Hsiao-kuang and Jake Chung

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) has implemented organic changes in preparation for next year’s local elections that would see appointments made based on merit instead of favoritism, party sources said, adding that the changes would hopefully facilitate communication between local party chapters and party headquartersFULL STORY

Ministry to reassign staff from six shuttered offices

By Lu Yi-hsuan and Sherry Hsiao

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to reassign personnel from the six embassies and overseas offices that were closed this year to the nations targeted by the government’s New Southbound Policy, including Myanmar, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. The ministry said that staff wouldFULL STORY

Lawmakers propose raising percentage of money allocated to airport company

By Shelley Shan

Members of the legislature’s Transportation Committee yesterday proposed raising the percentage of revenue from airport service fees allocated to Taoyuan International Airport Corp to help fund its construction costs over the next few years. The airport service fee is charged when passengers purchase flight tickets. HalfFULL STORY

Control Yuan takes on investigation of missing Mirage jet

Three Control Yuan members yesterday applied to investigate the disappearance of a Mirage 2000 fighter jet during a regular training exercise on Nov. 7. The application filed by Pao Tsung-ho (包宗和), Lee Yueh-der (李月德) and Fang Wan-fu (方萬富) said they will probe whether the jet’s disappearanceFULL STORY

Care for heavily disabled unsatisfactory, groups say

By Wu Liang-yi and Jonathan Chin

Social welfare groups yesterday said the government’s Long-term Care Services Program 2.0 is failing the country’s 150,000 severely impaired people, as the Ministry of Health and Welfare conducted its first annual review of the policy. The program replaces the former 10-year program that ended last year. TheFULL STORY

Cruise operators expect an active winter season

By Hsiao Yu-hsin and Sherry Hsiao

The cruise industry is expecting a busy winter off-season after the number of cruises that entered Taiwan from January to last month reached 544 — a nearly 30 percent increase from last year, the Taiwan International Ports Corp (TIPC) said. Domestic operators said Taiwan will haveFULL STORY

Rice bowl outlets tested after report

By Lee I-chia

Two out of five Japanese donburi restaurants tested by the Taipei Department of Health — which sell bowls of rice with meat, seafood or other toppings — failed health inspections due to high levels of coliform bacteria and other contaminants found in served food, theFULL STORY

Ang Lee to present award at the Golden Horse Film Festival

Taiwanese-American director Ang Lee (李安) is to return to Taiwan this week to present an award at the 54th Golden Horse Awards ceremony, the organizers said yesterday. Lee and Golden Globe-winning American actress Jessica Chastain are to present the award for Best Leading Actress at theFULL STORY

Academia Sinica denies swaying NTU president’s selection

By Lin Chia-nan

Academia Sinica has not tried to intervene in the selection process for the president of National Taiwan University (NTU), even though its vice president is one of the candidates, Academia Sinica President James Liao (廖俊智) said during a legislative session yesterday. The university has set upFULL STORY

Research finds promising way to regenerate retinas

By Lin Hui-chin and Jake Chung

A research group has made a breakthrough in the study of retinal regeneration and might have found a cure for macular degeneration, Taipei Veterans General Hospital Department of Basic Sciences director Chiu Shih-hua (邱士華) said on Friday. Using a Ministry of Science and Technology grant, aFULL STORY

FEATURE: Foodie cred given Michelin boost

By Michelle Yun

From streetside stalls dishing out NT$30 (US$1) bowls of braised pork rice to upscale eateries tucked away in quiet alleyways, Michelin inspectors are scouring Taipei selecting restaurants for its first-ever guide. Taiwan’s reputation among in-the-know travelers as a foodie paradise will be further burnished when TaipeiFULL STORY

Bureau enlists DIY trail conservation

By Wu Hsin-tien and Sherry Hsiao

The Council of Agriculture’s Forestry Bureau is organizing a trail conservation program for which it invites each hiker to carry 1kg of soil to a designated location along Taitung County’s Chiaming Lake National Trail (嘉明湖國家步道) to fill eroded gullies that have formed. It was inspired toFULL STORY

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