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Critics mock Jiang over Chang

By Alison Hsiao

Government critics yesterday assailed Premier Jiang Yi-huah’s (江宜樺) statement on Monday that the administration offered former Mainland Affairs Council deputy minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) the position of chairman of a state-run enterprise “out of concern” for his family when it asked him to resign. Jiang saidFULL STORY

INTERVIEW: Yilan County Commissioner Lin plants a ‘green’ future

By Yu Ming-chin and Wang Yang-yu

“We have restored Yilan’s pride because we are more cautious,” said Yilan County Commissioner Lin Tsung-hsien (林聰賢), who won back the county’s top office for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) four years ago, when explaining how he differs from the commissioner he defeated. Having beenFULL STORY

INTERVIEW: Chiou hopeful over Yilan commissioner elections

By Chiang Chih-hsiung and Chu Tse-wei

The Yilan County commissioner election has often been seen as an impossible mission for the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT). However, although admitting that it is a “hard battle,” the KMT candidate and incumbent Health Promotion Administration Director-General Chiou Shu-ti (邱淑媞) said that she would takeFULL STORY

Administration keeps mum over APEC invitation

By Peng Hsien-chun

President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration was extremely low-key yesterday on a media report saying that China has delivered an invitation to Taiwan for this year’s APEC summit in Beijing through an official at the Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) last week. The Chinese-language Apple Daily reported yesterdayFULL STORY

Groups call for boycott of local cetacean shows

By Sean Lin

Animal protection groups yesterday urged the public to boycott shows featuring whales and dolphins, and called for increased public awareness about the number of cetaceans being captured, traded or slaughtered worldwide. Environmental and Animal Society of Taiwan director Chen Yu-min (陳玉敏) told a news conferenceFULL STORY

EPA hosts round table on soil contamination rules

By Sean Lin

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) yesterday held a round table meeting with academics and civic groups to discuss the possibility of adjusting soil contamination control guidelines in the hopes of striking a balance between industrial development and public health. The agency recently said it hopedFULL STORY

Man faces fine for trying to open aircraft door

By Shelley Shan

Aviation police arrested a man on Monday night after he allegedly tried to open a cabin door on EVA Air Flight BR-836 shortly after it took off from Macau bound for Kaohsiung International Airport. The man, surnamed Tai (戴), got up from his seat aboutFULL STORY

Student a semi-finalist in Electrolux’s competition

An air purifier designed by a Taiwanese graduate student to simulate climates ranging from the high Alps to the beach is one of 35 semi-finalists of the Electrolux Design Lab 2014 competition. The Air Globe by Deng Pei-chih (鄧培志), who is working on a masters’ degreeFULL STORY

Sampling boosts food, tea sales at airport shops: TIAC

By Shelley Shan

Offering food samples has proven to be an effective sales strategy at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, with sales rising up to 150 percent, airport officials said yesterday. Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC) said that the airport has more than 50 sites inside and outside the restrictedFULL STORY

Mixer set to rock Japan, South Korea

In less than two years, Taiwanese rock band Mixer (麋先生) has managed to put out an album and secure its first prize at the Golden Melody Awards; now the five-man group is preparing for its first overseas performances, set for Japan and South Korea. TheFULL STORY

Top cross-strait negotiators to meet in China

Straits Exchange Foundation Chairman Lin Join-sane (林中森) is scheduled to meet his Chinese counterpart tomorrow in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, as part of a trip to visit Taiwanese businesspeople and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials. Lin and China’s Association for Relations Across the TaiwanFULL STORY

Ex-Taiwan Water chairman charged with corruption

Former Taiwan Water Corp (TWC) chairman Hsu Hsiang-kun (徐享崑) was indicted on Monday on corruption charges, including accepting a bribe of NT$5 million (US$166,800) to help secure a project contract. According to the indictment by the Taichung District Prosecutors’ Office, Kintech Technology Co of Greater TaichungFULL STORY

Failure to buckle up a main cause of freeway fatalities

Failure to wear seat belts was responsible for 53 percent of the fatalities in traffic accidents on freeways in the first seven months of the year, the National Freeway Bureau said yesterday. The ratio is more than double the figure for the whole of lastFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

EDUCATION Graduate students to get aid The government will provide up to NT$1 million (US$33,400) per person in subsidies to doctoral students whose research presents solutions to the problems in the nation’s industrial sector, the Ministry of Education said. The program aims to encourage cooperation between theFULL STORY

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