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Dissenting voices in KMT over platform

By Nadia Tsao, Lin Liang-sheng and William Hetherington

Former Taipei mayor and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) and other senior party members are publicly differing with KMT Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu’s (洪秀柱) interpretation of the so-called “1992 consensus.” The “1992 consensus” — a term former Mainland Affairs Council chairman Su ChiFULL STORY

Taiwan should be part of global groups: Arbour

Louise Arbour, winner of the Tang Prize in rule of law this year, yesterday said that it makes sense for Taiwan to have a seat in international organizations such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), where the participation of every nation is important. Arbour,FULL STORY

Wang Dan pans post-presidency endeavours by Ma

By Jonathan Chin

Exiled Chinese democracy activist Wang Dan (王丹) on Monday slammed former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), saying his post-presidency “pleasure trips” showed a “lack of vision” for a former head of state. In an interview on Sunday, Ma said since the Presidential Office in July turned downFULL STORY

Reforming sports groups needs care

By Shelley Shan

While the Sports Administration acts as overseer of the nation’s sports associations, experts say the government must avoid overstepping its authority and hurting athletes. A major overhaul of the sports associations was proposed after several athletes complained about the treatment they received while competing in internationalFULL STORY

Rehired teacher rejects ‘immoral behavior’ accusation

By Sean Lin

Music teacher Hsiao Hsia-ling (蕭曉玲) said she did not remember humiliating students, but even if she had, it would not have justified her dismissal from Taipei Municipal Zhongshan Junior High School. Hsiao took the Taipei City Government to court in 2008, saying she had been wrongfullyFULL STORY

FEATURE: From humble beginning to taking care of thousands

By Chen Ping-hung and William Hetherington

“Despite my age and the burden it brings, there is still so much I wish to do,” 90-year-old Tsao Ching (曹慶) said. Tsao retired from a basic labor position at Taiwan Sugar Corp 30 years ago. In the years that followed, he spent all of hisFULL STORY

TYPHOON MEGI: Parents in Kaohsiung, Tainan, Yunlin complain over half-typhoon-day policy

By Wu Chun-feng and Ko Yu-hao

A number of parents who braved the weather to pick up their children from school yesterday slammed the decision by the Kaohsiung, Tainan and Yunlin County governments to call off school and work only for yesterday afternoon, as Typhoon Megi hit the nation. After theFULL STORY

Approval rating for Tsai drops to 44.7%2016-09-27

By Chen Wei-han

President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) approval rating has dropped by 25.2 percentage points from May to a new low of 44.7 percent this month, while only 34.6 percent of people think Premier Lin Chuan’s (林全) Cabinet is competent, according to a poll released yesterday by theFULL STORY

Public supports pension reform2016-09-27

By Stacy Hsu

The public is broadly supportive of President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) pension reform plans, despite a large protest staged by retired and active civil servants, public-school teachers and military personnel earlier this month, according to a survey released by the Taiwan Style Foundation yesterday. Among those polled,FULL STORY

Anti-casino protesters rally outside legislature2016-09-27

By Abraham Gerber

Penghu residents should vote “no” to the establishment of casinos, protesters said yesterday outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei. More than 30 people from a range of local groups, religious organizations and environmental groups gathered outside the Legislative Yuan’s gates, shouting their opposition while brandishing propsFULL STORY

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