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‘Negative savings’ a fact of life: DGBAS

By Cheng Chi-fang and Jake Chung

For an eighth straight year, the 20 percent of families who have the lowest income in the nation are living in a “negative savings” situation, where their income was lower than expenditures, the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said. These families are living mainlyFULL STORY

Chu downplays speculation over Yunlin meeting

By Stacy Hsu

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Secretary-General Lee Shu-chuan’s (李四川) recent visit to a party heavyweight in Yunlin County was aimed at coordinating legislative election matters, KMT Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) said yesterday. “This issue was reported on by the media last week,” Chu said when asked toFULL STORY

Tsai flip-flopping on debate issue, Hung says

By Stacy Hsu and Loa Iok-sin

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) yesterday criticized her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rival, Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), over Tsai’s refusal to take part in an election debate until all potential presidential candidates have registered. Hung said the DPP chairperson has contradicted herself.FULL STORY

DPP defends Tsai’s housing policy from KMT critics

By Loa Iok-sin

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday defended Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) social housing proposal in the face of criticism from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus, saying that while Tsai’s housing platform might not solve all the nation’s housing problems, it is a brave firstFULL STORY

NPP presents social, economic platform

By Abraham Gerber

Corporate taxes should be hiked and labor regulations and pension rules rewritten, New Power Party (NPP) candidates said yesterday. At a Taipei news conference, five of the party’s six legislative candidates outlined their social and economic policy platform, which calls for reforms to housing, urban renewalFULL STORY

Chinese dissident questions PRC’s ability to survive

An exiled Chinese dissident on Sunday questioned the ability of China’s government to survive for eight more years. “Many countries such as ... France, Germany and Russia transformed themselves into a republic system after experiencing tens of years of dictatorship,” Xin Haonian (辛灝年) said inFULL STORY

Thousands of fowl culled as avian influenza spreads

By Chen Wei-han

About 17,000 chickens were culled at a farm in Yunlin County yesterday, while nearly 6,000 broiler ducks were killed at a farm in Pingtung County on Thursday as fears over another avian influenza outbreak intensified. Following the culling of 6,040 ducks in Chiayi on FridayFULL STORY

Dengue fever cases reach over 3,000 in Tainan

The number of confirmed dengue fever cases in Tainan has escalated to more than 3,000 in the past four months, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday. Tainan accounts for 3,003 of the 3,446 dengue infections reported nationwide since May 1, it said. InFULL STORY

Exercise good for children with asthma, doctor says

By Lin Hui-ching and Jonathan Chin

Children with asthma should not avoid exercise, and parents should not pull them from physical education classes — a common practice in Taiwan — a doctor said. Taiwan Academy of Pediatric Allergy, Asthma, Immunology and Rheumatology secretary-general Yeh Kuo-wei (葉國偉) said that far fromFULL STORY

Seven people injured in freeway pileup

By Tang Shih-ming

Eight cars collided on the northbound lane of the National Sun Yat-sen Freeway (National Freeway No. 1) yesterday, injuring seven people and destroying two motor vehicles. One of the seven people injured was in critical condition, authorities said. Following the accident, traffic congestion along the freeway extendedFULL STORY

‘Girella punctata’ cultivation program a success: agency

By Chen Wei-han

The Fisheries Agency yesterday announced the success of the world’s first-ever program to cultivate a hard-to-catch native sea chub, as part of a program to restore and establish a fishery belt off the nation’s northeastern coast. Agency Director Tsay Tzu-yaw (蔡日耀) told a press conferenceFULL STORY

Taiwan’s TV industry still salvageable, expert claims

By Shelley Shan

An academic yesterday urged the government to take the percentage of locally produced programs a TV channel transmits into consideration when deciding whether to renew broadcast licenses. “There are still ways to salvage the nation’s TV industry if everyone faces the crisis honestly,” National Chung ChengFULL STORY

Group urges cut in debt interest for credit cards

By Abraham Gerber

Credit card laws should be revised to reduce interest rates on existing debts while including fees and penalties in interest restrictions, protesters said yesterday. More than 20 demonstrators from the Credit Card Victims Self-Help Association staged a protest outside the Executive Yuan in Taipei against whatFULL STORY

Public housing in Taipei panned for high cost of rents

By Sean Lin

With the Taipei City Government set to continue accepting rental applications for units in its joint development buildings at Xiaobitan and Taipei Bridge MRT stations today, critics said that high rents have caused the projects to deviate from their aims of providing public housing forFULL STORY

Student bands set to go on tour after mentoring

By Liang Pei-chi and Jake Chung

After three months of mentorship and training, 20 students bands are ready to go on a tour to showcase their talent, the Taiwan Music Culture International Alternation Association said. “Rock Together, Indie Forever,” a project initiated by the association, was launched at the end of lastFULL STORY

High levels of acrylamide in brown sugar exposed

Testing of 19 brands of brown sugar sold in farmers’ markets and supermarket chains across the nation found that they all contain the suspected carcinogen acrylamide, a report in a Chinese-language magazine said. Common Health Magazine last week released the results of the tests, which foundFULL STORY

Taiwan Mobile tops list of complaints about 3G, 4G services: commission

By Shelley Shan

Disputes over mobile communication services remained the No. 1 source of consumer complaints last month, with Taiwan Mobile again drawing the largest number of complaints, data from the National Communications Commission (NCC) showed. The commission said that it received 754 complaints about telecommunication services last month,FULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

WEATHER Heavy rain warning issued The Central Weather Bureau yesterday issued a heavy rain warning, cautioning against sudden downpours in western parts of the country and the offshore counties in the next two days due to an approaching weather front with moisture-bearing southwestern winds. Penghu County residentsFULL STORY

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