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Consumers’ Foundation targets thermal paper

By Lo Chi and Sherry Hsiao

The Consumers’ Foundation yesterday called for the government to regulate bisphenol S (BPS), a common substitute for bisphenol A (BPA), in thermal paper. BPA is an endocrine disruptor that affects the reproductive system, foundation secretary-general Wu Jung-ta (吳榮達) said. In Taiwan, thermal paper, which is often usedFULL STORY

Leopard cat preserve to be selected: NPA

By Wu Chi-lun and Sherry Hsiao

A conservation site for leopard cats would be found before the end of the year, the National Property Administration (NPA) said, adding that it is working with the Council of Agriculture’s Forestry Bureau to select a parcel of state-owned land for the project. The administration prioritizesFULL STORY

First H5N5 case confirmed: COA

Taiwan has confirmed the country’s first case of the highly pathogenic H5N5 strain of avian influenza, on a duck farm in Kaohsiung’s Cishan District (旗山), Council of Agriculture Deputy Minister Huang Chin-cheng (黃金城) said yesterday. The virus was identified on Thursday last week as anFULL STORY

Three indigenous chikungunya cases in New Taipei City

A cluster of three cases of indigenous chikungunya fever has been confirmed in New Taipei City, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said on Sunday. Two of the patients, a woman in her 80s and a man in his 60s, live in a borough in theFULL STORY

Bureau announces toll-free schedule for Double Ten National Day traffic

By Shelley Shan

Freeways are to be toll-free during the Double Ten National Day holiday from 12am to 5am during the first three days and from 12am to 10am on the last day of the long weekend, the Freeway Bureau announced on Sunday. The Double Ten National Day holidayFULL STORY

Kolas says programs not election-tuned

By Chen Yu-fu, Wang Jung-hsiang and Jonathan Chin

Executive Yuan spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka on Sunday defended welfare and benefits programs introduced by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government, saying that the unveiling of the policies was not meant to boost the party’s support ahead of next year’s general elections. “These issues have been onFULL STORY

German petition seeks official Taiwan ties

By Lu Yi-hsuan and William Hetherington

A petition calling on the German government to establish formal ties with Taiwan was submitted to the Bundestag on Wednesday last week by a group of Germans. The petition asks the Bundestag to ask the German Cabinet to establish formal relations with the Republic of ChinaFULL STORY

Suicide caused by poor conditions at prison, report says

By Hsieh Chun-lin and William Hetherington

One suicide and several suicide attempts have resulted from poor conditions at the Lyudao Prison on Taitung County’s Green Island (綠島), three Control Yuan members said yesterday, citing an investigation they conducted. Control Yuan members Wang Yu-ling (王幼玲), Kao Yung-cheng (高涌誠) and Yang Fang-wen (楊芳婉) beganFULL STORY

NPP policy would add tax on those with many homes

By Ann Maxon

The New Power Party (NPP) is to promote a progressive property tax to control home prices, caucus whip Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) said yesterday. According to draft amendments to the House Tax Act (房屋稅條例) proposed by the NPP, owners of more than three residential properties would faceFULL STORY

Taichung airport work gets NT$25bn

By Shelley Shan

The government plans to spend about NT$25 billion (US$806.4 million) by 2035 on a project to revamp runways and terminals at the Taichung International Airport and complete transportation links between it and other parts of the Taichung area, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lungFULL STORY

Agricultural mission in Solomons touts successes

An agricultural mission stationed in the Solomon Islands as part of a cooperation program with Taiwan has won the hearts of locals, as it has helped to improve animal and crop husbandry for more than three decades, Hsueh Hsuan-ping (薛烜坪), head of the Taiwan TechnicalFULL STORY

Gay couples to marry at military joint ceremonies

Three gay couples are to be married at the military’s annual joint wedding ceremonies this year, a military source said yesterday, four months after same-sex marriage was made legal in Taiwan. Taiwan on May 17 made history as the first nation in Asia to legalize same-sexFULL STORY

French comic fest submissions open

Taiwanese artists have been invited to submit their work for a chance to be exhibited at a prestigious comic festival in France. Locus Publishing Co senior managing editor Lin Yi-chun (林怡君) last week said that the publishing house is accepting works by Taiwanese artists who wouldFULL STORY

Mayor promotes restored wetlands

By Tsai Chang-sheng and Jake Chung

People are welcome to visit Hsinchu City’s Siangshan Wetlands (香山濕地), Hsinchu Mayor Lin Chih-chien (林智堅) said on Friday. The wetlands, at 1,768 hectares, are the largest tidal wetland in northern Taiwan and home to the Uca arcuate, or bowed fiddler crab, Lin said. The city government hasFULL STORY

Student thanks hospital team after cliff accident

By Chen Chien-chih and Jake Chung

In April last year, student Wang Hung-chih (王宏至) rode his bicycle off a cliff, injured his head and fell into a coma. He came out of the coma in June last year. Wang on Tuesday last week returned to Asia University Hospital to thank doctor LinFULL STORY

Filipino organizes concert to pay for son’s cancer care

A Filipino organized a music concert in Taoyuan on Sunday to raise funds for his son, who is battling cancer in the Philippines. Choi Mallari, 27, a migrant worker from the province of Pampanga, said that with the help of the Filipino community, he organized theFULL STORY

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