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KMT asks PFP for support on request

By Alison Hsiao

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) has been trying to obtain the People First Party’s (PFP) support to jointly file a request in the legislature for a constitutional interpretation on the Act Governing the Handling of Ill-gotten Properties by Political Parties and Their Affiliate Organizations (政黨及其附隨組織不當取得財產處理條例)FULL STORY

Legislature cuts budget for nuclear power plant

By Alison Hsiao

The legislature yesterday approved the New Power Party’s (NPP) proposal to slash the maintenance budget for the uncompleted Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s Gongliao District (貢寮), amid the legislature’s ongoing voting marathon that started on Tuesday. The NPP caucus had proposed cutting TaiwanFULL STORY

Protesters call for Cabinet to cancel holiday cutbacks

By Abraham Gerber

The Executive Yuan should withdraw draft amendments to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法), labor campaigners said yesterday in a protest outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, as the summer’s first extraordinary session drew to a close. The protests followed the Executive Yuan’s submission of draft amendmentsFULL STORY

Wang Jin-pyng confirms report on bid to head SEF

By Alison Hsiao

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday continued to equivocate about his inclination to serve as Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) chairman, while reiterating the importance of negotiations in response to the recent legislative gridlock. Wang was asked by reporters on the sidelines of aFULL STORY

Ko agrees to ask central government to perform reviews

By Sean Lin

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said that he would grant Taipei Dome contractor Farglory Group’s request to ask the Construction and Planning Agency’s Taiwan Architecture and Building Center to perform four safety reviews of the Taipei Dome complex. Ko made the remark in an interviewFULL STORY

FEATURE: New hope for Aborigines amid threats to their culture

By Michelle Yun

For Tama Talum of the Bunun community, hunting is a way of life, integral to his tribal customs — but after his arrest for illegally killing a deer and goat on land near his village, he fears those traditions will soon die out. It is justFULL STORY

Taipei man dies of heat stroke

By Lee I-chia

The Tri-Service General Hospital yesterday reported that a young man in Taipei died of heat stroke, and the Taipei Department of Health urged the public to maintain good ventilation, avoid direct exposure to the sun and drink plenty of water to prevent heat-related illnesses. TheFULL STORY

Groups urge changes in urban land consolidation

By Abraham Gerber

Urban land consolidation regulations should be revised to require central government review of consolidation sponsored by local governments, while banning privately sponsored consolidation, campaigners said yesterday. More than 20 self-help association members opposed to proposed land consolidation projects in Taichung, Taoyuan and New Taipei City gatheredFULL STORY

Miaoli official jailed for corruption

By Chang Jui-chen and William Hetherington

The Taichung Branch of the Taiwan High Court sentenced a Miaoli County official to eight years in prison on corruption charges after he failed to stop illegal logging activity in the county. A Miaoli resident, surnamed Fu (傅), illegally cut down 11.5 hectares of forest inFULL STORY

Survey finds four habits linked with colon cancer

By Lee I-chia

The Formosa Cancer Foundation said it has found in a survey four habits that might be associated with higher risks of developing colon cancer: irregular meal patterns, inadequate sleep, overworking and constipation. According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s statistics, colon cancer has rankedFULL STORY

Police find lost man’s family via Facebook group

By Huang Liang-chieh and Jake Chung

An old man found wandering the streets of Kaohshiung’s Cijin District (旗津) was reunited with his family after police posted his pictures on a Facebook group. The district’s police station said that on June 12 it received a report that an old man, apparently lost, wasFULL STORY

Carpooling service to start on Monday

By Sean Lin

In a bid to alleviate rush-hour traffic in Neihu District (內湖), the Taipei Department of Transportation and Taiwan Taxi (台灣大車隊) are to jointly roll out a taxi carpooling service on Monday. The service is aimed at reducing the number of people driving to work inFULL STORY

Bus service might be cut by a fifth

By Huang Li-hsiang and Jake Chung

The National Federation of Passenger Bus Transportation Operators yesterday said it was making changes to bus schedules for next month, adding that it might have to cut its transport service by 20 percent to comply with changes in labor policy. Following a meeting with more thanFULL STORY

Vietnam says Formosa mill pollution harmed 200,000 people

The Vietnamese government said the toxic pollution a Taiwanese-owned company has acknowledged discharging from its steel complex has harmed the livelihoods of more than 200,000 people, including 41,000 fishermen. The pollution from a unit of Formosa Plastics Group also decimated tourism in central provinces, the ThanhFULL STORY

Man arrested for drunk driving for a third time in Nantou

By Chen Feng-li and William Hetherington

A 42-year-old man surnamed Shen (沈) who was given a reduced punishment after his second drunk-driving offense now faces imprisonment after a third offense on Monday. Shen, of Nantou County’s Renai Township (仁愛), was given a three-month prison sentence for his second drunk-driving offense, but appealedFULL STORY

Ministry of Culture lauds traditional Hakka builder

By Liao Hsueh-ju and Jonathan Chin

The Ministry of Culture this month recognized Fu Ming-kuang (傅明光), who builds traditional Hakka structures, as a person with crucial skills in the field of preserving cultural sites for his restoration of traditional Hakka buildings in a career spanning about six decades. Fu is renowned forFULL STORY

Aching hips, weight gain linked to ovarian tumor

By Su Meng-chuan and Jake Chung

A 20-year-old woman who sought treatment at a gynecological clinic for hip pain and abdominal bloating was diagnosed with an ovarian tumor. The woman told the clinic staff that since her final year in junior high school, her hips have ached after she walked forFULL STORY

Fiery horse run ceremony sets record with highest-ever number of steeds

By Yang Chin-cheng and Jonathan Chin

A “fiery horse run” (射火馬) ceremony on Wednesday last week at the Cyuanshan Temple (勸善堂) in Tainan’s Houpi Township (後壁) involved burning 34 papier-mache horses, the highest number of fiery horses used in the temple’s history, organizers said. The Cyuanshan Temple is dedicated to Chih FuFULL STORY

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