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HK not identifying with China: Chang

By Peng Wan-hsin and Jake Chung

Nearly 20 years after Hong Kong’s handover to China, very few Hong Kongers identify with China, Mainland Affairs Council Deputy Minister Chang Tien-chin (張天欽) said in Taipei yesterday. Chang made the remark in his opening speech at a seminar titled “Hong Kong — 20 years afterFULL STORY

DPP lawmakers in pension vote

By Sean Lin

A straw vote held by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislative caucus yesterday showed that the majority of DPP lawmakers favor the caucus’ version of a draft bill that seeks to lower civil servants’ average income replacement rate from 75 percent to 60 percent overFULL STORY

Unions protest ‘exploitative’ rules in Taipei

By Abraham Gerber

Regulations allow exploitative overtime hours to be imposed on transportation workers, labor groups said yesterday in a protest outside the Ministry of Transportation and Communications building in Taipei on the one-year anniversary of the China Airlines strike. More than 100 members of several transportation unions shoutedFULL STORY

Pro-independence position remains unchanged: Lai

Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德), who recently described himself as having an affinity toward China, on Thursday in Los Angeles said that his pro-Taiwan independence stance remains unchanged. Earlier this month, the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party mayor surprised the public when he said he feels “affinityFULL STORY

Air force confirms another missile glitch during drill

The air force confirmed another missile glitch during a military drill in Pingtung County yesterday, a day after two MIM-23 Hawk missiles veered off course after they were launched at the same annual military exercise to test precision weapons. The days-long exercise concluded at 11:20am yesterdayFULL STORY

Technologies showcased at the Paris Air Show

Taiwan is showcasing its domestically developed defense, aerospace and smart machinery technologies and products, and exploring opportunities for cooperation at the Paris Air Show at the Paris-Le Bourget Airport this week. A number of Taiwanese organizations and companies are showcasing their technologies and products at theFULL STORY

Frank Hsieh meets with Japanese diplomats in Tokyo

A newly appointed Japanese official responsible for ties with Taiwan on Thursday met with Representative to Japan Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) and exchanged views on improving bilateral relations. Yasuaki Tanizaki, who on Monday took the reins of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, met Hsieh at Taiwan’sFULL STORY

Opponents urge abolition of island gambling option

By Abraham Gerber

The gambling sections of the Offshore Islands Development Act (離島建設條例) should be eliminated, opponents of gambling said yesterday, as Kinmen prepares to hold its first referendum on allowing casinos. “Even though President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has promised to oppose the construction of casinos during her term,FULL STORY

Gas terminal could threaten coral: biologist

By Lin Chia-nan

CPC Corp, Taiwan’s plan to build a natural gas terminal in Datan Borough (大潭) Taoyuan’s Guanyin District (觀音) poses a threat to the existence of an indigenous and endangered coral found in the area, Academia Sinica biodiversity researcher Chaolun Allen Chen (陳昭倫) said yesterday. CPC plansFULL STORY

MRT paper flushing touted

By Lin Chia-nan

To promote the flushing of toilet paper, Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) Minister Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) yesterday demonstrated how to do so in the public toilets of Taipei’s Ximen MRT Station. Flushing paper could improve the world’s perception of the nation, Lee said. The EPA in March announcedFULL STORY

Official urges Taiwanese fans to get flags approved

By Jason Pan

Taiwanese sports officials should do their homework by talking to the Universiade’s coordinating committee about the use of the national flag and verify what the regulations are regarding spectators waving banners and slogans at Universiade venues, Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Competitions Committee deputy director BrianFULL STORY

Taoyuan cautions against late arrival during high season

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport yesterday urged passengers to arrive at the airport earlier, use automatic check-in systems and double-check their luggage to avoid long lines, as a spike in passenger volume is expected in the coming months. The nation’s main gateway said that it expects toFULL STORY

New work rules lift overtime pay 9.01%

Overtime pay increased 9.01 percent in the first four months of the year, following the government’s adoption of the “one fixed day off and one flexible day off” policy, the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said on Thursday. The average overtime pay perFULL STORY

Taiwan, S Korea set tourism goals

Korea Association of Travel Agents chairman Yang Moo-seung yesterday expressed the hope that the number of visitors traveling between Taiwan and South Korea could increase by 50 percent to at least 3 million by next year. A concerted effort would be made to expand transportation platformsFULL STORY

Indie games convention expecting 60 developers

By Wu Po-wei and Jonathan Chin

The Taiwan Game Developers Forum said it expects at least 60 developers to attend its indie games convention on Friday next week. That would be nearly triple the number of participants last year, Yang Chih-chieh (楊智傑), a member of the forum’s executive committee, said on Thursday,FULL STORY

Tainan creating paths to honor writer Yeh Shih-tao

By Liu Wan-chun and Jake Chung

“Tainan is a place suited for work, for dreaming, for falling in love, for marrying and for enjoying life,” writer and historian Yeh Shih-tao (葉石濤) once said. To commemorate the Tainan-born writer, the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs has been developing parts of Jianguo Borough (建國里)FULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

HEALTH Pingtung farm culls ducks A duck farm in Pingtung County has been confirmed to be infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus, leading to the culling of 2,406 birds, the Pingtung Couty Animal Disease Control Center said yesterday. The center said it was conductingFULL STORY

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