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Environmentalists oppose revival of Matsu project

By Liu Yu-ching and William Hetherington

Penghu County Commissioner Lai Feng-wei’s (賴峰偉) plans to revive a Matsu statue project that was halted in 2015 have drawn the ire of an environmentalist group for “causing a rift among Penghu residents.” Lai recently announced five possible locations for the statue and called on residentsFULL STORY

Foreign ships fined for using dirty fuel oil

Four foreign vessels have been fined for failing to meet Taiwan’s requirement for using low-sulfur fuel oil based on a set of new measures implemented since the start of this year, the Maritime and Port Bureau said on Tuesday. The ships, registered in the MarshallFULL STORY

NCC warns on sales of uncertified devices

By Shelley Shan

The National Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday said that it would work with the Ministry of Economic Affairs to consider whether to fine e-commerce platforms that sell uncertified wireless and Bluetooth devices. The Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) yesterday reported that Taobao TaiwanFULL STORY

Ministry of Labor issues guidelines on contractors

The Ministry of Labor on Tuesday issued guidelines aimed at clarifying whether workers should be deemed employees or contractors in labor contracts. The guidelines are not legally binding, but are designed to help businesses, workers and government agencies to make better determinations. Under the guidelines,FULL STORY

Control Yuan urges action on plight of undocumented kids

Staff writer, with CNA

The Control Yuan on Tuesday approved a measure requiring the Executive Yuan, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) and the Ministry of Labor to take steps to correct regulatory flaws that have resulted in nearly 500 babies born to migrant workers since 2007 being undocumented. AFULL STORY

KMT at-large nominees too ‘red’: DPP

By Jason Pan

National security and military secrets are at risk if the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) does not revise its list of legislator-at-large nominees, as many of those chosen are “red” (pro-China) and “pro-unification,” while some are “black” (have ties to organized crime), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)FULL STORY

Chang slams KMT at-large choices

By Ann Maxon

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday said that it would only nominate 31 legislator-at-large candidates after two more of its candidates withdrew from contention, even though KMT vice presidential candidate Simon Chang (張善政) reiterated concern over the quality of the nominees in a Facebook post. TheFULL STORY

Han sues magazine for luxury condo, car story

By Ann Maxon

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) yesterday lodged a defamation lawsuit against Chinese-language Next Magazine following its report that for years he lived in a Taipei apartment worth NT$60 million (US$1.97 million at the current exchange rate) and drove a Jaguar. The magazine yesterday reported that theFULL STORY

Lai tells voters to support DPP to safeguard nation

By Jason Pan

Former premier William Lai (賴清德) yesterday campaigned in Tainan and Hsinchu County to rally support for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislative candidates, urging people to vote for the safeguarding of Taiwan and not the path of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), which would lead toFULL STORY

Terry Gou’s political influence carries on in People First Party

By Shelley Shan

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co founder Terry Gou’s (郭台銘) bid for the presidency has ended, but his influence on national politics is to continue as two aides and a friend were added yesterday to the People First Party’s (PFP) list of legislator-at-large nominees. The party’s topFULL STORY

Ko: Pan-blue alliance part of Wu’s plot to be speaker

By Lee I-chia

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih’s (吳敦義) remark about cooperating with the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) to form a “pan-blue alliance” is part of Wu’s plan to become legislative speaker, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), who is also TPP chairman, said yesterday. In a radioFULL STORY

Hornet lover has 10,000-nest collection

By Tsai Tsung-hsun and William Hetherington

A man who began catching hornets at age 16 said he now has more than 10,000 hornet nests on his property in Chiayi County. Tsai Ming-hsun (蔡明勳), 57, said that he collects nests every year, adding that one year he had nearly 400 active nests onFULL STORY

Formation of 1,800 spell out a love note for YLES

By Chen Chien-chih

Taichung’s Yong Long Elementary School (YLES) on Tuesday celebrated its 23rd anniversary by having 1,800 people stand in formation to spell out special messages. The spectacle featured the participants in shifting formations to form “I LOVE YLES” — with “LOVE” in the shape of a heartFULL STORY

Diabetes and dementia may be linked

By Lin Ping-chieh and Dennis Xie

Amid the global trends of aging populations and decreasing birthrates, the number of people living with chronic illnesses is rising, especially those with diabetes and dementia, and studies have shown there might be a link between the two. The number of dementia cases worldwide last yearFULL STORY

Childhood stress may lead to nail biting, doctor says

By Fang Chih-hsien and Dennis Xie

Nail picking or biting in children could be linked to a stress-related syndrome resulting from peer bullying and authoritarian parenting, a doctor said. Many cases of onychophagy (nail biting) and onychotillomania (nail picking) are related to stress, dermatologist Ko Shih-chung (柯適中) said. If a child has beenFULL STORY

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