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KMT calls for immediate ban on US beef imports

By Sean Lin

The government should immediately announce a halt to US beef imports, the KMT caucus said yesterday following identification of a fifth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the US. The lawmakers said the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration’s decision to continue importing beef from theFULL STORY

Infrastructure budget talks to commence

Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) yesterday announced that the budget for the first stage of implementation of the government’s Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program is to enter negotiations between lawmakers of the ruling and opposition parties after passing its first reading earlier this week. The budget ofFULL STORY

MOTC seeks talks with Taipei on Keelung light rail

By Shelley Shan

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) yesterday said it would continue to communicate with the Taipei City Government about the construction of a light rail system in Keelung, adding that it is still conducting a feasibility study on the project. The ministry issued theFULL STORY

Chinese media ‘ROC’ ban is overkill: KMT official

By Sean Lin

Beijing’s guidelines banning Chinese media from using the name “Republic of China (ROC)” — Taiwan’s official title — is “overkill,” Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus secretary-general Lin Wei-chou (林為洲) said yesterday. “The ROC’s existence is an established fact... If even the term ‘ROC’ is to beFULL STORY

PFP’s Liu Wen-hsiung in a coma after heart attack

By Lin Hsin-han and Jake Chung

People First Party (PFP) Deputy Secretary-General Liu Wen-hsiung (劉文雄), 62, was found unconscious in his residence early yesterday morning, the party said. He was in a coma after emergency medical treatment for reported myocardial infarction, it added. Liu was found unconscious on his living room floor whenFULL STORY

KMT caucus head blasts ‘desperate’ visa waiver move

By Sean Lin

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made a “desperate” attempt at bucking the fall in tourist numbers by introducing visa waiver programs to its 11 diplomatic allies without first considering the high crime rates in some of the nations, which could jeopardize social security, ChineseFULL STORY

Ministry urges public to snitch on illegal UberEats

By Shelley Shan

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications yesterday urged the public to join its efforts to crack down on food delivery service provider UberEats, with promises of rewards of up to NT$300,000 for reports of its illegal operations. After UberEats voluntarily disclosed its 10 most delivered foodsFULL STORY

Students return from nationwide kick scooter tour

By Liao Hsueh-ju and William Hetherington

Four university students have completed a nationwide tour on kick scooters, completing the 20-day journey and arriving back in Hsinchu on Thursday. Cheng Yu-sheng (鄭佑晟), Chiang Wei-hau (江瑋豪), Tseng Po-hau (曾柏皓) and Hung Feng-yi (洪楓奕) of Minghsin University of Science and Technology said they encountered manyFULL STORY

Part-time educators facing the axe

By Abraham Gerber

The Ministry of Education’s hesitation over including part-time university instructors in the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) has incentivized schools to conduct pre-emptive layoffs, labor rights advocates said yesterday, citing Shih Hsin University. “Right now, the ministry is wavering on whether to use the Labor Standards ActFULL STORY

Legislator criticizes ministry over vision assistance systems

By Abraham Gerber

The law needs to be changed to make the Ministry of Transportation and Communications’ policy of encouraging vision assistance systems for large vehicles more effective, New Power Party (NPP) Legislator Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) said yesterday. “Vision assistance systems are already extremely widespread in cars to remedyFULL STORY

EPA seeking more data on Sunshine Mineral mica mine

By Lin Chia-nan

Sunshine Mineral Co is required to submit more environmental impact data by October after the firm applied to expand its mining activities in a wildlife habitat in Taitung County, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said yesterday. Sunshine Mineral operates a mine in Lidao Village (利稻) inFULL STORY

Technical colleges seek more funding

By Wu Po-hsuan and Jonathan Chin

The government needs to adjust its education policy to reflect the growing importance of technical colleges to employment and competitiveness, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) president Liao Ching-jong (廖慶榮) said. The latest Quacquarelli Symonds ranking of the best 50 universities under 50 yearsFULL STORY

Taoyuan promotes Matsu heritage with trip

By Jake Chung

Fifteen students whose families originally came from Matsu (馬祖) visited the outlying islands last week on a summer camp organized by the Taoyuan City Government to help them connect with their roots. Tzuwen Junior High School principal Wang Kuan-ming (王冠銘) said that there are moreFULL STORY

Pool worker blamed after chlorine gas affects eight

By Jonathan Chin

A rookie worker was blamed after chlorine gas on Wednesday affected eight people, including four children and the worker, at a swimming pool in Kaohsiung’s Sanmin District (三民), reports said. Management at the pool complex, identified as Changchintsun (長青村) by the Chinese-language United Daily News, calledFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

CRIME Chinese arrested for theft Three Chinese have been arrested for allegedly stealing NT$100,000 while in Taiwan as independent tourists, police said yesterday. The men, surnamed Liao (廖), Yang (楊) and Gao (高), had come to Taiwan from Guangxi Province several times since last year, police said,FULL STORY

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