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Legislators cast doubt on incoming health minister

By Alison Hsiao

Legislators yesterday called into question whether Minister Without Portfolio Chiang Been-huang (蔣丙煌) is qualified to replace former minister of health and welfare Chiu Wen-ta (邱文達) after Chiu resigned over a string of food scandals and as the ministry braces itself for the possibility of anFULL STORY

Survey shows nearly half ‘terrified’ by food scandals

By Stacy Hsu

Amid the recent spate of food scares, nearly 85 percent of respondents in a survey said they believe they have consumed products made using adulterated ingredients, with about 60 percent vowing to boycott such items indefinitely. The survey, which polled 1,092 office workers between Oct.FULL STORY

Poll tips Ko as winner of Taipei mayoral election

Independent Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) would beat opponent Sean Lien (連勝文) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KTM) by a margin of 13 percentage points if next month’s Taipei mayoral election were held now, according to a survey released yesterday. The opinion poll conducted byFULL STORY

KMT’s Fai furious about closing of probe into Ko

By Alison Hsiao

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Alex Fai (費鴻泰) yesterday said he is “extremely unsatisfied” with the investigation into Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je’s (柯文哲) alleged misuse of National Taiwan University Hospital’s (NTUH) MG149 account. The probe was conducted by the National Audit Office and on MondayFULL STORY

Ma, KMT members betray Sun Yat-sen’s ideals: Soong

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) yesterday called President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers “traitors” to the “Three Principles of the People” — the political philosophy developed by Republic of China founding father Sun Yat-sen (孫逸仙). Soong said that like himself,FULL STORY

KMT’s Ting leads cross-party group of 52 lawmakers in bid to lower voting age

By Alison Hsiao

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) visited the Judicial Yuan yesterday to petition for a constitutional interpretation on the nation’s voting age, in the hope of lowering it from 20 to 18 years old. Ting and other legislators have repeatedly proposed an amendment toFULL STORY

DPP lawmakers pan MRT line ceremony as political theater

By Abraham Gerber

A ground-breaking ceremony held yesterday for the Taipei MRT Minsheng-Xizhi line construction project was criticized as political theater by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators, as formal plans for the line have yet to be submitted to the Executive Yuan. Yesterday’s ground-breaking was for a preliminary constructionFULL STORY

Cartoon phrase sparks discrimination case

By Abraham Gerber

Referring to Taipei as Tian Long Guo (天龍國, “Kingdom of the Celestial Dragons”) was criticized as discrimination yesterday in a complaint filed with the National Communications Commission. The term is a reference to the Japanese cartoon One Piece, in which residents of the “Kingdom of CelestialFULL STORY

Foreigners risk labor cases

By Abraham Gerber

Many foreign professionals are unknowingly in violation of labor regulations, the Taipei City Government’s Department of Labor said. The department yesterday called upon other government bureaus to pay close attention to the legal status of any foreigner hired to help with the upcoming World Design CapitalFULL STORY

Water chestnuts returned to Kaohsiung’s Lotus Lake

By Ko You-hao and Jake Chung

Efforts to restore water chestnuts to Lotus Lake (蓮池) in Greater Kaohsiung have been successful, and the municipality’s Tourism Bureau has invited tour agencies to visit the lake and its restored water chestnut area to evaluate the best route and plan for tour groups toFULL STORY

Systemic lupus survey highlights struggles, silence

By Stacy Hsu

About half of all patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) choose to keep their condition a secret due to the negative stigma attached to the chronic inflammatory disease, according to a survey released yesterday by the SLE Aid Group. SLE is a chronic autoimmune disease thatFULL STORY

Candidates support petition to reform childcare policies

By Lii Wen

A petition on childcare policy reform has garnered cross-party support from 28 county commissioner and mayoral candidates running in the nine-in-one elections, a coalition of civic groups said yesterday, urging the public to use the Nov. 29 vote to tackle the nation’s dwindling birthrate, whichFULL STORY

Ma orders plans in event of outbreak of Ebola in China

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday instructed the Ministry of Health and Welfare to formulate a plan of action for the prevention and treatment of Ebola in case China is affected by the virus. “If Ebola reaches China, our nation would be at high risk of anFULL STORY

Hualon workers’ leader faces court

By Lii Wen

Accompanied by several dozen former Hualon Corp workers, Hualon Self-Help Organization president Lee Tsui-ming (李翠明) came to the Taipei District Court for an inquiry session yesterday, over charges of violating the Assembly and Parade Act (集會遊行法) during a demonstration in January. The workers retired from theFULL STORY

Man with gasoline detained outside Presidential Office

By Shih Hsiu-chuan and Chiang Hsian

The military police yesterday arrested a man who had a five-liter container of gasoline in his car while parked outside the Presidential Office complex, Presidential Office spokesperson Ma Wei-kuo (馬瑋國) said. Ma said the incident happened at 3:18pm, when military police found the car in aFULL STORY

Officials pan judge’s ruling on polluters

By Jason Pan

Environmental protection officials yesterday called for tougher punishment for industrial polluters, after the Kaohsiung District Court on Monday handed down suspended sentences varying from 16 to 22 months to four employees of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc (ASE) who were found guilty of releasing untreated industrialFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

MARITIME Ship’s data recorder found The voyage data recorder of the research ship that sank near Penghu on Oct. 10 has been recovered and is expected to assist the investigation into the cause of the accident, a prosecutor said yesterday. Experts finally managed to locate the sunkenFULL STORY

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