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Premier promises to turn beach into surfing hotspot

By Sean Lin

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday pledged to transform Shajhu Bay (沙珠灣) in New Taipei City’s Jinshan District (金山) into an incubator for professional surfers and make it an even more popular tourist spot. When Su was running for New Taipei City mayor last year, he promisedFULL STORY

Team claims title of world’s tiniest AI chip

A team of Taiwanese researchers and a tech firm yesterday unveiled what they said was the world’s smallest artificial intelligence (AI) chip, which measures 7mm by 7mm. The “edge AI chip” was developed by National Taiwan Normal University’s (NTNU) Department of Electrical Engineering in collaboration withFULL STORY

Black pig farmers band together as fever hits sales

By Chiu Chih-jou and Sherry Hsiao

Farmers who raise black pigs in Pingtung County have formed a self-help group as fears about the effects of African swine fever have resulted in sales coming to a standstill and increased scrutiny of farms that use food waste as feed. Unlike their lighter-skinned counterparts, blackFULL STORY

Control Yuan reports on Formosat-5 image issues

By Lin Chia-nan

Improving satellite calibration and vibration reduction techniques are key to the nation’s development of space technology, Minister of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee (陳良基) said on Thursday, after the Control Yuan found flaws in the initial calibration of Formosat-5. The nation’s first domestically developed satellite, Formosat-5FULL STORY

First equestrian training center to launch next month

By Chang Chung-yi and Jake Chung

Taiwanese rider Yeh Hsiu-hua (葉繡華) is to launch the nation’s first equestrian sports training center in Kaohsiung’s Dashe District (大社) next month, with plans to admit eight trainees and organize the first international equestrian event to be hosted by Taiwan, she said on Thursday. Yeh, 42,FULL STORY

MAC says Chinese minister deceitful

By Stacy Hsu

The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) yesterday accused China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Liu Jieyi (劉結一) of trying to deceive Taiwanese, saying that a pledge he made on Thursday that China’s political system would not be implemented in Taiwan under the “one country, two systems” formulaFULL STORY

Nationality, new constitution preferred, poll shows

By Su Fun-her and Jonathan Chin

In a poll published yesterday by the pan-green-leaning Taiwan New Constitution Foundation, 80.2 percent of respondents said that Taiwan and China are separate nations, while 72.1 percent said they supported efforts to create a constitution that better reflects the nation’s political status. When asked about ChineseFULL STORY

KMT: Members call for primary timetable

By Chang Chung-yi and Jake Chung

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators yesterday urged the party to announce soon after the Lunar New Year break the schedule and regulations for its primaries ahead of next year’s presidential election. They also called on KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) to make clear whether he intendsFULL STORY

KMT: Party denies Wu planning China trip

By Stacy Hsu

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday denied a media report that said KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) was planning to lead a delegation of 15 KMT mayors and county commissioners to China after his three-year travel ban expires in May. “The KMT solemnly declares that thereFULL STORY

Agriculture entity set up in Honduras to boost ties

By Stacy Hsu

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday announced that a Taiwan Agriculture Investment Co subsidiary has been established in Honduras, demonstrating the government’s determination to facilitate economic and trade cooperation with its allies. According to a ministry news release, a ceremony in Honduras on Thursday to markFULL STORY

Academia Sinica denies ex-minister involved in nepotism

By Lin Chia-nan

Physicist and former minister of education Wu Maw-kuen (吳茂昆) did not press Academia Sinica to hire his son, Phillip Wu (吳孟真), as a visiting academic, the institution said yesterday after media reports that Phillip Wu won the post due to nepotism. A distinguished fellow at AcademiaFULL STORY

CPBL match fixer Wu Chien-pao arrested in Manila

Wu Chien-pao (吳健保), a former council speaker in what was then Tainan County who was convicted of fixing professional baseball games, was arrested in the Philippines after fleeing Taiwan years ago, local police said on Thursday. Wu, 69, was apprehended on Wednesday by law enforcement agentsFULL STORY

Pesticide blamed for mass bird deaths

By Jonathan Chin

A powerful pesticide is to blame for the death of an estimated 1,200 birds in Beinan Township (卑南), the Taitung County Animal Disease Control Center said on Wednesday. The mass bird mortality, which occurred on Jan. 5 and 6, was first reported on Facebook by anFULL STORY

Mandarin language courses successful in the Philippines

The Taiwan Education Center Philippines, a cultural exchange program that provides Mandarin lessons to Philippine students, has reported positive results. The classes have been well received and more than 1,000 participants have signed up, program organizer Huang Tse-hsiang (黃澤翔) said. Operated by National Sun Yat-sen University withFULL STORY

Primary school gifted industrial fan

By Yang Chin-cheng and Sherry Hsiao

Guantian Elementary School in Tainan on Wednesday received an industrial-grade ceiling fan for its student activities center. The fan was donated by Lee Mao-tun, chairman of Kingston Rotary Vane Air Compressor (金士盾科技), which developed the device. With a diameter of 7.3m, the fan is large enoughFULL STORY

Alleged sex workers arrested for overstaying visas

Two Vietnamese women allegedly working as prostitutes were arrested in Yilan County for overstaying their visas, police said on Wednesday. The two women, aged 25 and 37, were arrested in a house in Luodong Township (羅東), police said, adding that they had entered the country onFULL STORY

Archeology museum wins gold with restroom design

By Chen Hsin-yu and Sherry Hsiao

The Shihsanhang Museum of Archeology in New Taipei City on Saturday last week received two Golden Quality Awards for its public restrooms. The award recognizes creativity in public restrooms, and at tourism and recreational sites. It was the sixth time that the museum won the annual award,FULL STORY

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