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No consensus on ‘1992 consensus’: Lai

By Chen Yu-fu and Jonathan Chin

The issue with the so-called “1992 consensus” is that there is no consensus about whether it exists or what it actually means, Premier William Lai yesterday told legislators yesterday, adding that the nation needs to address the problem. Lai made the remarks at a plenary legislativeFULL STORY

Petition to jump time zone passes official threshold

By Jonathan Chin

A netizen’s petition to change Taiwan’s time zone from the same as China’s to that of Japan and South Korea has gathered enough signatures on an official Web site to prompt an official response, the National Development Council said on Thursday. When petitions receive more thanFULL STORY

Touring film festival marks end of martial law

The Taiwan International Human Rights Film Festival opened in Taipei last week to mark the 30th anniversary of the lifting of Martial Law and encourage reflection on human rights issues. Two Taiwanese and nine foreign films are to be screened at 18 locations nationwide duringFULL STORY

CSBC prepared to take over minesweeper contract

By Tu Chu-min

China Shipbuilding Corp, Taiwan (台船, CSBC) yesterday said the company is willing to continue the construction of minesweeper ships if Ching Fu Shipbuilding Co’s (慶富造船) contract with the Ministry of National Defense is terminated. Ching Fu in 2014 won a contract to build six minesweepers onFULL STORY

Flag not ‘removed’ from Web site, was never there: MOFA

By Stacy Hsu

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday denied allegations that it had removed the national flag from the latest version of its Web site, saying that the flag was not on the Web site during the administration of former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九). The ministry issued aFULL STORY

Taipei experiments with community care model

By Lee I-chia

A short ceremony was held in Taipei yesterday to present a new model of local community cooperative care combining trained local caregivers, convenience stores and surveys to provide instant care to elderly Taipei residents, as part of the city government’s “stone soup” long-term care program. InFULL STORY

ACUVUE contact lenses are recalled

By Lee I-chia

Following Japan’s recall of four types of ACUVUE contact lenses from Johnson & Johnson due to tainted contact lens solution, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday said four batches of the brand’s products are also being recalled in Taiwan. The company released a statement onFULL STORY

Most lunchboxes break sodium intake guideline

By Lee I-chia

The Consumers’ Foundation said its latest survey showed that three-quarters of lunchboxes sold in convenience stores were found to contain excessive levels of sodium, higher than the average sodium level per meal suggested by the government’s dietary guidelines. The foundation said according to the Health PromotionFULL STORY

Taiwan wins four WorldSkill golds

Taiwan won four gold medals, one silver, five bronze and 27 medallions of excellence at this year’s WorldSkill Competition in the United Arab Emirates earlier this week, finishing with the fourth-highest medal haul. Tsai Yu-chih (蔡喻至) of Neihu Vocational School won in the electronics category, ChengFULL STORY

Kaohsiung man confesses to murdering his daughter

By Jason Pan

A Kaohsiung resident on Thursday night confessed to the police that he had hidden the dead body of his baby girl, saying he accidentally beat her to death 11 years ago. The man, surnamed Lin (林), said he wanted to turn himself in for murdering hisFULL STORY

Bureau promoting self-governance of Aboriginal hunting

By Lin Chia-nan

The Forestry Bureau is promoting self-governance of hunting in Aboriginal communities, bureau Director-General Lin Hua-ching (林華慶) told a forum in Taipei on Thursday, adding that biological diversity and cultural diversity are equally important. Public debates about Aboriginal hunting practices were renewed after a Bunun hunter namedFULL STORY

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