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2014 ELECTIONS: Media report outlines Beijing’s influence in Taiwan

By Alison Hsiao

A Chinese government organization has been described as influencing Taiwan’s politics by mobilizing Taiwanese businesspeople based in China to return to Taiwan on a heavily discounted flight ticket to vote in tomorrow’s elections, a special report released by Reuters yesterday said, detailing how China penetratesFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: DPP apologizes to Ko over document uproar

By Lu Heng-chien, Wang Wen-hsuan and Jake Chung

The Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Taipei chapter late last night apologized to independent mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and the public for the uproar over a photograph of a document that Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Alex Tsai (蔡正元) posted on Facebook earlier in theFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Ko makes symbolic tour

By Loa Iok-sin

With two days to go until election day, independent Taipei mayor candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday took a tour of seven symbolic locations around the city, vowing to bring about change for a better future if he wins the race for the capital tomorrow.FULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Recall campaign to be ramped up at elections

By Lii Wen

The Appendectomy Project — a recall campaign aimed at removing Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators Alex Tsai (蔡正元), Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇), and Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池) — faces a crucial day tomorrow, when organizers have vowed to collect as many signatories as possible while the nine-in-oneFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Prosecutors clarify position on enquiry of Ko wiretap case

By Jason Pan

A day after cross-examining four principal figures thought to be involved in the alleged wiretapping of one of independent Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je’s (柯文哲) offices, prosecutors issued a statement yesterday stressing that the investigation is ongoing, and they have not yet decided if theyFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Lien announces his dream team for government posts

By Stacy Hsu, Lu Heng-chien and Kuo An-chia

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei mayoral candidate Sean Lien’s (連勝文) campaign office yesterday released a list of people Lien intends to bring into the city government should he win the mayoral election tomorrow. On the list are former Taipei deputy mayor Ou Chin-der (歐晉德), who currentlyFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Youth activists to broadcast election results in English

By Lii Wen

A live broadcast featuring commentary from the perspective of youth activists is to be available online in both Mandarin Chinese and English as the results of the nine-in-one elections come through tomorrow. Launched by citizen journalism group Shot for Democracy, the project’s Mandarin broadcast is setFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Election campaigns turn more creative

By Huang Hsin-po and Jake Chung

While most candidates for the nine-in-one elections tomorrow have mainly relied on traditional methods, such as canvassing votes, to attract support, some have come up with more creative tactics in their bid to draw voters. Greater Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) of the Democratic Progressive PartyFULL STORY

Consumers’ group to sue oil makers in class action

By Stacy Hsu

The Consumers’ Foundation is to file a consumer class-action lawsuit against four manufacturers whose allegedly adulterated cooking oil products have hurt the nation’s food industry since their discovery in September, and is inviting anyone who purchased or consumed food products tainted with the problematic oilsFULL STORY

Chef-creator of General Tso’s Chicken honored

By Abraham Gerber

Chef Peng Chang-kuei (彭長貴), the inventor of General Tso’s Chicken (左宗棠雞), was named an “Outstanding Citizen” by the Taipei City Government yesterday for creating the iconic chicken dish. Peng apprenticed in the kitchen of the then-Republic of China government’s premier before fleeing to Taiwan with theFULL STORY

FEATURE: Experts worry that Taipei Hakka event being diluted

By Lii Wen

Along with the national identity debate — arguably the biggest issue in Taiwanese politics over the past two decades — the cultural identities of the nation’s ethnic groups have also undergone a prolonged revival during this period, and the Hakka community that accounts for 15FULL STORY

Hearing loss may belie ear tumor, doctors warn

By Abraham Gerber

Any person experiencing hearing problems should seek medical attention promptly to allow for the early detection of ear tumors in case these turn out to be the cause of the problem, Taipei City Hospital said yesterday. While hearing loss is often regarded as a relatively benignFULL STORY

Terminal Three passes EIA: operator

By Shelley Shan

Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC) yesterday said its Terminal Three project has been approved by the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Committee and construction of the new terminal should be completed by 2021. The terminal is part of the Taoyuan Aerotropolis project, a massive development planFULL STORY

Taipei funeral parlors becoming more efficient and environmentally friendly

By Abraham Gerber

Funeral parlor expansion plans will make Taipei’s funerals more environmentally friendly, the city’s Department of Civil Affairs said on Wednesday. As Taipei’s population ages, increased death rates have put pressure on the city’s two funeral parlors, the department said. The parlors are used for both funeral ritesFULL STORY

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