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Local Government Act reform passed

By Alison Hsiao

Amendments to the Local Government Act (地方制度法) requiring speakers and deputy speakers of local councils to be elected by open ballots cleared the legislative floor yesterday. Existing local government law stipulates that speakers and deputy speakers of the councils of special municipalities, cities and counties, andFULL STORY

Premier visits caucuses; accentuates similarities

By Alison Hsiao

While the governing and opposition parties might differ over policy, they share a common goal in wanting to make the nation a better place, Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said yesterday as he visited the legislative caucuses. In his meeting with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus,FULL STORY

Stanley Kao, the veteran diplomat turned US envoy

By Stacy Hsu

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has made it no secret that one of her administration’s priorities is to address Taiwan’s dependence on China by leaning more toward other nations, which is why the appointment of outgoing representative to Italy Stanley Kao (高碩泰) as Taipei’s new envoyFULL STORY

Ex-NSC secretary-general to lead relations with Japan

Former National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general Chiou I-jen (邱義仁) yesterday took over as chairman of the Association of East Asian Relations, which handles relations with Japan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties. The association called a board meeting earlier in the day and electedFULL STORY

Groups aimed at boosting European relations launched

By Jason Pan

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers launched two new parliamentary friendship organizations yesterday aimed at promoting bilateral ties with Belgium and Slovenia. Pingtung County DPP Legislator Chung Chia-Pin (鍾佳濱) led the preparatory work and was named chairman of both the Taiwan-Belgium Congressional Association and the Taiwan-Slovenia CongressionalFULL STORY

Fu Jen students appeal to Vatican cleric over curfew

By Sean Lin

A group of students from Fu Jen Catholic University in New Taipei City (新北市) yesterday called on Cardinal Prefect Giuseppe Versaldi of the Roman Catholic Church to help abolish a curfew the school imposes on female students living in its dormitories, which the students saidFULL STORY

Man reportedly has breakdown over toy

By Ho Tsung-han, Hsu Kuo-chen and Jake Chung

A 20-year-old man in Taichung on Thursday reportedly suffered a nervous breakdown after his mother’s poodle chewed on a limited edition figurine of a character from the Pokemon animated series, the Taichung Police Department said. Officers at the Nantun District (南屯) Police Station said they receivedFULL STORY

Building on archeological site a ‘disgrace’: councilor

The Taichung City Government’s decision to allow the construction of a building on the site where the earliest traces of human activity in central Taiwan dating back about 5,000 years were discovered was on Thursday questioned by a city councilor. Speaking during a city councilFULL STORY

High-speed rail timetables to see overhaul: THSRC

Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC) yesterday announced that an overhaul of its timetable will take place in conjunction with the inauguration of Nangang (南港) Station in Taipei on July 1. The number of trips will be reduced from 969 per week to 943 per week,FULL STORY

South Korean heartthrob to meet Taiwanese fans

South Korean actor Song Joong-ki, the star of hit TV drama Descendants of the Sun, will meet fans in Taiwan next month on the final leg of his Asia tour, a promoter said. All 4,200 tickets to the much-anticipated event in Taipei on June 25FULL STORY

Paratrooper injured in Kaohsiung training jump

By Jason Pan

A paratrooper was injured and sent to a military hospital in Kaohsiung yesterday, after strong winds blew her and her colleagues off the target area during a parachute jump. Military officials confirmed Corporal Lee Ting-hsuan (李亭儇) of the army’s airborne special operation force was taken byFULL STORY

Protesters egg ministry building over union ruling

By Abraham Gerber

Workers’ rights campaigners yesterday gathered outside the Ministry of Labor, shouting slogans and throwing eggs to protest a ruling upholding the forced transfer of a Shin Hai Gas Corp Employees’ Union official. More than 100 demonstrators from the Hsin Hai Gas Corp Employees’ Union, the TaoyuanFULL STORY

Taipei Dome topic of Executive Yuan closed-door talks

By Sean Lin

The beleaguered Taipei Dome project was among the topics Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and Premier Lin Chuan (林全) discussed during a closed-door meeting at the Executive Yuan yesterday afternoon, a Taipei City Government official said. The official, who asked to remain anonymous, said Ko isFULL STORY

Aborigines to be allowed firearms if bill is passed

By Jake Chung

Regulations on the possession of self-made or self-modified rifles by Aborigines for hunting purposes are to be relaxed if an amendment to the Controlling Guns, Ammunition and Knives Act (槍砲彈藥刀械管制條例), which on Thursday was approved by the Ministry of the Interior, is ratified by theFULL STORY

Map shows poor digestive health

By Lee I-chia

People aged between 20 and 45 living in Keelung, Hsinchu County and Yilan County have, on average, the worst gastrointestinal health in the nation, a gastrointestinal health map released by the Taiwan Association for Lactic Acid Bacteria showed on Thursday. The map was made based onFULL STORY

Depression in elderly needs more attention

By Lee I-chia

The Taipei Department of Health has urged people to pay attention to early signs of depression in elderly people, as more than 14.8 percent of people in the city are above the age of 70. Ministry of the Interior data shows that the number of elderlyFULL STORY

Collector has more than 100 police action figures

By Tang Shih-ming and Jonathan Chin

Changhua County Traffic Police Brigade Commander Chi Hsiao-su (紀孝蘇) has been collecting police actions figures for about 15 years and has more than 100 of them. He said he became an enthusiast in 2001 when a friend gave him an action figure and he has sinceFULL STORY

Pocket-sized device cleans chopsticks in 90 seconds: ITRI

A pocket-sized device used to sanitize chopsticks has been developed by the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), it said. The Pocket Chopstick Sanitizer uses deep-ultraviolet light emitting diodes to kill 99.99 percent of Escherichia coli and other bacteria, the institute said. The device is portable, environmentallyFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

TRAVEL Driving pact with Nevada The government has signed a reciprocal driver’s license agreement with Nevada, the 17th US state with which Taiwan has reached such an agreement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on Thursday. The ministry’s representative office signed the pact, on behalf ofFULL STORY

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