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Kuan Chung-ming vows not to waver

By Ann Maxon

Academia Sinica academician and NTU president-elect Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) yesterday reiterated that he will not back down from what he called a fight for National Taiwan University’s (NTU) autonomy against government intervention, in a speech at an annual gala held by the Southern California NationalFULL STORY

Assets committee releases appraisal of KMT assets

By Chen Yu-fu and William Hetherington

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)-affiliated Central Investment Co accumulated stock worth NT$24.7 billion (US$804.14 million) by the end of last year, the Cabinet’s Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee said. The committee in November 2016 identified Central Investment and its spinoff, Hsinyutai Co, as organizations affiliated withFULL STORY

INTERVIEW: Lack of FTA no bar to cooperation, Thai representative says

Taiwan’s lack of free-trade agreements (FTA) with several Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, has been seen as a challenge for President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) New Southbound Policy. What do you think could be done to facilitate the signing of an FTA between Taiwan and Thailand? ThongchaiFULL STORY

Tourism Bureau denies subsidizing Thai sex workers

By Shelley Shan

The Tourism Bureau yesterday denied that it subsidized visits by individual Southeast Asia tourists after a newspaper reported that there has been an increase in the number of Thai sex workers at unlicensed lounges in Taipei’s Wanhua District (萬華). The Chinese-language China Times yesterday said thatFULL STORY

President begins two-day visit to Taitung County

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday began a two-day tour of Taitung County to help promote tourism to the county and get a firsthand look at whether the needs of its Aboriginal population are being met. Her first stop was an old sugar factory in TaitungFULL STORY

Kinmen veterans return for 823 commemoration

A group of veterans who served in Kinmen nearly 40 years ago on Saturday returned there to take part in activities that are being held to mark the 60th anniversary of the 823 Artillery Bombardment of the island by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. WearingFULL STORY

Taiwanese win four golds in Iran

All four Taiwanese students taking part in the International Biology Olympiad in Iran won gold medals, putting the team in first place alongside China, the Ministry of Education said yesterday. In the individual category, Chen Yun-chen (陳允禎) of National Tainan First Senior High School finished inFULL STORY

More than 20% of disabled people working: ministry

More than 20 percent of people with disabilities are in the nation’s labor force and there were 1.12 million people with mental or physical disabilities as of 2016, a Ministry of Health and Welfare survey showed. More 90 percent of those who could work were employed,FULL STORY

Taoyuan airport police seize ‘bath salts’

By Jason Pan

Aviation police on Friday seized a batch of synthetic cathinones, commonly known as “bath salts,” at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Aviation police and airport customs officers found nine packets containing 9.065kg of a white powdery substance during an inspection at the Farglory imported cargo delivery zone. TheFULL STORY

Skin lumps might be sign of high cholesterol: doctor

By Chiang Chih-hsiung and Jonathan Chin

Lumps of benign fatty tissue under the skin, or lipoma, could be a sign of high cholesterol, a doctor said on Saturday. Young people with a family history of heart conditions should watch out for changes in their body, said Chen Wei-cheng (陳韋成), cardiovascular disease internistFULL STORY

Octogenarian gets license for heavy scooter after fine

By Yang Chin-cheng, Cheng Wei-chi, and Jake Chung

Eighty-three-year-old Tainan resident Hsu Chiu-yueh (徐秋月) has obtained a heavy scooter license after finally passing a driving test last month. Hsu said although she has a car driver’s license and a scooter license, she usually rides a normal heavy scooter. The Road Traffic Security Rules (道路交通安全規則) classifiesFULL STORY

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