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Legislature freezes EPA’s EIA budget

By Lin Chia-nan

Lawmakers yesterday froze the Environmental Protection Administration’s (EPA) environmental impact assessment (EIA) budget for fiscal year 2019, citing its controversial approval of a gas terminal project last month. A proposal by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Alicia Wang (王育敏) to freeze NT$10 million (US$323,562) of theFULL STORY

Taipei disposes of 688,000 Abbott supplement cans

By Lee I-chia

The Taipei Department of Health yesterday said 688,000 cans of dietary supplements imported and resold by Abbott Taiwan (亞培台灣), which were pulled from shelves in September due to suspected quality defects, have been disposed of, with the process expected to be completed by March. The departmentFULL STORY

INTERVIEW: New TRA head aims to restore railways to former glory

Liberty Times (LT): Train manufacturer Nippon Sharyo has said that the automatic train protection (ATP) system used by Puyuma Express trains has design flaws, but added that the TRA was responsible for inspecting the trains before acceptance. The comments suggested that the TRA made mistakesFULL STORY

Taoyuan airport to continue search for building contractors

By Shelley Shan

Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC) is today to hold a third public exposition session for construction firms interested in bidding for the Terminal 3 project at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the operator said. The government originally planned to complete the construction of Terminal 3 by 2020,FULL STORY

Cambodia Airways launches two flights weekly from Taichung to Phnom Penh

By Shelley Shan

Cambodia Airways is to launch a new service between Taichung and Phnom Penh tomorrow. The airline is to be the 13th with personnel stationed at Taichung International Airport, and Phnom Penh is to become the airport’s 10th international destination. Cambodia Airways said on Facebook that flights toFULL STORY

Chang maintains silence after return from APEC

Special envoy to the APEC summit Morris Chang (張忠謀) remained non-committal when he returned to Taiwan yesterday after the meeting concluded in Papua New Guinea on Sunday. Chang, accompanied by his wife, Chang Su-fen (張淑芬), was greeted by National Security Council Secretary-General David Lee (李大維) atFULL STORY

ELECTIONS: Lawyers, students sign to support nuclear-free land

By Lin Chia-nan

More than 280 law practitioners yesterday launched a petition against a referendum to scrap the policy for a nuclear-free homeland by 2025, a gesture echoing another petition organized last week by more than 500 academics. The referendum, initiated by Nuclear Myth Busters founder Huang Shih-hsiu (黃士修),FULL STORY

ELECTIONS: IOC sends third warning on name change

By Shelley Shan

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has reiterated for the third time that it would not approve any change to the name of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC), adding that the title was determined by an agreement signed in 1981 in Lausanne, Switzerland. National Olympic CommitteeFULL STORY

ELECTIONS: Yao explains decision to quit legislature

By Lee I-chia

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei mayoral candidate Pasuya Yao (姚文智) yesterday said his decision on Sunday to resign from the Legislative Yuan to focus on his mayoral campaign was spontaneous. Asked for comment yesterday, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) candidate Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) praised his opponent’s decision,FULL STORY

ELECTIONS: Two US aircraft carriers support peace in West Pacific

The US has sent two aircraft carriers to the West Pacific as part of its Indo-Pacific strategy and to maintain regional peace, Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa (嚴德發) said yesterday. Asked to comment on the ongoing operations of the USS John C. Stennis and theFULL STORY

ELECTIONS: KMT, bureau clash over China spreading fake news in nation

By Hsieh Chun-lin and Jonathan Chin

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆) yesterday clashed with National Security Bureau Deputy Director-General Chen Wen-fan (陳文凡) over whether China is spreading fake news in Taiwan. The exchange occurred during Chen’s report to the Legislative Yuan’s Finance Committee, which had asked the National SecurityFULL STORY

Study links medication with dementia, fractures

By Sherry Hsiao

The long-term use of anticholinergic drugs is associated with an increased risk of fractures and dementia in elderly people, a study conducted by Chen Liang-kung (陳亮恭), director of the Center of Geriatrics and Gerontology at Taipei Veterans General Hospital, and other researchers showed. Using the NationalFULL STORY

PROFILE: Hsieh Sen-shan keeping alive art of film billboards

By Jake Chung

The vocation and handicraft of hand-painting movie billboards is on the wane as neon signs and digital billboards of the modern age decorate the facades of high-rises and rooftops. Seventy-three-year-old Hsieh Sen-shan (謝森山) is one of a handful in Taiwan who still practices the trade. He insistsFULL STORY

Taiwan rejoins the diamond trade’s Kimberley Process

After a four-year-hiatus, Taiwan rejoined the international Kimberley Process annual meeting from Monday to Friday last week, which endeavors to eradicate the use of rough diamonds to finance wars. Taiwan attended the plenary in Brussels as an observer, with the assistance of the EU, which hostedFULL STORY

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