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Ministry says no Italian sanction exists

By Alison Hsiao

Italy has no specific restrictions on the import or the sale of Taiwanese products, Minister of Economic Affairs Woody Duh (杜紫軍) said yesterday, adding that a report about a Taiwanese face mask maker being told by his Italian customer that products made in Taiwan wouldFULL STORY

Legislator calls oil safe, chides companies

By Alison Hsiao

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Su Ching-chuan (蘇清泉) yesterday said that oil refined from waste products could be safely consumed if legal standards were followed in its manufacture. “The problem lies not with the [refinery] technology, but with the conscience,” he added. Su, a physician and director-generalFULL STORY

Former president in Japan to visit energy facilities

Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) yesterday departed for Japan on a one-week private visit, his sixth such trip in 14 years. Lee said prior to his departure that he would use the opportunity to discuss with Japanese experts issues related to cancer treatment, solar photovoltaic energyFULL STORY

Military officials hail soldiers as war games finish

By Jason Pan

The armed forces wrapped up the five-day Han Kuang military exercises yesterday, with the final series of drills designed to simulate repelling enemy attacks on the east coast and southern counties, as well as defending an airbase in central Taiwan. The annual war games, which beganFULL STORY

Lo Shu-lei fails to show at Ko’s office

By Loa Lok-sin

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lo Shu-lei (羅淑蕾) failed to appear after vowing to lead a team of accountants to the campaign headquarters of independent Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) to check on bank accounts that Ko made public. Upon receiving word that Lo wouldFULL STORY

Tang Prize winner urges conservation of freedom

Chinese-American historian and Tang Prize winner Yu Ying-shih (余英時) yesterday praised Taiwan’s democratic achievements and expressed the hope that the nation would not throw away its freedom. Over China’s thousands of years of history, Taiwan is the only democracy that has emerged, with its people ableFULL STORY

Groups reveal the impact of nation’s love of plastic

By Rachel Lin and Jake Chung

The average Taiwanese uses 2.7 plastic bags per day and the nation uses 1.8 billion plastic bags in total per year, a figure which means the nation is one of the largest producers of plastic waste worldwide, environmental protection groups said yesterday. The groups revealed theFULL STORY

7-Eleven opens on Orchid Island

President Chain Store Corp’s 7-Eleven convenience store chain opened its first store on Orchid Island (蘭嶼, also known as Lanyu) yesterday, after overcoming criticism from civic groups that the outlet would hurt the island’s indigenous culture. The store opened its doors to business at 7am,FULL STORY

Caribbean, Latin American festival to be held in Taipei

A weekend event in Taipei aims to highlight Latin American and Caribbean cultures as part of an effort to promote cultural exchanges between Taiwan and the regions, organizers said yesterday. The Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Festival opens today at Huashan 1914 Creative Park inFULL STORY

Pair convicted of illegally profiting by foreign labor

By Jason Pan

Two contractors in Greater Taichung earlier this week were sentenced for violating the Human Trafficking Prevention and Control Act (人口販運防制法), convicted of making profits from the exploitation of foreign workers by not paying proper wages. According to the ruling handed down by the Taichung District Court,FULL STORY

Kinmen memorial center salutes the work of deminers

Many of those who spent about seven years clearing the tens of thousands of land mines from Kinmen County have left the islands and returned to Taiwan proper, but a memorial to their contribution remains in the form of a new exhibition hall set toFULL STORY

Aging population rising fast: ministry

By Lee Hsin-fang and Jake Chung

The nation’s number of elderly people has increased by 17.8 times over the past seven decades, which has become an increasingly serious issue as the birth rate keeps declining, the Ministry of the Interior said yesterday. The earliest data the ministry holds show that in 1946,FULL STORY

Science winners hope Tang prize draws youngsters

The joint winners of the first Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science yesterday said they hoped the prize would attract more young people to the field. James Allison of the US and Tasuku Honjo of Japan said at a press conference in Taipei that the prizeFULL STORY

Power use peaks amid heat wave: Taiwan Power

The nation’s electricity reserves have continued to decline recently, with an operating reserve of 4.17 percent registered at 1:41pm on Thursday, the fourth straight day when the level fell below the 6 percent warning line, state-run Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) said. Electricity use has beenFULL STORY

Centenarian says cycling keeps him healthy and strong

By Lee Li-fa and Jake Chung

Not all elderly people are confined to their bed or home, surrounded by a gaggle of nurses, as evidenced by a veteran in Pingtung, Wu Tzu-hsiu (武自修), who remains hale and hearty at 100. Born on Jan. 1, 1914, in China’s Henan Province, WuFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

HEALTH Taipei sprayed for insects Two districts in Taipei sprayed pesticides yesterday after the city confirmed its first case of dengue fever for the year the previous day, environmental officials said. A man who lives in Shilin District (士林) and studies in Xinyi District (信義) developed dengueFULL STORY

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