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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

TOURISM

Own-toiletry guests get perks

More than 100 hotels in the country have decided to offer discounts this year to guests who bring their own toiletries, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA). The offer by 111 hotels is part of the agency’s initiative to promote “green living.” Guests who plan to stay for more than one night are encouraged to bring their own toiletries, and to reuse bedsheets and towels to reduce the environmental impact of washing sheets and disposing of hotel toiletries, it said. The participating hotels will offer room discounts of up to 60 percent to guests who bring their own toiletries, the EPA’s Huang Wan-chu (黃萬居) said. A direct price reduction of NT$100 to NT$250 daily would be offered to guests who choose not to have their bedsheets changed, he said.

POLITICS

Hau aide stepping down

Taipei City’s Law and Regulation Commission Chairperson Yeh Ching-yuan (葉慶元), a top aide to Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), yesterday confirmed he is leaving the Hau administration next month to practice law. Yeh said returning to practicing law is a “personal career plan” and he denied recent allegations by the Chinese--language Next Magazine that he abused his power by taking his official vehicle to attend private functions. He has also come under fire in the past after being found posting articles on his Facebook page and chatting with netizens on Plurk during question-and-answer sessions on the council floor. However, he has survived those controversies as a member of the so-called “gang of four” advisers to the mayor. The other three members of the group resigned two years ago over concerns they were abusing their authority. Yeh will take a leave of absence beginning today and step down from his post on May 1.

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