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Tsai needs power to push policies: democracy group

By Sean Lin

Taiwan Democracy Watch yesterday called for amending the Constitution to allow President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to directly shape and answer for her policies, amid declining approval ratings for Tsai. “Tsai wants to get to work, but cannot find a way to do so,” the organization’s presidentFULL STORY

KMT-commissioned survey finds voters’ confidence in Tsai government fading

By Alison Hsiao

The results of a survey commissioned by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus showed that 50 percent of the respondents have little confidence in President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) policy implementation. The KMT caucus yesterday publicized the survey, in which 42.3 percent responded positively when asked ifFULL STORY

Ex-advisers say Ma, Xi merit Nobel Peace Prize

By Alison Hsiao

An association of former policy advisers who served during former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) term in office yesterday said that it will strive toward winning the Nobel Peace Prize for Ma and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) for the historic meeting that took place betweenFULL STORY

INTERVIEW: UN membership bid part of transitional justice

Taipei Times: In view of the approaching UN General Assembly next month, the Taiwan United Nations Alliance (TAIUNA) has called on President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration to apply for UN membership under the name “Taiwan.” However, Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee (李大維) has explicitlyFULL STORY

Guansi residents protest mining

By Chen Wei-han

Residents of Hsinchu County’s Guansi Township (關西) yesterday rallied in front of the Executive Yuan in Taipei to protest a plan to resume operations at a quarry in the township, saying decades of mining had depleted the environment, and demanding that the Cabinet amend miningFULL STORY

More carriages unfeasible: Taipei

By Sean Lin

The Taipei Department of Rapid Transit Systems yesterday said that Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s (柯文哲) proposal to increase the number of train carriages on the MRT’s Line 1 (Wenhu Line) to alleviate traffic congestion in Neihu District (內湖) is not feasible, citing safety risks. Department officialFULL STORY

Parents’ group to delay lawsuit on chicken criticism

By Chien Li-chung, Liang Pei-chi and Jake Chung

Taipei First Girls’ Senior High School’s Parent Teacher Association yesterday said that it would postpone a lawsuit against a woman who had criticized online the behavior of two of the school’s students, who were reportedly left upset over the incident. The woman, surnamed Lee (李), onFULL STORY

Doctors urge men to seek help for early ejaculation

By Lee I-chia

Urologists urged men who experience premature ejaculation to seek medical treatment instead of trying folk remedies on their own. Tsai Wei-kung (蔡維恭), a urologist at Mackay Memorial Hospital in Taipei, cited a recent case in which a 22-year-old university student, who nearly always experienced uncontrolled ejaculationFULL STORY

CDC urges caution after first imported Lyme disease case

People traveling to areas affected by Lyme disease should take precautions against tick bites, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said on Thursday, after it confirmed this year’s first imported case of the zoonotic disease. A 53-year-old Swedish man early this month developed fatigue andFULL STORY

Cabinet mulls NT$340bn stimulus plan2016-08-26

By Lee Hsin-fang and Jake Chung

The Executive Yuan yesterday said it plans to earmark NT$340 billion (US$10.7 billion) for a stimulus package to spur economic growth, with an emphasis on boosting government investment in state-owned businesses and projects. The National Development Council (NDC) suggested that the Cabinet focus on ameliorating theFULL STORY

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