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2014 ELECTIONS: Organ allegations cause concern

By Stacy Hsu

Taiwan Organ Registry and Sharing Center chairman Lee Po-chang (李伯璋) yesterday expressed concern over the potential impact of some online petitions calling for people to remove themselves from the organ donation registry. Lee voiced the concern amid the fallout from the recent organ-harvesting accusations leveled byFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: DPP leaders in big show of support for candidates

By Chen Feng-li, Chen Chien-chih and Jake Chung

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) wrapped up its “Super Weekend” yesterday ahead of Saturday’s nine-in-one elections with campaign motorcades and rallies that featured top party members along with its candidates. Given that the party has set central Taiwan as the key battleground in the elections, DPPFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Web article puts Taipei candidate Chao in spotlight

By Alison Hsiao

One of the lesser-known Taipei mayoral candidates has been gaining a lot of attention, especially from young netizens, after his life story sparked a dispute on social networks in the past few days. Chao Yen-ching (趙衍慶), an octogenarian who came to Taiwan after the Chinese CivilFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Cloud Gate announcement causes Ko Wen-je’s office to again question leaks

By Jake Chung

The sudden announcement on Wednesday last week that Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei mayoral candidate Sean Lien’s (連勝文) wife, Patty Tsai (蔡依珊), would attend the premier of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre’s double bill of White Water (白水) and Dust (微塵) has again led independent TaipeiFULL STORY

TRA mulls fine increase for suicides

By Huang Li-hsiang, Lin Chia-chi and Jake Chung

Amendments to the Act Governing Punishments for Violations of Road Traffic Regulations (道路交通管理處罰條例) are being mulled as a way of deterring people from committing suicide by lying down on railway tracks, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said. The agency’s most recent survey found that suicide bidsFULL STORY

Activists pan government foreign-labor reform plan

By Lii Wen

Labor activists panned government plans to seek new sources of foreign labor, following an announcement by Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla on Friday that his nation would bar the export of female workers within five years. Although business groups in Taiwan urged the government to procureFULL STORY

Ex-toll collectors hunger strike enters day five

By Lii Wen

A hunger strike by four members of the Former Toll Collectors Self-Help Organization enters its fifth day today. Former toll collectors Sun Hsiu-luan (孫秀鑾) and Ho Huei-ling (何慧玲) and labor activists Chen Su-hsiang (陳素香) and Yao Kuang-chu (姚光祖) have not eaten since Thursday afternoon, when theyFULL STORY

NTU turns down appeal for launch of BDSM club

National Taiwan University (NTU) took a dominant role last week when it blocked students who wanted to start a club centered on BDSM, the broad range of erotic practices mostly identified with domination and sumbission role-play. A committee made up of students, teachers and administratorsFULL STORY

S Korean TV show to give tourism industry a boost

By Shelley Shan

The National Museum of Natural Science in Greater Taichung and Sun Moon Lake are set to feature in the second series of the South Korean reality show Dad, Where Are We Going? with the show’s crew arriving in Taiwan to film over the weekend. TheFULL STORY

Ministry of Science announces winners of startup incentive

By Sean Lin

The Ministry of Science and Technology yesterday announced the winners of the Innovation and Startups Incentive Program, issuing prize money that amounted to NT$12.75 million (US$408,000) to 10 teams formed by masters and doctoral students at universities across the nation. A selection of five teams receivedFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

ENTERTAINMENT Lou, Chen dominate awards Chinese director Lou Ye’s (婁燁) drama Blind Massage (推拿) and Chinese actor Chen Jianbin (陳建斌) emerged as the biggest winners at the 51st Golden Horse Awards in Taipei on Saturday. The Chinese-French film entered the competition with seven nominations and came outFULL STORY

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