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Buddhists, netizens in Ting Hsin row

By Tsai Chang-sheng and Jake Chung

Civic protests and boycotts of products and services offered by Ting Hsin International Group (頂新集團) and its subsidiaries have led to a war of words between Buddhist Master Shih Chao-hwei (釋昭慧) and netizens. The controversy stemmed from an online campaign initiated by netizen Chang Jen-chi (張仁吉),FULL STORY

Accusations arise over veterans’ payments in China

By Chen Yu-hsuan, Chou Ssu-yu and Jake Chung

Accusations have arisen that subsidies meant for veterans are being claimed illegally in China, as statistics show the average age of beneficiaries in China is much higher than in Taiwan. The Legislative Yuan’s Budget Center reported an imbalance between veterans in China whose fingerprints were unidentifiableFULL STORY

Former Hualon workers occupy ministry building

By Lii Wen

Clad in signature yellow cloaks with the word “anger” written across their chests, nearly 200 former workers of Hualon Corp stormed the lobby of the Ministry of Labor building in Taipei yesterday, occupying the space until late afternoon. “We spent our youth at Hualon, now helpFULL STORY

Stick to nuclear timeline: activists

By Sean Lin

An assembly of civic groups yesterday gathered in front of New Taipei City Hall to announce the launch of a signature event aimed at soliciting the support of New Taipei City mayoral and councilor candidates for a timely decommission of nuclear power plants in accordanceFULL STORY

Former diplomat takes on Tsing Hua university role

William Stanton, former director of the Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan, has been named interim senior vice president for Global Affairs at National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), widely regarded as one of Taiwan’s top colleges. “Stanton has the qualifications and experience necessary toFULL STORY

Ma opens door to opponents for talks on trade with China

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said yesterday that as part of his efforts to broaden trade with China, he is willing to have open discussions with people who hold contrary views on the issue. If Taiwan cannot expand its trade links with China, it will be leftFULL STORY

Battle of Guningtou to be remembered at Kinmen functions

The military is set to hold a series of events in commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Guningtou (古寧頭) against Chinese communist forces, a key battle across the Taiwan Strait that ensured the continuation of the Republic of China (ROC). The Ministry ofFULL STORY

COA announces results of inquiry into feed-oil firms

By Sean Lin and Stacy Hsu

The Council of Agriculture (COA) yesterday announced the preliminary results of its investigation into six companies that allegedly imported animal-feed-grade oils from Vietnam-based Dai Hanh Phuc Co, finding that four of the companies sold 5,110 tonnes of the imported oil to feed manufacturers, while 144FULL STORY

New measures taken to prevent spread of Ebola

By Stacy Hsu

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has implemented a new measure requiring passengers on flights to Taiwan from European and Middle Eastern countries to fill out a “blue form” detailing their travel history as part of its efforts to prevent the Ebola virus from enteringFULL STORY

Vandals strike public work of art in Yilan County

By Wang Yang-yu and Jake Chung

The Yilan County Government was alerted yesterday morning to an incident in which public works of art on exhibition in the county’s Jimmy’s Plaza were vandalized with permanent ink. Attempts to remove the ink scribbles proved ineffective and the administration contacted the plaza’s management toFULL STORY

Fire departments aim to cut down on pet rescue efforts

By Abraham Gerber

Pets that get into sticky situations might need to wait longer for help as the Taipei City Government’s fire department looks to reduce its animal rescue operations in a move announced by Taiwan Solidarity Union Taipei City Councilor Chen Chien-ming (陳建銘) yesterday and whichFULL STORY

Cancer precursor threatens seniors

By Stacy Hsu

The Hematology Society of Taiwan yesterday urged men over 60 who experience repeated dizziness, fatigue or bleeding of the gums to get tested for myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood disorder considered one step away from leukemia. As an example, the group said a 63-year-old taxi driverFULL STORY

Taipei eyes e-cig vendors

By Abraham Gerber

Illegal e-cigarettes are widely available via online vendors, according to an investigation published yesterday by the Taipei City Government’s Department of Health. The department’s first probe into e-cigarette availability found 318 different models or related products available online through Facebook, Line or auction sites. The department saidFULL STORY

Warm outlook for Canadian ice wines in Taiwan amid push to raise exports

Canadian wineries plan to spend more effort exploring foreign markets, including Taiwan, in a move to globally promote Canada’s high-quality grape and ice wines, Canada’s representative to Taiwan said. Canadian Trade Office in Taipei Executive Director Kathleen Mackay told the Central News Agency (CNA) thatFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

ROAD SAFETY Student scooter deaths eyed Minister of Transportation and Communications Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時) yesterday told legislators that fatality rates for motorcycle accidents involving college students are to be publicized monthly as part of the ministry’s efforts to reduce traffic deaths. The ministry will also adopt “innovativeFULL STORY

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