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Ko picks spark more controversy

By Loa Iok-sin

Independent Taipei mayor-elect Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday introduced the second group of department heads in his city government — however, as before, his choices triggered protests and controversy. Sitting with the department heads-to-be for a group picture, Ko introduced the second group to the public duringFULL STORY

PRC ‘short-sighted’ on Taiwan: Richard Bush

By William Lowther

China has become “short-sighted” in its dealings with Taiwan, former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) chairman Richard Bush told a Harvard conference. The nation’s “relative marginalization” was not due to anything idiosyncratic about Taiwan, but rather how China has pursued its long-standing political goal of unification,FULL STORY

Anger in Kaohsiung over explosions indictments

By Jason Pan and Pao Chien-hsin

Greater Kaohsiung residents and victims’ organizations yesterday vented their frustrations after Thursday’s indictments over the gas explosions on July 31 and Aug. 1 that killed 30 people. LCY Chemical Corp, China General Terminal and Distribution Corp and low-ranking government officials bore the brunt of judicial prosecutionFULL STORY

KMT is ‘insincere’ on constitutional reform, DPP says

By Alison Hsiao

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) whip yesterday criticized the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), accusing it of being “insincere” over its calls for constitutional reform after a constitutional amendment committee was convened, but a proposal to set the committee up was not discussed. DPP caucus whip KerFULL STORY

I blew the whistle on CPA head Yeh, Samuel Yin says

Entrepreneur Samuel Yin (尹衍樑) disclosed in an interview published on Wednesday that he was the whistle-blower in a bribery case involving former Taoyuan County deputy commissioner Yeh Shih-wen (葉世文), the then-head of the central government’s Construction and Planning Agency (CPA). The Ruentex Group chairman told aFULL STORY

HIV patients report care woes

By Alison Hsiao

While the need for long-term care for people with HIV is increasing as they age, an advocacy group has found that the nation’s nursing homes are largely unwelcoming of HIV-positive residents, with more than 90 percent of Taipei and New Taipei City facilities refusing toFULL STORY

NHI includes breast cancer drug

By Sean Lin

Doctors yesterday said that a groundbreaking chemotherapeutic drug targeting breast cancer, which uses extracts from a marine sponge found along the Japanese coastline, is now covered by the National Health Insurance (NHI) system. Speaking at a press conference in Taipei, Changhua Christian Hospital breast cancer centerFULL STORY

Film features handicapped girl adopted by Dutch

By Chen Ping-hung and Jake Chung

The story of Suki, 22, a Taiwanese-born girl adopted by the Henk family in the Netherlands via a Dutch adoption service, is featured in Cathwel Service’s new film Families Destined to Meet 2, released yesterday. The documentary shows the human potential for resilience in theFULL STORY

City government gives sneak peek of new brochures

By Abraham Gerber

The Taipei City Government’s Department of Information and Tourism yesterday offered a sneak peak at the latest edition of its city travel brochure, announcing new digital complements intended to make finding sights and stores more convenient. The booklets — which are available in Chinese, English andFULL STORY

Indonesia vows to ramp up measures over illegal fishing

The government has warned fishermen of the severe consequences of illegal fishing after four Taiwanese fishing boats were detected operating illegally in Indonesian waters, Taipei Economic and Trade Office in Indonesia Representative Chang Liang-jen (張良任) said yesterday. Chang said his office and the FisheriesFULL STORY

Doctor shortage expected

By Lin Hui-chin and Jake Chung

The nation will likely face a shortage of doctors within eight years, a report by the National Health Research Institutes said yesterday. By 2022, hospitals will face a shortage of 7,762 doctors in their general, surgical, gynecological and obstetrics, pediatrics and emergency departments, while the doctorsFULL STORY

Tree health targeted by Taipei checkup contract

By Abraham Gerber

More than 25,000 trees in Taipei neighborhood parks are set to get health checkups for the first time according to a contract signed yesterday by the city’s Department of Civil Affairs and the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology of National Taiwan University. The department isFULL STORY

Foundation announces biotech award winners

Taiwan Bio-Development Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed at promoting the development of the nation’s biotechnology industry, on Thursday announced the four winners of this year’s biotechnology awards. One of the youngest winners was National Taiwan University Department of Mechanical Engineering associate professor Fan Shih-kang (范士岡), agedFULL STORY

Facilities certified ‘friendly’ for people with mobility issues

In an effort to encourage the construction of buildings and living spaces that are accessible for elderly and disabled people, the Ministry of the Interior certified 149 facilities around the nation as “friendly environments” for those with limited mobility. The housing complexes, hotels, hospitals and leisureFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

TOURISM Singaporeans laud Taipei Taipei is the top tourism destination for Singaporeans to ring in the New Year, according to a survey by popular US tourism Web site TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor published on Thursday a list of the favored New Year’s destinations for Singaporeans, which was covered byFULL STORY

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