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Cabinet finalizing political archives bill

By Lee Hsin-fang

As part of the government’s efforts to promote transitional justice, the Executive Yuan has finished a review of a draft political archives bill, which, if passed, would serve as the legal basis for the government to collect political files dating to the 228 Incident andFULL STORY

Environmentalists urge probe into CPC land buy

By Lin Chia-nan

Environmental groups yesterday filed an application with the Cabinet’s Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee requesting an investigation into whether the land on which state-run CPC Corp, Taiwan plans to build a liquefied natural gas terminal had been obtained legally. CPC plans to build a gas terminalFULL STORY

Education chief faces questions over patent use

By Ann Maxon

Minister of Education Wu Maw-kuen (吳茂昆) founded a US company in his name using a patented technology that belonged to National Dong Hwa University while he was its president in 2015, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Ko Chih-en (柯志恩) said yesterday. Wu in August 2015 foundedFULL STORY

Mothballed nuclear power plant an option: legislators

By Lin Chia-nan

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers yesterday suggested reviving the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant project in the face of public opposition to rebulding the coal-fired Shenao Power Plant. State-run Taiwan Power Co’s (Taipower) Shenao plant in New Taipei City’s Rueifang District (瑞芳) passed an environmental impact assessmentFULL STORY

Chen sworn in as Presidential Office secretary-general

Former Kaohsiung mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) was yesterday sworn in as secretary-general of the Presidential Office. “I promise to give my best effort to help President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) govern the nation,” Chen said before she was sworn in by Tsai. “It was a hard decisionFULL STORY

Election should not focus on personalities: mayor

By Lee I-chia

Building a campaign around opposition to a person is a strange way to seek election, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday. Ko was responding to questions by reporters about a parade in Taipei on Sunday, initiated by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Pasuya Yao (姚文智),FULL STORY

China tightening control over film industry: academic

By Chung Li-hua and Sherry Hsiao

With China tightening its control over its film industry, joint productions between Taiwan and China are likely to focus on portraying a single historical viewpoint and featuring grand endings suggesting that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are “one family,” a Taiwanese academic said. FollowingFULL STORY

Ad for ‘Dynasty Legends’ pulled for sexist content

By Shelley Shan

A TV commercial for the Chinese mobile game Dynasty Legends (極無雙) has been taken down following complaints that it had overtly sexist content, National Communications Commission (NCC) Chairwoman Nicole Chan (詹婷怡) said yesterday. The commercial featured a man pushing the head of a busty woman downFULL STORY

Taiwanese boy’s fever has him grounded in Okinawa

By Lee I-chia

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday said it respects a Japanese official’s decision on Sunday to deny a seven-year-old Taiwanese boy, detected to have a fever, from boarding a plane from Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture to Taiwan, even though it thought the child was unlikelyFULL STORY

Multinational firm workers make NT$19,000 more: poll

The average monthly salary of office workers at international companies is NT$57,729, about NT$19,000 more than those who work for domestic firms, a survey released yesterday by 1111 Job Bank showed. White-collar workers seeking jobs in foreign companies are drawn mainly by higher pay, more generousFULL STORY

Taitung hermit crabs using plastic bottle caps as shells

By Tsai Wen-chu and Sherry Hsiao

Most of the Coenobita brevimanus, a species of land hermit crabs, in the Sansiantai area (三仙台) in Taitung County’s Chenggong Township (成功) are using plastic bottle caps as shells, a Tainan-based marine biologist said on Sunday. Chiu Yu-wen (邱郁文), a researcher at National Cheng Kung University’sFULL STORY

Taiwanese fishers claim EU rules are ‘unreasonable’

Local fishers say that the EU has imposed “unreasonable demands” on Taiwan regarding fishing industry protections as the nation seeks to be removed from the European Commission’s warning list for illegal fishing. “The fishers have a grudge against the EU for demanding that Taiwan observe rulesFULL STORY

Local silk farmer fights to preserve ancient tradition

By Wu Shu-wei and Jake Chung

One of just a few remaining silkworm farmers left in Taiwan, Tu Chuan-ming (涂泉明) said that he is determined to continue locally producing the material, despite its decline in the late 1990s. The government at one time sought to establish a local silk industry and fromFULL STORY

Signs of early Parkinson’s often go unnoticed: doctor

By Chen Chien-chih and Sherry Hsiao

After undergoing three months of physical therapy for what he thought was a problem with his spine, a 50-year-old Taichung man discovered that his symptoms — involuntary tremors and frequent falling — were manifestations of stage 3 Parkinson’s disease, Wuri Lin Shin Hospital neurology departmentFULL STORY

Taichung district launches classes for older residents

By Su Chin-feng and Jonathan Chin

Taichung’s Dali District Office (大里) and Youth Senior High School on Wednesday last week launched the second educational program for elderly people. The school for elderly people, part of the Taichung Social Affairs Bureau’s elderly educational program, has 1,550 students in 45 classes, district administrator ChouFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

INFRASTRUCTURE Songshan airport expanding Work on expanding Taipei International Airport’s (Songshan Airport) runway is to begin on June 20 and is expected to take a full year, airport director Hsu Nei-shin (徐乃新) said. During this period, the airport’s 11pm to 6.30am curfew is to be extended byFULL STORY

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