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Groups urge TIAP to forgo elections

By Lee Hsin-fang

Pro-localization groups yesterday urged the newly founded Taiwan Independence Action Party (TIAP) to drop its plan to nominate candidates for next year’s legislative elections, citing concern the move could divide pan-green voters and hurt the camp’s prospects of securing a majority in the legislature. Northern TaiwanFULL STORY

KMT dissatisfied over curriculum ‘mess’: sources

By Shih Hsiao-kuang

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) officials are dissatisfied with the Ministry of Education’s handling of the controversy over adjustments to high-school curriculum guidelines and have instructed a party-affiliated think tank to provide assistance, sources within the KMT said yesterday. The ministry’s planned adjustments to high-school curriculum guidelinesFULL STORY

Nuclear plant can be reopened any time: Ma

Although the process to mothball the controversial Fourth Nuclear Power Plant began on Wednesday, it could be activated at any time in the future, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said in an interview that was aired on Friday. The nuclear power plant, situated along the northeasternFULL STORY

Taiwan will join China-led AIIB under ‘Chinese Taipei’ name or not at all: Ma

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) reiterated that the name Taiwan uses to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is at the heart of whether the nation will participate in the financial institution or not. “The name used to join is very, very critical, and ChinaFULL STORY

Tsai rejects report of her father using clout in land deal

By Loa Iok-sin

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday rebutted a media report that her father had illegally obtained a plot of land in Taipei that originally belonged to the military. “My father was a car mechanic at the time, so he would not have beenFULL STORY

Group worried long-term care funding will dry up

Concerns are deepening over funding for long-term care, despite the Legislative Yuan’s passage of the highly anticipated Long-term Care Services Act (長期照護服務法) in May, a social welfare alliance said yesterday. The Universal Care Policy Alliance said that even though Taiwan now has the legislation inFULL STORY

Police arrest 25 as scooter gang rivalry turns violent

By Jason Pan

Government officials have asked that police units bolster street patrols and increase roadside checks after a series of disturbances linked to purported youth motorcycle gangs in New Taipei City’s Sanchong (三重), Lujhou (蘆洲), Yonghe (永和) and Jhonghe (中和) districts over the past few days. Officials saidFULL STORY

Artists, performers seek to encourage survivors

By Ho Ching-hsien, Tsai Shu-yuan and Chen Wei-han

Hoping to comfort and encourage people injured on Saturday last week in a fire at the Formosa Fun Coast (八仙海岸) park in New Taipei City, pop diva Jeannie Hsieh (謝金燕) shared how she and her sister recovered from injuries and burns. Model-actress Lin Chi-ling (林志玲) andFULL STORY

Ma wants seniors’ blood

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday urged raising the upper age limit for blood donors, “otherwise it discriminates against us [about to turn 65].” “I pretended to be young and I donated blood,” Ma joked when he donated blood at a blood center yesterday to promote aFULL STORY

Zookeeper hospitalized in Formosan bear attack

A senior zookeeper was in intensive care yesterday after being attacked by a Formosan black bear earlier in the day, the Taipei Zoo said. A 59-year-old zookeeper surnamed Lee (李) sustained a head injury, a broken rib, and lacerations to his hands and feet, the zooFULL STORY

Dementia tests aim to raise awareness: Shuang Ho Hospital

By Stacy Hsu

More than 100 people yesterday participated in a day-long program of free dementia screenings at Taipei Medical University’s Shuang Ho Hospital that aimed to raise awareness of a syndrome expected to become more prevalent as the nation ages. The program, which attracted about 150 participants,FULL STORY

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