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Teachers, veterans protest over poster

By Abraham Gerber, Cheng Hung-ta and Jake Chung

Members of teachers’ unions yesterday joined retired military personnel in a march to the Executive Yuan in Taipei to protest pension reform promotional materials, condemning the use of the term “unjust” on a poster. The poster depicts a child’s hand touching an adult’s hand, calling forFULL STORY

ROC in Taiwan due to happenstance: book

By Chen Yu-fu

While many people take the Republic of China’s (ROC) existence in Taiwan for granted, its inception was actually the outcome of various historical accidents and coincidences, said Lin Hsiao-ting (林孝庭), a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and author of a book on theFULL STORY

Medeiros slams Trump over Taiwan

By Nadia Tsao and Jonathan Chin

Former US National Security Council senior director for Asian affairs Evan Medeiros on Wednesday slammed US President Donald Trump’s Taiwan policy, saying US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s remarks in Beijing last week showed that the administration was “flip-flopping” on the issue. In his state visitFULL STORY

Jury advocate gives roses to judicial reform panel

By Jason Pan

Taiwan Jury Association chairman Chang Ching (張靜) yesterday presented officials at the fourth subcommittee meeting of the national conference on judicial reform at the Supreme Court in Taipei with red roses before a discussion on how to implement a jury system. Chang, a former judge whoFULL STORY

Simulated hunt of Chinese submarine successful: official

By Lo Tien-pin and Jake Chung

A recent live-fire exercise in which a Lockheed P-3C Orion aircraft engaged a simulated Chinese submarine achieved “extremely satisfactory” results, forcing the the submarine to retreat or surface, a high-level Ministry of National Defense official said. With the delivery of a 12th P-3C from the USFULL STORY

Forum wrangles with questions on national language

By Abraham Gerber

Native language advocates yesterday debated the ideal terminology for a national language development act at a forum as the Ministry of Cultural Affairs continues to draft the legislation. “The culture and language of the Hoklo, Hakka and Aborigines should all be gradually restored and cultivated beforeFULL STORY

Homeowner sues public servant over demolition

By Sean Lin

A Taipei resident surnamed Chang (張), whose home was torn down by SWJ Construction Co without his consent, has pressed charges against him, Taipei Department of Urban Development Commissioner Lin Jou-min (林洲民) said yesterday. The Taipei Urban Regeneration Office, which is led by Lin, on ThursdayFULL STORY

FDA postpones raising of fluopyram limit for teas

By Lee I-chia

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has postponed the recently modified regulation to allow 6 parts per million (ppm) of fluopyram residue in tea due to public apprehension, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said. Concerns were raised over the FDA’s announcement on WednesdayFULL STORY

Tamkang layoff proposal sparks student protests

By Lee Ya-wen

Students at Tamkang University in New Taipei City on Friday staged a protest against a layoff plan they said the school proposed to avoid paying pensions and National Health Insurance premiums for its part-time teaching staff. An amendment to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) that takesFULL STORY

First fine imposed under strengthened measures to fight illegal ocean fishing

The Council of Agriculture on Friday imposed a fine of NT$1.2 million (US$39,000) on a fishing boat registered in Pingtung County’s Donggang Township (東港) for illegally operating in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone. The move was taken as the council introduced its new fishing monitoring center,FULL STORY

Changhua bans sugary drinks on school campuses

By Lee I-chia

Changhua County on March 10 became the nation’s first local government to ban sugar-sweetened beverages on preschool to senior-high school campuses and other educational institutions. The Changhua County Self-Governance Ordinances for Food Safety Management (彰化縣食品安全管理自治條例) was amended earlier this month. The amendment includes bans on sugar-sweetened drinksFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

TOURISM Taiwan in running for award The nation has been nominated by a US travel magazine as one of five tourist destinations in Asia with the highest client satisfaction, the Tourism Bureau said yesterday. The winner among the five nominees — Taiwan, China, India, Japan and ThailandFULL STORY

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