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KMT’s Hung vows not to quit

By Alison Hsiao

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) yesterday said that she would not withdraw from the election campaign, despite constant rumors about concerns within the party over her ability to conduct a successful campaign in the run-up to January’s presidential election. With Hung’s pollFULL STORY

Tsai reiterates DPP stance on Diaoyutai Islands

By Loa Iok-sin

Amid disputes over the sovereignty of the Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday reiterated the party’s stance that the islands belong to Taiwan. “The DPP’s stance on the Diaoyutai Islands has been consistent and clear — the Diaoyutai Islands belongFULL STORY

Groups slam pro-China museum director nominee

By Wang Jung-hsiang, Wang Chun-chung and Chen Wei-han

The nomination of National Cheng Kung University Chinese literature professor Chen Yi-yuan (陳益源) as director of the National Museum of Taiwan Literature sparked protests among pro-localization groups over Chen’s lack of background in Taiwanese literature and his perceived pro-China stance, which they said could riskFULL STORY

Air Force promotes special events in Taipei, Kaohsiung

By Jason Pan

The Ministry of National Defense is to put on an air show featuring fighter squadrons and an exhibition of vintage aircraft from World War II at the Republic of China (ROC) Air Force Academy in Kaohsiung next week. Most of the activities are scheduled toFULL STORY

Taiwan donates to US memorial project

Taiwan on Tuesday pledged to donate US$1 million to a project to help construct a memorial honoring former US president Dwight D. Eisenhower. The pledge showed Taiwan’s gratitude toward the former US president for his adamant support of the nation’s security and economic development duringFULL STORY

Saw-like teeth gave the Tyrannosaurus an edge

By Sean Lin

A study by the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center and Canadian paleontologist Robert Reisz found that the Tyrannosaurus likely had “saw-like” teeth, which the institute said could be the reason the prehistoric predators dominated for 165 million years. Project leader Lee Yao-chang (李耀昌) said his teamFULL STORY

EPA halts villa construction in coastal area

By Sean Lin

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) yesterday halted the Shanyuan Palms Holiday Villas project in Taitung County over concerns about the proposed site, which is zoned as a coastal protection area. The Coastal Zone Management Act (海岸管理法), passed in February, requires the central government and Taitung CountyFULL STORY

Growth related to constipation: poll

By Stacy Hsu

A Nutrition Foundation of Taiwan survey released yesterday showed an association between constipation and height in young children, with the height differences more significant in older children. The online poll was conducted among 1,210 parents with children aged between six and 12, with the aimFULL STORY

Growing pains, injuries, may be juvenile idiopathic arthritis, pediatricians say

By Stacy Hsu

A pediatrician yesterday urged parents not to dismiss symptoms of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) as sports injuries or growth pains, as delayed treatment of arthritis in children could lead to joint deformities. “JIA is a type of chronic childhood arthritis most common among children underFULL STORY

Rukai community features in new television series

Aboriginal culture is to be televised by the Discovery Channel next year, with plans to release a show called Taiwan’s Tribal Treasure that is to focus on an Aboriginal community. Filmed in collaboration with members of the Rukai people and Taiwan’s Council of Indigenous Peoples, theFULL STORY

Students protest university fee hikes

By Abraham Gerber

Students yesterday protested the approval of university tuition hikes by the Ministry of Education. Protestors from the Alliance Against the Commercialization of Education gathered in front of the ministry’s building in Taipei and demanded that the ministry reverse approval of tuition hikes of up to 2.5FULL STORY

Indonesia gives ultimatum on fishermen’s payments

Indonesia yesterday said it would no longer allow Taiwanese fishing boats to hire Indonesian crew members unless employers pay the workers a monthly bonus of NT$1,000. The Indonesia government will only accept applications from brokers whose clients are willing to pay the monthly bonus to IndonesianFULL STORY

Ports group to host annual conference

By Shelley Shan

Taiwan International Port Corp is to host the 102nd Annual Conference of the Association of Pacific Ports in Kaohsiung next month. Founded in 1913, the association was previously known as the Pacific Coast Association of the Port Authorities. According to the corporation, the nation’s four international seaportsFULL STORY

Visually impaired people to review government sites

By Shelley Shan

The National Communications Commission yesterday invited visually impaired people to review so-called “barrier-free” Web pages created by government agencies. The commission also passed an amendment to the Guidelines Governing Review and Certification of Accessibility Web Development by All Levels of Schools and Government Agencies (各級政府機關與學校網站無障礙化檢測及認證標章核發辦法), requiringFULL STORY

Taiwan’s first newspaper commemorates 130 years

By Huang Wen-huang and Chen Wei-han

To celebrate its 130th anniversary, the Chinese-language Taiwan Church News — the first newspaper in Taiwan — launched a commemorative pen as a tribute to British missionary Thomas Barclay, who founded the publication in 1885 and devoted his life to Taiwan. In memory of BarclayFULL STORY

Sisy Chen criticized for interview with director

By Chung Chih-kai and Chen Wei-han

Media personality Sisy Chen (陳文茜) yesterday called on the public not to take her interview on Monday with director Hou Hsiao-Hsien (侯孝賢) out of context amid criticism that Chen was making the filmmaker’s humble background and appearance an object of ridicule. Chen said her seemingly cuttingFULL STORY

Taiwanese fashion designer opens independent store

Taiwanese fashion designer Johan Ku (古又文), known for his sculpture-like knitwear, on Tuesday opened his first store in Taiwan, bringing his edgy style to his home market. “I’m excited... this is my first independent store,” Ku said at the inauguration of his store, called JohanFULL STORY

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