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DPP mulls changing candidate policy

By Chen Wei-han

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is mulling overturning a policy that would draft local councilor candidates aged 35 and younger to run in next year’s councilor elections, as veteran members have opposed the policy. The party in April announced that it would nominate young orFULL STORY

DPP promotes farm apprentice program success

By Chen Wei-han

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has promoted an agricultural apprenticeship program in Taichung to finance young people to join and rejuvenate the nation’s aging agricultural labor forces. The Taichung City Government apprenticeship program has recruited about 100 young people to apprentice with seasoned farmers, with theFULL STORY

Fund youth training, exhibitions: advocates

By Abraham Gerber

More money should be spent on job training and presentation spaces for youth, civil rights advocates said yesterday, adding that children and youth issues should be included in the agenda of a promised national human rights commission. “Over the past five years, average spending on childrenFULL STORY

Military to hold live-fire drills next month: official

By Lo Tien-ping and Jonathan Chin

The army is to hold live-fire exercises from Sept. 19 to Sept. 21 to bolster the readiness of helicopter gunships, multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS) and guided anti-tank missile teams, a Ministry of National Defense official said on Tuesday. The first of the planned exercises, named ShenFULL STORY

Wu appoints local chapter heads in all cities, counties

By Sean Lin

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) yesterday appointed local chapter chairpersons in all 22 cities and counties in accordance with a resolution passed during the party’s 20th national congress on Sunday. The resolution gave Wu the ability to decide whether to hold local chapterFULL STORY

Taipei mayor vows restraint after ‘bastards’ remarks

By Lee I-chia

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday admitted that calling pension reform protesters “bastards” was impulsive, saying that he would restrain himself. On Sunday, Ko called the protesters who prevented athletes from entering the Taipei Municipal Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Taipei Summer Universiade onFULL STORY

DGBAS minister, KMT lock horns over planning fees

By Sean Lin

Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) Minister Chu Tzer-ming (朱澤民) and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers yesterday debated the legitimacy of the agency’s decision to earmark NT$830 million (US$27.4 million) in preliminary planning fees for 24 rail construction projects included in the Forward-looking InfrastructureFULL STORY

Kinmen battle veterans remember fallen friends

By Jake Chung

Surviving soldiers of the 823 Artillery Bombardment yesterday attended the 59th anniversary of the battle in Kinmen, commemorating fallen comrades and stating their resolve to defend the nation in the event of war despite their advanced age. The Kinmen Defense Command’s public commemoration ceremony was heldFULL STORY

Taipei Universiade: For some, discus throwing has fringe benefits

By Christie Chen

Sometimes all it takes is a bowl of spaghetti for a top athlete to be born. That is definitely the case for Valarie Allman, a 22-year-old US discus thrower from Longmont, Colorado, whose craving for spaghetti helped introduce her to the sport. “It’s a weirdFULL STORY

Taoyuan’s Terminal 2 to close for two years: operator

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport’s Terminal 2 is to be closed two years for renovation after the new Terminal 3 comes into service in 2021, Taoyuan International Airport Corp chairman Tseng Dar-jen (曾大仁) said yesterday. The airport operator decided to overhaul Terminal 2’s aging power andFULL STORY

E-cigarettes not a safer option, could hurt health: HPA

By Lee I-chia

It is unclear whether electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) can help people quit smoking tobacco, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) said yesterday, adding that nearly 80 percent of e-cigarette liquid inspected last year contained nicotine. Citing a WHO report, the agency said there is not enough evidence toFULL STORY

‘Lovers’ Night’ marks end of harvest

By Michelle Yun

As night falls on a square in Hualien County’s Mataian Village (馬太鞍), young women cast critical eyes over a dancing circle of men in embroidered skirts and feathered head dresses as part of an ancient matchmaking ritual. Known as “Lovers’ Night,” it is the grand finaleFULL STORY

Electricity promises sought

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taichung city councilors on Tuesday held a news conference to press the city government for a promise that there would be no more power cuts following a blackout that affected nearly 4,000 households and businesses the previous day. Taichung City Councilor LeeFULL STORY

Tourism Bureau meets with US travel agencies, urges CAL not to cut flights

The Tourism Bureau on Monday met with representatives of US travel agencies and urged China Airlines (CAL) not to cut its weekly flights to New York in an effort to extended a campaign to boost visitor numbers from North America. A day after the 13th annualFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

DIPLOMACY Tour of allies starts Minister of National Defense Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) yesterday began a 17-day tour of Central America and the Caribbean to improve ties with diplomatic allies in the region. The trip is to take Feng to all of Taiwan’s Spanish-speaking allies in Central AmericaFULL STORY

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