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KMT presses Tsai’s office over scandal

By Sean Lin

The Ministry of National Defense could not have expedited a NT$2.4 billion (US$79.7 million) payment to Ching Fu Shipbuilding Co had it not received instructions from top management at the Presidential Office, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus said yesterday, urging the Presidential Office toFULL STORY

DPP legislator points finger at former administration

By Peng Wan-hsin and Jake Chung

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Wang Ding-yu (王定宇) yesterday accused former Presidential Office deputy secretary-general Hsiung Kuang-hua (熊光華) and former Executive Yuan secretary-general Chien Tai-lang (簡太郎) of serving as intermediaries for financially troubled Ching Fu Shipbuilding Co. The shipbuilder has been embroiled in a fraud scandalFULL STORY

Brain drain a Chinese ploy, academics say

By Chung Li-hua and Jonathan Chin

A brain drain caused by an increasing number of Taiwanese moving to China is a Chinese ploy to undermine the Taiwanese economy and political will, political observers said. Following the conclusion of the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th National Congress last month, Beijing is likely to intensifyFULL STORY

MAC shrugs off Chinese academics’ absence

By Stacy Hsu

The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) yesterday downplayed the last-minute absence of two Chinese academics at a cross-strait symposium funded by the council, urging the public to calmly view the incident. The two absent Chinese academics are Sheng Jiuyuan (盛九元), dean of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences’FULL STORY

Ting plans bid for KMT primary on Taipei

By Stacy Hsu

Former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislator Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) yesterday said he would join the KMT’s primary for next year’s Taipei mayoral election for the fifth time, pledging to make Taipei a proud city again. Ting, a 63-year-old KMT member who had served seven termsFULL STORY

Changes to tour guide certifications pass first hurdle

By Lin Yan-tung,Hsiao Yu-hsin, Cheng Wei-chi and Jake Chung

A proposed amendment that would transfer administration of examinations for tour guides from the Ministry of Examination to the Tourism Bureau has passed its first reading in the Legislative Yuan. The amendment to the Act for the Development of Tourism (發展觀光條例) was drafted in responseFULL STORY

Lawmakers advise wider screening for lung cancer

By Chen Yu-fu

The Ministry of Health and Welfare should screen people at risk for lung cancer, as air pollution has become a serious problem in Taiwan, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators and medical experts said yesterday. “Breathing has become more dangerous than giving birth in Taiwan,” Taiwan HealthyFULL STORY

EPA approves fuel swap in Mailiao

By Lin Chia-nan

An Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) ad hoc committee yesterday approved Formosa Petrochemical Corp’s (FPCC) plan to replace petroleum coke with coal in two circulating fluidized beds (CFB), but rejected its proposal of a new process for converting lime into gypsum. The company consumes about 700,000 tonnesFULL STORY

Weiwuying arts center to open with spectacular show

By Diane Baker

The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts is to mark the long-awaited completion of the Weiwuying Center for the Arts (衛武營藝術文化中心) with a five-night outdoor performance extravaganza that starts on Wednesday next week. Construction of the Weiwuying Center, designed by Dutch architect Francine Houben, was finishedFULL STORY

Penghu hoping to lure travelers with NT$1,100 coupons

By Liu Yu-Ching and Sherry Hsiao

The Penghu County Government yesterday announced a plan to distribute consumer vouchers to visitors beginning on Tuesday. Visitors who stay in Penghu for at least two nights can receive NT$1,100 in vouchers by presenting either a plane or ferry ticket, their national identification card and proofFULL STORY

Kenting National Park fighting crazy yellow ant invasion

The management office at Kenting National Park is carrying out a large-scale baiting program for yellow crazy ants in order to reduce the destructive effect they have on the crab population in the area. A team of scientists has been working with the office to addressFULL STORY

Half of teens apathetic on global issues

By Sherry Hsiao

About 50 percent of teenagers are uninterested in China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, the South China Sea dispute and other global issues that are closely related to Taiwan, a global perspective survey released on Thursday showed. The poll, conducted by the King Car CulturalFULL STORY

Court sides with man who refused Breathalyzer test

By Jake Chung

The Taipei High Administrative Court on Thursday ruled in favor of a man who was fined NT$90,000 for locking himself inside his car in what appeared to be an attempt to avoid a Breathalyzer test. The man, surnamed Liu (劉), is not required to pay theFULL STORY

Chou’s Twice to perform in NHK’s year-end show

Taiwanese K-pop star Chou Tzu-yu (周子瑜) is to perform in a New Year’s Eve music show produced by Japan Broadcasting Corp (NHK), organizers said on Thursday. Chou, a member of South Korean girl group Twice, would be the first Taiwanese in 19 years to performFULL STORY

Control Yuan votes to censure ministry over school hazing

The Control Yuan on Thursday passed a motion to reprimand the Ministry of Education for failing to appropriately address incidents of sexual harassment and bullying that took place during a student orientation program at Jinwen University of Science and Technology. Four of the university’s departmentsFULL STORY

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