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Wu blasts DPP, hails Ma at congress

By Shih Hsiao-kuang

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) at its national congress in New Taipei City yesterday vowed to “hit a home run” in the Nov. 24 nine-in-one elections. KMT Chairman Wu Duen-yih (吳敦義), and former party chairs including former vice president Lien Chan (連戰), former president Ma Ying-jeouFULL STORY

Tsai asks US Taiwanese to join in reform efforts

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Saturday told Taiwanese expatriates in the US that she is leading Taiwan through a comprehensive transformation and hoped that all Taiwanese expatriates could join the effort. “Taiwan is undergoing change, in a good direction,” Tsai said at a welcoming dinnerFULL STORY

NPP to propose amendment following claims of harassment by DPP official

By Ann Maxon

New Power Party (NPP) Legislator Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) intends to propose an amendment to the Sexual Harassment Prevention Act (性騷擾防治法) at the next legislative session after a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taichung city councilor last month was accused of harassing an NPP city councilor. “Article 13FULL STORY

INTERVIEW: Taiwan should create its own tournaments, sports head says

Liberty Times (LT): Can you give specific examples of how sports policies under your auspices will differ from the past? Kao Chin-hsung (高俊雄): President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has pledged to exponentially increase the agency’s budget within eight years. Premier William Lai (賴清德) has also announced threeFULL STORY

Former campaigner says Ko exploited part-time workers

By Lee I-chia

Liu Kun-li (劉坤鱧), a former campaigner for Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s (柯文哲), on Saturday evening accused Ko of exploiting 14 part-time employees of his 2014 campaign. Liu said on Facebook that he picked 14 young people who applied online for part-time functions from Sept 1, 2014,FULL STORY

Interior minister lauds police for speedy arrest

By Jason Pan

Police officers who arrested a man who suspected of robbing a post office in Nantou County were praised yesterday by Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) as he visited police precincts in two townships. Hsu visited precincts in Jhushan (竹山) and Tsaotun (草屯) townships alongsideFULL STORY

EPA increasing subsidies for energy-saving efforts

To encourage local governments to do more to reduce carbon emissions, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) yesterday said that next year it would provide subsidies of up to NT$10 million (US$324,654) for about 10 carbon-reduction proposals. The EPA has been offering annual subsidies to promote energy-savingFULL STORY

Jacky Wu’s son quizzed by police

By Wang Kuan-jen and Sherry Hsiao

Television variety show host Jacky Wu’s (吳宗憲) son, Rick Wu (吳睿軒), last night reported to a police station in Taipei to be questioned about a post on Instagram Stories threatening to bomb Taipei City Hall if his girlfriend does not recover from an illness. Although theFULL STORY

Wu Ming-yi insists on ‘Taiwan’ to promote nation

Insisting on being identified as a Taiwanese in international competitions is a way to give prominence to a voice from Taiwan, author Wu Ming-yi (吳明益) said on Saturday. Wu in March became the first Taiwanese writer to be nominated for the Man Booker International Prize, forFULL STORY

Locked Japanese colonial-era safe keeping its secrets

By Chang Yi-chen and William Hetherington

A Japanese colonial-era safe in the Dongshan Township (冬山) office in Yilan County that has not been opened in about five decades has frustrated the attempts of a visiting Japanese safecracker to open it. The safe has been in the possession of the township officeFULL STORY

‘Bong Bong’ train in Yilan County to reopen next month

The forest railway in the Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area in Yilan County is scheduled to resume service next month after being closed for six years. Rides on the “Bong Bong” train on the 3km narrow-gauge line from Taipingshan Villa to Maosing Station were suspended afterFULL STORY

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