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US representatives tweet against M503

By Nadia Tsao and Sherry Hsiao

US representatives yesterday made comments on Twitter in support of Taiwan regarding China’s unilateral announcement of new flight routes in the Taiwan Strait. Beijing unilaterally announced the launch of the M503 northbound route on Jan. 4 without consulting Taiwan. The route is only 4.2 nautical miles,FULL STORY

KMT confirms it is laying off 20 party employees

By Stacy Hsu

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday confirmed that 20 party employees have been made redundant before the Lunar New Year holiday next month, saying it is a necessary decision given the party’s financial situation. “It is true that after the KMT’s completion of its year-endFULL STORY

15 DPP candidates vie in primaries for party nominations

By Su Fang-ho

Registration for the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) primaries for November’s Kaohsiung and Tainan mayoral and Yilan and Chiayi county commissioner elections closed on Friday with 15 DPP members vying for the party’s nominations, DPP spokeswoman Rosalia Wu (吳思瑤) said. Tainan, a traditional DPP stronghold, is expectedFULL STORY

Ko says he wants to do more governing, less campaigning

By Lee I-chia

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said he wants to use the least amount of time possible to run his mayoral re-election campaign — possibly starting in June — to allow more time for the city’s daily administration. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安)FULL STORY

Taoyuan school enrolls most in ROTC program

By Lee Jung-ping and Jake Chung

The Nanya Institute of Technology has won the distinctive honor of enrolling the most students in the Ministry of National Defense’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program in its first year since implementation last year. The school in Taoyuan’s Jhongli District (中壢) enrolled 28 students, theFULL STORY

Minister says Taiwan seeks US cooperation

Taiwan is looking to strengthen its cooperation with the US in the region covered by the New Southbound Policy as US President Donald Trump’s administration also makes the Indo-Pacific region a priority, Minister Without Portfolio John Deng (鄧振中) said. Deng, who oversees the New Southbound Policy,FULL STORY

Scholars create agricultural sustainability group

Academics from Taiwan are playing a substantial role in the promotion of agricultural innovation and sustainability as they and like-minded scholars from around the world yesterday announced the establishment of the International Association for Agriculture Sustainability at Singapore Management University. Wei Cheng-i (魏正毅), director of theFULL STORY

New law widens scope of experimental education

By Rachel Lin and Jonathan Chin

Following the passage of the Enforcement Act for School-based Experimental Education (學校型態實驗教育實施條例) into law, the Ministry of Education said higher education would be included in its push to increase the scope of experimental education. As of the current school year, the nation has 4,841 pupils inFULL STORY

Consumer watchdog says campsites rarely inspected

By Hsiao Yu-hsin and Jonathan Chin

The government has vetted less than 5 percent of the nation’s 1,789 camping sites as being fully compliant with laws and regulations, the Consumers’ Foundation said. The foundation made the remarks on Tuesday in response to the online publication that day of a list of campingFULL STORY

Jan. 31 total lunar eclipse ‘five-star event’

A total lunar eclipse that will take place on Jan. 31 will offer a combination of astronomical highlights never seen before in Taiwan in modern recorded history, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said on Friday. Calling the eclipse a “five-star astronomical phenomenon,” the museum said itFULL STORY

Employees strike after golf club fires union members

By Ann Maxon

About 40 employees of the Miramar Golf Country Club in New Taipei City’s Linkou District (林口) on Friday morning went on strike after 15 union members were suddenly fired, forcing the club to shut down for two days. A day after the passage of controversial amendmentsFULL STORY

Travel association urges heeding luggage etiquette

By Wu Po-wei

Travelers to Japan should avoid taking the train during rush hour and should keep their luggage away from train doors and corridors, Quality Travel Development Association chairman Ringo Lee (李奇嶽) said yesterday, following complaints regarding Taiwanese tourists’ behavior. On Friday, a Taiwanese netizen posted a photographFULL STORY

Doctor warns young people of arthritis in the lower spine

By Lee I-chia

Doctors yesterday urged people who have had lower back pain for more than three months to get examined for ankylosing spondylitis (AS) — a form of arthritis that causes long-term inflammation of the lower spine. Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology Center physician HuangFULL STORY

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