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Train Derailment: Ministry describes emergency response

By Lee I-chia

The Ministry of Health and Welfare yesterday outlined emergency services dispatched to the scene of the train derailment in Yilan County on Sunday. The Puyuma Express No. 6432, carrying 366 passengers, traveling from Shulin Station in New Taipei City to Taitung County derailed at 4:50pm nearFULL STORY

Train Derailment: Sports team and wedding guests among casualties

By Chien Hui-ju, Chiang Chih-hsiung and Sherry Hsiao

Students, teachers and wedding guests were among those killed in the derailment of Puyuma Express No. 6432 on Sunday. The eastbound train derailed at 4:50pm near the Sinma (新馬) Train Station in Yilan County with 366 passengers onboard, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said. It was carryingFULL STORY

Russia considering relaxed rules for visas

By Lu Yi-hsuan

Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) yesterday confirmed that the Russian government is considering relaxing visa regulations for Republic of China passport holders after Taiwan last month launched a pilot visa-waver program for Russian visitors. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is considering simplifying visaFULL STORY

Taiwan is not a ‘product on a shelf’: Minister Wu

By Lu Yi-hsuan

Taiwan is a sovereign, independent nation that “is not for sale,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said yesterday after Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said that, to US President Donald Trump, “Taiwan is just a product on a shelf.” Wu was responding to questionsFULL STORY

Chinese programs more prevalent, but show exports fall

By Lin Liang-sheng and Sherry Hsiao

Television channels are broadcasting an increasing amount of Chinese shows, despite the industry’s overseas earnings falling due to stricter Chinese regulations on foreign programming, the Legislative Yuan’s Budget Center said in a report. Although the television industry’s gross output increased in the past few years, itsFULL STORY

Vice president Chen lauds nation’s space program

By Su Yung-yao and Jonathan Chin

Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) yesterday lauded the success of the nation’s space program, affirming the government’s commitment to the development of a sustainable aerospace industry. Chen made the remarks at the opening of a special exhibition hosted by the Presidential Office on the Formosat seriesFULL STORY

Taipei candidates sign Yangmingshan water vow

By Lin Chia-nan

Three Taipei mayoral candidates promised to demarcate the city’s Yangmingshan National Park (陽明山國家公園) as a water-quality protection area if elected, but Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), who is seeking re-election, has declined, the Taiwan Water Resources Protection Union said yesterday. At the union’s request, Chinese NationalistFULL STORY

Plan sees alternatives to theses

By Ann Maxon

The Ministry of Education yesterday said that it is planning to allow graduate students in arts, applied sciences and sports to complete a task or provide proof of a special achievement instead of submitting a thesis. Master’s students in arts and applied sciences are allowed toFULL STORY

Initiative seeks to teach children Hoklo using cartoons

By Lin Hsiao-yun and Sherry Hsiao

The Ministry of Education has launched an initiative to teach children Hoklo (also known as Taiwanese) using cartoons. The ministry obtained permission from the creators of five Taiwanese and foreign cartoon shows to use them in the initiative, Department of Lifelong Education Director Wu Chung-yi (吳中益)FULL STORY

Groups call for control of illegal factories on farms

By Lin Chia-nan

Environmental groups yesterday urged the government to more strictly regulate unregistered factories built on farmland, saying their number continues to grow, despite measures stipulated in the Factory Management Act (工廠管理輔導法). Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lin Tai-hua (林岱樺) on Friday last week asked the Cabinet toFULL STORY

Tightening of stomach a sign of labor, doctor says

By Tsai Shu-yuan and Sherry Hsiao

A Taichung physician has urged expectant mothers to look out for a tightening of the stomach as a sign of labor after a 33-year-old woman unexpectedly went into labor. The woman, surnamed Chi (紀), is a second-time mother who was due on Thursday last week. However,FULL STORY

Exhibition tells the century-long story of temple troupe

By Wang Shan-yen and Jonathan Chin

An exhibition on the history of Cihji Temple’s (慈濟宮) bajiajiang (八家將, Eight Generals) troupe opened in Chiayi City on Sunday, featuring ritual artifacts, photographs and never-before-seen scrolls depicting color schemes for dancers’ face paint. The exhibition marks the centennial of the Chenyutang (振裕堂) troupe and moreFULL STORY

Nine in 10 kids ‘follow’ idols: survey

By Ann Maxon

More than 90 percent of children regularly follow influencers — social media celebrities — and nearly 30 percent said that they imitate those stars’ behavior and speech, a survey published on Sunday by the Child Welfare League Foundation said. The survey, which interviewed 1,789 children agedFULL STORY

Art contest helps kids communicate

By Yang Mien-chieh

Two teenagers with autism from a family in Kaohsiung have won first and second prize in a painting contest for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities held by the Yu-Cheng Social Welfare Foundation. Lin Chia-hung (林家弘) and his sister Lin Ting-hsuan (林庭萱) were both born withFULL STORY

Hujing Island eyes revival of tourism with cat focus

By Liu Yu-chin and Sherry Hsiao

Residents on Penghu County’s Hujing Island (虎井島) on Thursday unveiled a series of feline-inspired outdoor installations to promote their home region as a “cat island.” Highlights include a mailbox in the shape of a cat in seated pose created by a team of designers led byFULL STORY

Over 1,000 black-faced spoonbills winter in Taiwan

By Wang Han-ping

More than 1,000 black-faced spoonbills have been spotted in the wetlands in Tainan’s Cigu District (七股) since the first one appeared last month, attracting many bird enthusiasts, the Tainan Ecological Conservation Society said. People on Sunday flocked to a conservation event at the Council of Agriculture’sFULL STORY

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