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Toll workers to be paid based on need

By Abraham Gerber

Compensation for former freeway toll collectors will not follow an agreement with the Former Freeway Toll Collectors Self-Help Organization and instead is to be need-based, the Ministry of Labor announced yesterday, sparking a protest by some of the group’s members. Only about NT$540 million (US$17.8 million)FULL STORY

Tsai energy pledge ‘bombast’: KMT think tank head

By Sean Lin

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was resorting to bombast when she pledged to develop independent power grids to provide the nation with stable “green” energy, National Policy Foundation chief executive officer Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) said on Wednesday. The head of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) think tankFULL STORY

DPP caucus objects to calls for investigative committee

By Sean Lin and Abraham Gerber

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) yesterday voiced objections to separate motions filed by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and New Power Party (NPP) caucuses to form a cross-caucus investigative committee to probe potentially flawed policymaking that might have contributed to aFULL STORY

Cabinet approves next year’s budget

By Chen Wei-han

The Cabinet yesterday approved next year’s government budget, which projects NT$1.985 trillion (US$65.49 billion) in spending, with infrastructure, social welfare, drug prevention and the New Southbound Policy to see the largest increases. National spending is to increase 0.6 percent compared with the previous fiscal year, whileFULL STORY

New Party leader says it is to ‘part ways’ with KMT

By Sean Lin

New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming (郁慕明) yesterday said that his party would “part ways” with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), expressing disappointment over KMT chairman-elect Wu Den-yih’s (吳敦義) stance against cross-strait unification. “I can no longer tell what the KMT’s central belief is. Despite its name,FULL STORY

Police probe sexual abuse claims at summer camp

By Jason Pan

Taichung police yesterday said they have launched an investigation into reports of sexual abuse of four boys by a male instructor at a summer camp. The camp is operated by a charity that works with youths with varying levels of hearing or visual impairment. Investigators said theyFULL STORY

Cambodia arrests nearly 400 over telecom fraud

Cambodian authorities this month have arrested nearly 400 Taiwanese and Chinese on suspicion of operating a telecom scam to defraud people in China, Cambodian police said yesterday. The arrests are part of a regional crackdown as China battles telephone and Internet scams that have cost billionsFULL STORY

Lee Sush-der restricted from travel

By Jason Pan

Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office officials on Wednesday permitted former Taipei Department of Finance commissioner Lee Sush-der (李述德) to return home, but placed him under house arrest and banned him from leaving the country. They also said they would not rule out summoning former president Ma Ying-jeouFULL STORY

‘Green’ burials on the rise

By Tsai Ya-hua and Ho Yu-hua

“Green” burials have become more popular, especially in Taipei and New Taipei City, city officials say. Since 2003, the Taipei City Government has been promoting various kinds of “green” burials, such as tree, flower and sea burials, in which incense is not burned and steles areFULL STORY

Taipei Universiade: NCC urges schools to allow base stations for Games

By Shelley Shan

The National Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday urged universities to permit telecom carriers to install temporary base stations or signal boosters in their sports stadiums to enhance broadcasts and facilitate wireless communication services during the Taipei Summer Universiade, which opens tomorrow. Telecom carriers have reported difficulties installingFULL STORY

High-speed rail souvenirs now available on PChome

By Shelley Shan

Online shopping for high-speed rail souvenirs is now available following a partnership between Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC) and PChome Online, marking the official launch of the rail operator’s e-commerce business. The store was announced after the government on Wednesday said that Wi-Fi service wouldFULL STORY

Canvas makers offer distinctive styles

By Wang Chieh and William Hetherington

Known for its rich and vibrant culture, Tainan is home to many industries. One of these is canvas manufacturing, with three well-known companies founded in three different eras offering three unique styles. Yung Sheng Canvas (永盛帆布) is best known for its durable and practical products,FULL STORY

Taichung student wins a Red Dot Design Award

By Su Meng-chuan and Jake Chung

A vocational high-school student in Taichung was awarded a Red Dot Design Award for his illustration of Pokemon Go players. The players seemed like zombies milling about mindlessly as they stared at their smartphones or tablets, anxious to nab Pokemon, Lee Chang-hu (李昌虎) said. The drawing featuresFULL STORY

Young artist trades paintings for lodging in Matsu

By Yu Chao-fu and Jonathan Chin

Trading paintings for lodging, budding itinerant artist Lin Yu-te (林祐德) has been traveling in Matsu since late last month as part of his plan to see the entire nation and capture his experiences with drawings. Lin, an 18-year-old student from New Taipei City’s Banciao District (板橋),FULL STORY

Doctor advises immediate checks for testicular pain

By Tang Shih-ming and Jake Chung

Males should not be ashamed to see a doctor should they feel pain in their testis, as they might miss the best time to treat testicular torsion, a physician said. Changhua Christian Children’s Hospital deputy director Chien Ta-wei (錢大維) said that a 16-year-old nicknamed Hsiao MingFULL STORY

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