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Customs finds shipment of endangered reptiles

By Yao Chieh-hsiu and William Hetherington

The Taipei Customs Office’s express cargo inspections team has seized a shipment of protected reptiles. The shipment included two critically endangered ploughshare tortoises, the office said, adding that the species is the most valuable tortoise in the world, with the pair valued at up to NT$2.4FULL STORY

CDC calls for vigilance after dengue case missed

By Lee I-chia

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday urged medical practitioners to be vigilant after a new dengue fever case was diagnosed only on a third visit to a doctor. A man in his 60s who lives in Jhongsiao Borough (忠孝) in Tainan’s East District (東區) wasFULL STORY

Performing arts indicate democracy, official says

A country’s level of democracy is reflected in the development of its performing arts, Deputy Minister of Culture Hsiao Tsung-huang (蕭宗煌) said yesterday, ahead of the 30th Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music in Taipei on Aug. 10. The arts are the most importantFULL STORY

Detector cuts water tests from days to minutes

By Jake Chung

Aquafarmers will be able to determine whether their fish are at risk of disease within 20 minutes using a detector developed by National Chung Cheng University’s Center for Nano Bio-detection, the university said on Wednesday last week. The device — a project on which the centerFULL STORY

Child treated after eating food from broken refrigerator

By Chen Chien-chi and Jonathan Chin

An eight-year-old girl from Taichung was treated for salmonella infection after eating food that had gone off, Evran Hospital pediatrician Chen Chen-nan (陳震南) said on Tuesday. Her parents had allowed her to eat food from a broken refrigerator to avoid wasting food, Chen said, adding thatFULL STORY

Beijing measures ineffective: academics

By Chung Li-hua

Despite vigorous promotion, Beijing’s “31 incentives” to attract Taiwanese businesses and professionals have only had a limited effect on Taiwan, Taiwanese academics said yesterday. Statistics released yesterday by China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) showed that the number of Taiwanese visiting China last year surpassed 6 million,FULL STORY

Tsai tells Denver group: Nation ‘will not succumb’

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Friday told a large gathering of Taiwanese expats in Denver, Colorado, that Taiwan would not succumb to pressure, but would continue to safeguard its freedoms, democracy and sovereignty. “Many of you here today are concerned about Taiwan’s future,” Tsai said,FULL STORY

Ma says declining birthrate result of Tsai’s bad policies

By Shih Hsiao-kuang and Lee Hsin-fang

The nation’s birthrate has dropped over the past three years because President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) labor, economic and cross-strait policies have made people not want to give birth, former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said on Friday. Ma made the remarks at a nursery care in AsiaFULL STORY

Ko says DPP used him in 2014 mayoral election

By Lee I-chia

Acknowledging that he has criticized pan-green and pan-blue politicians too harshly over the past week, Taipei Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said he also believes that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) would not have supported him in the 2014 Taipei mayoral election if it could haveFULL STORY

FEATURE: Agriculture council touts success of student funding

By Su Fun-her and William Hetherington

All of the students from the first graduating class to receive full government funding for agricultural studies have found employment, the Council of Agriculture said of a program aimed at encouraging young people to take up farming. The program fully covers tuition and provides students withFULL STORY

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