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Wang vacates justice dorms

By Stacy Hsu

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) vice presidential candidate Jennifer Wang (王如玄) yesterday moved out of a government dormitory in Taipei City’s Daan District (大安), in an attempt to put an end to controversy concerning her real-estate dealings. Wang addressed reporters waiting outside the dorm on HangzhouFULL STORY

ARATS chairman to engage with locals on seven-day tour

China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Chairman Chen Deming (陳德銘) yesterday arrived in Taiwan for a seven-day visit. Chen headed to the Taichung-based Tachia Chenlan Temple on arrival, which is dedicated to Matsu, goddess of the sea, a Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF)FULL STORY

Alliance warns on long-term care ‘marketization’

By Abraham Gerber

Opening long-term care providers to investment from insurance companies could lead to an extreme “marketization” of the sector, making regulation difficult and compromising patient interests, Green Party-Social Democratic Party (SDP) Alliance legislative candidates said yesterday. “We’re not entirely opposed to ‘for-profits,’ but the government should beFULL STORY

KMT says DPP push for TV debate non-democratic

By Stacy Hsu and Loa Iok-sin

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Eric Chu (朱立倫) yesterday continued to urge Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to have a televised debate, saying that her insistence on letting a particular TV station host such an event runs counter to democraticFULL STORY

NPP calls for meaningful reform of negotiations

By Abraham Gerber

New Power Party (NPP) legislative candidates yesterday castigated “insincere” Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) proposals for reforming the Legislative Yuan, calling for meaningful restrictions on the legal role of cross-caucus negotiations as part of any reform package. “It is fundamentally about manipulating the election and cheating votesFULL STORY

Resolution to cap Chinese tourists at 5,000 passed

By Shelley Shan

The legislature’s Transportation Committee yesterday passed a resolution capping the quota for Chinese tourists at 5,000 people per day during the New Year, Lunar New Year and 228 Memorial Day holidays, adding that the restriction should also apply to Chinese tourists traveling as part ofFULL STORY

Chu team accuses DPP of protecting Ting Hsin Oil Co

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has been pulled into the controversy over the acquittal of Ting Hsin Oil and Fat Industrial Co (頂新製油實業) executives charged with manufacturing tainted cooking oil, as the party was accused of protecting the company. Wang Hong-wei (王鴻薇), the spokeswoman forFULL STORY

Alliance leads pollution protest

By Chen Wei-han

Members of the Green Party-Social Democratic Party Alliance yesterday gathered in front of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) offices in Taipei, demanding that the agency lower the action threshold concentrations for PM2.5 — airborne pollutants less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter — in its draftFULL STORY

New handheld pollution detection device unveiled

By Chen Wei-han

The Consumers’ Foundation said it has built and tested a handheld device to detect PM2.5 — particulate matter measuring less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter — to enable pollution detection at street level and promote public participation in pollution monitoring to supplement the government’s monitoringFULL STORY

Taipei 101 finds sponsor for New Year’s fireworks

Taipei 101 has finally found a sponsor for this month’s New Year’s fireworks show after a long search, but the company’s name is not being announced until today, Taipei 101 spokesman Michael Liu (劉家豪) said yesterday. Liu said the sponsor is a Taiwanese enterprise that identifiesFULL STORY

Cops crack down on counterfeit tools

The National Police Agency has cracked down on the counterfeiting of German-made hand tools with the brand name KS Tools, sources said yesterday. Almost 1,000 hand tool sets, shipping lists and account books were seized during a search by the agency’s Second Special Police Corps atFULL STORY

Miaoli, Changhua, Yunlin stations to open today: THSRC

Three new high-speed rail stations — Miaoli, Changhua and Yunlin — are scheduled to open today, Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC) said yesterday. The first trains to serve the three stations are due to depart from Taichung at 6:30am, with one scheduled to arrive inFULL STORY

Fisheries Agency rejects listing of fish on Red List

By Hua Meng-ching, Lin Hui-chin and Jonathan Chin

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) early last month put the ocean sunfish, or Mola mola, on its Red List as a vulnerable species threatened with extinction, citing overfishing in multiple regions. The Red List categorizes species the IUCN has deemed threatened, which areFULL STORY

Initial results of stocking, tracking program released

By Chen Wei-han

The Fisheries Agency yesterday announced the preliminary results of the nation’s largest fish stocking and tracking program, which released 560,000 fish this year and retrieved 107 of them. The information gathered from retrieved fish is to be analyzed to study ocean ecology and fisheries sources.FULL STORY

Charity assists thousands in Cambodia

By Chen Ping-hung

An education program in Cambodia founded by a Taiwanese charity has benefited nearly 10,000 Cambodians over the past five years, which is comparable to a modern equivalent of the famed agricultural missions dispatched by the Taiwanese government to aid diplomatic allies in the 1960s. TheFULL STORY

Customs seize pharmaceuticals

By Yao Chieh-hsiu and Jake Chung

Customs at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Sunday intercepted a shipment of smuggled medical materials at Terminal 2, estimated to be worth NT$1 million (US$30,460), and charged a man in terms of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act (藥事法). Senior customs officials said the most commonly seen aestheticFULL STORY

Taipei unveils proposed MRT coding system

The Taipei City Government on Sunday unveiled its proposed coding system for the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) System’s stations, which is expected to be implemented before the 2017 Summer Universiade. The proposed coding system was posted on one of the city government’s Facebook pages as partFULL STORY

Booby seen for first time in 148 years near Pratas Islands

A rare brown booby, a member of the Sulidae family, has been spotted in a coastal area of the Pratas Islands (Dongsha Islands, 東沙群島) in the South China Sea, the first sighting of the species in 148 years, the Kaohsiung-based Marine National Park Headquarters said. TheFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

WEATHER Rain to stop, mercury to rise There is to be a brief respite from yesterday’s cool conditions today and tomorrow, before the mercury drops again on Thursday, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. The high temperature in northern Taiwan yesterday dropped by between three and fourFULL STORY

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