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Group urges punishment for overwork

By Shelley Shan

Employers forcing their employees to overwork should face criminal punishment, members of the Taiwan Association for Victims of Occupational Injuries said yesterday, adding that the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (職業安全衛生法) should be amended to stipulate such punishments. TheFULL STORY

Lai urges business leaders to raise salaries

By Chen Wei-han

Premier William Lai (賴清德) urged employers to raise the starting salaries for their employees at a meeting with business leaders yesterday. During his first breakfast meeting with the Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce, Lai asked business leaders, including association director Lin Por-fong (林伯豐),FULL STORY

Experts urge guidelines for offshore wind farm projects

By Lin Chia-nan

Several experts at a public hearing yesterday urged the Bureau of Energy to establish clear and legitimate guidelines for its two-stage selection process for offshore wind farm projects, which is to begin next year. The public hearing was hosted by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator LaiFULL STORY

Taipei to go ahead with Neihu fines

By Lee I-chia

The Taipei City Government yesterday said that it would not change its decision to impose fines on people living illegally in a commercial zone in the city’s Neihu District (內湖), despite hundreds of the area’s residents staging a protest outside a public hearing. An area coveringFULL STORY

Priebus to attend security dialogue starting today

By Stacy Hsu

The annual Taiwan-US-Japan trilateral security dialogue is to open in Taipei today, bringing together former US White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and lawmakers from the three nations. The dialogue is jointly organized by Taiwan’s Prospect Foundation, the US’ Heritage Foundation and Japan’s SasakawaFULL STORY

Businessman urges Taiwanese youth to see the world

By Lin Chia-nan

If Taiwan is said to be a “closed nation,” it is because it is subject to the influence of China and it overlooks its potential connections with other countries, Darwin Venture Management Co (達盈管理) cofounder Simon Fang (方頌仁) said yesterday, advising young people to broadenFULL STORY

Cabinet asks China to curb pollution as air quality worsens

By Chen Wei-han

The Cabinet has urged China to control its air pollution, as pollutants from across the Taiwan Strait are the main cause of the nation’s deteriorated air quality during winter. The public has targeted power plants as major contributors to air pollution, but the seasonal fluctuation inFULL STORY

Nationwide investigation of businesses launched

By Jason Pan

Authorities yesterday launched investigations into more than 500 businesses nationwide in a coordinated effort headed by the Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau to clamp down on fraudulent accounting, money laundering and other economic crimes. The large-scale operation mobilized most of the bureau’s regional offices and mobileFULL STORY

Interest in US’ Global Entry soars

By Stacy Hsu

To meet soaring demand for the US’ Global Entry program following its expansion to include Taiwanese passport holders last month, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) yesterday announced that a team of US customs officers are to come to Taipei next month to conduct interviewsFULL STORY

Historic mansion to undergo repairs

By Lee Jung-ping and Jonathan Chin

In 1912, colonial coal magnate Chien A-niu (簡阿牛) celebrated his self-made fortune by building a baroque-style mansion in what is today Dasi District (大溪) in Taoyuan, with the name Chien Cheng Trading Co (建成商行) on its facade. Today, the facade is the only intact portion ofFULL STORY

Nation welcomes 10 millionth visitor with souvenirs

By Shelley Shan

The nation yesterday morning welcomed the 10 millionth international visitor this year at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Singaporean Tan Jue-ping, 23, and nine other family members arrived at Terminal 1 at 10:40am on a Scoot Tigerair flight, the Tourism Bureau said, adding that two otherFULL STORY

Taiwan cypress plaques thought to establish status

By Yan Hung-chun and Jake Chung

Taiwan cypress plaques bearing the names and addresses of now-deceased individuals stored in antiques collector Hsiao Shang-pi’s (蕭上筆) warehouse could have served to distinguish status among Taiwanese during the Japanese colonial era. Hsiao, an experienced collector with a sizeable collection, said he obtained the plaques whenFULL STORY

Self-help books top net best-seller lists

By William Hetherington

This year’s best-selling genre is self-help books, particularly those with encouraging language, data from two online book retailers showed. Online book retailer books.com.tw said a best-seller list published by Eslite on Saturday matched their findings that books focused on self-help and positive reinforcement are gainingFULL STORY

Handmade tatamis a rare Chiayi County craft

By Cheng Nai-chiang and Sherry Hsiao

Chiu Po (邱波), 85, runs one of two remaining businesses in Chiayi County that insist on weaving tatamis by hand. Chiu said he left Chiayi’s Meishan Township (梅山) to develop his skills in Jhuci Township (竹崎) when he was 16 years old because of family circumstances.FULL STORY

Taiwan government gives to Vietnam’s relief efforts

Taiwan on Monday donated US$100,000 to the Vietnamese government to support disaster relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Damrey, which battered central and southern parts of the nation last month. Representative to Vietnam Richard Shih (石瑞琦) made the donation on behalf ofFULL STORY

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