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KMT hopefuls debate plans for Taipei

By Stacy Hsu

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei mayoral candidate hopefuls yesterday called for closer exchanges with China and the “reinvigoration of Chinese culture” to boost the capital’s economy and tourism, and laid out plans for the Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) and Taipei Dome projects. The proposals wereFULL STORY

DPP being pressured into Taipei election: Ker

By Tseng Wei-chen, Su Fang-ho, Kuo An-chia and Sherry Hsiao

Circumstances are putting too much pressure on the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to nominate its own Taipei mayoral candidate, DPP caucus convener Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said. The DPP supported independent Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) in 2014, but whether it should support Ko’s bid for aFULL STORY

Ministry highlights WHA efforts

By Stacy Hsu

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said it would continue to use all possible channels to increase the nation’s chance of receiving an invitation to the WHO’s annual World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland, including highlighting reports in the international media. As of Friday,FULL STORY

Tsai calls for creation of ‘Africa plan’

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday said that she has instructed the National Security Council (NSC) to develop an “Africa plan” to bring together government agencies, representative offices, technical missions and Taiwanese businesspeople for further engagement and investment in the continent. Tsai upon her arrival at TaiwanFULL STORY

Junior police, firefighters to receive NT$1,370 raise

By Cheng Hung-ta

The Ministry of the Interior on Friday proposed an amendment to the Police Personnel Management Act (警察人員人事條例) that would raise the seniority pay for junior police officers and firefighters by NT$1,370 (US$46.59) per month and benefit an estimated 64,000 people. The proposal was announced ahead ofFULL STORY

Survey shows civil service is most popular dream job

Nearly a quarter of office and factory workers would prefer to work in public service, a survey by 1111 Job Bank showed. The top three choices for dream jobs among the 1,117 respondents aged 18 or older were civil servant (24.98 percent), engineer (16.83 percent) andFULL STORY

Taipei rally calls for end to sexual assault myths

About 1,000 people yesterday participated in a rally in Taipei to support the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment, and calling for an end to a culture that prevents victims from speaking out. Participants wore masks during the rally to symbolize society placing theFULL STORY

Tigerair, attendants face fines over measles cases

By Lee I-chia

The Kaohsiung Department of Heath yesterday imposed a fine on low-cost carrier Tigerair Taiwan (台灣虎航) for letting flight attendants work after they were found to have symptoms of measles, caused by a recent clustered outbreak. The airline faces a fine of between NT$60,000 (US$2,040) and NT$300,000,FULL STORY

Veterans asked to help Dadan Island prepare for tourists

Kinmen County’s Dadan Island (大膽), off the coast of China, was a major battleground during the Cold War and its tourism bureau is now calling for military veterans who served there to volunteer on the island before it opens as a tourist destination in lateFULL STORY

Police nab Japanese man over embezzlement case

A Japanese man wanted in Japan for allegedly embezzling and laundering money was arrested in Kaohsiung on Thursday, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said. Yang Kuo-sung (楊國松), chief of the First Investigation Corps of the International Criminal Affairs Division, on Friday told a news conferenceFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

TOURISM Bike travel site launched The Tourism Bureau yesterday unveiled an English-language Web site featuring Internet celebrities traveling the nation on bicycles to promote two-wheeled tourism. There is already a lot of biking information online, but it is limited and region-based, and fails to give a biggerFULL STORY

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