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Lai urges public to visit Hualien, boost tourism

By Lin Chia-nan

Premier William Lai (賴清德) yesterday urged the public to visit Hualien to help its tourism industry recover from a devastating earthquake earlier this month. The government plans to provide a total of NT$60.5 million (US$2.06 million) to support the county’s tourism industry, he added. The Tourism BureauFULL STORY

FEATURE: Taipei Zoo shifting focus to conservation

By William Hetherington

Taipei Zoo hopes to work with schools and government agencies to increase public awareness of wildlife protection, spokesman Eric Tsao (曹先紹) said. One of the nation’s most popular attractions, the zoo, established in 1914, draws about 3 million visitors every year, Tsao said. TsaoFULL STORY

Filmmaker documents environmental change

For nearly four decades, filmmaker Ke Chin-yuan (柯金源) has been documenting how industrialization has affected the environment and now he wishes to pass on his experience to the younger generation. “The only thing I have been doing over the past 40 years or so isFULL STORY

Research institute helping workers find partners

By Aaron Tu and Jake Chung

The Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology said that its matchmaking project this year has helped introduce 11 of its researchers to people who, hopefully, might become their future spouse. According to the institute, most of its young employees are so focused on their jobs thatFULL STORY

Chunghwa Post issues fifth Year of Dog stamps2018-02-18

By Chen Yi-chia

While many look forward to the Lunar New Year holiday as a time for feasting and gift-giving, philatelists welcome its advent as a chance to collect Chunghwa Post’s annual Chinese zodiac stamp collection, with this year’s issue celebrating the Year of the Dog. “It hasFULL STORY

FEATURE: Experts lament barriers to UAV development2018-02-18

By Lin Chia-nan

While local researchers, institutes and technology enthusiasts are keen to explore the applications that uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) offer, many are hampered by a lack of funding, space for conducting experiments and regulations to monitor the industry’s development. The Taiwan Typhoon and Flood Research Institute,FULL STORY

Motorists hit the road as sunny weather persists2018-02-18

By Wu Po-hsuan and Liu Hsiao-hsin

Several sections on the nation’s freeways were packed yesterday — the second day of the Lunar New Year — as more people hit the road for sightseeing and married daughters returned to their parents’ home in line with the hui niang jia (回娘家) tradition. As theFULL STORY

Taiwanese growers win prizes at orchid show in Japan2018-02-18

By Lin Tsui-Yi and William Hetherington

This year’s Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival floral competition opened yesterday in Tokyo with participants from 21 countries, including six from Taiwan. A total of 2.5 million flowers were submitted to the competition, comprising 3,000 varieties of orchid, organizers said. This year is theFULL STORY

Pharmacist cautions on medicine bought abroad2018-02-17

By Lee I-chia

The Taipei City Hospital and the Ministry of Health and Welfare have given several tips for staying healthy during the Lunar New Year’s holiday. Taipei City Hospital pharmacist Li Chia-hsin (黎嘉欣) said many people like to travel to Japan and bring back various over-the-counter (OTC) drugs,FULL STORY

Gift sets, holiday products feature dogs2018-02-17

By Cho Yi-chun, Yang Ya-min and Sherry Hsiao

A number of businesses have released dog-related products and decorations for the Year of the Dog in the Chinese zodiac, which began yesterday. For Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store in Taipei, the business opportunities for zodiac-related products are unlimited. Especially since dogs are “man’s best friend,” dog-relatedFULL STORY

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