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Legislators squabble over nominations

By Alison Hsiao

Lawmakers yesterday quarreled over a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) proposal — which it later passed using its legislative majority — to change the legislative agenda so that the review process of the president’s nominations for Judicial Yuan president, vice president and five grand justices couldFULL STORY

Chinese airman’s remains return to hero’s welcome

By Chiu Yi-tung and Jake Chung

Formerly charged by China with treason, late People’s Liberation Army Air Force airman Lian Baosheng (廉保生) was last year cleared of all charges and pronounced a “martyr of the revolution.” His relatives traveled to Taiwan last week to collect his remains. Lian Chenggang (廉成剛), Lian Baosheng’sFULL STORY

Tsai, Honduran president to meet in Taipei: MOFA

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez is on a state visit to Taiwan from today until Tuesday, during which he is to hold talks and exchange honorary decorations with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday. Hernandez is to be welcomed withFULL STORY

VAC executives’ salaries queried

By Aaron Tu

Chairmen and top executives of Veterans Affairs Council (VAC) natural gas reinvestment businesses have drawn NT$2 million to NT$3 million (US$63,763 to US$95,645) annual salaries, despite none of the 15 entities showing a profit that would have required them to deposit into a provident fund,FULL STORY

China’s crackdown on lawyers condemned in Taipei

By Abraham Gerber

Taiwanese legal associations and human rights groups yesterday accused the Chinese Supreme People’s Procuratorate of turning a blind eye to abuses against human rights lawyers. “It’s not just that China does not meet international standards — it does not even measure up to its own standardsFULL STORY

No change under new AIT chairman, Burghardt says

The next chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) is to visit Taiwan periodically to bring Washington’s views and will also play a role in US policy on Taiwan, just like his predecessors did, outgoing AIT Chairman Raymond Burghardt said on Thursday. Burghardt made theFULL STORY

Presidential Office in south set to open this month: sources

By Chung Li-hua and Jonathan Chin

President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) Presidential Southern Office is to begin operations this month at the Kaohsiung City Government Fongshan Administration Center, sources said. Part of Tsai’s campaign platform of facilitating balanced economic, political and cultural development between the nation’s northern and southern regions, the president hadFULL STORY

Universities mull dorm issues

By Wu Po-hsuan, Rachel Lin and Jake Chung

Insufficient dorm space is infringing on students’ right to education, academics said, adding that the situation is hampering the nation’s appeal to foreign students. The Ministry of Education reiterated that it would not directly subsidize universities’ efforts to build new dorms, but added that universities couldFULL STORY

Game explores Chinese thought

By Wu Po-wei and William Hetherington

A game exploring the stories of pre-Qin Dynasty sages has exploded in popularity, with the developers preparing for large-scale sales. Titled The Chronicles of Eastern Zhou Affections (Chronicles, 東周列萌志), the game follows the development of six male characters who represent six schools of thought: Confucianism, Taoism,FULL STORY

Skin doctor offers advice on dealing with itchiness

By Lee I-chia

Dry skin and itching are common conditions in autumn and winter, but people can prevent or relieve the symptoms by not over-cleaning and not applying ointment without consulting a doctor, a dermatologist said. China Medical University dermatologist Chiu Pin-chi (邱品齊) said that a survey of peopleFULL STORY

Professor warns of difficulties keeping seahorses in tanks

By William Hetherington

Seahorses are popular among collectors of ornamental fish, but an extensive study said that the animals are difficult to rear and require special paperwork to import, as they are protected. National Taiwan Ocean University professor Huang Chi-yang (黃之暘) said that although seahorses can have between 100FULL STORY

Hackers ready for online war games

Hackers around the world are preparing to compete in one of the biggest online hacking war games in Asia, the Hacks In Taiwan Conference (HITCON), to challenge information security and help security experts make systems safer. The 12th HITCON Capture The Flag (HITCON CTF), aFULL STORY

Cartoon expo promotes Qing Dynasty commissioner

By Jake Chung

A cartoon exhibition depicting the life of former Qing Dynasty imperial commissioner for Formosa Liu Ming-chuan (劉銘傳) opened on Friday last week at Ming Chuan University’s Taipei campus. The exhibition, jointly hosted by the Chinese Culture Promotion Society, Ming Chuan University and the Chinese CartoonistFULL STORY

Parking tower plan was forcibly pushed through: councilor

By Sean Lin

The Taipei Department of Environmental Protection forcibly pushed through a parking tower project after its budget had been frozen, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei City Councilor Lin Shih-tsung (林世宗) said yesterday. A proposal by the department to build a parking tower for garbage trucks on landFULL STORY

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