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2014 ELECTIONS: Ma stumps for Sean Lien, for 85 seconds

By Shih Hsiu-chuan

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) last night canceled a plan to canvass in the streets for Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei mayoral candidate Sean Lien (連勝文) and instead shared a stage with Lien to stump for him, but for only 85 seconds. Ma, who is also KMTFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Ko eyes paying with cellphones, not EasyCards

By Loa Iok-sin

Independent Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said that, if elected, he would break the monopoly of EasyCard as the only electronic payment method available in the city. “As far as electronic payments are concerned, my goal is to allow people to use their cellphonesFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Interview: KMT’s Chien says Pingtung County needs his skills

By Lee Li-fa and Jake Chung

Entrusted by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to return Pingtung County to KMT rule, the party’s Pingtung county commissioner candidate, Minister Without Portfolio Chien Tai-lang (簡太郎), said his campaign seeks to use his personal qualities rather than his party affiliations to woo voters in theFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Interview: Pingtung needs transportation access: DPP candidate

By Hou Cheng-hsu and Jake Chung

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Pingtung County commissioner candidate Pan Men-an (潘孟安) says he is confident that with his extensive experience, having served as township councilor and risen through the ranks to his current position as legislator, he will be able to continue the DPP’s 17-yearFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: PFP’s Wu cautions pan-blues against antagonizing voters

By Chen Yen-ting and Jake Chung

In response to calls for Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) defectors to maintain pan-blue solidarity ahead of the Nov. 29 elections, People First Party (PFP) spokesman Wu Kun-yu (吳崑玉) yesterday said that the public did not want to see a clash along traditional fault lines andFULL STORY

2014 ELECTIONS: Tree Party’s Pan criticizes Taipei’s greenification drive

By Abraham Gerber

Tree Party Taipei City councilor candidate Pan Han-sheng (潘翰聲) yesterday criticized Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin’s (郝龍斌) greenification record. As part of the mayor’s plan to expand and improve Taipei’s tree-shaded boulevards, the city has planted 4,800 shade trees along 39 roads over the past three years,FULL STORY

Academia Sinica reveals cancer research findings

By Sean Lin

Academia Sinica yesterday unveiled the results of its research into the effects a protein complex has on the development of colorectal cancer, providing a possible solution to the treatment of the disease, which is the most common cancer in the nation. Meng Tzu-ching (孟子青), a researchFULL STORY

Tropical Storm Nuri to bring rain

By Shelley Shan

The Central Weather Bureau confirmed that Tropical Storm Nuri formed yesterday afternoon, but said whether the storm would strafe the nation remains to be seen. According to the bureau, the center of the storm was 2,000km off the southeast coast of Oluanpi (鵝鑾鼻) and it wasFULL STORY

MRT line could open this month

By Shelley Shan

The Taipei Songshan MRT Line could be launched in the middle of this month after it passed inspection yesterday, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC). The inspection was conducted by members of a committee, formed by ministry officials and independent experts. Jointly, theyFULL STORY

Cash prize on offer in bid to stop dengue fever

Greater Kaohsiung residents are set to be able to turn the pests that have spread dengue fever in the southern city into an asset, as health authorities plan to reward those who have caught the most mosquitoes by today. In the campaign that started on Wednesday,FULL STORY

HSR switch errors reduced, quality control enhanced

By Shelley Shan

Errors generated by switches in the high speed rail system have been gradually reduced after Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC) enhanced quality control this year, the Bureau of High Speed Rail said yesterday. However, the bureau said it would let the company decide if itFULL STORY

NTU ranked 105th in new US global university rankings

National Taiwan University (NTU), the nation’s top institution of higher education, has been ranked 105th in the US News and World Report’s first Best Global Universities Rankings, released earlier this week. The media outlet ranked universities in the US and nearly 50 other nations based onFULL STORY

Submarine program to be scaled down: report

By William Lowther

Washington is said to be “backing away” from helping Taiwan to buy or build full-scale diesel-electric submarines. Instead, an unnamed US official has told the conservative Washington Times newspaper that the White House has agreed to assist the nation in developing mini coastal submarines as aFULL STORY

Official criticized for US green card

By Jason Pan

Legislators yesterday called on a senior military figure to step down for holding a US permanent residency card for one-and-a-half years while in the top post at the Ministry of National Defense’s Department of Strategic Planning. The Chinese-language Apple Daily yesterday reported that Cheng Yun-peng (成雲鵬),FULL STORY

Ministry ‘black hands’ in admissions proposal: city

By Abraham Gerber

The Taipei City Government yesterday accused the Ministry of Education of compromising the autonomy of a city committee, accusing the ministry of inserting its “black hands” into local affairs. The ministry earlier this month rejected the city government’s plan to administer high-school admissions next year withinFULL STORY

Proposal for cross-strait mediation method disputed

By Loa Iok-sin

The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) yesterday questioned a trade dispute mediation mechanism under the cross-strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), saying that it would only disadvantage the nation. As the government plans to make public a cross-strait agreement on the dispute-solving mechanism under the agreement,FULL STORY

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