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Government can take controversy: Tsai

By Alison Hsiao

The government is not afraid of controversies, as “they could help us face the core of the problems,” President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday, as she acknowledged that the administration over the past three months has been encountering disputes on various fronts. Tsai attended aFULL STORY

Be wary of civic groups: academics

By Alison Hsiao

At a seminar on the democratization of Taiwan yesterday, academics warned the government against its spontaneous response to civic groups and a plan to “co-opt” their strengths, which they said was what former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) tried to do. At the event, several academics deliberatedFULL STORY

PROFILE: Audrey Tang: 100% made in Taiwan

By Jake Chung

Audrey Tang (唐鳳), at 35 already a retired entrepreneur and self-taught computer programmer who is considered one of Taiwan’s brightest, is set to add another line of code to her resume: In October, she is to join the Cabinet as a minister without portfolio. Tang, whoFULL STORY

Minister backs fine after expulsion of HIV student

By Lee I-chia and Chen Wei-han

Minister of Health and Welfare Lin Tzou-yien (林奏延) has approved the Centers for Disease Control’s imposition of a NT$1 million (US$31,774) fine on the National Defense University over its expulsion of a student with HIV, the ministry announced yesterday. On Aug. 15, the centers announced thatFULL STORY

Council of Aboriginal Affairs’ plans for delineating lands a step back: advocate

By Abraham Gerber

The Council of Aboriginal Affairs’ plans for delineating traditional Aboriginal lands represent a step back from the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act (原住民族基本法), an Aboriginal rights campaigner said yesterday, calling for the delineation authority to be returned to individual Aboriginal communities. “While new delineation regulations are basedFULL STORY

Cabinet moves to stem steep decline in Chinese visitors

By Chen Wei-han

The Cabinet on Friday said that in a bid to stem the steep decline in the number of Chinese tourists, the Tourism Bureau is to lead a delegation to China to promote travel in Taiwan. The delegation is to organize promotional events in Beijing andFULL STORY

Four make history at Olympiad

By Sean Lin

A team of high-school students won four gold medals at the International Earth Science Olympiad that ended yesterday in Japan’s Mie Prefecture, successfully defending the nation’s title as the contest’s top-ranking participant for the 10th consecutive year. The team’s four members all claimed gold medals, withFULL STORY

Tunnel safe, but needs attention, engineer says

By Chien Hui-ju and William Hetherington

Engineers responded to motorists’ concerns over cracks in the Hsuehshan Tunnel, with one saying that the tunnel is safe, but measures should be taken to prevent a possible collapse. Some motorists said they saw cracks as long as 2m in the tunnel, which is 10 yearsFULL STORY

Healthcare workers face ill-treatment by patients

By Lee I-chia

The majority of healthcare practitioners said that they have been treated rudely by patients or patients’ relatives, a survey conducted by 1111 Job Bank revealed. According to the survey, which collected valid questionnaires from 611 healthcare practitioners between Aug. 10 and Wednesday, 91 percent of healthcareFULL STORY

Table tennis star told not to marry boyfriend: report

By Jason Pan

Taiwanese sports officials and fans were dismayed by the news that the Japan Table Tennis Association allegedly issued an order to prohibit Olympic bronze medalist Ai Fukuhara from marrying her Taiwanese boyfriend, Chiang Hung-chieh (江宏傑), who is also an Olympic table tennis player. Fukuhara and Chiang,FULL STORY

Aboriginal experimental school opens in Taichung

By Lee Tsung-hsien and Jonathan Chin

Taiwan’s first Aboriginal experimental elementary school on Wednesday held an event marking its formal opening to Atayal students in Taichung’s Heping District (和平) and renaming as P’uma Elementary School, meaning “heritage” in the Atayal language. Previously known as Municipal Daguan Elementary School, P’uma Elementary School wasFULL STORY

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