Government discusses tax to reduce property hoarding (2014/04/21)

To stop speculators from hoarding property, the government is mooting a rise in taxes on homes that do not serve as the owners’ main residence. This latest proposal to make housing more affordable comes after Premier Jiang Yi-huah said his two children would be unable to independently purchase a home. 

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Taiwanese sisters square off for women’s doubles tennis title (2014/04/21)

It was a battle of siblings yesterday as tennis players Chan Hao-ching and Chang Yung-jan faced each other in the women’s doubles finals of the Malaysian Open. 

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Underwater Parade (2014/04/21)

A special underwater parade was held by the Taiwanese Coral Reef Society and Kenting National Park Headquarters. The groups hoped to attract attention to two fish species that are now listed as protected. 

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0421 Briefs (2014/04/21)

Tung Blossoms
Yunlin County’s Gukeng Township began cultivation of coffee and tung blossoms during the Japanese colonial era. Annually, from April to May, the entire 5-kilometer Hebaoshan hiking trail is covered with tung blossoms resembling snowfall. Blossoms can also be seen in Changhua’s Baguashan Futien Community, where early in the morning they resemble a layer of snow in this pastoral mountain location. 

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DPP Chairman Su Tseng-change meets Taipei Mayor to discuss nuclear referendum (2014/04/20)

DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang met Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin this morning to discuss the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant. In particular, the two discussed a DPP backed referendum to stop work on the plant that would only require a simple majority to pass. Hau expressed a willingness to brief the KMT on today’s talks, including President Ma. 

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Debt Rises (2014/04/20)

Taiwan’s national debt has reached new highs, topping NT$5.3 trillion or nearly NT$238,000 per citizen at the end of March. 

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Computer Show Draws Big Crowd  (2014/04/20)

The Taipei Spring Computer Show draws to a close today. Attendance this year topped 100,000 visitors.

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Award-winning inventions fail to find a market (2014/04/20)

Taiwan regularly performs well at international invention affairs but falters when it comes to turning these awards into marketplace successes. Experts blame many factors, from disconnect between schools and industry to high tax rates on the sale of patents. They urge changes in both the public and private sectors, so Taiwan’s creative minds can be rewarded. 

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Elementary school teacher helps spread knowledge of Taiwan’s indigenous plants (2014/04/20)

A substitute teacher at Changhua’s Luoyang Elementary School traveled Taiwan for four years collecting seeds. He then put actual seeds into a book he published to teach students about nature. 

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KMT members prepare to vote on nominee in Taipei (2014/04/18)

KMT members will go to the polls tomorrow to cast their votes for the party’s nominee in the Taipei mayoral race. Today leading contenders Sean Lien and Ting Shou-chung made a last push to gain the support of city residents. 

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