Court ruling lets Wang Jin-pyng keep KMT membership (2014/03/19)

Last fall Taiwan’s ruling KMT was rocked by a political dispute that led to the expulsion one of its highest-ranking members, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng. Wang ended up keeping his party membership through an injunction, and today Taipei District Court ruled that the KMT violated the Civil Associations Act when it stripped Wang of his membership. 

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Family of slain fisherman relieved by Philippine homicide charges (2014/03/19)

The daughter of a Taiwanese fisherman slain last year by Philippine Coast Guard personnel is relieved to hear that charges have been filed. The Philippine Department of Justice charged eight suspects with homicide, two of whom also face obstruction of justice charges. 

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Taiwanese scientist on team that found ‘smoking gun’ evidence of cosmic inflation (2014/03/19)

Scientists are still celebrating the detection of gravitational waves, a finding that provides the strongest confirmation yet of prevailing models for early development of the universe. Among the scientists responsible for the landmark discovery is Stanford University assistant professor Kuo Chao-lin, a Taiwanese-born physicist who studied at National Taiwan University. 

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China Airlines and others hope roll out of new menus will please passengers (2014/03/19)

China Airlines is revamping its in-flight menu with the help of Michelin-starred chefs. It hopes the new menu attracts culinary inclined passengers. 

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Sports Focus (2014/03/19)

Wang in Middle Relief

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Doctor suggests non-surgical methods for treating sleeping disorders (2014/03/19)

More than half of Taiwan’s population is thought to suffer from some type of sleep disorder. Doctors recommend several methods for correcting this sometimes debilitating problem, including exercising the throat with wind instruments and using a ventilation device when sleeping at night. 

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DPP, KMT line up candidates for local elections (2014/03/18)

More nominations are emerging ahead of the year-end local elections. The DPP has confirmed that it will run former Health Minister Twu Shiing-jer again in Chiayi City. This time, he stands to benefit from a split pan blue vote. The KMT meanwhile looks likely to turn to an academic to face the popular incumbent William Lai in Tainan. 

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Anti-nuclear activists and celebrities promote upcoming fun run (2014/03/18)

An anti-nuclear fun run will take place on the last Saturday of the month. Today director Ko Yi-cheng was joined by actors, actresses and activists in a promo for the event. 

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Term deposit investors lose out with weakening of Chinese yuan (2014/03/18)

A flood of cash put into Chinese yuan term deposits isn’t proving to be the savvy investment that many locals once hoped. Cooling growth and corporate debt problems have soured analysts on the Chinese yuan. The resulting weakening of the currency is eating away at the attractive interest rates that led investors to buy the deposits. 

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City government wants developers to pay for additional development rights (2014/03/18)

The Taipei City government plans to introduce a new transfer of development rights system that it believes will bring greater fairness to an often abused system. By creating a building bulk bank, it will force developers to pay into a public fund if they desire to purchase extra floor space for development projects. 

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