Medical doctor learns sign language to provide better treatment to hearing impaired (2014/04/30)

A doctor in Tainan was inspired to learn sign language after treating a hearing impaired patient. Now better communication skills allow her to provide better medical services. 

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Switch malfunction causes serious high-speed rail delays (2014/04/29)

About 10,000 passengers were affected by the most serious of a recent spate of delays on the high-speed railway. A switch malfunction delayed traffic Tuesday morning between Taipei Main Station and Banqiao Station. More than three hours were needed to restore normal service. 

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High-speed railway operator expresses regret over service disruption (2014/04/29)

Following today’s service disruption, the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation held a press conference to express regret to passengers. It blamed recent delays on micro switch quality problems and said it is working with the supplier to solve the issue. 

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Business leaders say mothballing of nuclear plant presents challenges and opportunities (2014/04/29)

Industrial leaders expressed mixed views today over plans to mothball the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant. While many fear that higher electricity costs will drive away investors, Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou said the policy shift presents an opportunity for local businesses to find ways to save energy. 

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Ferry Disaster Drills (2014/04/29)

In the wake of the deadly South Korea ferry accident, authorities in Taiwan will conduct disaster prevention drills on five Taiwanese ferries. 

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Cell phones may interfere with brain’s short term memory function (2014/04/29)

A local neurologist believes that there is a rise in loss of memory among middle aged people. She thinks excessive cell phone use could be playing a role by interfering with the brain’s memory function. 

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Brewer’s Wang Wei-chung stars in video depicting dancing in the clubhouse (2014/04/29)

22-year-old Taiwanese pitcher Wang Wei-chung is becoming more comfortable in the major leagues, as shown by a recent video that shows him dancing in the locker room to the song “Everybody Wang Chung Tonight.” 

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Briefs (2014/04/29)

Robot Builders
Students from Lin Yuan Elementary School, Kaohsiung returned to Taiwan today as winners in the recent First Lego League robotics competition. At the FLL competition in Missouri they developed a robot capable of overcoming obstacles associated with a tsunami disaster. Their gold medal is the first for the school in an international competition.

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Local college tries to dress up snack foods that revolt foreigners (2014/04/29)

CNN reported that foreigners find several Taiwanese snacks revolting, such as preserved eggs, pig blood rice pudding and stinky tofu. To dispel this assertion, a local university invited chefs to put a twist on the ingredients so they would be more appealing to foreigners. 

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Premier agrees to halt work, but not halt construction, to the nuclear plant (2014/04/28)

A gap remains between the government and anti-nuclear power protesters. While Premier Jiang Yi-huah has agreed to halt work on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, he will not concede a halt to construction. Jiang hopes to leave room for the government to build support so the plant can open in the future. 

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