DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang meets Premier Jiang Yi-huah for nuclear power plant talks (2014/04/21)

DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang met with Premier Jiang Yi-huah this afternoon to discuss the fate of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant. Su put forward suggestions to scrap the plant, including an executive order and a DPP-backed referendum. Jiang rejected both measures though promised to pass the message on to President Ma Ying-jeou.

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Legislators discuss history and compromises associated with current Referendum Act (2014/04/21)

Premier Jiang Yi-huah’s assertion that opposition parties should accept the Referendum Act because it was passed while the DPP was in office drew strong criticism today. Legislator Huang Wei-cher said the DPP was forced to accept the high thresholds contained in the act because of the KMT’s majority in the Legislature. 

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Anti-nuclear activists prepare for week of protests (2014/04/21)

Former DPP Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung is just one day from beginning a fast to protest continued construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant. Lin’s protest will be just one of many in the coming days by anti-nuclear activists. 

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Sunflower Movement members state their side of protest to prosecutors (2014/04/21)

Sunflower Movement members explained their side of recent student-led protests against the cross-Taiwan Strait services trade pact to prosecutors today. The group voluntarily sought out prosecutors rather than answer a police summons. 

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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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