NTU researchers discuss how insecticide may be to blame for honeybee colony collapses (2014/04/14)

National Taiwan University researchers made an important advance in uncovering the mystery behind a worldwide decline in honeybee populations. Today the team held a news conference to discuss its findings. 

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Taipei announces new subsidies for assistive devices (2014/04/14)

The Taipei Department of Social Welfare has announced new subsidies for four types of assistive devices. Included are aids for getting in and out of a wheelchair and a watch to help track lost elderly people. 

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KMT candidates canvass for votes today as party begins phone survey for primary (2014/04/13)

The KMT will conduct a telephone survey today and tomorrow to help choose the KMT candidate for the Taipei Mayoral election. Sean Lien and his wife actively canvassed voters today, announcing a second batch of advisors including former Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan and others. Another candidate in the primary, KMT Legislator, Ting Shou-chung also announced his list of advisors, many of whom are not former officials, but instead, come from civilian circles.

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Scholars sign petition for citizen’s constitutional conference to discuss cross-strait trade (2014/04/13)

One of the demands the Sunflower Movement put forward during their occupation of the Legislature was the formation of a citizens’ constitutional conference. Today, a group of scholars signed a petition supporting such a conference and consensus for constitutional amendments to regulate and make cross-strait relations more transparent.

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Sunflower Movement’s Next Step (2014/04/13)

After withdrawing from the Legislature on April 10, nearly 100 supporters of the Sunflower Movement came together once again today. This time, their task was moving many of the donated goods they received during their occupation of the Legislature to a temporary shelter. For the moment, these items will be stored at the Taiwan Theological College and Seminary in Yangmingshan.

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Muhammad Yunus, a former Nobel Peace Prize winner, is honored in Taipei (2014/04/13)

Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus, a Bangladesh native known for making micro-credit loans to the poor, was awarded an honorary citizen by Taipei Mayor, Hau Lung-bin. He shared his experiences creating opportunities and funding for the poor, and urged local young people to start their own businesses. 

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Songkran Festival in New Taipei City (2014/04/13)

The annual Songkran Water Festival took place today in New Taipei City’s Chungho. Both young and old took to the streets with water guns and plastic wash basins to enjoy Southeast Asian New Year celebrations.

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Old Taipei Railway Workshop focus of urban renewal dispute (2014/04/13)

The Taipei Railway Workshop was long located on Taipei’s Civic Boulevard Section 5. But with railway lines moving underground, this repair facility was forced to move to a new location, leaving its old historical base abandoned. The area could be turned over to commercial use to create a new cultural park, but this plan has not been well received by railway enthusiasts who hope to preserve this important piece of history. 

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Demonstrators, CtiTV employees engage in shouting match (2014/04/09)

Angry demonstrators opposed to CtiTV were met today by a raucous group of CtiTV employees. As the protesters accused CtiTV of biased coverage of protests against the services trade pact Taiwan signed with China, CtiTV accused the protesters of infringing on freedom of the press. 

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KMT lawmaker’s supporters, police guard against demonstration that never arrives (2014/04/09)

Another protest in Taipei’s Neihu District today targeted KMT Legislator Alex Tsai. More than a hundred police and Tsai supporters were on hand to defend the lawmaker’s office, but they had little to do as most of the demonstrators were busy spreading their message through the neighborhoods. 

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