Finance minister meets Taipei deputy mayor to discuss housing prices (2014/04/22)

Finance Minister Chang Sheng-ford met with Taipei Deputy Mayor Chang Chin-oh to discuss property prices today. Potential policies to curb prices include higher taxes for properties not occupied by the owner. 

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Taiwanese pitcher Chen Wei-yin faces Boston Red Sox (2014/04/22)

After a disappointing game that saw the Orioles give up a five-run lead and lose on an error, Baltimore sought to salvage a series tie with division rival Boston Red Sox. The Orioles sent Taiwanese pitcher Chen Wei-yin to the mound, who was going for his third consecutive win. 

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Creative Industries Certification (2014/04/22)

The Ministry of Culture plans to introduce a professional certification system beginning next year. It will start by licensing technicians who handle sound effects and lighting. 

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Paper Windmill troupe plans to give free performances in all 7,000 villages in Taiwan (2014/04/22)

The Paper Windmill Theater troupe spent five years touring and performing in all 319 townships in Taiwan. Now it is planning an even more ambitious tour to give free performances in 7,000 villages across the nation. 

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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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