Elementary school teacher helps spread knowledge of Taiwan’s indigenous plants (2014/04/20)

A substitute teacher at Changhua’s Luoyang Elementary School traveled Taiwan for four years collecting seeds. He then put actual seeds into a book he published to teach students about nature. 

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KMT members prepare to vote on nominee in Taipei (2014/04/18)

KMT members will go to the polls tomorrow to cast their votes for the party’s nominee in the Taipei mayoral race. Today leading contenders Sean Lien and Ting Shou-chung made a last push to gain the support of city residents. 

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Cabinet opposed to easing nuclear referendum threshold (2014/04/18)

Premier Jiang Yi-huah criticized draft legislation that would allow a simple majority of voters to decide whether work on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant should end. The proposal put forward by the DPP would bypass the high turnout required under current referendum law. 

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Academia Sinica member urges Ma Ying-jeou to resign from role as KMT chairman (2014/04/18)

The leader of yesterday’s protest at the Academia Sinica is urging President Ma Ying-jeou to restore balance of power between the legislative and executive branches. Sinica member Chiu Hei-yuan accuses Ma of abusing his role as KMT party chairman to control the party’s legislative caucus and influence its decision making. 

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Air Asia cancels Boracay route, upsetting local travelers (2014/04/18)

Consumers should beware of low cost airlines offering packages that are too good to be true. Last month Air Asia offered roundtrip tickets to Boracay for as little as NT$3,000. Unfortunately, the airline later cancelled the route with no warning and left travelers having to cover the cost of hotel reservations and visa fees. 

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Voluntary Blood Donations (2014/04/18)

Forty years ago a movement launched voluntary blood donations in Taiwan. Tomorrow the Taiwan Blood Services Foundation will mark this anniversary. 

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Phoenix Talent Company hosts a spring party for artists at Dadaocheng Wharf (2014/04/18)

Phoenix Talent Company held a spring party this afternoon in Taipei. FTV General Manager Cheng Gang-sin attended the event alongside nearly 100 actors and entertainers. 

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Swedish and American a capella groups set to perform in Taipei (2014/04/18)

Swedish and American a cappella groups will give a concert tomorrow in Taipei. This afternoon the groups held a dress rehearsal with members even previewing Chinese songs for fans. 

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Yilan auctions first bluefin tuna of the year (2014/04/18)

A highlight of bluefin tuna season is the first catch of the year. Just a few days after the season kicked off in Pingtung with a 300-kilogram fish, Yilan’s first catch sold at auction today for a whopping NT$710,000. 

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Protesters urge president to let the Taiwanese people decide Taiwan’s future (2014/04/17)

At an Academia Sinica seminar today, President Ma Ying-jeou continued to face protesters opposed to the services trade pact Taiwan signed with China. Both inside and outside the venue they held up signs stating that Taiwan’s future should be decided by the Taiwanese people. 

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