KMT mayors discuss the merits generational transition (2014/04/15)

In the wake of the Sunflower Movement, political parties are placing greater emphasis on generational change. Municipal leaders who could soon take over as leaders of the KMT addressed this issue today. 

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Student demonstrator apologizes for comments directed against Zhongzheng police chief (2014/04/15)

A philosophy student gave a public apology today for inflammatory comments he made last week during a protest outside Taipei’s Zhongzheng First Precinct. Hung Chung-yen 洪崇晏had said that the police chief who ordered the forced expulsion of demonstrators gathered at the entrance of the Legislature would bring about his own assassination. 

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Tech chairman resigns, citing inspiration from student-led Sunflower Movement (2014/04/15)

A surprise came yesterday when the chairman of a router and Ethernet switch producer cited the student-led Sunflower Movement as a reason for resigning. Accton Chairman Huang An-jie 黃安捷was impressed by the composure of students who occupied the Legislature in protest and said he wanted to create space for a generational transition at his company. 

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Pitcher Chen Wei-yin notches first quality start of the season (2014/04/15)

In baseball action today, a pair of Taiwanese pitchers shined. The Baltimore Orioles Chen Wei-yin overcame early season struggles to pitch a strong game against the Tampa Bay Rays, while the Milwaukee Brewers Wang Wei-chung pitched the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals for his big league debut. 

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Massive cruise ship makes first stop in Kaohsiung (2014/04/15)

Asia’s largest cruise ship made its maiden voyage to Kaohsiung today. Passengers on the Voyager of the Seas spent half a day in the southern port city where they were treated to a show from Taiwan’s famed techno dancing gods. 

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300 kg catch kicks off bluefin tuna season (2014/04/15)

For the first time ever a boat registered in Donggang, Pingtung caught the first bluefin tuna of the season. For the past 12 years the first bluefin tuna had been caught by boats from Siaoliouciou. 

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Two would-be contenders drop bids for DPP chairmanship (2014/04/14)

In a surprise turn of events, former DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen has emerged as the only candidate in the party’s upcoming chairmanship race. This comes after the withdrawal of two would-contenders, incumbent Chairman Su Tseng-chang and former Premier Frank Hsieh. 

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Former VP says DPP party chairperson should not seek presidency (2014/04/14)

Within the DPP there was a great deal of praise today for Su Tseng-chang’s announcement that he will not seek another term as party chairman. Former Vice President Annette Lu said it shows Su is focused on running for president and said that Tsai Ing-wen should follow his lead if she too has her sights set on the presidency. 

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Critics fear mass expropriation of farmland will be needed to build free economic pilot zones (2014/04/14)

When students took over the Legislature in protest against the services trade pact signed with China, they caused delays to several bills. Among them is another major economic plan: the establishment of free economic pilot zones. Today in legislative committee critics accused the government of planning forced expropriation of farmland in order to build the zones, while the government argued the zones will help farmers by bringing added value to agricultural products. 

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Wearable devices to be focus of upcoming spring computer show (2014/04/14)

A press event was held today for the upcoming Taipei Spring Computer Show. Items on display included wearable devices such as smart watches and Bluetooth eyeglasses. 

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