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Ferry Disaster Drills (2014/04/29)

In the wake of the deadly South Korea ferry accident, authorities in Taiwan will conduct disaster prevention drills on five Taiwanese ferries. 

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Cell phones may interfere with brain’s short term memory function (2014/04/29)

A local neurologist believes that there is a rise in loss of memory among middle aged people. She thinks excessive cell phone use could be playing a role by interfering with the brain’s memory function. 

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Brewer’s Wang Wei-chung stars in video depicting dancing in the clubhouse (2014/04/29)

22-year-old Taiwanese pitcher Wang Wei-chung is becoming more comfortable in the major leagues, as shown by a recent video that shows him dancing in the locker room to the song “Everybody Wang Chung Tonight.” 

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Briefs (2014/04/29)

Robot Builders
Students from Lin Yuan Elementary School, Kaohsiung returned to Taiwan today as winners in the recent First Lego League robotics competition. At the FLL competition in Missouri they developed a robot capable of overcoming obstacles associated with a tsunami disaster. Their gold medal is the first for the school in an international competition.

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Local college tries to dress up snack foods that revolt foreigners (2014/04/29)

CNN reported that foreigners find several Taiwanese snacks revolting, such as preserved eggs, pig blood rice pudding and stinky tofu. To dispel this assertion, a local university invited chefs to put a twist on the ingredients so they would be more appealing to foreigners. 

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Premier agrees to halt work, but not halt construction, to the nuclear plant (2014/04/28)

A gap remains between the government and anti-nuclear power protesters. While Premier Jiang Yi-huah has agreed to halt work on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, he will not concede a halt to construction. Jiang hopes to leave room for the government to build support so the plant can open in the future. 

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Weakened Lin Yi-hsiung receives treatment on 7th day of hunger strike (2014/04/28)

A hunger strike by former DPP Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung is among several factors that contributed to concessions from the KMT toward the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant. Monday was the seventh day of Lin’s strike. Visibly weakened, Lin left the protest site to get treatment at National Taiwan University Hospital. 

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Taipei mayor orders use of water cannons to evict nuclear protestors (2014/04/28)

Sunday’s occupation of Zhongxiao West Road spilled over to this morning. To restore normal traffic conditions at the start of the work week, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin ordered the use of water cannons to disperse the crowd. 

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Economics ministry argues that halting work on nuclear plant could lead to dire results (2014/04/28)

Supporters of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant argue that the cost of halting work could run into the billions of NT dollars. Today the economics minister said that not only higher electricity rates but also rationing could occur if the plant does not produce electricity. 

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Record Taiex Price (2014/04/28)

Optical lens manufacturer Largan Precision set a new Taiwan Stock Exchange record on Monday when it closed at NT$1,990. 

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Adults and children delight in Paper Windmill performance (2014/04/28)

An ongoing tour that will bring the Paper Windmill Theater Troupe to more than 7,000 villages across the nation was in Hsinchu on Sunday. Hundreds of spectators came out to see a fascinating performance arts show. 

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Green sea turtles bring eco-tourists to Pingtung’s Siaoliouciou (2014/04/28)

In recent years Pingtung’s Siaoliouciou has promoted conservation efforts to protect endangered green sea turtles. Some 300 of these turtles are thought to live in the area, contributing to a surge in eco-tourists. 

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Sports Focus (2014/04/28)

First Big League K
In his third major league appearance on Sunday, Taiwanese pitcher Wang Wei-chung began with a strikeout, the first of his big league career. With a fastball topping out at 96 miles per hour, Wang needed just 13 pitches to retire all three batters he faced. Wang’s Milwaukee Brewers lost to the Chicago Cubs 4:0 but retained the best record in baseball.

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Large anti-nuclear protestor occupies Zhongxiao West Road shutting down traffic (2014/04/27)

Anti-nuclear protests continued today with participants occupying and closing off Zhongxiao West Road for traffic. Police had attempted to confine protesters to just one lane of the roadway, though many easily crossed barricades and sat in the street, paralyzing traffic. 

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Ma meets KMT municipal leaders, announces work stoppage at Fourth Nuclear Power Plant (2014/04/27)

As anti-nuclear protests continued in Taipei, President Ma convened a meeting of KMT municipal leaders. Later, he announced construction on the two reactors within the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant would be halted, though a safety check of the no. 1 reactor would continue. Ma also announced that the future of the power plant would be put to a public referendum.

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Japanese experts discuss the necessity of completing Fourth Nuclear Power Plant (2014/04/27)

Today, Taipower invited Arima Akito, a famed nuclear researcher and former president of the University of Tokyo along with a Japanese lawmaker to discuss Japan’s experience with nuclear power following the Fukushima disaster. Taipower President Chu Wen-chen, also commented on anti-nuclear protests, adding that delays in constructing the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant have already lead to huge losses as he believes efforts should be made to complete the plant. 

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Nobel Peace Prize winner to open center in Taipei (2014/04/27)

A Nobel Peace Prize winner has big plans to build a social business center in Taiwan. Before Muhammad Yunus’ new center opens he discussed his groundbreaking methods of using microfinance to create opportunities for the disadvantaged to succeed. 

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Chen Wei-yin takes the mound and gets best start of the year as the Orioles battle Royals (2014/04/27)

Taiwan’s Chen Wei-yin took the mound as the Baltimore Orioles faced the Kansas City Royals. It was Chen’s best outing of the year as Chen gave up only 2 runs through 7 innings with 6 strikeouts. Unfortunately, Chen would exit the game with the score tied 2-2. 

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Su, Ma engage in heated nuclear debate (2014/04/25)

A televised meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou and DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang turned into a heated debate on Friday. Su wants construction immediately stopped on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, while Ma insists it should be finished but a referendum held before fuel rods are installed.

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DPP chairman invokes Lin Yi-hsiung while debating nuclear plant with Ma (2014/04/25)

As President Ma and Chairman Su debated the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, a former DPP chairman continued his hunger strike. Sympathy for Lin Yi-hsiung, a long opponent of nuclear power, was used by Su as an example of why work on the plant should be halted.

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