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Bird flu spreads to sixth area in Taiwan

Radio Taiwan International Date: 2017-02-20 Bird flu is continuing to spread in Taiwan. The Council of Agriculture’s quarantine bureau released new figures on Monday which show that confirmed cases of the virus have been discovered at five slaughterhouses and 28 poultry farms. Right now officials are following two different strains of the virus. One of those strains is the highly pathogenic…

Approval rating for Tsai rebounds in latest poll

The Presidential Office said that the survey result reflected a generally optimistic view of the nation’s overall development. Taiwan News Date: 2017/02/20 By: Wendy Lee, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The approval rating for President Tsai Ing-wen has risen 7.6 points to 41.4 percent, according to the latest poll conducted by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation released Monday.…

Work hours of tour bus drivers to be cut: MOTC

Focus Taiwan Date: 2017/02/20 By: Chen Wei-ting and Lilian Wu Taipei, Feb. 20 (CNA) In a major change to the existing regulatory framework, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) on Monday announced plans to impose strict limits on the hours tour bus drivers are legally allowed to work. The ministry said drivers on day trip tours that run from early…

Tsai’s, Cabinet’s approval ratings rise

POLICIES QUESTIONED:Public opinion is almost evenly divided over the government’s ability to implement pension reforms, but almost half doubt its push for judicial reforms Taipei Times Date: Feb 21, 2017 By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and the Cabinet have regained some public approval, the latest poll by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation showed, with a bump…

Starbucks price hikes brew up storm

The China Post Date: February 21, 2017 By: Kuan-lin Liu TAIPEI, Taiwan — Netizens were left spluttering into their skinny lattes Monday after coffee giant Starbucks announced a raft of price hikes. The chain, operated in Taiwan by Uni-President, said it would raise the prices of 29 of its drinks, citing an increase in supply costs. The price of Starbucks’ Coffee…

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Farmers will be compensated if Taiwan imports US pork: Official

Radio Taiwan International Date: 2017-02-20 Agriculture Minister Lin Tsung-hsien says farmers would be compensated if the government decided to lift a ban on US pork products laced with ractopamine. Lin was speaking Monday in a radio interview. Taiwan has imposed a comprehensive ban on ractopamine, saying that the leanness-enhancing food additive poses health risks. Lin said the government will prioritize the rights of pig farmers and consumers. But he admitted…

Maokong Gondola to offer county/city week ride at NT$50

Taiwan News Date: 2017/02/20 By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer Taipei (Taiwan News)–Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) is launching the “city/county week” campaign for the Maokong Gondola between February 21 and June 11 with a single ride for NT$50 instead of the current price of NT$120. The TRTC will offer individuals who come to ride the gondola during the week designated to the city or county where he or…

170,000 households in Taichung and Changhua have tap water cut off

Focus Taiwan Date: 2017/02/20 By: Huang Li-yun and Romulo Huang Taipei, Feb. 20 (CNA) A total of 170,000 households in Taichung and Changhua had no tap water starting at 8 p.m. Monday after a water supply pipe in Taichung was ruptured accidentally as work was being done on Taichung’s public sewage system, state-run Taiwan Water Corp. said. The suspension of the supply of water will affect some 60,000 households in…

DPP fails to secure farmers’ elections

BLUE TIDE:All cities and counties have a pan-blue leadership, except Taipei and Taitung County, where there is no clear political affiliation, and Chiayi County, where the DPP won Taipei Times Date: Feb 21, 2017 By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) failed to gain control of farmers’ associations in elections on Sunday, meaning former Yunlin County commissioner Chang Jung-wei’s family (張榮味) is still in control of…

Top US school inks new partnership with Taiwan

The China Post Date: February 21, 2017 By: Stephanie Chao TAIPEI, Taiwan — “As of probably 10 years, the largest international alumni population of USC were Taiwanese. There are very strong ties,” University of Southern California (USC) President C. L. Max Nikias said as he sat down with The China Post in an exclusive interview in Taipei. His delegation is currently in Taiwan for a weeklong visit. One of the…

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FM summons Spain’s representative to lodge a protest

Radio Taiwan International Date: 2017-02-20 The foreign ministry has summoned Spain’s Taiwan-based representative to protest against Madrid’s decision to deport some 200 Taiwanese telecom fraud suspects to China. Deputy Foreign Minister Francois Wu on Monday summoned the director of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, José Luis Echaniz Cobas, to lodge a strong protest. The move came one day after Taiwan’s government issued a strongly-worded statement condemning the decision.…

Photo of the Day: Mysterious shore in New Taipei City

Scenes from the Hollywood film ‘Silence’ directed by Martin Scorsese were shot in this location Taiwan News Date: 2017/02/20 By: Rana Yeh, Taiwan News, Staff Writer Taipei (Taiwan News) — The Mysterious Shore in Jinshan District, New Taipei City was the backdrop of many scenes in the new Hollywood movie “Silence,” which was directed by Martin Scorsese, making the spot famous overnight. The Mysterious Shore is well known…

Taiwan to host gala highlighting Latin America, Caribbean

Focus Taiwan Date: 2017/02/20 By: Scarlett Chai and Evelyn Kao Taipei, Feb. 20 (CNA) Students from Taiwan’s diplomatic allies in Latin America and the Caribbean will perform May 6 at a cultural event being organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) to promote exchanges, understanding and friendship between the people from those regions and Taiwan, MOFA said Monday. The carnival will highlight the customs and culture of…

IN FOCUS: Assets committee to probe CYC-KMT ties

DEEP BLUE:The China Youth Corps first operated as a subordinate of the defense ministry’s General Political Warfare Department, now the Bureau of Political Warfare Taipei Times Date: Feb 21, 2017 By: Yang Chun-hui and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer The Cabinet’s Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee is on Friday expected to order public hearings to investigate whether the China Youth Corps (CYC) is an affiliate…

Gov’t to enforce two-driver system for one-day tours

The China Post Date: February 21, 2017 By: Sun Hsin Hsuan TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Monday it would compile a list of 100 one-day tours that must adopt a two-driver system by the 228 Peace Memorial Day holiday. If their one-day tour is named, travel agencies must hire at least two drivers to take different shifts during the single trip, Political…