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Friday, August 22, 2014
Taiwan -- Chang decries treason charges as 'white terror'
Former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) yesterday held his first press conference in the wake of his resignation and said that the treason allegations against him are an instance of “white terror.”
The son of a retired three-star general Fei Hung-po (費鴻波) yesterday stressed that he was not involved in a high profile marijuana case that already involves Taiwanese actor Kai Ko (Ko Chen-tung, 柯震東) and the son of Hong Kong action megastar Jackie Chan (成龍), Jaycee Chan (房祖名).
China has no reason to oppose Taiwan's possible signing of a free trade agreement (FTA) with Malaysia, as ultimately the signing will be beneficial to both sides of the strait, Taiwan's top envoy to the Southeast Asian country said yesterday.
Due to the positive influence of the fiscal reform plan carried out by the Ministry of Finance (MOF), annual government revenue in 2015 is projected to rise to NT$1.7993 trillion, an increase of NT$92.4 billion, or 5.4 percent, compared with 2014. Expenditure is set to increase to NT$1.9597 trillion, an increase of NT$43.5 billion, or 2.3 percent, from the 2014 budget, the Cabinet said yesterday.
Taiwan -- Spurred on by student, Taipei taxi drivers deliver a message to Lucy
With the movie “Lucy” causing a huge craze in Taiwan and droves assembling at movie theaters, Tony Hsu (許東華), a student who recently graduated from The Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University (師大附中), made a video responding to the scene in which Lucy shoots a Taiwanese taxi driver because he cannot speak English.
Taiwan -- Kaohsiung to use donations for victims' compensation
In order to allow victims of the Kaohsiung gas explosions to receive compensation as soon as possible, the Kaohsiung City Government yesterday said it will first compensate them with between NT$1.2 billion and NT$1.5 billion from the donations account, and then sue those responsible for the disaster on behalf of the victims.
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official was quoted recently as saying that foreign nationals who have a record of substance abuse are highly likely to have their visa applications denied.
The Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF, 家扶基金會) yesterday published research on disadvantaged children in Taiwan, revealing that ten percent of them have seen illegal drugs, over 40 percent of them cannot afford breakfast every day and 61 percent don't have someone at home to help them with their homework.
Amid rising public outrage over the government's decision to pay Taipower (台電) employees a generous annual bonus of 3.6 months' worth of wages while the company reported mounting losses of NT$17.8 billion over 2013, newly appointed Economics Minister Duh Tyzz-jiun (杜紫軍) yesterday defended the move by stating that the burden of policy must be factored into the performance of state-run enterprises.
Taiwan -- Taipei, MOE reach compulsory education deal
Education Minister Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) yesterday stated that the Ministry of Education (MOE) will adopt the strategy of a “one-phase admission process with exam-free admissions preceding specialty admission tests,” as the MOE's way of handling 12-year education reform.
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