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Saturday, August 23, 2014
Taiwan -- Ice Bucket Challenge goes wrong
A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college students who were taking part in an Ice Bucket Challenge.
Taiwanese authorities yesterday confirmed that one of the boats caught on an online video that recorded the killing of four castaways on the high seas was a Taiwanese fishing vessel.
President Ma Ying-jeou expressed support yesterday for a proposal to provide state compensation for citizens affected by the deadly gas explosions that rocked Kaohsiung on July 31.
Taiwan -- Kaohsiung's mayor meets premier over post-explosion reconstruction
Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) expressed her hopes to turn crisis into opportunity for an industrial transformation for the southern city after her meeting with Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) yesterday.
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Two staff members of a CPC Corporation exploration team drowned while examining an exploration spot in a geological survey project at an estuary of Houlong River yesterday.
Two foreigners were arrested by police last Saturday for allegedly stealing a Ronald McDonald statue at a mall in southeastern Pingtung city, local media reported yesterday.
Social losses as a result of traffic accidents totaled NT$474.8 billion (US$15.84 billion) in 2013, according to an estimate by the Institute of Transportation under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
The 12-year compulsory education reform was a topic of debate yesterday among commissioners from education departments of cities and counties, with most concerned over the effect specialty enrollment would have toward exam-free admissions.
National security authorities should speed up remedial actions to control the supposed damage caused by former Mainland Affairs Council Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀), said Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary-General Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) yesterday.
Taiwan -- Taipei, Shanghai schools hold cultural exchange concert
Taipei Municipal Zhongzheng Junior High School's (台北市中正國中) Chinese orchestra recently visited Shanghai Zhenru Junior High School (上海真如國中) to exchange thoughts on music and to hold a concert at the Zhang Zheng cultural center (長征文化中心).
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