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Saturday, April 12, 2014
Taiwan -- Sports stars support Taiwan Special Olympics
Former National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star center Yao Ming (姚明) and legendary Japanese soccer player Hidetoshi Nakata visited a special education school in New Taipei yesterday as part of their scheduled efforts to help raise funding for Taiwan's Special Olympics national team.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Taiwan -- Student activists depart Legislative Yuan
The occupation of the Legislative Yuan drew to an end yesterday as student-led activists filed out of the Legislature and passed out sunflowers to the cheering crowds, vowing to spread the movement throughout Taiwan.
The United States downplayed the possibility yesterday that delayed legislative passage of the trade-in-services agreement between Taiwan and China will affect Washington's stance on Taipei's bid to join the proposed U.S.-led Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade bloc.
With the ending of the occupation of the Legislative Yuan, citizens of Taiwan are still conflicted over the Cross-strait Trade in Services Agreement. The pact and the subsequent 23-day long demonstration sparked what a BBC Chinese online report refereed to as the “Divide of Taiwan.” Even within the two main political parties, the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), members hold different opinions regarding the Cross-Straight Trade in Service Agreement with China, the student protest and the occupation of the Legislative Yuan.
Premier Jiang Yi-huah said yesterday that the Cabinet's draft of a bill for overseeing cross-strait agreements is in line with the country's Constitution, a dismissal of a competing version proposed by members of the public and an opposition lawmaker.
The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) has decided to continue its legal battle against Legislative Speaker Wang Jing-pyng, a KMT source said Thursday, indicating that the party will appeal a district court ruling allowing Wang to retain his party membership.
The Kuomintang (KMT) has officially decided to appeal the court's ruling that favored Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday, on the KMT party membership confirmation case.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) announced yesterday that it would apply a subsidy project that could be launched by the end of this year to critically ill patients who suffer from serious injuries or die from surgeries.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's largest contract chip maker, on Thursday reported strong first quarter sales that exceeded its forecast, on rising demand for chips on the advanced 28 nanometer process.
Taiwan -- DPP's Hsieh supports the  police eviction of activists from the Executive Yuan
Former Premier Frank Hsieh said yesterday the police were right to expel protesters from the Executive Yuan compound on March 24 but did not need to use water cannons on those who were outside the complex.
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