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Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said on Tuesday that he will instruct the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC, 交通部) to examine difficulties facing direct transport links from Taiwan's outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu to Fujian province in China -- commonly known as the mini three links -- and propose countermeasures.
Registration for the 10th Kinmen Marathon scheduled for Jan. 14, 2017 started on Sunday for Kinmen residents, while online registration will begin on Oct. 24, according to Kinmen County government.
Emphatic 'no' in Penghu casino vote
In a referendum Saturday, Penghu residents gave an emphatic thumbs down to a proposal to build casinos on the island chain.
An environmental hazard
A Western-style building that once housed military officers is shown in Kinmen County, Thursday, Oct. 13. Because of "misplaced property records," the "Teng Chang-shou Western-style house" cannot legally be renovated, according to the Kinmen Cultural Affairs Bureau. Local authorities are currently planning to revise existing laws to seek a way to restore the decrepit building and others like it, which otherwise could pose environmental hazards.
President Tsai Ing-wen, who is also chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), reiterated on Wednesday the party's opposition to the opening of casinos in Penghu County, with the outlying island set to vote on Oct. 15 on whether to permit casino development.
In touch with their roots
Hung Fui-fu (洪恢復) of Lieyu Township, Kinmen, right, and Hung Yin-yu (洪燕玉), vice chair of the Lieyu Township Council, pose for a photo in front of a taro-themed 3-D art installation commissioned by Hung Fui-fu to mark the annual Taro Festival at the township on Friday, Oct. 7.
A Netherlands-registered sailboat ran into trouble and was rescued this week by Taiwan's Coast Guard in waters near Dongsha Island, the largest of the Dongsha Islands (Pratas Islands) in the South China Sea.
Ironman race begins
Participants in the 2016 Ironman Taiwan triathlon competition are seen competing in Penghu on Sunday, Oct. 2. The 226-kilometer triathlon kicked off in the early hours of Sunday, with over 1,000 competitors -- among them 28 foreign participants from all over the world -- seeking completion of the track within 17 hours.
A farm product fair kicked off in Taiwan's outlying Kinmen County on Saturday with about 100 exhibitors displaying a wide range of agricultural products from Taiwan proper and its three outlying counties.
Shore is a predicament
A mainland Chinese fishing vessel was found stranded in front of an oyster field near Kuningtou (古寧頭) village on the outlying island of Kinmen on Friday morning, but later sailed slowly to the Wutung water area of Xiamen on rising tides at around 3:00 p.m.
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