Pigeon-napper Nabbed

Photo: United Daily News An off-duty police officer hiking in New Taipei City’s Linkou District stumbled across a pigeon-napping operation October 27, after becoming lost on his way home. The officer remained to observe the site after calling colleagues. In what may be a crime unique to Taiwan, pigeon-nappers use their knowledge of terrain and racing pigeon routes, to set up nets and capture valuable racing birds. After netting the birds, they call the phone number recorded on the bird’s

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Residents Plant Trees After Water Company Destroys “Green Tunnel”

Photos: United Daily News Residents of Keelung gathered to plant trees in an area previously cleared by Taiwan Water Corporation. The land is owned by the water corporation, but residents were incensed when the government-owned company cleared the land to build a depot. The mature trees once lined both sides of the road, forming what residents called a “green tunnel”. Keelung Mayor Lin You-chang, and legislator Tsai Shi-ying turned up to show their support for the 300 residents who registered

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Military Drone Missing in Chiayi County

An unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to an Army Special Air tactical reconnaissance battalion went missing, around Jhuci Township in Chiayi County, yesterday, October 27. Operators lost contact with the vehicle during a routine training mission at around 4:00pm, while it was flying over mountainous terrain. The army have called off further operations of the drones, while they search for the missing aircraft. The UAV is a “Sharp Kite” class surveillance drone, developed in Taiwan at National Chungshan Institute of Science

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Fight Breaks Out in Legislature: People Take to the Streets

Photo: United Daily News A member of the ruling Democratic People’s Party (DPP) tried to throttle a member of the opposition Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) this morning, after KMT members stormed the podium in an attempt to prevent the passing of a bill. The draft amendment would see the introduction of a 5 day working week, while maintaining the current number of national holidays at 12. The DPP originally promised to restore national holidays that had been rescinded by previous

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Air Canada Resurrects Vancouver to Taipei Direct Flights

Air Canada is taking reservations for direct flights between Vancouver and Taipei, after a 14 year hiatus. Discounted fares start at $9,999NTD ($423CAD) return for limited periods between June and September. Air Canada first introduced direct flights between the cities in 2009, but ceased the service in 2003. Since then, passengers traveling between the two cities have had to transit in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, or Beijing. Air Canada will employ the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to serve the

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Prison Walls Turned into 3D Eco-Mural

Photo: Central News Agency The once drab concrete walls of a prison on Green Island have been transformed into a series of 3D murals, depicting the marine ecology of the island, and surrounding ocean. The murals were unveiled at a ceremony today, Wednesday, 26 October, 2016. The notorious prison was used by the KMT (Chinese Nationalist Party) government during the martial-law era between 1949 and 1986. Political prisoners were housed there, as well as dangerous criminals and gangsters. Today, the

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Dutch Era Well Restored in Yunlin County

Photos: UDN A village well dug during the Dutch occupation of Taiwan over 300 years ago, is being restored in Mayuan Village, Gukeng Township, Yunlin County. Village elders have fond memories of the well, which served as the village’s sole source of water until reticulated water was introduced in the 1950s. Workers are currently dredging the 55 meter deep well. Water will be tested for safety, and may be used for watering public gardens in the future.

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Retired Defense Officer Killed in Japan Blast

A series of explosions rocked the city of Utsunomiya (宇都宮市), 100 kilometers north of Tokyo, this morning, leaving one dead and three injured. The deceased has been identified as a 72 year-old retired military officer. Two vehicles, and a building were incinerated according to video and images on media and social networking sites. Police arrived on the scene at around 11:30am Tokyo time. Kyodo reports among the three injured, one is in a critical condition. The explosions occurred near a

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Crew of Taiwan-owned Boat Released by Pirates after 4 Years Captivity

The Taiwanese chief engineer of a fishing boat was set free yesterday, along with 25 crew from China, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Cambodia, after being held captive in Somalia for more than four years. The Taiwanese owned, Oman registered fishing vessel Naham 3 was the last commercial ship captured by pirates during Somalia’s pirate scourge. The crew was kidnapped March 2012, but the Taiwan ship owner claimed he had no money to pay the ransom. Of the 29 original crew,

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UAVs in Agriculture: Kaohsiung City Supports Initiatives

Photo: UDN College students in Kaohsiung County will be given the opportunity of part-time employment, and farmers will be freed from exposure to potentially dangerous pesticides in an innovative program launched in Kaohsiung City. College students will control Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to spot spray pesticides on crops.

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Aboriginal Hunter in Intensive Care Despite Flu Vaccination

Photo:台灣醒報 Tama Talum (Chinese name: Wang Guanglu 王光祿), has been admitted to the intensive care unit at Taitung Mackay Memorial Hospital after suffering flu symptoms and breathing difficulties. Health bureau officials say the symptoms are not related to a flu vaccine shot he received a few days ago. Tama Talum is well known among defenders of aboriginal hunting rights. In 2015, the 56 year-old member of the Bunun aboriginal tribe was charged with possession of an illegal firearm, and poaching

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