Search for Missing Firefighter Called Off after 20 Days

[Picture: United Daily News] The search for a Taipei firefighter who went missing while on a hiking trip in Hualian County has been suspended after search and rescue teams failed to find a trace of the man after 20 days. Firefighter Li Ying-xun (李盈勳) lost contact with his two hiking partners when he went searching for water at around 4:00pm March 1. Due to the remoteness of the location it was more than 24 hours until the men were able

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Suspected IS Member Deported from Taiwan

[Picture is of Dian Yulia Novi arrested in December, see below. Photo credit: The Australian] An Indonesian woman working in Taiwan was arrested February 21 and deported on suspicion of being a member of the Islamic State (IS, ISIS). An Indonesian immigration official told Central News Agency Jakarta that the 34 year-old woman was put on a China Airlines plane, under escort, on February 22, and was arrested by an anti-terrorist police unit on arrival at Jakarta International Airport. The

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Gas Hot Water System Installed Indoors: 2 Dead 4 Hospitalized

A 34 year-old mother and 7 year-old son were found dead, and 4 family members suffered carbon monoxide poisoning in Taichung this morning. A gas hot water system was installed on the 8th floor apartment’s balcony, and the windows were closed. A teenage boy made an emergency call after waking up feeling dizzy and finding his mother and younger brother unconscious. Emergency workers were unable to revive the two, and they were declared dead at the hospital. A total of

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Brunch Restaurant Fined for Not Hiring Men

A brunch restaurant in Banciao District was fined NT$150,000 today after being found guilty of discriminatory hiring practices that violated gender equality provisions under Article 7 of the Employment Act. Yummy Brunch was accused of refusing to interview a male job seeker when he applied for an advertised position for a server at the well-known restaurant. Management told the man that they do not accept males for interviews, and that the servers were required to wear a dress as a

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Taiwan Freedom Level Rises: Surpasses USA

[Picture: CNA] The 2017 Freedom Report compiled by NGO Freedom House saw Taiwan’s rating rise from level 2 to level 1 due to improvements in freedom of the press and academia. With an overall score of 91 out of 100, Taiwan surpassed the United States which finished 2016 with a score of 89. Freedom House reported that “Taiwan’s civil liberties rating improved from 2 to 1 due to demonstrations of media independence and academic freedom in recent years, including in

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Abandoned New Born Spends Night Out of Doors

A new born baby with umbilical cord still attached survived the night in an alley in Tainan City on the coldest night so far this winter. A resident of Anping District heard the baby crying in the early hours of the morning, but ignored the cries, thinking it was just a stray cat. Hearing the cries again after waking up, the middle-aged man surnamed Liu went out to investigate. Mr Liu found a new-born baby boy wrapped in a green

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EPA Major Policy Shift: Toilet Paper to Be Flushed

Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration has reversed its policy on disposal of toilet paper, and says that citizens will flush toilet paper in the future, rather than putting it in a bin. The policy shift comes after a 10-year long controversy that saw the EPA maintain that throwing toilet paper in the toilet would result in pollution. EPA Minister Lee Ying-yuan, speaking to the Legislative Yuan, said that the EPA future policy objective is to encourage people to change their habits.

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Baker’s Business Booms Despite Intimidation

A baker at the center of a controversy over the state of a former president’s health, sold out of bread in just twenty minutes today, as people flocked to his stall to show their support. [Cover Photo: United Daily News] In mid-October, the baker Huang Shi-fu took pictures and video of former President Chen Shui-bian, as Chen took a stroll near the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts. Chen is on medical parole after serving 6 years of a 20-year prison

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Firefighters Complain About Snake and Bee Duties

Firefighters are again protesting that taking care of snakes, bees, and hornets, falls under the jurisdiction of the agricultural bureau, and shouldn’t be the responsibility of local Fire Departments. Firefighters first brought the issue up earlier this year, and became more vocal after a 30 year-old firefighter was bitten by a venomous snake in August, and had to have a finger amputated to save his life. Last month, a group of firefighters threw rubber snakes into the courtyard at the

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