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April 28, 2017

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Shakespeare once wrote: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet."
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Resistance against labor amendments that came into force late December intensified as leading convenience stores announced plans to end round-the-clock operations by shutting down some locations on weekends or late nights.
Probably because educators hold special status in the nation, Taiwan's teachers think that they deserve special treatment as the government conducts pension reform.
The name Yang Dai-kang (陽岱鋼) may be unfamiliar to non-Taiwanese baseball fans as the island nation that sees the sport as its national pastime is more renowned for producing world-class pitchers such as Chien-Ming Wang (王建民) and Wei-Yin Chen (陳偉殷) than batters.
Authorities last week blamed the sharp decrease in the number of Chinese tourists in 2016 on increasingly strained cross-strait relations, but they fell short of announcing concrete measures to deal with the likely continuation of the trend.
Intended to give workers more rest in a nation known for its long working hours and stagnant wages, the "one fixed day off, one flexible day off" labor amendments have steadily garnered distressing reactions in local and social media.
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When Oxford Dictionaries announced its pick of"post-truth" as the 2016 Word of the Year, they defined it as an adjective that means "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief."
China's only Liaoning aircraft carrier combat group passed through the seas between Okinawa and Miyako last Christmas Day before heading for the Western Pacific. It patrolled far off the east and south coasts of Taiwan and turned into the South China Sea the following day.
When Taiwan was looking to ease the pressure on students scrambling through the narrow gates to higher education some two decades ago, the government took the easy way out by creating more universities. But that was a very bad decision.
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