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In a boring one-sided finals series, the Dacin Tigers clinched their second local semiprofessional Super Basketball League (SBL) championship title over the Yulon Luxgen Dinos 98-77 at the Sinjhuang Gymnasium on Thursday, closing out the league's 14th season with a four-game sweep.
 
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doubled down on an about-face Thursday, announcing that it would formally rescind a regulation easing a ban on using the fungicide fluopyram on tea plants. The recantation will be official after a 60-day public comment period.
 
The Ministry of Education warned on Wednesday that the number of college students is expected to drop by 40 percent between 2013 and 2028 due to Taiwan's low birth rate. Such a drastic decrease of student population will hit the bottom line of local universities and colleges, with some expected to be merged or closed.
 
Some nations believe themselves to be great. Some vow to be great again. Some have the word great in their name. But the greatness of a nation does not stem merely from its economic clout, its military might and its technological advancement.
 
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in trouble. He donated 1 million yen (US$9,000) through his wife Akie to a school run by ultranationalist educators in Osaka, and a possible land-buying scandal with political influence has emerged.
 
While the rest of Asia has started to consolidate their resources in entertainment and to cooperate in broadcasting their programs with each other, Taiwan has decided to either stick with reruns of old local programs, make new shows that are only appealing to ourselves, or simply pay to view programs made by China, Korea and Japan without being a part of the opportunity ourselves.
 
The Ministry of Labor's latest plan to exempt logistics companies from the regular "one fixed, one flexible" day off scheme has drawn a wave of resistance from the sector.
 
Being promoted to the post of general is seen as the highest honor that can be bestowed upon military personnel. Only the most experienced and decorated senior military officers receive such recognition -- which also acts as recognition of their devotion to the country and the troops.
 
In an age when most people in developed countries own a smartphone and workers are worried of being made redundant by artificial intelligence, it is easy to forget how provincial human society can sometimes be.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen's announcement last week of an NT$8 billion light rail "tram-train system" between Keelung and Taipei's Nangang District has had a mixed response.
 
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