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January, 22, 2017

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Industry leaders brace for bumpy ride
After newly inaugurated President Donald Trump announced Washington's withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), local business leaders warned of the adverse impact on Taiwan of a protectionist U.S.
 
Government readies for massive protest against pension plan
Around 30,000 demonstrators are expected to protest against pension reform outside the Presidential Palace on Sunday morning, according to a pension reform supervision action alliance.
 
Newborn abandoned in Tainan alley
A newborn boy was found alive on Saturday after being left overnight in an alley near Fort Zeelandia in Tainan.
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More eateries opt to close over Lunar New Year
The five-day workweek law is bringing changes to the food and hospitality industries, with some restaurants choosing to close during the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays to avoid high overtime payments and some hotels stepping up recruitment to ease labor shortages.
 
New year, old tradition
A "weiya," or year-end banquet, for homeless people in Greater Kaohsiung, Saturday, Jan. 21. The local government and social welfare organizations yesterday hosted a 60-table banquet, one of many held across Taiwan ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday.
 
HTC launches new 'VR for Impact' program
Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturer HTC Corp. (宏達電), which is keen to diversify its product line by exploring the virtual reality business, has launched a "VR for Impact" program to fund the development of VR content and technologies.
 
The government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute's Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center (IEK) has raised its forecast for the output growth of Taiwan's manufacturing sector for 2017, as the global economy shows signs of improving.
 
Pixel party
Visitors pack Taipei Game Show on Saturday, Jan. 21. Now in its 15th year, the annual expo this year put the spotlight on virtual reality. Taipei Game Show runs until Tuesday at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1.
 
It just keeps getting chillier: Cold air mass pushes temps to new low
Taiwan on Saturday saw the coldest weather so far this winter as the island came under the influence of a strong cold air mass, with 16 weather stations recording temperatures at new lows since the season started, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said in a statement.
 
Flight rights of TransAsia re-assigned: CAA
The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Saturday that the flight rights of TransAsia Airways, which disbanded last November due to financial woes, have been re-assigned to other Taiwanese airlines.
 
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