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Merck's Stefan Oschmann meets with President Tsai
Merck, a leading science and technology company, announced yesterday that a meeting took place between Merck Executive Board Chairman and CEO Stefan Oschmann and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen during his recent visit to the Island, according to a press release from the company.
 
Facebook launches program to cultivate women entrepreneurs
Social media giant Facebook has announced it will launch "SheMeansBusiness" in Taiwan -- a series of workshops, resource centers and networking events to help female entrepreneurs in Taiwan enhance their skills, knowledge and connections.
 > Taipei
 
Unemployment rises with entry of new graduates into market
Due to new graduates entering the workforce, the unemployment rate in June rose 0.08 percentage points to 3.92 percent, according to a government census report.
 
Ever Rich pledging typhoon relief of NT$3 mil. for Green Is.
Ever Rich Duty Free Shop has pledged NT$3 million to help rebuild typhoon-battered Green Island.
 
Welcome to Daxi Culture Festival
In 1917, the sixth year of the reign of Japanese Emperor Taishō, the Tongren Society (同人社) built the first palanquin to thank His Holiness Emperor Guan (關聖帝君) -- also known as Guan Gong (關公) -- for his blessings. People in Daxi (大溪) held the first procession for Guan Gong's birthday on the 24th day of the sixth lunar month in the same year.
 > Taoyuan
 
The Education Ministry's Youth Development Administration announced Friday that 500 slots will be available for Taiwanese youth to travel to France beginning Aug. 8. on a mutual working holiday agreement.
 
Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je's (柯文哲) disapproval ratings rose to an all-time high in survey results published by the municipality Friday.
 > Taipei
 
The industry production index compiled by the Economics Ministry rose 0.88 percent to 107.61 in June, which marked the second month of consecutive growth and signaled a potential economic rebound.
 
Real estate developers have said that the key to stimulating buying in the Kaohsiung housing market isn't home prices, but corporate investment, which can boost the economy and consequently allow more people to buy houses.
 
Addressing party assets
The Legislative Yuan held an extra session on Friday, July 22 to deliberate the draft bill for handling illicitly obtained party assets, with ruling Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers raising slogans, left, saying that the bill must be ratified.
 
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