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May, 28, 2016

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A Greater bridge
A view of the uncompleted Kinmen Bridge, which is expected to connect Greater Kinmen and Lesser Kinmen by July 2017. Lawmakers yesterday condemned the slow pace of construction work, which started in 2011 and so far is only 38 percent complete. The Legislature's Transportation Committee demanded that builders make improvements by this June 25 or lose their contract.
 
An article published Tuesday by a Chinese Communist Party-linked newspaper has sparked outrage over its sexist comments about Taiwan's new president Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), whom the article suggested was unfit to be president because she was single and childless.
 
Standard & Poor's, a U.S.-based ratings agency, said Thursday that Taiwan's gross domestic product is expected to grow just 1.8 percent in 2016, lagging behind its Asian rivals Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore.
 
Presidential selfie
President Tsai Ing-wen takes a selfie with staff members of the presidential office, Thursday, May 26. Tsai and Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) visited each unit at the presidential office for the first time.
 
OPPO hits Taiwan
OPPO smartphones are shown in this promotional photo. Mainland China's Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp. announced yesterday that its OPPO R9 Plus would be available in Taiwan starting June 1.
 
Chiayi City Deputy Mayor Hou Chong-wen (侯崇文) promoted online registration of food products at the Chia-Le-Fu Night Market (嘉樂福夜市) to raise awareness of food safety and sanitation, reported the Central News Agency on Thursday.
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Annual working hours in Taipei averaged at 2,141 hours in 2015, making it the eighth most hardworking city in the world, according to a report released by Swiss financial services company UBS.
 
Taiwan ambassador to Honduras Joseph Kuo and Nick Rischbieth, executive president of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) signed an agreement to provide loans to Central American countries affected by coffee rust.
 
Transportation Minister Ho Chen Tan departed Thursday for Peru to attend a meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) tourism ministers.
 
Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has developed a pocket gadget to sanitize chopsticks before use.
 
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