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February, 23, 2017

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A plurality of survey respondents found that the new workweek law had had little to no impact on their employment and salary, according to a Cathay Financial Holdings survey on the public's economic confidence.
 
As toll of new workweek rules becomes clear, Tsai's new minister may be ready to adjust course
Industry leaders on Sunday said Tsai Ing-wen had promised to make adjustments to her newly implemented labor bill, after it drew an enormous backlash from business owners.
 
Industries responded overwhelmingly negatively to the new labor law implemented last December, with almost half of the businesses seeking to raise prices, a survey released on Sunday indicated.
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Two government heads offer to resign
Two top government officials have asked to resign to take responsibility for last week's fatal bus crash, Political Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材) confirmed on Sunday.
 
17 space shuttles, 1 swimming pool
As of the weekend, 140,000 birds have been culled in Taiwan due to the latest outbreak of bird flu. Numbers like these can be painfully abstract, so here they are in more down-to-earth terms:
 
No-kill policy won't tame our strays
"Imagine a reservoir. Water continues to stream in. There's a dam, but now it's totally sealed. That's the situation we're in."
 
Explore Taipei's cityscape
The other morning, just as I got out of the MRT station and attempted to sleepwalk to the office, something in a tall, red shiny monolith whizzed by on the streets and caught my attention. I laughed to myself and wondered if binging on old Harry Potter books before bed caused the image of the Knight Bus to find its way into my dreams.
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A culinary retreat
About half a year ago, the awe-inspiring gourmet landmark Mega 50 arose under the management of Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei at the heart of New Taipei's Banqiao District. The venue has since stood as the highest fine-dining spot in New Taipei, offering impressive 360-degree cityscape views.
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Cherry blossoms herald spring
"O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?" famed English Romantic poet Percy Shelly once wrote. The verse has become an inspirational quote, encouraging those facing adversity by reminding them that you cannot have peaks without troughs.
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Starbucks to raise prices starting Wednesday
Coffee retail giant Starbucks announced today it would raise its beverage prices in Taiwan starting Wednesday.
 
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