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Friday, February 12, 2016
Building licenses questioned as toll climbs
As search and rescue teams continued on Thursday to recover the bodies of victims following last Saturday's Kaohsiung Meinong earthquake, the verification of the nation's professional architecture licenses faced increased criticism as more doubts about the certification process of the Weiguan complex surfaced.
Ramp removal work proceeding ahead of schedule
Workers removed protective barriers from Beimen (Taipei's former eastern gate) Thursday as demolition work on the Zhongxiao Bridge (忠孝橋) connection ramp proceeded well ahead of schedule. Adjacent roads will be open to traffic starting from Feb. 13 at 8 a.m., according to city officials.
President-elect Tsai prays for nation after fatal earthquake
Six days after a deadly earthquake struck Southern Taiwan, President-elect Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday prayed that the Taiwanese people could become stronger and the country could learn from the disaster.
Thick black smoke billowed into the air after a fire broke out at the former site of the Ta Hsing Department Store (大新百貨) in Kaohsiung, located on a street where the local Chinese New Year market was being held, Wednesday.
Monkeys will be the animal people most want to see if they visit the Taipei Zoo during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, because this year is associated with the monkey, the ninth of the 12 animals in the recurring 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle.
Taiwanese golfer Yani Tseng (曾雅妮) spent much of 2015 pulling out of a two-year slump and regaining her confidence and has set her sights this year on winning a medal for Taiwan at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.
New Taipei City and Hsinchu City were listed Wednesday among the Top 7 Intelligent Communities of 2016 by the New York-based Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Rescue work continues as difficulty increases
Rescue personnel and firefighters are continuing the search for survivors of Saturday morning's earthquake, with as many as 94 people still unaccounted for.
The bombardment of questions from family members over the lunar holidays can be an anxiety-ridden social obligation to some, which psychiatrists have suggested could be better coped with through the help of a partner, according to the Central News Agency.
The government will pay NT$1 million (US$29,913) in "condolence money" to the families of each victim of a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that hit Southern Taiwan early on Feb. 6, Premier Simon Chang said on Wednesday.
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