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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Taiwan -- Labor force working hours are 'too long,' minister says to Tsai
Labor Minister Chen Hsiung-wen (陳雄文) rebuked Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday for her remarks saying that the nation's workforce had "too many days off."
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Sander Kooijman and colleagues at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) in the Netherlands published on May 10 their latest research at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, revealing that prolonged exposure to artificial lights may be a factor for obesity.
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is ready to offer all necessary assistance to opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) for her upcoming trip to the U.S, an official said yesterday.
A TransAsia Airways (復興航空) flight from Taiwan to Japan had to be towed to the gate after it landed at Chitose Airport at noon Tuesday, because it was unable to taxi off due to a mechanical problem, the airline said.
The National Police Agency recently released their latest statistics regarding drunk driving arrests, revealing the arrest of 37,000 individuals on drunk-driving charges between January and April this year.
The Water Resources Agency (WRA, 水利署) yesterday held a conference to discuss the topic of water rationing in the Greater Kaohsiung area, which led to the decision to temporarily suspend imposed water restrictions.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The Finance Ministry said yesterday that tax revenue from January through April reached NT$456 billion, the highest for the period in 15 years.
As Typhoon Noul skimmed along the east coast yesterday, it brought patchy rainfall that failed to quench the thirst of local reservoirs, the Water Resources Agency (WRA, 水利署) said. According to the WRA, Mudan Reservoir (牡丹水庫) in Pingtung gained 50 millimeters of rainfall, the highest amount received among all reservoirs in Taiwan.
The Central Weather Bureau lifted its sea warning for Typhoon Noul on Monday night but warned that parts of Taiwan could still be affected by showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday.
President Ma Ying-jeou said in a media interview published Sunday that the goals he set when he took office seven years ago have been achieved to a certain extent.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA食藥署) yesterday said, that local beverage shops that make their products on the spot will be regulated to include product ingredient details starting July 31.
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Taiwan -- Kinmen islanders protest meat product ban
Around 70 local manufacturers yesterday protested in Kinmen against the Council of Agriculture's (COA, 農委會) ban on the transport or sale of cloven-hoofed animals, as well as fresh and processed products from Kinmen, according to the COA.
A recent survey done by Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TAISE, 台灣永續能源研究基金會) found that 71.9% of Taiwanese people support the idea of no growth in overall future energy use, according to a TAISE press release.
A joint cooperation between Taiwan and Malaysia has recently uncovered 410 kilograms of illicit drugs in Malaysia, estimated to be worth over NT$200 million, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB, 刑事警察局) has announced.
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