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February, 23, 2017

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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."
 
Starbucks to raise prices starting Wednesday
Coffee retail giant Starbucks announced today it would raise its beverage prices in Taiwan starting Wednesday.
 
Do anti-glare screens and apps actually work?
Studies have shown that usage of devices like smartphones, tablets and computers close to bed time has been found to deplete the quality of sleep.
 
Gov't approval ratings see rare spike
Approval ratings for President Tsai Ing-wen and Premier Lin Chuan rose slightly in the month of February, according to a poll conducted by the pan-green leaning Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation.
 
Lawmaker denies reversal on overtime cap
Democratic Progressive Party ( DPP) Caucus Whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) today denied that caps on work overtime would be loosened, but welcomed talks with corporate lobbies.
 
Unhealthy air spreads across most of Taiwan
Get out your surgical masks. Again.
 
Umbrella ready? Colder and wetter weather ahead
So much for the balmy weather from last week.
 
Headlines from across Taiwan
Good morning, here are the top stories from around Taiwan for Monday February 20, 2017.
 
Cold front to send mercury down to 12 degrees Thursday
The weather in Taiwan was forecast to warm up Sunday and Monday before turning volatile in the next few days, with a cold front expected to arrive Thursday, bringing temperatures down in coastal areas to as low as 12 degrees Celsius with sporadic rainfall, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
 
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