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Saturday, February 13, 2016
Highway traffic was mostly smooth yesterday despite transport authorities' warning of large numbers of motorists starting to return from their Chinese New Year holidays.
Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te on Friday expressed his appreciation to Pope Francis through Facebook for the condolence message he sent to Tainan in the wake of a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck Southern Taiwan on Feb. 6 and killed at least 97 people.
The recent sunny and dry weather is expected to end by today due to the effects of a weather system, with scattered, heavy rain showers expected in Tainan and Kaohisung in Southern Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau said.
Creators of some 800 lantern entries for a national lantern competition being held as part of the 2016 Taiwan Lantern Festival are urged to submit their artwork between Feb. 14-15, the Taoyuan City Government said Friday.
The influenza outbreak climbed to its peak in Taiwan during the ongoing Lunar New Year holiday, with the number of flu-related emergency room visits reaching 10,200 on Feb. 9, the day following Lunar New Year's Day, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said in a statement Friday.
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.
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