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Sunday, December 21, 2014
Outgoing Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin yesterday declined to disclose his next move after completing his eight-year mayoral stint amid persistent speculation about his chances of running in the 2016 presidential election.
Taiwan -- Medical tourism hotel opens in Taipei
A wellness facility boasting three-in-one services — health management, cosmetic medicine and hot spring spa — opened in Taipei Saturday.
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An increasing number of people are encountering the problem of getting “locked out” from using their EasyCard (悠遊卡) when boarding different buses. Many residents probably don't pay attention to the different types of buses in the Greater Taipei area and their different number systems. However, those who fail to swipe their card when alighting from some buses may have their card locked, as their prior journey may have been registered as incomplete.
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In November, Taisun Enterprise Co. Chairman Chan Yueh-lin pointed to the lack of self-regulation in the private sector as one of the main reasons behind the food safety problems that have rocked the confidence of consumers in Taiwan and abroad.
Taiwan -- UK deputy representative finishes Taiwan cycling trip
The United Kingdom's deputy representative now has a more personal connection with Taiwan after he recently completed a 920-kilometer cycling challenge around the island.
Taiwan has asked Switzerland to help return NT$10.4 billion (US$330.44 million) frozen in Swiss bank accounts that was obtained as illegal kickbacks in the 1991 procurement of Lafayette-class frigates from France, prosecutors said Saturday.
The airport tax departing passengers must pay at Taiwan's airports will rise to NT$500 (US$16) from the current NT$300 starting next April, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Saturday.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Taiwan yesterday urged Indonesia to refrain from firing on fishing boats illegally operating in Indonesian waters following reports the Southeast Asian country's navy was hunting four Taiwanese vessels to enforce Jakarta's vow to take a hard line against poaching.
Taiwan -- Ko releases cabinet list to much criticism
Taipei Mayor-elect Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday released his second update of cabinet members, affirming the positions of 16 department directors and commissioners to much criticism.
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Taiwan -- Over 40,000 kg of tofu products recalled
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), over 40,000 kilograms of bean products that contain the unapproved chemical agent dimethyl yellow have been recalled.
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