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July, 31, 2016

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Taiwan-based tech giant Asustek Computer Inc. (華碩) chairman Jonney Shih (施崇棠) appointed the company's chief strategy officer Ted Hsu (徐世昌) to serve as the next chairman, confirming previous rumors.
 
The administration of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) is taking steps to expand job opportunities for Southeast Asian immigrants in the tourism industry, particularly for tour guides, in keeping with the government's new southbound policy.
 
Thar he blows!
A large balloon in the shape of Captain Hook stands in front of New Taipei City Hall, Friday, July 30. It is part of the exhibition for the New Taipei Children's Arts Festival that runs through the end of August.
 
The Export Processing Zone Administration (EPZA) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued the greenlight to four enterprises to invest in local export processing parks, and the presence of the four is expected to bring in about NT$400 million (US$12.5 million) in new funds and create 130 new job openings.
 
Legislature takes summer break — finally
Kuomintang lawmakers display placards promising a close watch of public spending on the last day of the central government budget review at the Legislature, Friday, July 29.
 
Presidential model
LEGO artist Huang Yen-chi stands next to his LEGO replica of Taiwan's presidential building, at an exhibition in a Taichung department store, Friday, July 29. The exhibition features models of many world landmarks.
 
The U.S. dollar fell against the New Taiwan dollar Friday, shedding NT$0.029 to close at NT$31.926 as traders here were encouraged by gains posted by the Japanese yen to pick up the local currency throughout the session, dealers said.
 
Birdy flies to Taipei
British singer Birdy greets fans with a big smile upon landing at Taipei's Songshan Airport Friday, July 29. Birdy, who flew to Taiwan from Shanghai, gave a concert in Taipei later in the evening.
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Taiwan Index Plus Corp. (TIP), a subsidiary fully funded by Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE), has launched two new index products.
 
As Taichung launched its sixth food exchange platform on Friday, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) praised the city's food bank program as a successful model for helping the disadvantaged and senior citizens and hoped other areas can emulate it.
 
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