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May, 28, 2016

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President Tsai praises WHA mission as a success
President Tsai Ing-wen described the nation's World Health Assembly delegation to Geneva as a "successful mission," stating on Friday that Taiwan's standing at the WHA had not been "downgraded," despite attending under the moniker "Chinese Taipei."
 
The Legislative Yuan passed an amendment to the Local Government Act on Friday that will require city and county councilors to cast open ballots when electing the speakers and deputy speakers of their assemblies to prevent vote buying.
 
National health insurance card holders will no longer have to fear a card freeze upon delayed payments, after the new government cancels the previous freeze policy as early as the end of May, the National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA, 健保署) announced Friday.
 
Premier Lin Chuan (林全) and Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) met Friday to discuss public housing policy and laid out the groundwork for future measures.
 
The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) Friday clarified Economics Minister Lee Chih-kung's previous remarks about the criteria for not raising electricity prices.
 
More than 80 percent of local people identify with Taiwan, and over half of them favor independence for the country, according to a survey published Friday by a foundation.
 
Petal to the medal
Showgirls pose with a richly patterned vehicle on Friday, May 27. The vibrantly decorated car, designed by Ninagawa Mika (蜷川實花), was a collaborative effort with an imported vehicle brand and went on display to the public, starting Friday. Visitors can participate in a lucky-draw event if they check in on Facebook.
 
More than 400 flight attendants have signed on to stage a protest on May 31, and will not rule out the possibility of going on strike, said union bosses after negotiations with China Airlines (CAL, 華航) broke down on Friday.
 
Thumbs up for the new factory
Senior executives of the Uni-President Enterprises Corp. (統一企業) pose at the completion ceremony of its "Hsinchu Hukou Park" (新竹湖口園區) on Friday, May 27, which was an approximately NT$10 billion investment for the processed food giant. The 52,000 ping (3.3 square meters) park marks Uni-President's largest investment in both money and area in Taiwan in recent years. It will mainly serve as a base for the company's integrated production operations.
 
As the local economy continues to slow down, only 56.6 percent of companies in the country are willing to hire new graduates, compared with 75.8 percent last year, according to a survey released Friday.
 
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