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September, 27, 2016

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A-boat time
Two new Taiwan Coast Guard patrol ships, the CG-135 Pingtung, front, and CG-133 Taitung, back, are seen in this photo released by the Coast Guard Administration on Monday, Sept. 19.
 
Power's back, mostly
Workers from the Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) repair a power tower in Pingtung on Monday, Sept. 19. Over 380,000 households experienced blackouts in Pingtung after Typhoon Meranti toppled hundreds of power towers last week. After round-the-clock efforts by 650 Taipower workers, power was restored at most of the households. As of Monday morning, 1,753 homes were still cut off from the grid.
 
Taiwan will expand a program of compulsory self-inspection to include more food categories, including noodles and edible vinegar, in its bid to ensure food safety, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday.
 
The head of Taipei City Government's Department of Legal Affairs resigned on Monday, saying that her efforts to improve the handling of legal matters had in many cases been seen as opposing the mayor.
 
Skating into the gold
Chang Yu-Hsin (張宥心) of Taiwan poses for a photo with her gold medal at the 2016 World Roller Speed Skating Championships in Nanjing, China, on Monday, Sept. 19. She defeated all competitors at the event despite suffering from an injury on Sunday.
 
A 3-D printing alliance was formed in Taiwan Monday in a bid to explore the booming technology and stake a larger share of the global market, the government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI, 工研院) said that day.
 
Former Vice President Wu Den-yih will depart Taiwan on Tuesday on a two-week trip to the United States, his first overseas trip since stepping down on May 20.
 
Legislator Hsu to be Cabinet spokesman
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Hsu Kuo-yung will replace Tung Chen-yuan as Cabinet spokesman Oct. 1, the Executive Yuan announced Sunday.
 
Recovery continues in twin typhoon aftermath
Premier Lin Chuan expressed his dissatisfaction at state owned utility companies' inability to fully restore access days after Typhoon Meranti swept through Southern Taiwan.
 
MLB's Chien-Ming Wang designated for assignment
The Kansas City Royals on Saturday announced that Taiwanese Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher Chien-Ming Wang (王建民) would be designated for assignment, which could mean an end to his 2016 MLB season.
 
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