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February, 25, 2017

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New priorities
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je speaks at a meeting with the city's transport officials Friday, Feb. 25.
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Local electronics manufacturers strengthened their employee recruitment drive in January, with the number of job openings showing a sharp annual increase of 17.65 percent and even higher monthly growth of 21.12 percent, according to the Workforce Development Agency.
 
President Chain Store Corp., which runs the 7-Eleven convenience stores in Taiwan, on Friday announced NT$9.837 billion in net profit for 2016, up 19.39 percent year on year. Net earnings per share came to NT$9.46, a record high for the company.
 
Damp weekend ahead
Pedestrians brave the rain on the streets of Taipei, Friday, Feb. 24. The Central Weather Bureau forecasts that the cold and wet weather will linger in Northern Taiwan for nearly the entire four-day holiday, with lows of 10 to 11 degrees Celsius.
 
I believe I can ... swim
A vet holds a baby penguin at the Taipei Zoo on Friday, Feb. 24.
 
Indonesian worker in Taiwan sent back to Jakarta for allegedly joining IS
An Indonesian woman working in Taiwan was recently deported to Jakarta after being nabbed for allegedly joining the Islamic State (IS), marking the first deportation case of its kind, the Central News Agency (CNA) said Friday.
 
Yunlin reports bird flu infection hours after ban lift
Hours after a ban on poultry slaughter and shipping was lifted on Friday, the Yunlin County Government said two farms had reported that its birds tested positive for H5 flu infection.
 
Don't blame new labor policy for rising prices: TIER
The Taiwan Institute of Economic Research pointed to fluctuating prices for commodities market as the main reason behind rising price of consumer goods in Taiwan, directing criticism away from the new labor law as the culprit on Friday.
 
With the cold front rolling in over the weekend, medical experts on Friday urged those at high risk for stroke to take special precautions and keep warm.
 
Former Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Pan Wei-kang (潘維剛) announced her bid to run for party chairperson on Friday, bringing the current number of candidates to six.
 
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