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The end of the road
A blocked industrial road is shown in this photo provided by the Miaoli County Fire Department on Friday, May 27. Stones littered the industrial road on the borders connecting Miaoli County's Taian Township (泰安鄉) and Taichung's Daan Tribe, though no injuries or casualties were reported.
 > Miaoli
 
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.
 
Birds of a feather
Two white-breasted waterhens, one an adult and one a baby, take a walk near the nest they made at the Taipei City Zoo, Friday, May 27. Seven little birds were hatched at the zoo, which visitors admired. Visitors said looked like tiny, black, fuzzy pom-poms. White-breasted waterhens frequently make appearances at the zoo -- most only stay a short time, and often hide within bushes by the pond.
 > Taipei
 
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.
 
Beyond deskription
Debris litters an office desk after a ceiling caved in at Tainan City's Social Bureau Family Welfare Service Center in this photo taken from the internet on Thursday, May 26. The cave-in at the center, located in Tainan's Yongkang District, resulted in two employees experiencing injuries from falling debris.
 
Shares of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE,日月光) and Siliconware Precision Industries Co. (SPIL, 矽品) got a boost Friday as the two largest integrated circuit packaging and testing services providers in Taiwan prepared to form a joint holding company, dealers said.
 
Economics officials said Thursday that the Asia Cement Co.'s mining project inside the Taroko National Park can be terminated next year as new Environment Minister Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) hopes, but the company's operations in the 417 hectares outside the park cannot be suspended without new legislation banning such activities.
 
McAspirations
A McDonald's employee guides a girl through the beverage-making process during a promotional event for the fast food chain's "Mcdcamp," in which young participants can experience working in a McDonald's restaurant in Taipei on Friday, May 27. The chain is accepting applications starting June 1.
 
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