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Local fans unleash the force for 'Star Wars' day
Thursday, May 4 marked the annual "Star Wars Day: May the 4th (Force) Be With You" worldwide celebration, and Taiwan participated in the international festival by holding its own celebratory parade -- replete with obligatory photo opportunities -- around various areas in Taipei.
'Looks like a job for special branch'
The fine for a Taitung local surnamed Hsieh and four others who were involved in the theft of NT$880,000 (US$29,000) worth of cinnamomum kanehirae logs, photographed here on Thursday, May 4, is out. All together the fine for the five-member party exceeds NT$43 million, with two members in particular receiving individual fines of nearly NT$10 million.
Tainan solidarity
Tainan City Mayor William Lai's post on his Facebook page expresses solidarity for the late writer, Lin Yi-han, a Tainan-born citizen haunted by an alleged rape by her cram school tutor on Thursday, May 5. Lai named the city government's efforts in the aftermath of her suicide, such as imposing stringent regulations on cram school tutors' names and installing a system that would prevent future cases from occurring. Lai's post attracted criticism for making such a late statement -- a week after the news of Lin's suicide broke.
Taipei intersection to remain closed until Friday
A busy intersection in Taipei will remain closed to traffic until Friday at the earliest after a botched construction Sunday caused part of the pavement to sink, the Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) said on Tuesday.
The Taipei City Government on Tuesday revealed an expanded language program which aimed to provide free foreign language classes to taxi and bus drivers operating out of the greater Taipei transportation business area.
Taipei encourages graffiti expression
A collage of graffiti art is painted on a wall at a riverside park in the jurisdiction of Taipei City in this archive photo. Taipei's Public Works Department announced on Wednesday that graffiti is now a legal form of art expression on the walls of the Yingfeng Riverside Park, ...
Dachan Great Wall Group Deputy CEO Han Jia-yin, right and Honolulu Café CEO Yong Siu Yip, left, pose for a photo at the opening of the café's Taiwan branch in the Shingkong Mitsukoshi A11 at the Xinyi shopping district.
Nothing says filial piety like feet washing
A four-year-old girl, surnamed Chiang, washes the feet of her grandmother on Tuesday, May 2, during a Mother's Day event aimed to promote "foot-washing" in Taitung. Taitung residents, including the four year-old girl, were attending an event to wash the feet of their mother or grandmother to promote filial piety through feet-washing.
NT$600,000 per ping
The photo shows a view of luxury houses built in the 7th Redevelopment Zone of Taichung City. The market for luxury houses in the central city is getting a boost due to overseas Taiwanese businessmen gradually remitting their funds back to the island to buy high-end apartments in Taichung. Unit prices for such apartments have rebounded to over NT$600,000 (US$20,000) per ping in the zone, and the number of potential buyers visiting the area has increased by 20 percent so far this year.
Obikes are better than no bikes
Obikes are stationed in Hualien on Monday, May 1. Five hundred obikes are stationed in Hualien City starting Monday. Free-of-charge rides are available through to May 14. Users must download the Obike app and register as a member, then scan a QR Code on the bikes to unlock them. The Singapore-based company launched a test operation in National Dong Hwa University earlier this year, and is now expanding the business into the city center. The company expects to import 1,500 more bikes in the future.
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