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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.
 
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.
 
Consumer confidence in Taiwan was haunted by weakness in the local economy in May, sending the country's consumer confidence index (CCI) to its lowest level in more than two years, according to National Central University (NCU).
 
Rise of elite private schools worries educators
Educators expressed concern Friday that the government was not prepared for problems that may arise from the increasing number of high-income families sending their children to private junior and senior high schools.
 
WHA delegation conducted itself in the nation's best interests: health minister
Health Minister Lin Tzuo-yien (林奏延) reported to the Executive Yuan Friday on his delegation's trip to the World Health Assembly (WHA), saying its mission throughout the visit had been to "uphold the nation's interests."
 
Tsai to make formal apology to aborigines
President Tsai Ing-wen is expected to extend a formal apology to indigenous peoples on Indigenous Peoples' Day, Aug. 1, according to a statement by Executive Yuan Secretary-General Chen Mei-ling on Thursday.
 
Quaker Oats on list of tainted oatmeals in FDA inspection
Oatmeal products from major food brand Quaker Oats were found to contain traces of a carcinogenic chemical called glyphosate, according to the results of an inspection by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, 食藥署).
 
Something to write home about
This photo shows a restored, once dilapidated, century-old house in Kaohsiung City's Ciaotou District (橋頭區), viewed from the street corner. Having transformed a neglected house into a popular meeting point for locals, the city government's restoration project was recognized as the winner of this year's Yuan-Yie Award (園冶獎) for community architecture. Most residents in the neighborhood are either elderly people or toddlers..........
 
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