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Gov't defends six-day workweek exceptions
The Labor Ministry Friday assured unions that legal allowances for more than six consecutive days of work will not become the norm, but said that given the nature of some professions, exemptions to the six-day workweek policy must still be allowed.
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Liu, Chuang into quarterfinals
Liu Wei-ting (劉威廷), right, of Chinese Taipei, kicks Aaron Cook, of Moldova, entering the men's 80-kilogram taekwondo quarterfinals of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, the morning of Friday, Aug. 19. Chuang Chia-chia (莊佳佳), of Chinese Taipei, also qualified for the quarterfinals.
 
Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said Friday that the private contractor involved in the recent toll collector compensation agreement needed to display "more social responsibility" as details about how the workers will be compensated remain unresolved.
 
Office workers spend 1.3 hours a day catching Pokemon: survey
Noticed a decline in your company's productivity? This might explain why. Office workers spend an average of 1.3 hours a day playing "Pokemon Go," according to survey results released Thursday by 1111 Job Bank (1111 人力銀行).
 
Earth observation satellite Formosat-2 retired after 12 years of service
The Formosat-2, Taiwan's first Earth observation satellite, has been decommissioned after 12 years of service -- seven years longer than it was designed to survive.
 
Manila bird strike causes hole and CAL flight cancellation
A China Airlines (CAL) return flight to Taipei from Manila was canceled after a bird strike left a small hole in one of its wings Friday, according to media reports.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen is slated to nominate Judicial Yuan president and vice president nominees and five grand justices by the end of August, reports said Friday, nearly a week after her previous nominations bowed out amid intense criticism.
 
With just under a year left before the 2017 Universiade (世大運) begins, concerns continue to mount over whether host city Taipei will be able to finish all the venues in time.
 
Scuttling along
A land crab is seen in this undated file photo provided by the Kenting National Park Administration on Friday, Aug. 19. The government will close some of the lanes of Provincial Highway No. 26 during the breeding season -- the three days before and after............
 
The death toll of an accident involving an Army tank earlier this week has risen to four with the death of Lt. Wu Te-wei, the tank commander, Kaohsiung Armed Services General Hospital said early Friday.
 
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