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An environmental hazard
A Western-style building that once housed military officers is shown in Kinmen County, Thursday, Oct. 13. Because of "misplaced property records," the "Teng Chang-shou Western-style house" cannot legally be renovated, according to the Kinmen Cultural Affairs Bureau. Local authorities are currently planning to revise existing laws to seek a way to restore the decrepit building and others like it, which otherwise could pose environmental hazards.
It's friDay
A model holds up a smartphone displaying local operator Far Eastern Telecommunications' (Far EasTone, 遠傳電信) new mobile shopping app "friDay" in at a press conference in Taipei on Thursday, Oct. 13.
Lovers of sushi and Japanese cuisine can rejoice, as head chef Imada Yohsuke of popular Japanese sushi restaurant Ginza Kyubey will serve as a visiting chef at Maruh Njin Japanese Cuisine restaurant in Breeze Xin Yi.
Over the edge
This photo provided by New Taipei City's fire department shows an overturned crane truck which had fallen to the ground from a light rail overpass being constructed in Tamsui, Wednesday, Oct. 12. Two massive concrete beams forming the support of the light rail system's tracks collapsed and fell to the ground together with the truck, whose driver suffered from bone fractures in an arm and a leg, firefighters said.
Fishing boat on fire
Smoke billows from a fire-gutted fishing boat, right, off the shore of Toucheng township in this photo provided by the Yilan County's fire department Wednesday, Oct. 12. Firemen said the boat's owner, surnamed Huang, was injured in the fire. They said they were investigating the cause of the accident.
Rain will continue to drench northern Taiwan until Thursday morning while a tropical low air pressure system could develop into the 21st typhoon in the Pacific this year, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecast on Wednesday.
The chairman of Taoyuan Metro Corp., which operates the mass rapid transit system that will link Taipei and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, said that his company aims to launch the 35.7-kilometer service by the end of this year.
First-year undergraduates were asked to take off their underwear and drink water spat from another student's mouth during a Jinwen University of Science and Technology's (JUST, 景文科技大學) freshmen orientation camping event earlier this month.
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President Tsai Ing-wen, who is also chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), reiterated on Wednesday the party's opposition to the opening of casinos in Penghu County, with the outlying island set to vote on Oct. 15 on whether to permit casino development.
The 2006 Hot Spring Season will kick off on Oct. 20 and run until Oct. 24 in Beitou, a hot spring area in Taipei.
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