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Taking the mall by storm
Consumers gather outside the entrance of the Fengyuan branch of Pacific Department Store in central Taichung City well before doors opened at 2 p.m., Friday, July 8. Many shoppers were eager to make use of the extra typhoon holiday. The city reported little wind or rain despite Typhoon Nepartak ravaging parts of Eastern and Southern Taiwan.
 
The China International Tourism Association (CITA) will hold an exhibition to mark its 20th anniversary, as well as the 60th birthday of its director-general in Taipei, July 9.
 
Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang Wednesday met two members of Assemble, a British group of young architects and designers who won the prestigious Turner Prize for art.
 
Gambling with the law
Gamblers and a dealer are seen at an illegal Texas Hold 'Em casino in Taipei on Thursday, July 7. Police said that the operator of the casino hired an attractive woman as a dealer and used messaging apps such as Line and WeChat to draw young gamblers.
 
Military and government authorities said Thursday that they are on standby for disaster response as Super Typhoon Nepartak, which is expected to bring heavy rain and strong wind to Taiwan, continued its approach toward the country.
 
None of the 60 venues designated for the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade are currently ready for operation, a Taipei City councilor said on Wednesday.
 
With a decision looming over Farglory's (遠雄) contract for the Taipei Dome (台北大巨蛋) project, city officials estimated Thursday that the contractor was seeking NT$90 billion (approx. US$2.9 billion) from the city in compensation should its contract be terminated.
 
Water out
Water is discharged from Shihmen Reservoir in Taoyuan on Thursday, July 7, to adjust water levels in anticipation of the incoming Typhoon Neparkat.
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Six perish in fire at care home for elderly in New Taipei City
An intense fire broke out at an elderly care center in New Taipei City around 7 a.m. Wednesday, killing six people. The center was imposed a fine of NT$300,000 for failing to abide by the Senior Citizens Welfare Act.
 
Taoyuan airport will be flood-proof: MOTC
The transportation minister said he is fully confident Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport will be flood-proof if an approaching typhoon batters the country with strong winds and torrential rain in the next few days.
 
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