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Global fireworks teams to light up Penghu skies from April 22
The Penghu International Fireworks Festival starts April 22 and runs to June 22 featuring fireworks displays and other activities, the organizer announced.
 
Round the Island: Yunlin cops vs. garlic thieves
This week: cops vs. garlic thieves and tomb sweeping vs. the environment.
 
KOR Taipei snags prestigious design prize
Asia's first transforming bar KOR Taipei took home the prestigious German iF Design Award in the category of "Interior Architecture: Hotels/ Spas/ Restaurants/ Bars" earlier in March.
 
Tainan City's Environmental Protection Bureau denied on Friday that the strange odor wafting through parts of neighboring Kaohsiung City had originated from its landfill fire.
 
Esports gets new home in Taipei thanks to Blizzard
Blizzard Entertainment opened its first gaming venue in the world in Taipei on Thursday, with an exhibition game between League of Legends World Champions Flash Wolves and high-ranking eSports club ahq.
 
Putting prisons to work
The rooftops of Pingtung County's prison are lined with solar panels. The county's prison held a ceremony for the project's completion, making it the first solar-powered prison in Taiwan. Half of the prison's rooftops will be equipped with the panels and rake in NT$720,000 per year for the nation's coffers.
 
Thousands of demonstrators paralyzed traffic across Taipei Wednesday, as they protested the government's efforts to push through reforms to the national pension system.
 
1,000 evacuated after fire in Xinyi District
A fire broke out in Taipei's Xinyi District late Wednesday, with some 20 fire trucks and several ambulances deployed to respond to the blaze that also caused the evacuation of a nearby movie premiere .
 
Down by the jetty
This photo shows a view of Kaohsiung harbor. The Kaohsiung City Government and the Taiwan International Ports Corporation's (TIPC) officially formed a joint venture, the Land Development Corporation of the Kaohsiung Harbor Area, on Wednesday. Seven other state-run companies including the CPC Corporation also signed an agreement to form a new alliance to develop the port area. Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) stressed their efforts to develop the area would attract more businesses to set up offices there and create 50,000 jobs, aiding in the revitalization of the city.
 
Gonna need a ... bigger boat?
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) takes delivery of the world's largest container ship, MOL Triumph, from Samsung Heavy Industries. MOL Triumph will soon set off on her maiden voyage in April, sailing to five ports in mainland China. Kaohisung Harbor will not be "big ship ready" for the new vessel until next year. The new 20,000 TEU-class containership would beef up The Alliance, a new international shipping alliance comprising major Asian and European companies such as Germany's Hapag-Lloyd, Japan's MOL, South Korea's Hanjin Shipping and Taiwan's Yang Ming Marine Transport.
 
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