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Thursday, May 21, 2015
The Centers for Disease Control said it suspects that four employees at a duty-free shop in Taipei who were diagnosed with measles last week might have contracted the disease from tourists.
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Kaohsiung City health officials on Wednesday erected a warning sign in a market, after five cases of dengue fever were reported at that location and officials disinfected the area and its environs the previous day.
International orders received in April fell 4 percent compared with a year ago, putting an end to almost two years of consecutive growth the nation has seen.
The nation's finance minister, who is leading revisions of his ministry's property tax scheme, said yesterday the completed draft will include a surface rights tax that is expected to lighten payments.
Shares in Taiwan closed lower Wednesday as investors locked in profits they had built up a session earlier amid cautious sentiment ahead of the release of the latest policymaking meeting minutes by the U.S. Federal Reserve, dealers said.
Shares of Nanya Technology Corp. (南亞科), one of Taiwan's major dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chip makers, moved sharply higher Wednesday morning on hopes that strong demand for mobile DRAMs from China will boost the company's bottom line, dealers said.
The U.S. dollar rose against the New Taiwan dollar Wednesday, gaining NT$0.042 to close at NT$30.682 on moderate turnover as many traders here stayed on the sidelines awaiting the release of the minutes of the U.S. Federal Reserve's last policymaking meeting, dealers said.
Fubon Securities (富邦證券), the securities unit of Taiwan-based Fubon Financial Holding Co. (富邦金), has secured approval from the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC, 金管會) to buy a stake in China's Huishang Futures.
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (鴻海), the world's largest contract electronics maker, is expected to secure 60 percent-70 percent of the orders placed by Apple Inc. to assemble the next generation of the iPhone, an analyst said Wednesday.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The government may soon raise the water price for the Sixth Naphtha Refinery (六輕) owned by Formosa Plastics Group (FPG, 台塑) in the midst of a controversy that the plant has been enjoying excessively low prices.
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Taiwan -- Industrial users may face water price hike
The Taiwan Think Tank (台灣智庫), a nonprofit organization that publishes opinion polls in Taiwan, announced the results of the current presidential election opinion poll for 2016 yesterday, which showed Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in the lead against all of the current or potential Kuomintang (KMT) candidates.
Taiwan's economic performance during President Ma Ying-jeou's seven years in office has fallen short of expectations, the chairman of the General Chamber of Commerce, R.O.C. (ROCCOC, 全國商業總會) said yesterday.
Today marks Ma Ying-jeou's seventh year in the Presidential Office. Asked to reflect on his performance in office, Ma remarked during a Monday press conference: "As president I don't spend day and night in self-pity.
A 37-year-old man set himself on fire yesterday afternoon outside the Presidential Office in Taipei, suffering severe burns before the fire was extinguished by security forces nearby; authorities later ruled out a political motive to the self-immolation.
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