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The century-old post office in the outlying Penghu Archipelago has postmen in all 19 inhabited islands, as part of its efforts to maintain its delivery service.
 
Government urged to enforce Indigenous Peoples Basic Law
"Some things, once lost cannot be returned. Is it worth destroying millions of years of natural environment and tribal village culture to build a hotel?" the film director Cheng Yu-chieh (鄭有傑) once remarked when asked about the costs of tourist developments on aboriginal land.
 
Rich in omega-3s and culture
Rows of fish are on display in a local market in Xiyu, Penghu, on Sunday, Sept. 4. Of the 67 ports scattered across the Penghu Islands, Waian harbor in Xiyu Township was elected by the Fisheries Agency as one of the top 10 "culturally appealing" fishing harbors in the nation. About 300 boats are docked at the port, with over 2,000 fishermen residing nearby.
 
Consumers can now use EasyCards to honor payments for small transactions at 150 contracted stores in Taipei's eight major shopping areas, according to a press release issued on Saturday by EasyCard Corp. under the jurisdiction of the Taipei City Government.
 
Jam in Hualien
A road official stands before a blocked road section on Taiwan's Central Cross-Island Highway. A landslide has blocked sections of the road from the 137-kilometer market at Ci-en, blocking traffic from Hualien County's Luoshao to Guanyuan. No injuries were reported.
 
A funeral service was held Sunday for 15 Formosan macaques that were found dead in Kaohsiung's Shoushan area after having possibly ingested poison last month.
 
Late bloomer
Beautiful orange daylily flowers will remain in place in a field in Taimali Township of Taitung County, eastern Taiwan through the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival that will fall on Sept. 15, as the blossom season of the flower this year comes half a month late due to a warm winter seen last year.
 
The state-owned Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) said Saturday that it is planning to build a storage facility on an uninhabited island to store radioactive waste from the country's first nuclear power plant.
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In celebration of Armed Forces Day, military servicemen can enjoy discounts at over 130 stores at the Breeze shopping center in Taipei Station.
 
Government 'looks to end contract'
The Taipei City government has reportedly initiated procedures to terminate its contract with Taipei Dome contractor Farglory Group (遠雄集團), amid a conflict that has heavily dented Mayor Ko Wen-je's (柯文哲) approval ratings.
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