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Taiwan bags 22 gold medals at Geneva invention fair


Taiwanese inventors bagged a total of 41 medals, including 22 gold medals, at the International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva in Switzerland this year, the Taiwan Invention Association said Saturday.

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Creative Expo Taiwan opens in Taipei


The 2018 Creative Expo Taiwan kicked off Wednesday in Taipei, exhibiting cultural trends and Taiwanese craft, designs, and illustrative art.

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Foreign student work permit process simplified: labor ministry


The Ministry of Labor said Thursday that it has implemented a new measure that makes it easier for international students in Taiwan to apply for work permits.

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Ex-Premier Su Tseng-chang to run for New Taipei mayor: DPP


Former Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Thursday agreed to run for mayor of New Taipei City, at the urging of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who is also chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), according to a party spokesman.


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Taiwanese firefighting innovation wins Edison Awards silver medal


New York, April 11 (CNA) Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) won the 2018 Edison Awards silver medal in the commercial safety category on Wednesday for its Fluid-Driven Emergency Rescuer (FDER), which helps firefighters more effectively and safely fight fires.

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Designs from Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop and Joe Shih Architects have won an international contest to design the future Taoyuan Museum of Art structure.

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FamilyMart Taiwan unveils digital concept store model


The Chairman of FamilyMart Taiwan, Yeh Jung-ting (葉榮廷), formally announced Thursday the prototype for Family Mart’s digital concept store.

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February jobless rate remains stable at 3.7%


Taiwan's unemployment rate stood at 3.7 percent in February, up 0.07 percentage points from the previous month but down 0.15 percentage points year-on-year, according to government statistics released Thursday.

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The matchmaking mailbox in central Taiwan


Have a hard time finding true love? Maybe you should try a mailbox in central Taiwan, which looks like one of the mailboxes you see on street corners but functions very differently as it was especially erected for the purpose of matchmaking.   

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Taiwan ranked third in global transformation index


Taiwan ranked third overall out of 129 developing and transitional countries in an index compiled by a German foundation that measures each country's performance in terms of political and economic transformation.

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Taiwan ranked as happiest country in East Asia


Taiwan has been ranked as the happiest country in East Asia and the 26th happiest in the world in the World Happiness Report 2018.

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Le Palais stands as sole 3-star restaurant in Michelin Guide Taipei


Cantonese restaurant Le Palais was the only establishment to receive a three-star rating when Michelin unveiled its first gourmet food guide in Taipei on Wednesday to cheers from hundreds of catering business representatives and food critics.

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Taiwan Premier Lai champions gender equality in run-up to International Women’s Day


The government is making great strides in narrowing the gender gap and ensuring the invaluable contributions of women to Taiwan’s development are fully appreciated and recognized, Premier Lai Ching-te said March 5.

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Michelin announces 2018 Taipei Bib Gourmand winners


For the first time in Taipei, Michelin today (March 6) released the winners of its Bib Gourmand awards, just one week before its highly anticipated Michelin Guide Taipei will also be announced.

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Government reaffirms its commitment to tourism


Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) yesterday reaffirmed the government’s commitment to developing the nation’s tourism industry, adding that it has promised to offer tourism operators its full support.

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Taiwan's new minister of labor vows to enforce the labor law and protect workers' rights


Hsu Ming-chun (許銘春) on Monday took over as Taiwan’s new minister of labor, saying during her address at the handover ceremony that the ministry will fully enforce the labor law and protect the rights of workers rather than acting as a rubber stamp of the government.

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2018 Pingxi Sky Lanterns Festival in New Taipei to take place on Lantern Festival Day and Mid-Autumn Festival


New Taipei City Government has announced that it will hold public sky lantern flying events for this year’s Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival on two occasions-- Lantern Festival Day and Moon Festival.

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Taiwan ranked as 3rd smartest country in world


UK-based media company Alltime10s on Feb. 8 listed Taiwan as the third smartest country in the world due to its high intelligence quotient (IQ), impressive math and science scores and high college acceptance rate. 

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Please come to Hualien, local hoteliers urge


Despite public concern over travel safety in Hualien following the Feb. 6 earthquake, local hotel and hot spring owners on Tuesday urged tourists to come to the region. The business owners pointed out that most of the county remains unaffected and said it is safe to visit.

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Hualien Earthquake: Engineers urge new buildings laws


The National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering yesterday called for new laws to encourage the reconstruction of weaker structures, following the partial collapse of four buildings during Tuesday’s earthquake in Hualien. Building Safety Certification Association director-general Tai Yun-fa (戴雲發) said reinforcements would not be enough and that older buildings must be reconstructed.

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Taipower seeking to restart reactor


The reactor’s reactivation would help Taipower achieve the Cabinet’s goal of increasing the operating reserve margin to 6.8 percent this year.

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Multiple quakes rock northern, eastern Taiwan


Northern and eastern Taiwan were rocked by a series of earthquakes last night, with the strongest one, as of press time, a magnitude 5.8 tremblor at 9:56pm.The Central Weather Bureau said the 5.8 quake was centered at 27.8km northeast of the Hualien County Hall, a depth of 16 km.

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Super blue red moon to appear over Taiwan tonight


The skies over Taiwan tonight (Jan. 31) will be illuminated by the extremely rare trifecta of a super, blue and red moon.

Starting from about 6:50 p.m. tonight until about 12:10 a.m tomorrow morning, the incredibly rare event which has been called the “super blue red moon” will occur over the Asia-Pacific Region, including Taiwan. The most recent lunar eclipse was 2015, the last blue moon eclipse was in 1982 and the last time a super blue red moon occurred was way back in 1866. 

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7-Eleven Taiwan opens first unmanned 'X-Store'


7-Eleven Taiwan's operator President Chain Store Corp. (統一超) announced yesterday (Jan. 29) that it has opened its first experimental unmanned store in its corporate headquarters, meanwhile rival Family Mart (全家) will be launching its first wave of technology concept stores making use of artificial intelligence to make coffee and offer other services, reported CNA.

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Taipei launches new garbage trucks


Taipei City sent 69 new environmentally-friendly garbage trucks on to its streets Wednesday as part of a plan to replace more than 200 such vehicles. The program costs a total of NT$570 million (NT$19.5 million) for 215 new trucks, the Central News Agency reported.

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Taiwanese non-smokers twice as likely to get lung cancer as heavy smokers in West


A study carried out by Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) revealed that non-smokers in Taiwan are twice as likely to develop lung cancer as heavy smokers in Europe and North America, reported CommonWealth Magazine. Wang Ming-jiuh (王明鉅), a physician at National Taiwan University Hospital and the author of the opinion piece posted in CommonWealth Magazine, posited that with 13.66 million scooters in Taiwan as of 2016, Taiwan's air pollution cannot be ignored as a significant contributing factor leading to these appalling lung cancer rates. 

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Gay community unhappy with blood donation rule change


The rule change, which is expected to take effect in May at the earliest, will allow men who have sex with men to donate blood if they have not engaged in such sex for five years, according to the ministry. The gay community is unhappy with the coming change, arguing Monday that a broader move is needed to have any substantive impact.

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Southeast Asian plastic recyclers hope to clean up after China ban


China decided to ban imports of plastic waste from the start of this year. Over the past two decades, China was keen to suck in as much plastic waste as possible, helping feed its manufacturing expansion. But policy makers took action after a string of scandals involving unscrupulous players in the waste market. Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand are among the Southeast Asian countries that have attracted Chinese investors in the plastics recycling sector over the past year, keen to fill the void left in China, industry officials said.

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Carrefour in Taiwan offers incredible discounts


In preparation for the Lunar New Year, Carrefour Taiwan has started incredible discounts, up to 70%off.

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Magnitude 5.7 earthquake rattles Taipei


On Wednesday, January 17th, 2018, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck Taiwan's capital city. The epicenter 12.3 kilometers north-northwest of Taipei City Hall in the mountainous district of Beitou. 

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Taiwan Tourism Bureau's camping guide has arrived!


All outdoors lovers can now enjoy the new website offers that detailed information on 84 spectacular campsites throughout Taiwan.

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Chunghwa Post going green, launching electric scooters


Chunghwa Post Co., Taiwan's national postal service, officially put 1,627 electric scooters into service Monday as part of a company plan to phase out its entire fleet of nearly 9,000 gasoline-powered motorcycles by 2023.

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