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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Taiwan -- Ko calls UK minister's gift 'scrap metal'
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said that the Farglory Group (遠雄集團) should come forward and let the public know whether the Taipei Dome (台北大巨蛋) will be suitable for baseball games upon its completion.
The latest available data from Taiwan Power Company (Taipower, 台電) indicate that reserve capacity may drop below 10 percent next year, an official from the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Bureau of Energy said yesterday.
The central government and local chapters in areas short of rainfall will continue to battle the first drought of the year and avoid any unnecessary loss of water, said Vice Premier Chang San-cheng (張善政).
Baroness Susan Kramer, the U.K. minister of state for transport, said Monday she regretted giving a watch to Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) after learning it may not have been appropriate in Chinese culture and Ko seemed to disparage it.
New Taipei Government's Cultural Affairs Department (CAD) yesterday announced that it will be assisting the Ministry of Health and Welfare in restoring the building and grounds of the Losheng Sanatorium (樂生療養院).
The Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER, 台灣經濟研究院) on Monday raised its projection for Taiwan's economic growth in 2015, due in part to falling oil prices, an improving global economy and a better outlook on domestic consumption.
The Consumers Protection Committee (CPC, 消費者保護處) of the Executive Yuan yesterday revealed the result of inspections of 19 plastic surgery clinics in six cities.
Starting Feb. 1, an additional 500 slots per day will be given to Chinese group tourists who visit Taiwan's outlying islands to continue their trip to Taiwan amid Taiwan's bid to promote travel to the islands, according to the Tourism Bureau.
Taiwanese competitors bagged three gold medals and one bronze in the 2015 U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships on Jan. 23-24.
Taiwanese tennis player Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然) and China's Zheng Jie (鄭潔) advanced to the quarterfinals of the women's doubles competition at the Australia Open in Melbourne Monday.
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