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Friday, August 22, 2014
The Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF, 家扶基金會) yesterday published research on disadvantaged children in Taiwan, revealing that ten percent of them have seen illegal drugs, over 40 percent of them cannot afford breakfast every day and 61 percent don't have someone at home to help them with their homework.
Amid rising public outrage over the government's decision to pay Taipower (台電) employees a generous annual bonus of 3.6 months' worth of wages while the company reported mounting losses of NT$17.8 billion over 2013, newly appointed Economics Minister Duh Tyzz-jiun (杜紫軍) yesterday defended the move by stating that the burden of policy must be factored into the performance of state-run enterprises.
Taiwan -- Taipei, MOE reach compulsory education deal
Education Minister Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) yesterday stated that the Ministry of Education (MOE) will adopt the strategy of a “one-phase admission process with exam-free admissions preceding specialty admission tests,” as the MOE's way of handling 12-year education reform.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday said that 15 out of 423 tested veggie food products were found to contain animal-derived components in the three-year investigation of veggie food products on the market.
The main opposition party yesterday called upon the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) to launch a detailed investigation into the alleged information leak by former MAC deputy minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀).
Taiwan -- CTBC's philanthropy  aids rural youth teams
The CTBC Charity Foundation (中國信託慈善基金會) yesterday announced its decision to sponsor six youth baseball teams from rural areas in Taiwan, allowing children and teens to fulfill their dreams of becoming professional baseball players.
Taiwanese pitcher Wei-yin (陳偉殷) Chen grabbed a record 13th win in an MLB season Wednesday as the Baltimore Orioles completed a three-game sweep over the Chicago White Sox.
Taiwan -- Wei-yin Chen clinches record 13th win in single MLB season
U.S. chipmaker Intel Corp. and Chunghwa Telecom Co. (中華電), Taiwan's largest wireless carrier, signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday on the development of technology related to the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and software defined networking.
Taiwan's Acer Inc. (宏碁) on Thursday unveiled its Chromebox CXI, its first desktop computer powered by Google Inc.'s Web centric Chrome operating system, with a view to meeting demand in schools and businesses.
With rising consumer goods prices and a better economic outlook, some local banks predict that the Central Bank of Taiwan will raise the interest rate by 0.125 percentage points by the end of the year.
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