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Friday, January 30, 2015
Taiwan -- COA distributes NT$560 mil. in subsidies
The Council of Agriculture's (COA, 農委會) Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) announced yesterday that in order to support farmers hurt by the recent bird flu epidemic, the central government will subsidize 95 percent of farmers' losses in the five most affected counties: Changhua, Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan and Pingtung. The remaining 5 percent will be covered by local governments. In other counties, the COA will subsidize 90 percent and local governments will cover the remaining 10 percent.
Taipei City Government spokesperson Lin Ho-ming (林鶴明) yesterday reiterated the fact that city officials received a phone call threatening the personal safety of Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲).
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A new 1,000-ton vessel yesterday was commissioned by the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) in Kaohsiung to boost the nation's capability for sea patrols and rescue missions.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is optimistic on signing an agreement on marine patrol cooperation with the Philippines in the first quarter of this year to prevent future fishing incidents in overlapping exclusive economic zones (EEZs), an official said yesterday.
Taiwanese companies will not be able to easily satisfy their human resources needs given the slow wage increases in the country, according to the results of a survey released Thursday by the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT).
Production in Taiwan on Martin Scorsese's new film “Silence” will not be halted despite a fatal accident on the film's set Thursday, a Taiwanese member of the film crew said that day.
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The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) recently issued a warning to Taiwanese nationals against the so-called 419 scams that have conned thousands of victims around the world for years.
Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. (宏達電) announced Wednesday that it will open a 24-hour online store in its home market next month to cater to the country's mobile shopping trend.
A landmark bischofia javanica tree in the southeastern county of Taitung, which was uprooted by Typhoon Matmo last July, is recovering well, drawing large numbers of tourists in the canola flower season.
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Taiwan -- Korean ex-trade minister discusses free trade
Transparency and assurances to vulnerable sectors were central to South Korea's push for trade liberalization, the country's former trade minister Taeho Bark said in Taipei yesterday.
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