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A: Boss, how would this project tender be best handled? B: It’s pretty straightforward, so just follow the normal workflow. A: But didn’t one of the general manager’s relatives come here to do some lobbying? B: Who cares. Official business should be handled in the official way. IfFULL STORY

Oil price slump could cripple clean energy push

Falling oil prices could have a negative impact on global efforts to develop renewable energy sources, experts warned at a conference in Abu Dhabi last month. Oil prices have fallen by almost 60 percent since June last year, crashing on worries over global oversupply and weakFULL STORY

Our tomatoes need you!
美濃番茄 型農夢

The Agriculture Bureau in Kaohsiung is promoting “stylish farmers” in the municipality. To pitch this idea to young people, the bureau says that an annual salary of NT$1 million is no longer a dream. Meinong Township is a focus for attention in this campaign. InFULL STORY


A: It’s no good! I can’t go any further! B: Is that the best you can do? There are still three more laps to go, grin and bear it and keep up with me. A: Why do office workers like us have to run aroundFULL STORY


A: That company’s general manager is a real pain to deal with. I’ve been loads of times and it’s always difficult. B: Why not try sending Helen? A: Helen? What does that silly little girl know? B: You never know! That general manager’s known for liking ‘emFULL STORY

The old man and the carrots

In Yunlin County’s Mailiao Township lives an old man called Tsai Te who is 81 years old this year. On Feb. 9 he was peeling carrots and drying them in the sun by the road. Carrots that are harvested and then left in the fieldsFULL STORY


A: Our competitor seems to have purposefully released a similar product, during the same season to steal our business. B: What are you fretting about? Bring it on! A: Why so confident? Aren’t you worried we might be beaten by the other side? B: I’ve every confidence inFULL STORY

Children go nuts for “Detective Conan”
大頭娃娃唱跳「小蘋果」 小朋友直呼像柯南

New Taipei City Haishan police station held a crime prevention campaign for children on Feb 10. In addition to a question-and-answer prize giving contest, life-sized cartoon characters sang and danced to the online hit song “Little Apple.” Not only did the children fall over oneFULL STORY


A : Have you recovered the outstanding funds yet? B : Hello, hello? The line’s breaking up, what did you say? I can’t hear you clearly. A : Don’t try and play the fool with me, there’s clearly nothing wrong with the line. You haven’t chasedFULL STORY

Zimbabwe’s own-label dollar coins face consumer resistance

Nobody wanted the Zimbabwe dollar, so the southern African country dumped it for the US dollar in 2009 to stave off economic collapse and skyrocketing hyperinflation. Now nobody wants the “bond coins” it put in circulation last month to replace the lollipops, chewing gum and pensFULL STORY

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