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Teens Unplugged to answer questions about studying abroad

High school seniors from the international community who are interested in studying abroad are invited to participate in the Teens Unplugged event to be held on April 25, in which recent graduates from US universities discuss their lives as students in the US. The event also gives teenagers an opportunity to talk with US college graduates and ask questions about college life. This free event, to be held at 1F, 16, Lane 118, Zhongcheng Rd Sec 2, is co-sponsored by Impact Youth Center, the Community Services Center and Taipei International Church. To register, send an e-mail to teensunplugged@gmail.com or call the Community Services Center.

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Kaohsiung pledges to cut foreign workers

The Kaohsiung City Government pledged on Thursday to cut back on the number of foreign workers in the city to save jobs for locals, saying that the city’s unemployment rate is estimated to have climbed past the national 5.75 percent average to break the 6 percent mark. Kaohsiung City Director of Labor Affairs Chung Kung-chao (鍾孔炤) made the statement after Kaohsiung City Councilor Lin Kuo-cheng (林國正) expressed concern over rising unemployment in the southern Taiwan port city. Quoting statistics from the Council of Labor Affairs and the city’s Bureau of Labor Affairs, Lin said the average national effective employment rate among people seeking jobs was 38 percent last year, while in Kaohsiung the figure was only 27 percent. In February, the effective employment rate among job seekers in Kaohsiung fell to 10 percent, also much lower than the national average of 22 percent for that month, he said. The figures show that there are fewer work opportunities in Kaohsiung than in the northern part of country, Lin said, urging the city bureau to take measures to protect the employment rights of local citizens.

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