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Taiwan’s No. 2 Chip Maker Teams Up With Car Parts Giant To Make Semiconductors In Japan

UMC, Taiwan’s No. 2 contract chip maker after TSMC, is pairing up with Toyota-backed car-parts supplier Denso to make semiconductors in Japan and meet growing global demand in the automotive sector.

United Semiconductor Japan Co. (USJC), UMC’s Japanese subsidiary, announced late last month that it is building a production plant for power chips that control the flow and direction of electric current with Denso, which is part-owned by the world’s largest car maker by sales.

“Semiconductors are becoming increasingly important in the automotive industry as mobility technologies evolve, including automated driving and electrification,” Denso president Koji Arima said in the announcement. “Through this collaboration, we contribute to the stable supply of power semiconductors and electrification of automobiles.”

“It should be positive news,” says Brady Wang, Taipei-based associate director with market research firm Counterpoint Research. UMC is already positioned to do “third-generation” semiconductors, including energy-saving

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Higher Standards Automotive to host car show Saturday

MIDLAND — Show cars of all types, spanning decades, will fill the parking lot of Higher Standards Automotive on Saturday.

The auto repair center and parts store will host its second-annual car show from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 2626 N. Eastman Road in Midland.

This year’s show will include dash plaques for the first 50 vehicles. Judges will also hand out awards for best in show and audience choice categories. Drivers can register either by calling Higher Standards Automotive at 989-495-0200 or in person at the event; registration cost is by donation.

In addition to classic and retro cars, the show will feature Gordo’s Kitchen food truck serving Mexican cuisine, a DJ providing family-friendly music and a 50/50 raffle. The proceeds of the raffle will go to help an individual who suffered a recent accident.

“I’d like to see the community to come out and see a bunch of cool

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Filing tax returns for delivery drivers: Tips and advice

With the growth in the on-demand economy, being a delivery driver can be a great way to make money, either full time or as a side gig. Whether you work for companies like Amazon, UPS or a new app-based platform, being a delivery driver means understanding key facts so you can file your taxes accurately and on-time.

Here’s what you should know about filing tax returns for delivery drivers.

Step 1: Employee vs. independent contractor

How you report your income and whether you can deduct expenses depends on whether you’re an employee or an independent contractor.

  • Employees generally receive regular paychecks usually with income, Social Security and Medicare taxes withheld from their wages. At year-end, they typically receive a Form W-2 showing the income they earned for the year and total tax withheld.

  • Independent contractors are typically considered self-employed. The companies that hire them don’t usually withhold income or payroll

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What to wear for a holiday-approved look

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For most, after February, there are no large celebrations to look forward to until May, but, finally, Memorial Day and its three-day weekend is right around the corner. Contrary to what the calendar says, everyone knows it makes the unofficial mark of summer, meaning it’s time to turn up the heat—outfit-wise. 

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Now’s the time to step out of your outdated sweatpants and into the best swimwear; Memorial Day is all about wiping the slate clean. In fact, think of this holiday as the perfect time to hit the reset button on your wardrobe.

Are you having a hard time believing us? We’ll prove it. Step into these six effortless

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