Warmer days on the way
The arrival of a polar air mass has brought inclement weather to most parts of the nation, and weather conditions are not expected to improve until tomorrow, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. According to the bureau, the cold front has brought showers to many parts of Taiwan and pushed the mercury down, with Tamsui (淡水) in the north recording 12.5oC early yesterday. The bureau said that there is a 60 percent to 70 percent chance of rain for most parts of the nation over the next two days, with heavy rain expected in mountainous regions. Temperatures will reach around 16oC in the north, 20oC in the east and 23oC in the south in the day. Temperatures are expected to rise from tomorrow, but northern Taiwan will continue to experience showers, the bureau said.
After-school hours extended
Elementary schools in Taipei City will be permitted to extend their after-school care for one hour to 7pm under a new measure that is expected to be implemented soon, the city's director of education said yesterday. Wu Ching-ji (吳清基), however, added that while the city government supports the idea of prolonging the current child care schemes to cater for busy parents who are unable to look after their children after school, it will respect each school's decision on whether to extend its after-school care. Wu made the announcement at a press conference held by the Federation of Parents Associations in Taipei City at the city hall. The group suggested that as the number of double-income families and single-parent families has been on the increase in the city, the city government should work to create a safe environment for children with parents who work.
Agency defends subsidies
Fishing subsidies for the purpose of environmental protection and marine resource conservation should be allowed, while subsidized fishing operations should be prohibited, officials from the Fisheries Agency said on Monday. The officials made the remarks after Taiwan was labeled as one of the world's leading subsidizers of fishing following its opposition to a comprehensive ban on subsidies to fishing fleets at the WTO. Taiwanese representatives will continue to explain the nation's stance on the issue to the international community, the officials said. Taiwan provides far fewer fishing subsidies than Japan and South Korea, the officials stressed, adding that Taiwan ranks 20th in the world and 11th in Asia in terms of subsidies for fishing operations, while globally, Japan is in first place and South Korea is 12th.
Density second highest
The country's population density of 632 people per square kilometer is the second highest in the world among countries with a population of at least 10 million, according to statistics released yesterday by the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS). Bangladesh tops the list with a population density of 985 people. Among the 25 cities and counties in Taiwan, the population density of the two largest municipalities -- Taipei and Kaohsiung -- is the highest, at nearly 10,000 people per square kilometer, according to the DGBAS statistics. The tallies indicate that the nation's population stood at 22.87 million at the end of last year, up 106,000 from the level at the end of the previous year. During the year, there was a net natural increase of 69,000.
Dormitory fight not over
Japanese lawyers representing Taiwan vowed to fight back yesterday after Japan's Supreme Court sided with Beijing in a decades-old legal battle over a student dormitory. "We will continue our fight, considering the possibility of a fresh civil lawsuit or other legal means," attorney Noriyasu Kaneko said. The Republic of China government bought the five-storey building in Kyoto in 1950. In 1967, Taipei filed a lawsuit seeking to evict pro-Beijing students from the building. It had won previous lawsuits saying it owned the dormitory, but the Supreme Court ruled on March 27 that Taipei lost the right after Tokyo decided in 1972 to recognize Beijing.
Youth plan released
In an effort to attract young tourists, the National Youth Commission (NYC) is recruiting 120 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30 to help promote youth travel, an NYC official said yesterday. The NYC plans to recruit 120 volunteers specialized in different fields, including 20 each from the fields of news reporting, computer operations and international tourism promotion. In addition, it will select 50 volunteers to promote campus life. The NYC welcomes applications through next Saturday. To promote exchanges between Taiwan and Japan, the NYC will is also seeking 10 international travel volunteers to encourage Japanese youths to visit Taiwan. To be eligible, applicants must be Japanese nationals, reside in Taiwan and speak both Chinese and Japanese fluently, the official said. Those selected must attend a training session from April 27 to April 28, after which they will receive certificates from the NYC and work as volunteers. Forms are available at www.youthtravel.tw.
SPEEDING ELETRIC VEHICLES: Available without license requirements, the low-cost vehicles, especially if illicitly modified, can often reach a dangerous speed The government should crack down on illegal electric bicycles and scooters, the non-profit Consumers’ Foundation said on Friday, citing research on the potentially dangerous speed of the vehicles. Electric bicycles and lightweight electric scooters have gained popularity as they do not require registration and riders do not need licenses, the foundation said, adding that as many as 40 percent of them can reach speeds exceeding the legal limit of 25kph for non-licensed two-wheelers. Some consumers also purchased legal electric vehicles and modified them to reach higher speeds, it said. “If the government does not step up efforts to confiscate these
NEW CASE REPORTED: A man who returned from South Africa on a flight with the nation’s 460th and 461st cases has now tested positive for the disease The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that there is no need to test all arrivals to the nation for COVID-19, a policy the Executive Yuan supports. The center reported one new imported case, bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 477. The new case is a Taiwanese man in his 60s who on July 25 returned from South Africa, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), who is also the CECC’s spokesman. The man had returned to Taiwan on the same flight as cases Nos. 460 and 461, reported on July 27, Chuang said. On July 24,
‘RELIABLE PARTNER’: US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar praised the ‘Taiwan model,’ saying that the nation brought its spirit to its COVID-19 response The first memorandum of understanding (MOU) on health cooperation between the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the US Department of Health and Human Services was yesterday signed at the Centers for Disease Control in Taipei. The memorandum was signed between the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US, by AIT Director Brent Christensen and Taiwan Council for US Affairs Chairperson Jen-ni Yang (楊珍妮). US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) witnessed the signing of the memorandum, designed to enhance the nations’
More than half of Taiwan’s middle-aged population, those aged between 40 and 64, have at least one of the “three highs” — high blood pressure, high blood lipids or high blood sugar — and an unhealthy waist size, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) said, adding that more than 30 percent also have metabolic syndrome. The HPA, the Taiwan Millennium Health Foundation and local health departments are cooperating to encourage people to regularly measure their waist circumference and keep it at a healthy size — no more than 90cm for adult men and no more than 80cm for adult women. Taichung Veterans General