Mon, Sep 03, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan News Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

■ WEATHER

Cold front arrives

Cooler temperatures are expected nationwide this week as the first cold front of the fall arrives today, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. The bureau forecast cloudy and rainy skies in the north, northeast and east of the country. Afternoon showers are likely in the west, central Taiwan and in the south. The front is likely to affect the weather for two-to-three days. Temperatures are forecast to peak today at 32?C in the north, 33?C in central Taiwan, 33?C in the south and 32?C in the east.

■ SOCIETY

Woman killed in accident

A car was struck by a metal object of unknown origin on Saturday while traveling south on the Sun Yat-sen Freeway, causing the immediate death of a female passenger, freeway patrol officers said. A Taipei resident surnamed Tsai, 49, was driving his wife, surnamed Wang, 44, back to Taipei from Keelung on a section of the freeway linking Hsichih and Neihu (內湖) in Taipei City when the object penetrated the windshield on the passenger side of the vehicle, officers said. A shaken Tsai said the incident had occurred very suddenly and he did not know where the metal object came from. He said he saw the object roll over the engine hood, smash through the windshield and strike his wife in the head. Police said the curved chunk of metal, measuring 40cm-by-20cm-by-3cm, appeared to be a brake drum.

■ TOURISM

Youths promote Taiwan

Ninety-three youngsters who received tourism promotion certificates from the National Youth Commission (NYC) have joined various volunteer services to help boost youth tourism in Taiwan, a NYC spokesman said yesterday. The volunteers were recruited earlier this year and divided into different groups -- youth travel news reporters, computer volunteers, international tourism ambassadors, international travel volunteers, travel promoters on campuses, and Japanese and Korean language interpreters. The youths participated in two training camps and seven professional training sessions, the spokesman said. Following training, the youths participated in a series of promotional activities, beginning in June, to boost the awareness of Taiwan among young international travelers, the spokesman said.

■ EDUCATION

MOE to spend on storage

The Ministry of Education has implemented a four-year plan to provide NT$50 million (US$1.5 million) annually, starting next year, for the installation or repair of storage cabinets at junior high and elementary schools. Pan Wen-chung (潘文忠), director of the ministry's Elementary Education Department, said that in order to reduce the weight of the books children carry to and from school, the ministry will subsidize schools so that they can provide storage for use by students. In the initial stage, Pan said priority would be given to younger students at elementary schools in every city and county. In addition to having to carry heavy backpacks, the nation's primary and secondary students spend more hours at schools than their peers in other countries, Pan said, adding that Minister of Education Tu Cheng-sheng (杜正勝) had commissioned a panel of experts to look at the feasibility of implementing various adjustments and reforms to ease the burden on students.

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