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KMT names personnel

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) announced its latest local branch personnel list ahead of the city mayor and county commissioner elections next year, Huang Chao-yuan (黃昭元), commissioner of the party’s Organization and Development Commission, said yesterday. While the arrangement was routine, it was also in part made to prepare for local elections next year, he said. Huang said the party could launch the nomination process for local government elections earlier than scheduled. “The party will probably begin the nomination process this December or January and hold primaries for local government head elections next April or May,” he said.


Nangang celebrates flowers

Taipei City’s Nangang District (南港) celebrated the blossoming of sweet olive, or osmanthus, flowers with a carnival-like festival yesterday that featured musical performances and a fun fair. It was the sixth year that the Nangang District Office has held the Guihua Festival, which celebrates the blossoming of the sweet olive — a plant known for the fragrance of its flowers. The carnival began at Jiuzhuang Elementary School with a singing contest and a musical concert. Visitors to the one-day festival also had the opportunity to sample traditional guihua (桂花) cakes and guihua-scented Chinese tea. The Nangang District Office has been encouraging residents to plant more guihua trees as part of tourism promotion efforts. At present, there are 10,000 sweet olive trees in Nangang. District administrator Chiang Ching-hui (江慶輝) said that the trees began blossoming last week and that the fragrance was growing stronger as more flowers bloom.


Kaohsiung earning more

Kaohsiung City’s annual household income averaged NT$1.18 million (US$36,200) last year, with average disposable income reaching NT$980,000, according to statistics released by the city government last week. Average family income was up 1.23 percent compared with the 2006 average of NT$1.17 million, the city government’s Department of Budget, Accounting and Statistics said. Of the average family income of NT$1.18 million, wages contributed an average NT$698,931, with the remainder coming from asset-related earnings. Last year’s average family discretionary income also saw a rise of 1.06 percent over the previous year’s level of NT$970,062, the tallies indicated. More than 90 percent of the city’s households had cellphones, while more than 70 percent had home computers, with 93 percent of those connected to the Internet, the survey of 1,500 households said.


Incident numbers decline

A total of 1,903 fire incidents were reported nationwide in the first eight months of the year, down 18 percent compared with the same period last year, according to Ministry of the Interior figures released yesterday. Building fires were the most common incidents, accounting for 66 percent of reports, the tally said. Thirty-six percent of the fires were attributed to short-circuiting electrical equipment, while 12 percent resulted from arson and 8 percent were caused by cigarette butts. By region, the highest rate was recorded in outlying Lienchiang County, with 6.1 incidents per 10,000 people. Taitung County had the second-highest rate with 4.7 incidents per 10,000 people, followed by Penghu County, with 3 incidents per 10,000 people.

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