New Taipei City approved
The Ministry of the Interior yesterday officially approved the New Taipei City (新北市, the upgraded Taipei County) Government’s application to translate the city’s name literally as “New Taipei City,” instead of translating it phonetically as most other cities do. “Although, according to the Standardized Place Names Translation Act (標準地名譯寫準則), place names are to be translated phonetically, place names can also be translated literally based on the reason of history, language, customs, religious belief, common international practices or other reasons,” the ministry said in a press release last night. “The best known example of literal translation is ‘Sun Moon Lake.’” The ministry said the results of polls conducted by the city government showed that most of the people in the city support translating the city name as “New Taipei City,” therefore it will respect New Taipei City Government’s opinion on the issue.
Ticket buyers to enter draw
A prize worth NT$50,000 will be awarded to one of the 1,100 visitors who purchase a Taipei International Flora Expo entry ticket before or after the 3 million ticket mark. The expo organizers said that with more than 50,000 people visiting the expo each day since it opened nearly two months ago, the 3 millionth visitor is expected on Monday. Holders of the 550 tickets issued before and after the 3 millionth ticket will be entered in a draw for prizes, including two vouchers for upmarket hotels at Sun Moon Lake and in Taipei worth NT$50,000. Other prizes will include gift packs and coupons for coffee. Ting Hsi-yung (丁錫鏞), director of the expo’s organizing committee, said a number of new exhibitions will be staged to welcome the 100th year of the founding of the Republic of China this year, including an agricultural technology show featuring cloned sheep.
NCC reversal order blocked
The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus yesterday blocked a Democratic Progressive Party caucus proposal to demand that the Executive Yuan order the National Communications Commission (NCC) withdraw its decision to revoke the license for Era TV’s variety channel. The NCC’s decision on Wednesday drew widespread criticism from lawmakers from both parties. NCC Chairwoman Su Herng (蘇蘅) said on Monday that the variety channel’s license was officially invalidated on Wednesday because the channel had repeatedly failed to distinguish between programs and commercials, one of the conditions set when the commission renewed the license in February last year. The channel was taken off the air at 12am yesterday.
Traffic plan unveiled
The National Freeway Bureau has unveiled its plan to facilitate the traffic during the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays. The first day of the Lunar New Year falls on Feb. 3. The bureau said it plans to execute the High Occupancy Control Policy, which requires a motor vehicle to carry at least three passengers, on Feb. 2, Feb. 5 and Feb. 6. Toll booths will be closed between 12am and 7am from Feb. 2 to Feb. 7, it added. The proposed traffic measure for the Lunar New Year holidays is now pending final approval from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, the bureau said.
FATAL FIRE: The health department is trying to contact the inspector who visited the site of the illegal nursing home to ask why they did not advise follow-up checks The Taipei City Government yesterday said that a health department inspector last year had visited the site of a long-term care facility in Neihu District (內湖) after receiving a report questioning its status. A fire broke out at the facility on Tuesday afternoon, killing three people. The Taipei Fire Department said that it received a report about a fire on the first floor of a four-story residential building on Kangning Road Sec. 1 at 2:38pm on Tuesday, firefighters arrived at 2:43pm and the fire was put out by 3:07pm. The firefighters found three men in beds and rushed them to hospital for
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD: Media speculation has fueled confusion about the KMT’s reasons for skipping a Chinese forum and delaying an AIT meeting, party sources said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Sunday said that it is not seeking to improve relations with the US or China at the expense of the other, and that its relations with the countries would be topic-based. The party has faced questions over its foreign policy after it on Monday last week announced its withdrawal from the annual Straits Forum and delayed planned talks with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The party has also taken a tough stance on the importation of US meat containing ractopamine, while also lambasting China for increasing its military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait. Following
Yuchi Township (魚池) fishers have appealed to the Nantou County Government for help in dealing with an invasive fish species in Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), where it has devastated the local ecosystem. Fishers at Sun Moon Lake have been using electrofishing in an attempt to eliminate the giant snakehead fish — found in Africa and Southeast Asia — but they have struggled to keep up with the growing population of the species, which breeds during September and October, the county government said on Monday. The county has contacted researchers at National Tsing Hua University, saying it hoped they could come up