Facebook head in Taiwan
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was spotted in Taiwan on Thursday visiting Taipei City’s Huaxi Street (華西街) night market. Zuckerberg visited China on Dec. 20 last year. A few days ago Taiwan’s Netizens reported that he was sighted in Taipei. The rumor was later confirmed when Cha Heng (查恆), an acting teacher in Taipei, posted online a picture of him taken with Zuckerberg at the night market. Cha said he asked to take a photo with the Facebook boss when he spotted him, accompanied by his girlfriend, watching snakes. “I thought he looked like the Facebook chief executive and I googled him quickly on my cellphone and confirmed it,” Cha said, adding that when he approached Zuckerberg for a photo, the latter appeared surprised to be recognized.
Expect less rain: CWB
The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecast that total rainfall from this month to March will be near or below average around Taiwan, as the nation is experiencing a La Nina event. According to the bureau, the probabilities of predicted rainfall in three categories — below normal, near normal and above normal — over the next three months nationwide are 40 percent, 40 percent and 20 percent, respectively. This month, normal rainfall in northern Taiwan is defined as between 60mm and 100mm, while in the south it is defined as between 45mm and 70mm. The CWB said that the current La Nina, reflected by below-average sea surface temperatures across the equatorial Pacific, is a moderate to strong one. A moderate La Nina episode tends to be accompanied by less rainfall in spring in Taiwan, the bureau said.
AIDS site to include culture
Reviews of books and albums popular with the homosexual population in Taiwan will be featured on a quasi-governmental gay Web site that was launched yesterday, in an attempt to satisfy the increasingly diverse needs of the community, according to the Web site manager, the Taiwan AIDS Foundation (TAF). Gay people lead diverse lifestyles,” said Bevis Tseng (曾壹靖), a TAF employee, in explaining the motive for expanding the content of the Web site from basic information about disease prevention to that including gay-friendly news, events, trips and artwork. He said that music reviews on gay idols such as Lady Gaga and book reviews on important gay literature help to enrich the lives of gay people. “After all, living a vibrant life is what makes you healthy in the first place,” Tseng said. The Web site, called “Enjoy Sex,” was commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control in 2008 to help combat AIDS.
‘Duzhe’ comes to Taiwan
The first magazine published in China ever to be approved for sale in Taiwan will be available on the local market beginning this month. Duzhe (讀者), meaning “reader,” will be published in traditional Chinese characters every month for Taiwanese readers, as it is now for Chinese-speaking readers in Hong Kong and the US. Dubbed “Chinese people’s Chicken Soup for the Soul,” the magazine was approved for sale in Taiwan by the Government Information Office in August. Ji Xipin (吉西平), chairman of the Duzhe publication group, and Taiwanese writer Tom Wang (王文華) attended a press conference in Taipei on Friday to launch the publication in its new market. The magazine has a monthly circulation of about 8 million in China.
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
THE CHINA CONNECTION: As Beijing’s aggression increases, so does Taiwanese consciousness, making a new constitution imperative, Hsu Wei-chun said If the nation is to ratify a new constitution, it must first end any illusions about the current document’s relevance to Taiwan, an academic told a forum in Taipei yesterday. For the constitutional revisionist movement to succeed, it needs public enthusiasm, the right timing and a clear plan of action, Chung Yuan Christian University associate professor Hsu Wei-chun (徐偉群) told attendees at the event titled “Imagining a New Constitution for a New Era,” which was organized by the National Taiwan University Graduate Student Association. The Constitution exists under the “one China” framework and has little relevance to Taiwan, Hsu said, adding that
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
Former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday urged Beijing to respect the median line of the Taiwan Strait by immediately stopping its military intimidation of Taiwan, as such actions would only hurt the feelings of Taiwanese. Beijing should immediately stop making military provocations against Taiwan, Ma wrote on Facebook after Chinese warplanes in the past week have made numerous forays across the median line that divides the Taiwan Strait. Although it has never officially acknowledged the median line, Beijing used to respect it, Ma said in response to comments on Monday by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Wang Wenbin (汪文斌), who said