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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

INTERNET

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.

WEATHER

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.

HEALTH

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.

CULTURE

‘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.

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