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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

WEATHER

Cold snap continues

A new cold spell gripping the nation was expected to send temperatures down to below 10°C in areas north of Chiayi from late yesterday to early today, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. Temperatures already dropped to 9.5°C in Danshui, New Taipei City (新北市), early yesterday, the bureau said. Daytime temperatures today are forecast to range from 13°C to 14°C in northern Taiwan, 16°C to 18°C in central Taiwan and 19°C and 21°C in southern Taiwan, it said. The intensifying cold front is also expected to bring wet weather, with the northern and northeastern regions likely to experience heavy rain, the bureau said.

SOCIETY

NTU student punished

National Taiwan University said on Monday it had punished a PhD student who purposely blocked an ambulance as it was rushing a woman to a hospital. Hsiao Ming-li (蕭明禮), who is pursuing a doctorate in history, was handed two major and two minor demerits, in addition to probation, the school’s disciplinary committee said in the statement. The 33-year-old must also undergo psychiatric counseling and treatment, the committee ruled. He was also banned from driving on campus. Hsiao’s behavior provoked public outrage and seriously harmed the school’s reputation, the committee said, especially since it took him 10 days to apologize for his action. He is accused of maliciously blocking the ambulance carrying the woman by stopping his car in the middle of the road in Sindian District (新店), New Taipei City (新北市), on Dec. 24. Video footage also shows him giving the ambulance his middle finger after he blocked it. The 86-year-old woman died before reaching the hospital, prosecutors said. Hsiao has also been charged with causing actual bodily harm and obstructing officials, as some of the ambulance workers were hurt when Hsiao forced their vehicle to make an emergency stop, the investigators added.

POLITICS

DPP expels five councilors

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday confirmed the expulsion of five city councilors who failed to abide by party rules during a speaker election last month. Huang Chien-huei (黃劍輝), a spokesperson for the party’s Central Executive Committee, said the five failed to follow rules on how they should vote for local speakers and deputy speakers. Rebuffed after traveling personally to meet senior party officials to plead her case, newly elected New Taipei City Councilor Adrean Lee (李婉鈺) maintained that she accidentally voted for herself and said the DPP should “give me another chance.” Another councilor held up placards outside the DPP headquarters in protest. Separately, DPP Deputy -Secretary-General Fred Hung (洪耀福) said yesterday former Tainan City mayor Hsu Tain-tsair (許添財) would likely be nominated as the party’s candidate for a legislative by-election in Greater Tainan, following William Lai’s (賴清德) election as mayor last month.

EDUCATION

Colleges cooperate

A college in Taipei has formed a cooperation program with a Chinese university to attract more Chinese students to Taiwan, its chairman said yesterday. Taipei College of Maritime Technology chairman Lin Chao-rung (林朝容) told a press conference that his school planned to help Quanzhou Normal University in Fujian Province, China, establish three new departments — shipping business management, marine engineering and navigation.

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