AIT car in fatal accident
The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) confirmed that one of its official vehicles was involved in a traffic accident earlier yesterday in which a motorcyclist was killed. Local media reported that the Taipei City Fire Department said it received a call at 8:09am about an accident on Jianguo S Road Sec 1. One truck, two sedans and a motorcycle were involved in the incident, the reports said. The dead motorcyclist, surnamed Tseng (曾), was a senior at National Taipei University of Technology. Police investigators said they suspected Tseng collided with a taxi, which threw him into the path of the AIT vehicle. Tseng was then catapulted into the central lane, where he was hit by the truck. AIT Director William Stanton, who was in the car, was not hurt, spokesman Christopher Kavanagh said in a phone interview. The drivers of all three vehicles were being questioned by the police.
CWB may raise sea warning
The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) yesterday said it was likely to issue a sea warning for Typhoon Muifa late today, depending on the storm’s path. As of 8am yesterday, the center of the typhoon, the ninth storm of this year’s Pacific typhoon season, was located 1,140km east of the country, moving in a west-northwesterly direction at a speed of 13kph, the bureau said. It was packing sustained winds of 162kph, with maximum sustained winds of 198kph. With the typhoon gaining strength and moving closer to the country, meteorologists said a sea warning might be issued late today. The timing for the sea warning would depend on how much Muifa turns west and heads more directly toward Taiwan, the bureau said, adding that as Muifa moves closer, sudden rain showers were likely in northern and northeastern Taiwan starting today. The typhoon will be at its closest to Taiwan tomorrow and on Saturday, the bureau said, when rainfall is expected across the country.
S Korean program launched
The Tourism Bureau yesterday launched a program aimed at attracting South Korean tourists by offering them a taste of local delicacies. The bureau has prepared coupons that South Korean tourists can exchange for products such as tea and pineapple cakes in duty-free shops at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Kaohsiung International Airport. Tourists with air tickets to Taiwan can get the coupons at the Seoul office. The coupons are valid until Jan. 15 next year. South Korea is one of the top sources of foreign tourists to Taiwan after China, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and the US. Last year, 216,901 South Koreans visited Taiwan, bureau statistics showed.
Medical aid for Guatemala
The government has donated medical facilities to the Guatemala Military Hospital, reports from the Central American country said. Ambassador to Guatemala Adolfo Sun (孫大成) and Guatemalan Minister of National Defense Juan Jose Ruiz Morales presided over a ceremony on Friday last week to mark the donation. Sun said the two countries had built a long-lasting military relationship, and he expressed hope that the relationship would be further expanded. Ruiz expressed gratitude for Taiwan’s support and said he was confident bilateral ties would continue to grow. He said the medical aid would benefit not only the military, but also local residents. He said he has a personal connection to Taiwan as he was taught by a Taiwanese military adviser in Guatemala in the 1980s.