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Staff Writer, with CNA

POLITICS

DPP mulls new candidate

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will nominate a new candidate to replace former legislator Chien Chao-tung (簡肇棟) in January’s legislative elections, DPP Secretary-General Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) said yesterday. Chien resigned from his post on Tuesday after his involvement in a hit-and-run accident which killed a man. Chien has recommended that former DPP legislator Chiu Tai-san (邱太三), who is a professor at Asia University in Greater Taichung, run in Greater Taichung’s seventh district of Dali (大里) and Taiping (太平). Chiu expressed interest yesterday, saying that he would be available if the DPP wanted him to run. Ho Hsin-chun (何欣純), a Greater Taichung councilor, and former DPP legislator Hsieh Hsin-ni (謝欣霓) were also mentioned as possible candidates. The decision on who will replace Chien will be made later this week, Su said.

SCIENCE

Vehicle heads to Australia

A solar vehicle developed by National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences has been shipped to Australia to take part in the World Solar Challenge to be held on Oct. 16. The university said 20 team members of the solar car project titled “Apollo VI” would travel to Australia to compete in the 3,021km race with about 50 teams from 21 countries, including China, South Korea, Australia, the US, Japan, Canada and Germany. The solar vehicle is scheduled to arrive in Australia on Oct. 4. The vehicle is 4.3m long, 1.8m wide and 1.1m high, and it weighs about 130kg without taking into account the weight of the driver and the battery, said professor Ay Her-chang (艾和昌), the leader of the team. It uses silicon solar cells to comply with the race’s new regulations, Ay said. Although the silicon solar cells cost more than NT$1 million (US$33,700), the whole vehicle was built at a cost of just NT$5 million and it can reach a top speed of 120kph, he said.

WEATHER

Storm forms off Okinawa

Tropical Storm Roke formed in the Pacific yesterday, but whether it will hit Taiwan directly remains to be seen, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. As of 2pm yesterday, the center of Roke was 930km off the east coast of Okinawa. It was moving northwesterly at a speed of 19kph. The radius of the storm was about 100km. The bureau forecast that Roke was likely to continue moving close to the coast of Okinawa in the next few days and it has the potential to evolve into a stronger storm. It also forecast that the storm’s circumfluence would affect Taiwan on Saturday. The bureau also said there was another tropical depression near the east coast of Guam. The center of the tropical depression appeared to be stagnant, it said. The chances of showers are high in northeastern, eastern and southeastern parts of the nation, the bureau said.

POLITICS

Housing to be prioritized

Lawmakers are expected to put bipartisan amendments related to housing policy on the priority list of the legislature’s new session, which is scheduled to open tomorrow. The main bill to be reviewed during the session, which recesses on Dec. 14, will be the central government’s budget, but both parties hope they can also address housing bills that would require greater transparency in the real estate market. Legislators from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party are expected to meet today to work out a prioritized list of bills to be considered during the three-month session.

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