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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff Writer, with CNA

WEATHER

Cooler temperatures coming

Beginning today, temperatures in northern Taiwan could drop to 21°C because of stronger northeast winds, the Central Weather Bureau said on Sunday. Bureau forecaster Chiang Li-hung (姜禮鴻) said lows in northern and central areas could hit 21°C or 22°C, and 24°C or 25°C in the south. Starting tomorrow, highs will drop to 29°C in the north, while highs in central and southern regions will be 31°C or 32°C, he said. The bureau’s forecast showed relatively cooler weather would continue from tomorrow through Saturday. Chiang said chances of showers are still high in the northern and northeastern regions.

DESIGN

Taiwanese nabs gold at IDEA

Industrial designer Hsieh Jung-ya (謝榮雅) won a gold medal at this year’s International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday for packaging he designed for a limited edition of the Tatung electric cooker. The packaging for the cooker’s 50th anniversary is made of gold-colored ecofriendly pulp, based on the concept of a golden anniversary for marriage, according to the GIXIA Group headed by Hsieh. It was the second IDEA gold medal Hsieh has won. His previous medal was in 2006 in the environment category for a fence. Organized by the Industrial Designers Society of America, IDEA is among the world’s four major design awards, along with iF and Red Dot of Germany and Japan’s G-Mark.

HEALTH

Taiwanese don’t exercise

Taiwanese exercise the least of anybody in the world, contributing to non--communicable diseases (NCD) in the country, Department of Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta (邱文達) said in a speech at an APEC meeting in San Francisco on Saturday. Speaking at the Health System Innovation Policy Dialogue, Chiu said the lack of exercise was one of the four major reasons for NCDs and the most serious factor in Taiwan. Based on a standard of exercising at least three times a week for at least 30 minutes at a time, Chiu said Taiwanese exercised less than people in most other countries. Chiu said the situation needed to be improved to lower Taiwan’s cancer rates — one of the four major NCDs along with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease — by 10 percent. Chiu also shared Taiwan’s experiences in cancer prevention and treatment. He said more widespread breast cancer screenings, pap smears and oral cancer screenings had helped to lower their incidence rates. Taiwan was also the first country to prevent incidences of hepatitis B and liver cancer through vaccinations, he said.

SOCIETY

Centenarians to get gold

The Ministry of the Interior has decided to give each centenarian in the country a gold plaque as a commemorative gift. The ministry said there were 1,509 centenarians in Taiwan as of Wednesday, up from 1,399 the previous year. Taipei had the most, at 297, followed by New Taipei City (新北市) at 229 and Greater Taichung with 114. Taoyuan County, Greater Tainan and Greater Kao-hsiung also had more than 100 centenarians. Minister of the Interior Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) said centenarians were “treasures of the country,” because they had witnessed the Republic of China’s birth, growth and democratization. Jiang said the ministry would give the plaques, each weighing about 10.2g, to individuals 100 or older for the Double Ninth Festival — the traditional senior citizens’ day on the lunar calendar — as a gift symbolizing longevity and good fortune.

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