La Nina influences patterns
Taiwan is still under the influence of La Nina this winter, which will result in lower rainfall and colder temperatures than average this month and next, the Central Weather Bureau said. Average temperatures are expected to be about 17?C this month and 20?C next month, the bureau said. Average temperatures for February have fluctuated between 16.8? and 18.1?C for the past 30 years, while the average March temperature ranges between 18.8? and 20.7?C, bureau data show. La Nina results in the cooling of ocean temperatures in the Eastern Equatorial Pacific, said Chia Hsin-hsing (賈新興), chief of the bureau’s long-range forecast section. Meanwhile, the bureau said the rain forecast for northern Taiwan this month and next is 100mm and 150mm respectively. The average precipitation ranges from 69.7mm to 217.7mm in northern Taiwan in February and 133.2mm to 190mm in March.
Yangminshan park has app
Yangmingshan National Park is offering visitors a new application service that provides information on attractions, transport and maps for the suburban Taipei mountain area, officials said yesterday. The new app is based on an online map and GPS location system and offers maps of trails and cycle paths, as well as the latest information on the park, officials said. Users can also access information in offline mode. The app is available free from the Apple app store and Android Market, officials said. Meanwhile, the park has also introduced free Internet Wi-Fi hotspots in nine areas, including the Qingtiangang and Yangmingshuwu visitor centers, as well as the park’s headquarters. The park is planning to launch an English version of the app by the end of the year in order to serve the growing number of foreign visitors, officials said.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME: The central government is offering subsidies to hotels to house people who have been ordered to undergo 14-day home quarantine Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) yesterday elaborated on the rules for “social distancing” and said that the government is providing subsidies to encourage more hotels to become quarantine hotels. Chen on Tuesday urged the public to practice social distancing by keeping at least 1m apart outdoors and 1.5m apart indoors. If maintaining such distances is not possible due to confined or crowded spaces, then everyone should wear a mask, Chen yesterday told a daily news briefing at the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) in Taipei. The center also suggested that people avoid exhibitions, sports events, concerts and other social
FAMILY FEUD: Weng Jen-hsien, who was convicted of killing six people in 2016, was the second prisoner to be executed since President Tsai Ing-wen took office A death row inmate was executed on Wednesday, less than a year after he was convicted of killing six people by setting fire to his home. Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥) said that he signed the order and the death sentence was carried out on Wednesday afternoon in New Taipei City. The Supreme Court on July 10 last year sentenced 53-year-old Weng Jen-hsien (翁仁賢) to death after he was convicted of killing his parents, niece, nephew and nephew’s wife and his parents’ caregivers. Weng set fire to his home in Taoyuan’s Longtan District (龍潭) on Feb. 7, 2016, after a family feud
At a campground in Nantou County, a team of women are using ropes to shimmy up a towering seven-story tall Chinaberry tree, fighting their fear of heights and reconnecting with nature. Tree climbing remains somewhat niche in Taiwan, but a growing number of women are embracing the challenge thanks to the island’s first international certified female climber arborist. Sylvia Hsu (許芢涵), 26, said she was inspired to set up her own women-only tree climbing classes after seeing the popularity of similar gatherings in Europe. “A women-only camp is a more relaxed environment,” she said. “I was hooked on trees after my first climb...
STRENGTH IN UNITY: The Executive Yuan respects KMT legislators’ viewpoints, but has no comment on calls for the premier to step down, spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus yesterday accused Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) of treating the Legislative Yuan with disdain and demanded that he apologize or step down for saying that KMT Legislator Chen Yu-jen (陳玉珍) is unfit for her job. Prior to a question-and-answer session at the legislature on Tuesday, Su was asked by reporters to comment on Chen’s remark on Monday that Taiwan is not a country. “Then she is not qualified to be a lawmaker,” the premier said. Chen made the remark during a question-and-answer session with Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通), when she asked him about his view