Temperatures to rise
There will be a higher risk of fog from today to Wednesday as temperatures rise across the nation, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. A band of rain-bearing cloud has gradually moved away from Taiwan, the bureau said, and milder weather with clearer skies and higher temperatures is expected to last until Wednesday. However, the abrupt fluctuation in temperature, which is common in spring, also brings a greater chance of fog, especially in the west and the outlying islands of Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu. Temperatures are forecast to range between 18oC and 27oC in the north, 19oC and 27oC in central Taiwan, 21oC and 30oC in the south and 16oC and 28oC in the east. Another cold front is expected to arrive on Thursday, bringing higher chances of rain and colder temperatures, the bureau said.
Speech contest held
Radio Taiwan International (RTI) has started registration for this year’s Mandarin speech contest for foreign nationals. Registration will be open until 5pm on May 11. RTI said it welcomes all foreign nationals who speak a native tongue other than Mandarin or Hoklo (commonly known as Taiwanese) and who are in Taiwan legally to register for the contest. According to the station, topics for the speeches, which can be no longer than three minutes, include anything related to Chinese language and culture or stories about life in Taiwan. The top prize is a NT$60,000 cash award. For more details, call (02) 2885-6188 ext. 723, or visit the station’s Web site.
Drum band goes to festival
The principal of Jianshan Elementary School in Greater Kaohsiung yesterday thanked the public for donating over NT$3 million (US$101,430) to help send the school’s drum team to a cultural festival in Germany. Out of 4,000 performers from 107 countries, the school was the only elementary school from Taiwan to be invited to the event. The school’s samba drum team, which consists of 28 students from Taiwan’s indigenous Bunun tribe, was invited to attend the four-day Carnival of Cultures in Berlin from May 25 to 28. The school’s travel fees were subsidized by the city’s education bureau, religious groups, and other civic groups and donors. To many children living in remote areas, traveling abroad is a distant dream, said Kaohsiung Education Bureau Director-General Jheng Sin-huei (鄭新輝).
Drugs found in Kenting
Police detained more than a dozen alleged drug users yesterday in Kenting (墾丁), Pingtung County, which is crowded with thousands of people attending a music festival. Acting on a tip-off, police raided a hotel in Kenting and arrested two women in their room for drug use. Paraphernalia for using ketamine and remnants of the drug were found in the hotel room and the two sisters, aged 27 and 25, were taken in for questioning, police said. The women said they were from Taoyuan County and were in Kenting to attend the annual Spring Scream music festival. At another hotel in the area, police arrested 11 people on suspicion of drug use. The arrests followed a raid on Wednesday in which six people were detained on suspicion of intending to sell drugs in the area during the five-day music festival.