High temperatures forecast
Hot weather is expected across the nation this week, especially over the next two days because of strong Pacific high-pressure systems, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. Temperatures could reach 36oC in the north and 34oC in central and southern areas today, the bureau said. The public were warned not to spend too long in the sun and those visiting riverside areas to beware of rising water levels following possible rain in mountainous areas. From tomorrow through Friday, eastern areas might see intermittent rain, while afternoon thundershowers may occur in northern, central and southern parts of the country, the bureau said. Intermittent thundershowers can be expected over the weekend in the afternoon in northern, central, southern and northeastern areas, the bureau said.
Cabinet starts video contest
The Research, Development and Evaluation Commission is inviting local and foreign residents to participate in a video contest to highlight Taiwan’s English-language services, as part of efforts to build a friendly environment for the international community. Until Aug. 31, those who are interested can submit videos presenting their experience of the government’s efforts to create an amiable and effective English-language environment, the commission said. The competition is also aimed at promoting the English Services Emblem program, which recognizes English services provided by a store. The award ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 12 and the winner will receive a voucher worth NT$50,000. The commission held a similar event last year and one of the winners was James Miller of the US. He said the emblems are necessary because they help those who do not speak Chinese to find things.
Hair accessories fail check
An inspection of women’s hair accessories sold in Taoyuan County found that 285 out of 300 products examined did not contain the legally required information on their labels, the county’s Economic Development Bureau said yesterday. Last month, the bureau sent investigators to retail outlets around the county to conduct random inspections of hair accessory products. The investigators sampled 300 products, such as hair clips, headbands and combs. Of the samples that failed inspection, 198 were found to lack any of the labeling required by law, while the remainder had only partial labeling. All hair accessories should be labeled with the name and contact information of the manufacturer or distributor, place of origin, date of manufacture, content and composition of the commodity.
Train derails on Pingsi line
A train derailed at about 2pm yesterday on the Pingsi branch line in New Taipei City (新北市). Although there were no casualties, operations were halted until later in the evening, the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) reported. The accident occurred about 100m from Jingtong Station, one of the two stations on the line. Passengers walked to the station after a three-carriage train came off the rails, the TRA said. Officials added that shuttle buses were later enlisted to carry passengers — mainly tourists and local commuters — between Jingtong and Pingsi stations. The cause of the derailment was under investigation, officials said.