Typhoon near Philippines
Tropical Storm Jelawat formed near the Philippines yesterday, but it is not expected to pose a threat to Taiwan in the near future, the Central Weather Bureau said. As of 8am, Jelawat was centered 1,480km southeast of the southernmost tip of Taiwan, moving at a speed of 9kph in a west-southwesterly direction. It was packing winds of 83kph, with gusts reaching 108kph, the bureau said. Meanwhile, temperatures across Taiwan in the days ahead are expected to go up by 2?C or 3?C as rain-bearing cloud bands start to move away from Taiwan, the bureau said.
Airport massages take off
The Taipei City Government’s Department of Labor on Thursday launched a massage service for weary travelers at Terminal 1 of Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport). Travelers are now entitled to indulge in a free 10-minute massage during their stopover at the airport’s “massage station,” which is located between boarding gates No. 6 and No. 7 and has two blind masseurs on service on a daily basis.
Expo to start in Kaohsiung
The 2012 Taiwan Design Expo, to be held next week in Greater Kaohsiung, will feature the theme of “Passion Design,” which encourages people to lead a positive life. More than 1,000 exhibits from 12 countries will be on display, in the fields of industrial design, visual communication and interior design, the Taiwan Design Center said. The expo will reflect the designers’ enthusiasm for people and some of the exhibits will to be sold for charitable purposes, the center added.