Festival to have clear skies
Chances for clear skies are high in western Taiwan during the Mid-Autumn Festival today, while residents in northern and eastern parts of the country might have to less ideal moon-watching conditions the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. As Typhoon Jelawat gradually moves away from Taiwan, a more stable weather pattern is expected across the nation, with occasional showers likely only in Yilan County, Hualien County and mountainous regions in the greater Taipei area, the bureau said. However, strong winds might continue to be felt in coastal areas, the bureau said, predicting gusts of up to 110kph in western Taiwan. Much lower temperatures are also expected during the festival, with daily lows dropping by about 3°C nationwide due to the effect of a new wave of seasonal winds passing over Taiwan during the weekends, the bureau said.
Students win cooking event
Students of the Taipei Kai-ping Culinary School have won first place in an international cooking competition in the Australian city of Canberra on Friday, the second consecutive year in which students from the school took first place in the annual competition. Lin Hung-yu (林鴻宇) and Tu Jui-ting (杜睿庭) used Australian lamb and vegetables to create their winning recipe, outshining eight teams from five countries at the International Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge that took place from Monday through yesterday. The winners said they found it difficult to cope with the environment because it was different from where they have cooked in Taiwan. Taiwan’s representative to Australia Katharine Chang (張小月) attended the award ceremony and congratulated the students on their win.
Taipei residents live longest
Taipei residents are the longest-living in the country last year with an average life expectancy of 82.7 years, but the average for the nation’s 23.2 million citizens fell slightly by 0.03 years from a year earlier to 79.15, the Ministry of the Interior said. The life expectancy of Taiwanese men was 75.96, down 0.17 years from last year, while that of Taiwanese women was 82.63, up 0.08 years, said the ministry in a statement. The cause for the decline in average life expectancy for men was a higher number of deaths — 4,833, a 5.42 percent increase from the previous year, it added. Among the five municipalities, the second-highest life expectancy was New Taipei City (新北市) (80.46), Greater Taichung (78.98), Greater Tainan (78.44) and Greater Kaohsiung (77.97), the statistics showed. Hsinchu residents topped the other 18 cities and counties with a life expectancy of 80.45, while Taitung County (74.36) and Hualien County (75.7) recorded the two shortest life expectancies for the second consecutive year, the ministry said.
‘Taichi’ event coming
A world championship for the traditional martial art of taichi (太極拳) is scheduled to be held in Taiwan from Oct. 6 to Oct. 7 to help promote and enhance the sport, an event organizer said yesterday. Now in its fourth year, the event, to be held in Taoyuan County, is expected to draw 500 practitioners from 19 countries around the world. The match will be divided into two categories: individual forms and weapons demonstration, and pushing hands. The federation hopes competitions will promote taichi and make it a world-class sport.