Heavy rain to continue
Many areas in the country yesterday saw their most significant periods of rainfall since the beginning of autumn, the Central Weather Bureau said, warning that heavy rain is expected to continue today. Under the influence of a passing cold front, the northern, eastern and central areas have seen considerable precipitation, the bureau said. While rainfall was forecast to ease yesterday, chances of occasional downpours in those areas remain, it added. Meanwhile, strong seasonal winds following the front are likely to keep temperatures across the island low until Tuesday, the bureau said.
Taiwan donates for Sandy
Taiwan donated US$300,000 on Friday to New York City and the states of New York and New Jersey for the reconstruction of communities that were destroyed by superstorm Sandy last month. The money is to be distributed equally among the three, which were among the hardest-hit areas, for post-storm reconstruction work, said Andrew Kao (高振群), director of Taiwan’s representative office in New York, who presented the donation at New York City Hall. Christine Quinn, speaker of the City Council, received the donation on behalf of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and expressed gratitude for Taiwan’s aid. Quinn said Sandy wreaked serious havoc in the New York area, where thousands of people are still homeless and are forced to live in shelters. Part of the donation will go to a foundation Bloomberg established and will help the reconstruction of small and medium-sized enterprises in the city, as well as allow children and their homeless families to have a Thanksgiving dinner, Quinn said.
Suming to perform abroad
An award-winning Amis Aboriginal singer will perform in three South Pacific island nations, in a move to boost exchanges between Taiwan and these countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Suming (舒米恩) and his band are scheduled to visit Kiribati and Palau — both of which are diplomatic allies of the Republic of China — as well as Fiji between tomorrow and Nov. 30, performing five concerts featuring Amis tribal music, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tung Kuo-yu (董國猷) said. Suming, from Taitung County, “brings new elements and life to traditional culture,” Tung said, adding that the tour is being organized by the ministry to promote cultural diplomacy and showcase the nation’s soft power. Suming last year won the Best Aboriginal Album in Taiwan’s 22nd Golden Melody Awards. The six-member group is to perform traditional folk music of the Amis and songs written by Suming. He said he would wear traditional tribal garb during the performances.
Writer producing food show
Writer and gourmet Jiao Tong yesterday said he would produce a 52-episode TV documentary on Taiwanese culinary culture set for broadcast in 2015. “I’d like to portray the most beautiful and essential things that are easily seen in Taiwan,” Jiao said. Inspired by A Bite of China, a seven-episode TV series made last year, Jiao said he also wanted to let the world, especially the Mandarin-speaking community, know more about Taiwan’s food culture. “It will not just focus on delicacies, but also Taiwan’s agriculture, aquaculture, livestock and food-processing sectors, he said. In terms of Chinese culinary culture, “Taiwan’s is definitely the best,” Jiao said.