Cool weather to continueThe nation is expected to see the recent wet and cool weather pattern continue until Thursday, with the approach of a cold air mass expected to bring down temperatures further, the Central Weather Bureau said. Heavy rainfall is likely to continue, especially in northern, central and eastern parts of the country, brought on by a cold front and seasonal winds, the bureau said. No significant temperature fluctuations are expected until tomorrow, when a cold air mass is likely to move down to the nation and cause the mercury to fall, the bureau added. Daily lows between tomorrow and Thursday are likely to drop to 14°C in northern and northeastern areas, with large temperature fluctuations expected in other parts of the nation, the bureau said.
Koo Jr allowed to visit father
Former Chinatrust Financial Holding Co vice chairman Jeffrey Koo Jr (辜仲諒) left yesterday for the US to visit his ailing father, ChinaTrust Group founder Jeffrey Koo (辜濂松), after obtaining approval from a court to leave the country. Koo Jr is currently appealing a nine-year jail sentence handed down by the Taipei District Court for his alleged involvement in an insider trading case in 2004. The Taiwan High Court on Wednesday agreed to temporarily lift the travel ban on the condition that he post a NT$1 billion (US$34.4 million) security to ensure that he would come back to stand trial. Koo Jr’s lawyer submitted the money to the court at about noon on Friday in exchange for a reprieve of the travel ban from Friday to Dec. 21.
Diplomat killed in Swaziland
The secretary to Taiwan’s embassy in the Kingdom of Swaziland, died in a car crash along with his wife in South Africa on Saturday afternoon, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. Ministry spokesman Steve Hsia (夏季昌) said Hsu and his family had been on leave when the accident occurred, and though both Hsu and his wife died in the crash, their twin daughters had not been critically injured. Local police have already begun investigating the cause of the crash, Hsia added. The ministry would endeavor to help Hsu’s son to go to South Africa and arrange Hsu’s affairs, Hsia said, adding that the South African representative office in Taiwan had also issued a visa to Hsu’s son. Compensation and indemnities would be given in accordance with regulations, Hsia added.
Aid donated to Saint Lucia
The government has donated US$1.8 million in aid to an infrastructure construction program in Saint Lucia to improve the quality of life for the people in the Caribbean nation, the embassy in Saint Lucia said in a statement on Saturday. Ambassador to Saint Lucia James Chang (章計平) presented the donation to Saint Lucian Prime Minister Kenny Anthony on Friday, the statement said. Anthony expressed his gratitude and said the construction program — composed of 112 sub-projects mostly aimed at building and repairing roads, hiking trails and wastewater drainage systems — covers all 17 electoral districts in the country. The program is expected to provide jobs that will reduce the country’s 24 percent unemployment rate, he said. Chang said Taiwan made the donation after finding out that infrastructure needed funding and expressed hope that the aid will help improve living conditions in Saint Lucia and that ties between the two countries would become closer.