TV to feature special forces
Special operations forces will be featured in a Discovery Channel program to be broadcast later this year, the result of the first cooperative project between the military and the global channel. The program will feature the rigorous training regimen that the army’s aviation special operations force, a naval underwater operation unit and combat frogmen face, the channel said in a recent statement. To film the program, the production crew traveled to the special forces training camp in Greater Taichung, a naval base in Greater Kaohsiung and, most recently, Kinmen, the channel said. Among the highlights of the coverage of the army frogmen’s arduous training in Kinmen were their long runs in cold weather and efforts to develop underwater combat capabilities in cold water, the statement said.
Drum festival in Tainan
Greater Tainan will kick off a six-day international drum festival on Feb. 11, so that visitors to the historic city can enjoy an art-filled Lunar New Year holiday, the organizer said yesterday. The festival, to be held at the Eternal Golden Castle, will feature seven percussion groups from Taiwan, the US, France, South Korea and Japan, the Greater Tainan Government’s Cultural Affairs Bureau said. “Listening to a percussion performance at the Eternal Golden Castle, which used to be a fortress, will give visitors an entirely different experience,” an official said. Taiwanese Grammy-nominated Ten Drum Art Percussion Group and Japanese drumming group Nobushi are among the groups scheduled to perform at the festival. The performances will begin each afternoon and last into the night, Chou said, adding that the seven groups will hold joint performances at the opening and closing ceremonies on Feb. 11 and 16 respectively.
Quake strikes east of Yilan
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake jolted the northeast early yesterday, but there were no reports of casualties or damage, the Central Weather Bureau said. The earthquake, which hit at 3:09am, centered off the notheastern coast 80.6km east of Yilan County Hall at a depth of 105.6km beneath the seabed, the bureau’s Seismology Center said. The strongest tremor, with an intensity of 3, was felt in the county’s Nanao Township (南澳) and neighboring Hualien County’s Heping Township (和平). The quake was felt at an intensity of 2 in Taipei and several other areas. The nation sits in an earthquake-prone area. More than 30 earthquakes rocked the nation in June last year alone, but none of them caused major damage.
Mercury to drop tomorrow
The current mild weather across the country is expected to last until tomorrow, after which a southward moving cold air mass from China will drive temperatures down again, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. Sunny weather with some clouds prevailed across the nation yesterday, with highs of 24°C to 25°C, the bureau said. Today and tomorrow, stronger seasonal winds are likely to bring the daily highs down to 20°C in the north and 23°C in central Taiwan, the bureau forecast. Occasional showers are expected in the north and east, it said. From Thursday to Sunday, temperatures are expected to drop in areas north of central Taiwan as a cold air mass from China moves in, the bureau said. It forecast lows of 13°C to 14°C in those areas and highs of 17°C to 18°C. Northern and eastern Taiwan can expect occasional showers during that period, the bureau said.
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Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
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Yuchi Township (魚池) fishers have appealed to the Nantou County Government for help in dealing with an invasive fish species in Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), where it has devastated the local ecosystem. Fishers at Sun Moon Lake have been using electrofishing in an attempt to eliminate the giant snakehead fish — found in Africa and Southeast Asia — but they have struggled to keep up with the growing population of the species, which breeds during September and October, the county government said on Monday. The county has contacted researchers at National Tsing Hua University, saying it hoped they could come up