Cooler weather expected
Clearer skies and higher temperatures should continue across the nation until tomorrow, when an approaching front is expected to bring rain and cooler weather, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. A stable weather front today could see daily highs exceed 30ºC, with cloudy to sunny skies expected in most areas, forecasters said. Temperatures today are likely to be between 20ºC and 31ºC in northern areas of the nation and between 22ºC and 30ºC in southern areas, the bureau said. However, the warm weather is likely to be interrupted by an approaching front tomorrow, with daily highs set to drop by 5ºC in northern areas, it said. The front will likely also bring a higher probability of rain and thunderstorms across the country, the bureau said, adding that rainy weather could continue into next week.
Taiwanese honest: poll
Taiwanese are the world’s ninth-most honest hotel guests, an industry survey released on Monday showed. Of the 28 countries and one territory, Hong Kong, surveyed, Denmark topped the list as the country with the world’s most honest hotel guests, followed by the Netherlands and Norway, with Taiwan and South Korea taking joint ninth, according to the survey conducted by hotels.com, a Web site for booking hotel rooms. Brazil, Canada and Hong Kong were tied for fourth place, followed by Italy, which was ranked seven, and Russia in eighth. China was ranked 23rd, along with the US, hotels.com said. The survey also found that the items most commonly taken from hotels are magazines, books, linens and towels. Other frequently stolen items taken were bathrobes, pillows, lamps and clocks. The survey was conducted in January and collected 8,600 responses.
Circus performer killed
Russian circus performer Alikov Attire reportedly died in a knife brawl at the Cingjing Farm (清境農場) tourist resort in Nantou County yesterday. Local police said the 27-year-old was allegedly killed by Persaev Ruslan, 57, the circus’ director. The police said the two men got in a fight in their dormitory at the resort, where the circus is performing on a one-year contract. Ruslan was reportedly angry at Attire for mishandling his horse during yesterday’s noontime performance, causing Ruslan to fall off the horse twice, police said. Attire was stabbed twice in the left part of his chest, severing his aorta and resulting in profuse bleeding, police said. Other circus members called an ambulance, but Attire died at the scene when the police and paramedics arrived. Ruslan has been detained by the police for questioning and remained in custody as of press time.
‘Times’ writes up Taipei
The New York Times recently published an article in its weekend edition advising would-be visitors to Taipei how to experience all of the city’s major draws in 36 hours. The article on the paper’s travel page describes Taipei as a city that never sleeps, “welcoming residents and visitors to brush up on their history, explore their spirituality and, most of all, satisfy their taste buds,” Hsu Yeou-jey wrote. The article suggested that visitors sample tea at Muzha and descend the mountains after sunset to take in the view of the Taipei skyline at twilight. The National Palace Museum, the night market at Huaxi Street, Taipei 101 and the flagship Eslite Bookstore are also on the writer’s recommendation list.