Rumbia to affect Taiwan
A tropical storm that formed over the Philippines on Friday could start affecting Taiwan today, bringing showers to the eastern and southern parts of the country, the Central Weather Bureau said in its latest forecast. As of 8am yesterday, Tropical Storm Rumbia was centered 1,240km south-southeast of the nation’s southernmost tip of Oluanpi (鵝鑾鼻), moving west-northwest at 26kph. Rumbia is packing maximum sustained winds of 65kph, with gusts reaching 90kph, the bureau said yesterday morning. There is little chance that the storm will hit Taiwan directly, forecasters said, but they warned that the unstable weather it generates could last until Tuesday. The name of the sixth tropical storm to be formed in this year’s Pacific typhoon season means “palm tree” in Malay.
Quake jolts eastern areas
A magnitude 5.6 earthquake jolted the east of the country at 7:51am yesterday, the Central Weather Bureau said. It did not cause any casualties or damage. The earthquake’s epicenter was in the sea, about 56km east of the Hualien County Government building, at a depth of 16.9km, bureau officials said. The earthquake was felt most strongly in Nanao Township (南澳) in Yilan County and Heping Township (和平) in Hualien County, registering 3 on the nation’s seven-tiered intensity scale in both areas. The earthquake was the 15th of magnitude 5 or above experienced in the nation so far this year, the bureau said. Of the 15 quakes, five were above 6 on the Richter scale, with the largest one reaching 6.3 as it jolted Nantou County on June 2, leaving four people dead and causing an estimated NT$33.73 million (US$1.128 million) in damage to 191 schools.
Taiwan ads adorn New York
Two advertisements promoting tourism to Taiwan hit the big screen in New York on Friday as part of a campaign to attract younger generations to the country’s tourism market. The two 30-second advertisements, featuring the slogans “It’s Time for Taiwan” and “The Heart of Asia,” will be screened in AMC theaters in New York City for 31 days. The spots are expected to receive about 1.2 million times, said Thomas Chang (張維庭), director of the Tourism Bureau’s New York office. Andrew Kao (高振群), the head of Taiwan’s representative office in New York, said the nation hopes to tap directly into a new source of tourists in the US through the campaign. According to official statistics, US citizens made 411,416 visits to Taiwan last year, accounting for 8.8 percent of total visitors.
Director honored in Sweden
Taiwanese filmmaker Chang Jung-chi (張榮吉) won the Best Director award for his drama Touch of the Light (逆光飛翔) at the Peace and Love Film Festival in Sweden on Thursday. The film was among eight works competing for the honor at Sweden’s largest film festival, according to the Taipei Mission in Sweden, Taiwan’s liaison office in the country. Lead actor Huang Yu-hsiang (黃裕翔) accepted the award on Chang’s behalf at the award ceremony. The festival’s Best Film prize went to Jeunesse of France, while its lead actress Esther Garrel won the Best Talent award, according to the film festival’s Facebook page. Touch of the Light features the journey of a blind pianist and a dancer. It has won awards at festivals in Taipei, Busan, South Korea and Washington.