Cooler climate predicted
Temperatures in northern Taiwan could drop to 20°C tomorrow night due to strengthening seasonal winds from the northeast, the Central Weather Bureau has forecast. While northern and northeastern parts of the nation will experience relatively cooler weather and sporadic rain through Thursday, central and southern Taiwan are likely to experience sunshine, bureau forecasters said. Daytime highs in the north and northeast are not expected to exceed 26°C, the bureau said. Central and southern areas are expected to be less affected by the northeast monsoon, with daytime highs ranging from 28°C to 30°C, and lows between 21°C and 25°C in the south, the forecasters said. Temperatures in the north and northeast of the country are set to rise by 2°C to 3°C next weekend as the monsoon weakens, they added.
Yuan Zai betters motor skills
Giant panda cub Yuan Zai (圓仔) has been making steady progress in learning to walk as her limbs become stronger, enabling the baby bear to keep herself upright and walk longer distances, Taipei Zoo said. In a video released by the zoo yesterday, the cub is seen taking small steps inside her cage. In the video, Yuan Zai seems to be struggling to remain upright and walk a short distance without falling. The imbalance is due to her front limbs being stronger than the back ones, zookeepers said. However, the discrepancy has improved over time and now that her back limbs are stronger, the panda cub can walk increasingly longer distances without falling, zoo officials said. Yuan Zai now weighs slightly more than 6kg, compared with just 183.4g when she was born on July 6. The zoo’s star attraction has also begun teething, the officials added.
Central counties join heads
The heads of the Greater Taichung, Changhua County and Nantou County governments have decided to form a task force to coordinate efforts to develop the free economic demonstration zone being set up in Taichung Harbor, Changhua County Commissioner Cho Po-yuan (卓伯源) said. The task force, to be convened by the Greater Taichung Economic Development Bureau, will be responsible for creating an environment conducive to the growth of promising regional industries by integrating local resources and implementing a development plan, the commissioner said. Cho said the task force was aimed at becoming a platform for cooperation between the three administrative districts and promoting their mutual benefit. The three local governments also intend to seek financial assistance from the central government to support cross-district activities, as well as joint efforts to promote regional products in the Hong Kong, Macau and Chinese markets, Cho said.
Yushan issues monkey alert
Yushan National Park authorities warned visitors yesterday to beware of the Formosan macaques that inhabit the area, saying that one of the monkeys recently attacked multiple people at a public restroom in the park. A strong, male monkey has been biting or scratching people at a restroom at the Shishan service station, park officials said. They cautioned visitors not to get too close to wild animals, which can get agitated if approached, park administration deputy director Wu Hsiang-chien (吳祥堅) said. Anyone who is bitten or scratched by an animal is advised to wash the wound for 15 minutes and seek medical attention, Wu said. Park authorities have stepped up patrols to protect visitors, he added.
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s
A Belgian man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan last week is likely to have contracted the disease in Taipei in late June, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health vice dean Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday reported that the man, who is in his 20s, came to Taiwan for work on May 3 and tested positive on Wednesday last week as he was about to depart. The man in March reported loss of taste and smell, the center said, adding that he worked in Changhua County, but visited Taipei several times,
NEW ERA: Taiwan, which has controlled its virus outbreak, now faces the challenge of safely resuming economic exchanges with other nations, Chang Shan-chwen said People should not focus entirely on having zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, but neglect overall control over the disease situation, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said yesterday. Chang made the remark at a forum in Taipei discussing the steps Taiwan should take in the post-pandemic era, organized by the Chinese-language magazine Global Views Monthly. Chang, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩), and Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention director C. Jason Wang (王智弘) each made a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Chang, Wang and Buddhist Tzu