Issues with Manila solved
Taiwan and the Philippines have reached a consensus on some outstanding fisheries issues, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday, bringing the neighboring countries one step closer to avoiding fishing disputes in the future. On Tuesday last week, the two countries agreed to set up a direct hotline, establish a cooperative enforcement mechanism, create an immediate reporting system for fishing-related incidents, and secure the release of fishing vessels and crews detained in the future, effective immediately, ministry spokeswoman Anna Kao (高安) said. The measures were first decided in a June 14 preparatory meeting and confirmed during a second bilateral meeting this month, she said. Importantly, Taipei and Manila have agreed to avoid using “force and violence” when enforcing maritime laws and regulations, which will help ensure the safety of fishermen from both countries, she said. Although Taipei and Manila did not issue a joint statement on their consensus, both sides signed the minutes of the talks, Kao said.
Quake hits Penghu islands
A magnitude 4.7 earthquake struck the Penghu archipelago at 8:24am yesterday, causing slight tremors in western parts of Taiwan proper, but leaving no reports of damage. The quake’s epicenter was located in the sea at a depth of 17.8km and was 75.3km north of the Penghu County Government building in Magong City (馬公), the Central Weather Bureau said. Magong recorded an intensity of two on the seven-point earthquake intensity scale. Townships and cities in Changhua, Yunlin and Miaoli counties also experienced tremors of the same intensity.
Sunny week ahead: bureau
Warm weather and mostly sunny skies are expected throughout the rest of the week on easing seasonal winds, with highs of up to 30oC forecast in parts of the country. The daytime mercury could break 27oC on the high end and will hover close to 30oC from tomorrow, the Central Weather Bureau said. Lows will be about 20oC through Friday, about 3oC to 5oC higher than the relatively chilly weekend that has just concluded, the bureau said. Showers are predicted in northern and northeastern parts of the nation over this weekend, as moisture from the east begins to move in.
Papaya aid given to Mexico
Taiwan has provided its papaya seedling technology to Mexico as part of the government’s efforts to expand international agricultural exchanges and cooperation, according to an official at a local agricultural research station. “The technology transfer to Especialistas en Papayas SA de CV marked a new page in international cooperation for Taiwan,” Huang Te-chang (黃德昌), director of the Kaohsiung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station, said recently. The cooperation with the papaya trading company not only has no negative impact on local agriculture, but helps Taiwan gain a better hold in the international fruit industry, he added. This exchange can help Taiwan select different seedlings for various overseas markets and make it “a global papaya seedling center,” Huang said. The technology transfer also marked the first time the station cooperated with a private company in a country without diplomatic ties, officials said. The station has also authorized other seedlings to be made available overseas, including soybeans, mangos and dates.