Storm bringing rain
Tropical Storm Krosa, which formed near the Philippines early yesterday, is expected to bring rain to the north and east of the nation today, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. As of 8am, Krosa was centered about 1,160km east-southeast of Oluanpi (鵝鑾鼻), moving west at 24kph. It is packing maximum sustained winds of 72kph, gusting to 101kph, the bureau said. Krosa is not likely to affect Taiwan directly, but may cause high waves along coastal areas and unstable weather nationwide until tomorrow, it said. Limited showers are likely in the north and east of the country over the weekend, the bureau said.
Taipei police said they have identified a possible suspect involved in Monday’s attack by two scooter-riding feces-flingers on singer Jam Hsiao (蕭敬騰). Police said they tracked the license plate of the scooter used in the incident to a 22-year-old man whose whereabouts are currently unknown. The police said they have asked the man’s father to contact him and convince him to come forward. Hsiao narrowly escaped the attack outside of his home when two suspects hurled excrement into his car as he was on his way to work. The excrement missed Hsiao, but his driver and other passengers were not so lucky. The driver also sustained injuries when he attempted to stop the poo-slingers.
Power lines removed
Construction workers on Tuesday removed several power lines to ensure better views for visitors to Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck in Taoyuan County. Five cables that were preventing people from enjoying an unobstructed front view of the inflatable art installation were brought down and laid in ditches, according to the Taoyuan County Cultural Affairs Bureau. Three remaining cables have been left where they are because they do not affect photograph opportunities, the bureau said. The sculpture went on display on Saturday as part of a landscape art festival in the county, and had attracted an estimated 930,000 visitors as of Tuesday.
Peru seeking more visitors
Peru is hoping to see 4,000 visitors from Taiwan by the end of this year as a result of burgeoning economic and cultural ties, Commercial Office of Peru in Taipei Director Gycs Gordon said yesterday. “Taiwan is one of the fastest-growing markets for us,” Gordon said, adding that the number of Taiwanese visiting his nation has been growing by 20 percent annually. Gordon said Peru hopes 10,000 tourists from Taiwan will visit by the end of 2016 following a series of promotional events hosted by the Peruvian Commission for the Promotion of Exports, which launched its first road show in Taiwan yesterday. Commission members will be meeting with Taiwanese travel agents through trade fairs and business-to-business events during their stay.