US official’s trip canceled
A US Department of State official has canceled a visit to Taiwan due to personal reasons, the Presidential Office said yesterday. David Balton, deputy assistant secretary for oceans and fisheries in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, was invited to visit by the Council of Agriculture.
Hualien hit by 4.7 quake
A magnitude 4.7 earthquake jolted Hualien County early yesterday, but there were no reports of casualties, according to the Central Weather Bureau. The quake hit at 6:56am, with the epicenter located in Shoufeng Township (壽豐), about 15.2km southwest of the Hualien County Government building at a depth of 22.2km, the bureau said. The strongest tremor was felt in the county’s Tungmen area (銅門), according to the bureau. Seismologists said more time was needed to determine whether the temblor has anything to do with the 6.3 earthquake that rocked the county’s Rueisuei Township (瑞穗) on Thursday last week.
European film fest opens
The ninth annual Taiwan European Film Festival will open on Friday, offering free viewing of 16 European films over a one-month period. The festival will be hosted by the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) from Friday through Dec. 8, with the aim of introducing the EU’s cultures, arts and languages, the EETO said on the Web site for the event. The 16 films were recommended by 16 members of the EU, the organizers said, the highest number of films since the festival was launched in Taiwan in 2005. The films will be shown in 477 sessions at 36 venues in 14 counties and cities around the nation, according to the organizers.