Pop star finds love
Taiwanese-American singer-songwriter Wang Lee-hom (王力宏), who is normally closely guarded about his private life, announced on social networking sites yesterday that he has found the love of his life. “I’m lucky to have met a girl to hold hands with and share my future,” the 37-year-old star wrote on his Facebook and Sina Weibo (新浪微博) micro-blogging pages. “She’s not in the entertainment business so you don’t know her, but I also don’t want to create the opportunity for rumors so ... her name is Lee Jinglei. She’s 27 years old and a graduate student at Columbia,” he wrote. The four-time Golden Melody Award winner has been romantically linked to Taiwanese pop diva Chang Hui-mei (張惠妹), also known as A-mei (阿妹). However, there have also been rumors that Wang is gay, and he was said to have had a relationship with Chinese pianist Yundi Li (李雲迪), speculation that Wang denied earlier this year.
Low air quality forecast
The nation could experience low air quality through today as a cold air mass brings pollutants from China on strong northeasterly winds. Taipei’s Department of Environmental Protection advised children, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases to stay indoors. Taipei began to see the impact of the pollution on Monday afternoon. Data from the city’s environmental department, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) and the Environmental Protection Administration indicate that the low air quality could persist through today. The latest information about air quality can be found on the Environmental Protection Administration Web site at www.epa.gov.tw. In related news, the CWB predicated that temperatures are expected to dip to as low as 10oC in some areas of central and northern Taiwan tomorrow and on Saturday.