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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA


Plum rains to start Friday

The two-month rainy season in Taiwan will start this year with the arrival of the first plum rains on Friday, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. However, compared with previous years, this month may be slightly warmer and drier, while next month is expected to be more humid and cooler, Weather Forecast Center director Cheng Ming-dean (鄭明典) said. During the plum rain season, peculiar to East Asia and thus named because it coincides with the ripening of plums, frontal systems tend to linger over Taiwan, bringing severe thunderstorms and heavy rain for days at a time. This year, the most intense rainfall is expected from late this month to early next month and the chances of torrential rainfall will be especially high next month, Cheng said.


Kaohsiung officials convicted

Twenty Greater Kaohsiung city councilors, including the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) city council speaker Hsu Kun-yuan (許崑源), were found guilty of fraud and forging documents, among other charges yesterday. Hsu was given a one-year sentence, while former Greater Kaohsiung council speaker Chuan Chi-wang (莊啟旺), also of the KMT, was given a five-month sentence by the Kaohsiung District Court. The sentences can be commuted to fines. Hsu, Chuan and several other councilors were found guilty of using the names of other people to set up dummy accounts to apply for wage payments for councilor assistants. Some of those found guilty were members of the Democratic Progressive Party and independents. They were given sentences ranging from two months to one year and ten months. The case came to light in 2007, when Kaohsiung City traffic police units were investigating irregularities of people’s names and addresses on traffic tickets.

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