Plum rain season to start
Taiwan’s seasonal plum rain is forecast to arrive this afternoon, bringing rain across the nation, the Central Weather Bureau said. Daytime high temperatures yesterday hovered between 25?C and 29?C in the north, and 31?C in central and southern regions, according to the bureau. Thunderstorms or showers are expected in northern and central areas and intermittent rain in other parts of the nation until Thursday, forecasters said. During the plum rain season, which is peculiar to East Asia and named because it coincides with the ripening of plums, frontal systems tend to linger over the nation, bringing severe thunderstorms and heavy rain for many days.
Poll to set DPP primary
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is to complete its primary for the Taipei mayoral election as an opinion poll by Wednesday next week, DPP Secretary-General Lin Hsi-yao (林錫耀) said yesterday. The poll is to be the first step in deciding the party’s candidate in the year-end election from among four aspirants: former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), lawyer Wellington Koo (顧立雄) and legislators Pasuya Yao (姚文智) and Hsu Tain-tsair (許添財). The winner is then to enter a “second-phase” of selection among opposition candidates — also in the form of an opinion poll — to choose who is to represent the pan-green camp, Lin said. That selection process is expected to pit the DPP’s pick against green-leaning independent hopeful, surgeon Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), and is expected to be completed by the middle of next month. Taipei is considered a stronghold for the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), leaving many in the DPP battling to decide between supporting a party candidate or backing Ko to challenge the KMT’s strength in the city.
KMT chooses in Changhua
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lin Tsang-min (林滄敏) has won the party’s primary for the Chang
hua County commissioner election for Nov. 29, the party announced yesterday. The primary was based on opinion polls conducted by three pollsters from April 30 to Friday. Lin obtained 38.725 percent of overall support, more than any of the other four candidates also vying for the party’s nomination. Lin thanked the public for supporting him and pledged to turn Changhua into a prosperous and progressive county if elected. The other four KMT hopefuls in the primary were Changhua Deputy Commissioner Ko Cheng-fang (柯呈枋, 31.335 percent), Sihu Township (溪湖) Mayor Chen Wen-han (陳文漢, 11.951 percent), former county labor affairs chief Huang Chun-tao (黃君韜, 10.42 percent) and former National Assembly member Tsai Chih-hong (蔡志弘, 6.946 percent).
Taoyuan expo to open
The Taoyuan Baby and Child Products Expo and Taiwan Tourism Factories Festival is set to open on Thursday, Taoyuan County officials said. The first 500 visitors to the four-day expo and festival in the Taoyuan Arena are to be offered free soy sauce, while participating enterprises are to provide various raffle tickets, officials said earlier this week. The annual event showcases products manufactured by big-name companies in Taoyuan County at bargain prices, officials added. Taoyuan Economic Development Bureau Director Chen Shu-jung (陳淑蓉) said the show has drawn more than 40,000 visitors and sold NT$30 million (US$1 million) worth of products each year since it began two years ago.