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.
FATAL FIRE: The health department is trying to contact the inspector who visited the site of the illegal nursing home to ask why they did not advise follow-up checks The Taipei City Government yesterday said that a health department inspector last year had visited the site of a long-term care facility in Neihu District (內湖) after receiving a report questioning its status. A fire broke out at the facility on Tuesday afternoon, killing three people. The Taipei Fire Department said that it received a report about a fire on the first floor of a four-story residential building on Kangning Road Sec. 1 at 2:38pm on Tuesday, firefighters arrived at 2:43pm and the fire was put out by 3:07pm. The firefighters found three men in beds and rushed them to hospital for
THE CHINA CONNECTION: As Beijing’s aggression increases, so does Taiwanese consciousness, making a new constitution imperative, Hsu Wei-chun said If the nation is to ratify a new constitution, it must first end any illusions about the current document’s relevance to Taiwan, an academic told a forum in Taipei yesterday. For the constitutional revisionist movement to succeed, it needs public enthusiasm, the right timing and a clear plan of action, Chung Yuan Christian University associate professor Hsu Wei-chun (徐偉群) told attendees at the event titled “Imagining a New Constitution for a New Era,” which was organized by the National Taiwan University Graduate Student Association. The Constitution exists under the “one China” framework and has little relevance to Taiwan, Hsu said, adding that
Yuchi Township (魚池) fishers have appealed to the Nantou County Government for help in dealing with an invasive fish species in Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), where it has devastated the local ecosystem. Fishers at Sun Moon Lake have been using electrofishing in an attempt to eliminate the giant snakehead fish — found in Africa and Southeast Asia — but they have struggled to keep up with the growing population of the species, which breeds during September and October, the county government said on Monday. The county has contacted researchers at National Tsing Hua University, saying it hoped they could come up
Former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday urged Beijing to respect the median line of the Taiwan Strait by immediately stopping its military intimidation of Taiwan, as such actions would only hurt the feelings of Taiwanese. Beijing should immediately stop making military provocations against Taiwan, Ma wrote on Facebook after Chinese warplanes in the past week have made numerous forays across the median line that divides the Taiwan Strait. Although it has never officially acknowledged the median line, Beijing used to respect it, Ma said in response to comments on Monday by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Wang Wenbin (汪文斌), who said