Temperature reaches high
A new high was set for Taipei’s temperature this year when the mercury hit 37.8°C at 12:15pm yesterday due to a strong high pressure system over the Pacific Ocean, the Central Weather Bureau said. The previous record of 37.6°C was set on Wednesday. In New Taipei City’s Banciao District (板橋) and Keelung, temperatures reached 36.6°C, while Chiayi saw a high of 36.5°C at about noon, the bureau said. Warm southwesterly winds affecting the nation was another reason for the high temperatures, the bureau said. Meanwhile, southwesterly winds could bring intermittent rain to northern, northeastern and eastern Taiwan from today to tomorrow. The effects of Tropical Storm Rammasun, which formed on Saturday in waters east of the Philippines, is expected to reach Taiwan by Wednesday, bringing rain to the eastern and southern parts of the country.
Taiwanese win 2014 IBO
Taiwan took four gold medals on Saturday at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) on the Indonesian island of Bali, winning the championship for the first time in 13 years, the Ministry of Education announced. The team was made up of Hsu Li-tien (許力天) from National Taichung First Senior High School, Chang Jo-yu (張若愚) and Hsu Ken-chang (許耿彰) from Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School, and Yao Chun-chen (姚俊辰) of National Wu-Ling Senior High School. Hsu Li-tien placed second in the individual category, the ministry said. The IBO is a competition for high-school students who are winners of their respective National Biology Olympiads. Taiwan last won the IBO in 2001. Sixty-five countries took part in this year’s competition, which began on July 5 and ended yesterday.
Noodles in bidding frenzy
A cache of instant noodles turned out to be one of the major draws at an auction held by the Ministry of Justice in New Taipei City last week. The ministry was disposing of items seized from an Internet cafe that owed NT$9.6 million (US$320,100) in back taxes and fines, and the auction on Wednesday attracted a standing-room only crowd. One of the hottest lots on the auction block was 41 cardboard boxes containing 1,230 packages of instant noodles. After a fierce bidding war, the lucky buyer secured enough noodles for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for a year for NT$11,100, more than double the starting price of just over NT$5,000, but still less than half the market value of the noodles.
Kuala Lumpur gets concert
A free concert will be held in Kuala Lumpur next month to promote Taiwanese literature and music in Malaysia. The Taiwan Literature and Music Night will feature Taiwan-born Malaysian Mandopop singer Freya Lim (林凡) and Taiwanese singers Maggie Chiang (江美琪) and Peter Pan (潘裕文), according to the Ministry of Culture, which is organizing the event with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia. The ministry said that the concert would feature music that expresses the beauty of Chinese-language literature. Songs will include Always Faithful (但願人長久) by Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng (鄧麗君) and Red Bean (紅豆) by Hong Kong singer Faye Wong (王菲), according to news reports in Malaysia. The concert is to be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on Aug. 2.
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD: Media speculation has fueled confusion about the KMT’s reasons for skipping a Chinese forum and delaying an AIT meeting, party sources said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Sunday said that it is not seeking to improve relations with the US or China at the expense of the other, and that its relations with the countries would be topic-based. The party has faced questions over its foreign policy after it on Monday last week announced its withdrawal from the annual Straits Forum and delayed planned talks with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The party has also taken a tough stance on the importation of US meat containing ractopamine, while also lambasting China for increasing its military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait. Following
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
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