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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

WEATHER

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.

EDUCATION

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.

SOCIETY

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.

DIPLOMACY

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.

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