Cold front approaching
The weather is to remain mild today, but a new cold air mass is approaching, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. Daytime maximum temperatures in the north and northeast of the nation today could rise by up to 2°C to about 20°C, while the center and south could see highs of between 21°C and 25°C, forecasters said. Mostly cloudy to sunny skies are expected nationwide, with limited showers in the east and mountainous areas of the north of the nation, it said. Increased moisture could bring more rain to eastern Taiwan, the bureau said. However, a strong cold air mass is expected to approach from tomorrow and it will be at its strongest between Thursday and Friday, driving temperatures down to lows of around 10°C in the north, the bureau said.
Free entry for young readers
The Taipei International Book Exhibition is to offer free admission to visitors under 18 for the first time this year to encourage reading among children and teenagers. Young readers can get free tickets by showing their national ID cards or other identifying documents, the Taipei Book Fair Foundation said. This year’s show is the first to feature a Man Booker prize winner, the foundation said, adding that Eleanor Catton, the New Zealander author of 2013 Man Booker Prize winner The Luminaries, is scheduled to meet with fans and sign autographs at an event on Feb. 13. The fair is set to include a graphic novel section for the first time and graphic novels from Taiwan and several other nations, including New Zealand, France and Germany are to be on display. The book exhibition takes place at Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1 and 3 from Wednesday next week through Feb. 16.
MOFA issues warnings
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is urging Taiwanese to avoid travel to several states in Myanmar because of clashes between government forces and ethnic minorities. The ministry raised the travel alert to “orange” for the states of Kachin, Shan, Kayin and Mon, after tensions heightened between the military and armed groups affiliated with ethnic minorities. The ministry also urged Taiwanese to avoid travel to Mindanao in the Philippines because of clashes between the government and anti-government militants. Last week, Philippine police came under attack in Maguindanao Province by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. In light of the fighting and the occasional abduction of foreigners by militants, the ministry said it would keep the travel alert for Mindanao at “orange.”
Katy Perry to perform
US pop superstar Katy Perry is set to give her first performance in the nation in April. The singer, known for her eclectic wardrobe, is scheduled to hold a concert at the Taipei Arena on April 28, according to her Taiwan Facebook fan page. Ticket sales will be announced on the fan page once all the details are confirmed, organizers said. The singer announced a series of Asian stops on her Twitter account on Thursday last week, including Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand. “Just when you thought the #PrismaticWorldTour was over, I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be bringing it to ASIA this April and May!” she tweeted. “I’m thrilled to bring the Prismatic World Tour to some of my favorite places in Asia,” Perry said in a press release issued on Friday last week.
Taiwan might be China’s next target after it has “walled off” Hong Kong from the rest of the world with its new national security legislation, Academia Sinica Institute of Sociology fellow Wu Jieh-min (吳介民) said on Thursday. At a seminar organized by the Economic Democracy Union, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, the Hong Kong Outlanders and the Judicial Reform Foundation, Wu said that the legislation is simultaneously a fig leaf concealing Beijing’s autocratic rule in Hong Kong and a figurative “Berlin Wall,” denying democratic countries access to Hong Kong. Wu said it is evident that Taiwan would be China’s next target. The
YOUNGEST PATIENT: Cases of botulism have been only sporadically reported over the past few years, with two in 2015, six in 2016 and none in the past three years The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the nation’s first case of infant botulism this year, a four-month-old boy in northern Taiwan, as well as five new cases of Japanese encephalitis confirmed last week. The boy was introduced to homemade solid food in the middle of last month, but began to experience constipation and loss of appetite on June 23, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said, adding that he was taken to the hospital when he developed a fever and shortness of breath on June 25. In the hospital, the boy also experienced a rapid heartbeat, limb
The National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park in Taipei is to open to the public today. The park in Datong District (大同) near the North Gate (北門, Beimen) is one of the museum’s four branches. During the Japanese colonial era, the site housed the railway department of the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan’s Bureau of Transportation. After World War II, it served as the headquarters for the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) for several decades. In 2007, it was listed as a national monument under the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法). At an opening ceremony yesterday, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung
CHALLENGER DEEP: Lin Ying-Tsong was invited by Caladan Oceanic founder Victor Vescovo to join him on a 10-hour long trip in the company’s submersible Taiwanese-American Lin Ying-Tsong (林穎聰) last month became the first person from Asia and the 12th in human history to dive into the deepest part on Earth, the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. Lin, 45, an expert in deep sea acoustics with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts, joined US adventurer and Caladan Oceanic founder Victor Vescovo, 54, on June 22 in a descent to the central pool of the Challenger Deep, the deepest point of the trench, which lies at a depth of more than 10,900m. The pair made the descent in a submersible named Limiting Factor, a US$37