Tropical storm should pass
The chances of tropical storm Nida sweeping through Taiwan is low, but eastern and southern parts of Taiwan should be on guard against heavy rain over the next two days due to the storm’s periphery affecting the nation, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. As of 8pm yesterday, Nida was 350km south of Oluanpi (鵝鑾鼻), on the southern tip of Taiwan, and was moving northwest at 24kph. The bureau said that Nida was expected to move toward China’s Guangdong Province. Rain was predicted for Hualien and Taitung counties, as well as southern Taiwan last night, the bureau said.
Runner dies near finish
A man taking part in a 9km run collapsed and died just 200m from the finish line on Saturday night. The 37-year-old man, a Hsinchu resident identified by his surname, Lin (林), was taking part in the Miaoli Starlight Charity Marathon sponsored by the Chinese Taipei Triathlon Association. About 4,000 people took part in the event, which started at 7pm on Saturday. Lin said: “I can’t take it anymore” and collapsed about 200m from the finish line, witnesses said. First aid personnel performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation and rushed him to hospital, he did not recover consciousness. Lin’s family said he often rode bicycles and had no unusual physical conditions. His family said they did not know what caused Lin’s death. Association head Lee Che-ching (李哲欽) said the run had a supply station and a first aid station every 3km. The temperature was “suitable” for running in the evening, he added, expressing regret over Lin’s death.
Premier vows bridge funds
Premier Lin Chuan (林全) on Saturday pledged that he would coordinate with agencies to provide financial support for the Kinmen Bridge project. Lin also said the Ministry of Transportation and Communications’ Taiwan Area National Expressway Engineering Bureau needs to supervise the project closely to ensure it is on schedule. Lin made the comments during a visit to Kinmen, where he did an inspection tour of the project and was given a briefing on its progress. Construction of the 5.4km bridge began in 2011 and is to connect Kinmen and Lieyu. However, construction has been suspended since the government terminated its contract with the builders on June 29. The bureau said it terminated the contract because poor management meant the project was seriously behind schedule, adding that it is inviting new tenders for the project and is scheduled to select a winning bidder on Aug. 31. If the construction resumes on Oct. 1, the project is expected to be completed by March 30, 2020, it said.
Roseate tern seen in Penghu
Birdwatcher Lin Lien-shou (林連守) yesterday said he saw a roseate tern when taking photographs at Chikan Port in Baisha Township (白沙) in Penghu. Lin said a tag on the bird’s leg with a serial number led him believe the bird came from Australia, where research is being conducted on the species’ migratory routes. It is uncertain whether the tern, an adult, would breed in Penghu before possibly flying to Australia, Lin added. Lin said several conservation areas across the archipelago have become rest stops for migratory birds. The little tern, the black-headed gull and the greater crested tern have been regularly spotted in the area.
Proposed legislation in the US outlines three conditions in which Washington would be authorized to protect Taiwan were China to invade, a report said yesterday. US Representative Ted Yoho this month said he would introduce a Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which would authorize US military force if China were to invade Taiwan-controlled areas, including its outlying islands. According to a version of the bill obtained by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister paper of the Taipei Times), the bill lists three conditions in which a US president would be authorized to use military force to protect Taiwan: If China uses military force
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
Two new commuter trains are scheduled to be launched in January next year, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said yesterday. The acquisition of EMU-900 commuter train cars is part of the railway operator’s plan to replace 589 train cars that have been in operation for more than three decades. The agency has also placed orders to buy 600 intercity train cars. The first batch of 20 EMU-900 cars is to be delivered to the nation in September, although delivery might be delayed until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said. The batch would be formed into two trains of 10
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s