Mon, Aug 01, 2016 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with agencies

WEATHER

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.

SPORT

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.

INFRASTRUCTURE

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.

BIRDWATCHING

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.

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