WRA to mull water rationing
The Water Resources Agency (WRA) is scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss whether to impose first-stage water rationing as a result of lower than average rainfall over the past few months. The water supply in Kaohsiung, Hsinchu, Taoyuan and New Taipei City’s Linkou (林口), Banqiao (板橋) and Xinzhuang (新莊) districts was categorized as “green” earlier this month, suggesting a tight water supply, leading to the implementation of water conservation measures, the agency said, adding that from November last year to Friday last week, about 120 million cubic meters of water were saved nationwide through the measures. However, reserves at the Shihmen Reservoir (石門水庫) in Taoyuan, Nanhua Reservoir (南化水庫) in Tainan and Zengwen Reservoir (曾文水庫) in Chiayi County were down to less than 60 percent capacity as of Wednesday, the agency said.
Philippine tourists increase
The number of visitor arrivals from the Philippines last year totaled 172,475, an almost 24 percent year-on-year increase, which the Tourism Bureau attributed to the nation’s streamlined visa procedures for Philippine nationals and tourism promotion efforts. Of the total, 48,198 Philippine visitors came for tourism, a nearly 60 percent increase from 2015, bureau statistics showed. Other reasons for visiting included business trips (6,551), visiting relatives (4,843) and attending meetings (3,238), the bureau said. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines attributed the overall increase to measures to streamline visa procedures for Philippine citizens, as well as the bureau’s efforts to promote tourism at travel fairs in the nation.
FAMILY FEUD: Weng Jen-hsien, who was convicted of killing six people in 2016, was the second prisoner to be executed since President Tsai Ing-wen took office A death row inmate was executed on Wednesday, less than a year after he was convicted of killing six people by setting fire to his home. Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥) said that he signed the order and the death sentence was carried out on Wednesday afternoon in New Taipei City. The Supreme Court on July 10 last year sentenced 53-year-old Weng Jen-hsien (翁仁賢) to death after he was convicted of killing his parents, niece, nephew and nephew’s wife and his parents’ caregivers. Weng set fire to his home in Taoyuan’s Longtan District (龍潭) on Feb. 7, 2016, after a family feud
At a campground in Nantou County, a team of women are using ropes to shimmy up a towering seven-story tall Chinaberry tree, fighting their fear of heights and reconnecting with nature. Tree climbing remains somewhat niche in Taiwan, but a growing number of women are embracing the challenge thanks to the island’s first international certified female climber arborist. Sylvia Hsu (許芢涵), 26, said she was inspired to set up her own women-only tree climbing classes after seeing the popularity of similar gatherings in Europe. “A women-only camp is a more relaxed environment,” she said. “I was hooked on trees after my first climb...
Police in Kaohsiung are investigating a possible murder after a woman’s body was found in a plastic container on Thursday. The bucket was found by a person operating an excavator on a construction site at a private lot next to the Ciaotou Sugar Refinery Station (橋頭糖廠站) on the Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit system. Police investigator Chen Jen-cheng (陳仁正) yesterday said police had reviewed missing person reports and have narrowed the identity of the victim down to about 20 possible people. Physical evidence suggested she might have been a Fongshan District (鳳山) woman surnamed Lin (林), who was about 60 years old when she
IN PRINCIPLE: The Central Epidemic Command Center began yesterday to ban visits to hospitalized patients, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung said The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday announced 10 new COVID-19 cases — eight imported and two locally transmitted — bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 339. The imported cases involved six men and two women, all Taiwanese, who had traveled to Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Indonesia, countries in Latin America, the UK or the US before arriving back in Taiwan between March 6 and Tuesday, center data showed. Among them, patient No. 338 was part of a tour group that traveled to Austria and the Czech Republic, and has resulted in an infection cluster of five cases,