Fishing skipper missing
Two Keelung-registered fishing boats collided in waters close to Huaping Island (花瓶嶼) off northern Taiwan early yesterday, tossing the crew of one boat into the water. Five crew members were rescued, but the captain is still missing. The collision occurred at about 4am. The crews of the Li Fa No. 1 (立發一號) and Hsin Ling Po 16 (新凌波16) did not seem to notice that the distance between the two boats was narrowing before the collision occurred, officials said. The Hsin Ling Po was able to rescue the Li Fa’s five crew members — one Indonesian and four Chinese — but not its 54-year-old skipper, Lin Chih-nan (林志男), Coast Guard Administration officers said. An airborne service helicopter, coast guard, navy vessels and other fishing boats were mobilized to search for Lin.
Win motivates practice
Pianist Wu Kuan-han (吳冠漢), who won third place in the Vienna International Piano Competition earlier this month, yesterday said that his win has motivated him to work even harder. The 28-year old Chiayi native competed against 26 musicians from eight countries in the competition, which wrapped up on Aug. 10. It was his first international competition and Wu said he felt enormous pressure, practicing almost eight hours each day beforehand. Winning third place was a valuable experience that will serve to push him to work harder, he said. He major in music at National Taiwan University of Arts and now resides in Vienna, Austria, where he has been studying under pianist Roland Batik since 2014.
Man dies of dengue
A Taiwanese man who was infected with dengue fever in Thailand has died, days after he was sent home for treatment, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday. It was the first dengue fever death reported in Taiwan this year, the agency said. The man, who was in his 70s, went on a business trip to Thailand in the middle of last month and came down with a fever early this month, the CDC said. He was admitted to hospital the day after he fell ill and three days later was diagnosed with dengue fever, the CDC said. By that time, he was in a semi-conscious state and was sent home on a medical charter flight, but died four days later, it said.
Warmer fall forecast
A warmer-than-usual autumn is likely this year due to a strong Pacific high pressure system that has lingered above Taiwan longer than expected this summer, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. “The high pressure system should have pushed further north to Japan by now, but it remains around Taiwan,” Weather Forecast Center Director Lu Kuo-chen (呂國臣) said. The system will keep water temperatures in the northwest Pacific Ocean relatively high, which in the past has usually signaled a warmer autumn. Lu said one to two tropical storms might strike Taiwan next month or in October.
Japanese athletes hailed
Some Japanese athletes competing in the Taipei Universiade have been hailed since a series of photographs of them cleaning a park was posted on social media by a New Taipei City councilor yesterday morning. The photos show the Japanese athletes using brooms and dustpans to clean Linkou Community Sports Park near the Universiade Athletes Village in New Taipei City’s Linkou District (林口).
Visitor numbers fall 6%
The number of international visitors to Taiwan fell almost 6 percent in the first six months of the year, due mainly to a drop in arrivals from China, statistics from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications showed. In the year to June, visitor arrivals totaled 5.12 million, a decline of 5.7 percent from the same period last year, the data showed. Of that number, 3.61 million visited for tourism purposes, a year-on-year drop of 6.9 percent, according to the statistics. China was the largest source of visitors in the six-month period, accounting for 1.26 million, but the number was the lowest in five years and represented a 40.1 percent decline from the same period last year, the data showed. However, visitor arrivals from several other countries increased, with arrivals from South Korea rising 30.2 percent year-on-year to 530,000 in the first half, the data showed.
Ministry wins award
The Ministry of the Interior has won an Asia Geospatial Excellence Award for its achievement in promoting integrated land use monitoring, the ministry said in a statement on Thursday last week. The award was presented in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on Wednesday last week as part of the annual GeoSmart Asia conference and was accepted by Cheng Tsai-tang, a deputy chief of the National Land Surveying and Mapping Center, the ministry said. The system allows authorities to compare satellite images from different times to identify ground feature changes and suspected illegal uses, center officials said. In the past, such monitoring was conducted by the Construction and Planning Agency, the Council of Agriculture’s Soil and Water Conservation Bureau and the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Water Resources Agency.
SPEEDING ELETRIC VEHICLES: Available without license requirements, the low-cost vehicles, especially if illicitly modified, can often reach a dangerous speed The government should crack down on illegal electric bicycles and scooters, the non-profit Consumers’ Foundation said on Friday, citing research on the potentially dangerous speed of the vehicles. Electric bicycles and lightweight electric scooters have gained popularity as they do not require registration and riders do not need licenses, the foundation said, adding that as many as 40 percent of them can reach speeds exceeding the legal limit of 25kph for non-licensed two-wheelers. Some consumers also purchased legal electric vehicles and modified them to reach higher speeds, it said. “If the government does not step up efforts to confiscate these
NEW CASE REPORTED: A man who returned from South Africa on a flight with the nation’s 460th and 461st cases has now tested positive for the disease The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that there is no need to test all arrivals to the nation for COVID-19, a policy the Executive Yuan supports. The center reported one new imported case, bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 477. The new case is a Taiwanese man in his 60s who on July 25 returned from South Africa, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), who is also the CECC’s spokesman. The man had returned to Taiwan on the same flight as cases Nos. 460 and 461, reported on July 27, Chuang said. On July 24,
‘RELIABLE PARTNER’: US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar praised the ‘Taiwan model,’ saying that the nation brought its spirit to its COVID-19 response The first memorandum of understanding (MOU) on health cooperation between the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the US Department of Health and Human Services was yesterday signed at the Centers for Disease Control in Taipei. The memorandum was signed between the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US, by AIT Director Brent Christensen and Taiwan Council for US Affairs Chairperson Jen-ni Yang (楊珍妮). US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) witnessed the signing of the memorandum, designed to enhance the nations’
More than half of Taiwan’s middle-aged population, those aged between 40 and 64, have at least one of the “three highs” — high blood pressure, high blood lipids or high blood sugar — and an unhealthy waist size, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) said, adding that more than 30 percent also have metabolic syndrome. The HPA, the Taiwan Millennium Health Foundation and local health departments are cooperating to encourage people to regularly measure their waist circumference and keep it at a healthy size — no more than 90cm for adult men and no more than 80cm for adult women. Taichung Veterans General