Jinning to host festival
Kinmen County’s annual Oyster and Wheat Festival is to take place in Jinning Township (金寧) on Saturday and Sunday next week to promote locally grown produce. The two-day event is to include a specialties and food fair featuring locally harvested oysters and wheat. An oyster shucking competition is to begin at 2pm on Saturday. Those interested in participating must sign up with the township office in advance. That same day, there is to be a concert featuring singers and bands, such as rap group Nine One One. Another oyster shucking event is to take place at 3:30pm on Sunday, which is also to have live music performances.
Electronics given to DHS
The Upper Darby Police Department in Pennsylvania has handed over the computer, iPad and smartphone of a Taiwanese student arrested for threatening to shoot up his high school to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for further analysis, a spokesman said on Tuesday. Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told local news station NBC10 that the DHS would be able to determine whether Sun An-tso’s (孫安佐) “threats to carry out a shooting at Bonner and Prendergast Catholic High School in Drexel Hill expand beyond local boundaries.” One question that a huge cache of ammunition, as well as a handmade gun and other weapons, seized by police raised is whether Sun was acting alone. “Is this a lone wolf or is he associated with somebody else?” Chitwood said, adding that police would have a better idea once they get everything in place.
School league continues
The second round of the Cross-Strait Student Baseball League yesterday opened in Beijing, featuring 20 teams from universities on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. The three-day second round is being held at Fengtai Baseball Field and is also to feature games for elementary, middle and high-school teams. The teams were decided based on preliminary qualifiers that took place in Taiwan and China to determine the nine Taiwanese and 11 Chinese teams. The second round is to continue in Taichung in July, with the finals taking place at the end of the year, set tentatively in Shenzhen, China. The Taiwanese teams are from schools such as National Taiwan University, National Tsing Hua University, the Chinese Culture University and Shih Hsin University, while the Chinese teams include those from Tianjin University of Sport, Peking University, Beijing Normal University and Chengdu Sport University.
Front to lower temperatures
Temperatures in northern and central Taiwan are forecast to plunge to 14°C tomorrow with the arrival of a cold front and a continental cold air mass, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday. While the nation is to enjoy highs in the 30s on the first two days of the five-day Tomb Sweeping Day holiday, CWB forecaster Yen Tseng-hsi (顏增璽) said that temperatures would drop by 15°C in northern and central Taiwan tomorrow. The low temperatures are to continue until Sunday, Yen said. Today’s daytime highs are forecast to reach 30°C to 31°C, similar to that of yesterday. There is also a chance of fog in western Taiwan, Yen added, which could affect travel plans for people returning to the nation after the holiday.
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
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
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
MEDICINAL HERB: The FRIL protein extracted from hyacinth beans helped laboratory mice survive H1N1 infection and effectively neutralized the coronavirus A protein isolated from hyacinth beans, a medicinal herb known for centuries, has been found to restrict the activities of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses in laboratory experiments, a team of Academia Sinica researchers said yesterday. The beans’ curative effect is documented in the 16th-century Chinese medicine classic Compendium of Materia Medica (本草綱目) and they are also a food source in some countries, the Genomics Research Center’s Chemical Biology Division Director Alex Ma (馬徹) told a news conference in Taipei. Center senior research specialist Jan Jia-tsrong (詹家琮) experimented with up to 500 medicinal herbs to see if they could restrict influenza viruses and