Possible typhoons form
The Central Weather Bureau is tracking two tropical disturbances that have emerged over the Philippines and the South China Sea, which are likely to develop into typhoons that could affect the nation next week. Whether the typhoons will form and to what extent Taiwan will be affected will not become clear until Sunday, forecaster Cheng Chuan-fang (程川芳) said on Wednesday. If the typhoons form and move toward Taiwan, they are expected to bring substantial precipitation to the nation, which has yet to see any substantial rainfall this year during what should be the annual plum rain season, Cheng said. A weather front is expected to approach Taiwan today, but the system is weak in intensity and will not deliver much-needed rain in central and southern Taiwan, Cheng said.
‘Jerusalem’ translation wins
Taipei-based Emily Publishing Co won first prize in the translation category at this year’s Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Yantai, China, for its Mandarin-version of Israel-born London-based chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s Jerusalem. The translation, published last year, beat shortlisted titles from 10 other nations to win. The cookbook was translated into Mandarin by Wang Ching-ying (王晶盈). Editor-in-chief Emily Ching-Chun Chuang (莊靜君) said the copy of Jerusalem on display with other shortlisted titles at the three-day event, which ended on Monday, was stolen, but she had brought her own copy along with her and so was able to show the book at the awards ceremony. Organizers confirmed that the book had been stolen, adding that only the best books at the awards tend to go missing.
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
Taiwanese have donated more than NT$10 million (US$329,946) to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy, following an appeal for help by a Yilan-based Italian priest to save his “other homeland.” Catholic Father Giuseppe Didone on Wednesday issued a public letter asking for donations to be made to the fundraising center of Camillian Saint Mary’s Hospital Luodong to purchase emergency provisions, including surgical masks and protective gowns, for medical personnel in Italy. Didone yesterday expressed his gratitude and said that he was touched by the love shown by Taiwanese. While state-funded hospitals in Italy are mostly adequately supplied, many local clinics are suffering from
Taiwanese sports are to return next weekend, with the baseball and soccer leagues starting their new seasons, although there are to be restrictions for spectators and protective measures due to COVID-19. The Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) season was originally scheduled to begin on March 14, then pushed back to March 28, before settling on next Saturday. “To conform with the government’s mandate limiting crowds at outdoor events, we will strictly limit the total number of people at each league game at fewer than 200,” CPBL secretary-general Feng Shen-hsieng (馮勝賢) said. “This figure will include the players, coaches, team employees, ballpark