North faces heavy rain
Due to the passage of Tropical Storm Fung-Wong east of the country, heavy to extremely heavy rain is forecast for Keelung, Yilan County and the greater Taipei area, while other parts of the nation are likely to see cloudy skies, with intermittent showers in mountainous areas, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday. As of 8am yesterday, the storm was 355km southeast of Yilan County, moving at 15kph in a north-northeasterly direction. Daytime temperatures nationwide yesterday were about 24°C to 26°C in the north, and 27°C to 30°C in the central and southern areas, the bureau said.
Gangwon eyes Taoyuan
New South Korean low-cost carrier Fly Gangwon on Wednesday announced that it would launch its first international route on Dec. 26 with a flight to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. The airline said it would offer a daily direct service between Taoyuan and its home base, Yangyang International Airport, using its sole 737-800 aircraft, which can carry 186 passengers. After its launch, two more destinations in Taiwan — Taichung and Kaohsiung — are to be added on Jan. 29 and March 29 respectively, it said. Fly Gangwon, which started its domestic service earlier this month, said it is aiming to expand into Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, with direct flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam; Bangkok; and the Philippines, over the next two years. The airline is scheduled to take delivery of another 737-800 next month and plans to expand its fleet to five next year, 10 by 2023 and 20 by 2025, it said. Yangyang, a small international airport in South Korea’s Gangwon Province, serves the nearby areas of Sokcho, Gangneung and Pyeongchang.
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
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
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
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