Cold air mass arrives
The Central Weather Bureau yesterday said that temperatures in New Taipei City, Taoyuan, Hsinchu and Miaoli could fall to as low as 10°C between last night and this morning. In addition to issuing a “yellow warning” for the regions — indicating that temperatures at low altitudes could drop below 10°C — the bureau said that a cold air mass, combined with radiative cooling, would cause temperatures to drop across the nation overnight and in the early hours of this morning. The bureau forecast that the effects of the cold mass would be felt until tomorrow morning, with overnight lows of 12°C to 14°C in northern, central and eastern Taiwan. Temperatures would rebound to between 21°C and 22°C tomorrow, and rise to 24°C to 25°C by Tuesday, it said.
Event raises NT$1 million
The Australia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Taipei on Thursday raised more than NT$1 million (US$33,378) at a two-and-a-half-hour fundraiser to support Australia’s recovery efforts in the wake of a wave of bushfires. The Australian Office Taipei and Trade and Investment Queensland co-organized the event. The proceeds are to be sent to the Australian Red Cross through its counterpart in Taiwan to support the affected communities, the chamber said. Acting chamber chairman Damien Van Eyk and Australian Office in Taipei Representative Gary Cowan thanked Taiwanese and the government for their support, after the latter pledged to donate 100,000 face masks. Two calendars featuring New Taipei City firefighters, one signed by New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) and the other by Taiwanese-Australian actress Hannah Quinlivan, were auctioned at the event. The calendar signed by Quinlivan sold for NT$21,000, NT$2,000 more than the one signed by the mayor.
Yuejin festival starts today
The Yuejin Lantern Festival starts today in Tainan, featuring more than 50 light installations created by local and foreign artists in the city’s Yanshuei District (鹽水). The annual festival is taking place around Yuejin Harbor, which was one of the nation’s largest trading hubs during the Qing Dynasty, the Tainan Cultural Affairs Bureau said. This year’s festival features lantern installations by several local art groups, including students, as well as artists from the Netherlands and Japan. Among the highlights, Dutch artist Ralf Westerhof presents Drawn in Light, a 6m illuminated steel structure that was showcased at the Amsterdam Light Festival in November last year. Japan’s Yasuhiro Chida is to present Broken 6, a large box-like structure that allows visitors to view the special light effects inside. The festival runs until Feb. 16.
Ministry lauds resolutions
The European Parliament on Wednesday passed two resolutions that included articles expressing support for Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international organizations. The resolutions — one on Common Foreign and Security Policy and another on Common Security and Defense Policy — include articles reiterating the EU’s support for Taiwan’s “meaningful participation in international organizations, mechanisms and activities.” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday in a statement thanked the parliament for passing the resolutions. The statement also mentioned lawmaker Michaela Sojdrova’s proposal that the EU should strengthen its cooperation with Taiwan to counter foreign electoral interference.
DOING ENOUGH? The HPA budgets NT$1.3 billion to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but has no separate budget to fight teen drinking, a doctor said The government should step up alcohol education and prevention efforts, and allocate more of the budget to it, doctors said on Friday, citing the high consumption of alcohol among Taiwanese adolescents. One out of four 12-to-17-year-olds has consumed alcohol, said Yen Tsung-hai (顏宗海), director of Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Department of Clinical Toxicology. The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) budgets NT$1.3 billion (US$43.9 million) annually to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but it has not allocated a separate budget for preventing teenage drinking or excessive alcohol use, Yen said. “There is no so-called ‘safe drinking level’ for minors,” because any amount consumed
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
YOUNGEST PATIENT: Cases of botulism have been only sporadically reported over the past few years, with two in 2015, six in 2016 and none in the past three years The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the nation’s first case of infant botulism this year, a four-month-old boy in northern Taiwan, as well as five new cases of Japanese encephalitis confirmed last week. The boy was introduced to homemade solid food in the middle of last month, but began to experience constipation and loss of appetite on June 23, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said, adding that he was taken to the hospital when he developed a fever and shortness of breath on June 25. In the hospital, the boy also experienced a rapid heartbeat, limb
The National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park in Taipei is to open to the public today. The park in Datong District (大同) near the North Gate (北門, Beimen) is one of the museum’s four branches. During the Japanese colonial era, the site housed the railway department of the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan’s Bureau of Transportation. After World War II, it served as the headquarters for the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) for several decades. In 2007, it was listed as a national monument under the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法). At an opening ceremony yesterday, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung