Another sentence for Wu
The Taiwan High Court yesterday announced that former first lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍) will have to serve a 19-year-and-two-month prison term for her involvement in the state affairs fund, a land purchase deal in Longtan Township (龍潭), the Nangang Exhibition Hall construction deal, offshore money laundering and the bribery case involving former Taipei 101 chief executive Diana Chen (陳敏薰). The High Court also ruled that Wu must pay a fine of NT$158 million (US$5.3 million). Taichung Prison’s Pei Teh Hospital in February last year ruled that Wu was incapable of serving a jail term in the hospital because her health.
Air quality warning issued
The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) yesterday warned of bad air quality nationwide through today after the Central Weather Bureau forecast a strong northeast monsoon may bring sand and other air pollutants from northern China. The EPA said increased wind speed near the ground surface might also cause sand problems in central and southern Taiwan. Although the level of the monsoon’s impact on air quality will also be affected by rainfall, the EPA said people with cardiovascular or respiratory diseases, elderly people, children or people with weaker resistibility to such substances should avoid doing vigorous physical activity outdoors today and tomorrow.
Temperatures set to drop
Cooler temperatures are expected today because of a northeast monsoon affecting the country, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. The mercury is expected to fall to between 18oC and 24oC in northern and northeastern Taiwan, while the center and south will see a bigger drop in nighttime temperatures, the bureau forecast. Warmer weather could be expected from tomorrow until Friday, but the arrival of a front and the return of the northeast monsoon on Saturday could send temperatures lower again over the weekend, it said. Meanwhile, parts of eastern and northern Taiwan could see intermittent rain today due to the influence of the monsoon, the bureau said. From tomorrow to Friday, the weather around the nation will be cloudy to sunny, with localized intermittent showers in the mountainous areas of northern and eastern Taiwan, the bureau said. On Saturday and Sunday, intermittent rain can be expected in northern and northeastern Taiwan and in mountainous areas in central and southern Taiwan, because of the influence of the front and the monsoon, the bureau said.
Herb expo set for Kaohsiung
An exhibition to promote Chinese medicine, herbs, natural products and the biotechnology industry will be held in Taiwan for the first time ever, starting on Thursday. The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) said the three-day Taiwan International Herb and Natural Products Expo to be held in Greater Kaohsiung would feature a wide array of products such as fresh Chinese herbs, medicinal plants, health products, bio-medicine, natural beauty products and related technology and services. About 140 local and foreign exhibitors are expected to take part in the fair at 200 booths, TAITRA said. Two seminars on business opportunities in the industry and future trends will also be held, with the participation of about 300 local and foreign experts.