Further instability in store
The weather is likely to be unstable over the next few days, with heavy rains expected across the nation until Tuesday, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. As a front approaches, the volume of rainfall could exceed 130mm a day, even higher than last week when heavy rain caused flooding and traffic disruptions in some areas, forecasters said. Southwestern winds accompanying the front could also create a Foehn effect, bringing warm, dry winds that blow down the sheltered side of mountains into the valleys in the east of the nation and could send temperatures soaring, the bureau added. Meanwhile, a magnitude 4.6 earthquake jolted the eastern regions at 1:44pm yesterday, the bureau said. The earthquake’s center was in the ocean about 34.5km north of Hualien County Hall at a depth of 15.8km, it added.
Australia praises contestant
Australian Office Taipei Representative Kevin Magee yesterday congratulated a Taiwanese woman who has reached the final round of a competition to select short-term employees for Australia’s “Best Jobs in the World.” Australia announced on Wednesday that 26-year-old Hsieh Hsin-hsuan (謝昕璇) from Greater Kaohsiung, was among the final three contenders for the position of wildlife caretaker. “This is great news,” Magee said. “I congratulate Ms Hsieh on making it to the finals and hope she will charm the judges and showcase the natural beauty of Australia to people in Taiwan.” The job is one of the six positions on offer in the competition, which aims to showcase Australia to young travelers, said Tourism Australia, which organized the campaign. The winners, to be announced on June 21 in Sydney, will each receive a package worth A$100,000 dollars (US$97,410).