Cimaron sea warning lifted
The Central Weather Bureau lifted a sea warning for Tropical Storm Cimaron at about noon yesterday, but warned that heavy rain is still likely across the nation. As of 11am yesterday, the storm was centered about 260km west of Oluanpi on the southernmost tip of Taiwan, moving northwest at 19kph, the weather bureau said. It was packing sustained winds of 65kph, with gusts of up to 90kph. Taitung and Pingtung counties could see accumulated rainfall of up to 200mm in the 24 hours to noon today, while eastern Taiwan and areas south of Chiayi County might experience downpours as well, forecasters said. However, Cimaron is unlikely to further threaten ships operating in the Bashi Channel and the Taiwan Strait, the bureau said.
Ma to stop over in New York
The US government has approved a request by President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to stop over in New York during an upcoming journey to Latin America and the Caribbean, where he will visit four of the nation’s allies, Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to the US said on Wednesday. While in New York, Ma will maintain a low profile as he usually does during transit stops in the US, Taiwan’s Representative to the US King Pu-tsung (金溥聰) said. King said Ma’s low-key, pragmatic approach to diplomacy has received recognition from the US, which believes the approach is helpful in building mutual trust. On such a basis of mutual trust, the US government is expected to provide Ma with due courtesy while he is in New York, King said. Ma is scheduled to attend the Aug. 15 inauguration of Paraguayan president-elect Horacio Cartes. He is also scheduled to visit St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Yunlin to hold eco-show
The Yunlin County Government is planning to hold an agricultural exposition between Dec. 25 and March 6 next year to highlight the idea of being friendly to the land and the environment. The main exhibition venue in Huwei Township (虎尾) will be divided into six parts: an area for carbon sequestration; a happy farm area; a display hall for various products; a food exhibition hall; a fashion show area and a creative zone. Yunlin County Commissioner Su Chih-fen (蘇治芬) said that the county government is aiming to promote the idea of post-modern agriculture and further visitors’ understanding of what it means to be eco-friendly. Various rejuvenation and community renewal projects will also be carried out in 20 townships in the county in a bid to showcase each community’s unique characteristics and landscape, as well as build their agricultural brands, Su said.
Taipei jazz fest opens
One of the highlights of the three-day Taipei Jazz Festival, which opens today, will be performances by a group of renowned musicians from Israel, including veteran pianist Avi Adrian and bassist Arnon Palty, said the Taipei International Jazz Education and Promotion Association, which organized the event. The Israelis will give two seminars on Middle Eastern and Jewish music today at the Taipei Artist Village, the association said. The festival, which includes concerts tomorrow and on Sunday at Daan Forest Park, will feature 12 musicians from Belgium, Germany, Italy, South Africa and the US and three Taiwanese musicians, including singer-songwriter and Golden Melody Award winner Hsieh Yu-wei (謝宇威), the association said. Hsieh will give take part in a seminar at the Taipei Artist Village at 2pm tomorrow.