Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

Sat, Aug 17, 2013 - Page 5

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CNN lists Taipei 101 ride

Taipei 101 on Thursday beat other world-renowned skyscrapers in the selection of 49 life-changing journeys by CNN Travel with its 39-second elevator ride that travels non-stop to the building’s 89th-floor observation deck at a record speed of 1,010m per minute. Listed among the 43km-long Inca Trail of Peru and the Masai Mara National Reserve of Kenya, the 508m-tall building provides tourists “the sheer pleasure of blasting above the stifling masses in a steel box that pushes the limits of people-mover technology,” the travel review said. This was the second time a tourist attraction in Taiwan has made it onto the Web site of the US network’s travel section this week, after Guanshan (關山) in Kenting (墾丁) was hailed as one of the “12 superb sunset spots around the world” on Monday.

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Heatwave day off uncertain

The government remained undecided on whether a working day could be declared a holiday due to high temperature, Directorate-General of Personnel Administration Deputy Minister Chang Nien-chung (張念中) said yesterday. Chang made the remarks after Cabinet members remained divided at an inter-governmental meeting called to discuss the issue. There is no exact definition of what criteria must be met in order to qualify as a day off due to high temperature, Chang said. Chang said his office has instructed the Central Weather Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control to collect more information on how to determine the criteria and on cases of heat stroke in hot weather for further discussions. On Thursday last week, the mercury in Taipei hit 39.3°C, the highest temperature recorded in the city by the Central Weather Bureau since records began 117 years ago.