Lu’s appeal rejected
Former vice president Annette Lu’s (呂秀蓮) appeal of the Executive Yuan’s rejection of her New Taipei City (新北市) anti-nuclear referendum proposal in May has been dismissed by the Ministry of the Interior’s Petition and Appeals Committee. The committee said Lu’s proposal to hold a referendum on the installation of fuel rods at the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in the city’s Gongliao District (貢寮) could not be approved because it was related to national energy policy and was therefore not a local issue. Lu launched a similar proposal in May for a Taipei plebiscite, which is still in the petition phase.
LeAnn Rimes to play Taipei
US singer LeAnn Rimes is to give her first performance in Taiwan next month in Taipei. The 31-year-old Grammy-winning artist is scheduled to sing at Taipei Arena on Nov. 16, her only stop in Asia on her current world tour, according to concert organizer KHAM. Rimes rose to fame at the age of 13 with her cover of the Bill Mack song Blue in 1996 and became the youngest Grammy winner ever the following year. She has sold more than 37 million records worldwide and is best known for the hit songs Can’t Fight the Moonlight and How Do I Live.
Small temblor jolts south
A magnitude 4.7 earthquake jolted southern Taiwan at 3:50am yesterday, the Central Weather Bureau said. The quake’s epicenter was in the sea, about 63.6km south of Greater Kaohsiung’s City Hall, at a depth of 56km, bureau officials said. Greater Kaohsiung and Pingtung County’s offshore Liuqiu Township (琉球鄉) were hit by the tremors most strongly, but at an intensely level of one, most residents would not have noticed them.