Man arrested over threats
A man was arrested yesterday for allegedly threatening to attack Gaea Books and “behead” its editor-in-chief after the publishing company repeatedly rejected his submissions. The man, surnamed Cho (卓), was taken into custody in Taoyuan after making the threats on Facebook, police said. After acquiring the 20-year-old suspect’s IP address with the help of Facebook, police were able to catch him one day before the day on which he threatened to burn the publisher’s office down. Cho, who has had his work rejected by Gaea Books 17 times, began posting threatening notes on the social networking site under a stolen online identity last month, police said. The frustrated writer has penned sci-fi and horror stories for the past six years and frequently criticized the publisher online for rejecting his work. At the instigation of other frustrated writers, Cho in January created a Facebook page for people like him. Last month, he started posting pictures of gas canisters and knives that led to his being reported to the police.
Rainy weekend ahead
Much of the nation is in for a mostly wet and relatively cold weekend after a weather front passed by the country yesterday and was followed by a cold air mass that will cool temperatures in northern Taiwan to as low as 12oC early today, the Central Weather Bureau said. The front arriving from the north last night brought rain to the north, while also drenching the east and the mountainous parts of the south, the bureau added. Heavy rain is forecast to hit the coastal regions in the north and the mountains in Greater Taipei. As the mercury plunges in the nation’s north today, the central areas are expected to see similarly cold temperatures of 14oC, while thermometers in the south will register 16oC to 17oC, the bureau said.
Penghu joins bays club
Penghu on Friday became an official member of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club, after the certificate of membership was presented to Penghu County Commissioner Wang Chien-fa (王乾發) by club president Galip Gur at the International Tourism fair in Berlin. The UNESCO-sponsored non-governmental organization was founded in 1997 and is dedicated to promoting the preservation and sustainable management of coastal areas. It is comprised of about 37 bays spread across 28 countries and territories worldwide, including San Francisco Bay, China’s Qingdao Bay, Halong Bay in Vietnam and France’s Mont Saint-Michel. Penghu was inducted into the club last year after its application was approved in 2012.
AIT fetes TRA with photos
The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) has announced plans to post a historical photograph on Facebook every day in the run-up to the 35th anniversary of the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), a cornerstone of US-Taiwan ties. “For each of the next 35 days, we will feature an image symbolizing the strength and depth of the relationship between Taiwan and the United States,” the institute said in a Facebook post on Friday. The TRA was enacted on April 10, 1979, to maintain commercial, cultural and other ties between Americans and Taiwanese after Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. The act pledges to help ensure peace, security and stability in the Western Pacific while promoting US foreign policy. It also commits Washington “to provide Taiwan with arms of a defensive character.”