La Nina influences patterns
Taiwan is still under the influence of La Nina this winter, which will result in lower rainfall and colder temperatures than average this month and next, the Central Weather Bureau said. Average temperatures are expected to be about 17?C this month and 20?C next month, the bureau said. Average temperatures for February have fluctuated between 16.8? and 18.1?C for the past 30 years, while the average March temperature ranges between 18.8? and 20.7?C, bureau data show. La Nina results in the cooling of ocean temperatures in the Eastern Equatorial Pacific, said Chia Hsin-hsing (賈新興), chief of the bureau’s long-range forecast section. Meanwhile, the bureau said the rain forecast for northern Taiwan this month and next is 100mm and 150mm respectively. The average precipitation ranges from 69.7mm to 217.7mm in northern Taiwan in February and 133.2mm to 190mm in March.
Yangminshan park has app
Yangmingshan National Park is offering visitors a new application service that provides information on attractions, transport and maps for the suburban Taipei mountain area, officials said yesterday. The new app is based on an online map and GPS location system and offers maps of trails and cycle paths, as well as the latest information on the park, officials said. Users can also access information in offline mode. The app is available free from the Apple app store and Android Market, officials said. Meanwhile, the park has also introduced free Internet Wi-Fi hotspots in nine areas, including the Qingtiangang and Yangmingshuwu visitor centers, as well as the park’s headquarters. The park is planning to launch an English version of the app by the end of the year in order to serve the growing number of foreign visitors, officials said.
The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) should not use the government’s disease-prevention policy as an excuse to block people’s access to the Taipei Railway Station’s main hall, the Taiwan International Workers’ Association said yesterday. The association held a protest at the station after what organizers said were about 400 people staged a sit-in on Saturday to demonstrate against the TRA’s proposal to ban sitting on the floor of the main hall. In accordance with the Central Epidemic Command Center’s disease-prevention measures, large gatherings have been banned in the hall since the end of February. After protesters yesterday expressed their grievances at the southern
SEEKING OPTIONS: A Sinyi Realty corporate realty official attributed the spike to proposed legal changes in the territory and the ongoing pro-democracy protests More Hong Kongers purchased real estate in Taiwan last year than other foreigners, Ministry of the Interior statistics showed. The ministry attributed the spike to a proposed extradition law that the Hong Kong government submitted last year, which would have allowed suspects to be sent to China and other nations, which sparked mass protests that are continuing. The rate of purchases last year by Hong Kong natural and juridical persons stood at 40 and 60 percent respectively, with building area purchased by both standing at 47.41 percent and 52.59 percent respectively, ministry data showed. Department of Land Administration statistics showed that Hong Kongers
ZERO TOLERANCE: National Police Agency Director-General Chen Ja-chin said that he ordered Kaohsiung police to investigate reports of planned voter intimidation Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokeswoman Yen Juo-fang (顏若芳) yesterday denounced the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) for asking people not to vote in a recall poll against Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), while National Police Agency Director-General Chen Ja-chin (陳家欽) called on police to follow up on reports that gangsters are planning to intimidate voters. Yen said that in an effort to save Han, the KMT has mobilized all of its members, who have increasingly tried to prevent Kaohsiung residents from exercising their right to vote in the poll on Saturday next week. She called on Kaohsiung residents to have the courage
Taipei is to reopen public facilities starting on Monday next week under three conditions, and allow indoor and outdoor events with fewer than 250 and 1,000 people respectively, Taipei Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) yesterday. The three conditions are practicing social distancing measures or wearing a mask if the proper distance cannot be kept, enforcing a real-name registration system for indoor activities and prohibiting meal sharing, Huang said. All municipal facilities would resume operations under those principles, with the exception of school campuses, she said. School campuses at high-school level and below would remain closed to the public to protect student health, but