Heavy rains expected in west
Significant rainfall can be expected across Taiwan during the next seven days due to a weather front and southwesterly currents, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. Especially residents in the western parts of the nation should prepare for heavy or extremely heavy rain from Wednesday, with 80mm to 200mm of accumulation in 24 hours, bureau forecaster Lin Po-tung (林伯東) said. The front and southwesterly winds are to affect Taiwan until the Dragon Boat Festival on Monday, he said.
YouBike coming to Miaoli
The popular YouBike bicycle sharing service is soon to be available in Miaoli County, with the first 10 automated rental stations to be installed by the end of this month, the county’s Public Works Department said on Monday. The stations are to be at Miaoli Railway Station, Miaoli County Public Library, the Miaoli City Office, National Miaoli Senior High School and National Miaoli Agricultural and Industrial Vocational High School, among other locations. Bikes can be rented for NT$10 (US$0.33) per 30 minutes.
Taipei nabs 180 for fraud
Taipei police from Monday to Friday last week launched a massive crackdown on telecom fraud, arresting 180 suspects in 89 cases, the Taipei Police Department said on Monday. Police also seized 34 cellphones and NT$2.04 million in cash, police told a news conference. The department estimates that there were 422 victims, with monetary losses totaling NT$149.76 million. The suspects and seized evidence have been turned over to prosecutors for further investigation on charges of telecom fraud.
CLEAR BEFORE LEAVING: Two baby boys and a woman in her 30s tested negative before departing for Japan, but tests taken after their arrival came back postive Three Taiwanese tested positive for COVID-19 when they arrived in Japan earlier this month, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday as it reported a new imported case. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), head of the center, said that one of the three cases in Japan is a Taiwanese baby under the age of one, whose parents work in Japan. The infant came to Taiwan with his parents in January, and the parents paid for the family’s COVID-19 tests on Oct. 10 ahead of their planned return to Japan on Monday last week, he said. The boy and his
‘BACKED BY ENEMY’: CTi News is one of the few channels promoting unification, the New Party chairman said, while pro-Taiwan groups called it a propaganda outlet Pan-blue camp supporters yesterday lodged a protest at the National Communications Commission (NCC) against what they say is a possible move by the government to shut down CTi News, adding that politics should not interfere with freedom of the press. Protesters included representatives from the New Party, the Blue Sky Action Alliance, the 333 Political Party Alliance and other pan-blue groups. “We stand here today because CTi News is one of the few media outlets in Taiwan that is still willing to give groups supporting unification with China a voice. If the news channel is gone, there would only be
NEW YEAR’S EVE: Examples from South Korea and Japan show that 15 local COVID-19 infections could emerge in a short period if measures are not taken The Taipei City Government would cancel its New Year’s Eve Party and all large events if 15 or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 are reported in the city within a week, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday. Addressing the Taipei Cross Border E-Commerce Annual Convention, Ko said the COVID-19 pandemic has brought many uncertainties to society, and that e-commerce is on a path of no return and would continue to grow. Many countries have not effectively controlled their COVID-19 outbreaks, and although Taiwan implements strict border controls and there have been few inbound passengers, the pandemic is unlikely to end soon,
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday accused CTi News of trying to mislead the public by publishing a half-page advert claiming that the party interfered in the National Communications Commission’s (NCC) review of its application for a license renewal. CTi News is distorting the commission’s review process by painting it as a political conflict and turning it into a smear campaign against the DPP, party spokeswoman Yen Juo-fang (顏若芳) said. “The NCC is an independent body, which carries out reviews and makes decisions based on its members’ professional expertise, as well as regulations and legal requirements governing media operations,” Yen said. “We condemn