Between tomorrow and Saturday, the front, combined with a southwest wind, would bring heavy to extremely heavy rainfall nationwide. The Central Weather Bureau has lifted the sea alert for Tropical Storm Vongfong, but has also said that people should brace for extremely heavy rain from today. The water level on Saturday fell to 221.96m, storing 56.6 million tonnes of water, the Northern Region Water Resources Office. Following the rain and convective heat transfer, the water level yesterday reached 223.79m, storing 64 million tonnes of water. Before the end of next month, the reservoir would need an additional 47 million tonnes to supply the public, it added.
Novelist who told stories of post-war life in Taiwan passes away aged 95Staff writer, with CNAA doyen of Taiwan’s “nativist literature movement,” Chung Chao-cheng (鍾肇政) passed away at his home in Taoyuan on Saturday, his family said. Premier Su Tseng-chang pays his respects to Taiwanese author Chung Chao-cheng, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 95, at the Wude Hall in Taoyuan’s Longtan District yesterday. In a Facebook post, Tsai also praised Chung Chao-cheng for playing an important role in promoting Hakka culture and Taiwanese literature. Writer Chen Fang-ming (陳芳明) said Chung Chao-cheng had a tremendous impact on the development of Taiwanese literature. The Hakka Affairs Council said Chung Chao-cheng was not only a prolific writer, but a devoted promoter of Hakka affairs who helped promote awareness of Hakka culture at a national level.
Hota holds ceremony for new plantBy Chen Cheng-hui / Staff reporterAutomotive components maker Hota Industrial Manufacturing Co (和大工業) on Friday held a beam-raising ceremony at its new manufacturing plant in the Chiayi Dapumei Precision Machinery Park (嘉義大埔美精密機械園區). The new facilities include a smart plant with automated production lines and a dormitory for 300 employees. The company, which supplies Tesla Inc and BorgWarner Inc, already operates two plants in the same industrial park. Together with the new plant, Hota has so far invested NT$14 billion in the park, Chinese-language media reported on Friday. In the first four months of this year, cumulative revenue fell 20.78 percent year-on-year to NT$1.58 billion, company data showed.
Taiwan’s medical system must be bolstered: Chen‘WORKLOAD’: The nation’s medical system is efficient, but operating at peak performance at all times creates problems when extra challenges arise, the minister saidBy Jennifer Huang, Wu Liang-yi and Jake Chung / Staff reporters, with staff writerThe COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the nation’s medical system must be bolstered to shoulder disease prevention duties ranging from border controls to aiding local communities, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said. Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei TimesA majority of Taiwan’s medical industry is in private hands and benign competition keeps the industry at peak efficiency, he said. Likewise, Taiwan’s medical system is wound too tight and its focus on peak efficiency would mean that when the time comes, its peak performance would be insufficient, Chen said. Public hospitals are comprised of ministry-operated hospitals, military hospitals, veterans’ hospitals, university-affiliated hospitals, and county or city hospitals, but they cannot collaborate, as they operate under different hierarchies, he said. However, the pandemic has highlighted a problem in the NHI system, which is insufficient funding, he said.
Statebuilding Party working to replace cross-strait ties actSETTING CHINA ‘FREE’: Chen Po-wei said Taiwan should acknowledge that China is a sovereign state to ‘spare our neighbor’ oppression by local lawsBy Sean Lin / Staff reporterThe Taiwan Statebuilding Party is drafting a “China relations act” aimed at replacing the “outdated” Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (台灣地區與大陸地區人民關係條例), Taiwan Statebuilding Party Legislator Chen Po-wei (陳柏惟) said yesterday. Taiwan Statebuilding Party Legislator Chen Po-wei holds a sign that reads: “Provide Taiwanese with the choice of a new passport that rectifies Taiwan’s title” at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei on April 28. The bill would redefine all matters relating to cross-strait exchanges, as well as reinvent the competent authority for cross-strait affairs, Chen wrote, adding that the party would solicit public comment on how the bill should be drafted. Although the issue is seen as a “hot potato,” Chen wrote that he “did not enter the kitchen to complain about the heat.”“No one should apologize for their self-identity,” Chen wrote, quoting the president. However, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) refuses to acknowledge that it is part of the Republic of China, which is the premise of the existing act, Chen wrote.
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Taipei T10 finals resume todayBy Grant Dexter / Staff reporterThe semi-finals of the Taipei T10 Cricket Tournament are scheduled for today at the Yingfeng Cricket Ground after rain halted play halfway through yesterday’s matches. The TCA Indians reached semi-final 1, where PCCT United await, via a qualifier against the FCC Formosans, with TCA and FCC the top teams from group play. Cameraman Michael Geier kicks water from a puddle beside the covers on the pitch at the Yingfeng Cricket Ground after rain stopped play at the Taipei T10 Tournament yesterday. Photo: Grant Dexter, Taipei TimesHowever, the Formosans fell to a four-run loss as captain Manoj Kriplani (0-7) tied down the batsmen with two miserly overs. The Daredevils face the ICCT Smashers today in the playoff for seventh and eighth.
Or you might hit up one of the ubiquitous contraband vendors and pray not to be caught by the armed Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Monopoly Bureau (TTL) agents. The Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Monopoly Bureau had its own honor guard back in the day. Cigarettes produced by the Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Monopoly Bureau for the army, left, navy, center and combined logistics command. This sign certifies a store as a licensed distributor of Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Monopoly Bureau products. In May 1947, the bureau took on the name Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Monopoly Bureau after dropping the matches and weights.
Institute unveils pineapple that smells like a mangoBy Ting Wei-chieh / Staff reporterThe Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute has launched a new pineapple cultivar that smells like a mango and is better adapted to rainy weather, saying it could be a new star of exported fruits. A new variety of pineapple informally called “mango pineapple” is displayed at the Chiayi Agricultural Experiment Station in Chiayi City on Friday. 23 pineapple features a mango smell that would not be affected by the summer weather, with its sweetness and sourness nicely balanced, Kuan said. Dubbed “mango pineapple” by farmers, the new cultivar’s average sweetness reaches 18.2 degrees, with a sourness of about 0.7 degrees, he said, adding that it tastes delicate and does not have apparent fibers. The Japanese market has responded positively to the pineapple, station director Chen Kan-shu (陳甘澍) said, adding that farmers interested in growing it can contact the station for authorization.
CWB issues warning for Tropical Storm VongfongStaff writer, with CNAThe Central Weather Bureau (CWB) yesterday issued a sea warning for Tropical Storm Vongfong, warning of increasing winds in the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines. As of 8pm yesterday, Vongfong was about 290km south of the southernmost tip of Taiwan, moving northeast at 13kph, bureau data showed. The storm, which had a radius of 80km, was carrying maximum sustained winds of 65kph, with gusts of up to 90kph, the bureau said. People cross a streeet holding umbrellas to shield themselves from heavy rain in Taipei yesterday afternoon. A rainbow spans the Taipei skyline yesterday afternoon after the city was affected by heavy rain caused by Tropical Storm Vongfong.
Thousands don masks to take entrance examsPREVENTION PLAN: Of the approximately 210,000 students taking the high-school entrance exams, 12 had a fever and were sent to backup testing centersStaff writer, with CNAMore than 200,000 junior-high school students yesterday began taking their two-day academic assessment examinations, wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as they sat for a series of major exams that would determine which high school they get into. The approximately 210,000 students taking the Comprehensive Assessment Program for Junior High School Students exams were required to wear masks, have their temperatures checked and sanitize their hands before they could enter the test venues. All students with a fever were separated from other students and sent to a backup testing center. Students line up at the Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University before 7am yesterday as they prepare to take the Comprehensive Assessment Program for Junior High School Students exam. Students yesterday took tests for social studies from 8:30am to 9:40am, mathematics from 10:30am to 11:50am, Chinese reading from 1:50pm to 3pm and Chinese composition from 3:50pm to 4:40pm.
Attorney Yeh Ching-yuan (葉慶元) had filed for an injunction against the recall on the same day that Chiang visited Kaohsiung, Yin said. Han has acted in ways that were an abuse of power, and has torn down signs advertising the recall, Yin added. Wecare organizer Chen Kuan-jung (陳冠榮), the lead petitioner of the campaign to recall Han, said that the mayor has claimed to be focused on municipal duties, when he has actually been working toward stopping the recall. “Han said the recall was no big deal, but to him it clearly is a big deal. Meanwhile, former KMT chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) — who had previously called on Han’s supporters to vote in opposition to the recall — yesterday said that supporters should respect Han’s wishes, and encouraged them to go out and spend money to support Kaohsiung businesses.
‘New York Times’ and others apply to station in TaiwanBy Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporterSeven more foreign news outlets have applied to open bureaus in Taiwan this year, including the New York Times, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday, following China’s expulsion of US journalists in March. After the US placed a personnel cap on four Chinese media companies, China responded by banning US reporters for the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal from covering news from China, Hong Kong and Macau. “We maintain bureaus in Beijing and Shanghai with correspondents, and are hopeful that the Chinese government will allow all of our reporters to return,” New York Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha said in an e-mail to the Taipei Times. The number of foreign journalists in Taiwan has increased in the past few years, as the nation’s press freedom has been praised by the global community, she added. Before the nation’s presidential and legislative elections on Jan. 11, more than 210 foreign journalists, including nearly 60 originally stationed in Taiwan, had applied for permits to cover the elections, the ministry said.
Hsieh Chih-hung, one of two men convicted of a double murder committed in 2000 and sentenced to death, was found not guilty by the court yesterday. Photo: Wang Chieh, Taipei TimesIn September 2018, the Taiwan High Prosecutors’ Office, citing new evidence that proved Hsieh’s innocence, filed for a retrial. The High Court on March 14 last year accepted the petition and ordered Hsieh’s sentence to be temporarily suspended. Hsieh Chih-hung, who had been on death row for 19 years for rape and murder, bows toward the bench of the High Court’s Tainan branch yesterday. The collegiate bench convened to preside over the case yesterday cited these reasons as grounds for finding Hsieh innocent.
Siemens Gamesa to expand wind turbine facilityREGIONAL HUB: Aside from supplying Taiwan, the firm said its Taichung facility would also serve Japan, South Korea and other Asian marketsBy Natasha Li / Staff reporterWind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (SGRE) yesterday said it plans to expand its production capacity in Taiwan to deliver turbines for the Hai Long 2 wind farm while aiming to capture growing market opportunities in Asia. SGRE last year leased 3 hectares from TIPC to deliver 111 8MW wind turbines to Orsted Taiwan Ltd (沃旭能源) for its 900MW offshore wind farm in Changhua. Although the wind energy industry is “still very Eurocentric ... there would soon be more turbines installed in Asia than in Europe,” he added. Having supplied 20 6MW wind turbines for the second phase of Formosa I Wind Power Co’s (海洋風力發電) offshore wind farm project, SGRE is to deliver another 47 8MW turbines for Formosa II Wind Power Co’s (海能風力發電) 376MW project this year. The company would also install 80 wind turbines off the coast of Yunlin County for Wpd Taiwan Energy Co’s (達能能源) 640MW wind farm by next year.
The 73rd session of the WHA is to be held virtually on Monday and Tuesday, but Taiwan — which participated in the annual assembly as an observer from 2009 to 2016 — has not received an invitation. Front row from left, Taiwan United Nations Alliance (TAIUNA) president Michael Tsai, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung and TAIUNA secretary-general William Lo raise their fists at a news conference in Taipei yesterday. Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei TimesThe increased support reflects the accumulated efforts of the government and civic groups over the years, the ministry said. Due to the tight agenda, each member state would have only two minutes to speak, the source said, adding that the proposals might be discussed at a WHO meeting scheduled for October and November. Separately yesterday, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), a group of lawmakers and members of the Taiwan United Nations Alliance also held a news conference about the nation’s efforts to attend the WHA.