Taiwan Battens Down the Hatches

Updates at bottom of article The majority of Taiwan’s counties and cities canceled school and work for today, Tuesday, September 27, as category 3 typhoon Megi enveloped the island, bringing pelting rain and wind gusts up to 55m/s. Residents of Yunlin County, Chiayi City, Chiayi County, Tainan City, and Kaohsiung City in the southern part of Taiwan criticized local authorities who made the decision to issue a half-day stop-work/stop-class order. Parents braved strong winds and rainy conditions to take their

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UK Minister Visits Taiwan to Foster Closer Ties

UK Minister of State of the Department for International Trade, Greg Hands MP met President Tsai Ing-wen during a 2-day visit, and spoke to government, business leaders, and students. In a speech delivered at National Chengchi University, Mr Hands spoke about the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, and assured Taiwan that Britain will remain a strong ally and trusted partner. Transcript of speech: “Good morning.Thank you for the warm welcome – It is great to be back

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Backhoes Buried in Demolition Site Collapse

Three backhoe drivers working on a demolition site in Tainan City were lucky to escape with their lives when the ground they were working on collapsed beneath them. The ground crumbled away slowly enough for the operators to jump out of the machines before they toppled over and sank into the more than 3 meter-deep hole.

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Crane Collapse Blamed on Approaching Typhoon

A 700 ton mobile crane collapsed onto buildings at a port in Hualien this morning. Operators blame high winds generated by an approaching typhoon. Fortunately, there were no casualties in the incident. The crane operator managed to jump out of the cabin, and there were no tourists on the whale-watching wharf, as cruises were canceled due to the approach of Typhoon Megi.

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Typhoon Megi to Make Landfall Tuesday

The fourth tropical storm to affect Taiwan this year is due to make landfall tomorrow somewhere between Taidong and Hualien, and is expected to bring heavy rainfall over the whole island. Typhoon Megi is the 17th named tropical storm to form in the northwest Pacific this year. Current minimum surface pressure is 955 HPA with sustained winds of 40m/s and maximum wind gusts of 50m/s. The storm is moving north-northwest at 22 kph. Megi was yesterday classed as a category

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Oil Spills Pose Environmental Threat After Typhoon

Ships cast adrift after cables snapped during Typhoon Meranti’s onslaught in southern Taiwan and Kinmen, now pose an environmental threat as oil spills from the stranded vessels. Authorities are struggling to contain oil spills in Kaohsiung’s Xiziwan (West Bay), and on the island of Kinmen (Golden Gate). Four Seine-Net fishing vessels whose cables snapped during the typhoon ran aground in Xiziwan, and oil spilling from the boats is threatening a nearby coral ecosystem. After viewing the site on September 15,

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Typhoon Meranti Hammers Taiwan

Typhoon Meranti passed over Taiwan Wednesday September 14, bringing intense rain over most of the island, and hammering the southern counties with intense wind-gusts that brought down power-lines, flipped cars and trucks over, and damaged buildings. Strongest Typhoon to Hit Taiwan in 21 years The typhoon is the strongest to hit the island in 21 years. The eye passed about 90km south of Hengchun Peninsular in Pingtung County. The weather station on Hengchun Peninsular recorded sustained winds of 191 kilometers

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Thunderbirds Are Go! Goes to Air in Taiwan

The rebooted series of the Thunderbirds – Thunderbirds Are Go!, will begin airing on PTS Taiwan starting Wednesday September 14. The show will air Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 6:00pm. Taipei City will feature in Episode 2, when the city is threatened after a solar-collector dish is knocked askew by an earthquake. The solar collector is positioned so that at sunrise it will reflect a concentrated beam of light on the city, burning it to the ground. The original Thunderbirds

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Chicken Truck Hits Scooter Truck: Oh What a Mess!

Chicken carcasses were scattered on a road in Tainan in the early hours of September 11, 2016, after a truck loaded with the freshly slaughtered animals slammed into a truck loaded with scooters. The driver of the chicken-truck was tailgating the larger scooter-carrying vehicle when the scooter-truck braked for a red light. The driver of the chicken-truck failed to see the traffic signal due to the large mass of the vehicle directly in front of him. Upon seeing the brake

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Taiwan’s Highest Road Race: The Wuling Challenge

Three thousand cyclists joined the 11th annual Wuling Challenge in Nantou County today, September 11, 2016. The race began in Puli Village, at an altitude of 555 meters above sea level, and finished at an altitude of 3275 meters at Wuling. The race was won by 31 year-old Li Qi-hong, who completed the 55 kilometer route in 2 hours, 46 minutes, 57 seconds. Local competitors were joined by 63 international competitors from 9 countries including Britain, China, the United States,

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Ancient Tree Falls in Nantou: 3 Injured

Three people were injured, one seriously, when a 2,800 year-old tree toppled over in a forest recreation area in Nantou County, Sunday, September 11. At around 1:00pm, witnesses heard a large cracking sound as the tree fell into the car park at the Xitou recreation area. A 55 year-old man, a 68 year-old man, and a 49 year-old woman were hit by the tree. The woman’s condition was described as seriously injured but conscious. The tree was a 2,800 year-old

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