Taipei sees record heat
The mercury rose to 38.9°C in Taipei yesterday, the highest temperature ever recorded in the city in the month of June since the Taipei weather station was established in 1896, the Central Weather Bureau said. The temperature was recorded at 1:15pm, it said. High temperatures in the city are caused by a Pacific high-pressure system, prevailing hot and dry southwest winds, and the geographical features of the Taipei Basin, it added. Elsewhere in the nation, the mercury soared past 36°C in New Taipei City, Taichung and Kaohsiung, as well as Changhua and Hsinchu counties, the bureau said.
US warplanes spotted
Several US warplanes were separately spotted flying over the Bashi Channel near Taiwan yesterday, aircraft tracking accounts said on Twitter. The South China Sea Probing Initiative, run by the Peking University Institute of Ocean Research, posted that an EP-3E electronic warfare plane and a RC-135U reconnaissance aircraft flew over the Bashi Channel. The aircraft were flying toward the South China Sea from the US’ Kadena Air Base in Japan, it said. A P-8A maritime patrol aircraft and a C40A Clipper followed in similar flight paths at different periods, the initiative said. Meanwhile, a tweet by aircraft tracking site Golf 9 showed a KC-135R operating over the Bashi Channel. The Ministry of National Defense declined to confirm the sightings, saying only that aviation activities over waters surrounding Taiwan are being constantly monitored by the military.
Migrant stabbed to death
A Vietnamese migrant worker was stabbed to death in New Taipei City on Saturday evening during a dispute with a group of men stemming from a prior altercation, authorities said. The victim, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead after being taken to Mackay Memorial Hospital’s Tamsui branch by paramedics, the city’s Fire Department said. The man died due to heavy blood loss from a stab wound on the right side of his chest, it said. Police sealed off the crime scene, interviewed witnesses and examined surveillance camera footage. After five hours of efforts, two of the suspects, who are also Vietnamese, were taken into custody, police said, adding that the murder weapon had been found. Initial findings showed that the victim had been involved in an alcohol-fueled scuffle with one of the suspects prior to Saturday’s attack, police said.
Game highlights nature
A Taiwanese company has developed a board game, titled Forest Guardians, that features the natural wonders of Taiwan. In the game, players act as rangers overseeing the natural landscape in the nation. Their missions include planting trees, helping animals and preventing threats, such as forest fires or illegal loggers, from damaging the ecosystem, Shepherd Kit Co founder Lin Chi-wei (林啟維) said earlier this month. The game was conceived as part of a collaboration with the Hualien Forest District Office under the Council of Agriculture’s Forestry Bureau to draw attention to forest conservation and the ranger profession, before evolving into a broader version that incorporates natural wonders from across the nation, he said. Products combined with local elements can serve as a foothold for Taiwan to promote itself to the world, he added.
FEW REMAIN: Conservationists tried to stop the demolition, but to no avail, and the owner cannot be fined, as the structure was not listed as a historical building One of the few remaining Japanese colonial-era granaries in Taiwan was dismantled by its owner on Friday, prompting outrage from conservationists. The granary, which was at No. 16, Lane 11, Hangzhou S Rd Sec 1 in Taipei, belonged to Taiwan Takushoku Corp during the colonial era, conservationist Chang Wan-lin (張琬琳) said, adding that she and others had been collecting information to reapply to have the building protected as a historical structure. During the colonial era, the granary served the area from Monga (艋舺) to what is now Songshan District (松山) in the north, she said. “Back then the eastern part
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AIR CONTROL INCIDENT: The Hong Kong side said it ‘cannot accept this aircraft,’ ordering it to ascend to an unsafe altitude and forcing it to return to Kaohsiung The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) on Friday disclosed a full transcript of the communications between Taiwanese and Hong Kong air traffic controllers, rebutting the latter’s claim that a Taiwanese plane had voluntarily abandoned its flight path. Hong Kong denied permission for the plane to proceed to the disputed Pratas Islands (Dongsha Islands, 東沙群島), which are claimed by both Taiwan and China, the CAA said. The incident happened on Thursday when a civil aircraft chartered by the military was advised by Hong Kong air traffic controllers to not enter the airspace over a group of islands in the South China Sea