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VIDEO: CWB developing volcano warning system

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 07 July, 2020
By: Shirley Lin

Volcanoes in Taiwan could erupt because they’re still active

Volcanoes in Taiwan could erupt because they're still active[/caption] Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau is developing a new warning system to alert people about active volcanoes. That’s in light of research which has found that some of the island’s “extinct” volcanoes are actually active. 

It’s hard to imagine a volcano erupting in Taiwan! But there are actually volcanoes in Taipei, including more than 20 in the Tatun Volcano Group. And then there’s Turtle Island, located off the coast of Yilan County.

Taiwan’s top research body, Academia Sinica, says that what were thought to be extinct volcanoes are actually active. The Central Weather Bureau’s Lin Tzu-wei says there’s evidence of a volcanic eruption some 6,000 years ago. Academia Sinica says that seismic waves suggest there’s a magma chamber about 30km deep.  And like a ticking time bomb, the Tatun Volcanoes could go off at any time. And in their path? Some of Taipei’s most populated districts. Taiwan’s tallest building — Taipei 101 — is just 15km away.     [FULL  STORY]

Virtual coronavirus-combating seminar staged by Taiwan for Africa

Taiwan Today
Date: July 07, 2020

​TAITRA Chairman James C. F. Huang (center) is joined by officials and medical personnel at a virtual coronavirus-combating seminar for Africa staged in conjunction with NTUH July 6 in Taipei City. (Courtesy of TAITRA)

A virtual coronavirus-combating seminar involving participants from Taiwan and across Africa was staged July 6 by Taipei City-based Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and National Taiwan University Hospital.
Supported by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the event detailed the Taiwan Model and core components such as border controls, 14-day quarantines and surgical mask allocations, as well as hospital procedures for curtailing transmission of the virus first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.
A total of 361 health officials and medical personnel from ally Kingdom of Eswatini and 12 other nations took part. These were Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Tunisia and Uganda.
TAITRA Chairman James C. F. Huang said such seminars demonstrate Taiwan Can Help strengthen Africa’s response to the pandemic. Sharing the country’s experiences in battling the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome is also of great instructional value, he added.    [FULL  STORY]

Medical workers in Taiwan warn against virus complacency as flu cases spike

Country experiences rise in influenza infections amid loosened COVID-19 control

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/07/07
By: Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Passengers wear face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus aboard a train in Taipei on June 27. (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Members of the public in Taiwan are cautioned against letting their guard down amid a mitigated coronavirus threat as influenza cases surge, alarming medical experts.

Pai Yung-chia (白永嘉), an emergency room doctor at the Hsinchu MacKay Memorial Hospital, shared his worries about the recent surge in influenza cases in a Facebook post on Tuesday (July 7). Expressing concern about the rise of patients contracting the flu and those developing fever, he urged people to stay vigilant by putting on face masks in crowded spaces and to wash hands frequently.

His view was echoed by another medical worker, Facebook user Emily Wu, who commented that the hospital where she works is receiving complaints about the still rigorous controls in place over the rules for visiting the sick. People were upset about the “trouble” the hospital has caused given the loosening of many disease prevention restrictions at the national level, she said.

Taiwan has gone 85 days without local infections as of July 7, with the caseload standing at 449. Nevertheless, the COVID-19 virus remains a potent threat as a resurgence of outbreaks is reported worldwide. Globally, confirmed cases have surpassed 11 million as of July 7, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.    [FULL  STORY]

British cartographer strives to create memories for Taiwanese

Focus Taiwan
Date: 07/07/2020
By: William Yen

British artist Tom Rook working on his map of Hamasen, a historic area of Kaohsiung

British artist Tom Rook working on his map of Hamasen, a historic area of Kaohsiung[/caption] Taipei, July 7 (CNA) A British artist who makes hand-drawn maps of urban areas in Taiwan said Tuesday that he endeavors to record details that will create special memories for the people of those cities.

Tom Rook, 32, from Exmouth, had drawn some 17 detailed maps of modern and historical Taiwan cities, highlighting their layout and buildings.

"I don't want to sort of just gloss over peoples' existence," said Rook, who has been living in Taiwan for almost 10 years. "I would like people to see where they came from and where they live. I figure it will mean something to more people if they can exactly see their houses, place of work, or where they got married."

His collection of maps includes drawings of Tainan and Taipei in the 1940s, and also modern Taipei, Taichung, Hsinchu, and Chiayi cities. In each one, the roads, buildings and other structures are drawn in fine detail, giving a sense of the urban aesthetics.    [FULL  STORY]

Caregivers fear for disabled if they die: survey

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 08, 2020
By: Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter

About three-quarters of family caregivers are worried that after they reach old age or pass away, no one will be available to look after a family member with a disability, a survey released yesterday by the Eden Social Welfare Foundation found.

The survey, conducted from May 25 to June 10, asked family caregivers of people with disabilities served by the foundation to select from a list their top concerns for their disabled family members.

Respondents could select more than one option from the list.

While 76.6 percent of respondents were worried there would be no one to take care of their disabled family member following their death or in their old age, 69.7 percent of respondents were worried their family member with a disability would be unable to live independently.

Sea goddess idols meet for first time in fourteen years.

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 06 July, 2020
By: Leslie Liao

The Baishatun Mazu idol arrives at Dajia Zhenlan Temple

The goddess of the sea — Mazu — is one of the most popular deities in Taiwanese religion. Temples around Taiwan keep statues of the goddess — sometimes more than one idol per temple! The faithful will bring those statues out on religious processions, most notably in honor of her birthday. And when those processions intersect, bringing two of  the statues face-to-face, it can be a joyous occasion. 

This year, two Mazu proxies met for the first time in 14 years!

It’s pilgrimage season in Taiwan, and temples around the island are taking their idols of the sea goddess Mazu out for a stroll. Worshippers from the Baishatun Gongtian Temple in Miaoli have carried their Mazu idol in this palanquin, to Dajia Zhenlan Temple nearly 30 kilometers away. 

The palanquin-bearers gear up for the home stretch and make a break for the temple doors. This is the first time in fourteen years that the Mazu idols of Gongtian and Zhenlan temples meet. It’s a historic event, and the size of the crowd shows just how significant it is. 

Independence is not on the cards for Taiwan

In the long run, the failure of ‘one country, two systems’ as a model for peaceful unification will be a bigger loss for Taiwan than mainland China

South China Morning Post
Date: 6 Jul, 2020
By: Alex Lo

Few things in life are certain. That’s why leaders need to judge policies and outcomes in terms of high or low probability. Taiwan politicians, whether of the Kuomintang or the Democratic Progressive Party, operate with the same basic realisation of hardcore realities and therefore the same instinct for survival.

Ideology is less relevant when both sides have heavy guns pointing at each other, something that tends to concentrate minds. This is a deadly game that Taipei and Beijing understand very well, though perhaps not the Americans. In John Bolton’s new book, the former US national security adviser describes Donald Trump as “particularly dyspeptic” about Taiwan.

If Taiwan declares independence, it is almost certain that China will go to war. However, it is far from certain that the United States will be willing to shed American blood to defend a faraway island in Asia. To add to Taiwan’s uncertainty, Washington’s explicit guarantee of intervention is premised on “first blood” aggression from the mainland.    [FULL  STORY]

Hong Kong activist book to be published in Taiwan over security law concerns

Authors fear book may be targeted by authorities, citing freshly enacted national security law

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/07/06
By: Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

A flag raising ceremony at the Golden Bauhinia Square to mark the anniversary of the Hong Kong handover to China on July 1, 2020. (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A new book compiling interviews of Hong Kong activists in the anti-extradition bill movement will be published in Taiwan to avoid the risk of legal consequences if it is printed in the Chinese city.

The Umbrella Men (傘下的人), a group of media workers from the semi-autonomous territory, were planning to publish a book of first-hand accounts of the pro-democracy campaign last year. However, the recent enactment of the highly controversial national security legislation for Hong Kong has raised concerns about possible charges being brought, wrote Ming Pao, a Hong Kong newspaper.

The book, titled "Our Final Evolution" (我們最後的進化), will contain 30 interviews, including with protestors and those wounded in the months-long movement. Sensitive content such as the slogan "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution in our times" (光復香港,時代革命) could constitute an offense given the ambiguous wording of the law, said A-Mu (阿木), a member of the project.

Albert Chen Hung-yee (陳弘毅), a professor at the University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Law, has said on a radio show that penning articles criticizing the government would not be deemed a violation of the law as long as there is no incitement to violence. Nevertheless, Ronny Tong Ka-wah (湯家驊), a senior Hong Kong lawyer, reckoned publishers and authors of such books could face relevant charges "based on their intentions," according to the report.

1st Taiwan-born giant panda Yuan Zai celebrates 7th birthday

Focus Taiwan
Date: 07/06/2020
By: Liang Pei-chi and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, July 6 (CNA) A seventh birthday celebration for Yuan Zai, the first giant panda born in Taiwan, was held at Taipei Zoo on Monday but the pseudopregnant panda was not in the mood to feast on the seven special cakes prepared for the occasion.

The seven cakes all had Taiwanese food themes — grilled stinky tofu, sausage with glutinous rice, pearl milk tea, buns, sugar coated fruit on a stick, shaved ice, and cold sweet balls — but were made from the female panda's favorite foods.    [FULL  STORY]

Volcano warning system ready by year’s end: CWB

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 07, 2020 page2
By: Hsiao Yu-Hsin and Dennis Xie / Staff reporter, with staff writer

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) on Sunday said that it would unveil a three-level warning system for volcanic eruptions by the end of this year, amid concerns about the Datun Volcano Group (大屯火山群) and Turtle Island (Gueishan Island, 龜山島).

An Academia Sinica research team led by Lin Cheng-horng (林正洪) last year announced that a long-term study had concluded that the Datun group in northern Taiwan and Turtle Island, which is off Yilan County, are active, meaning that they must have erupted within the past 10,000 years and have magma reservoirs under them.

The warning system would use data on volcano-related earthquakes, ground temperature and surface deformation as references for normal values, the bureau’s Seismological Center said, adding that volcanic eruptions are easier to predict than tsunamis or earthquakes.

The bureau and the Ministry of Science and Technology have set up observation stations on Datunshan (大屯山) to monitor volcanic activity, the center said.    [FULL  STORY]