Taiwan Today: Taiwanese pitcher Wang Chien-ming will not rule out coaching, Ma Ying-jeou endorse referendum on nuclear energy

Wang Chien-Ming, who attended the July 29 premiere of a documentary featuring the latter years of his professional baseball career, advised young players from Taiwan to never give up on their dreams, and urged those already playing in the Minor League to hang tough.

Former Yankees ace pitcher will not rule out coaching

Taiwanese pitcher Wang Chien-ming (王建民), who returned to the minor league Staten Island Yankees at Richmond County Bank Ballpark Monday to throw out the first pitch and
sign autographs for fans, said he will not rule out coaching if the opportunity arises.

Age certainly plays a toll on the body, the 38-year old pitcher said, admitting that his physical stamina would make it difficult for him to remain at the Major League level.

Although he has not officially announced his retirement from baseball, the former ace pitcher for the New York Yankees said that he is leaning more toward coaching, because he hopes to pass on his knowledge to the next generation of young players wishing to play in the United States.

Taiwan’s power consumption hits record high

Power consumption in Taiwan reached an all-time high of 36.85 million kilowatts Tuesday, according to state-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower).

Taiwan’s Consumption peaked at 1:50 p.m. on Tuesday, beating the record 36.771 million kilowatts recorded May 30 and leaving the country with an operating reserve margin of 6.33 percent, according to Taipower.

The reserve margin triggered a yellow light, indicating a tight power supply when operating reserves fall between 6 percent and 10 percent.

The top 5 electricity consumption peaks prior to Tuesday were 36.771 million kW May 30, 36.713 million kW May 31, 36.705 million kW July 19 and 36.46 million kW July 18 of this year, and 36.453 million kW Aug. 15, 2017.

The hot weather continued Tuesday, with temperatures up to 37 degrees Celsius in Taipei, New Taipei and Taoyuan, and over 34 degrees in other parts of Taiwan.

Another case reported in indigenous dengue fever cluster in New Taipei

A fourth case of indigenous dengue fever has been confirmed in Xinzhuang District, New Taipei, and is believed to be part of a cluster infection, the Centers for Disease Control said Tuesday.

The 30-year-old woman, who started showing symptoms of fever on Saturday, lives in the district’s Chiunglin village and has no history of recent travel, the CDC said.

The woman was diagnosed with dengue fever Monday after she sought medical treatment the previous day and she is currently hospitalized, the CDC said.

The other three cases were a man in his 60s, a 50-year-old woman and a student, according to the CDC.

Former president, premier endorse referendum on nuclear energy

Former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) called on the public to support two referendum proposals that are seeking to override the government’s policy of scrapping the fourth nuclear power plant and making Taiwan a nuclear-free homeland by 2025.

Ma made the appeal at a press conference and was joined by former Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺), who was serving in Ma’s administration in 2014 when the decision was taken to mothball the fourth nuclear power plant amid public concerns over nuclear safety.

“Opposing nuclear energy is now an outdated trend,” Former President Ma Ying-jeou said. “What has become a trend is how to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide to tackle global warming.”

One of the referendum proposals Ma and Jiang are now supporting will ask whether the power plant should be activated for commercial operations. The other referendum proposal is about whether Article 95-1 of the Electricity Act, which will phase out nuclear power plants by 2025, should be abolished.

60% Taiwanese blame China for blocking regional sports: poll

A recent survey commissioned by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has found that about 60 percent of Taiwanese people polled are angry at Taichung being stripped of the right to host the East Asian Youth Games due to China’s objection, and
that more than half blame China for its suppression of Taiwan.

The DPP on Tuesday published its results of the poll on the cancellation of the event that came after China initiated a vote at the East Asian Olympic Committees (EAOC) meeting July 24.

China blocked Taiwan from hosting the games slated for August next year, reportedly over its concern about a proposed referendum on whether the name “Taiwan” instead of “Chinese Taipei” should be used at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and other international sports events.

The DPP survey found that 68.4 percent of the respondents were aware of the incident, and 31.6 percent were not. Asked whether they were indignant at China’s suppression that led to the result, 60.1 percent said yes, and 25.8 percent said no.