Heavy rain causes school, office closures in part of Taiwan

Nine cities and counties in central and southern Taiwan have announced school and office closures, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, due to heavy rain from a tropical depression.

The closures in central Taiwan were in Taichung City and Changhua, Yunlin and Nantou counties, while those in the south extended from Tainan City, to Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County, Chiayi City and Chiayi County.

In addition, Yunlin, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Nantou, Changhua and Chiayi City and Chiayi County have announced that schools and offices will be closed on Friday.


Asian Games: Taiwan wins 2 golds, 1 silver in gymnastics, weightlifting

Taiwan snagged two gold medals in the single men’s artistic gymnastics and women’s weightlifting competition at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games on Thursday.

Taiwanese gymnast Lee Chih-kai (李智凱) clinched a gold medal in the pommel horse final with a score of 15.400, while Tang Chia-hung  (唐嘉鴻), won silver in the floor exercise event with 14.425 points.

The second gold medal was won by Kuo Hsing-chun (郭婞淳) in the 58-kilogram women’s weightlifting event, where she completed a 105 kg lift and a 133 kg knee and jerk, finishing with a combined lift of 238 kg.

Taiwan’s world champion Kuo Hsing-chun dismantled the Thai Olympic champion Srisurat Sukanya to win Taiwan’s first gold in the women’s 58kg.

Over 54 percent think Tsai’s overseas visit beneficial

Over 54 percent of the respondents to a survey conducted by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) felt President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) recent visit to Taiwan’s allies Paraguay and Belize as well as the United States was beneficial, according to the DPP on Thursday.

The poll was conducted during Tsai’s nine-day state visit to Paraguay and Belize, with stopovers in the United States, said DPP Deputy Secretary-General Hsu Chia-ching (徐佳青) at a press conference held on Thursday.

Tsai’s trip showed that she had consolidated Taiwan’s foreign relations, which led the public to feel a certain level of satisfaction, Hsu said.

The poll showed that 54.2 percent of the respondents felt President Tsai’s Aug. 12-20 visit was beneficial to Taiwan’s relationship with the diplomatic allies as well as the U.S.

Premier reiterates Taiwan’s non-nuclear goal

Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said Wednesday that the government remains committed to its goal of making Taiwan a non-nuclear homeland by 2025 and that there is no need for the public to worry about a resulting power shortage.

In an exclusive interview with CNA, Lai said the government will do its best to meet electricity demand, improve the air quality and increase the use of green energy by 2025 as it phases out nuclear power.

Under the government’s energy transition plan, 20 percent of the nation’s power will be supplied by green energy — mainly solar and wind power — by 2025, 30 percent by coal-fired power plants, and 50 percent by liquefied natural gas-fired generators.

Taiwan seeks to transition to a nuclear-free, low-carbon future based on offshore wind power and solar energy to replace its nuclear reactors and reduce reliance on coal.

Taiwan rated world’s 3rd best investment destination

Taiwan has moved up a notch to become the world’s third best investment destination in the latest U.S. Business Environment Risk Intelligence (BERI) report, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said in a statement on Thursday.

Taiwan scored 68 points in its overall profit opportunities recommendation (POR) rating, a rise from fourth place in the previous BERI report and is now ranked only behind Switzerland and Singapore, according to the MOEA’s Department of Investment Services (DOIS).

BERI is an American-based business analysis and rating service provider.

POR is the overall indicator used by BERI to evaluate each country’s investment climate and business risks.

The organization uses three main indicators to assess investment risk — operating conditions (operations risk), political risk, and the foreign exchange/external accounts position (remittance & repatriation factor risk).