Taiwan Today: Heavy rain causes school, office closures in Kaohsiung

The torrential rain has been starting from midnight in Kaohsiung.

Heavy rain causes school, office closures in Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung City has announced school and office closures Today (Aug. 28) due to extremely heavy rain from a tropical depression.

The torrential rain has been starting from midnight, led to widespread flooding, with even cars being seen floating in the street.

Many people complained about Kaohsiung City Government’s response to the rainfall, saying that the torrential rain has been pouring down for the whole night, however, the acting mayor announced work and class cancellation until this morning at 6:12.

Asian Games: Taiwan grabs two more gold medals

Taiwan took two more gold medals at the 2018 Jakata-Palembang Asian Games in Indonesia on Monday, bringing the country’s haul of golds to 11 in the games as of 6:00 p.m.

Taiwan grabbed gold in the men’s 1,000-meter dragon boat race with a time of 4:31.185, following a gold seized by the team a day earlier in the men’s 500-meter dragon boat with a time of 2:11.691.

Chen Yi-hsuan (陳怡瑄) and Pan Yu-pin (潘宇平) jointly won another gold medal in the mixed team compound archery final, edging out South Korea 151-150.

On Monday, Taiwan won three gold medals in team competitions. Earlier in the day, Taiwan defeated South Korea 5-3 in the final of the recurve men’s team event, grabbing its first archery gold at the regional sports event.

Taiwan now ranks sixth in the medal standing, with a total of 11 gold, 12 silver and 17 bronze medals.

Taiwan’s team members celebrate after winning the archery recurve men’s team final march at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Premier to set goals in 2019 for making English official language

Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) will present clear-cut goals next year in line with the government’s plan to make English a second official language in Taiwan, his spokesperson confirmed Monday.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) will present an official report to Lai in the next few weeks on its recommendations for moving toward adopting English as an official language alongside Mandarin, Kolas Yotaka said, after Lai addressed the issue in an exclusive interview with a local newspaper.

“I will set a policy goal next year to make Taiwan a bilingual country, with English and Chinese being its official languages,” Premier Lai Ching-te said in an interview.

Cabinet holds meeting on how to stabilize vegetable prices

The Cabinet held a meeting on Monday to discuss how to stabilize vegetable prices following serious flooding in southern Taiwan as a result of the torrential rainfall last week.

Executive Yuan deputy spokesman Ting Yun-kung (丁允恭), who spoke to reporters after the meeting, said the government will do everything in its power to assist local farmers in the aftermath of the natural disaster.

Flood-related agricultural losses are estimated to have reached more than NT$500 million (US$16.2 million), Executive Yuan deputy spokesman Ting Yun-kung said, adding that the government has requested the Council of Agriculture (COA) monitor market conditions closely.