Taiwan Today: Typhoon Mangkhut poses potential threat to Taiwan this weekend

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Typhoon Mangkhut Slams Guam, Headed Towards Taiwan.

Typhoon Mangkhut may intensify, poses potential threat to Taiwan

Typhoon Mangkhut is likely to develop into a very powerful storm that will be closest to Taiwan this coming weekend, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Monday but could not yet forecast the exact path of the storm when it draws near.

The typhoon was carrying maximum sustained winds of 144 kilometers per hour with gusts of up to 180 kph and was seen likely to change to a northwesterly track and strengthen into a super typhoon over the next few days, according to the CWB.

CAL, EVA Air flights to Osaka remain suspended through Sept. 13

China Airlines (CAL) and EVA Airways said Monday that they cannot resume flights to Osaka until Sept. 13 as the airport there is still closed due to damage caused by Typhoon Jebi. CAL has also canceled flight CI159 from Osaka to Taoyuan on Sept. 14.

The two Taiwanese carriers had planned to resume services to Osaka on Tuesday, when Kansai International Airport was expected to reopen, but the recovery efforts from severe flooding at the airport were still underway in the wake of the storm.

The hundreds of Taiwanese tourists who were stranded in Japan after the powerful typhoon struck there on Sept. 4 have all returned home.

Taipei among five cities to become more liveable over past decade

Taipei is among five cities that have been climbing the rankings of the world’s most liveable cities compiled annually by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) over the past decade, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday.

The other four cities are Honolulu, Budapest, Kuwait City and Auckland, according to the report.

These “most liveable cities” are ranked every year by the EIU, which rounds up 140 of the world’s biggest cities and ranks each one according to more than 30 factors that influence liveability, including safety, access to healthcare, quality of food and drink options, access to education, and quality of roads and transportation.

Taipei ranked 58th in the 2018 EIU Global Liveability Ranking, up two places from last year.

The report attributed the continuing rise of Taipei in the liveability rankings mainly to the municipality continuing to invest in infrastructure and healthcare.

Taiwan’s average regular wages rise over 2% for eighth straight month

The average regular wages in Taiwan rose 2.65 percent in July, marking the eighth consecutive month of an over 2 percent year-on-year increase at a time of an economic recovery, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said on Monday.

Citing data, the DGBAS said the average regular wages in Taiwan hit NT$40,933 (US$1,329) in July, up 2.65 percent from the NT$39,878 a year earlier.

In the first seven months of this year, the average regular monthly wages rose 2.55 percent from a year earlier to NT$40,769, the data showed.

Japan’s de facto embassy splashed with paint in protest

The entrance to the building which housed Japan’s de facto embassy in Taipei, the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (JTEA), was splashed with wet paint on Monday evening by members linked to a pro-Chinese unification political party, according to the Taipei City Police Department (TCPD).

TCPD’s Songshan Precinct said a report was made at approximately 5:30 p.m. of four Unionist Party supporters, one female and three male, splashing wet paint all over the building’s entrance, foyer and glass panels.