Taiwan News: Taiwan-Hong Kong flights canceled due to typhoon

A man and a girl walk against strong winds from Typhoon Mangkhut on a pier on Victoria Habour Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Taiwan-Hong Kong flights canceled due to typhoon

Some flights scheduled for Monday between Taiwan and Hong Kong have been canceled due to Typhoon Mangkhut, which barreled past the special administrative region and made landfall in China’s Guangdong province Sunday, airline companies announced.

Mangkhut, the Thai name for Southeast Asia’s mangosteen fruit, is expected to continue inland into southern China and gradually weaken in the following days, the observatory forecast.

President Tsai calls for end to fake news

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Sunday urged the public not to spread fake news and misinformation, some of which she said has originated from China and is aimed at creating
division in society.

“I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to everyone. When you read a message from instant messaging app Line or on Facebook that seems to you surreal or false, do not disseminate it. Instead, you should point out that it is fake news,” Tsai said.

Hsieh Su-wei wins Japan Women’s Open singles trophy

Taiwanese tennis player Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) clinched the singles title at the Hana-Cupid Japan Women’s Open on Sunday, beating Amanda Anisimova of the United States in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 in the final.

The second-seeded, world No. 40 Hsieh defeated the 17-year-old American in a match that lasted just 58 minutes, earning her first WTA Tour championship in six years and her third WTA singles title. With her latest win, she is expected to jump to 29th in the world rankings, which will be released next week.

Legislative report questions plan to make English official language

The Legislature is advising the executive branch of the government to tone down its plan to make English an official language in Taiwan and focus instead on building a bilingual education system in which English would be a medium of instruction.

The suggestion was made by the Legislature’s Organic Laws and Statutes Bureau in a report this month that addressed Premier Lai Ching-te’s (賴清德) plan to set a goal next year to designate English as an official language alongside Mandarin Chinese.

If what the Cabinet wants to see is greater English proficiency in Taiwan, it should seek to create a bilingual education system in which the languages of instruction in schools would be both Chinese and English, the legislative report said.