WEATHER

Snow falls on Yushan

Strong, moist easterly winds yesterday afternoon brought a rare May snowfall to the country’s highest mountain, the Central Weather Bureau said. It was only the fifth time since 1990 that it snowed in May in Yushan (玉山), following snowfalls in 1995, 1997, 2000 and 2011. The last snowfall on record in Yushan during the month was on 31 May 1955, says the office. Yesterday’s snow began falling at 1:30 p.m. and lasted until 2:10 p.m. when it turned to rain, the office said. As of 2 p.m., 0.5 cm of snow had accumulated on the 3,858 m north peak of Yushan, where the bureau’s weather station is located. Snow piled up even though temperatures were above 0°C, with the office recording a temperature of 1.3°C at 2:05 p.m.

TRANSPORTATION

TRA service resumes

The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) resumed regular operations yesterday, after a May Day strike. As of 6 a.m., all trains were operating normally on all routes, he said. Angered by a plan to corporatize the agency, the Taiwan Railway Labor Union launched an unprecedented strike on Sunday, citing a lack of concern for workers’ rights. All regular rail services have been halted, with TRA only able to run 18 temporary commuter train journeys.

SPORTS

Taiwan No. 1 in recurve

Taiwan’s recurve men’s team moved up to No. 1 in the world and the women’s recurve team to No. 9 in the latest world rankings released by the World Archery Federation. The men’s team climbed four places from fifth to first place with a total of 363.75 points, including 112.5 last month in Stage 1 of the Hyundai Archery World Cup in Antalya, Turkey. The Taiwanese team of Olympians Tang Chih-chun (湯智鈞) and Wei Chun-heng (魏均珩), alongside newcomer Su Yu-yang (蘇于洋), won the gold medal in the classic event after beat Switzerland, followed by the United States and the Netherlands in the semi-finals before shooting 10 bulls in the final to shut out Italy 6-0. Olympian Lei Chien-ying (雷千瑩) led Peng Chia-mao (彭家楙) and Kuo Tzu-ying (郭紫穎) to the bronze medal in the women’s recurve event. Their performance added 240.25 points to their world rankings, moving them up one spot from 10th to 9th place.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Japan pays tribute to Taiwanese

Chen Horng-chi (陳鴻基), former president of the Taiwan-Japan Relations Association, was among three Taiwanese named to the 2022 Spring Japan Awards for their contributions to Taipei-Tokyo relations. Chen is to be awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun for his contribution to strengthening friendship and understanding between nations, the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association said in a statement on Friday. Lee Yung-chih (李永熾), 82, a retired history professor at National Taiwan University, will also receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star for his achievements in the Japanese studies and understanding between nations, according to the release. Deysan International Lin Ding-san (林定三) will be awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Golden and Silver Rays for his promotion of Japanese agricultural foods and Japanese food culture in Taiwan, he said. added. Lin, 72, is an accredited rice examiner in Japan. He served as a Goodwill Ambassador to Taiwan for several Japanese local governments, including Yamagata, Miyagi, and Yamanashi prefectures, and Unnan in Shimane prefecture.

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