Weather to turn
chilly from Thursday
People all over the island will experience chilly weather starting Thursday night, the Central Weather Bureau warned yesterday.
Under the influence of cold air mass coming from Mongolia, residents of the flat areas of central Taiwan are expected to experience lows of 9 to 10 degrees Celsius in the morning, said the CWB's weather forecaster Chen Wei-liang.
Chen noted that after the drop, temperatures will increase gradually again beginning on Saturday.
In addition, the bureau predicted that people in the northern part of the island will experience rainy weather from Thursday to the weekend while dry weather is expected in central and southern Taiwan throughout the week.
Television political commentators Wang Ben-hu and Huang Kuan-chin yesterday dived into the Love River in Kaohsiung City to carry out the promise that they made on the eve of the polling day for Kaohsiung mayoral election.
The two commentators at a rally in support of the Democratic Progressive Party's nominee for the Kaohsiung mayoral race Chen Chu (陳菊) pledged to swim in the river if Chen won the race.
Chen was elected and her inauguration was held yesterday and hence, the two commentators dived into the river.
Wang urged President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) to buy a house in Kaohsiung City as soon as possible since he promised to buy a house in the southern port city if Chen Chu captured the seat of the city mayor.
Two professors on Sunday were released on bail of NT$100,000 respectively after being accused of involvement in sexual assault against two female college students.
The 32-year-old professor surnamed Huang and the 41-year-old professor surnamed Wu were accused of sexual assault against two students in their student dormitory. The two professors reportedly volunteered to bring the two drunken victims to the dormitory after they went to KTV and had a night snack with several students yesterday night.
Following the media's disclosure of the scandal on campus, one of the two professors yesterday was suspended and the other was forced to ask for a leave.
Captain to blame
A senior official yesterday blamed the captain of a cargo ship for an oil slick that damaged a coral reef sanctuary in northeastern Taiwan, saying he was probably dozing at the time.
But following an inspection at Suao, Environmental Protection Administration Director Chang Kuo-lung (張國龍) said the ship ran onto the coral reef because of the captain's carelessness.
"I believe he was dozing at the time and the accident woke him up," Chang told reporters.