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Week in Review

2017-08-13
1. Electricity featured in the headlines throughout the week as work towards getting the storm-damaged Hoping Power Plant back online continued. The plant had been unable to supply power after Typhoon Nesat swept across eastern Taiwan in late July, toppling a transmission tower. All government offices were required to turn off air conditioning from 1:00 to 3:00 pm because of the resulting power shortage. With dwindling power supplies, the state-owned power company, Taipower, issued a red alert on Monday.
 
 
Despite the strained state of the power supply over the past week, the government reiterated its commitment to phasing out nuclear power in Taiwan by 2025. During a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Premier Lin Chuan said that the government’s plan to change Taiwan’s energy mix remains on course. Meanwhile, in a Facebook post Friday, President Tsai Ing-wen wrote that the plan to scrap nuclear power is set to continue. Finally, on Sunday, Premier Lin Chuan wrote on Facebook that the Hoping Power Plant could resume normal operations on Monday.
 
 
 
2. The Universiade Games, set to begin next Saturday, were also in the headlines throughout the week. As final preparations got underway, an official with the National Immigration Agency said Tuesday that the agency has been receiving intelligence about security concerns from other countries. The official said this information will allow immigration agents to stop security risks before they enter Taiwan. The official said more agents will be deployed at airports. The National Immigration Agency will also track persons of interest outside of Taiwan online and redirect staff from other departments to help agents.
 
 
The Universiade Games will be the largest sporting event Taiwan has ever hosted, and on Thursday, President Tsai Ing-wen urged home-team athletes taking part in the games to make Taiwan proud. She was speaking at the National Sports Training Center in Kaohsiung, where she was attending a flag presentation. Meanwhile, on Saturday, the National Immigration Agency denied claims that it has been slow to finish security checks on incoming athletes and team staff. 
 
 
 
3. Lastly, Taiwan’s indigenous peoples celebrated the opening of Taiwan’s first indigenous radio station on Wednesday. Alian 96.3 broadcasts the voices and viewpoints of the island’s 16 officially recognized indigenous groups. The station’s name means “good friends” in the language of the Paiwan people, and similar terms are found in the Rukai and Puyuma languages as well. President Tsai Ing-wen attended the station’s opening ceremony. She said that the radio station will play a major role in preserving and passing down indigenous cultures.