One of the top stories from this past week was that Taiwan Power Company said it is mapping out an electricity supply contingency plan. Taipower Chairman Hwang Jung-chiou said on Monday that it will be ready by the end of June.
The plan is aimed at coping with the possible shortage of electricity following the suspension of construction on the fourth nuclear power plant, a decision made by the government about a week ago.
Hwang told lawmakers that Taipower will have the plan ready for legislative review when the current legislative session ends in June.
Also this past week, President Ma Ying-jeou nominated record numbers of women to serve in two branches of Taiwan’s government.
On Wednesday, Ma nominated candidates for a new president and vice president of the Examination Yuan, which overseas the employment and management of the nation’s civil servants. He also nominated 19 candidates for positions as counselors in the Examination Yuan. Of those 19 candidates, eight are women.
Then on Thursday, the Presidential Office announced the nominations for a new president, vice president and committee members of the Control Yuan, which is the government watchdog body. The president nominated a total of 12 women, the highest number in history. Females made up 41% of the total number of nominations.
The female head of Taiwan’s Central Election Commission, Chang Po-ya, has been nominated as president of Control Yuan.
And finally this past week, Taiwanese twins Zony and Yony stole the hearts of the audience on The Ellen DeGeneres Show with their endearing personalities and skilled dance moves.
The six-year-old sisters went on the American talk show on Wednesday. They wore pink helmets, denim vests, pink tutus, and rainbow stockings, and danced to a South Korean pop song in front of host Ellen DeGeneres and her audience.
The twins’ performance drew a standing ovation from the audience. Ellen DeGeneres invited the girls to appear on her show again next week.
The twins became famous in Taiwan after a video clip of them dancing gained over 1.6 million hits since it was posted on YouTube in February.