2021年9月2日 星期四

Pingtung in the News 屏東的新聞 (South 南) 4

There are 29 townships, 3 municipalities and one city in Pingtung County.  It's exhausting to include news from every township, municipality and Pingtung City every time, so what I'll do instead is include news items from eleven different townships or municipalities in each entry.  This way I should be able to work my way through Pingtung County every three entries. 屏東縣包含了29個鄉, 3個鎮還有屏東市.  每次討論所有鄉鎮的新聞太累了, 所以我會每次討論11個鄉鎮的報告.  這樣子我每三篇新聞文章就會涵蓋到全縣內鄉鎮的新聞.

1. Linbian Township 林邊鄉

1a. The head of the Linbian Village Association passed away at the age of 74.  He was very popular, and recently worked to promote "tree burials" over more traditional, less environmentally friendly burial practices. 林邊鄉代吳冬白辭世  亨壽74歲

2. Jiadong Township 佳冬鄉

2a. The tall historic building next to the Old Xiao Family Residence will be restored and later opened to the public.  It is regarded as "the last piece of the puzzle" in the local effort to create a more comprehensive historic site in the area. 屏東佳冬87年年豪宅變爛樓  官民賦予老建築新生命

2b. Military drills have interfered with the flow of traffic through Jiadong, specifically the flow of traffic along Jiadong's section of Highway 1, and the access road between Lili and Highway 1.  Additional military drills will occur this month, and these drills, in combination with road construction projects already underway, will cause more traffic jams in the area. 佳冬戰備道戰機演訓半封路  周末車潮激增祭出分流

2c. There was an accident involving a truck in the same area.  The driver of the truck briefly lost control of his vehicle, and collided with a guardrail and a construction vehicle parked nearby.  He received several bruises and was taken to the hospital. 屏東佳冬鄉戰備跑道車禍  曳引車撞擊護欄再撞施工機械車

3. Fangliao Township 枋寮鄉

3a. Traffic jams were prevalent last weekend, the last of summer vacation.  And where is Pingtung's weekend traffic the worst?  Usually in Fangliao, where highways 1 and 17 come together. 暑假最後黃金週  台1線枋寮段湧車潮

3b. Here's an article about restaurants "within walking distance" of the Fangliao Train Station.  枋寮車站 "漁菓之鄉" 西施舌 , 鱔魚麵 , 超人氣美食步行只要10分鐘 ! (1)

4. Chun Rh Township 春日鄉

4a. No recent news out of Chun Rh.

5. Fangshan Township 枋山鄉

5a. Those following the national news may remember a case of the COVID-19 Delta variant which popped up in Fangshan not long ago.  While the government does attempt to protect the privacy of those diagnosed with the coronavirus, the reality is that local infections can cause a lot of tension between the residents of small villages.  This article explains the situation. 小社會裡的替罪羊 -- 幾無容身處的農村感染者 , 艱難復歸路

6. Shrdze Township 獅子鄉

6a. No recent news out of Shrdze.

7. Checheng Township 車城鄉

7a. Members of the Baoli and Houwan communities were invited to a field trip centered around local history and ecology.  This field trip was the result of a recent survey conducted by faculty from Jiayi University. 走讀屏東車城社區  了解 "斯卡羅" 柴成人文 (2)

7b. It's a long and convoluted story, and I feel like there's more to it that what's present in the article, but a dispute over an unpaid loan led to a beating in Checheng.  替女友討債強押老友  為愛放下情與義 !  被害人逃車城消防隊避劫

8. Mudan Township 牡丹鄉

8a. No recent news out of Mudan.

9. Manzhou Township 滿洲鄉

9a. No recent news out of Manzhou.

10. Hengchun Municipality 恆春鎮

10a. The old brick kiln (factory) located near Hengchun's old fortifications will become a tourist site in the near future. 屏東恆春八卦磚窯  變身觀光景點

10b. After the recent success of "Sse Ka Lo," a Netflix show focusing on aboriginal tribes on the Hengchun Peninsula, an aboriginal group not recognized as such by the government renewed its efforts with regard to gaining official recognition. 排灣遺族血綠  被一紙登記卡住 (3)

11. Liuqiu Township 琉球鄉

11a. Students on Liuqiu enjoyed an extended summer vacation during the "Welcoming in the King's Peace" festival there.  They will make up the missed days during winter vacation. 今天開學很反常 !  小琉球迎王祭全校放假  擬晚放寒假補課 (4)

11b. A woman from Liuqiu recently competed in a table tennis competition in Tokyo.  She won a bronze medal. 田曉雯帕奧奪銅  潘孟安 : 展現琉球囝仔的熱情與毅力

11c. As you might expect, tourists also mobbed Liuqiu last weekend.  Around 6000 people visited the island, and I ask you, with that many people riding the ferries and crowding onto that tiny island, what was the point of those epidemic prevention measures? 暑假尾聲玩水勝地全爆棚 !  小琉球逾6千人登島  墾丁湧5萬遊客

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4. This is an important festival in Liuqiu, Donggang and Nanzhou.  It usually attracts many tourists to these areas, but with COVID the number of visitors has fallen dramatically.