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Taiwan News Quick Take



Ask Paul, Tsai says

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday showed she was no stranger to the hype surrounding the World Cup, telling reporters they should ask Germany’s tentacled oracle Paul who would win the Sinbei City election in November. Paul, an octopus residing in the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, gained worldwide fame after he correctly predicted the winners of eight World Cup matches in a row. The fortune-­telling cephalopod predicted Spain’s 1-0 win over the second-placed Netherlands in the final. Deflecting questions on how she saw her election chances, Tsai, who admitted she was too tired to finish watching the soccer final, said: “You should ask [Paul] who will win in Sinbei City.”


Bus crash kills one

A soldier was killed and 30 were injured on Sunday when a bus carrying 44 soldiers overturned on a freeway, police said. The man died at the scene, while those taken to hospital included four in critical condition, police said. The accident took place as the bus was carrying soldiers back from vacation in Taipei to their base in Guantian Township (官田), Tainan County. The driver said a technical fault caused the bus to veer out of control before it flipped over. The cause of the crash was under investigation.


Choir performs in Italy

An Aboriginal youth choir from Hsinchu County captivated Italian churchgoers on Saturday at a church near the Vatican. The choir, composed of 25 Atayal elementary and junior-high school students, sang during a Catholic Mass, performing Hallelujah and several other hymns in both English and Atayal. After the service, the choir was invited to perform Atayal tribal music. The choir sang tribal melodies, played traditional musical instruments and performed folk dances. The choir, composed of Catholics and Christians, had visited Venice and several other cities before arriving in Rome, the last leg of its two-week visit to Italy.


Presidential Office on film

A documentary on the Presidential Office building will be shown on the Discovery Channel next year to celebrate the Republic of China’s centenary, an official said on Sunday. The one-hour documentary will recount the story of the building, which has witnessed Taiwan’s development since 1919, the Government Information Office (GIO) said. “The film will help TV viewers around the world learn about the past, present and future of the historic building,” the official said. The building served as the office of Taiwan’s governor-general during Japanese colonial rule and has been Taiwan’s political nerve center since 1949. The Presidential Office’s Public Affairs Department is working closely with the Discovery Channel on production of the documentary, the official said. “We hope the film will give the world a clear, complete and accurate depiction of the building,” he said. To increase Taiwan’s international visibility, the GIO has collaborated with the Discovery and National Geographic channels in recent years to produce documentaries featuring outstanding Taiwanese from various professions. “This will be the first time that a documentary focuses on a historic building,” the official said.

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