Three suspects returned
Three Taiwanese accused of fraud and illegal possession of firearms were repatriated from Macau yesterday to face charges, National Police Agency (NPA) officials said. The repatriation was jointly executed by the agency and the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department based on a joint crime--fighting mechanism between Taiwan and China, agency officials said. The suspects include a 61-year-old man, only identified with his surname of Chang (張), who has been wanted by the Taipei District Prosecutors Office since February last year on charges of fraud and forgery. Chang is suspected of tricking businesses in Taiwan out of a total of NT$100 million (US$3.48 million) before fleeing to China, the agency said. The other two suspects are a 48-year-old man, surnamed Chen (陳) and a 43-year-old man, surnamed Hung (洪). They both are wanted on separate charges of violating the Act on Controlling Guns, Ammunition and Knives (槍砲彈藥刀械管制條例) and the Narcotics Endangerment Prevention Act (毒品危害防制條例).
Concert focuses on autism
A large outdoor music concert and festival will be held in Taipei on Aug 13 to raise public awareness of autism, said the Kanner Support Group, a foundation dedicated to supporting families with autistic children. Well-known local artists, including Dream Girls, a band popular with teenagers, will be performing free of charge. Minister of the Interior Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) said the event will give Taipei residents a chance to interact with those who suffer from autism, a neural disorder which is characterized by speech difficulties and impaired social skills. Jiang has a son with autism.
County takes on violin record
The Changhua County Government on Thursday called on all violin students under the age of 18 to take part in an event in September that hopes to get 5,000 people to play their violins at the same time to break the Guinness World Record. To help promote the event, TV host Janet Hsieh (謝怡芬) and more than 100 schoolchildren staged a performance on Thursday. The mass performance will showcase the county’s musical education, said Changhua County Commissioner Cho Po-yuan (卓伯源), who added that it will also be a part of the celebrations for the National Games, to be held in the county from Oct. 22 to Oct. 27. The current record for mass violin playing was set in London in 1925 with 4,000 people taking part, Cho said.
Journal gains wide presence
Taiwan’s International Journal of Design has become the first of its kind in the world to be included in three authoritative international citation indexes at the same time, the National Science Council (NSC) said. The journal was included in the Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index this year. Founded in April 2007 by the Taiwan-based Chinese Institute of Design, the journal covers a range of design research areas from product design, visual design, interface and interactive design, to animation and game design, and construction and city design. As of April, the journal had received more than 500 essay submissions from 40 countries, but accepted only 79 of them. Its Web site, www.ijdesign.org, had been viewed more than 800,000 times by people from 200 countries and territories worldwide, with each of the published journals viewed more than 10,000 times.