Houli to host sax players
The 2011 Houli Instruments Carnival will take place next Friday and Saturday in Greater Taichung, with more than 1,000 saxophone players attempting to break a Guinness World record. The festival will include saxophone-centered musical performances, booths showcasing instruments and interactive musical activities. It will be held in Houli District (后里), the largest center for saxophone production in the nation, Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) said. More than 1,000 musicians are expected to team up to perform the national anthem and Taiwanese folk songs in an attempt to break the record for the most saxophone players performing together. The current world record was set in May in Australia by 1,000 saxophonists. Houli is known to saxophone players around the world as “the home of the horn,” thanks to its many instrument producers, mostly family-owned operations, that provide saxophones for some of the world’s biggest names.
Film to show in Venice
Taiwanese film Seediq Bale (賽德克巴萊), one of the country’s most-anticipated features this year and the most costly production ever for the Taiwanese film industry, has been selected to show at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. “I am actually more nervous than touched,” director Wei Te-sheng (魏德勝) said yesterday. “When I learned we were nominated, I was really happy and was like: ‘Is it true?’ Later it’s like: ‘What should I do then?’ And I began to get nervous about how to deal with what’s coming next.” The film, which took 12 years to complete, is set against the backdrop of the Wushe Incident — a large-scale uprising by the Seediq tribe against Japanese colonial rule in the 1930s.
Taiwan third at 10th NGWC
A three student team came third at the 10th National Geographic World Championship (NGWC) on Wednesday, the nation’s best performance since first entering the biennial competition in 2005. The final round, held at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, saw Russia, Canada and Taiwan competing for the title. Russia eventually took gold while Canada grabbed silver. Taiwan’s Cheng Chen-luo (鄭承珞), 15, Chu Po-chen (朱博琛), 14 and Hsu Tong-hong (徐東宏), 14, defeated 14 other teams to reach the final. The 14 other teams were from Australia, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, the UK and the US. The National Geographic World Championship is a biennial geography competition for teams of students 16 years of age and under.
City official visits Shanghai
The head of Greater Kaohsiung’s Bureau of Cultural Affairs Shih Che (史哲) headed for Shanghai yesterday for a visit aimed at learning about the Chinese commercial capital’s development of cultural and creative industry. Shih said prior to departure that the trip was a response to calls by a number of city councilors who said the city should step up its development of cultural and creative industry and that Shanghai could serve as a guide in this respect. Asked about her view on Shih’s trip, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) of the Democratic Progressive Party said she was pleased to see normal engagement across the Taiwan Strait. Kaohsiung has always sought to maintain regular and close contacts with foreign and Chinese cities, Chen said, adding that she would travel to Southeast Asia next month to promote city-to-city diplomacy.
FATAL FIRE: The health department is trying to contact the inspector who visited the site of the illegal nursing home to ask why they did not advise follow-up checks The Taipei City Government yesterday said that a health department inspector last year had visited the site of a long-term care facility in Neihu District (內湖) after receiving a report questioning its status. A fire broke out at the facility on Tuesday afternoon, killing three people. The Taipei Fire Department said that it received a report about a fire on the first floor of a four-story residential building on Kangning Road Sec. 1 at 2:38pm on Tuesday, firefighters arrived at 2:43pm and the fire was put out by 3:07pm. The firefighters found three men in beds and rushed them to hospital for
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD: Media speculation has fueled confusion about the KMT’s reasons for skipping a Chinese forum and delaying an AIT meeting, party sources said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Sunday said that it is not seeking to improve relations with the US or China at the expense of the other, and that its relations with the countries would be topic-based. The party has faced questions over its foreign policy after it on Monday last week announced its withdrawal from the annual Straits Forum and delayed planned talks with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The party has also taken a tough stance on the importation of US meat containing ractopamine, while also lambasting China for increasing its military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait. Following
Yuchi Township (魚池) fishers have appealed to the Nantou County Government for help in dealing with an invasive fish species in Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), where it has devastated the local ecosystem. Fishers at Sun Moon Lake have been using electrofishing in an attempt to eliminate the giant snakehead fish — found in Africa and Southeast Asia — but they have struggled to keep up with the growing population of the species, which breeds during September and October, the county government said on Monday. The county has contacted researchers at National Tsing Hua University, saying it hoped they could come up