Cooking event held in Taipei
The three-day preliminary round of the 4th International Chinese Culinary Competition started yesterday in Taipei, attracting 72 hopefuls from Taiwan and Hong Kong, event organizer New Tang Dynasty Television said. According to the New York-based Chinese-language TV station, the competition centers on traditional Chinese dishes such as cuisines from Sichuan, Shandong and Guangdong provinces in China. Winners of the Asia-Pacific preliminary, held at Hall 2 at the Taipei World Trade Center, will book a place in the September finals to be held in New York’s Times Square.
Ma officially opens WCBF
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Greater Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) welcomed hundreds of young baseball players from around the world to the annual World Children’s Baseball Fair (WCBF) in Kaohsiung yesterday. Ma said that hosting the event in Kaohsiung was significant because the fair had not been held outside Japan for many years. Ma described this year as a banner year for baseball in Taiwan, the nation having won the World Port Tournament in the Netherlands on July 3 and qualified for three different world series slated for next month, when teams from Taiwan will represent the Asia-Pacific region in the Little League World Series, Little League Baseball’s Junior League World Series and the Pony League’s Bronco World Series.
Land leased to jewelry firms
Taitung County Government said it has rented two plots of land to international jewelry companies to build a complex consisting of a museum and shopping malls, which it hopes will help boost the local economy. The government has rented out 0.68 hectares of a 100 hectare industrial area under 50-year leases, Taitung County Commissioner Justin Huang (黃健庭) said. Although the zone offers cheap rentals at around NT$3,000 (US$104) per ping (3.3m2), only one store — RT Mart — has operated there in 16 years because of poor transport links, Huang said. The project could create 500 jobs and generate up to NT$18 million for the county in terms of rentals, land-use rights and other fees, Huang said. The project is scheduled to be completed in March next year and become a major tourism attraction, Huang said.
Taiwan might be China’s next target after it has “walled off” Hong Kong from the rest of the world with its new national security legislation, Academia Sinica Institute of Sociology fellow Wu Jieh-min (吳介民) said on Thursday. At a seminar organized by the Economic Democracy Union, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, the Hong Kong Outlanders and the Judicial Reform Foundation, Wu said that the legislation is simultaneously a fig leaf concealing Beijing’s autocratic rule in Hong Kong and a figurative “Berlin Wall,” denying democratic countries access to Hong Kong. Wu said it is evident that Taiwan would be China’s next target. The
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
YOUNGEST PATIENT: Cases of botulism have been only sporadically reported over the past few years, with two in 2015, six in 2016 and none in the past three years The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the nation’s first case of infant botulism this year, a four-month-old boy in northern Taiwan, as well as five new cases of Japanese encephalitis confirmed last week. The boy was introduced to homemade solid food in the middle of last month, but began to experience constipation and loss of appetite on June 23, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said, adding that he was taken to the hospital when he developed a fever and shortness of breath on June 25. In the hospital, the boy also experienced a rapid heartbeat, limb
The National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park in Taipei is to open to the public today. The park in Datong District (大同) near the North Gate (北門, Beimen) is one of the museum’s four branches. During the Japanese colonial era, the site housed the railway department of the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan’s Bureau of Transportation. After World War II, it served as the headquarters for the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) for several decades. In 2007, it was listed as a national monument under the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法). At an opening ceremony yesterday, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung