Olympic photo exhibit opens
An exhibition featuring more than 100 press photographs from the Olympic Games by Central News Agency and Agence France-Presse will open tomorrow at Taipei 101 to celebrate the upcoming London 2012 Olympics, the organizers said yesterday. The exhibition to be held on the tower’s observation deck on the 89th floor will feature photographs taken from the first modern Games in Greece in 1896 and the 29th Summer Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to view photographs of world famous athletes, including former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, and sprinter Michael Johnson, who won four Olympic gold medals and eight world championships. Photographs of Chen Shih-hsin (陳詩欣), the first Taiwanese athlete to win a gold medal at the Olympics, will also be displayed. The exhibition will run until July 20.
Venues offer free admission
A total of 22 museums and cultural venues in Taipei are offering free admission this weekend as part of a promotion of the city’s plan to apply to be designated World Design Capital (WDC) in 2016. The venues, including the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Taipei 228 Memorial Museum and the Puppetry Art Center of Taipei, are free today and tomorrow. More than 34 designer stores and coffee shops around the city will also offer discounts or welcome gifts to visitors who check in and post “I support Taipei for WDC. Cheers!” on Facebook. Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Liu Wei-gong (劉維公) said the city government has established a task force to apply for the WDC designation. For more information, visit www.taipeidesign.org.tw/enjoydesign
AIT Kaohsiung to relocate
The new landmark China Steel Building was selected as the site for the relocated American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Kaohsiung Branch Office, AIT Director William Stanton and China Steel Corp chairman Tsou Juo-chi (鄒若齊) jointly announced yesterday. The AIT’s major relocation project demonstrates the US’ deep commitment to southern Taiwan, the AIT said in a press release. The Kaohsiung Branch Office of AIT was established in 1979, the AIT said. The AIT decided to move its Kaohsiung Branch Office, which has been in its current site since 1986, into the China Steel Building to meet its expanded requirements and to ensure that it is positioned to maintain vibrant ties with southern Taiwan, the AIT said. The number of AIT staff at the branch has doubled since 1986.
Gary Wang gets 20 days
Former Eastern Multimedia Group chairman Gary Wang (王令麟), the oldest son of fugitive Rebar Asia Pacific Group founder Wang You-theng (王又曾), yesterday reported to Taipei prosecutors to serve a 20-day prison sentence for two forgery cases related to the 2007 Rebar Asia Pacific Group embezzlement scandal. Gary Wang was found guilty of two charges of forgery by the Taiwan High Court in November last year and was sentenced to one year in prison. Prosecutors said that because Gary Wang was detained for 346 days while under investigation, he would have to serve only 20 days in prison. Gary Wang yesterday apologized for the damage done to the public by the Rebar case before he entered prison.