NZ man arrested for gun
A New Zealand man was taken to the Taoyuan District Prosecutors’ Office from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport yesterday after police found a handgun in his luggage. The man, a car racer identified as Peter Scharmach, arrived in Taiwan from Amsterdam earlier in the day, but was stopped by customs officers at the airport when they found a Mauser pistol and an empty cartridge in his luggage. Scharmach said he did not know anything about the gun, which was packed in a power supply device box that he said he bought at a German flea market. He said he came to Taiwan to visit friends. Scharmach was detained for violating regulations governing the control and prohibition of guns, ammunition and knives.
Swiss hold art contest
Nearly 1,500 primary-school students have submitted their work to an art competition held by the Trade Office of Swiss Industries in Taipei, the office said recently, adding that it expected more participants before the contest’s closing date on Friday. “The launch of the 2012 Primary Students’ Drawing Competition ‘How I see Switzerland’ has received a resounding response,” office director Jost Feer said. It is the first time the office is holding such an activity, he said, adding that all the entries were very creative and surprising. The activity serves as a way to promote Switzerland and its tourism, and different competitions will be held each year, the office said. The competition is open to primary school students, born between 2000 and 2005, and residing in Taiwan. Interested participants can choose any Swiss scenery, landmarks, people or customs as their topics. All eligible entries will be uploaded on the office’s Web site on Oct. 15, with the winners announced on Dec. 1, the office said.