US official in security visit
US Department of Homeland Security Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Mark Koumans will visit Taiwan tomorrow until Thursday, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced yesterday.The AIT said in a press release that Koumans will deliver a speech at the 2012 International Conference on Homeland Security on Wednesday, to be hosted by the Executive Yuan’s Office of Homeland Security to discuss cross-border cooperation. Koumans also plans to hold a series of high-level meetings with local officials to discuss security issues of importance to both sides, it said. Koumans is responsible for coordinating the department’s international programs and policy to achieve its international strategic objectives, including promoting greater international information and education exchanges in order to share data, technologies, and best practices relating to homeland security, the AIT said.
Taipei hosts noodle festival
The annual Taipei International Beef Noodle Festival opens today with the aim of promoting the much-loved dish and creating commercial opportunities, according to the organizers. Now in its eighth year, the festival features a beef noodle competition, a gallery describing the dish’s history and an area for vendors where visitors can get a bite to eat, the Taipei City Government said. Described by Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) as the city’s “business card,” the dish created revenues of more than NT$1 billion (US$34 million) last year, compared with NT$780 million in 2008. The free festival, which runs until tomorrow, will take place at the Taipei Expo Park. For more information, go to the Web site at www.2012tbnf.com.