Artists head to MIDEM
Taiwanese music artists, including pop diva Jolin Tsai (蔡依林), left for France on Thursday to attend a music industry trade fair and perform at a music event, organizers said. The artists, who also include singer and songwriter William Wei (韋禮安), are participating in Le Marche International de la Musique (MIDEM), billed as the world’s largest music trade fair, which takes place today through Tuesday in Cannes, Great Capital Artist said. They will also perform at a Taiwan Night concert in Paris on Wednesday, said the company, which was commissioned by the Ministry of Culture to organize the concert. The Taiwan Night concert, scheduled to take place at Le Trianon in Paris, is part of Taiwan’s efforts to promote its music at the MIDEM, which attracts thousands of musicians, producers and managers each year.
App for easier travel log
The sponsor of the nation’s largest grassroots initiative to encourage the public to visit towns and villages across the country yesterday launched a mobile application that allows visitors to compile and organize their travel memories more effectively. Instead of issuing a commemorative travel log for collecting stamps for itineraries, CommonWealth Magazine said the paperless tool offers more travel information and is more environmentally friendly. The mobile app features a “QR Code” system, under which tourists can find and scan stickers bearing a 2D code at more than 3,000 participating stores across 368 townships nationwide, the magazine said. They could then keep a record of their travel, mark their locations on a map and share the information with friends, it added. For app download information, go to www.319.com.tw/custompage/show/42.
Groupers help lift exports
Agricultural exports rose last year, thanks to a surge in the export of groupers from local fish farms, a Council of Agriculture report said. Exports of groupers reached US$165.94 million last year, up 36 percent from the previous year, the report said. Most of the exported groupers were shipped to China, which accounted for US$131.06 million, up 28 percent from a year earlier. The production value of groupers is expected to continue increasing because local businesses have developed a rapid freezing technique that can freeze fish at minus-70°C within three hours of them being caught, the council said, adding that the technique can help Taiwan open markets in places such as the US and Europe.
Coat donation for refugees
A batch of 1,000 coats donated by Taiwanese was recently delivered to a Christian church in Jordan for distribution to Syrian refugees in the border town of Mafraq. The coat donation drive was sponsored by several Christian churches, sources said. A Jordan-based Taiwanese businessman surnamed Bien used funds donated by the churches to purchase coats from garment factories on the outskirts of Amman for distribution to the refugees, the sources said. Bien’s garment factory is producing another 10,000 pieces of winter clothing for donation to the refugees. The winter outfits, which will be embroidered with an image symbolizing Taiwan and the Arabic word for Taiwan, will be ready for delivery in one month, Bien said. All of the clothes will be delivered to Taiwan’s representative office in Jordan for distribution to the refugees by the Jordanian government, he added.