Election notice published
The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday officially published the notice of its chairmanship election, scheduled for July 20. According to the notice, potential candidates must register for the election on June 20 or June 21, and complete a signature drive by that time. KMT Vice Chairman and Secretary-General Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權) said 380,000 members are eligible to vote in the election and those interested in entering the race must obtain the endorsement of 3 percent, or 12,000, of the eligible voters to become a candidate. He pledged that the KMT would conduct the election “justly, fairly and openly.” President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has indicated his intention to seek re-election as KMT chairman. Hsieh Kun-hung (謝坤宏), a member of the party’s central standing committee, is also planning to run.
Ministry issues travel alert
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a travel advisory for the Czech Republic yesterday, advising Taiwanese traveling to the country to beware of widespread flooding there that has left seven people dead. The rain has halted in Prague, the ministry said when issuing a “gray” travel alert, but water levels remain far higher than normal and the Vltava River running through the city is still raging. The travel advisory system consists of four levels depending on the severity of the risk, with red being the highest, followed by orange, yellow and gray. At least 10 people had died in the flooding in Central Europe as of Tuesday night, according to reports, but no Taiwanese had been affected, the ministry said. Taiwanese should contact the ministry’s office in the Czech Republic on 603-166-707 if they need emergency assistance, the ministry added.
First lady visits Russia
First lady Chow Mei-ching (周美青) is visiting Russia at the invitation of the organizers of the Chekhov International Theatre Festival, according to Taiwan’s representative office in Moscow. During her week-long stay, Chow is serving as honorary leader of two renowned Taiwanese dance troupes — Cloud Gate Dance Theatre and Legend Lin Dance Theatre — who are both performing at the renowned festival, the office said. It is Chow’s second trip to Russia. She first visited Moscow in 2010 when she also served as Cloud Gate’s honorary leader. She was greeted upon her arrival on Monday by Valery Shadrin, general director of the festival, the representative office said. Chow’s visit is part of her efforts to help promote cultural exchanges between Taiwan and other countries, the office said.
Choreographers to visit US
Taiwan is sending two choreographers to a residency program at this year’s American Dance Festival to encourage more interaction between local and foreign choreographers, the Ministry of Culture said. Tsai Yun-ting (蔡昀庭), who also directs dance movies, and Kao Chia-ying (高嘉瑩), the artistic director of a local dance troupe, are to participate in the International Choreographer’s Residency Program from Thursday next week to July 27 in Durham, North Carolina. Choreographers in the program can attend courses, participate in performances and meet other choreographers from around the world, the ministry said. Meanwhile, Lin Hwai-min (林懷民), founder and artistic director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, will be this year’s recipient of the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival award for lifetime achievement.