Army sergeant dies on duty
An army staff sergeant surnamed Lu (盧) died after he fainted while running laps yesterday at the Army Academy on Lieyu Islet (烈嶼). According to information released by the army, Lu was married with two children and had served for more than 10 years. He had been exercising on his day off yesterday with a fellow army officer on the day he died. The officer said Lu suddenly fainted after the fifth lap. He was immediately taken to a local hospital, but passed away while being treated. Lu was called up for training at the army’s Kinmen Regional Support Command on the island late last month. He was scheduled to complete his training on Aug. 20. An army officer on the island said it was a shock to learn of Lu’s sudden death as he was in excellent physical condition and had received a physical test score of more than 90 in March, with a perfect mark of 100 on several parts of the exam.
Taoyuan to boost plant tours
Taoyuan County is planning to increase the number of customized tours of its factories as a way of boosting tourism and promoting its traditional industries, county government officials said. From Wednesday next week to Sept. 30, the county will offer tours of factories that produce instruments, clothing, food, wine and other items, and will also provide information on how these old economy industries grew, the county government said. Last year, the county attracted 2.5 million visitors, which generated NT$600 million (US$20 million) in revenue, it said. It hopes to draw 3 million tourists this year, an increase that could help revitalize the local economy.
Taipei advances in WDC bid
Taipei has entered the final round of the 2016 World Design Capital (WDC) bid, the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design said on Tuesday in Montreal, Canada. Taipei was the only city to submit an application, but the council said it was “not discouraged” by receiving only one submission and that it would adopt the same rigorous standards it always employs to evaluate Taipei. Council officials said they would conduct a two-day onsite evaluation in Taipei next month to further assess the city’s application and a final decision would be announced later that month. Taipei is preparing for the visit and is confident that it will win the bid, the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs said. The World Design Capital is selected every two years and recognizes cities that have used design to reinvent themselves and to improve social, economic and cultural life. Past cities to receive the title include Italy’s Torino in 2008, Seoul in 2010 and Helsinki, Finland, last year. South Africa’s Cape Town has been designated the World Design Capital for next year.
Muse to display comic hits
Muse Communication Co plans to showcase two of the animation and cartoon world’s greatest hits, Gaspard et Lisa and Cheburashka, with themed stalls at the Comic Convention. The convention is to start on Thursday next week and run through to Aug. 20 at the World Trade Center in Taipei. France’s Gaspard et Lisa is based off books written by Anne Gutman and illustrated by Georg Hallensleben in 1999. The Russian Cheburashka was created by Soviet Union writer Eduard Uspensky in 1966 and was later animated in 1969. Both will be featured along with a wide array of merchandise.