Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff Writer, with CNA

Thu, Oct 13, 2011 - Page 2


Wheelchair team departs

Taiwan’s wheelchair tennis players took off yesterday for the 2011 Peace Cup in Japan, an important chance for them to earn ranking points for next year’s Paralympic Games, the Taipei Wheelchair Tennis Association (TWTA) said. The US$15,000 ITF 2 Series tournament will take place from today until Sunday in Hiroshima Regional Park. The tournament will offer more ranking points than the Taipei Open played from Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 in Taiwan, where Taiwanese players won two events and were finalists in two others. Women’s players Lu Chia-yi (呂嘉儀) and Wu Yi-shan (吳宜珊), ranked 45th and 39th in the world respectively, took the top two spots in the women’s singles and reached the finals of the doubles at the Taipei Open, and the TWTA said the two could qualify early for next year’s Paralympics with good performances in Japan. The Taipei Open was an ITF 3 Series event, one notch below the ITF 2 rating for the Peace Open.


Bike rentals expanded

The Taipei City Government said yesterday that its YouBike rental system in Xinyi District (信義) has expanded its services to infrequent riders to help boost its usage rate. The new service will now require no basic minimum rental period, deposit or membership registration, and commuters will only have to pay the regular fee of NT$10 per 15 minutes, the city government said. However, the city’s Department of Transportation said those who wish to use the service still have to get their Easycards registered at the YouBike service center or submit an online form. YouBike, which has 11 rental stations and 500 bicycles, was launched in 2009 as part of efforts to promote the city as an eco-friendly international metropolis. Its satisfaction rate has reached almost 80 percent among its users, the city said.


Academy Web site launched

Officials yesterday unveiled a Web site and plans for the establishment of “Taiwan Academy” centers in the US to promote Taiwan’s culture and language. The initiative will help let the world know about Taiwan’s achievements, Minister without Portfolio Ovid Tzeng (曾志朗) said. “We can tell the world how we reached where we are and how we plan to go global,” he said. The Web site allows users to access Taiwanese studies and Chinese learning resources, as well as images and descriptions of Taiwan’s paintings, calligraphy and antiquities. It also showcases the nation’s flora and fauna and provides links to e-books and online magazines that introduce Taiwan. The government will open three Taiwan Academies in New York, Los Angeles and Houston tomorrow. The centers will feature a variety of exhibitions, conferences, film screenings and cultural activities as well as offer scholarships worth more than NT$640 million (US$21.06 million) each year to academics and students interested in studying Taiwan and Sinology.


E-services to be improved

Taiwan is planning to implement a new stage of its e-government project within five years that will integrate government information and services, a top official said yesterday. The fourth phase of the program is expected to be carried out between next year and 2016 with a budget of nearly NT$8.5 billion, the official said at the 45th annual conference of the International Council for Information Technology in Government Administration in Taipei. The conference has attracted government information technology agencies from 17 countries.