Caution urged in Turkey
Taiwanese headed to Turkey are advised to take precautions to ensure their personal safety even if the protests in Instanbul’s Taksim Square have subsided, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said yesterday. Department of West Asian and African Affairs Director-General David Wang (王建業) said the ministry’s “yellow” alert for Turkey issued when the riots erupted in May remained in place. The ministry’s travel advisory system consists of “gray,” “yellow,” “orange” and “red” alerts, with “red” reflecting the highest risk. It raised its travel alerts for Cairo, Alexandria and Saidegang in Egypt to “orange” on Sunday, while the alert level for Egypt as a whole remained “yellow.” The “red” alert for Pakistan remains in effect, the ministry said, and it issued a “gray” alert for 13 atolls in the Marshall Islands because of severe drought conditions.
Burkina Faso trip planned
Council of Labor Affairs Minister Pan Shih-wei (潘世偉) is to visit Burkina Faso next week to check on the progress of bilateral cooperation on vocational training, MOFA said yesterday. Pan is to lead a delegation at Burkina Faso’s invitation from Monday to Wednesday, David Wang said. The main purpose of Pan’s visit is to check on a vocational training program that Taiwan has supported to improve the skill levels of the West African ally’s people, Wang said. The delegation is scheduled to visit a vocational training center in Ziniare and a vocational high school in Koudougou that were set up with Taiwan’s help, the ministry said. Opened in 2010, the training center offers classes in baking, automobile maintenance and electronics.
Five-day war game set
The military will hold a five-day computer-aided war game this month, the Ministry of National Defense said. The computerized drills, the second part of the annual Han Kuang exercises, are aimed at testing the military’s combat readiness in the event of an attack by Chinese forces, ministry spokesman Major General David Lo (羅紹和) said. Chief of General Staff General Yen Ming (嚴明) is to supervise the round-the-clock drills to be staged nationwide from July 15 to July 19, Lo said. He would not confirm a report on Monday that said the drills would stimulate an attack in 2017 involving China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. The first phase of the Han Kuang exercises were held over five days in April.
Wayi Spiders win silver
The Wayi Spiders won a silver medal on Monday in the SF Online event of the 2013 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games after being defeated by a South Korean team in the gold medal encounter in Incheon, South Korea. The Spiders lost 2-1 after reaching the finals of the event by whitewashing a team from Mongolia 8-0 in under 30 minutes on Sunday. In addition to competitive video gaming, more than 100 Taiwanese athletes are competing in events such as billiards, bowling, chess, dance, soccer, kabaddi and kurash and swimming. The 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games are being held at Samsan World Gymnasium opened on Saturday last week and run through Saturday as a test event for the 17th Asian Games next year. Cybersports have become increasingly popular in Taiwan after the Taipei Assassins team won the League of Legends Season 2 World Championship in Los Angeles, California, in October last year.