Cold weather to hover
A cold air mass kept temperatures low nationwide yesterday, with the mercury falling as low as 12.3oC in New Taipei City’s (新北市) Tamsui District (淡水) early in the morning, the Central Weather Bureau said. Daytime highs ranged from 21oC to 22oC in northern Taiwan, 24oC to 25oC in central Taiwan, and 25oC to 27oC in southern Taiwan, the bureau said. Highs nationwide could increase by about 1oC today, according to forecasters. The lows are expected to rise by about 4oC across Taiwan proper tomorrow, followed by increasing chances of rain, the bureau said.
Taipei named 2016 WDC
The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) in Canada announced yesterday that Taipei has won the World Design Capital (WDC) designation for 2016. City officials say they expect the event to help transform Taipei’s landscape while boosting tourism by 5 more percent. Taipei was the only contender in this year’s competition. Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said Taipei is the second city in Asia to be selected as a WDC after Seoul, and the city government will launch a series of renovation projects to transform the city. The government will plant more trees along major streets and join efforts with private organizations to renovate old communities, such as the Dadaocheng (大稻埕) area, while building design centers in Neihu (內湖) and Dazhi (大直) districts to attract personnel in related industries. The city will hold a series of design exhibitions and forums in 2016, and expect to generate NT$9.6 billion (US$326 million) revenue from tourism, Hau said.
Aerial film stays on top
The documentary Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above (看見台灣) has maintained its box office momentum since opening on Nov. 1, earning more than NT$62 million to date, according to its distributor, Activator Marketing Co. The film, directed by Chi Po-lin (齊柏林), has made more than NT$30 million in Taipei alone, including NT$7.04 million this past weekend, Activator said. Beyond Beauty became the highest-grossing documentary in the nation’s box office history on Nov. 10, and has now emerged as the third best-selling Taiwanese-made film this year, trailing only gangster comedy David Loman (大尾鱸鰻) and comedy Zone Pro Site (總舖師). The documentary consists of aerial shots of Taiwan’s landscape, featuring the nation’s beautiful scenery and mountains, as well as pointing out the rivers and coastlines being destroyed by human activities and natural disasters.
Robot teams win in Jakarta
Taiwanese students racked up eight awards at the just-concluded World Robot Olympiad in Jakarta, Indonesia, including a gold medal in the college category, the Esun Robot Association said on Monday. The gold was won by three National Chung Hsing University students who beat 18 other teams. A team from National Formosa University won fifth place in the college category. This was the first year that a college category was included in the competition and the teams had to develop robots that had to move different color balls to specific areas, as if they were supplying raw materials to several colonies on Mars. Teams from Taiwanese elementary schools placed third and eighth in the regular category, where robots were built to solve a given challenge. The Olympiad opened on Friday last week and closed on Sunday.