Monthly Archives: October 2017

President Tsai hoping to boost military ties with Taiwan’s allies

Taipei, Oct. 19 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) told a group of senior military and police officers from Latin America and the Caribbean on Thursday that Taiwan is looking forward to deepening military exchanges and cooperation with other countries, particularly its diplomatic allies.

In a rapidly changing world, no country can face multiple challenges alone and must seek cooperation with others, Tsai told the officers from the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Paraguay — all Taiwan’s diplomatic allies — and Peru.

5 Russian operas that every cultured person should know and see

by ANNA GALAYDA – Russia Beyond
Mezzo-soprano Maria Maksakova performs Tchaikovsky’s opera ‘The Queen of Spades’ at the Mariinsky Theater – Ruslan Shamukov/TASS
While the Russian ballet has for more than a century enthralled audiences around the globe, the country’s opera heritage has only recently achieved worldwide acclaim.

Russian operas have always been difficult to perform – they require not only command of a difficult language but also powerful voices, nonstandard vocalization and a strong dramatic performance. Nevertheless, in the past two decades they have established themselves on the world stage and their popularity is growing. Russia Beyond chose five operas that are currently performed, or will soon be performed, in different theaters of the world.

La Semaine du Requin – du 25 octobre au 1er novembre à Nausicaa

NAUSICAA, Centre National de la Mer de Boulogne-sur-Mer

Depuis toujours, les requins ont une réputation de chasseurs sanguinaires, de mangeurs d’hommes ! Mais la réalité est tout autre : parmi les 500 espèces recensées à travers les océans, très peu sont en réalité dangereuses pour l’Homme envers lequel ils sont souvent craintifs et méfiants ! Placés tout en haut des chaînes alimentaires marines, ils jouent ainsi un rôle capital dans l’équilibre des populations animales. L’Homme est le prédateur principal des requins… le plus dangereux des deux n’est finalement pas celui qu’on pense.

Taiwan, U.S. sign MOU on defense affairs

Taiwan Defense Industry Association head Han Pi-hsiang (韓碧祥, front center) and U.S.-Taiwan Business Council President Rupert Hammond-Chambers (韓儒伯, front second right)

Princeton, New Jersey, Oct. 18 (CNA) Taiwan Defense Industry Association head Han Pi-hsiang(韓碧祥)and U.S.-Taiwan Business Council President Rupert Hammond-Chambers (韓儒伯)signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Tuesday to advance U.S. defense cooperation with Taiwan.

The signing of the MOU will not only boost collaboration on defense affairs between Taiwan and the U.S., but will also create an integrated platform for the association members to extend exchanges on defense issues with the U.S., said Han.

Asian Federation of Exhibition & Convention Associations (AFECA) Annual Conference and Activities Hosted in Kaohsiung for the First Time

The Asian Federation of Exhibition & Convention Associations (AFECA), one of the most important international exhibition organizations in Asia, hosted its 2017 Annual Conference and a series of events in Kaohsiung on September 5th. The Conference was attended by over 150 exhibitors from throughout Asia, including representatives from the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), Philippines Department of Tourism, Singapore Tourism Board (STB), and Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB).

IHG® opens Europe’s largest Holiday Inn Express® in Cologne City Centre

InterContinental Hotels Group® (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announces the opening of Holiday Inn Express® Cologne City Centre, the largest Holiday Inn Express® in Europe. 

The newly opened property boasts 323 rooms all featuring the next generation Holiday Inn Express design which balances home comforts with smart design features. Guests can enjoy sound absorbing headboards, bedside USB ports and flexible in-room working spaces. Free Wi-Fi and a continental breakfast buffet are also included in the room rate.

German Treasure Hunters Reportedly Claim to Know Whereabouts of Russia’s Missing Amber Room


German authorities have given a green light for an expedition to a group of treasure hunters who are convinced that the legendary Amber Room of the Russian Tsars that went missing after being looted by Nazi soldiers during World War II lies in one of the caves in the Hartenstein hills, near Dresden, The Daily Mail reported.

German researchers — 73-year-old Leonhard Blume, 67-year-old Guenter Eckardt and 71-year-old Peter Lohr — who claim to know where Russia’s legendary Amber room worth over 266 million dollar is stored started thesearch for it after they were allegedly contacted by a “reliable source”, who informed them on the whereabouts of the treasure.

Cobalt Air wins CAPA Airline Start-Up of the Year

The executive team at Cobalt Air are delighted and proud to announce that CAPA, the global airline research company has named the fledgling carrier as the CAPA Airline Start-Up of the Year.

The Airline Start-Up of the Year prize has been awarded to the Cypriot carrier for its activity over the first year of its operations, with Cobalt Air being recognised as having been the most innovative start-up, as well as being the carrier delivering the greatest impact on the industry since its launch.

The Extraordinary MCE South Europe 2017 was Successfully Delivered, Exceeding all Expectations

This week, the 3rd edition of MCE South Europe took place in Catania, Sicily, Italy. The forum has been brought to life already 3 years ago to showcase South Europe as a wonderful and resourceful MICE destination. Once more, a rich variety of South European MICE Solution Providers came to the island to represent their destination and build strong relationships with leading event planners keen on finding new business partnership.