■ Investment Delegation visits Panama \n \nA Ministry of Economic Affairs delegation is visiting Panama to offer consulting services to Taiwanese businessmen who have made investments there. The delegation, composed of administration experts from the China Productivity Center and Ming Chuan University, hopes to assist businessmen abroad in reducing risks to their investments and in integrating the efforts of Taiwanese entrepreneurs. In a symposium Friday, delegation members spoke of key administration strategies designed for businessmen with investments in Panama and communicated the importance that the government places on businesses abroad. Prior to arriving in Panama, the delegation visited the Dominican Republic. It will head for Costa Rica next. The consulting services are part of the ministry's effort to offer various services to Taiwanese businessmen around the world, especially those investing in Southeast Asia and Central and South America. \n \n■ Culture \nAboriginal band wows Paris \n \nThe Aboriginal band Amis, made up of musicians from Taiwan's indigenous Ami tribe, on Friday treated Paris audiences to an extraordinary night of exotic music. The band, playing handmade musical instruments, made their debut in Paris' popular park Jardin du Luxembourg as a warm-up for the Paris music festival Fete de la Musique to be held tomorrow. Wearing colorful traditional outfits, the members of the band played flutes, drums and xylophones. Among the traditional instruments a special kind of nose flute attracted much attention. The band's show reached a climax when the public joined the dancing, and after the show members of the audience peppered the band members with questions about where they came from and how they made and play the instruments. \n \n■ Culture \nMusic festival in Chiayi \n \nThe Asian Musical Festival, an eight-day event sponsored by the Chiayi County Government to mark the summer solstice on June 21, began yesterday. The festival will present music groups from five Asian countries. Chiayi County Commissioner Chen Ming-wen (陳明文) noted that Chiayi is located at the Tropic of Cancer, where the sun is directly overhead at noon on the day of the summer solstice. To observe the solstice, the county government organized the Asian Musical Festival so that local residents would not have to travel abroad to see excellent foreign musical groups perform, Chen said. In addition to foreign groups, the organizers also invited local folk and Aboriginal groups to open shows for the out-of-town acts. \n \n■ Diplomacy \nCanterbury tour \n \nTien Hung-mao (田弘茂), Taiwan's representative to Britain, paid a visit to Canterbury City in Kent County Friday at the invitation of Canterbury Mayor Martin Vye. Accompanied by Vye, Tien attended a preview of the city's biennial arts exhibition and visited several noted cultural sites in the city. Among the exhibits on display at the Canterbury biennial arts show is a piece created by Hsiao-ching Li (李小鏡), a Taiwan-born artist based in New York. The exhibition was to be formally opened yesterday for a 16-day run. After the tour of the exhibition, Vye hosted a luncheon in honor of Tien and several staff members of the Taiwan representative office in London.
DOING ENOUGH? The HPA budgets NT$1.3 billion to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but has no separate budget to fight teen drinking, a doctor said The government should step up alcohol education and prevention efforts, and allocate more of the budget to it, doctors said on Friday, citing the high consumption of alcohol among Taiwanese adolescents. One out of four 12-to-17-year-olds has consumed alcohol, said Yen Tsung-hai (顏宗海), director of Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Department of Clinical Toxicology. The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) budgets NT$1.3 billion (US$43.9 million) annually to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but it has not allocated a separate budget for preventing teenage drinking or excessive alcohol use, Yen said. “There is no so-called ‘safe drinking level’ for minors,” because any amount consumed
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
DREAMING OF TRAVEL: About 7,000 people applied for the experience, with about 60 chosen for the first flight yesterday, which includes boarding an airplane Starved of the travel experience during COVID-19? Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) has the solution — a fake itinerary where you check in, go through passport control and security, and even board the aircraft. You just never leave. The airport yesterday began offering travelers the chance to do just that, with about 60 people eager to get going, albeit to nowhere. About 7,000 people applied to take part, with the winners chosen by random. More fake flight experiences are to take place in the coming weeks. “I really want to leave the country, but because of the pandemic, lots of flights cannot fly,”
YOUNGEST PATIENT: Cases of botulism have been only sporadically reported over the past few years, with two in 2015, six in 2016 and none in the past three years The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the nation’s first case of infant botulism this year, a four-month-old boy in northern Taiwan, as well as five new cases of Japanese encephalitis confirmed last week. The boy was introduced to homemade solid food in the middle of last month, but began to experience constipation and loss of appetite on June 23, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said, adding that he was taken to the hospital when he developed a fever and shortness of breath on June 25. In the hospital, the boy also experienced a rapid heartbeat, limb