Astronomy exhibit to open
The National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall announced yesterday that it would hold a one-month astronomy exhibition next month as part of the world’s celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009. “The exhibition will take visitors on a galactic adventure that is full of surprises,” the institution said in a statement. The exhibition, called “2009 Scientific Season: 400 Years of Observing the Universe,” will be held from Aug. 8 to Sept. 13. It will be composed of several theme rooms, including “galaxy passage,” “stories of the sky” and “astronomy history hall,” the organizer said. Admission to the exhibit is free. Visit www.astronomy2009.tw for more information.
Volunteer training opens
The Council of Agriculture is seeking volunteers for its animal protection volunteers training program, which will be held from this month to September. There are four kinds of training programs: entry-level and mid-level classes, a study group for professional managers of volunteers and a seminar on promoting effective communication between volunteers and coordinators. Visit the Chinese-language Web site volunteer.apatw.com/index.html for more information.
Technician killed in Luzon
A Taiwanese agricultural technician working at a farm in Pangasinan province on the Philippine island of Luzon was allegedly stabbed to death on Thursday by a Filipino worker on the same farm, Philippine police said yesterday. According to an initial investigation by authorities, 60-year-old Chou Guang-liang (周光亮) from Taiwan, employed as a technical consultant by Harbest Agribusiness Corporation, was allegedly stabbed to death by a 24-year-old suspect, Roel Palikpik. A female employee at Harbest told the Central News Agency that Chou began working on the Pangasinan farm on Tuesday after being transferred by the company from a farm in Cavite province south of Manila. She said Chou staggered into the office on Thursday morning asking for help. Blood poured through his hands as he covered his chest. “No one witnessed the incident, and the suspect was arrested at a bus stop near Dagupan, preparing to flee to the countryside,” she said. Chou was proclaimed dead after being rushed to a hospital for emergency treatment. It is believed that Chou and the suspect were co-workers on the Cavite farm and that Chou told other workers that there was long-standing enmity between them.
Billions of bottles consumed
Statistics compiled by the Environmental Protection Administration showed that consumers in Taiwan buy about 4.6 billion beverages in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic containers annually, an average of 200 bottles per person. Strung together, the bottles would circle the island 223 times and circle the globe 6.3 times, local environmentalists said on Friday. Bottled tea held the biggest share of beverages sold in plastic bottles, about three times the 1.1 billion bottles of mineral water sold annually in Taiwan. But it is the sale of bottled water that has particularly raised environmentalists’ ire. They urged local consumers to stop buying bottled water and instead drink boiled tap water using their own cups or containers, especially as the idea of rejecting bottled water is gaining momentum in the international community. Environmental activists contended that bottled water, though transparent, actually represents black crude oil.