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AmCham holds happy hour

The American Chamber of Commerce in Taichung invited people to join this month’s happy hour on Tuesday starting at 6:30pm at the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant. This informal social event is open to all and not exclusive to chamber members. No reservations needed. For more information, call AmCham administrative coordinator River Chen at 0955-038-733, or (04) 2471-8133, or check its Web site


Casino boss visits Kinmen

Lawrence Ho (何猷龍), The son of Macau’s casino king Stanley Ho (何鴻燊), visited Kinmen on Friday to learn about its investment environment and the feasibility of building a casino there. Lawrence Ho, chairman and CEO of Melco International Development, arrived at Shanyi Airport in Kinmen on his private jet at 10:30am, the first direct flight from Hong Kong to the Taiwan-held island just off China’s southeastern coast. In his meeting with Kinmen County Commissioner Lee Chu-feng (李炷烽), Lawrence Ho said he had confidence in Kinmen’s investment environment and that he was interested in its entertainment sector. Lee responded that he was happy that foreign capital could come to the county, but reminded his guest that whether or not Kinmen will allow casinos hinges on public opinion. Lee said opinion polls have shown considerable opposition among local residents to such an idea and said he would wait until there were more concrete plans before putting the matter to a public referendum.


Morakot delays exhibit

Because of Typhoon Morakot, the National Science Council (NSC) yesterday postponed the opening of an astronomy exhibition, which was meant to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first observation of space and the International Year of Astronomy. The exhibition, titled “400 Years of Sky Gazing,” is aimed at explaining astronomy, showing how it relates to history, literature, religion, science and technology, and detailing how it has impacted human exploration of the universe. The presentation will be theatrical, featuring 3D projections, digital audio and video displays and multi-touch interaction installations to showcase scientific knowledge, said the council, adding that noted scientists from abroad would also give seminars. The exhibition is scheduled to run though Sept. 13 at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall’s Second and Third Display Rooms and Art Gallery. Admission to the exhibit is free.


UK office focuses on climate

The British Trade and Cultural Office said in its latest e-newsletter that it would hold a series of activities on climate change as part of a UK government program geared toward a global pact on the issue. This is a landmark year for climate change because the nations of the world will gather in Copenhagen in December to work out a new international agreement to tackle climate change because the Kyoto Protocol will expire in 2012, the office said. As part of the efforts, the office is planning to work with the organization Taiwan Environmental Action Network to hold a workshop on climate change from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26 at the Youth Hub in Taipei City. The office and Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs will together organize a forum on greenhouse gas management, which is scheduled to take place Sept. on 29 at National Taiwan University’s International Convention Center, the e-newsletter said.

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