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 www.amchamtaichung.org.
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.
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s
NEW ERA: Taiwan, which has controlled its virus outbreak, now faces the challenge of safely resuming economic exchanges with other nations, Chang Shan-chwen said People should not focus entirely on having zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, but neglect overall control over the disease situation, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said yesterday. Chang made the remark at a forum in Taipei discussing the steps Taiwan should take in the post-pandemic era, organized by the Chinese-language magazine Global Views Monthly. Chang, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩), and Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention director C. Jason Wang (王智弘) each made a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Chang, Wang and Buddhist Tzu
A Belgian man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan last week is likely to have contracted the disease in Taipei in late June, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health vice dean Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday reported that the man, who is in his 20s, came to Taiwan for work on May 3 and tested positive on Wednesday last week as he was about to depart. The man in March reported loss of taste and smell, the center said, adding that he worked in Changhua County, but visited Taipei several times,