Teen to perform with NSO
A 16-year-old local violinist, Tseng Yu-chien (曾宇謙), will perform with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in two concerts at the National Concert Hall in Taipei tomorrow and on Saturday. Tseng is a student of the Curtis Institute of Music in the US, where he studies under musician Ida Kavafian. The young violinist was the winner of the 10th Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition last year and took third prize in the junior section of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in 2006. He also played a major role in a locally produced movie in August. Tseng yesterday said he was very excited about the two concerts because he would be performing under the baton of NSO resident maestro Lu Shao-chia (呂紹嘉) for the first time.
Nation’s accident rate falling
Taiwan’s air accident rate has been falling in recent years and if the trend continues, will drop to the global average level within three years, an aviation safety official said on Tuesday. Chang Yu-hern (張有恆), chairman of the Council for Aviation Safety, said there were four aviation accidents in Taiwan this year as the country’s 10-year record continues to fall. From 2000 to last year, Taiwan registered 1.82 air accidents per million take-offs, higher than the world average of 1.02, he said. “If the current rate can be maintained, by 2013, our record will have dropped to the world average level of 0.61,” he added. Council figures show that prior to 2008, Taiwan’s 10-year accident record was above two per million takeoffs. The decade of 1993 to 2002 saw the highest record of 3.52, followed by 2.82 for 1994 to 2003, 2.69 for 1998 to 2007 and 2.26 for 1999 to 2008. By 2001 to this year, the record had fallen to the same as 2000 to last year, according to the council.
Influential work named
The non-fiction work Seven Days in Heaven (父後七日) has been selected as one of the 10 most influential books in Taiwan this year by Kingstone Bookstore. The book, which in its manuscript form won first prize in the Lin Rung San Literary Awards in 2006, features a Taiwanese funeral ceremony, through which the author, Essay Liu (劉梓潔), tells how a -collectivist-dominated society can strongly bind an individual, Kingstone commented. Liu has also revised her book into a screenplay to show her experience of death and local funeral rites on the big screen. The film, which bears the same title as the book, made its debut in Taiwan in August and won this year’s Golden Horse Film Award last month for best screenplay adaptation.
Low-carbon plan ready: EPA
The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said yesterday that it has come up with a national plan to create a low-carbon environment to fight global warming. The plan includes using clean energy, building a low-carbon economy and designing eco-friendly homes, the EPA said. Next year, every municipality will have two model green communities and the number of such communities will be increased gradually, said Lu Hung-kuang (呂鴻光), executive secretary of the eco-community project. The EPA proposes expanding the low-carbon plan throughout the entire country in three stages between next year and 2020, he said. Development of a low-carbon environment involves changes in areas such as energy conservation, architecture, transportation and environmental protection, which all form a challenging undertaking, Lu said. Taiwan has set a goal of reducing its carbon emissions to 2005 levels by 2020 and to 2000 levels by 2025.