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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff Writer, with CNA

SOCIETY

Teng Yu-kun, 65, dies

Teng Yu-kun (鄧育昆), a renowned Taiwanese television producer and screenplay writer, fell to his death from his home in Shanghai yesterday, one of his wife’s former assistants confirmed. However, the former aide did not provide any details during a telephone interview on what might have caused Teng to fall from the building. Teng, 65, and his wife Liu Hsueh-hua (劉雪華), are both highly regarded in the TV and movie industry and in recent years, have developed successful careers in China.

CULTURE

Da-an orchestra impresses

The Taipei Municipal Da-an Junior High School String Orchestra emerged as one of the best groups at the Summa Cum Laude Competition in Vienna, Austria, on Sunday, earning the orchestra the opportunity to perform in Vienna’s Golden Hall today. The annual international youth music competition, hosted by the Viennese Music Association, is categorized into three groups — youth choirs, bands and orchestras. The winners of each category earn the right to perform at the Golden Hall — the concert hall for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Representative to Austria Chen Lien-gene (陳連軍) said 30 groups from 11 countries participated in the competition. The Da-an Junior High School Orchestra was competing for the first time in the event.

HEALTH

High aluminum levels found

The Consumers Foundation yesterday called for caution when buying waffles and pancakes, as well as salted dried jellyfish, as testing showed that only 4 percent of these products could be classified as “safe.” In light of a May 2009 report by the Center for Food Safety in Hong Kong that the weekly intake of aluminum should be no more than 0.6 milligrams per kilogram of body weight, the foundation did a series of spot checks, focusing first on salted jellyfish, waffles and pancakes. It said the checks would be expanded to cover other popular food items. The foundation said such food products often contain potassium alum or leavening agents and therefore excessive aluminum, a chemical which it said has a correlation with Alzheimer’s disease. The survey, conducted in March and April in Taipei and New Taipei City (新北市), found that the aluminum levels in 15 salted jellyfish samples it checked all exceeded 500 parts per million (ppm), while nine waffle and pancake items contained aluminum ranging between 100ppm and 500ppm. Of all the samples tested, only the waffles sold at the Starbucks coffee shop chain showed no presence of aluminum, the foundation said.

SPORT

Jason Hu visits China, Japan

Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) will leave for China and Japan today to lobby for support for Greater Taichung’s bid to host the East Asian Games in 2017, city officials said yesterday. He will meet representatives of East Asian Games Association (EAGA) member countries during his trip, which will first take him to Beijing and Tianjin in China and then on to Tokyo, officials said. China’s support is considered critical because it is said to control four of the EAGA’s nine votes — those of China, Hong Kong, Macau and North Korea. The city’s plan to host the event revolves around energy saving and the reduction of carbon emissions, and Hu hopes it will carry enough weight to win support for Taichung’s bid. The EAGA is scheduled to hold a meeting of board members in Tokyo on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

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