Defense show to open
The Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition 2011 will be held from tomorrow through Sunday at the Taipei World Trade Center as part of government effort to generate more business in the field, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) said yesterday. About 90 exhibitors from around the world have registered to display aerospace and military products at 689 booths at the biennial trade show, the council’s Web site showed. Exhibitors include US defense contractor Raytheon, Lockheed Martin Corp, Taiwan’s state-run Aerospace Industrial Development Corp and unmanned aerial system specialist Carbon-Based Technology. The show is aimed at generating NT$1 billion (US$34.4 million) in deals, TAITRA said. One of the highlights of the show this year will be the Pavilion of National Defense, at which more than 160 products will be on display, including war robots and military computers that can be jointly developed by the military and private sector.
New officials take office
Department of Education Commissioner Ding Ya-wen (丁亞雯) and Taipei City Deputy Secretary-General Chang Pei-yi (張培義) assumed office yesterday, promising to spare no efforts in assisting Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) with city affairs. Ding took over from Kang Tzong-huu (康宗虎), who resigned late last month to take responsibility for the controversy surrounding the tri-city high school entrance exam policy. A veteran educator with more than 30 years of experience, Ding said she would promote diverse education and a multiple-school entrance mechanism, but declined to say if the city would continue the controversial exam policy next year. “We will seek advice from students, parents and experts before making a final decision,” she said. Chang, former deputy commissioner of the city’s Department of Rapid Transit Systems, was promoted after the city increased the number of deputy chiefs of its secretariat to three.
Contaminated drinks found
About 6.3 percent of drinks and ice products in Taipei City failed a safety test because of high levels of bacteria, the city’s Department of Health said on Monday. Nine of the 144 samples tested were found to be contaminated with E. coli, said Chen Li-chi (陳立奇), head of the Food and Drug Division. The department said although most strains of E. coli were harmless, high levels of the bacteria in food indicate poor sanitation and contamination during the production process. It advised consumers to check the sanitary conditions at shops to see if there are insects and whether the ingredient containers are properly covered, it said. In a second round of drink shop inspections this summer, the department tested 50 ice cube samples, 36 drinks, 17 sorbets, 18 shaved ice dishes and 23 flavorings. Chen said shops that failed the tests would be given a grace period to improve and could be fined NT$30,000 to NT$150,000 if they fall below standards in follow-up tests.
Taiwan donates laptops
Taiwan has given 2,400 laptops to St Kitts and Nevis. Kittian Prime Minister Denzil Douglas said the laptops would be distributed to high school students at the start of the new school year next month. Another 2,400 laptops will be given to students later in the year. Douglas accepted the computers from Ambassador Miguel Tsao (曹立傑) in the country’s capital, Basseterre, on Monday.