Artist wins wine label award
A Taiwanese artist based in Spain won the top prize in a design contest for red wine labels sponsored by Spanish winery Bodega Farina, according to the Taiwanese representative office in Madrid. Yang Lun (楊侖) won the top award in the El Primero 2012 competition, which drew a record 120 submissions from around the world, the office said in a press release. Yang’s prize-winning creation, Esculpir Lo Fluido, will become the label that will be affixed to 100,000 bottles of one of the bodega’s premium red wines, which will be shipped to countries around the world in November, the statement said. The 35-year-old artist was quoted as saying her “fluid sculpture” style of work conveys East Asian philosophy by blending Chinese painting skills with other East Asian aesthetic concepts. Her work will also be exhibited in 14 Spanish cities, including Madrid, San Sebastian, Valladolid, Salamanca and Murcia.
No word on US visa waiver
Taiwan’s application to enter the US’ visa-waiver program is still being processed and there is no timeframe for its completion, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Visa Services David Donahue said on Tuesday. There have been no new developments in the processing of the application, he said after a meeting at a foreign policy think tank in Washington. However, since Taiwan was formally nominated by the US in December last year as a candidate for the program, everything has been on track, Donahue said. In January, US homeland security officials visited Taiwan to determine whether the nation met the requirements of the program. Last month, Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) said Taiwan might gain admission to the program in October.
India fines illegal workers
Eight Taiwanese men were released on Tuesday after a court in Himachal Pradesh, India, fined them for working illegally in the country and trespassing in restricted areas. They were convicted of a violation of India’s Foreigners Act and fined 10,000 rupees (US$180) each. The men, who entered India on tourist visas between early April and last month, left for New Delhi after the verdict, accompanied by two lawyers and a Taiwanese official. Prior to the court hearing, they had been held in detention for six days in the state’s Mandi District. The Taiwanese were arrested on June 12 during a police raid on a Tibetan community in the district’s Jogindernagar, where the eight men were working part-time at a house construction site.
CPC refinery on thin ice
The Greater Kaohsiung Government said it would monitor a refinery owned by state-run CPC Corp, Taiwan to ensure that it stops discharging wastewater on rainy days and that it might order it to suspend operations if it fails to stop the practice. CPC’s refinery in Kaohsiung has disregarded the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) punishment for discharging wastewater on rainy days and a subsequent censure by the Control Yuan, officials said. Last year, the EPA accused the refinery of illegally discharging wastewater containing carcinogens that might pollute the Houjin River (後勁溪) and earlier this year the Control Yuan censured the company, saying it had recorded 55 such offenses over the past three years. The repeated warnings seem to have fallen on deaf ears at the refinery as it continues to discharge wastewater on rainy days, claiming it is rainwater, officials said.