Farmers try to break record
A total of 1,200 Taiwanese farmers will try to break the Guinness World Record for the biggest number of people simultaneously transplanting rice seedlings on a plot of land next week, the Council of Agriculture said yesterday. The farmers will attempt to transplant rice seedlings on a 2 hectare plot of land in under 25 minutes, the council said. The event will be held in Taoyuan County on Aug. 18. The purpose of the event is to promote rice consumption in Taiwan, the council said. According to Guinness World Records, the current record was set on May 6, 2010, and stands at 904 people on a 1.6 hectare plot of land in 30 minutes, 35 seconds.
Taiwanese art in Venice
A large-scale corrugated paper artwork featuring Taiwan’s natural scenery will be displayed at an international architectural exhibition in Venice later this month, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “The piece is expected to attract the attention of the foreign media,” said Hsu Mien-sheng (徐勉生), director-general of the ministry’s Department of European Affairs. The artwork, titled Enlightenment from Geography, will be on display from Aug. 27 to Nov. 25 at the Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition, a major contemporary art show. Describing Taiwan’s presence at the show as an “exhibition of soft power,” Hsu said the foreign ministry would continue to support cultural exchanges. The paper artwork would allow visitors to gain a sense of Taiwan’s natural wonders and street scenes, said Liao Wei-li (廖偉立), one of the piece’s designers and an architect at Taiwan-based AMBi Studio, adding that the work also features audio that features sounds of nature and the city.
Kaohsiung aims to go solar
The Greater Kaohsiung Government aims to generate 100,000 watt-peak (Wp) of electricity from local solar panels for the whole of this year, according to the city’s Office of Building Administration. To achieve this, the city government has been cooperating with the Bureau of Energy’s Million Rooftop Photovoltaics project to encourage local households and businesses to install solar panels and expand solar energy facilities, the office said. The city government has established new laws that relax regulations for installing rooftop photovoltaic facilities and is offering subsidies as part of its solar energy execution plan, the office said. The southern city receives over 2,100 hours of sunlight per year, and is therefore better positioned to set up solar energy facilities than Taiwan’s northern and central areas, said Yang Ming-chou (楊明州), chief of the city’s Public Works Bureau. The bureau aims to build solar energy facilities with a combined size of 10 Kaohsiung National Stadiums over the next three years, Yang said.
Students from 16 universities from Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Russia and Australia are to go head-to-head in a debating competition tomorrow. The theme of the five-day contest will be Taiwan’s public policies, said the National Chiao Tung University’s (NCTU) Department of Communication and Technology, the organizer of the contest. Taiwan’s National Chengchi University and Soochow University will face the University of Malaya and China’s Soochow University respectively in the preliminary round of the competition, which runs from tomorrow until Thursday at NCTU’s College of Hakka Studies.