Lee released from hospital
Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) was released from Taipei Veterans General Hospital yesterday, 18 days after he underwent a vertebral artery stenting procedure, Lee’s office said yesterday in a press release. Citing Lee’s medical team, office director Wang Yan-chun (王燕軍) said that Lee has almost fully recovered from a post-surgery fever and was released by the hospital even though the cause of the fever remains unknown.
Food security forum set
A forum featuring global food loss and security issues will take place in Taipei next month, part of efforts to achieve a sustainable environment, the organizers said yesterday. The three-day APEC seminar will cover reducing post-harvest losses, supporting food security, current challenges and other issues, the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research said in a statement. More than 120 experts from APEC members have been invited, the institute said. The event will take place from Monday to Wednesday next week. According to a report last month by the World Resources Institute and the UN Environment Programme, one out of every four calories produced by the global agricultural system is lost or wasted. The world will need about 60 percent more food calories in 2050 compared with 2006 if global demand continues on its current trajectory, the report said, noting that halving the current rates of food loss and waste would reduce this gap by 20 percent. This would also result in major savings in water use, energy, pesticides and fertilizers, and would be a boost for global food security, the report said.
Student wins music contest
Kao Han-yen (高瀚諺) won first prize at the 2013 Universal Marimba Competition and Festival in Belgium on Friday last week, the best performance to date by a Taiwanese at the event. The competition, which began on July 19, saw 70 marimba artists from 21 countries competing solo or as duos. Only three contestants made it to the final round — Kao and Hsieh Hsien-te (謝賢德) from Taiwan and Nina Fujisawa of Japan. Kao, a student at the Taipei National University of the Arts, not only claimed the first prize in the solo category, but also gathered the most audience votes, said Wu Pei-ching (吳珮菁), a member of the Ju Percussion Group and a member of the competition jury. No Taiwanese has ever claimed the top award, Wu said, adding that the previous best was Lin Chin-cheng (林金丞), who placed third in 2004. Kao, who is a member of Ju Percussion Group 2, said he was grateful for the teaching he has received from Wu and Ju group founder and artistic director Ju Tzong-ching (朱宗慶).
Vietnamese found on boat
A Coast Guard Administration patrol based in Hsinchu County found 38 Vietnamese aboard a Chinese fishing boat that broke down in waters off northwestern Taiwan on Sunday night. The coastguard spotted the boat off Hsinchu’s Hsinfeng Township (新豐), Hsinchu Flotilla of the Maritime Patrol Directorate-General officials said yesterday. When the patrol approached the boat, it accelerated in an obvious attempt to flee, the officials said. After a short pursuit the boat stopped suddenly, the officials said. They said an inspection showed the boat’s main engine had broken down. A preliminary investigation has found that the Vietnamese were attempting to enter the country illegally, the officials said.