AIT to teach about cheese
The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) on Monday said that it would launch a cheese certification program next year to teach up-and-coming food industry professionals about cheese. The program would be a partnership between the US Dairy Export Council and National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism, the AIT said in a statement. The USA Cheese Specialist Certification Program consists of three courses — associate, intermediate and master — and graduates who complete all three would receive the designation of USA Cheese Specialist, it said. AIT Agricultural Trade Office Director Chris Frederick said he hoped the effort would help forge closer ties between the US dairy industry and Taiwan’s food industry. Graduates would also receive lifetime membership to the USA Cheese Guild, which provides members access to valuable resources to keep them engaged and connected to the US cheese industry throughout their careers, the AIT said.
Fireworks show to proceed
The New Year’s Eve fireworks show at Taipei 101 is to go ahead as planned, Minister of Finance Su Jain-rong (蘇建榮) said last week. A sufficient number of sponsors have been found for the show, which costs more than NT$60 million (US$1.94 million), Su said in response to media queries about New Year celebrations. Asked about the size of the show, he said it would be “about the same as last year.” Taipei Financial Center Corp, which operates Taipei 101 and is 60 percent controlled by government-run institutions, last month said that the show would again showcase LED lights. Last year, the fireworks and light display lasted a record six minutes, involving 16,000 fireworks and 14,000 LED lights.
Scooter riders should regularly clean their helmets, especially in summer, to prevent dirt and sweat from accumulating and causing scalp problems, such as hair loss and permanent baldness, a dermatologist has warned. Poor hygiene practices by helmet wearers often lead to scalp problems, such as bacterial folliculitis, tinea capitis and seborrheic dermatitis, Lu Pei-hsuan (呂佩璇) at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital said on Aug 31. The first step to maintain good scalp care is proper hair washing, as shampoo residues can easily cause dandruff and itchy scalps, while improper scratching will cause inflammation, Lu said. The best way to wash your hair is to
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Huang’s body was found just outside the bathroom and showed no signs of a struggle, and no alcohol or drugs were found Singer and actor Alien Huang (黃鴻升) was found dead at his home in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投) yesterday. He was 36. Huang was also known by the nickname Xiao Gui (“little ghost”). His body was found when his father went to check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and called emergency services to the house at 11am, the Taipei City Police Department said. Huang’s body, which was discovered just outside the bathroom, showed no signs of a physical struggle, and he appeared to have been dead for some time, police said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were
INTIMIDATION: Chinese military maneuvers have mostly led to heightened support for Taiwan’s defense forces, while China appears poised to continue its campaign China’s incessant military activities in and near the Taiwan Strait over the past several months are “greater in meaning than in substance,” and are aimed at polarizing Taiwanese society, a researcher said in a report published on Friday. China has attempted to intimidate Taiwan through military threats, while at the same time calling on Taiwanese and US officials to practice restraint, which is aimed at causing a rift between those who prefer resistance against China and those who prefer peace, said Lee Kuan-cheng (李冠成), a researcher at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research. “China’s goal is to obscure public awareness
CONFIRMED IN PHILIPPINES: The CECC would conduct contact tracing for the migrant workers to determine if they had come into contact with elderly people or children Six Filipinos tested positive for COVID-19 upon returning home from Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday as it reported a case of imported COVID-19 infection, bringing the number of confirmed cases in Taiwan to 500. Philippine authorities reported four of the cases through the National IHR Focal Point, while the other two were reported by the company that they had worked for in Taiwan. The six — five women and one man — are aged from their 20s to 40s, and worked as in-home care workers, domestic workers, factory workers and sailors in Taiwan, said Minister of Health and