Prime view of Jupiter
Astronomy buffs will have a chance to find out what is happening with the great red spot on Jupiter when the planet moves closest to Earth and reaches its brightest today, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said yesterday. The opposition of Jupiter, which occurs when the Earth comes between the sun and the largest planet in the solar system, will offer the best view of Jupiter this year, it said. The great red spot is a persistent high-pressure region in the atmosphere of Jupiter, producing an anticyclonic storm, the largest in the solar system, and has been continuously observed since 1830. The opposition will take place at 11:28pm, although Jupiter will be visible to the naked eye all night, weather permitting, the museum said. The planet will remain relatively bright until the middle of this month, it added. Those interested in getting a closer look should visit the museum between 7pm and 9pm on Saturdays this month to use its telescope, it said.
LGBTQ films in Bangkok
The Taiwan LGBTQ Film Festival in Bangkok opened on Saturday with a screening of Small Talk (日常對話), a documentary by Huang Hui-chen (黃惠偵) detailing her relationship with her mother. After the screening, a forum was hosted by Jay Lin (林志杰), founder and chief executive of Taipei-based Portico Media and founder of LGBTQ streaming platform GagaOOLala, to highlight the steps that Taiwan went through to legalize same-sex marriage. The week-long festival was curated by Chen Yen-lin (陳彥霖), Alliance Francaise de Bangkok and the Documentary Club, and aims to highlight the development of Taiwan’s LGBTQ rights and same-sex-marriage legislation. Films in the festival include Blue Gate Crossing (藍色大門), Queer Taiwan (酷兒台灣), Tale of the Lost Boys (他和他的心旅程), Juliets and I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (黑眼圈), a 2006 Malaysian-Taiwanese romantic drama written and directed by Tsai Ming-liang (蔡明亮).
Kinmen carnival announced
Kinmen’s nine-week summer tourist carnival, focusing on the local fauna, landscape, battlefields and ceramics industry, opens on July 1, with new activities every week until the end of August, the Kinmen County Government said. First up is to be a birdwatching tour to spot migratory blue-tailed bee-eaters on their way south, it said. The carnival would also involve Jiangong Islet (建功嶼), which is connected to Kinmen by a walkway accessible only at low tide, will allow visitors to see horseshoe crabs in the intertidal zone on either side, it added. Battlefield tourism is to be highlighted in August at the Liuyu camp, a converted military base that now offers firefights in an indoor laser tag facility. A tour of the Kinmen Ceramic Factory, the nation’s only government-owned kiln, will give visitors a chance to learn how to mold, glaze and paint porcelain, it added.
Teen drug offenses decline
The number of teenagers arrested for drug offenses has dropped over the past three years, the Criminal Investigation Bureau said. There was a 27.95 percent annual decline last year to 6,886, compared with 9,558 in 2017 and 9,583 in 2016, it said on Wednesday. The decline can be attributed to the efforts of the ministries of education and justice to raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse, it said. The National Police Agency has launched a new anti-drug campaign featuring online educational videos and more random spot checks at places frequented by teenagers, it said.
‘VIRUS DIPLOMACY’: The nation’s expertise in handling COVID-19 was among the reasons that it should not be excluded from the WHO, the European Parliament said The European Parliament this week passed resolutions that support Taiwan’s bid to participate in the WHO and its intention to negotiate a trade pact with Taiwan. During its plenary session from Monday to Thursday, the parliament approved resolutions on the foreign policy consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak and the EU’s trade policy, parts of which were viewed as friendly toward Taiwan by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In a statement yesterday, the ministry welcomed the passage of the resolutions and thanked the parliament for its support for Taiwan. In the first resolution, the parliament cited Beijing’s increasing threats to Taiwan, the crackdown on
The gig began with a nun chanting on stage, but suddenly erupted into a wall of noise unleashed by distorted guitars and screamed sutras — the unique sound of Taiwan’s first Buddhist death metal band. The nation has a vibrant metal scene, but few outfits are quite as eye-catching as Dharma (達摩樂隊), a band that aims to deliver enlightenment via the medium of throaty eight-string guitars and guttural roars. Dressed in robes — black, of course — they use traditional Sanskrit sutras as lyrics, but everything else screams death metal, from bloody face paint on stage to growled vocals, relentless riffs and
LOOPHOLES: The people behind biased media content produced by a Chinese network, likely without sending staff to Taiwan, remain anonymous, a source said Beijing’s latest attempt at psychological warfare through heavily biased online media is aimed at sowing discord and polarizing Taiwanese society, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said. The council’s comment came in response to Chinese network Southeast Television, which late last month began broadcasting an online program featuring commentary by Taiwanese unification supporters that authorities suspect was filmed illegally in Taiwan. To circumvent cross-strait regulations, the broadcaster collaborated with online service provider Baidu to air the series titles Diverse Voices From the Taiwan Strait (台海百家說). Only Taiwanese are shown on camera, without revealing the host, interviewer or production team. In one video, political commentator and
A petition has been launched calling for harsher drunk driving penalties in South Korea after a Taiwanese doctoral student was killed by an inebriated driver earlier this month in Seoul. On the evening of Nov. 6, 28-year-old theology student Tseng Yi-lin (曾以琳) was walking home from her professor’s house — crossing the road at a green pedestrian light — when she was hit by a drunk driver. South Korean authorities told Tseng’s parents that the driver would receive a lighter punishment “because the accident happened while the perpetrator was drunk,” the petition said. In response, friends of Tseng on Monday initiated a petition