Tests give rice green light
The Council of Agriculture yesterday said through a press release that the results of tests for pesticide residue on 35 rice product samples — including a total of 25 samples from the King-Town Rice Co (金墩米) and 10 samples from other brands — have showed that all passed the test and were fit for consumption. King-Town Rice executives on Saturday said they misread a test report that led to a major recall all of its various packaged rice from stores earlier last week over concerns about the levels of pesticides in the rice. The council yesterday said it had noted the public concern generated by changing statements issued by King-Town Rice over the past week and said that it has transferred the case to inspection units for further investigation.
Inventions win big
Taiwanese inventors and students took home 83 medals and three honorary prizes on Saturday at the 64th iENA Nuremberg, Germany, a leading global invention trade show. The 109 entries from the Taiwanese delegation were recognized with 22 gold medals, 29 silvers and 32 bronzes at the show, where 750 inventions from 34 countries were on display. Kao Fa-yu (高發育), founder and former president of the Taiwan Prominent Inventor Association, said Taiwan in previous years has performed well at the show, which stresses innovation among teenagers. He said the delegation this year included inventors from 26 universities and students from high schools and elementary schools, including 10-year-old Yeh Chi-chang (葉其璋), who wowed the judges with an elevator control system that can identify people’s faces. Among the Taiwanese award recipients were four teams from the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, which bagged two silver and two bronze medals.
Kinmen-Xiamen ferry record
A record number of people using the Kinmen-Xiamen ferry service was recorded in the last three days of last month, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said. Between Monday and Wednesday last week the number of exits and entries via direct transport services linking the island and the Chinese city numbered 21,394. That number represented a record three-day total high, the ministry said. The number of exits and entries using the ferry service — which was launched in 2001 — has exceeded 7 million, with 1.47 million of that number recorded last year alone, it added. The ministry said it is expanding Kinmen’s Shuitou Wharf in light of the rising number of passengers, which it estimated will grow 6 percent per year.
Vietnamese air TV show
A TV program focusing on Taiwanese food, culture and society was recently aired in Vietnam to promote Taiwan, said officials at Radio Taiwan International (RTI), which produced the program. The program interviewed Vietnamese immigrants, workers and students in Taiwan about their views on the nation’s food, culture, tourism, education, gender issues and other topics, said Pham Thuy Tuong Vy — the host of the Vietnamese-language program. RTI said it spent close to one-and-a-half years in talks with the government-owned Vietnam Television Corp to obtain the rights to broadcast the program through its satellite, cable TV and Internet channels.