Navy holds live-fire drill
The navy yesterday held a live-fire drill that included the firing of the surface-to-air Standard-2 missile from a Kidd-class destroyer in waters off eastern Taiwan. The firing of the missile from the Ma Kong was part of a drill aimed at testing the military’s maritime combat capabilities. The exercise was opened to reporters, who were aboard an accompanying 10,500-tonne Kidd-class destroyer, the Suao. In a simulated attack, the missile, which was fired at a location 60 nautical miles (111km) off Hualien County, hit a target drone after about 80 seconds in the air, the navy said. The launch of the missile was delayed for about one-and-a-half hours due to adverse weather condition as the target initially could not be launched because of high waves.
More rice headed to Haiti
The government is donating 2,200 tonnes of rice to Haiti this year to help the Caribbean ally resolve a hunger crisis, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. The rice is to be delivered in three separate shipments by the end of this month through the US Food for Peace program, according to Florencia Hsieh (謝妙宏), deputy director-general of the ministry’s Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs. Thousands of disadvantaged children and low-income families are expected to benefit from the assistance, she said. Meanwhile, the non-profit Asus Foundation has provided 1,000 tablet computers for disadvantaged children in Latin America and the Caribbean as part of an effort to narrow the digital divide, Hsieh said. While 200 of the tablets have been sent to the Digital Opportunity Center under the APEC forum, the rest will be donated to children directly through Taiwan’s overseas missions in the region, she said.
Fellow wins ACS award
An associate research fellow at Academia Sinica has won an award sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS) to honor outstanding young carbohydrate scientists. Wu Chung-yi (吳宗益), who works at the Genomics Research Center, has been elected winner of the David Y. Gin New Investigator Award, Academia Sinica said in a statement yesterday. The award was established in 2003 to “recognize a younger carbohydrate scientist who has demonstrated excellence in the field, and shows promise continuing to make quality contributions to carbohydrate chemistry and biochemistry,” the statement said. Wu, the first Taiwanese to receive the award, has dedicated himself to research into the development of novel and efficient methodologies for the preparation of biologically potent oligosaccharides, Academia Sinica said. Oligosaccharides are carbohydrates composed of a small number of simple sugars.
Taipei hosting Color Run
Runners in Taipei will paint the town red — and a host of other colors — when the city holds its first Color Run tomorrow. A festival of colored paint and a 5km run rolled into one, the Color Run hopes to capitalize on growing interest in running, organizers said earlier this week. Professional coaches from Nike will be on hand to lead participants in warmup exercises before they take off from Dajia Riverside Park, organizer IME Worldwide said. Each kilometer of the track is celebrated with a shower of colored powder and sideline events, a model billed as “the happiest 5k on the planet.” Music will be provided by DJ Noodle and the street dance group PHD will also entertain the crowd.