AmCham holds happy hour
The American Chamber of Commerce in Taichung invited people to join this month’s happy hour on Tuesday starting at 6:30pm at the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant. This informal social event is open to all and not exclusive to chamber members. No reservations needed. For more information, call AmCham administrative coordinator River Chen at 0955-038-733, or (04) 2471-8133, or check its Web site www.amchamtaichung.org.
Casino boss visits Kinmen
Lawrence Ho (何猷龍), The son of Macau’s casino king Stanley Ho (何鴻燊), visited Kinmen on Friday to learn about its investment environment and the feasibility of building a casino there. Lawrence Ho, chairman and CEO of Melco International Development, arrived at Shanyi Airport in Kinmen on his private jet at 10:30am, the first direct flight from Hong Kong to the Taiwan-held island just off China’s southeastern coast. In his meeting with Kinmen County Commissioner Lee Chu-feng (李炷烽), Lawrence Ho said he had confidence in Kinmen’s investment environment and that he was interested in its entertainment sector. Lee responded that he was happy that foreign capital could come to the county, but reminded his guest that whether or not Kinmen will allow casinos hinges on public opinion. Lee said opinion polls have shown considerable opposition among local residents to such an idea and said he would wait until there were more concrete plans before putting the matter to a public referendum.
Morakot delays exhibit
Because of Typhoon Morakot, the National Science Council (NSC) yesterday postponed the opening of an astronomy exhibition, which was meant to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first observation of space and the International Year of Astronomy. The exhibition, titled “400 Years of Sky Gazing,” is aimed at explaining astronomy, showing how it relates to history, literature, religion, science and technology, and detailing how it has impacted human exploration of the universe. The presentation will be theatrical, featuring 3D projections, digital audio and video displays and multi-touch interaction installations to showcase scientific knowledge, said the council, adding that noted scientists from abroad would also give seminars. The exhibition is scheduled to run though Sept. 13 at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall’s Second and Third Display Rooms and Art Gallery. Admission to the exhibit is free.
UK office focuses on climate
The British Trade and Cultural Office said in its latest e-newsletter that it would hold a series of activities on climate change as part of a UK government program geared toward a global pact on the issue. This is a landmark year for climate change because the nations of the world will gather in Copenhagen in December to work out a new international agreement to tackle climate change because the Kyoto Protocol will expire in 2012, the office said. As part of the efforts, the office is planning to work with the organization Taiwan Environmental Action Network to hold a workshop on climate change from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26 at the Youth Hub in Taipei City. The office and Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs will together organize a forum on greenhouse gas management, which is scheduled to take place Sept. on 29 at National Taiwan University’s International Convention Center, the e-newsletter said.
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
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
The COVID-19 pandemic might not have originated from a seafood market in Wuhan, China, National Taiwan University College of Public Health professor Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. While many countries are experiencing second waves of COVID-19 infections, many are also lifting lockdowns to revive their economies, allowing travelers to cross national borders, Chen said. Academics have been questioning whether genetic mutations in the novel coronavirus in different countries have made it more infectious, he added. Academics from different backgrounds have conducted phylogenetic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences, he said, adding that the studies can help scientists understand how the virus spread among
The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) yesterday said that it has allocated NT$68 million (US$2.32 million) to build an Internet-of-things (IoT) platform that would facilitate proactive maintenance of the railway system and enhance service punctuality. The agency said that it decided to build the platform to promote horizontal communication among its departments after an investigation into the Puyuma Express derailment in October 2018 found that its four main departments — electrical engineering, rolling stock, construction and transportation — failed to share information with one another. The platform would use artificial intelligence to analyze maintenance data collected by its departments, including railway crossings,