Local celebrities set for slot on Discovery
Six Taiwan celebrities, including world-renowned forensic scientist Henry Lee (李昌鈺), will be featured in a Discovery Channel program titled "Portraits Taiwan" which is slated to begin airing December 25, Government Information Office officials said yesterday.
Nearly 100 million viewers around Asia are expected to tune in to watch the program which was produced jointly over the past year by Discovery Channel, the GIO and the magazine Commonwealth. The six celebrities were chosen based on discussions between the three producers as well as on the results of an online public vote.
The six Taiwan individuals, including choreographer Lin Hwai-min, founder of the famous Cloud Gate Dance Group, who was selected as one of Time magazine's "Asian Heroes" for 2005, represent various sectors of Taiwan society and are representative of Taiwan's globalization and its core values, GIO officials said.
Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Ling-san (林陵三) said yesterday his ministry will carefully inspect every aspect of the Kaohsiung rapid transit system before giving it the go-ahead to open.
"We will also move ahead our schedules for examining the work on the transit routes to ensure that no one will ever have to be concerned about the safety while taking the MRT," he told lawmakers.
The U.S. government approved 5,938 utility patents applications by Taiwanese inventors in 2004, ranking Taiwan fourth in the world behind only the United States, Japan and Germany, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics officials said yesterday.
The officials noted that as the United States is the third-largest outlet for Taiwan's exports, Taiwanese inventors have been working actively to apply for patents in the U.S. to protect their intellectual property rights.
Among them, 164,293 were classified as utility patents in which higher levels of technology are involved.
A statute concerning the streamlining of the Taiwan Provincial Government should not be extended until the end of next year, since doing so would waste further money, a lawmaker from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party said yesterday.
Legislator Wu Fu-kuei (吳富貴) and former members of the now-abolished National Assembly Wang Chin-shan and Chuang Sheng-jung (莊勝榮), as well as Taiwan Solidarity Union Deputy Secretary-General Liu Yi-teh called a news conference to call attention to the issue after the Executive Yuan asked the Legislative Yuan to extend the statute for another year.