Anti-nuclear activist and former DPP chairman Lin I-hsiung (林義雄) said yesterday the government would not need to build new power plants if existing plants under construction are completed on schedule. \n"If the privately-operated power plants are completed in the future, the overall power supply would exceed the real power demand, and Taiwan Power Co would not need to build any new power plants in the future," Lin said yesterday. \nLin made the remarks yesterday in response to a media report that the government is planning to substitute the controversial construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant with that of a thermal power plant. \nPresident Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) has vowed to push for a referendum next March to decide whether to continue the construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in order to keep a campaign promise. \nLin yesterday delivered a speech at a forum in memory of Aug. 15, 1945, when Japan surrendered in World War II. \nThe forum named "Reexamination of the War's End and Taiwan's Prospects" is aimed at discussing Taiwan's progress and potential while building an independent country after the end of Japanese colonization and the KMT's authoritarian rule. \nSpeaking in the forum, Lin yesterday urged the public to actively take part in public affairs. \n"Japanese rule and the KMT's authoritarian regime has made most Taiwanese citizens more hesitant about participating in public affairs. Though this situation has improved, many people have yet to fully accept that they could actually be their own rulers," Lin said.
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A Taipei veterinarian is urging pet owners to avoid using insecticides around their homes, as their ingredients can be toxic to pets. Commercial-grade insecticides contain pyrethroids — organic compounds similar to natural pyrethrins, pesticides produced by flowers such as chrysanthemums — in quantities that are harmless to humans, but potentially fatal to cats and dogs, Asian Veterinary Specialist Referral Center veterinarian Chua Man-ling (蔡曼琳) said. Even in small quantities, pyrethroids are hazardous to cats, as they lack the metabolic enzymes needed to process them, Chua said. Cockroach sprays and ant traps are especially dangerous to pets as they contain boric acid, she
People should avoid eating too many zongzi (粽子, glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves), as consuming several in one meal could cause indigestion, bloating, gastric acid reflux, heartburn and other stomach ailments, a doctor said on Saturday. Zongzi is a traditional delicacy for the Dragon Boat Festival, which was on Thursday. Citing a recent case as an example, Cathay General Hospital gastroenterology department head Chu Yu-ming (朱淯銘) said that a 58-year-old taxi driver surnamed Hsiao (蕭) ate meals at irregular hours due to his work and has been taking diabetes medicine for three years. Hsiao recently bought a bag of zongzi and ate
DREAMING OF TRAVEL: About 7,000 people applied for the experience, with about 60 chosen for the first flight yesterday, which includes boarding an airplane Starved of the travel experience during COVID-19? Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) has the solution — a fake itinerary where you check in, go through passport control and security, and even board the aircraft. You just never leave. The airport yesterday began offering travelers the chance to do just that, with about 60 people eager to get going, albeit to nowhere. About 7,000 people applied to take part, with the winners chosen by random. More fake flight experiences are to take place in the coming weeks. “I really want to leave the country, but because of the pandemic, lots of flights cannot fly,”
A DEPRIVATION? The Taiwan Higher Education Union said the program, which drew much student criticism, undermined students' right to an education The Taiwan Higher Education Union on Monday accused Ming Chuan University (MCU) of sacrificing its students’ right to education by altering the English-language instruction for first-year students. The university, which has long emphasized the value that it places on English-language education, in the 2019-2020 academic year changed its English program for first-year students to a combination of self-learning through online videos and weekly lab sessions, during which students would take online tests, the union said. The change has deprived more than 3,000 students of in-person instruction and of interaction with their teachers, the union added. The online program drew much criticism from students