Forum to be held
The Department of Health will hold a public forum based on a "Western model" to solicit public views and attitudes on the issue of surrogate motherhood for the government's reference in policy making. Lin Kuo-ming (林國明), an associate professor of National Taiwan University who will help organize the forum, said a preparatory meeting will be held on Aug. 28 and Aug. 29, while the formal meeting will be held from Sept. 11 to Sept. 18. Lin said that between 12 and 20 people who are not specialists on the subject will be invited to first read related information and then listen to experts' views on surrogate motherhood. Their conclusions will be written up in a report, he said. Those who would like to take part can visit the Web site tsd.social.ntu.edu.tw or call (02) 2363-0231 for more information.
US scholarships offered
Kansas State University is offering grants to Aboriginal students to study in the US, offering each Aboriginal student US$10,000 for college or graduate study. The program, sponsored by Taiwanese alumni Lien Hua-chi (連華圻) and his wife Ho Mei-Hsien (何美賢), is designed to offer more international learning opportunities to Aboriginal students, who often have inferior resources, and to improve Aboriginals' lives through education. Students applying for the grants are required to submit grade reports, letters of recommendation and proposals describing how they will contribute to their communities after studying in the US. For more information, call Ms.Wu at (02) 2396-1166 extension 1852 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
The Cabinet yesterday approved draft amendments to the Statute Governing the Management of Law Enforcement Officers (警察人員管理條例) in order to take better care of law enforcement officers who are seriously injured in the line of duty, and of the families of those who die or are seriously injured. Under the draft, the Cabinet would earmark money to pay the medical and living expenses of law enforcement officers who become partially or fully handicapped in the line of duty and lose their ability to make a living. The Cabinet would also like to earmark money to pay the educational expenses of the children of law enforcement officers who die in the line of duty until the children become of age or finish their college educations.
Malaysian police sieze drugs
Malaysian Police arrested three people and seized 735,000 ringgit (US$193,400) worth of a drug similar to ecstacy that was allegedly smuggled in from Taiwan, officials said yesterday. Kuala Lumpur narcotics chief Othman Harun said the suspects -- a Malaysian couple and their friend -- were detained at a luxury condominium in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday after police found them with about 50,000 pills of Eremin 5, a new synthetic drug considered an alternative to ecstasy. Othman told reporters that the pills had been stashed in biscuit tins and carried as hand luggage through the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. He declined to reveal when the pills were smuggled in or if the three suspects were couriers who had brought the drugs into Malaysia, saying investigations were ongoing and police may make more arrests.
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