Academics and experts yesterday differed on whether a new constitution should adopt the separation of three or five powers, but they agreed on the continuing independency and non-partisan handling of affairs derived from examination and control powers. \nTaiwan Heart (台灣心會), a non-government foundation, invited several academics and experts, including Examination Yuan President Yao Chia-wen (姚嘉文), to discuss whether it is better to keep the present five-branch system or change it into three branches. \nThe question of whether it is necessary to keep the Examination Yuan and the Control Yuan as independent branches of the government has long been debated. \nThe panelists, it turned out, did not insist on either a three-branch or a five-branch system, but said if there was to be a streamlining, the independence and non-partisan status of the Examination Yuan and the Control Yuan's affairs should be maintained. \nYao, despite his position, did not promote the need for the Examination Yuan, but concentrated on the necessity of keeping the independency of those affairs it now handles. \n"No one is saying that we should abandon examination and control affairs, but it is rather a matter of at what level these affairs should be dealt with," Yao said. \n"Even if we abolish the Examination Yuan, the affairs given to it would still exist, such as exams and civil service. These affairs could certainly go back to the administrative agencies, and it is still possible to proceed with these tasks independently within the administrative system, as Japan and the US do," he said. \n"We can downgrade and diminish the Examination Yuan, but its affairs will still be there, and should still be handled independently. The national exams should still be prepared independently," Yao said. \nFormer Control Yuan member and Council of Grand Justice member Huang Yueh-chin (黃越欽) said that he did not have a stand on whether it was better to have three or five branches, but he warned that if the branches were to be integrated, the conflicts between them should be smoothed over first. \nHuang said the Control Yuan's staff's ability to carry out their tasks independently and without partisan interests, while the Legislative Yuan was all about struggles between partisan interests. \n"If we are combining the control power with the legislative, we have to pay extra attention to the possible partisan conflicts and try to resolve them," he said. \nHuang pointed out that the control power, like the investigation power, required secrecy, while the legislative power was all about transparency. \nWhile the Control Yuan's duties required year-round work, he said, the Legislative Yuan has regular recesses. \nMeanwhile Wu Yen-tsun (吳煙村), head of the Sun Yat-sen Graduate Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities at National Chengchi University, said it was necessary to have five branches to realize the common national value, fairness. \n"Members of both the Examination Yuan and the Control Yuan are well-respected public figures chosen by the president to moderate the other branches, especially the legislative branch," Wu said. \n"The total budget of both Yuans together was less than that of the Veterans' Affairs Commission in 2003, and that shows they were worth more than we spend on them. We spend little and we get to maintain fairness in society, so I don't see why we should get rid of them," Wu said. \nBut Ho Huei-ching (何輝慶), an assistant professor at National Taiwan University's Graduate Institute of National Development, said it would be simpler to have a three-branch structure.
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