Premier Yu Shyi-kun called on the public yesterday to support the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) candidates in the year-end legislative elections to allow the DPP to control the legislature and thus help improve the government's efficiency. \nSpeaking at the inauguration of the campaign office of Wang Shih-shung (王世勛), a DPP legislative candidate for Taichung City,Yu said that many draft bills initiated by the administrative branch for carrying out the nation's development programs and public construction projects are being stockpiled in the Legislative Yuan due to the boycott by the opposition. \nThe government has always performed with a high degree of efficiency when dealing with matters that are not involved with the legislature and the government's efficiency is reduced with the engagement of the opposition-controlled legislature, Yu said. \nMore than 200 draft bills initiated by his Cabinet are pending be screening by the legislature, Yu noted, adding that the inefficiency has affected the government's administration. \nThe legislative elections will be held Dec. 11 with 225 legislators to be elected. \nA total of 387 candidates have registered to vie for 168 regional and eight aboriginal seats, of which 92 have been recommended by the DPP. \nThe Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) nominated 74 candidates, followed by the People First Party (PFP) with 41, the pro-independence Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) with 30 and the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union (NPSU, 無黨團結聯盟) with 26. \nThe parties will add additional seats for 41 legislators-at-large and eight overseas Chinese legislators based on a proportional representation of the ballots that each party secures in the election. \nCiting survey results carried out by the DPP, Chung Jia-ping, the party's deputy secretary-general, forecast that the "pan-green camp" will be able to win from 110 to 115 seats -- a turnaround from the last legislative elections in 2001. \nOn the other hand, the pan-blue alliance also claimed that they will keep their majority in the legislature, as the two parties have agreed to cooperate based on a conservative quota system to maximize their seats. \nThe NPSU, a new party created by 10 independent legislators, is also very optimistic about its performance, predicting that the party will be able to pass the 5 percent threshold to win as many as 17 regional seats and up to three at-large seats.
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
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
While stereotypically considered a household pest that simply will not die, Hung Ting-yang’s (洪鼎揚) experience with Archimandrita tesselata, commonly called the peppered roach, might change a person’s mind. The peppered roach originates in South America, is omnivorous and, as it is capable of growing to 7cm to 9cm long, is a giant compared with other roaches, which have an average length of about 4cm. The peppered roach goes through six separate chrysalis stages and takes nine months to reach full maturity. Mature roaches have wings, but cannot fly and can only glide. They have an average lifespan of three years. As his
The EU’s list of safe nations to which it would reopen borders next week does not include Taiwan, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said the list has not been finalized and some EU countries have highlighted the importance of “reciprocity.” The provisional list comprises Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and the Vatican, the New York Times reported on Friday. The EU said it would add China, considered one of the “acceptable countries,” if it also opens its borders to EU travelers, the newspaper reported. Backed by