Pushing for name change
Taiwan's representative to Germany said on Thursday he will strive to push for a name change for his office from the present "Taipei Representative Office in Germany" to the "Taiwan Representative Office in Germany"during his term in office. In an exclusive interview with CNA, Shieh Jhy-wey (謝志偉) said that the title "Taipei Representative Office " does not represent Taiwan. Since using the name "Republic of China Representative Office" will presumably not be accepted by the German government as Germany does not recognize Taiwan, the use of "Taiwan Representative Office" is the only pragmatic option, he added. Only by naming it the "Taiwan Representative Office" can the interests of Taiwan's 23 million people be represented in Germany, according to Shieh.
Two officials demoted
Claiming that she wants to "firm up the institution and kick out the culture of sycophancy," acting Kaohsiung Mayor Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭) demoted yesterday two senior officials who have broken administrative rules. Yeh accepted city government adviser Lee Wen-liang's (李文良) resignation, demoting the former chairman of Taiwan Water Corp to the position of "adviser without pay." Lee broke the rules by moving his office to that of Chao Chih-chiang (趙志強), deputy director of the Bureau of Transportation, Oct. 11 and hanging a sign reading "Office of City Government Adviser" before starting work in the office. Chao was disciplined with a major demerit and demoted to a non-executive position.
There's no `consensus': MAC
A Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) official yesterday dismissed a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) proposal that Taiwan and China resume dialogue based on the so-called "1992 consensus." MAC Vice Chairman You Ying-lung (游盈隆) made the remarks in response to KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) suggestion to accept the "1992 consensus" during an interview with the Hong Kong-based Ming Pao daily. Ma said both sides of the Strait should resume dialogue as soon as possible based on the "consensus," which the KMT claims was established between representatives of Taipei and Beijing in landmark talks held in Hong Kong in 1992. You yesterday said the consensus never existed. "As there is no such consensus, there is no issue of whether to accept it or not," he said.
No go for quake aid
While Taiwan has yet to receive further news from Pakistan about permission to deliver earthquake aid, the government has prepared an emergency relief hygiene kit, NT$1 million in medication and medical equipment, rice, 6,000 military blankets and 100,000 ration items to help the country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. "We are also planning to dispatch a national emergency medical mission to Pakistan," ministry spokesman Michael Lu (呂慶龍) said yesterday.
"India has expressed its gratitude for our goodwill gesture, but said there was no need for international assistance yet," Lu said, adding the two governments communicated with each other through Taiwan's representative office in India. As for Pakistan, due to a lack of formal channels of contact between Taipei and Islamabad, the selection, delivery and handling of relief materials were encountering difficulties, Lu said.
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
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,”
DOING ENOUGH? The HPA budgets NT$1.3 billion to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but has no separate budget to fight teen drinking, a doctor said The government should step up alcohol education and prevention efforts, and allocate more of the budget to it, doctors said on Friday, citing the high consumption of alcohol among Taiwanese adolescents. One out of four 12-to-17-year-olds has consumed alcohol, said Yen Tsung-hai (顏宗海), director of Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Department of Clinical Toxicology. The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) budgets NT$1.3 billion (US$43.9 million) annually to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but it has not allocated a separate budget for preventing teenage drinking or excessive alcohol use, Yen said. “There is no so-called ‘safe drinking level’ for minors,” because any amount consumed
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