China's ambassador to Ireland is to be asked to appear before an all-party parliamentary committee to discuss claims his country's authorities have been harvesting human organs from prisoners. The committee is also asking Foreign Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern to raise the issue with his Chinese counterpart at a meeting of the ongoing EU-China dialogue on human rights.
The moves came after the Oireachtas (Gaelic for parliamentary) Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs heard the findings of a report investigating the possible organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners.
The report alleged that "the Chinese Government has over the past half decade put to death a large but unknown number of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience" and "simultaneously seized their vital organs for sale at high prices."
The committee had been addressed by former Canadian Secretary of State for the Asia Pacific region David Kilgour who co-wrote the report with David Matas, an international human rights lawyer.
Kilgour told the committee that those responsible for these deeds, including the doctors involved, should face the International Criminal Court as quickly as possible.
"We have a new form of evil in the world," he said. "These practices make crimes against humanity as defined by the Treaty of Rome and the International Criminal Court look more like misdemeanours." A misdemanour is a minor offence.
Committee chairman Dr Michael Woods of Prime Minister Bertie Ahern's Fianna Fail ruling party said Kilgour's report "made for compelling reading" and China should permit an independent investigation. (AFP)
A: After being delayed for a year by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Games in China’s Hangzhou are finally opening tomorrow. B: Yeah, more than 500 Taiwanese athletes are set to compete in 32 sports. A: Plus, “Breaking” and “e-Sports” will be included in the games for the first time. B: Will the games be broadcast in Taiwan too? A: Of course! PTS, CTS, EBC, Videoland and the ELTA OTT platform will all broadcast the events. A: 因疫情延期一年的杭州亞運，明天終於要開幕啦。 B: 聽說超過五百位台灣選手，將參加三十二種比賽。 A: 而且本屆還新增了「霹靂舞」，和「電子競技」的項目呢。 B: 台灣也會轉播亞運嗎？ A: 當然啦！公視、華視、東森、緯來，及影音平台愛爾達都會轉播。 (By Eddy Chang, Taipei Times／台北時報張聖恩)
對話 Dialogue 清清：下禮拜四是教師節，我那個在念清華大學的弟弟放一天假，真羨慕他！ Qīngqing: Xià lǐbài sì shì Jiàoshī jié, wǒ nàge zài niàn Qīnghuá Dàxué de dìdifàng yìtiān jià, zhēn xiànmù tā! 華華：噢！9月28號是孔子的生日，也是台灣的教師節。 Huáhua: Ō! 9Yuè 28hào shì Kǒngzǐ de shēngrì, yěshì Táiwān de Jiàoshī jié. 清清：我以前去中國大陸玩的時候，聽說他們的教師節不是9月28號，而是9月10號，跟我們不一樣。 Qīngqing: Wǒ yǐqián qù Zhōngguó Dàlù wán de shíhòu, tīngshuō tāmen de Jiàoshī jié búshì 9yuè 28 hào, érshì 9 yuè 10 hào, gēn wǒmen bù yíyàng. 華華：沒關係，相信感謝老師的心都是相同的。你都怎麼謝謝你的老師的？ Huáhua: Méiguānxi, xiāngxìn gǎnxiè lǎoshī de xīn dōu shì xiāngtóng de. Nǐ dōu zěnme xièxie nǐ de lǎoshī de? 清清：我每年都寫卡片寄給老師，謝謝他們的教導，祝他們教師節快樂！ Qīngqing: Wǒ měinián dōu xiě kǎpiàn jì gěi lǎoshī, xièxie tāmen de jiàodǎo, zhù tāmenJiàoshī jié kuàilè! 華華：真是好學生。建議你弟弟放假可以去孔廟走走，有的孔廟會有慶祝活動，很有意思的。 Huáhua:Zhēnshì hǎo xuéshēng. Jiànyì nǐ dìdi fàngjià kěyǐ
School meals arrangement 學校膳食安排 SCHOOL MEALS Students are offered lunch each school day. Regular Price for Student School Meals All students will be charged as shown below: 1. Elementary School Lunch NT$40 2. Middle and High School Lunch NT$47 Free Meals for Students Students who are allowed free meals receive meals at no cost. It is based on family income. 必備單字 1. offer v. 提供 （國中挑戰800字） 2. elementary school n. 小學 （國中基礎1200字） 3. regular adj. 正規的 （國中挑戰800字） 4. charge v. 索價 （國中挑戰800字） 5. income n. 收入 （國中挑戰800字） 實用字詞 1. be based on 以...依據 2. as shown below 如下所示 閱讀技巧： 將長句分成短字詞，以利閱讀 Students／who are allowed／free meals／receive meals／at no cost. 學生／具獲得／免費餐食（資格）者／即享用餐食／免費。 動手做做看：將長句分成短字詞 Students are offered lunch each school day. 解答: Students／are offered lunch／each school day. 考題練習： TOEIC
“Coriander,” also known as cilantro, is an herb beloved by many people worldwide. It is used in various Chinese, Latin, Greek and Spanish dishes. Moreover, coriander is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and thus provides many health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels and having anti-inflammatory properties. So why do some people hate coriander? They describe it as having a metallic or soapy taste. The reason for this seems to be related to their genetic makeup. There are certain genes that make it taste unpleasant for some people. In regions where coriander is commonly consumed, like India