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2008-10-07 12:00:28

Text of report in English by Taiwanese Central News Agency website on 7 October Television is the most popular source of news and the medium to which most people in Taiwan are exposed, followed by newspapers and the internet, according to a survey released Monday [6 October] by Shih Hsin University. TV ranked as the most heavily used type of media for the fifth consecutive year in the university's fifth survey on media use patterns and media exposure, said Hsiung Jie, director of the...

2008-10-05 03:00:18

Text of report in English by Taiwanese Central News Agency website [By Sofia Wu] Taipei, Oct.4 (CNA) - The Council of Agriculture (COA) will coordinate with the Department of Health (DOH) even more closely to prevent imports of any melamine-contaminated vegetable imports from China, the council said in a statement Saturday. The Cabinet-level council issued the statement amid Chinese media reports saying that some China-grown vegetables, such as lettuce, tomato, mushroom, potato and Java...

2008-10-04 09:00:07

Text of report in English by Taiwanese Central News Agency website [By Steve Bercic] Taipei, Oct. 4 (CNA) - Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said Saturday that the US administration's approval of the sale of six major weapons packages to Taiwan is a "sign of a rebuilding of relations" between the two countries. Wang's remarks came one day after the US State Department notified Congress of its approval of a US6.46bn dollars arms sales package that includes Apache attack...

2008-10-04 06:00:06

Text of report in English by Taiwanese Central News Agency website Taipei, Oct. 4 (CNA) - Taiwan appreciates the US administration's approval of weapons sales to Taiwan and the decision signals a new era of mutual trust between Taiwan and the United States, Presidential Office Spokesman Wang Yu-chi said Saturday. Wang said in a news conference that President Ma Ying-jeou had expressed appreciation, that he welcomes the decision and that he is glad to see President Bush stand by...

2008-10-02 12:03:45

Text of report in English by Taiwanese Central News Agency website [By Emmanuelle Tzeng] Taipei, Oct. 2 (CNA) - The Department of Health (DOH) announced Thursday that six kinds of Nestle milk powder manufactured in China were found to contain the toxic chemical melamine, and said it will request a recall of all 20 Nestle milk products on the market, even though the level of melamine found was too small to pose a health threat. "The quantity of the chemical was very small, so the products...

2008-10-01 09:00:22

Text of report in English by Taiwanese Central News Agency website [By Deborah Kuo] Kaohsiung, Oct. 1 (CNA) - A mechanism between Taiwan and New Zealand to help uncover illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities (IUU fishing) has been activated recently, the Fisheries Agency under the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture reported Wednesday. The Fisheries Agency said that Taiwanese deep-sea fishing boats operating in the West and Central Pacific Ocean should let New Zealand...

2008-09-30 06:00:30

Text of report in English by Taiwanese Central News Agency website Taipei, Sept. 30 (CNA) - Premier Liu Chao-shiuan said Tuesday that an electricity rate hike decided by the Ministry of Economic Affairs in July will be reviewed before it is scheduled to take effect Oct. 1. The premier was responding to questions by opposition Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lee Joon-yee, who asked if the Executive Yuan will reconsider the electricity rate hikes at a time when the public is reeling...

2008-09-29 06:00:20

Text of report in English by Taiwanese Central News Agency website [By Steve Bercic] Taipei, Sept. 29 (CNA) - Reports of disruptions and damage caused by Typhoon Jangmi began flowing in Monday afternoon as the storm weakened and moved off the island. The national disaster response centre reported just after 12 p.m. that more than 154,266 households around the island were without power and just under 186 homes were without water supply in the wake of the havoc caused by the typhoon....

2008-09-27 12:00:12

Text of report in English by Taiwanese Central News Agency website [By Emmanuelle Tzeng] Taipei, Sept. 27 (CNA) - Three children found to have kidney stones are believed to be local victims of Chinese baby formula contaminated with the toxic chemical melamine, Huang Kun-chang, senior specialist of the Department of Health, said Saturday. Among the 1,954 people who received free health examinations at special outpatient clinics in more than 20 hospitals under the DOH Saturday, three...

2008-09-25 12:00:42

Text of report in English by Taiwanese Central News Agency website Taipei, Sept. 25 (CNA) - Yeh Chin-chuan, the deputy secretary- general of the Presidential Office, has been tipped as the new health minister, local cable television TVBS reported Thursday. Yeh will replace Lin Fang-yue, who quit earlier in the day to take political responsibility for the Department of Health's inappropriate handling of a scandal involving imports of Chinese food ingredients laced with the toxic chemical...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'