Indonesian in stable condition after carbon monoxide poisoning | Taipei, Dec. 10 (CNA) An Indonesian migrant worker who suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning after burning charcoal in a poorly ventilated room in M

Indonesian in stable condition after carbon monoxide poisoning

Indonesian in stable condition after carbon monoxide poisoning

Indonesian in stable condition after carbon monoxide poisoning

Indonesian in stable condition after carbon monoxide poisoning

Indonesian in stable condition after carbon monoxide poisoning

Indonesian in stable condition after carbon monoxide poisoning
Indonesian in stable condition after carbon monoxide poisoning
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Taipei, Dec. 10 (CNA) An Indonesian migrant worker who suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning after burning charcoal in a poorly ventilated room in Miaoli County has regained consciousness and is in stable condition, the county's fire bureau said Tuesday.

The incident occurred Sunday, when the victim and three other Indonesians tried to seek warmth from low temperatures by burning charcoal in their dormitory in Tongluo Township, where they are employed at a temple, the bureau said.

Three of them soon started feeling dizzy and nauseous, while the other fell unconscious, according to the Miaoli County Fire Bureau.

The unconscious victim was treated in a local hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning with hyperbaric oxygen treatment, the bureau said.

The hospital's deputy superintendent, Tsai Chien-tsung (蔡建宗), said later that carbon monoxide poisoning is common when appliances such as water heaters or gas stoves are used in a poorly ventilated room or enclosed space.

(By Kuan Jui-pin and Ko Lin)
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Legislature passes revised law to shrink Examination Yuan

Legislature passes revised law to shrink Examination Yuan

Taipei, Dec. 10 (CNA) The Legislative Yuan on Tuesday passed a law amendment that would allow for the number of Examination Yuan members to be reduced by more than half and to also cut the length of their terms.

Under the newly passed amendment to the Organic Act of the Examination Yuan, the membership of the body will shrink from 19 to between seven and nine, while their terms will be reduced from six years to four.

The current members, however, will be allowed to complete their six-year terms, the law states.

It also lays out the eligibility requirements for new members, stating that they must be either published authors in an academic or technical field, have at least 10 years work experience as a professor or senior civil servant, or be a noted author or an inventor.

The amendment also forbids members of the Examination Yuan from accepting any jobs in China during their term in office.

The Examination Yuan, one the five branches of government, is responsible for the hiring of civil servants and evaluation of their performance and also deals with matters such as their salaries and retirement.

Those functions are handled by the Ministry of Examination, which also designs and administers tests for the selection and promotion of civil servants and special government personnel.

(By Wang Yang-yu and Evelyn Kao)
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VP Chen touts Taiwan’s indigenous languages development efforts

VP Chen touts Taiwan’s indigenous languages development efforts

Taiwan’s tribal languages are being preserved and promoted as part of government efforts to further safeguard the ethnic diversity of the country, Vice President Chen Chien-jen said Dec. 9.
 
Language is the foundation of cultural identity, Chen said. As more children learn and speak indigenous tongues, they will grow to serve as guardians of customs and traditions for the next generations, he added.
 
Chen made the remarks during the opening ceremony of an exhibition promoting tribal languages organized by the Cabinet-level Council of Indigenous Peoples. The event seeks to raise public awareness of the rich heritage of Taiwan’s tribes, as well as the important contribution they make to the cultural makeup of the country.
 
According to Chen, the Indigenous Languages Development Act plays a key role in fostering an environment conducive to learning and speaking tribal tongues. Passed by the Legislature in December 2018, the landmark bill affords national status to the dialects of the 16 officially recognized indigenous peoples’ groups.
 
Another important piece of legislation is the Education Act for Indigenous Peoples, Chen said. Programs and subsidies under the bill are supporting the development of an immersive language learning environment for tribal children while increasing the number of related classes offered by schools around Taiwan, he added.
 
Indigenous peoples have lived in Taiwan for millenniums. The latest CIP statistics peg the population of Taiwan’s tribal members at around 567,000, or 2.4 percent of the total 23.58 million. (RAY-E)
 
Write to Taiwan Today at ttonline@mofa.gov.tw
Taiwan shares close down 0.28%

Taiwan shares close down 0.28%

Taipei, Dec. 10 (CNA) Taiwan shares closed down 32.93 points, or 0.28 percent, at 11,627.84 Tuesday on turnover of NT$103.31 billion (US$3.39 billion).

(By Frances Huang)
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