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Nepal's health sector has been badly hit by the great earthquake, and it will be months before many of the health facilities are up and running.
The singular focus of the many who have raced to Nepal in its hour of great need ought to spur others to lend a hand too. Although there's doubt if more survivors can be found nine days after the quake, there is also much to be done for the injured, the tens of thousands with nothing but makeshift shelters, and the three million depending on food aid. Such is the scale of the hardship that the United Nations is appealing for US$415 million (NT$12.73 million) from the international community. Contributions are far short of the target -- for example, its giant neighbor, China, has offered US$9.8 million so far.
Coordination among various agencies in times of natural disaster is always a difficult task. In the aftermath of the Great Earthquake, this problem has been even more apparent given its magnitude. Many individuals and organizations, based on information obtained from the media, are collecting relief materials and rushing to nearby districts to provide help.
Unlike the first Fight of the Century, the 1971 match between undefeated heavyweight champions Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier at Madison Square Garden, the Fight of the Century held at the MGM Grand Sunday will not qualify as a battle for the ages. It did not, in a word, live up to the hype. There is a lesson in that -- but perhaps not what many disappointed fans might think.
Social media is once again playing a hero's role, this time in immediately drawing to the world's attention the human and other consequences of the recent massive earthquake in Nepal, and playing a vital part in bringing about crucially needed global aid to the devastated mountain nation.
The debate over Ikea's link with outspoken Singaporean pastor Lawrence Khong represents in some respects a storm in a teacup. The content of the magic show is not in question; Ikea has said it respected diversity in the community (indeed, it has every commercial reason to do so); and entertainers are entitled to their own opinions.
Going into business internationally has never been easier thanks to the evolution of e-commerce. It might be simple to set up websites, source or make products, then start taking online orders -- but what happens next? Are small businesses ready for the many customs hurdles ahead?
Uncertainties linger and many questions remain unanswered as the drafting of the new constitution enters its final stage and time runs out on this post-coup government's term in power.
This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the historic Bandung Conference and the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
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The strengthening U.S.-Japan alliance is posing a strategic dilemma for South Korea as its relations with Tokyo show no signs of improving, while the need for security cooperation over North Korea's military threats rises.
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