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Do you ever find yourself procrastinating? Of course you do. We all put off actions from time to time instead of acting quickly to accomplish them. If you feel identified by these words though.....
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On Saturday, March 12, The China Post carried another in a series of stories indicating a recovery in global oil markets. "Prices might have bottomed out," the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced, with US$40 now the marker around which crude is valued, up from US$28.50 a short two months ago. 
 
When Korean grandmaster Lee Sedol, one of the world's top Go chess players, scored his first win over AlphaGo, a computer program developed by Google, on Sunday, March 13, he described his victory as "invaluable." "I would not trade this for anything in the world," he said.
 
Washington is sending three messengers to Taipei this week to explain its stance on the impasse in cross-strait policies after Tsai Ing-wen, president-elect, launches her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration on May 20, according to a scoop published on the front page of the China Times last Friday.
 
As Japan this week marked the fifth anniversary of the deadly March 11 earthquake that triggered the huge tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster, Taiwan had just shut down a reactor at one of its nuclear power plants because of a system malfunction.
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Since the beginning of the new legislative session last month, many legislators have toiled to propose new bills and amendments, and have made numerous appearances on political TV talk shows, especially the majority Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and opposition New Power Party (NPP). These groups hope to earn more publicity, credentials and approval from parties, society and those who supported them during the 2016 elections.
 
Tuesday, March 8 marks International Women's Day in Taiwan and around the globe. While the date is considered an annual occasion to celebrate how far we have come in advancing the rights of women and how far we still have to go, International Women's Day should also be a reminder that advancing the rights of women is an ongoing fight that includes the social, political and economic equality of women for the benefit of all.
 
China's National People's Congress (NPC) and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held their joint meeting in Beijing last Friday, where Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, proclaimed its 2016 working program, under which a high-speed railroad would be built across the Taiwan Strait to reach Taipei by the end of the 13th Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development (13FYP) in 2020.
 
Part of the Berlin Wall on Muhlenstrasse has become a world-famous open air gallery after artists from all over the world painted a total of 105 pieces of artwork on it in 1990. A piece of graffiti depicting the mouth-to-mouth kiss between Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and his East German counterpart, Erich Honecker, on the East Side Gallery, as the section is known, is one of the most iconic images of Berlin.
 
There is no time like the present for Taiwan, as it reaches a major crossroad in how it chooses to deal with its past – with ramifications that will embody an entire generation of Taiwanese for years to come.
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