Few mayors in Canada could put their cities on the map like Toronto Mayor Rob Ford did. In the past three weeks, the heavyweight (weighing 320 pounds) mayor of Canada's largest city has grabbed no less world attention than Italy's Silvio Berlusconi or New York's Anthony Weiner, albeit for a different reason. Mayor Ford was involved in a crack-smoking scandal which had little to do with the kind of racy, titillating sex stories that brought down the former Italian prime minister and dashed the hopes of the once front-running candidate in New York's mayoral race.
It is understandable that family members of a hostage would want to see their loved one released as quickly as possible, but paying the ransom only encourages the crime to flourish
I heard Emperor Hirohito's gyokuon hoso (玉音放送, Jewel Voice broadcast) on Aug. 15, 1945. But like almost all of us in Taiwan who listened to what our emperor said, I didn't know the Divine Country of Japan surrendered to end the Great East Asian War. We believed Hirohito was urging us to do more to win the unwinnable war.
- Joe Hung
I try hard not to address purely spiritual topics in this space very often, knowing The China Post is a secular newspaper that welcomes readers of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. Today's column is an exception to the type of observations I usually offer.
2013/11/24, 1 Comment
The recent relaxation of the one-child policy in China recognizes that demographics play a major role in a country's economic fortunes. Asian fast growth was built on favorable demographics, growing labor supply at relatively cheap rates and open economies. But in many parts of Asia, as the population begins to age rapidly, there is genuine concern that Asians may grow old before they become rich.
Super Typhoon Haiyan, which swept across the central Philippines, left a brutal legacy of death, destruction and dislocation in its wake. The category-five storm which slammed into Leyte and Cebu directly confronted the global community with yet another gripping disaster in which 13 million people were affected, with over 4 million persons displaced and at least 4,000 dead.
The speed of business today is giving rise to a transformation of the datacenter. Traditional IT infrastructure silos create bottlenecks that cripple quality of service and increase operational costs due to slower workload deployment and more room for error. Simply put, it can take too long to design, procure, deploy and integrate new IT infrastructure, and there are too many tools needed to manage it.
Rising tensions between Indonesia and Australia over revelations of electronic surveillance have some observers wondering what all the fuss is about.
China's concern over non-traditional security threats (NTST), as well as the specter of a Soviet-style collapse, might have prompted President Xi Jinping to set up a National Security Commission (NSC) at the recent plenum of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
It may not be as significant as the epochal 1978 event that transformed communist China and put it on a path to becoming the world's No. 2 economy, but the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) recent policy summit might still claim a spot in history.