IOC’s Bach: Refugees will be honoured at Rio

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP): A group of refugee athletes will march together in the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in a symbol of hope for the world’s migrants, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said yesterday. On a three-day visit to Greece, Bach also said a refugee would carry the torch during the Greek leg of the flame relay and that the route would include a stop at an Athens refugee camp. The flame-lighting ceremony at Ancient Olympia will take place on April 21. “We want to turn the attention of the world to the fate and the problems of the 60 million refugees in our world and their suffering,” Bach said. He visited the refugee camp in Athens, played football with a group of young men, and met potential candidates who could compete for the first time as refugee athletes at the Rio Games. “They have no hope, no flag to march behind, and no anthem,” Bach said. “We have invited them to participate, and these athletes will march behind the Olympic flag” at the August 5 opening ceremony. Bach said he expected between five and 10 refugee athletes to qualify for the Olympics. He said he spoke to two potential Olympic competitors in Athens, who could compete in shooting events and karate. The IOC has already pledged US$2 million to help refugees, and is asking authorities in refugee camps to identify any top-level international athletes. Three athletes found The IOC said in December that three potential Olympic athletes had been identified so far from among the wave of refugees and migrants. Greece has been hard hit by the migration crisis that escalated dramatically in 2015 when more than 850,000 travelled in dinghies and mostly unsafe boats from Turkey to the Greek islands. Despite growing European pressure on Athens to toughen border controls, Bach described Greece’s assistance to refugees as “really extraordinary” and promised funds for planned sports facilities on the Greek island of Lesbos. Bach praised progress in Brazil’s Olympic preparations despite the country’s serious financial downturn and outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. “Brazil is in financial and political crisis, and is facing a great corruption scandal,” he said. “And under these circumstances, it is even more remarkable what the Brazilians have done.” Bach said the timing of the games, during Brazil’s winter, could limit difficulties caused by the virus outbreak, and he promised to have consultations with national Olympic Committees on safety guidelines by late today. Before leaving Athens yesterday, Bach said he would visit the marble Panathinian Stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.last_img read more

It Is Something Else, Not a “Christian State,” That Will Make Liberia Great?

first_imgMany, if not most of the people who are calling for Liberia to be declared a “Christian state” have traveled around the world, especially Europe and America. Some have even traveled to India, the world’s largest democracy.In addition to being aware of the complete industrialization of Europe and America, these so-called advocates of a “Christian state” have seen how wealthy Europe and America have become. True, there is still poverty in some of these industrialized nations, especially the United States, where they are still fighting for universal healthcare as a human right. But the riches of Europe and America have made them even more powerful—so powerful that despite the fall of colonialism, they still control the world. Their non-governmental organizations (NGOs) alone wield considerable power in most developing countries, including Liberia. This is in addition to their governmental organizations, such as the European Union, the US Agency for International Development, the Swedish International Development Agency and those of Germany, Japan, etc. These agencies in many instances call the shots in development initiatives, especially in such countries like Liberia that have grown so dependent on outside help. The officials and others in such countries feel they can do nothing without outside help, which is NOT true.All we need to do is to become independently minded to realize that our destiny is, under God, in our own hands, and we must use our resources wisely in our care for one another and for our country, instead of being selfish, dishonest, corrupt, uncaring and so unpatriotic, not giving a fig about our own country or our own people.We do not realize that so long as we maintain this selfish attitude, so long will we remain poor, underdeveloped and backward.See how, because we have insisted over the past 10 years of maintaining this attitude of selfishness and corruption, we have little to show in terms of development, compared to at least two African nations—Rwanda and La Cote d’Ivoire.Have these two nations been declared “Christian” or Moslem nations? NO! They have other priorities—not foolishly and blindly pursuing a vain policy that they KNOW will DIVIDE their countries and bring conflict.Here we come to the whole point of this Editorial: Have these Liberians who are calling for a “Christian state” ever heard of such a thing in Europe or America, the two regions that control the world? No!There are in these two regions mosques, Buddhist, Hindi, Tibetan and other temples—why? Because there is freedom of worship in these regions, despite the fact that most of their populations profess Christianity. In the American Constitution (1776) they call it “freedom of conscience” and “freedom of worship.” The same pertains to the constitutions of most European nations. They do not behave like Saudi Arabia, where only Islam is permitted to be practiced; nor Iraq where, since US President George Bush invaded that country, churches have ceased to have the freedom they had enjoyed for centuries. There, especially since the emergence of the Islamic State (IS), churches are being burnt down and Christians massacred.See now how, since that invasion, that region has been riddled with conflict! See how this and other particularities, including dictatorship and oppression (Syria) have led to the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.So we say to Liberians, NEVER allow anyone to fool you into tolerating such a foolish, divisive, conflict-prone and TOTALLY unnecessary idea of a “Christian state” in Liberia.Instead, as we suggested in a recent Editorial, let our churches embark upon a sustained, serious, strategic and systematic EVANGELISTIC CAMPAIGN to rid our country of witchcraft and other demonic tendencies. In addition, let the churches, just as the missionaries did in the 19th and early 20th centuries, build schools, hospitals, clinics and help create an environment where faith in God, love, peace, educational and social enlightenment and tolerance will prevail. Love for one another and for our country will propel us toward doing everything good for one another and for Liberia.Then and only then will we be on our way to a peaceful, progressive and prosperous Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

What Browser? Don’t Ask Google

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Ever since the browser wars and the 1998 Microsoft antitrust trial (during which the software giant was convicted of monopolistic and illegal business practices for its bundling of Windows with Internet Explorer), consumers have been largely unaware of how they access the Internet. These magical portals are too often “chosen” by consumers through a manipulative dance during which the partner – generally a huge corporation with mind share and stock shares at stake – remains unseen.“Some folks at Google,” as the project team is quaintly described on Google’s new What Browser site, were charged with explaining what a browser is and what choices consumers have. They got halfway there; but as far as helping consumers make informed choices, information is still limited to pretty colors and shiny logos.Browsers Made SimpleThe cornerstone of the site is this average user-friendly animated video explaining in painfully simple terms what a web browser does. It’s not an OS, and it’s not a search engine. It was simple enough that my 8-year-old niece didn’t have too much of a problem with the post-video comprehension check I gave her. What browser? indeed. We’re still waiting to see what result the Google site will return.Which brings us to our final and most serious criticism. The site features the logos of the five major web browsers: Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Opera. No mention is made of the many other available options nor of their current existence.The reason we feel these browsers should have been in some way included in Google’s browser icebreaker is the same reason we feel there should have been at least some discussion of each browser’s corporate affiliations, best uses, and technical capabilities: Out of fairness to the aforementioned casual Internet user who, after looking at this page, might know what his browser is but still won’t have a clear idea of whether or why he should consider using other browsers.I’m primarily a Chrome user, and I love the lightweight interface and speed. But it’s not the most reliable for enterprise web-based software such as WebEx and certain other web applications. When I’m testing web apps for work, I very often have to break out one of my standby browsers.The flip side of that coin is that, since IE is still a dominant figure in the territory, most apps and sites will still perform well enough in Internet Explorer. I can think of just one app I’ve tested this year that didn’t have any IE support.Some users will care whether or not their browser is open-sourced, or whether or not it’s standards-compliant. Some will care much more that it’s reliable for using enterprise web-based software. But the glaring absence of this information from Google’s presentation shows us that, in the effort to avoid obvious accusations of favoritism, they’ve neglected a great opportunity to create an informed consumer culture around web browsers.By presenting just the logos of five browsers, Google has done something to make consumers slightly more aware of their options but nothing to break down the rhetoric- and sentiment-driven attitudes of average users toward technology products.So, let’s have a little conversation about that now: What’s your browser of choice, and why? When did you start thinking critically about your browser? What performance or other issues trouble you most? Let us know in the comments. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img The site gives equally simple text tutorials on how to change a homepage, a default search engine, and a default browser. Credit must go to the “folks” at Google for making these parts of the site accessible to the average Internet user, something that is difficult for a justifiably biased technology company to do.Talk Nerdy to MeThe “Under the Hood” section of the site seemed like it might give the geekier among us some food for thought with regard to browser performance. It contained this history lesson of a browser timeline from Wikipedia and a series of diagnostic tests, mostly related to browsers’ processing of JavaScript.We ran the Google-developed V8 Benchmark Suite on four major browsers. It broke Internet Explorer, and returned seemingly arbitrary results of 164, 673, and 1794 for Firefox, Safari, and Chrome, respectively, on a scale of “bigger is better.” We ran the WebKit SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark on all four browsers, as well. You can click through to see our results for Chrome, IE, Safari, and Firefox.Google’s Still Got Some ‘Splainin’ To DoWe also opened the site with Epiphany, and WhatBrowser said it was Firefox 3. When we tried it out on Konqueror, well… Related Posts jolie odell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Amazon Forces Kindle Lending Club to Rebrand – Now

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts audrey watters Tags:#E-Books#web center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… We covered the launch of the new startup the Kindle Lending Club last month. The startup takes advantage of the Amazon Kindle’s new lending feature that was introduced in December – the ability to loan (some of) your e-books to another Kindle user for a 14-day period.But not surprisingly, Amazon has responded to the startup. Amazon isn’t shutting down its service (that’s good news), but it is demanding that the startup change its name. Amazon owns the trademark to “Kindle,” so starting tomorrow the startup becomes sharing and borrowing are free through You can browse for the titles that other users have made available, and you can make available the books you’re willing to lend. The site simply matches borrowers and lenders. The rest of the Kindle lending rules stay in place: the loan is for 14 days. You can’t read a title while it’s on loan to someone else. And you can only loan a title once.The name isn’t nearly as catchy as Kindle Lending Club. And the startup has a number of competitors in the e-book lending business, including LendInk, that connects both Kindle and Nook users. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more