MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgThis month among other major MOP-Liberia activities including Ebola Education Outreach Programme sponsored by the International Student Organization (ISO) at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), VA, USA through Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA) and the Youth Media Education Programme (YMEP) in close collaboration with Radio Veritas/Catholic Media Center, Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia, we begin our dialogue on Poverty, Cronyism, Corruption and Development.As the year draws to a close, Liberia, along with other nations, would embrace a post 2015 development agenda following the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and roll out the Sustainable Development Goals known as the SDGs.Before then, we would take time to review our accomplishment of the eight MDGs which are aimed to end poverty. With the deadline fast approaching and emanating from fourteen years of civil war, it is expected that Liberia has not realized its MDG targets. We still have a long way to go with our to-do lists which includes fighting diseases like Ebola, high level corruptions of donor aids, cronyism and under-development of our rural infrastructure including roads, energy and water and sanitation facilities.From Monrovia to Zwedru and from Turbmanburg to Voinjama, we can feel poverty as we go along the limited stretch of highways. Our weak health and education systems have been severely tested by the outbreak of Ebola and recovering from it would take some time and tweaking of our socio-economic programmes.To do this, we must first conduct an audit of the MDGs and develop a road map on the way forward. Most peace messengers are of the view that audit alone is not a panacea to achieving MDGs or its offspring the SDGs timed to 2030. They are of the opinion that for developing countries like Liberia to achieve any sustenance, it needs to review its internal programmes on corruption and cronyism. We need to empower young people through tackling capacity building programme and functional education.It is essential that the voices of all people, especially young people, be heard and that all people are involved and engaged in tackling underlying causes of poverty.We must teach young people to live in peace and in country alleviated from poverty, cronyism and corruption which are precursors to national under development. We must also educate the population, especially those in positions of authority on what to do to take the lofty SDGs from rhetoric to reality.According to President Obama during his recent trip to Nairobi and Addis Ababa, “things work out best when Africans strive to solve their own problems”Peace and Development in Liberia, especially as we cope with the aftermath of Ebola and the countdown to an Ebola free country is essential and achievable if we address issues of cronyism, bribe and corruption. Our Ebola Educates programme continues and we seek your support. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to J-Mart for their donation and look forward to others as we partner to eradicate Ebola from our country.Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates: Poverty, Cronyism, Corruption and Development-Part II”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.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 the Real-Time Web Can Deliver

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts I certainly wasn’t watching for the change. A robot was doing that for me and let me know about the change in near real time. It was pretty awesome, but it wasn’t real time and the services I patched together to do it are all marginal enough that they often don’t work or are very late. Put real time at the center of the web and we’ll be able to automate all kinds of information monitoring. At first it will be a competitive advantage for those who use it strategically; then it will just change the game, become standard practice and require competitive knowledge workers to come up with something else that’s new.Read the last section of this post and the comments readers left here: 3 Models of Value in the Real-Time Web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In the above image you can see a custom search engine we use here at ReadWriteWeb, with Mark Carey’s Twitter on Google greasemonkey script running on top of it. If you want to know about streaming video, Forrester’s, Jeremiah Owyang, has a running list of vendors in the space (1) and that’s where you want to start – but wouldn’t you like to know about the very freshest (2) live streaming vendors on the market as well? That’s what people are talking about, in real time, on Twitter.In our experience these Twitter augmented search results are valuable because they are up to the minute – but sometimes they are also just better.Someday you’ll be able to discover Owyang’s list and be prompted to view the most recent, the most authoritative and the most “socially relevant to you” conversations about the same concept going on all around the web. People are working on all of that and as research-lovers we hope they succeed.The point is that no matter what you’re doing on the web, there are valuable related activities going on elsewhere – probably simultaneously. Exposing those is exciting.AutomationWe probably should have started out with this, but what’s the most obviously valuable example of clear value in real-time information delivery in recent internet history? Blackberry and the push email! We tend to assume that the real time web is something we’ll be looking at constantly, because it’s constantly bringing up new information. That doesn’t have to be the case, though. The real time web could very well just do its thing and notify us, in real time, of important events. Thresholds crossed. Simple changes made.For example, when the already controversial Google Chrome Terms of Service were changed again last December, I got an SMS sent to my phone notifying me that it had been changed. I was able to jump online, grab a screenshot of the changes from the application that was monitoring the document and report on the change before anyone else. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img marshall kirkpatrick Google launched its version of integrated real-time search, one of a number of impressive product demos given, at a press event this morning. It’s much better than what Bing and Yahoo! have done, but it’s still just the beginning of a full-scale engagement with the real-time web. To provide further context to this discussion, we’re rerunning a post we wrote in seven months ago, titled “3 Models of Value in the Real-Time Web.” We hope you find it useful and interesting.Hey web DJ. Reach into your magic bag of search tools and pull out a big result – dripping with related ephemera born just moments ago. Those could hold the grain of information you’re really looking for, or they could sparkle with data that changes your course of action in unexpected ways.Alert! Another factor has emerged, elsewhere on another site. You said you wanted to be told, right away, about any online artifacts that crossed a threshold of popularity within a certain group of people in your field. That has just occurred, so it’s time to watch the replay of how it got so hot, evaluate its usefulness and decide whether to bring this emergent phenomenon into the work you were doing before you were interrupted, drop the former for the latter or return to your original focus. How would you like this to be your job description? It could well be – if the red hot Real Time Web keeps showing up on sites all around the internet.The Real Time Web is coming so fast we’ve hardly had any time to think about it yet. So let’s do that, shall we? The two hottest technologies online, Twitter and Facebook, are fast integrating real-time delivery of activity streams to their users. Paul Buchheit, the man who built the first versions of both Gmail and Adsense, says the real time web is going to be the next big thing. Buchheit’s FriendFeed is a key point of innovation in real time. Social media ping server Gnip promised to turn everything online into Instant Messaging-style XMPP feeds, and though that’s been put on hold in favor of more immediately clear value – we’ve still got our fingers crossed. Our investigation of companies like Bit.ly and OneRiot this morning turned up even more big news that’s right around the corner for the Real Time Web.But what’s the point? What’s in it for us, as users? We offer below three models of value that we suspect will be found in the Real Time Web. They are the concepts that underly the vision described above at the top of this post. Those concepts are Ambiance, Automation and Emergence. This is just an initial exploration of ideas, reality will undoubtedly be more complicated shortly. We welcome your participation in thinking about this part of the fast-approaching future of the web.AmbianceThe web is made up of web pages linked together, but hovering around many of those pages are now social media signals like blog posts, bookmarks, tweets and other URLs that refer to a page but aren’t visible when you’re looking at it. The same is true for concepts. Most of us use Google to find pages about things we’re looking for, but Google prioritizes historical inbound links and the text on pages. Tags:#Real-Time Web#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Luck was on my side at Asiad, says Vijender

first_imgHandicapped by a dislocated thumb and up against a two-time world champion, Indian boxer Vijender Singh on Monday said he still managed to pull off the Asian Games gold medal as “luck was back” on his side a month after deserting him at the Commonwealth Games.Vijender Kumar flaunts his gold medalWorld number one Vijender blanked Uzbekistan’s two-time world champion Abbos Atoev in the Asian Games final despite dislocating his thumb in the opening three minutes of the bout.Recalling the tense moments, the 25-year-old, whose hand is currently heavily bandaged, said a power-packed left hook led to the dislocation and leaving him to fight practically with one hand.”My hand was in a terrible state even before the Asian Games but it completely broke at the worst possible time.It was in the closing stages of the first round. I got the score for that left hook but I knew my hand was gone. I immediately told my coach that I cannot move it,” Vijender said upon his return to the country from Guangzhou today.”I asked the coach what the scoreline was, he told me it was 2-0. I thought I will give it a shot and continued. In the second round, I was not using my left hand at all. I was just swaying it once in a while to scare off Atoev, who thankfully didn’t get an idea as to what had happened,” he said.”When I took a 5-0 lead in the second round, I knew the bout was mine from here. I kept praying to almighty and I think that also helped. In the end, I guess I got lucky, god was with me,” he added.advertisementThe Olympic and World Championships bronze-medallist had settled for a rather disappointing bronze at the CWG here after losing in the semifinals due to a couple of warnings for clinching. And Vijender said the Asiad gold has finally wiped off the disappointment. .”That loss completely shattered me. I hadn’t felt so miserable in a long time. When I went to the Asiad, I was taking it one bout at a time. I think I peaked at the right time besides China is lucky for me. My rise started in Beijing after all,” Vijender said referring to his breakthrough Olympic bronze.”At the CWG, there were just too many distractions around me. The fact that so many people know me becomes a problem at times because then it takes away the focus. I like to go into a shell during major events. Keep to myself and focus, at the Asiad I could do that. There was peace around me and that helped me remain calm,” he said.”Moreover, it was my day. When I lost to Atoev in the World Championships, it was his day. Luck is a major factor.One cannot rule that out,” he added.”My toughest bout was the first one. I took the Chinese Taipei guy lightly initially but he fought hard before I got into the groove at just the right time.”The Haryana-lad also credited Cuban coach B I Fernandes for his success. “Fernandes has a sharp mind and he keeps giving advice from the sidelines. In Guangzhou, because there was not much noise around me, I could actually hear him and put his advice to use. In Delhi, his voice used to get drowned in all the hooting,” he explained. At least a month-long break follows from here before Vijender starts preparing for the World Championships and the Olympic qualifiers for 2012 Games in London. “I am desperate to go home and eat to my heart’s content. It’s impossible to explain what we go through when we are maintaining weight for tournaments,” he signed off.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Rain gods bring smiles light showers to continue across DelhiNCR this week

first_imgNEW DELHI: Heavy rain lashed Delhi and the NCR on Tuesday with monsoon remained active as it passes through its normal position over north and central. The Safdarjung observatory, the recording of which is considered official for the city, received 12.6 mm rainfall till 8.30 am. The Palam Observatory received 38.5 mm rainfall. Humidity was recorded at 97 per cent. On Monday, the national capital recorded a low of 27.2 degrees Celsius and a high of 37.4 degrees Celsius. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDelhi has recorded just 1.2 mm of rain against the 30-year average of 49.3 mm — a shortfall of 98 per cent — in August so far. The city gauged 199.2 mm rains in July, which is five per cent less than the long-term average of 210.6 mm. Forecaster Skymet Weather’s Vice President Mahesh Palawat said that the monsoon turf has moved to North India and the weather will continue to remain the same till Wednesday, following which it will move to South India. “The rains will be back in the national capital from August 12 onwards,” he added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe regional met centre forecasts moderate to light rains across Delhi-NCR this week with heavy rains at isolated places. The cloudy skies and the humid conditions are likely to induce warmer than actual ‘feel-like’ conditions in the capital, especially during the night time. The strong winds forecast during the day time may provide some respite. “Further, by August 7, the axis of Monsoon Trough will once again shift southwards due to the formation of a Low-Pressure Area that would be travelling to the central parts of the country. Due to this movement, the weather of Delhi and NCR area will once again go dry, however, isolated pockets may continue to get rain. Another spell of rain is expected around August 11 or 12” observed the Skymet weather forecaster.last_img read more