Technology Can Help Improve Your Life, Yet You Can’t Cheat Nature

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‘Joseph’s coat of many colors’ couldn’t prevent Dolly Parton from plastic surgery. Wasn’t she beautiful before the surgical operation?

Once working in Amsterdam, I said to my colleague: “The old photographs of Michael Jackson show how handsome he was, wondering the motive behind his nose job.”

The colleague looked at me and said: “If you have money like Michael Jackson, believe me, you will do more than what he did. Money tells people what to do, you’re poor the reason you’re criticizing him.”

I didn’t argue with him but I thought of what he said to me the whole day. I have never hated any part of my body since from my youth and through my adulthood. So what does he mean that if I have money I will do more than what he did?

It’s unfortunate that many people don’t like they way they look or hate something particularly on the body, which they think don’t make them attractive.

As modern technology advances, people that want to change something on the body are actively engaged to plastic surgery, despite apparent negative consequences.

Those who undergo surgical correction may seem very happy after the operation some few years later, but I don’t have words to describe how horrible some of them looked like in their ripe age.

Whether smaller nose,  sexy lips, tighter tummy or perkier breasts, plastic surgery can take it’s toll on your health one day. Many went under knife to be beautiful, but at the moment they looked like creatures from different planet trying to find home among us.

Yes, technology can improve your health and life but you can never cheat nature. Your body and leg reveal you are over fifty but your face reveals you are about thirty-five or you wear mask. Are you satisfied about that? Don’t deceive yourself.

The Embrace Of Illiteracy As Traditional Value In Africa

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A traumatized woman after circumcision

Africa is a vast continent filled with varieties of customs, traditions, cultures and languages. Some of these outdated traditions and customs are seen as senseless, useless, valueless, illiteracy and complete ignorance.

Female Circumcision: It is estimated that about 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with disastrous effects of female circumcision. Horrific procedures have severely traumatized and psychologically affected thousands of women. Female circumcision is practiced in 26 countries across Africa.

In the Republic of Sierra Leone, an ethnic group called “The Bondo Society” still carries this outdated tradition. Gambia launched a three-year program aimed to abolish Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Female circumcision is the number one on my list as illiteracy taken as traditional or custom.

Tribal deformity in Nigeria

Horrible tribal marks of a Yoruba woman

Horrible tribal marks in Nigeria: In the olden days, tribal marks were used as identification, especially in Yoruba lands, such as Ogun, Oyo, Ondo States, and Benin. Should in case something happens to you, your tribal marks would help to identify the tribe you originate or where you come from. The illiteracy behind this barbarous act has disfigured the face of thousands of Nigerians.

Some of the marks are so horrible that they attract people and gossip. Some women have to live with it for the rest of their lives without husbands.  Time changes as we step into the world of technology and development. Disfiguring of the face as tribal marks is gradually fading away or completely stopped in many places thought out the country.

 

In South Africa, is a relatively landlocked country called Swaziland. The king of the country, Mswati III has 14 wives. This illiteracy which had been in existence for years is followed as a tradition.

The 46-year old monarch has ruled over Swaziland, which is on the brink of economic disaster for 28 years. He can’t even solve the problems of 40 per cent of Swazis that are unemployed, the country’s highest HIV infection rate per capita in the world, and the life expectancy of 46 years among the world’s lowest, yet at every annual reed dance, the king takes the opportunity to take a new wife. Is this king ignorant, serious or a joker?

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Swaziland King Mswati III chooses a wife annually during Reed dance. Photo credit: Reuters

He recently married a girl of fifteen. Apart from the continued abuse of young girls, the king’s  wealth includes  expensive cars (fleets of top-of-the-range Mercedes and BMW cars, at least one Rolls-Royce and a $500,000 Daimler Chrysler flagship Maybach 62) and the private jet ($17 million), while the citizens wallow in poverty. This money can be invested into education and health care to develop his country. Have you seen how stupid and ignorant some of these African leaders are?

 

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Ignorance or illiteracy? Swaziland King Mswati III has made Africa a laughing stock in the eyes of the Advanced World.

When Asia is making headlines around the world, it’s about business, but in the case of Africa, it’s about poverty, corruption, war, conflicts and such stupid traditions and customs, draining Africa’s coffers and under-developing Africa. I have said this and I will repeat once again “If African leaders want the Advanced World to respect them, they should show a little intelligence and maturity because they underestimate and laugh at Africa.

The Reason Beauty Contest Needs To Be Abolished

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The concept of life is a reality, thus, a woman’s creation is a symbol of crown, dignity, honour, and beauty. Women are therefore special. I believe the same way every woman see herself or feels. 

Worldwide, every year, young women are paraded on the podium to search for the most beautiful woman in the world. The question: “Is holding of yearly beauty contest necessary?” What is beauty? Is it the mind, from the heart or the face?

There are so many women physically disfigured, through some sort of illness or naturally born with deformity or handicap, that may feel somehow psychologically depressed or rejected in the society when they watch things like “Beauty Contests.” Besides ‘Beauty Contests’ lowers the confidence and self-esteem of many women facing obstacles in life.

The birth of modern technology and scientists have provided comfort for human beings, in different fields, including medical. Apart from incubators and other equipment that save lives, no doctor or scientist has been able to put breath in a dead man’s nostrils to bring him back to life. So why should a panel of judges sit down to classify one as beautiful and the other ugly? However a woman looks like, she needs respect and acceptance in the society.

In my own opinion “Beauty Contest” is meaningless. It should be abolished. The late Princess Diana was one of the prettiest women who ever lived, but according to British newspapers, she was a woman suffering in silence before her untimely death.

If beauty had played important role in her life and had given her all the happiness she was looking for, from her wayward husband, Prince Charles, she might be alive today. Because many hope to participate in such contests, they experience eating disorder, leading to anorexia.

In my opinion, a beauty contest is not necessary and needs to be abolished in our society.

The Development Of Africa And Asia Through The Lenses Of Technology And Communication

ICT 3Modern technology, through communication and internet have influenced and enhanced Africa’s development, in a way that lives of many throughout the continent have significantly improved. The demand of ICT companies in Africa, have created fast growing mobile and internet markets providing employment to thousands of people.

A country without technology economy can never grow. It is therefore the effort of every government in Africa to invest into ICT facilities to sustain the economy. Technology is therefore essential and important establishing sustainable startup companies and firms in Africa. Today, several major technology trends are shaping the lives of Africans and the economies, with many formidable mobile companies, with communication tools such as the internet and telephone enabling quick access to every part of the world.

Let’s have a glance at the effect of ICT trends in Ghana, choosing MTN as an example. Officially launched in 1994, MTN Group is a multinational telecommunications group, operating in 21 countries throughout Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: “MTN” Detailed Report Data for 30 September 2010, MTN recorded 134,4 million subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.

MTN MobileMoney,  a service which allows users to perform micro-financing and transfer money from their mobile device, has been adopted across the continent. The basic satisfaction behind this is the answer to customers’ dream of enjoying basic financial services on their mobile phones everywhere they go in Ghana and above all one doesn’t need a bank account to cash his or her money. This service provided by MTN in partnership with banks is also available on the internet. MTN MobileMoney service is recommended to be secure, simple, fast and convenient solution for money transfer and other transactions including reloading of MTN airtime units.

Let’s have a quick glance at India. What is a successful strategic technology? That is an existing technology that has matured, which is the case of India.  The country has become an IT brand among the global countries over the years, with strong policies base in education, well-established telecommunication & infrastructure facilities and favourable market conditions that prevail. Many Indian cities are now holding prominent places in the global IT map. Now India stands out as one of the biggest and fastest growing economies in the world.

The country’s matured technology offers an opportunity for strategic business advantage, continuing expansion in foreign firms owned establishments in India, with its emergence as favorite sector for local Indian investors and talented entrepreneurs. Yet Indian IT industry is still only in its very early stages of development both internationally and domestically and has strong growth potential.

The industry growing at 40 percent per annum between 1994 and 1999, with software exports alone more than 50 percent, earned revenue growth IT industry from $1 billion in 1990 to $8 billion in 2000, envisioned to reach $100 billion in 2008.

“While predicting the future is hard to do, it’s indubitable that the Internet and mobile technology will improve the lives of many Africans in the years to come,” said tech expert Rudy de Waele, who assists global brands and companies with cutting edge open innovation strategy on how to mobilize their business and products through projects, research, strategy, presentations, workshops and brainstorms.

ICT developed and developing continents, such as Africa and Asia hold its own communications future, as talent shines through and the continent becomes leading innovator, manufacturer and exporter throughout the continents and of the rest of the world.

Euthanasia: Why The Pope Quiet If He Is Against Death Penalty?

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In his recent tour in the United States of America, Pope Francis, who is an opponent of the death penalty pled for clemency for a woman on the death row, who allegedly killed her husband in 1997. Despite the Pope’s plea, the US State of Georgia executed Kelly Gissendaner. The Pope’s action shows his love for humanity and respect for mankind. The question is: Why Pope Francis hasn’t made any effort to stop Euthanasia, since many consider it as murder?

Many are born with serious birth defects, including other life threatening diseases. As we grow old, we encounter health problems, often robbing us of our happiness. In this painful situation many wish to die instead of living.

Thanks to the amazing progress of modern technology, this has brought comfort to mankind in every field, including medical. There is life saving machines to ease our pains, incubators to save premature babies etc; but I haven’t heard of any doctor or scientist putting breath into a dead man’s nostrils to bring the person back to life.

Apart from Biblical account which indicates that Jesus, Elijah, Elisha, Paul and Peter raised the dead, no doctor or scientist has been able to do that, so why do some doctors take the life of terminally ill patients to avoid suffering?

When one kills a person, he faces a murder charge. In this case when a person is not dead, but because of suffering or chronic disease, someone helps, in any means to support or speed up his death, the person is also a murderer. If many will take certain abominable things into consideration, this world would have been a better place.

From historical times, man has dominated man to his own injury, ignoring the scriptures and doing whatever seems good to him, which results have been fatal and disastrous. Euthanasia has got nothing to do with ‘Dying in dignity’ it is murder. Euthanasia is now legal in many countries, including Belgium and the Netherlands.

Euthanasia in Belgium is reportedly “out of control” with a 500% increase in cases in ten years and currently there are plans to extend euthanasia to children and people with dementia.

“It’s the choice of the sufferer to die,” is it that calls for euthanasia? But who are you to play God and terminate one’s life? I tell you the truth, there shouldn’t be any hope that this world will be better place. We are in a very dangerous, sinful world and those responsible can’t escape the wrath to come, whether they do it for money or ‘dignity.’

Information And Communications Technology: The Key To Africa’s Development And Business Growth?

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Gone are the days when due to lack of modern technology, global businesses encounter impediments, today Internet Global System of Mobile Telecommunication and Satellite  Communication Technologies impact on Africa is enormous, not only in business, but  improving  health of individuals, education and communities.

There is no doubt that Africa is gradually making good use of the fresh demonstration of modern technology and rubbing shoulders with the advanced world. The internet and mobile phones are transforming the development landscape in Africa, making business smooth to run, profitable, easy communication and enhancing the health, educational and economic sectors.

The breakthrough of ICT facilities can’t be denied. The internet has brought commercial success to businesses operated on large and medium scale. The best of it all is reducing labour needed to achieve the same amount of work and above all paving the way for many to engage in education as highly trained ICT specialists.

The ICT is providing economic opportunities to both urban and rural area, playing a significant role in poverty alleviation. In recent years information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been deployed in numerous initiatives in rural communities in developing countries, bringing much developments to both the health and educational sectors. Everyone is trying to establish small scale business or go to school.

The success of ICT facilities in business, education, banking and health developments, can be seen in almost every African country, including Malawi, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. It has been acknowledged by international entrepreneurs that development of Information and Communication Technology are playing crucial role in Africa’s development in the economic, health and educational sectors.

Not everything glitters is gold. Africa is struggling in development. According to the World Bank, 2.8 billion people live on less than US$2 per day, and 1.2 billion or one-fifth of the world’s population live on less than US$1 per day. That means many are still trapped in poverty, been deprived of access to essential assets and opportunities such as education, healthcare and employment, but there is hope that Africa will gradually crawl out of poverty as technology advances and business flourishes.

The Wonders Of Technology: Making The Impossible Possible

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Despite many people fear to travel by air, thousands still enjoy the comfort of travelling by airplane. As a matter of fact, according to aviation experts, travelling by air is the safest, since we don’t often hear of air disasters like road accidents.

How great has technology made things impossible to be possible, as we travel to various destinations around the globe, to carry out our professionals and business duties? Again there is assurance and possibility that technology will change the entire universe within few decades for mankind to witness its impact and benefit.

Take, for example, travelling from Copenhagen- Denmark, to Hamburg-Germany by train. A route I’ve used twice and it’s amazing to share this experience. Do you know that while enjoying the Summer holidays or taking a trip to visit the family in Winter, along the line from Copenhagen, the train goes in a ferry to cross the Baltic sea?

In the train for a couple of hours, it suddenly stopped, followed by sounds of clanging metals. That’s where the work of the train finding its way into the ferry starts. I realized the coaches were entering a gigantic ferry one by one until the coach I was inside also got the chance to enter into the belly of the ferry. What a wonderful world? I asked myself.

In the ferry, we descended to the floors of the ferry, while the ferry rides us through the 45 minutes journey across the Baltic Sea. On my way to London, I have joined the ferry many times from Calais to Dover, which carries vehicles of all sizes as well, but ferries for loading train coaches are special.

It’s amazing to see rail lines weaving its way through the ferry for the train to enter across the Baltic Sea, and at the end of the ‘water’ -journey, the train transports passengers once again on land. It’s incredibly wonderful, beautiful and splendid thing I’ve ever seen.

Since the world is constantly changing through the periscope of technology, technology will continue to change our environments, electrical gadgets, medicine, transportation and our infrastructure, despite that many aren’t happy, because we are losing our jobs to machines.