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25 Years After The Rwandan Genocide, Survivors Share Their Stories In Atlanta

25 years ago, in April of 1994, the country of Rwanda was embroiled in a genocide.  Led by the Hutu majority government, an estimated 800,000 members of the Tutsi ethnic group were murdered.  Listen Listening… Tharcisse Seminega, a professor at the National University of Rwanda and one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, wasn’t part of any political rebellion or […]

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25 years ago, in April of 1994, the country of Rwanda was embroiled in a genocide. 

Author Tharcisse Seminega shares the story of how he and his family escaped the 1994 Rwandan Genocide in his new book.
Author Tharcisse Seminega shares the story of how he and his family escaped the 1994 Rwandan Genocide in his new book.

Led by the Hutu majority government, an estimated 800,000 members of the Tutsi ethnic group were murdered. 

Listen Listening…

Tharcisse Seminega, a professor at the National University of Rwanda and one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, wasn’t part of any political rebellion or movement.  

Yet, he was still marked for death simply because he was Tutsi.

But just when death seemed certain, Seminega and his family were saved by other members of his faith who were Hutu, part of the majority group that was carrying out the genocide. 

Seminega writes about this harrowing time in his book, No Greater Love: How My Family Survived The Genocide in Rwanda.

He and other survivors will share their stories tonight at the National Center For Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.

 John K. Roth, Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College

“One could begin with acknowledging that genocide is never inevitable. It does not have to happen.  So, human choices—personal and institutional—are always at play. I think a key factor in “making the difference” is whether individuals take moral responsibility for one another.  This means not only helping those who are in dire straits but also holding each other to account as decisions are being made.  We have to be responsible for each other.  Only then can the best moral teachings gain the strength needed to resist the worst that human beings can do.

“The interface between religion and genocide is as complex as it is longstanding.  Religion can aid and abet genocide—it has done so and even provoked genocide—because religion is usually a factor in invidious us/them divisions.  The Holocaust, for example, could not have occurred without centuries of Christian hostility toward Jews and Judaism.  But religion is also, at least potentially, a source of opposition and resistance against genocidal tendencies.  Embedded in religion are ethical imperatives that ought to curb genocidal inclinations.  Indeed, where efforts to prevent and intervene against genocide take place, including rescue of targeted people, religious impulses are in the mix.  The challenge for religion is to eliminate the impulses that incline toward genocide and to accentuate and emphasize the qualities that make religion genocide-resistant.

“To start, I think a salutary aspect of the Jehovah’s Witnesses tradition is its refusal to put allegiance to a state ahead of allegiance to God.  By putting/keeping God first, the tradition also defends the preciousness of human life, which is created in God’s image and bears traces of the divine.  Where these priorities prevail, genocide cannot.”

James Jay Carney, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology, Creighton University (on sabbatical 2018-19), Visiting Professor, Uganda Martyrs University

“Churches throughout the world – and especially in Africa – work closely with the state, especially on social development projects. For example, Catholic groups like Caritas and Catholic Relief Services depend on public sector grants (in addition to church funding and private donor contributions) to do their extensive development work all over the world. This type of collaboration is not inherently bad; all Christians are not called to be Anabaptists (or Witnesses for that matter). But in Rwanda the church-state symbiosis seemed to cross a threshold. To cite just one well-known example, the Archbishop of Kigali, Mgr. Vincent Nsengiyumva, was for years on the central committee of the ruling MRND party. Ultimately the Church – especially but not exclusively the Catholic Church – was a junior partner to the state, dependent on the state for patronage, security, funding, and even pedestrian issues such as the approval of schools and hospitals. Ultimately, the Church wanted to be a “player” in Rwandan society, shaping the nation into a Christian civilization. This meant that it generally marched to the State’s tune. In turn, the ethnic and political divisions ran through the churches, preventing them from adopting a more prophetic, alternative voice against the state. (It should be noted that there were always individual Catholic voices and church groups – such as Bishop Thadeé Nsengiyumva of Kabgayi or Fr. André Sibomana and Kinyamateka newspaper – that did offer prophetic critique of the state. Sibomana ultimately paid for this witness with his life). 

“According to Prof. André Guichaoua’s excellent book, “From War to Genocide: Criminal Politics in Rwanda” (2015), the Catholic bishops tried to issue a statement on the radio during the first week of the genocide, but they were denied access. Individual bishops apparently spoke out, although the documentation is still scanty. Catholic and mainline Protestant leaders seemed divided on how to approach the interim government, but their instinct was still to “trust the authorities,” “work within the system,” and “defend the country” from invasion. I think many feared the repercussions from the military and Interahamwe if they spoke out too boldly. In turn, religious leaders were divided on what posed the greater threat – the genocide against the Tutsi, or the invasion of the RPF and the feared “subjugation of the Hutu” that was sure to follow. Many religious leaders bought fully into the notion that this was a “double genocide”; even the statements that were finally issued in May and June 1994 apportioned blame to both sides. There also seemed to be an apocalyptic mentality among many Christians and their leaders, fed in part by a misreading of the prophecies of “rivers of blood” associated with the Our Lady of Kibeho apparitions in the early 1980s. Ultimately, all the churches were rent/torn by ethnic and political divisions, including the hierarchies…this made it difficult for the churches to speak with any kind of collective voice. And of course, there were clergy and religious who supported the killings. 

“Jehovah’s Witnesses do not try to run the country. Even in the USA, many Witnesses refused to fight in World War II, and others refused later to recite the Pledge of Allegiance introduced in 1954. So there is a long tradition among the Witnesses of opposing state violence, abstaining from violence, and maintaining a tightknit community. In other words, they are formed in nonviolence long before the “final test” comes. In H. Richard Niebuhr’s classic typology, the Witnesses fit the “sect” type…they are a counter-cultural community of Christians gathered out of the world to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, often in opposition to the dominant society. Nonviolence is a central tenet of their community, and their numbers are small enough in Rwanda that the church can reinforce the witness of its members. Even if the Catholic Church was inclined to share this nonviolent, apolitical witness, it would be almost impossible to get 6 million Rwandans to march to the beat of the same drummer. When you are talking about 2,000 members, it is much easier to command loyalty and allegiance. It should be noted that the minority Muslim community was also notable for its general abstention from violence during the genocide.”


Culled from GBPNnews

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Should Trader Joe’s Enter The Online Grocery Delivery Business Why Or Why Not?

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The founders of the grocery store company that started it all in 1967 stand by the idea that they are dedicated to providing low prices. Customers love it because of the unusual and reasonably priced items it sells. It’s a retail giant, with locations in 43 different states from Alabama to Wisconsin. Products with the Trader Joe’s label are more prevalent than those with other brands, and they cover the gamut from the unusual and intriguing to the essential.

 

The fact that this restricted access exists is great news since it’s beneficial to workers. It’s possible that line of thinking still won’t have you ordering Trader Joe’s groceries online and having them delivered. To that end, I have compiled a list of the six most popular Trader Joe’s delivery alternatives brought to you straight to your door.

TaskRabbit

Is a platform that puts those who need assistance with mundane chores like delivery in touch with “taskers” who are able to complete the work for them. TaskRabbit customers can place their grocery orders at Trader Joe’s by following these steps:

 

-Access TaskRabbit via their official website.

-Tell them where to bring the items from Trader Joe’s and what you need them to bring.

-Pick the person you want to do the job. Someone called a “tasker” will run out and get the groceries and bring them to your home

-The provisions are on their way, thanks to Tasker.

-Use TaskRabbit for payment and feedback

Craigslist

Is a well-known website that provides classified advertising on the internet and allows users to buy and sell products online. Since you will be dealing directly with the vendor, Craigslist is merely acting as a go-between for you. On Craigslist, you can look for Trader Joe’s groceries by following these steps:

 

-Visit Craigslist and enter your zip code.

-Check out the “Sale” tab.

-Make a selection.

-Choose what you want by clicking on it.

-Review the information, then hit the “Reply” button to send an email to Trader Joe’s.

-The seller will then let you know when and where to meet up to complete the transaction.

 

Dumpling Grocery

Is a shopping and delivery app that lets users choose the store they wish to do their shopping at, and then delivers the things to their doorstep. This is in contrast to the majority of delivery apps, which give the Amazonbusiness no choice but to sign up with the respective delivery app. In order to shop at Trader Joe’s and take advantage of Dumpling’s delivery option:

 

-Check out Dumpling’s “Shopping” tab on the app.

-Trader Joe’s and other local retailers will appear once you enter your zip code.

-Make use of the app’s in-built live chat function to ask inquiries and voice your opinions.

-Make a purchase

-On-time shipping

Amazon

Is a massive corporation that sells a wide variety of products, including food. You may order Trader Joe’s products through Amazon’s online grocery store. You can place an Amazon order for Trader Joe’s products by doing the following:

 

-Make sure you have an Amazon account, or if you already have one, sign in here.

-To access the “Groceries” area, navigate to the “Departments” section.

-You should look for the Trader Joe’s products that you desire, then click on each one individually.

-Examine the products and add them to your shopping cart.

-Proceed with the purchase by inputting your shipping address.

-Pick a mode of payment to continue.

-Place your order

Conclusion

Famous for its low prices and unusual selection, Trader Joe’s is a go-to supermarket for many. Trader Joe’s doesn’t offer its own delivery service, but you can have your groceries delivered by a third-party provider. If you’ve been putting off a Trader Joe’s order because of the store’s “no delivery” policy, you can stop worrying about it now. Trader Joe’s now has a grocery delivery service so you can get your goods delivered to your door.


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A Short Guide to Orlando International Airport

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Orlando International Airport MCO is famous for being one of the busiest airports in the United States of America and even the whole globe. Being the tenth busiest airport in the world, it served 4,769,6627 passengers in 2018. Almost a thousand flights a day, the airport serves as the primary international gateway for the central Florida region. There is a connection to 135 different cities in the United States and beyond that are serviced by this airport. United Airlines, the largest airline in the United States and the globe, is maintained at MCO, which encompasses 5,383 hectares and is one of the largest commercial airports in the United States by area.

Brief terminal guide

The main terminal building at Orlando International Airport is part of the airport’s hub plan, which also includes four lateral aero sides with a total of more than a hundred gates and is connected to the main terminal building with elevated human-engine lines. Terminals maps Orlando Airport MCO (https://mco-airport.com/terminals-maps-orlando-airport/) are available in open access, and we do recommend using them, as the structure of the airport is quite complicated for the first-time user.

Shortly, on the two opposite sides, northern and southern, you can find respectively Terminal A and Terminal B. They form the whole structure of the airport and are the two main terminals of the Orlando International Airport

You can also find two security checkpoints in the Western (Terminals 1 and 3) and Eastern (Terminals 2 and 3) wings of the airport. Check-in and baggage check-in areas are located in both terminals. Passengers at MCO, unlike those at Tampa’s comparable airport system, must go through security checks before boarding man-powered transport to the aero sides.

To improve passengers’ experience, there is a hotel of Hyatt Regency company located just within the airport’s main terminal. The lobby is on the fourth floor, higher are guest rooms which are accessible from the terminal side of the East Atrium. Also, there is a restaurant on the upper level of the terminal building with views of the airport and runways, as well as conference rooms, many bars, and two restaurants for passengers waiting for their flights.

Passenger Recommendations

Due to the fact, that the Orlando International Airport MCO is a huge establishment, the team has developed a special application for the passengers. It is called «Orlando MCO Airport» and you can easily find it among Android Apps on Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wOrlandoInternationalAirportcodeMCO_15976437) and download it for free. This app is a perfect way to benefit users’ experience not only with using the airport but also using an app.

No matter what struggles you face when arriving at the terminal — flight times and gates, delays, location of gates and terminals, an interactive map, which guides your path throughout your experience at the airport, shops and cafes, etc.

The app’s access to a wealth of web resources means that users may quickly find answers to their pressing travel questions and problems. The designers’ ultimate goal is to deliver lightning-fast assistance to every user in a time of need. Acquiring the Orlando MCO Airport app is all about providing superior support with an innovative digital infrastructure.

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Africans will do better if we trade in our own currencies

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The C.E.O of Waya Money, a mobile and web app providing payment solutions to businesses in Africa has challenged business owners to move away from trading with the dollar to using their own local currencies. (more…)

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KINTAMPO WATERFALLS: “The Ultimate Come Back Kid”

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Bad days are only temporary indeed. The Kintampo waterfalls have taught the world to trust in destiny and that nothing is permanent. Things change, and it’s never a bad thing. After going through fire, waterfalls sprouted green once again; reminding us that nature is resilient and can bounce back from anything.

Watching the Kintampo Waterfalls struggle with its own identity has been painful. In early 2017, the waterfall was declared unsafe for visitors, due to a major accident that led to the death of some students who were on tour. The message sent out was clear: no one should visit this place again until it is safe enough for people to return without any risk to their safety or well- being.

It was a chance to rekindle the flame of the once-burning Kintampo Waterfalls, so the site’s management created a canopy walkway as a companion attraction to the waterfalls, which were already popular. The location has been rebranded and is now the only waterfall in Ghana with a canopy walkway thanks to this fantastic innovation.
The Canopy Walkway offers a novel experience that includes giving visitors a bird’s-eye perspective of the surrounding area as well as an exhilarating sense of adventure.

The location is spacious enough for tourists /visitors or campers who want to spend the night there, and safety and security is guaranteed. One can visit Kintampo Waterfalls any day between the hours of 7:30 am and 5:30 pm as the park permits walk-up visitors. The tour guides at Kintampo Waterfalls feel that you are the perfect accompaniment, thus they provide extremely informative, calming, and educational interpretations. The majority of visitors have attested to this, giving them a reason to visit the location again.

How to get there?

The Kintampo Waterfalls is located in the Bono-East Region in Ghana, Along the Kintampo- Tamale highway, on the fringes of Kintampo, are the waterfalls, which are about 50 meters apart.
The closest airport is the newly opened Sunyani Airport, which is about a 120minute drive from the waterfalls. If you are coming from Accra, it will take about 3 hours. In case you are in a hurry and don’t want to take the scenic route, you can take the highway. The Kintampo waterfalls are easily accessible by road, and the road is in great shape.

Final words
The Kintampo Waterfalls have shown us that anything is possible. The waterfalls have bounced back and now they are bigger and better than ever before! The waterfalls are a must-see for anyone who visits the Bono-East region. The waterfalls are a beautiful sight to see, and they are also very important because they provide a source of clean water for the surrounding areas. For both plant and animal species, Kintampo Waterfalls offers a hospitable ecology. The site’s abundant vegetation is a significant factor in the ongoing effort to mitigate climate change. The Kintampo Waterfalls is an important tourist destination in Ghana that should be preserved and protected to allow people to enjoy the natural wonder for many years to come. These waterfalls are truly worthy of their title as “ultimate comeback kid”.

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How to Find a Reliable Car Mechanic

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It’s hard to know who to trust when it comes to a professional mechanic, especially if you don’t know much about cars. You’re often left wondering if you needed all those repairs the mechanic insisted on. That’s why it’s a good idea to start searching for a reliable car mechanic before you require anything done on your vehicle. You don’t usually have the time or luxury to make a calculated decision when your vehicle breaks down. The following article will provide helpful tips on finding a good mechanic, one you can entirely depend on.

Online Reviews

Please do your due diligence when it comes to researching online. Reviews by other people can help you make an informed decision. The best place to start your investigation into a reliable mechanic is at a search engine like Google. Remember, the first result may not be superior; it might be popular at that moment.

You will need to wade through good and bad reviews. Don’t be alarmed by less-than-stellar ones; you should avoid that mechanic and their shop if the negative reviews outweigh the positive ones. You can check out places like social media platforms, Better Business Bureau, and other review websites like Yelp if you still need more online opinions.

Word of Mouth

If you want an opinion on local mechanics, asking family members, co-workers, and friends for input can be beneficial. With any prosperous enterprise, mechanics rely on happy customers for repeat business. People in your life can give you recommendations based on their experience and at a place close to where you live (which is convenient). An outstanding reputation takes time. A new mechanic in the area doesn’t always have a strong presence yet, but it doesn’t mean they provide lousy service. Based on other criteria, it would be up to you if you wanted to try them out.

Have a Conversation with the Mechanic

Auto mechanics who genuinely care won’t mind taking the time to speak to you about your questions and concerns. You are a potential new customer; they will want your business, so make the trip out or place a simple phone call to alleviate your qualms. If you don’t get a good feeling about the shop or mechanic, that they don’t have the time for you, go elsewhere with your car. You want someone you can form a trust bond with over the long run.

It would be best if you started by asking them about their qualifications. Many mechanics aren’t always required to be licensed (depending on location). Still, it’s compulsory to (at least) have work experience, an apprenticeship, pass an examination, or have some education for the job. Make sure that they’re capable of working on your car. Some mechanics only deal with typical vehicles. A car with a European motor or a diesel one requires different parts and attention than the average car. If a mechanic deals with specialty vehicles regularly, they will have special knowledge, equipment, and credentials.

Pricing and Estimates

Verify the pricing for repairs and maintenance of your car with the mechanic you are interested in. They should be on par with other auto shops and mechanics. If they are overcharging, that doesn’t mean they will give you superior service. They are charging you outrageous prices, so you need to walk away. The same goes if their prices are too good to be true. It’s suspicious for a garage to have meager prices compared to other repair shops.

As a customer, it’s your prerogative to get an estimate of the repair or services involved in your vehicle before the mechanic moves ahead to work on it. You don’t have to accept the assessment. It’s a great idea to look up your rights regarding mechanics online. The more knowledge you have, the better equipped you will be to handle yourself. Getting the mechanic to give you an estimate also allows you to see how they work. Are they being truthful, communicating well, and being forthcoming? Are you getting along with the mechanic and staff? If dealing with this produces any “red flags,” you can reject the offer and move forward with a different shop or mechanic that is adequate for your wants and needs.

Exceptional Customer Service

Some auto shops might not be fancy or have a receptionist, but good customer service is more than that. A mechanic thrives on customer loyalty. They want their clients to trust them with their vehicles and come back again and again for maintenance and repairs. An impersonal mechanic and dealing with you like you are just something to check off on his list of things to do, doesn’t make you feel very appreciated. Yes, they provide an essential service, but you want to feel good about what you pay for.

In an overcrowded industry like automotive repair, you need to stick out from the masses. Some mechanics provide convenient early morning and late evening options for their clients because they have installed night key drop-off boxes outside their auto repair shop. They are secure, locking steel boxes where customers can drop off their car keys in an envelope before or after business hours. This service helps customers who work standard business hours and cannot drop off their car during that time. Night drop boxes and envelopes can be purchased from MBR Marketing at: https://mbrmarketing.com/service-department/night-drop-boxes-and-envelopes.

In the End 

The final words of advice would be to trust your intuition. If something doesn’t feel right about a mechanic or their shop, you aren’t forced to drop your car off there. A great business knows that providing fantastic customer service makes clients feel respected and valued. Not only will you trust your vehicle with your mechanic, but you’re also apt to recommend their business to others.

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All The Sports Betting You Can Do in OKBet

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People bet on sports for decades now. The legalities can be up in the air but there are always people betting on which NBA team is going to clutch the championship title this year, and then next year, and so on. Plus, there are a ton of sports and events for people to bet on. That being said, OKBet has a section where people can place bets exclusively only on sports. If you don’t feel like playing casino games, then place your bets on the sporting events. Even if you’re not knowledgeable when it comes to sports, you can place bets not knowing if it’s right or now.

What are the sports that you can bet on OKBet?

They’ve provided a list of sports ranging from basketball to soccer, football (American), baseball, hockey, tennis, and golf. There are even racing events such as motorsports and even horse racing. Plus, MMA is also a part of their things that you can bet on when it comes to sports. The games you can bet on can be made available if you plan on betting. Popular sports organizations are always included like the NBA and more. Just browse through what they have to offer.

The specific bets for sports games

  1. Moneyline Bet

The Moneyline bet is simply which team or player wins the match if the latter isn’t a team-oriented sport. This one is very straightforward because you just have to choose which team or person wins the game. There are no complications and calculations to it. If your picks win, then you win as well.

  1. Spread Bet

This is a bit more complicated but to make it easy, you’re betting on the points of the team you are betting on. Let’s say you bet on Team A which is the favorite to win. This means that Team A has to win the game with a specific point advantage. To further the example, let’s say the spread is a plus and minus 7. Basically, Team A has to win the game with a point lead beyond 7 points. If they are unable to do so, regardless if they win, you still lose. If you bet on Team B which is the least favorite to win, they need to have a point gap of fewer than 7 points. Even if Team B loses, if they only lose by 5 points, you still win. If Team B wins the game, then that’s an automatic win for those that bet on them. A tie (in case there are no overtimes) means that all bettors will lose and not gain anything.

  1. Parlay Bet

Parlay bets are combining a multitude of bets. Let’s say you bet on three teams to win their games. If you combine all three of them, they all have to win their games. If one team loses, then, the entire parlay bet loses. It’s a riskier type of bet but the reward can be bigger.

  1. Totals Bet

This one is a bit trickier since it involves chances, odds, and a little math. Basically, you’re betting on the score of the teams if it is over or under the determined amount.

  1. Props Bet

A props bet revolves around a team or player that people can bet on. The performance will vary and the bets can change so just make sure to check more on this on OKBet.

Gamble on sports in OKBet now

If you love sports and gambling, then try betting on these events today. Armed with your knowledge of sports, you can go for any of the said methods of betting in OKBet and take advantage.

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