Sikhs wear turban to celebrate Canada

Four Canadian athletes who are Sikhs are wearing their turbans to celebrate the diversity and tolerance of Canada. They don’t wear them at home—but they could and no one would blink at it.

…after listening to Canadian field hockey player Ravi Kahlon’s eloquent explanation, you at least understand the reasoning why he and three fellow Indo-Canadian players will wear turbans when marching into the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Games on Friday….

A turban is a Sikh religious symbol and in no way an Indian national symbol. Kahlon said as a Canadian he would never wear any symbol of Indian nationhood during the Olympics or at any international competition.

“We’re a country of immigrants and this is a celebration of Canada and the fact that in our country, you can be anything you want to be… My dad had to cut his beard and lose his turban to get a job when he came to Canada (in 1970),” said Kahlon. “Now we can choose to wear a turban or not and it doesn’t affect anybody making a living. Now we can celebrate that evolution of our country. During the opening ceremonies, I want people to think about Canadians coming in all kinds of packages, and yet we’re all still Canadians.”

Pictures from Sikh Chic.

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Do wikis need usability engineering?

TechRepublic has this article:

A wiki is a medium which can be edited by anyone with access to it, and provides an easy method for linking from one page to another. Wikis are typically collaborative websites, though there are now also single-user offline implementations.

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Nagasaki

It’s that time of year again. The anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, with their horrific toll of civilian deaths, devastating burns, and lingering radiation sickness, are upon us again.

A burned victim of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima

A burned victim of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima, fourteen years old

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Red-crowned cranes in China

Over the last fifty years, half of the wetlands along the eastern coast of China have been destroyed for human purposes. It’s a major habitat and migration route for the endangered red-crowned cranes. They can still be seen in Xianghai National Nature Reserve.

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