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China's National Mahjong Team Loses To Japan

Mahjong, originated from China is considered a national game. The fact that China's national mahjony team lost the the fifth Open Mahjong Championship in France and finished in 37th place out of 51 teams came as a shock to the country. Worse, the individual title was claimed by a Japanese competitor. Nanfang.com translated an article from New Beijing Daily on the reasons behind China's defeat.

German Offensive Beated Argentinian Defense

On El mago del balón (The magician of the ball), Spanish journalist José Eduardo Carratalá analyzes the national teams that played the final match on 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, Germany and Argentina, where the European crew won, and compares how the German presented a mainly offensive team againt the defense of the South American team, who were finalists because they didn't receive any goals:

Alemania ha marcado 18 goles en 7 partidos (2,57 por encuentro). Suya es la mayor goleada del torneo (7-1 a Brasil en semifinales). También goleó a Portugal (4-0) en su debut. Ha marcado al menos un gol en todos sus partidos. [...]
[Los argentinos] llegaron a la final gracias precisamente al buen hacer de su portero y su defensa. De hecho, el único gol que ha recibido Romero desde la primera fase fue el de Götze en la final. Hasta ese tanto, el meta argentino llevaba 486 minutos sin recibir un gol.

Germany scored 18 goals in 7 matches (2,57 per game). They own the widest margin of the tournament (7-1 with Brazil in semifinals). They also defeated Portugal (4-0) on their debut. They have at least one goal scored in each of their matches. [...]
(Argentinian) made it all the way to the final match due to the good performance by their goalkeeper and their defense. In fact, the only goal Romero got since the group phase was the one by Götze on the final match. Until that goal, the Argentinian goalkeeper hadn't received a goal in 486 minutes.

Among the many records broken on this World Cup there is Miroslav Klose as the highest scorer in World Cups (16 goals) and the crew trained by Joachin Löw becoming the first European country to win in South America.

Follow José Eduardo for more information about sports on his blog and on Twitter.

This post was part of the eleventh #LunesDeBlogsGV (Monday of blogs on GV) on July 14, 2014.

A Plea to Pope Francis to Take Action Against African Dictators

Abdoulaye Bah, Global Voices contributor and author of the  Konakry Express blog has launched a petition to ask Pope Francis to take action against African dictators. Bah, who previously wrote about his admiration for some of the Pope's political stance, denounces the credit granted by the Papacy to five African leaders by officially receiving them at Vatican City. The petition asked for the same punishment for the dictators as what was recently bestowed on members of the Mafia when Pope Francis visited Calabria.

Your Holiness recently received President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, President Eduardo dos Santos of Angola, President Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea, President Paul Biya of Cameroon, and President Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of Congo. These five presidents broke world records for longevity in power. To do this, they have built oligarchies which pillage resources, kill innocents, rape women, torture opponents and defenders of human rights. These oligarchies also corrupt institutions, pervert their people wishes during rigged elections, and divide populations by sowing hate and provoking uprising..

The Irreplaceable Personal Student-Teacher Relationship

Under the section Educational Relationships on the blog No hay mejor maestra que la vida (There is no better teacher than life), Luis María Llena León shares his experience with his high school students in Spain. What follows is the conclusion after an exchange between one of the students and the waiter in the place where they met to celebrate the end of the academic year:

No puedo añadir mucho más a las enseñanzas de aquel amable camarero. La educación se basa en una relación interpersonal; cuando esa relación fluye con facilidad y generosidad, la educación es más sencilla y fructífera; cuando hay dificultad en la relación, la hay en la educación. Mantengo una buena relación de amistad con algunos de los que fueron mis educadores y la mantengo, también, con algunos de quienes han sido mis alumnos a lo largo de todos estos años; todas enriquecen mi vida.

I can't add much more to the teachings of that nice waiter. Education is based in an interpersonal relationship. When it flows easily and generously, education is simpler and productive. When the relationship is difficult, the education is difficult as well. I keep a good friendship with some of my educators and I also keep it with some of my students all along these years. They all enrich my life.

Follow him on Twitter at @luismariallena.

This post was part of the ninth #LunesDeBlogsGV (Monday of blogs on GV) on June 16, 2014.

Photography as Means of Switching Off from the Online World

Barcelona- based Andrea Collazo writes on Profesora de Informática (Computing teacher; es) a post about how to use a mobile phone to take pictures, while enjoying her vacation. You should pay attention to:

Resolución: para obtener las mejores fotos, asegúrate de que la cámara tenga señalado en sus opciones el tamaño mayor, es decir la mayor resolución. Las imágenes pesarán más y ocuparán más memoria pero así tendrás las fotos en la mejor resolución que tu Smartphone tenga.

Trata de no usar el flash: el flash hace que las fotos sean menos naturales y que los objetos y figuras aparezcan más planas.

Evita el Zoom: El zoom hace que tus imágenes se pixelen. Mejor acercarte o tomar la foto con la distancia real, luego podrás editar la foto y obtener lo que deseabas.

Busca un apoyo: para evitar que la fotografía salga borrosa por el movimiento, sobre todo si es un momento en que no hay mucha luz.
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Investiga los modos de la cámara: los modos de tu smartphone te ayudarán a sacar la mejor foto según la situación.

Resolution: to take better pictures, make sure the camera is set up on its bigger options, that is, the higher resolution. Images will occuy more memory, but you'll have the pictures with the best resolution your smartphone has.

Avoid the flash: it makes pictures look less natural and objects and images appear flatter.

Avoid the zoom: it makes your images pixeled. It's better if you get closer to take the picture o take it with the actual distance, then you will be able to edit the picture and get what you were looking for.

Get a foothold, as to prevent the picture to be blurry due to movement, especially if there is not much light at the time.
[..]
Find out the camera modes: your smartphone modes will help you making the best picture, according to the situation.

For updates with other recommendations from Collazo, look for her Twitter account.

This post was part of the ninth #LunesDeBlogsGV (Monday of blogs on GV) on June 30, 2014.

App Created by Global Voices Contributor Selected to be Developed Online

Lawyer, blogger, digital activist, dreamer and Global Voices Paraguayan Global Voices contributor Gabriela Galilea, was selected by Techpeaks program from European organization Trento Rise, a startup promoter, to develope her online game platform Mr. Patch:

[un] videojuego para tabletas, smartphones, televisores inteligentes y web (PC), que ejercita los músculos de los ojos encargados de realizar los movimientos. El objetivo es ayudar a las personas que tienen deficiencias en la visión.

(a) videogame for tablets, smartphones, smart TV and web (PC), that exercises the eye muscles in charge of the movements. The gola is to help people with impaired eyesight.

Gabriela has been receiving support on Twitter:

Did you know a Paraguayan lady has created a videogame that helps people with eyesight problems?

Gabriela Galilea represents Paraguay in Italy with her videogame for ophtalmology health.

The Demo Day will be held on July 18 in Trento, Italy, where Gabriela will present her app.

Instagram as a Marketing Tool

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Instagram is no longer a photo app with cute filters. Image by Jonathan Chen on flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

Online marketing consultant Elena Leukona runs the blog El Club del Marketing where she “(helps) every small business owners that don't have a marketing department so they may understand the fast world of Internet”. On the latest entry, she shares her expert opinion about Instagram, the visual social network with increasing popularity, and how small businesses can use it to enlarge their company:

Instagram no sólo puede ser útil para las grandes marcas, sino también para negocios locales que necesitan entrar en contacto con un determinado tipo de cliente al que no podrían acceder si no es a través de este tipo de medios sociales. Se trata de una herramienta muy visual que conecta a los usuarios con otros usuarios y con las marcas a través de imágenes y vídeos.

Instagram may not only be useful for big brands, but also for local businesses that may need to get in touch with a specific kind of client they could not be able to reach if not through this kind of social networks. This is a very visual tool that connects users with other users and with the brands through images and vídeos.

 
To be up to date with online marketing trends, follow Elena on her blog in Spanish and on Twitter.
 
This post was part of the tenth #LunesDeBlogsGV (Monday of blogs on GV) on July 7, 2014.

Recycling Fashion

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Thread made up of used T-shirts, one of many usar for old clothes. Image by lomurella on flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

This week, Rut Abraín from Esturirafi shares some wonderful ideas that would help our economy and reduce space in our closets, even help people in need, and the planet, by recycling our used clothes:

Durante años, he ido acumulando ropa que no usaba. La iba dejando en el montón de “ropa que no uso” y al final la acababa regalando o dejando en el fondo de un armario. Cuando fui a revisarla, me di cuenta que muchas de esas prendas estaban perfectamente y que sólo les había cogido manía, otras no me servían  y algunas estaban rotas o manchadas.

For years, I've been storing clothes I didn't use anymore. It accumulated on the pile of “clothes I don't use” that I ended up giving away or leaving at the bottom of the closet. When I checked it, I realized that many of them where in perfect shape and I just didn't like it, other were no more useful amd some had stains or holes.

According to her, the most effective ways of making the most out of it are: put it on containers for the needy, donate it or give it to a friend or relative that may want it, or remake it or use the fabric to make new things as bags or tableclothes.

To read more about conservation of the environment, you can follow Rut on her blog Esturirafi and Twitter.

This post was part of the tenth #LunesDeBlogsGV (Monday of blogs on GV) on July 7, 2014.

Packaging and Ecosystem

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Image from blog Esturirafi, used with permission.

Are you someone who cares about the packaging of the products you buy and use? Biologist Rut Abrain Sánchez does, and on her blog Esturirafi she shows six examples of ecological packaging of some products in Asia, Europe and North America. To understand the scope of this issue, Abrain quotes the definition of ecodesign:

El Ecodiseño, también conocido como Diseño para el Medio Ambiente, es una metodología que considera el medio ambiente como un criterio más a la hora de tomar decisiones en el proceso de diseño de productos industriales, adicionalmente a otros tradicionalmente se han tenido en cuenta (costes, calidad, …).

Ecodesign, also known as Design for Environment, is a method that considers environment as another guideline when making decisions in the process of designing industrial products, besides other traditionally taken into account (cost, quality…).

This means ecodesign considers the reduction of material, using biodegradable material and the reduction of emissions into the atmosphere.

To get updates about this, visit Rut Abrain Sánchez's website or follow her on Twitter at @esturirafi.

This post was part of the seventh #LunesDeBlogsGV (Monday of blogs on GV) on June 16, 2014.

If It's Still Useful, Don't Dump It!

On the blog Esturirafi [es], biologist Rut Abrain writes frequently about her environment-related thoughts and advise. This time [es], she blogs about the issue of obsolence and shares tips to fight against it:

Se llama obsolescencia a “la planificación o programación de la vida útil de un producto o servicio de modo que –tras un período calculado por el fabricante o la empresa– dicho producto se torne obsoleto e inútil”.

We know as obsolescence the “planning or programming of a product or service lifespan that –after a períod estimated by the manufacturer or the firm– that product becomes obsolete and useless.”

To reduce the pollution caused by obsolence, the main thing is to avoid consumerism, to keep on using your products that still work and to repair them instead of replacing them.

You can follow Rut on her blog and on Twitter.

This post was part of the ninth #LunesDeBlogsGV [Monday of blogs on GV] on June 30, 2014.

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