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|LAUSANNE Women's Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Pink White UK , Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach presented former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan with the Olympic Order in Gold on Thursday.
Annan had been awarded the Olympic Order in 2007, but due to his busy schedule, he was unable to attend an award ceremony until Thursday when he paid an official visit to the IOC headquarters here.
"The Olympic spirit is something that has been with me for a long time," Annan said during the presentation.
"Sport is a great education. Some of the things I learnt that took me through life, through the Secretary-Generalship Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Pirate Black UK , I picked up in the sports field, where you learn to play in a team, where you learn to respect rules, where you learn not only to play in a team but to allow for individual brilliance."
Bach thanked Annan for his "many years of service to sport and for championing the unifying power of sport through the Kofi Annan Foundation," which seeks to mobilize political will to overcome threats to peace nike vapormax womens uk , development and human rights.
Annan was the seventh UN Secretary-General and served from 1997 to 2006 and attended many editions of the Olympic Games.
He was a staunch supporter of sport-related initiatives and projects, among others the proclamation of the International Year of Sport and Education in 2005 and the appointment of the first Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace.
HARARE, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe's biggest mobile phone operator Econet Wireless and MasterCard have jointly launched an international debit card that will assist in reducing cash dependence and increase financial inclusion in the country.
Econet chief executive officer Douglas Mboweni said Friday that the adoption of electronic payments is critical to Zimbabwe's economic development as the economy will benefit from reduced dependency on cash and increase involvement of financial institutions.
Econet said the partnership will result in more than 3 million MasterCard debit cards being issued to EcoCash's customers in the next five years. EcoCash, an Econet's mobile money service launched in 2011, boasts of 3.5 million customers.
In a country with a 13 million population nike air vapormax mens , Econet has 9 million subscribers, leaving the second and third telecom firms Telecel and state-owned NetOne far behind.
"We do not expect anyone to still be using paper money in a year's time. It will be just like Europe or America, where you no longer see people carrying bundles of cash," said Mboweni.
The introduction of the international debit card marks the first time of its use in mobile money services in Africa.
Customers obtaining an EcoCash MasterCard debit card will be able to withdraw money from MasterCard-licensed automated-teller machines and pay for goods and services at all merchants that accept MasterCard payment cards both in and out of Zimbabwe.
A MasterCard official said the debit card was an innovative payment product that will address Zimbabwe's market realities, particularly by acknowledging the impact mobile money has on the economy.
"The EcoCash MasterCard debit card is a milestone towards realizing MasterCard's vision of a cashless society nike air vapormax flyknit uk ," said Charlton Goredema, MasterCard's vice president and area business head for southern Africa.
He said the card will enable EcoCash customers to benefit from MasterCard's global payments network as well as assist Zimbabwe to integrate its economy with others in the world.
The launch of the card comes just about two weeks after the country's second largest mobile operator Telecel introduced its own mobile money transfer debit card for use only in the country.
Econet said it had invested in more than 5,000 point-of-sale ( POS) devices across the country.
It also plans to double to 10,000 the number of POS terminals over the next few months to its network of more than 13,000 EcoCash agents.
More parties have been implicated up and down China's fast food supply chain in a food safety scandal involving a US food processor nike vapormax uk , with an investigation into the scandal set to expand nationwide.
The China Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it will launch a "thorough" probe into the scandal after Shanghai Husi Food Co, an affiliate of the Illinois-based food processing conglomerate OSI Group, came under investigation for selling expired meat to fast food giants in China, including McDonald's and KFC.
The administration also announced that it had required local authorities in Hebei, Shandong nike air max 2018 uk , Henan, Guangdong and Yunnan provinces to begin investigation of all facilities invested in by OSI Group. It also vowed to scrutinize meat sources and the process of food production in these factories.
Over 5,000 boxes of meat products from the company have been found to be illegally produced, while some 100 tons of products have been sealed by Tuesday, according to the Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration. Nine companies adidas ultra boost uncaged uk , including Papa John's and 7-Eleven convenience stores, have been implicated.
According to a Monday report by Shanghai-based Dragon TV, many tons of expired meat were used in the company's products, with some more than eight months past their expiration date, while workers from the company lied to inspectors from McDonald's.
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