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Lechou prayed to the Gods to bring peace

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ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece, April 20 (Xinhua) -- The rehearsal of the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame which will be burning for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics was held on Wednesday at ancient Olympia in western Greece, the birthplace of the Games.

Under clear skies, using the rays of the sun, Greek actress Katerina Lechou playing the role of an ancient High Priestess lit the torch out of a parabolic mirror in front of the ruins of the 2,500 old temple dedicated to Hera, a goddess of Ancient Greek mythology.

Accompanied by four dozens of young female and male dancers dressed in light blue and green robes playing the roles of priestesses, goddesses and male youths, Lechou prayed to the Gods to bring peace to the world and help Rio host successful Games.

Under the warm applause of hundreds of local schoolchildren and tourists who watched the rehearsal the flame was then carried inside a replica of an urn to the ancient stadium which hosted the first Olympics in antiquity.

The ritual ceremony ended with the High Priestess handing over to the first torchbearer the torch with the flame and a fresh olive branch cut off by a young boy.

Greek gymnastics world champion Lefteris Petrounias started the rehearsal relay after another female dancer released a pigeon to spread the Olympic ideals of friendship and peace to the world.

This year as Greece, Europe and the world are witnessing the worst refugee crisis after the WWII, the Hellenic Olympic Committee took the initiative to include a Syrian refugee among the torchbearers who will carry the flame in Athens.

The official lighting ceremony will be held on April 21 launching a torch relay across Greece before the Greek organizers will pass the flame to the 2016 Olympic host in a handover ceremony at the Panathinaic Stadium in Athens on April 27.

The second leg of the relay will end in August at the Maracana stadium.

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WELLINGTON, June 29 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand engineers will be legally obliged to report building faults following the collapse of a building that killed 115 people -- most of them young students from Asia -- in the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith on Wednesday tabled in Parliament a strengthened code of conduct for engineers requiring them to inform regulatory authorities of serious deficiencies in buildings or structures.

The changes, which take effect from July 1, also require engineers to inform authorities if they believe other engineers have violated the code.

"The tragedy of the CTV building, which claimed the lives of 115 people when it collapsed, is that engineers had identified flaws in its design. This was many years earlier during a pre-purchase check, but this information was not passed on to regulatory authorities," Smith said in a statement.

"The code will make plain that this obligation overrides any commercial contract or confidentiality agreement with a client. This change is an important step in improving New Zealand's engineering systems and safety in managing complex risks, such as earthquakes."

The New Zealand Police are still investigating the collapse of the CTV building.

A report by the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission of Inquiry detailed how the six-storey building, which was designed in 1986 and completed around 1988, had a "design that was deficient in a number of important respects" and should never have been issued with a construction permit because it failed to comply with building regulations.

The commission also found the building was never properly structurally assessed after being damaged in strong earthquakes on Sept. 4 and Dec. 26, 2010, despite being inspected by three building officials.

Most of the 185 people killed in the 6.3-magnitude quake of February 2011 died in the building when it collapsed and caught fire.

The CTV victims included 64 Asian students studying at an English language school: 17 students from the Chinese mainland, 28 from Japan, 10 from the Philippines, six from Thailand, two from the Republic of Korea, and one from China's Taiwan.

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