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  • Pastor who forced congregation to eat live snakes to prove their faith is arrested

     

    Horrific photos posted on Facebook show people kneeling while 'prophet' Penuel Mnguni shoves lives snakes into their mouths

    Prophet Penuel Mnguni of End Times Disciples Ministries who forced congregation to eat live snakes to prove their faith is arrested

     A priest who forced his congregation to eat live snakes to test their faith has been arrested.

    Photos were posted on Facebook showing Penuel Mnguni, who calls himself a prophet, dropping snakes into the mouths of people who had come to listen to him.

    He even claimed that under his order God had turned the snakes into chocolate.

    The photo caption read: "Those with small faith eats only vegetables but the ones with a great faith eats everything.

    "During service Man of God commanded a snake to change into a chocolate and it obeyed.

     Bizarre: The priest claimed he was able to change the snakes into chocolate

    "People ate it and enjoyed it.

    "To God Be The Glory!"

    Along with photos of people eating the snakes there are some of people crouched double seemingly in agony, and others of people being sick.

    Mnguni, whose church meets in Soshanguve, in Pretoria, South Africa, was arrested after the Society for Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals opened a case against him.

    SPCA inspector Mishack Matlou said: "We are conducting a preliminary inquiry with an intention of opening a criminal case against him.

     

     Prophet Penuel Mnguni of End Times Disciples Ministries who forced congregation to eat live snakes to prove their faith is arrested

    Shocking: The controversial priest has now been arrested on animal cruelty charges

     "What we saw in the pictures is cruel.

    "Imagine being eaten alive!

    "This has to stop.

    “He (the pastor) has now been charged with animal cruelty and will appear in court on Monday."

    But Mnguni defended his actions and was reported to say: "I don't keep reptiles in my house or church.

    Prophet Penuel Mnguni of End Times Disciples Ministries who forced congregation to eat live snakes to prove their faith is arrested

    Controversy: The church is often making headlines for its shocking practices

     "I catch them when I need them.

    "God gave me the power to turn them into chocolate."

    It is not the first time that Mnguni has shown controversial practices.

    Earlier this year he posted photos of worshippers stripping their clothes off and lying down in front of Mnguni who then trod on them.

    Mnguni apparently told those gathered: "God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden with no clothes on, and because they had faith in the Lord, they didn't even know they were undressed".

    Source: mirror 

     

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  • Saudi arrests hundreds of suspected members of ISIS Interior ministry says

      

    Senior Interior Ministry official Bassam Attiyah said the suspects belong to several "cluster cells" operating inside the country [Al Jazeera]

    Saudi Arabia has arrested 431 people suspected of belonging to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) cells, and thwarted attacks on mosques, security forces and a diplomatic mission, the interior ministry has said.

    "The number arrested to date is 431, most of them citizens, in addition to participants from other nationalities. Six successive suicide operations, which targeted mosques in the Eastern province on every Friday timed with assassinations of security men were thwarted," the statement posted on Saturday on the official news agency SPA said.

     "Terrorist plots to target a diplomatic mission, security and government facilities in Sharurah province and the assassination of security men were thwarted," it said.

     

    Senior Interior Ministry official Bassam Attiyah said the suspects belong to several "cluster cells" who were operating separately from each other.

     

    "They are aiming to spread terrorism in Saudi Arabia, and they wish to create chaos and rift in the country."

     Attiyah also said that the suspects used social media to operate.  

     The arrests were reportedly made over several weeks, Al Jazeera has learned. 

    Saudi Arabia has taken several steps to stop its citizens joining fighters in Syria or Iraq, with the country's highest religious authority condeming the armed group as "apostates" and labelling them the "number one enemy of Islam".

    ISIL, which according to reports has recruited thousands of foreign fighters, still controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, where it has been accused of committing mass atrocities against civilians and minority groups.

    Saudi nationals have been blamed for several suicide attacks within the country and abroad in recent months. 

    The main suspect in the deadly suicide bombing attack at a mosque in Kuwait was identified as a Saudi national.

    Source: Al Jazeera and agencies

     

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  • Pastor Mnguni makes congregation eat snakes

     

    A South African church leader has, yet again, created social media hype after he allegedly commanded his followers to eat snakes, rocks and clothes which claimed to have commanded to taste like chocolate

    Prophet Penuel Mnguni feeds a congregants a serpentine morsel. Photo: End Times Disciples Ministries/Facebook

    Prophet Penuel Mnguni feeds a congregants a serpentine morsel. Photo: End Times Disciples Ministries/Facebook

     Prophet Penuel Mnguni (24), the leader of End Times Disciples Ministries church is under attack once again after his church’s Facebook page posted pictures of his latest “miracle demonstrations”.

    One of the latest posts on the End Times Disciples Ministries’ Facebook page shows pictures of the pastor holding a snake which he allegedly declared to turn into a bar of chocolate, which he later gave to his congregation to eat, telling them that he had the authority to change everything into anything and that even the snack must obey to his command because of his authority. The congregants could be seen on some of the pictures feasting on the serpent which they said tasted like a chocolate chomp. He further helped some of the congregants, a man and a woman, to open their mouths in anticipation of the snake.

    Before turning the snake into a chocolate the 24 yr old prophet also took a rock and commanded it to turn into bread. The young pastor’s unconventional miracles have left various people on the social networks  shocked whilst others aired their utter disgust on what the “Prophet” is doing to the people and to the name of God.

    Some of the Facebook posts showed that a number of people still did not believe that the demonstrations were from God for instance a post by one Thomson Immortality Guzha read “My biggest question is, where did this man of God get all these snakes? Where in the scriptures have ever seen Jesus doing this nonsense. When people were hungry Jesus multiplied bread, not this thing of snake choping. This is not CHOCOLATES, these aSee More”  

    This questionable man of the cloth reportedly groomed by another debatable minister, Prophet Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Ministries, who made headlines a few years ago for making hiscongregation eat grass, is not new to controversy. He has made his fair share of questionable headlines for his ambiguous miracle demonstrations which are recorded on the church’s Facebook Page.

    Listed below are some of the “miracle demonstrations” he performed, listed under the hashtag ‪#‎Demonstration.

    • ‬Man of God declared a snake to become a chocolate (Chomp) and the congregation ate it. We have authority to change everything into anything and it will obey because of our authority.
    • The man of God prayed for a cloth and called the congregation to come and eat. The congregation came and ate and said it tasted like chocolate.
    • The man of God called a guy called Thabiso and by the power of God he commanded him to turn into a horse and indeed it happened. The man of God then rode on it.
    • The man of God Prophet Penuel called the congregation and commanded them to sleep andafter he stepped on top of them. After he woke them up and asked them if they felt any pain. Those who were sleeping responded and said they felt nothing, the is no pain in them. Genesis 2: 21 This can only happen by the power of God.

    Earlier this year this year the  controversial Pastor was embroiled in a similar controversy where he made his congregants strip before walking on top of them and also jumped on a female congregant while the rest of the church continued to sing and dance.

     

     

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  • IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE MONACO: GENZEBE FEELS A WORLD RECORD IS POSSIBLE

     

    …..  Genzebe Dibaba is another athlete who feels capable of breaking a world record.

    The Ethiopian has set numerous world records indoors, but now she wants to do the same outdoors. She came close to the 5000m mark in Paris, clocking 14:15.41. And after running an African record of 3:54.11 in Barcelona, she feels she can get closer to the world 1500m record of 3:50.46 on Friday in Monaco.

    “Last week I ran 3:54 and it felt comfortable,” said the two-time world indoor champion. “Tomorrow I’m looking to run faster. I don’t know how much faster, but I’m going to go for it.

    “I was very happy but I wasn’t surprised,” she added of her performance in Barcelona. “My coach knew that I was ready to run that fast.

    “This year we’ve changed things and have done more intense training for the outdoor season. Now I think I can run faster outdoors than I previously thought I was capable of.

    “I have totally changed my training. I already have natural speed which I don’t need to work on, so in training I’ve been working more on my endurance. I wanted to train more for the outdoor season than the indoor season.”

    Dibaba is now undefeated this year and will head to the World Championships in Beijing as a gold medal favourite in whichever event she decides to contest. She may even double up.

    “I haven’t yet made a final decision about whether to double up in Beijing,” she said. “I’ll speak to my coach after the race tomorrow and then we’ll decide what to do. If I had to pick one event, I would focus on the 5000m. My preparation has been geared more for that event, so physically and mentally I’m ready to run that event.”

    Read more at: IAAF.org

     

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  • Ethiopia releases journalists and bloggers ahead of Obama visit

     

     

    Ethiopia releases journalists and bloggers ahead of Obama visit

    Five writers from media and the Zone 9 blog have security related charges dropped, but critics say there are still at least 12 others behind bars

    Charges against five bloggers and journalists held in Ethiopia for more than a year have been dropped, weeks before Barack Obama’s planned visit to the country.

    Five others also arrested in April 2014 remain in jail, accused of planning terrorist attacks and collaborating with the US-based opposition group Ginbot 7, labelled a terrorist organisation by Ethiopia.

    “The release of these five journalists is a welcome turn of events in Ethiopia, where the number of journalists in prison has steadily increased in recent years,” said Tom Rhodes, east Africa representative at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

     “We call on authorities to release the remaining Zone 9 bloggers and all the journalists in jail for their work, and to drop all charges against them,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

    The CPJ said that at least 12 other journalists were still incarcerated, most of them facing terrorism charges, making Ethiopia the second-worst jailer of journalists inAfrica, after its neighbour Eritrea.

    Ethiopia is an ally of the west in the fight against Islamist extremism in east Africa, receiving millions of dollars in foreign aid, but has a dire record when it comes to human rights and press freedom.

    In elections in May, the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front coalition, in power since the end of a civil war in 1991, and its allies won every seat in parliament.

    Obama is due to visit Ethiopia later this month as part of an Africa tour that includes a trip to Kenya, where his father was born. In Ethiopia, Obama is expected to meet the prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, and address the African Union at its Addis Ababa headquarters.

    In the unexpected move on Wednesday, state prosecutors dropped all charges against journalists Asmamaw Hailegiorgis, Edom Kassaye and Tesfalem Waldyes, and bloggers Mahlet Fantahun and Zelalem Kibret.

    Four other members of Zone 9, a blogging collective, remain in prison while one other was charged in absentia. The Zone 9 website, proclaiming “we blog because we care”, features mostly social and political commentary, often critical of the government.

    Source: .theguardian 

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  • DailyMail International news

    Laugh out loud: UK schoolgirl jihadi's sick reaction to the Tunisian massacre in a series of extraordinary online messages with undercover MOS reporter

    Amira Abase, 16, wrote that she was laughing out loud – ‘Lol’ in text language – as Britain mourned the 30 citizens murdered on the Sousse beach.

    The sickening remark came in an extraordinary series of exchanges with an undercover Mail on Sunday reporter, who Abase believed to be another British teenager planning to run away to join barbaric IS. Abase encouraged her to make the dangerous trip to marry a frontline jihadi fighter.

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    Jihadi schoolgirl: Amira Abase, 16, vanished from her East London home to join IS in February of this year

     

     

     

    Their online conversation reveals for the first time the full extent of the indoctrination to which Abase has been subjected since she and two school friends vanished from their East London homes to join IS in February. 

    The messages make clear that she now has an active role as a recruiter and ‘mentor’, planting the seeds of jihad in impressionable teenage minds.

    In the exchange she reveals:

    • Detailed advice and information about how the ‘recruit’ could fool her parents and sneak out of Britain and into Syria via Turkey.

    • A stark portrayal of the isolated and subservient lifestyle the female recruits face when they arrive in IS-controlled areas.

    • How she has already lined up a prospective husband for the young girl – but as the jihadi’s SECOND wife.

    • That she misses her family and life in England but claims ‘Allah replaces all that with something better’.

    In the most shocking messages, sent on Friday night, Abase is asked if she had heard about the Tunisian killings. She replies ‘Yhh I have, trusst [me] man’ – but said she hadn’t seen the pictures of the gunman.

    Of the 30 British victims, she says, as if in awe, ‘Wow, damn thats a lot.’

     

    Sick reaction: Amira Abase wrote that she was laughing out loud  as Britain mourned the 30 citizens murdered on the Sousse beach by Seifeddine Rezgui (pictured)

     

     

    Schoolgirls: Amira Abase (left), Shamima Begum (right) and Kadiza Sultana (centre) caught on CCTV as they fled the UK for Syria, via Gatwick Airport
     

     

    Schoolgirls: Amira Abase (left), Shamima Begum (right) and Kadiza Sultana (centre) caught on CCTV as they fled the UK for Syria, via Gatwick Airport

    Told of the minute’s silence across Britain in memory of the victims, she simply said: ‘Looooool’.

    And when the reporter said that some Muslim leaders were condemning the attack, she again replied ‘Looool’.

    She appeared sceptical when asked if she agreed the tourists were innocent, replying simply: ‘research’, adding later, ‘like read about it.’

    Her comments came hours before IS again revelled in their brutality, releasing a video showing the execution of 25 Syrian soldiers in the historic city of Palmyra by gunmen, some as young as 13. 

    The footage, released last night, shows the victims lined up in the ancient amphitheatre before being killed in front of a bloodthirsty crowd.

    Abase was only 15 when she and fellow GCSE students Shamima Begum, 16, and Kadiza Sultana, 15, ran away from home in February.

    All pupils of Bethnal Green Academy, the three girls’ disappearance led to an emotional television appeal by their families, and a desperate operation by British and Turkish police to stop them crossing into Syria to join the estimated 700 British men and women already there.

    The Mail on Sunday’s conversation with Abase came as the girls’ parents said they had learned through social media that two of the teenagers had married in the IS terror stronghold of Raqqa, although they declined to say which two. When our reporter asked Abase if she was married, she replied: ‘Can’t tell u.’

     

     

     

     

    Our reporter first contacted Abase after being tipped off that she had opened a new Twitter account, after an earlier one had been closed down.

    In April, she created an account with the user name @binttabbas, calling herself Umm Uthman Al-Britaniya. She also referred to herself as Habeshiya, or Ethiopian.

    Twitter closed down this account, but a new one appeared under the name Umm Zubayr Britaniya. The followers of Abase’s earlier account announced that she was back online, using this new ID.

    Our undercover reporter got in touch, asking to exchange private direct messages. In her first message back, Abase asked: ‘U planning on making hijrah [migration]?’

    When the reporter replied yes, she told him to contact her on the encrypted messaging service Kik Messenger. There, when asked how long she had been in Syria, Abase said: ‘Im one of the three girls from Britain so about 4 months. I was only 15 when I made hijrah, so it was the worst.’

    Her location could not be verified because, although Twitter and Kik both have functions which reveal a user’s whereabouts, Abase had switched them off.

     

     

     

     

    But last night, Dr Shiraz Maher, an expert on jihadis in Syria and Iraq, said: ‘Having reviewed the dialogues it seems highly credible that this is Amira Abase.’

    Dr Maher is a senior fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence at King’s College, London.

    Our reporter contacted Abase, posing as a 16-year-old girl called Umm Muslimah, who lives in Stratford, East London. 

    ‘Umm’ said she wanted to travel to IS-controlled Syria, but had no ‘tazkyia,’ or introduction from another jihadi. 

    Abase replied: ‘U don’t need anyone. Just make moves and I can be it [the person who makes the introduction] or find u someone else.’

    She told the would-be jihadi bride that she must fly to Istanbul first, and tell her parents that day that she is going to ‘revision classes’.

     

     

     

     

    Abase also advised against booking a plane ticket online, as that would require handing over credit card details and passport numbers.

    She told ‘Umm’ that she lives in the IS stronghold of Raqqa, where all would-be jihadi brides are eventually brought and kept imprisoned in all-women’s safe-houses called maqqars, without access to mobile phones or internet. 

    Abase told our reporter: ‘when u first come in to dawla [IS territory] ur put in to a sisters house but u cant go out, no net and no phone allowed. If you wana get married its better u know his name before hand so wen u get in to the sisters house u can ask for him.’

    Asked if she thought 16 was too young to be married, she said: ‘loool no. aisha [the Prophet Mohammed’s favourite wife] got married when she was 9.’

    Abase advised ‘Umm’ to go to an Asian travel agent in Brick Lane, in the East End, where they take cash and do not ask questions.

     

     

    Abase then advised the reporter on what to bring with her into Syria. She said: ‘They have the worst bras here, so get lots of bras. Get black khimars [female long Islamic dress] and jilbabs [head-to-foot female gown] and niqabs [face veils] only black. Get underwear, get tops and skirts and stuff.’

    Abase added: ‘Bring as much money as u can.’

    Throughout Abase’s exchanges with the reporter, which lasted two weeks, one theme was ever-present: a constant pressure on the would-be traveller to marry a jihadi as soon as possible after entering IS territory. Abase said: ‘when r u planning on coming and do u wana get married?’

    Abase then revealed that she had already found a prospective groom a Lebanese-Australian frontline fighter, but he was already married, despite being only 18. Abase added: ‘Do u mind being a second wife or na [not]?’

    She also explained that she would have to get her new husband’s agreement if she wanted to attend Arabic or religious classes.

     

    Joining jihad: Amira Abase pictured last year before fleeing Britain to Syria in February to join Islamic State

     

     

    In April, Abase’s father admitted taking his daughter to an extremist rally when she was 13. Abase Hussen, 47 was also part of a flag-burning mob, screaming in rage at a protest outside the US Embassy in London, in 2012

     

    In April, Abase’s father admitted taking his daughter to an extremist rally when she was 13. Abase Hussen, 47 was also part of a flag-burning mob, screaming in rage at a protest outside the US Embassy in London, in 2012

    Despite her fanaticism, Abase also revealed how she missed aspects of her life in East London, and how she coped living away from her family.

    She said: ‘U miss it but u get over it because u leave everything for the sake of Allah and Allah replaces all that with something better.’

    Asked if she missed her family, she replied: ‘Loool of course. How can u not miss ur family.’

    When the reporter asked how she coped, Abase said: ‘I dunno really u just do tbh [to be honest].’

    In April, Abase’s father admitted taking his daughter to an extremist rally when she was 13. 

    Abase Hussen, 47 – who blamed police for failing to stop his daughter fleeing to join IS – conceded the teenager was ‘maybe’ influenced by the rally organised by banned terror group Al-Muhajiroun. 

    He was also part of a flag-burning mob, screaming in rage at a protest outside the US Embassy in London, in 2012

    His daughter’s first Twitter account was closed down soon after she posted a quote about Muslims and their ‘enemies’ by Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, the spiritual mentor of Osama bin Laden.

    The Abase family lawyer, Tasnime Akunjaee, did not respond to The Mail on Sunday’s questions last night. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘The investigation into all of the missing girls continues.’

     

    Source: dailymai

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  • ከቻይና በኮንቴይነር ታሽጎ ወደ ኢትዮጵያ የተላከው ዘይት የድንጋይ ንጣፍ ሆኖ ተገኘ

     

    ከቻይና በኮንቴይነር ታሽጎ ወደ ኢትዮጵያ የተላከው ዘይት የድንጋይ ንጣፍ ሆኖ ተገኘ


    -ከ1.9 ሚሊዮን ብር በላይ ወጪ ተደርጎበታል

    -የጋላፊንና የሚሌን ፍተሻ ጣቢያዎች ማለፉ ግርምት ፈጥሯል

    -ተጠያቂዎቹ ንግድ መርከብና የቻይና ድርጅት መሆናቸው ተጠቁሟል

    በትግራይ ክልል መቐለ ከተማ የሚገኘው አሚድአብ ጄኔራል ቢዝነስ ኃላፊነቱ የተወሰነ የግል ማኅበር፣ ከቻይናው ዌይፋንግ ሹኦፌንግ ኢምፖርትና ኤክስፖርት ኩባንያ ገዝቶ ወደ ኢትዮጵያ ያስመጣው በአራት ኮንቴይነሮች የአኩሪ አተር ዘይት፣

    ሰኔ 23 ቀን 2007 ዓ.ም. መቐለ ደረቅ ወደብ ደርሶ ሲከፈት ኮንክሪት የድንጋይ ንጣፍ ሆኖ ተገኘ፡፡

    የሪፖርተር ምንጮች ከደረቅ ወደብ አስተዳደር የመቐለ ቅርንጫፍ እንደገለጹት፣ አሚድአብ ጄኔራል ቢዝነስ ከቻይናው ኩባንያ የገዛውን አራት ኮንቴይነሮች አኩሪ አተር ዘይት አጓጉዞ ወደ አገር ውስጥ እንዲያስገባለት፣ ከኢትዮጵያ የባህር ትራንስፖርትና ሎጀስቲክስ አገልግሎት ድርጅት ጋር ተስማምቷል፡፡ ድርጅቱም በገባው ውል መሠረት ሲአይኪው የተባለው የቻይና ድርጅት አረጋግጦና ሠርተፊኬት አሳይቶት ዕቃው መጫኑን ሰነዶች እንደሚያስረዱም ምንጮች ተናግረዋል፡፡

    አሚድአብ ጄኔራል ቢዝነስ ዘይቱን ለሚልከው የቻይናው ኩባንያ እስከ ወደብ ማድረሻና የዘይቱን ዋጋ 67,860 ዶላር ከፍሏል፡፡ ለመርከብ ማጓጓዣ ደግሞ ከቻይና እስከ ጂቡቲ 7,684 ዶላር ከፍሏል፡፡ ከጂቡቲ እስከ መቐለ ደግሞ የማጓጓዣ 6,433.75 ዶላር ከፍሏል፡፡ በድምሩ 81,977.75 ዶላር ወይም 1,861,550.87 ብር መክፈሉን ምንጮች ለሪፖርተር አስረድተዋል፡፡

    አራት ኮንቴይነር አኩሪ አተር ዘይት በኢትዮጵያ የባህር ትራንስፖርትና ሎጂስቲክ አገልግሎት ድርጅት የደረቅ ጭነት ማጓጓዣ ተሽከርካሪ ተጭኖ መቐለ ደርሶ ሲከፈት፣ በኮንቴይነሮቹ ውስጥ የተጫነው ንፁህነቱ የተረጋገጠና የተመሰከረለት የአኩሪ አተር የምግብ ዘይት ሳይሆን፣ መንገድ ላይ የሚነጠፍ (በተለይ ለውኃ ማስተላለፊያ ቱቦዎች ከላይ ሽፋን የሚውል ጠፍጣፋና ረዘም ያለ መዝጊያ ድንጋይ) ኮንክሪት ንጣፍ ድንጋይ ሆኖ ተገኝቷል፡፡

    በሥፍራው የነበሩ የደረቅ ወደቡ ሠራተኞችም ሆኑ ስማቸው ያልተገለጸው የድርጅቱ ባለቤት ከመደንገጣቸው የተነሳ፣ ለደቂቃዎች በፀጥታ ውስጥ ሆነው እርስ በርስ ሲተያዩ መቆየታቸውን ምንጮቹ ተናግረዋል፡፡

    ኤክስፖርት የሚያደርገው የቻይናው ኩባንያ ኮንቴይነሮቹን ሲወስድ ባዶ መሆናቸው ተረጋግጦና ማሸጊያ (ሲል) አብሮ እንደሚሰጠው የጠቆሙት ምንጮች፣ ኩባንያው ምርቶቹን በገባው ውል መሠረት ጥራታቸውን የጠበቁና ጉድለት እንዳይኖርም ሲአይኪው የሚባለው የጥራት ተቆጣጣሪ የቻይናው ድርጅት መከታተል እንደነበረበት፣ የመጫን ኃላፊነቱን የወሰደው የኢትዮጵያ ባህር ትራንስፖርትና ሎጂስቲክ አገልግሎት ድርጅትም ቁጥጥር ማድረግ ይገባው እንደነበር ተናግረዋል፡፡ የመጫኛው ትዕዛዙ (ቢል ኦፍ ሎዲንግ) ዘይት ቢልም፣ ሲከፈት ግን ድንጋይ መሆኑን አክለዋል፡፡ በተለይ በኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት የተወከለው የቻይናው ሲአይኪው ድርጅት ተከታትሎ ማሳሸግና ማስጫን ሲገባው፣ የማይታወቅ ዕቃ እንዲላክ ማድረጉ ግራ እንዳጋባቸው ምንጮች ገልጸዋል፡፡ ጊዜው አስፈሪ ከመሆኑ አንፃር፣ ማለትም አሸባሪ መላ ዓለምን እያሰጋ ባለበት ‹‹የተጫነው ዕቃ ፈንጂ ቢሆንስ?›› በማለት የሚጠይቁት ምንጮች፣ የድንጋዩ ጉዳይ ሕጉን ተከትሎ መፍትሔ የሚያገኝ ቢሆንም፣ መንግሥት ግን ችግሩን ሊፈትሽ እንደሚገባ አሳስበዋል፡፡

    ሌላው ምንጮችን ያስገረመው ኮንቴይነሮቹ የባህር ላይ ጉዞአቸውን ጨርሰው መቐለ ደረቅ ወደብ ከመድረሳቸው በፊት፣ የኢትዮጵያ ገቢዎችና ጉምሩክ ባለሥልጣን ቅርንጫፍ መፈተሻ ጣቢያዎች የጋላፊንና የሚሌን የፍተሻ ጣቢያዎች የመፈተሻ እስክሪን ውስጥ ሲያልፉ፣ የታየውን የዕቃ ዓይነት ሪፖርት አለማድረጋቸው ወይም እዚያው አለማስቆማቸው ነው፡፡ በስክሪን ውስጥ ስለሚታይ ጥብቅ ቁጥጥር አድርገው ቢሆን ኖሮ እዚያው ሊይዙት ይችሉ እንደነበር ምንጮች ገልጸዋል፡፡

    ዕቃውን ያስጫኑትን የአሚድአብ ጄኔራል ቢዝነስ ድርጅት ባለቤትን ለማግኘት የተደረገው ጥረት አልተሳካም፡፡ ችግሩን የፈጠረው ወይም ቁጥጥሩን በአግባቡ ያልተከታተለው ማን እንደሆነ፣ በአስጫኙ ላይ ለደረሰው ኪሳራ ተጠያቂው ማን እንደሆነ፣ በተለይ ጥብቅ ቁጥጥር መደረግ ያለበት የባህር ላይ ትራንስፖርትን በሚመለከት ምን መደረግ እንዳለበት ማብራሪያ እንዲሰጥ የኢትዮጵያ የባህር ትራንስፖርትና ሎጂስቲክስ አገልግሎት ድርጅትን ለማነጋገር የተደረገው ጥረት አልተሳካም፡፡ በጋላፊና በሚሌ የፍተሻ ጣቢያዎች እንዴት ኮንቴይነሮቹ ሊያልፉ እንደቻለም ማብራሪያ ለመጠየቅ የኢትዮጵያ ገቢዎችና ጉምሩክ ባለሥልጣንን የኮሙዩኒኬሽን ኃላፊዎችን ለማግኘት የተደረገው ጥረትም እንዲሁ አልተሳካም፡፡

     

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  • Ethiopia mulls tough trafficking law, including death penalty

     

    Human traffickers in Ethiopia could face life in jail or the death penalty under a bill presented to parliament on Tuesday aimed at curbing the illegal flow of people in and out of the Horn of Africa country.

    The move comes two months after at least 30 Ethiopian migrants were shot and killed by Islamic State militants in Libya and after others have died while heading to Europe on rickety boats across the Mediterranean.

    The legislation, proposed by the Ministry of Justice, contains a range of penalties for trafficking and smuggling including fines of up to 500,000 birr ($7,500) and the death penalty in cases where victims suffer severe injury or death.

    The bill must be approved by the House of Representatives, which could take several months, officials said.

    Although Ethiopia's economy is growing at one of Africa's fastest rates, unemployment still remains high and thousands of people opt to take treacherous treks across the Sahara to reach Europe via the Mediterranean or brave the Gulf of Aden to reach wealthy Gulf states in search of jobs.

    For a period of several months beginning in late 2013, Saudi Arabia deported more than 163,000 Ethiopians it said lived in the Kingdom illegally.

    The U.S. State Department urged Addis Ababa last year to amend and strengthen its laws to tackle people smuggling, toughen penalties, boost judicial understanding and police capacity, as well as improve oversight of recruitment agencies.

    The draft legislation provides immunity to victims and proposes the formation of a national committee led by Ethiopia's deputy prime minister to coordinate anti-trafficking activity.

     

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  • Western students reportedly left Sudan

     

    Twelve foreign students have reportedly traveled from the Sudanese capital of Khartoum to Turkey in a bid to join the Takfiri ISIL terrorists in Syria, their university dean says.

    Dr Ahmed Babikir said on Sunday that the students of Khartoum’s private University of Medical Sciences and Technology included British, Canadian, Sudanese and US citizens.

    He added the students were in their final year of medical school before being reported missing by their families on Friday.

    "We confirmed reports from multiple parties that 12 medical students at the university left for Turkey on Friday," AFP quoted Babikir as saying.

    He noted that another group of British students of Sudanese origin from the private institution, who traveled to Turkey in March, is believed to have crossed into Syria to join the Takfiri militants.

    "Logic says that they traveled to join the Daesh organization," he added, using the Arabic acronym for ISIL. He said seven of the missing students are British, two are Canadian, one is American and two others are Sudanese nationals.  

    Babikir also stated that three of the 12 medical students that disappeared were women but refused to identify any of them.

    Meanwhile, authorities at Khartoum Airport confirmed the group had traveled to Turkey while their families stated that they had not seen them since Friday and could not locate their passports, according to Babikir.

    "These students were recruited to the Islamic State organization by some individuals inside the university through conversations they had with them," said a source at the private university.

    Despite repeated incidents of foreign nationals being recruited and travelling to Syria mostly through Turkey, there has been little effort to halt the steady flow of radicalized militants to Syria to join the notorious ISIL terrorist group.

    This is while Western countries, which have been actively supporting the foreign-backed efforts to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, often claim to have enforced new measures to stop the flow of their citizens to Syria through Turkey to join the war in Syria.

    Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis fueled by Takfiri groups since March 2011. The conflict has reportedly claimed more than 222,000 lives since then.

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  • ዋልያዎቹ በባህር ዳር ለምን ደመቁ?

    ዋልያዎቹ  በባህር ዳር ለምን ደመቁ?

    በአዝመራው ሞሴ

    የአሰልጣኝ ዮሃንስ ሳህሌ ቡድን የመጀመሪያ  የአፍሪካ ዋንጫ እና የቻን ማጣሪያ የነጥብ ጨዋታዎችን  አሸንፎ ሙሉ  ነጥብ በማግኘት አጀማምሩን አሳምሯል፡፡ ብሔራዊ ቡድኑ በአህጉራዊ ውድድር ሁለት ወሳኝ ጨዋታዎችን ከአዲስ አበባ ውጭ ሲያደርግ ይህ ለመጀመሪያ ጊዜ ነው፡፡

    በጨዋታው ዋልያዎቹ የጨዋታ ብልጫ ወስደው  በተጋጣሚ መረብ ላይ  አራት ጎሎችን ሲያሰርፉ፣ አንድ ጎል ደግሞ ተቆጥሮባቸዋል፡፡ ቡድኑ በተለይ በቻን ማጣሪያ በኬኒያ ላይ የወሰደው የበላይነት የብዙዎቹን ቀልብ የሳበ ሆኗል፡፡

    አሰልጣኙ በቅርብ ዋሊያዎቹን ከመሩት ሁለት የአሰልጣኝ ቡድኖች ውስጥ ቢያንስ ግማሽ ተጨዋቾችን ቀንሰው ውጤታማ መሆናቸው ደግሞ ደጋፊው ለአዲስ ተስፋ እንዲዘጋጅ ምክንያት ይሆናል፡፡

     

    የሜዳው እና ደጋፊው ሚና

    ብሔራዊ ቡድኑ  በግዙፍ የባህር ዳር ብሔራዊ  ስታዲዮም ከየትኛውም ጊዜ በበዛ ደጋፊ ፊት ታጅቦ መጫወት ለቡድኑም ሆነ ለስታዲዮሙ አዲስ ታሪክ ነው፡፡

    በስታዲዮም የታየው ደማቅ እና የማያቋርጥ የድጋፍም ለቡድኑ ድምቀት ዋነኛ ምክንያት ነው፡፡

    በሁለቱም ጨዋታዎች ደጋፊው በኢትዮጵያ ሰንደቅዓላማ ያሸበረቁ አልባሳትን በመልበስ፣ ቀለማትን በመቀባት እና የዋልያዎችን መለያ በመልበስ ስታዲዮሙን ሲንጥ ታይቷል፡፡

    በአዲስ አበባ ስታዲዮም ቡድኑ ሲመራ እና የጨዋታ ብልጫ በተጋጣሚው ሲወሰድበት የሚኖረው ዓይነት ፀጥታ በባህር ዳር ስታዲዮም አልነበረም፡፡

    የዚህ ማሳያ ዋሊያዎቹ በሌሴቶ 1ለ0 እየተመሩ ደጋፊው ይሰጥ የነበረው ያልተቋረጠ ድጋፍ ነው፡፡ በዚህም ዋሊያዎቹ ከእረፍት መልስ 2 ጎሎችን አስቆጥረው ጨዋታውን በድል እንዲወጡ አስችሏቸዋል፡፡

    ይህም የተመልካቹ ድባብ ለቡድኑ ብርታት ሲሆን የተጋጣሚን ቡድን እንቅስቃሴ የሚረብሽ እንደነበር በግልጽ የታየበት ነው፡፡

    አስልጣኝ ዮሃንስ ሳህሌ ቡድናቸውን በባህር ዳር ይዘው ሲከትሙ የስታዲዮሙን ጥራት እንደ ዋና ምክንያት ቢወስዱም የደጋፊው ጫና ለተጋጣሚ ቡድኖች እንቅስቃሴ አስቸጋሪ እንደሚሆን  አስቀድመው ያወቁ ይመስላል፡፡

    ሌላው ጉዳይ የባህር ዳር ብሔራዊ ስታዲዮም የተመቸ የመጨወቻ ሜዳ መሆኑ ለተጨዋቾች እንክን የማይፈጥር ሆኗል፡፡ ለዚህ ይመስላል አንዳንድ የዋሊያዎቹ ተጨዋቾች በዚህ ሜዳ ኳስ በትክክል የማያቀብል ተጨዋች የማይችል ተጨዋች ነው በማለት የሜዳውን እንከን የለሽነት የገለጹት፡፡

    ሌሴቶ እና ኬኒያ ሲገመገሙ

    ሌሴቶ በአፍሪካ እግር ኳስ መድርክ ሊወሳ የሚችል ታሪክ የላትም ማለት ይቻላል፡፡ ይህ እሳቤም ዋሊያዎቹ በቀላሉ ሙሉ ነጥብ ለመውሰድ እንደማይቸገሩ አስገምቷል፡፡ ነገሩ ግን የተገላቢጦሽ ሆኗል፡፡

    በጨዋታው የሌሴቶ ቡድን ተከላክሎ ነጥብ ለመውሰድ የሚችል የተደራጀ ቡድን ሆኖ ታይቷል፡፡ ምንም ክፍተት ላለመፍጠር የነበራቸው ቅንጅትም ከኋላ ታሪካቸው ጋር ፍጹም ተቃራኒ ነው፡፡ በዚህ ጨዋታ የዋሊያዎቹ አልፎ አልፎ የትኩረት ማጣት ለሌሴቶ የተመቸም ሆኗል፡፡

    ሌሴቶ በጨዋታው ማጠናቀቂያ በፈጠሩት አለመረጋጋት ለዋልያዎቹ እጃቸውን ሰጡ እንጅ ከባድ ቡድን መሆናቸውን አሳይተዋል፡፡ የቡድኑ ቅንጅት በመልሱ ጨዋታም ለዋሊያዎቹ ፈተና መሆኑ አይቀርም፡፡

    የኬኒያ ብሔራዊ ቡድን በአንጻሩ ብዙ ተጠብቆ  ወርዶ የተጫወተ ቡድን ነው፡፡ አንድም አስደንጋጭ የግብ ሙከራ እና የጨዋታ ብልጫ መውሰድ ያልቻለ ቡድን፡፡

    የኢትዮጵያ ብሔራዊ ቡድን በተቃራኒው የበለጠ የተቀናጀ እና ቶሎ ቶሎ ጫና መፍጠር የቻለበት ጨዋታ ነው፡፡

    የቡድኑ ተስፋዎች

    ከወራቶች በፊት ብሔራዊ ቡድኑን የተረከቡት አሰልጣኝ ዮሃንስ ሳህሌ ፈጥነው ውጤታማ መሆናቸው ከአሰልጣኙ ተስፋ ማድረግ የግድ እንድንል ያስችላል፡፡

    የመጀመሪያው እና ትልቁ ነጥብ አሰልጣኝ ዮሃንስ ሳህሌ በአጭር ጊዜ ውስጥ ውጤታማ ቡድን መገንባት መቻላቸው ነው፡፡

    በተለይ በአሰልጣኝ ሰውነት እና ባሬቶ ዘመን የነበሩ የዋልያዎቹን ቁልፍ ተጨዋች ቀንሰው በአዳዲሶቹ ውጤታማ መሆን መቻላቸው መጭው ጊዜ ለኢትዮጵያ እግር ኳስ ብሩህ ሊሆን እንደሚችል እንደ አንድ ማሳያ መውሰድ ይቻላል ፡፡

    ለዓመታት በአንጋፋዎቹ ሲመራ የነበረው ቡድኑ አሁን ላይ በወጣቶቹ ውጤታማ ሆኖ ማየት ደግሞ ሌላው ጉዳይ ነው፡፡

    አሰልጣኝ ዮሃንስ ሳህሌ በተለይ በቻን ከሳላሃዲን በርጊቾ፣ስዩም ተስፋዬ፣ እና በሃይሉ አሰፋ ውጭ አዳዲስ ተጨዋቾችን ተጠቅመው ከውብ ጨዋታ ጋር ውጤታማ መሆን መቻላቸው ቡድኑ አዲስ መነቃቃት እየተፈጠረበት እንደሆነ ያሳያል፡፡

    ቡድኑ ኳስ በሚይዝበት ወቅት የሚታይበት መረጋጋትም የቡድኑን ብሩህ መንገድ የሚያሳይ ነው፡፡

    በጨዋታው በተከላካይ ክፍል ዘካርያስ ቱጂ፣ አስቻለው ታመነ፣ እንዲሁም ተካልኝ ደጀን  ተስፋ ሰጭ እንቅስቃሴ አድርገዋል፡፡

    በተለይ የአስቻለው ታመነ እና የሳላሃዲን በርጊቾ ጥምረት ለዋሊያዎቹ የኋላ ደጅን አስተማማኝ መከታ መሆን እንደሚችል የታየበት ነው፡፡ ይህም በዋናነት በአይናለም እና ደጉ ደበበ ተንጠልጥሎ ለነበረው የብሔራዊ ቡድናችን የኋላ ደጀን ትልቅ ተስፋ ነው፡፡

    በመሃል ክፍል ጋቶች ፓኖም እና ፍሬው ስለሞን በባህር ዳር የነበራቸው ጊዜ መልካም የሚባል ነው፡፡

    አስቻለው ግርማ ፣ ራም ኬሎክ እንዲሁም ባዬ ገዛኸኝ የዋልያዎቹ የፊት መስመር ግርማ ሞገስ መሆን እንድሚችሉ በተለይ በቻን ጨዋታ  አሳይተዋል፡፡

    በግብ ጠባቂ በኩልም አቤል ማሞ እና ታሪክ ጌትነት የተሳካ  ጊዜን አሳልፈዋል፡፡

    እንደማደማደሚያ

    ቡድኑ በሁለቱም ጨዋታዎች ብዙ አውንታዊ ጎኖችን አሳይቷል፡፡ አሰልጣኙ የመጀመሪያ ጨዋታቸውን ከዛምቢያው ጋር ካደረጉ ወዲህ  በቡድኑ ብዙ መሸሻሎችን አሳይተዋል፡፡

    ነገር ግን ይህ ቡድን  ከሜዳው ውጭ ገና አልተፈተነም፡፡ በሜዳውም እንደ አልጀሪያ ከመሰለ ቡድን ጋር ተጋጥሞ ነጥብ መያዝ የሚችል ቡድን ሊሆን ይግባል፡፡  

    ለዚህም በተለይ አዳዲስ ተጨዋቾችን በስነ ልቦናም ሆነ በቴክኒክ እና በታክቲክ ማደርጀት የአሰልጣኙ ሰፊ ስራ ነው 

     

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  • Philip Hammond warns Ethiopia over treatment of Briton on death row

     

    Placards demand the immediate release of UK citizen Andargachew Tsige, also sometimes spelled Tsege, who was given a death sentence in his absence. Photograph: Alamy

    Foreign secretary condemns detention of Andargachew Tsige in solitary confinement with no access to consular help or right to appeal

    The treatment of a Briton on death row in Ethiopia is threatening to undermine the country’s relationship with the UK, the foreign secretary has warned.

    In an unusually blunt statement, Philip Hammond has called for rapid progress in the case of Andargachew Tsige, who is being held in solitary confinement in an unknown location in Ethiopia.

    The foreign secretary’s comments, released a year after Tsige was abducted while transiting through Yemen, is a clear sign of official disapproval of the approach taken by the regime in Addis Abbaba. The Foreign Office is escalating the case beyond confidential diplomatic exchanges.

     Andy Tsige pictured with his family. Photograph: Yemi Hailemariam/Family

    On Wednesday, Hammond spoke to the Ethiopian foreign minister, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, about the case on the phone. His statement said: “I am deeply concerned that, a year after he was first detained, British national Andargachew Tsige remains in solitary confinement in Ethiopia without a legal process to challenge his detention.

    “I am also concerned for his welfare and disappointed that our repeated requests for regular consular access have not been granted, despite promises made.

    “I spoke to foreign minister Tedros and made clear that Ethiopia’s failure to grant our repeated and basic requests is not acceptable. I informed Dr Tedros that the lack of progress risks undermining the UK’s much valued bilateral relationship with Ethiopia.

    “I asked Dr Tedros once again to permit immediate regular consular access and for our concerns regarding Mr Tsige’s welfare to be addressed. I have also asked that the Ethiopian authorities facilitate a visit by Mr Tsige’s family. Foreign Office officials will continue to provide consular support both to Mr Tsige and to his family during this difficult time.”

    Tsige’s partner, Yemi Hailemariam, also a British national, lives in London with their three children. She has spoken to him only once by phone since his abduction.

    “He’s in prison but we have no idea where he is being held,” she told the Guardian last month. “He said he was okay, but I’m sure the call was being listened to. He had been in Dubai and was flying on to Eritrea when the plane stopped over in Yemen. He hadn’t even been through immigration. We think Yemeni security took him and handed him over to the Ethiopians.

    “I asked Dr Tedros once again to permit immediate regular consular access and for our concerns regarding Mr Tsige’s welfare to be addressed. I have also asked that the Ethiopian authorities facilitate a visit by Mr Tsige’s family. Foreign Office officials will continue to provide consular support both to Mr Tsige and to his family during this difficult time.”

    Tsige’s partner, Yemi Hailemariam, also a British national, lives in London with their three children. She has spoken to him only once by phone since his abduction.

    “He’s in prison but we have no idea where he is being held,” she told the Guardian last month. “He said he was okay, but I’m sure the call was being listened to. He had been in Dubai and was flying on to Eritrea when the plane stopped over in Yemen. He hadn’t even been through immigration. We think Yemeni security took him and handed him over to the Ethiopians.

    Yemi Hailemariam outside the Foreign Commonwealth Office in April Photograph: Alamy

    “They say there was an extradition agreement, but it was so quick there was no time for any semblance of a legal hearing. Yemen and Ethiopia had close relations then. The [Ethiopian] government have put him on television three times in heavily edited interviews, saying he was revealing secrets.

    “He has been kept under artificial light 24 hours a day and no one [other than the UK ambassador] has had access to him.”

    Tsige, 60 – known as Andy – had previously been secretary general of Ginbot 7, a political opposition party that called for democracy, free elections and civil rights. He first came to the UK in 1979.

    The Ethiopian government has accused him of being a terrorist. In 2009, he was tried with others in his absence and sentenced to death. The latest reports suggest that his health is deteriorating. 

    His lawyer, Ben Cooper, of Doughty Street Chambers, said: “We welcome the Foreign Secretary condemning the illegality of Andy Tsige’s detention, confirming the fact of his solitary confinement and demanding consular visits. But we have a simple ask: please request Andy Tsige’s return home to his family in London. Mr Tsige was kidnapped by Ethiopia at an international airport and the only remedy for kidnap is release. Why has Mr Hammond not yet asked Ethiopia to release Andy so he can return home to England?”

    Juan Méndez, the UN special rapporteur on torture, has written to the Ethiopian and UK governments saying he is investigating Tsige’s treatment. 

    Who is Andargachew Tsige?

    Andargachew, or Andy, Tsige fled Addis Abbaba in the 1970s following threats against his life from the military regime, the Derg, which then controlled Ethiopia.

    A student activist, he had attracted the attention of the authorities. His younger brother was killed by the security forces. Tsige escaped into the mountains to join opposition groups.

    In 1979, after falling out with fellow rebels, he sought asylum in the UK. He studied at the University of Greenwich and obtained full UK citizenship. 

    Tsige returned to Ethiopia after the Derg was overthrown but moved back to the UK in the early 1990s where he became active in opposition politics. 

    In 2005, he returned to Addis Abbaba again. He took part in that year’s election and was briefly imprisoned. after being freed, he founded a new political movement, Ginbot 7, from his exile in London.

    The organisation was alleged by the Ethiopian government to have launched a failed coup in 2009. Tsige was condemned to death in his absence.

    In June 2014, he had flown to the Gulf to give lectures. An unexpected change to his return route saw him fly back via Yemen where he changed planes. At Sana’a airport, he was arrested by guards and put on a plane to Ethiopia on the grounds that there was an extradition agreement between the two countries.

    Supporters say that had he been born white and in the UK, the Foreign Office would have taken a more forceful line in campaigning for his release from death row in east Africa.

    His partner, Yemisrach Hailemariam, and their three children live in London. She has campaigned actively for his freedom. 

    In February a delegation of MPs, led by Jeremy Corbyn, his local member, was scheduled to visit Ethiopia in an attempt to secure his release. The trip was abandoned following a meeting with the Ethiopian ambassador.

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  • He Put Onions Into His Socks At Night For One Fascinating Reason…

     

    Whether or not you like the pungent veggie, we all know that onions are viewed mostly as food.

    Did you know you could also use an onion to clean your grill? That, however, is not the strangest thing you can do with onions…

    We recently heard rumblings that onions can actually heal you by putting them in your socks and sleeping with them by your feet at night. Apparently it can help alleviate cold, flu, and fever-like symptoms.

    In fact, a few people who have heard about sleeping with onions in their socks have given it a whirl.

    “You have nothing to lose by giving the onion theory a try,” said Jennifer Thompson, a blogger that decided to peel back the theory and get to the heart of it.

    She shared the idea with her readers and a few of them gave it a try and — well, you will be absolutely amazed!

    We’ve heard that this could work, but what do you think? Is it something you’d try, or do you think it’s crazy?

    This is what Jennifer tweeted to her readers after writing about the healing power of onions:

    This is what Jennifer tweeted to her readers after writing about the healing power of onions:

     

    She then received an outpour of responses from her followers who also tried the sock onion trick.

    She then received an outpour of responses from her followers who also tried the sock onion trick.

     

    One reader was in a very desperate situation and tried the trick…and it worked So how does this work? Reflexologists will point out that the bottom of your foot has approximately 7,000 nerve endings that link to different organs within your body.

    Foot pressure point/reflexology chart.

     Dr. Lauren Feder, a Los Angeles-based homeopathic doctor and author of the bookNatural Pregnancy, believes that onions do indeed have healing powers.

    Onions on feet draw out toxins according to Chinese medicine.

     “For colds, an onion pouch in [a] room can help with congestion,” she suggested. “In addition to treating colds, onion socks can be used for earaches, teething, and bladder infections.”

    “For colds, an onion pouch in [a] room can help with congestion,” she suggested. “In addition to treating colds, onion socks can be used for earaches, teething, and bladder infections.”

    So if you're sold, now what do you do? First thing you need to do is cut up and attach some onion to your feet in the proper places. You can use red or white onions.

    So if you're sold, now what do you do? First thing you need to do is cut up and attach some onion to your feet in the proper places. You can use red or white onions.

      Once you have every piece strapped into place, put on a pair (or two) of socks, elevate your feet with a pillow or two, and catch some Zs.

    Once you have every piece strapped into place, put on a pair (or two) of socks, elevate your feet with a pillow or two, and catch some Zs.

      

    Once you wake up, you will have purified your blood and killed bacteria, germs, and pathogens because onions have strong anti-bacterial and anti-viral benefits!

    Once you wake up, you will have purified your blood and killed bacteria, germs, and pathogens because onions have strong anti-bacterial and anti-viral benefits!

      

     

     

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  • 15 Facts About That You Probably Didn’t Know

     

    The one activity we all like to think we’re experts in but will spend most of our lives still seeking confirmation of that fact. In my opinion, the foundation of a good lay is almost always confidence and knowledge is confidence – therefore consider these 15 lesser known facts a gift to your “love” life. 

    Failing that, just enjoy reading them because who doesn’t love reading about/talking about/hearing about/having it?

    1. In 2 weeks, one man can make enough sperm to impregnate every fertile woman on the planet

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    2. Wearing socks in bed can increase your chance of climaxing 

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    3. Sleeping on your stomach increases the chance of having steamy dreams – so faces down, bottoms up people

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    4. On average, men burn more calories than women do during intercourse – so perhaps you need to switch those positions up a little?

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    5. It’s fairly well-known that asparagus is an aphrodisiac but did you know that pumpkin is too? Ever found yourself extra frisky around Halloween?

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    6. 1% of women can orgasm from breast stimulation

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    7. Half of all internet purchases are sex-related…to be a fly on the wall of the internet search history bar

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    8. The term G-spot was first coined by Professor Beverly Whipple (hands up who automatically thinks of nipple), she very nearly called it the ‘whipple tickle’

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    9. Due to increased blood flow, noses engorge during intercourse

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    10. 50% of men aren’t happy with the size of their D, while 85% of women are satisfied with their partners size. So guys, don’t sweat it just wet it

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    11. Where most women experience some kind of colour change in their lady bits during pregnancy, for some, that change is permanent

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    12. Sperm can live on in a woman’s body for up to 9 days – little troopers

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    13. According to a leading website, the states topping the charts for BDSM searches are Wyoming, Alaska, Vermont, West Virginia and Oregon

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    14. The female clitoris is twice as sensitive as the penis, with 8,000 nerve fibres compared to a guys 4,000

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    15. Both men and women have difficulty peeing after and this is due to an anti-diuretic chemical the body releases during

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    So there you have it, take this knowledge forward with you into the bedroom and enjoy it. You can thank me later. Something else you probably didn’t know is that smarter people stay up later, get laid more often and take more drugs; don’t blame it on me, blame it on science.

     

     

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  • Something new redux: Ethiopian Love Restaurant

     

     

    See those rolls on the edges of the plate? This is injera flatbread, which has a spongy texture and a bit of tang much like sourdough bread. No utensils here, use the injera to eat!

    Tucked away on Smith Street in Chinatown, Ethiopian Love Restaurant opened its doors in time for last week’s First Friday crowd. Utilizing the bold flavors of onion, garlic, turmeric, ginger and traditional spice blends called berbere and kebe, a clarified butter, owners Abraham Samuel and his fiancee bring out extravagant family-style dishes that you eat with your hands.

    The restaurant is located in Chinatown along Smith Street, across from Little Village Noodle House.

    The restaurant is located in Chinatown along Smith Street, across from Little Village Noodle House.

    Our party of nine sat outside in a beautiful courtyard that you can glimpse from the street. The menu is manageable with a few appetizers, six entrees and nine vegan options. We had one vegetarian in the group who was already a fan; he helped us navigate the menu.

    If it's nice out, take an outside seat. The space is beautiful and a nice breeze runs through.

    If it’s nice out, take an outside seat. The space is beautiful and a nice breeze runs through.

    We started with sambussas ($6.50 for two) for everyone. Much like samosas in Indian cooking, these golden fried pockets of dough are stuffed with earthy brown lentils, green onions and herbs and served with a spice-laden sauce.

    We started with sambussas ($6.50 for two) for everyone. Much like samosas in Indian cooking, these golden fried pockets of dough are stuffed with earthy brown lentils, green onions and herbs and served with a spice-laden sauce.

    See those rolls on the edges of the plate? This is injera flatbread, which has a spongy texture and a bit of tang much like sourdough bread. No utensils here, use the injera to eat!

    We got two big plates with injera, wots (think stews) and tibs (think boldly flavored stir fried beef, lamb or chicken).

    Everything you order is family-style and served on a bed of injera. We broke off pieces and mopped up bites from communal plates:

    • Ethiopian Love veggie sampler ($20 for six vegetarian dishes of the day)
    • Spicy awaze tibs ($17), sauteed beef with caramelized onions, tomato, bell pepper and berbere
    • Lamb tibs ($18), a bold dish of onions, garlic, ginger, rosemary and kebe. It reminded me of a savory pork sausage in flavor
    • Doro tibs ($14), chicken sauteed with onions, garlic, tomatoes, spices and herbs
    • Love Shiro ($18), a thick, flavorful stew of seasoned ground chickpeas, cubed beef, kebe, garlic and karya

    The lamb tibs, Love Shiro and azifa (brown lentils seasoned with onions, jalapeno and fresh lemon juice) were the crowd pleasers.

    The lamb tibs, Love Shiro and azifa (brown lentils seasoned with onions, jalapeno and fresh lemon juice) were the crowd pleasers.

    The service is friendly and explains what each dish is on your communal plate.

    The service is friendly and explains what each dish is on your communal plate.

    Remember, injera is a very filling carb, so keep that in mind when you’re ordering. We all shared a veggie sampler and four entrees and it comfortably fed the group. Our total came out to $20 per person including tax and tip, making Ethiopian Love Restaurant an affordable dining option.

    Owners Abraham Samuel and his fiancee.

    Owners Abraham Samuel and his fiancee.

    Ethiopian Love Restaurant
    1112 Smith St.
    725-7197
    Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
    Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

     

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  • Ethiopia's higher-education boom built on shoddy foundations

     

    Ethiopia’s higher education infrastructure has mushroomed in the last 15 years. But the institutions suffer from curricula being abandonded due to funding cuts, unqualified – but party-loyal – lecturers, and shoddily built institutions. The rapid growth of Ethiopia’s higher education system has come at a cost, but it is moving forward all the same.

    Twenty years ago the Ethiopian government launched a huge and ambitious development strategy that called for “the cultivation of citizens with an all-round education capable of playing a conscious and active role in the economic, social, and political life of the country”. One of the principal results of Ethiopia’sagricultural development-led industrialisation strategy (ADLI) has been a rapid expansion in the country’s higher education system. In 2000 there were just two universities, but since then the country has built 29 more, with plans for another 11 to be completed within two years.

    The quality of these new universities varies widely; from thriving research schools, to substandard institutions built to bolster the regime’s power in hostile regions. One professor recalls a hurried evacuation from part of a recently completed university while he was working there: one of the buildings had collapsed.

    But there have also been success stories. The University of Jimma, for example, has come first in the Ethiopian Ministry of Education’s rankings for the past five years, and is held up as evidence of ADLI’s efficacy since its establishment in 1999. The most recent development at Jimma, the department of materials science and engineering (MSE), opened for students in 2013, and has quickly expanded to become one of the top research schools in the sub-Saharan region. The department’s founder, Dr Ali Eftekhari, has since received a fellowship from the African Academy of Sciences on the back of the project’s success.

    This success is much-needed. At 8%, African higher education enrolment issignificantly lower than the global average of 32%, and Ethiopia trails even further behind, with fewer than 6% of college-age adults at university. Research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (Stem) is starting from a particularly low base in Africa. The World Bank reported last year that though the sub-Saharan region has “increased both the quantity and quality of its research” in recent years, much of this improvement is due to international collaboration, and a lack of native Africans is “reducing the economic impact and relevance of research”.

    Dr Eftekhari echoes these concerns: “The problem for development in Ethiopiaand similar African countries is higher education itself. This is the reason that I focused on PhD programs. “For instance, Jimma’s department of civil engineering has over 3,000 undergraduate students. These civil engineers are the future builders of the country, but there is not one PhD holder among the staff; most only have a BSc.”

    Eftekhari improvised and sweet-talked in order to get the department established; in its first year, the department taught 18 PhD students – all native Ethiopians – on almost zero budget, with staff donating their time and money until funding was secured from the ministry of education. Despite the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front’s (EPRDF) push for development, Ethiopia’s political landscape remains a minefield for education professionals, says Eftekhari: “People are always suspicious about the political reasons behind each new project. I decided to start with zero budget to allay those doubts. In developing countries everything has some degree of flexibility. I used this to borrow staff and resources from the rest of the university until we could secure a budget.

    “Many of the staff saw the project as a career opportunity,” says Eftekhari, but altruism also played a part. The department’s research focuses primarily on solving the country’s pressing poverty and development problems. “They knew they were actually saving lives,” says Jimma’s innovation coordinator, Maria Shou.

    The belief that science and engineering is key to alleviating poverty propels the work of the school. Projects range from the development of super-capacitors for the provision of cheap power, to carbon nanomaterials for Ethiopia’s expanding construction industry. “You only need a couple of weeks in Ethiopia to realise that materials science is a priority,” says Pablo Corrochano, an assistant professor at the school. “Even in the capital you’ll experience cuts in power and water; in rural areas it’s even worse. Producing quality and inexpensive bricks for building houses, designing active water filters, and supplying ‘off-the-grid’ energy systems for rural areas are all vital to the country’s development.”

    However, Jimma’s success could be seen as a bit of an anomaly. Paul O’Keeffe, a researcher at La Sapienza University of Rome, who specialises in Ethiopia’s higher education system, believes that similar initiatives are needed, but that the government’s politics are an obstacle: “My research indicates that the rapid expansion of the public university system has seen a dramatic decline in the quality of education offered in recent years. Instead of putting resources into improving the existing system, or establishing a few good institutions, the EPRDF has built many new universities, largely for political reasons.

    “A lot of the time the universities are merely shells. They do not function as universities as we would expect and are poorly resourced, and in some cases shoddily built. It would seem that they are built almost as a token where the EPRDF can say to hostile regions ‘look we are doing something for you, we’ve built a university’.”

    Even when the universities do function, the quality of education is often low: “Once the funding, say from a western development agency, is finished for a particular course, it is no longer taught as the university authorities believe they can get funding for a new course instead; whatever is the latest fashionable course. So often this type of education for development is not sustainable.”

    Reports of spies, classroom propaganda, of curricula that have been abandoned en mass due to funding cuts, and of unqualified staff are common at these universities, which make up the bulk of Ethiopian higher education, says O’Keeffe. “The party line is peddled during class, students are required to join the party, [there are] various reports of spies in the classrooms, who monitor what is said and who says it.”

    A lecturer at Addis Ababa University, who wished to remain anonymous, is concerned primarily with the lack of qualifications among staff: “What is disturbing is that those who have just graduated with BAs and MAs are the lecturers. That is the manpower that they have. If you talk with students you wouldn’t believe that these students actually graduated from these so-called universities. Their inability to articulate their thoughts is breathtaking. It is extremely frustrating and you wonder how they have spent four years at university studying a doctorate.”

    In this context, the MSE school provides a beacon of hope. The school’s success demonstrates that higher education – Stem research in particular – has the potential to thrive and play a central role in helping Ethiopia to reach its goal of becoming a middle-income nation by 2025, provided political interests are put to one side. Let’s hope the EPRDF takes note.

     

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  • INSA says 700 million birr swindled by telecom fraudsters

     

     

     

    The Information and Network Security Agency (INSA) announced that over 700 million birr has been swindled by about 55 individuals who the agency accused of defrauding Ethio telecom’s service. 

    Director General of INSA, Teklebirhan Woldeargay (Maj. Gen), revealed the news on Thursday while presenting his office’s 11-month performance report before the House of Peoples' Representatives (HPR). 

    INSA, one of Ethiopia’s three key security agencies, has publicly outlined its current and future project plans, as well as several regulations that it is preparing in order to help bring technological revolution and to safeguard the country’s infrastructures.

    Apart from infrastructure development and preparation of legal provisions, the agency indicated several more activities. Among other issues, as disclosed by the Director General, are the systematic crimes and frauds that were committed against Ethio Telecom in the past 11 months. 

    Accordingly, 55 suspects have been arrested in the reported period for allegedly cheating the telecom firm. Along with the suspects, close to 170 sophisticated technological devices were confiscated. Because of this crime Ethio Telecom has lost about 700 million birr so far. He added that, in a bid to tackle telecom related crimes, the agency is preparing regulations to govern it separately. Still, it is also building a digital forensic laboratory to help investigating computer crimes in relation to telecom cheating. 

    In his report, where he incorporated four major areas of strategic activity, he indicates that the agency is building several technological infrastructures, skills and capacity to modernize the country’s technology for information gathering. 

    He also spoke of safeguarding the nation from technology-aided attacks such as cyber attacks, devastating malware, electronic attacks and other threats that may arise due to technological advancements.

    Particularly the agency, according to Teklebirhan, has foiled more than 40 cyber attacks in various institutions in the country.

    To realize its ambitious plans of massive infrastructure development for information and its security, the director general revealed that various bills are under preparation so as deal with issues while undertaking its regulatory role.

    As a result the Cyber Crime draft proclamation was designed in 2013 and was sent to the Council of Ministers. Similarly, the Digital Signature bill was also completed, Teklebirhan said, adding that the draft is aimed at ensuring the safety of electronic commerce and electronic management. He expects the bill to be presented to the HPR soon. 

    Similarly, the other important issues revealed by the head of INSA is the preparation of a new policy regarding the building of geo-spatial infrastructure development along with utilization and security. Moreover, a new draft law is being prepared for information and information security standard.

    Explaining the issues of security products and services, Teklebirhan also told MPs that his office believes that though the country does not have its own technology that insures the complete safety of information and its infrastructure, it is necessary to acquire the knowledge and maintenance skills.

    “Otherwise, our safety will be at a grave risk,” Teklebirhan said, adding that the knowledge and skill will, at least, help reduce and avert possible risk. 

    He also underlined that it will contribute in reducing foreign currency in which the nation spends a significant amount of money for technology and its services.

    Hence, the agency is building a new infrastructure, which Teklebirhan described as the backbone of electronic commerce security. The technology is called Public Key Infrastructure and its aim is to protect the infrastructure from attack. It is also expected be operational once the draft proclamation of Digital Signature gets endorsed by the parliament.

    Regarding the development related to the introduction and utilization of the geo-spatial infrastructure development and cadastral map, Teklebirhan said there are technological scheme deals with the objective to collect information and store it properly after it is collected through aerial camera and technology. So far, the agency was able to collect information about land resources that cover over 48,000sqkm in three regions. In addition to that, according to INSA, the country has been spending huge amounts of foreign currency for the service. But after the agency’s effort, it was possible to reduce this amount. For instance, the agency saved over USD two million that the Ministry of Agriculture was to pay foreign company for the service.

    In a bid to find a sustainable resolve, Teklebirhan told MPs that his office is considering buying the camera and aircraft, which would help it render aerial photo service of geo-spatial technology.

    It can be recalled that INSA signed a Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) with the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

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  • Africa must set up own ICC to try Europeans, says Mugabe

    Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who is also the African Union (AU) chair, says Africa must establish its own International Criminal Court (ICC) which would be mandated to prosecute Western leaders who have committed crimes on the continent.

    According to the state-owned Chronicle newspaper, Mugabe said it was high time Africa set up a criminal court which would seek justice for "serious" war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the West, particularity during the colonial era.

    "They committed crimes, colonial crimes galore – the slaughter of our people and all that imprisonment... I have a case, why was I imprisoned for 11 years? We forgave them, but perhaps we’ve not done ourselves justice... You set up the ICC, we set our ICC to try Europeans, to try Mr [George] Bush and Mr [Tony] Blair," Mugabe was quoted as saying.

    Mugabe said the International Criminal Court was a court for Western countries, dispensing Western injustice on Africans.

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    Mugabe said this while addressing journalists at the Harare international airport where he was seeing off his Malian counterpart Ibrahim Boubacar Keita after his three-day state visit to the southern African country.

    Keita concurred, adding it was "up to Africans, not Europeans or Americans to judge their leaders".

    Mugabe's remarks came a few days after Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir evaded an ICC arrest order by leaving early from an African Union summit that was held in Johannesburg.

    At the summit, Mugabe wanted a mass withdrawal of African states from the ICC.

    The veteran leader harshly criticised the ICC after Al-Bashir dodged his arrest, saying the international court was not wanted in Africa.

    "This is not the headquarters of the ICC, we do not want it in this region at all," Mugabe said.

    Mugabe also took a swipe at the "foreign" funded non-governmental organisations (NGOs), whom he said were angling for Al-Bashir’s arrest.

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  • Africa must set up own ICC to try Europeans, says Mugabe

    Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who is also the African Union (AU) chair, says Africa must establish its own International Criminal Court (ICC) which would be mandated to prosecute Western leaders who have committed crimes on the continent.

    According to the state-owned Chronicle newspaper, Mugabe said it was high time Africa set up a criminal court which would seek justice for "serious" war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the West, particularity during the colonial era.

    "They committed crimes, colonial crimes galore – the slaughter of our people and all that imprisonment... I have a case, why was I imprisoned for 11 years? We forgave them, but perhaps we’ve not done ourselves justice... You set up the ICC, we set our ICC to try Europeans, to try Mr [George] Bush and Mr [Tony] Blair," Mugabe was quoted as saying.

    Mugabe said the International Criminal Court was a court for Western countries, dispensing Western injustice on Africans.

    Mass withdrawal

    Mugabe said this while addressing journalists at the Harare international airport where he was seeing off his Malian counterpart Ibrahim Boubacar Keita after his three-day state visit to the southern African country.

    Keita concurred, adding it was "up to Africans, not Europeans or Americans to judge their leaders".

    Mugabe's remarks came a few days after Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir evaded an ICC arrest order by leaving early from an African Union summit that was held in Johannesburg.

    At the summit, Mugabe wanted a mass withdrawal of African states from the ICC.

    The veteran leader harshly criticised the ICC after Al-Bashir dodged his arrest, saying the international court was not wanted in Africa.

    "This is not the headquarters of the ICC, we do not want it in this region at all," Mugabe said.

    Mugabe also took a swipe at the "foreign" funded non-governmental organisations (NGOs), whom he said were angling for Al-Bashir’s arrest.

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  • Egypt's Sisi pardons 165 detained youth on occasion of Ramadan

     

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    Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has pardoned 165 detained youth to mark the Islamic holy month of Ramadan that starts on Thursday.

    The list of those who have been pardoned revealed there are no well-known activists among them. It includes five minors and four students.

    In addition to thousands of Islamists who have been jailed or detained on various criminal charges following the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, tens of non-Islamist activists have also been sentenced to jail for violating the November 2013 protest law, such as Alaa Abdel-Fattah, Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel. 

    In January, El-Sisi said during a visit to UAE that the government was preparing a list of jailed youths in order to review their legal status for possible release.

    It is not clear if the 165 who are set to be released are on that list.

    Egyptian presidents have traditionally pardoned groups of prisoners on national and religious holidays.

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  • BURKA AND EDRIS WIN ETHIOPIAN 10,000M TRIALS IN HENGELO

     

    It may have been just her second race at the distance, but Gelete Burka tackled the 10,000m in Hengelo as though she had been running it all of her life, winning the Ethiopian World Championships trial race in a world-leading 30:49.68.

    Muktar Edris – who, like Burka, was tackling the 10,000m for just the second time in his career – won the men’s race in 2:27.18, booking his spot on Ethiopia’s team for the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015.


    The lead pack in the women’s race was paced through 5000m in 15:33. Burka was one of nine Ethiopians in the group along with Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat, the world half-marathon record-holder. They passed through 7000m in 21:46, but Kiplagat dropped out soon after.

    About one kilometre later, the lead pack had been reduced to seven athletes: Burka, world junior 5000m champion Alemitu Heroye, world 10,000m bronze medallist Belaynesh Oljira, 2010 Dubai Marathon champion Mamitu Daska, 2009 world 10,000m bronze medallist Wude Ayalew, world cross-country bronze medallist Netsanet Gudeta and Ethiopian cross-country champion Genet Yalew.

    Wude tried to attack with three laps remaining, but all seven athletes were still close together at 9000m. In the end, Burka proved to have the better finish, kicking away from the rest of the field to win in a stadium record of 30:49.68.

    The previous stadium record had been set by Liz McColgan, just two months before going on to win the world 10,000m title in 1991. Burka also improved on her own world-leading mark of 31:08.16 which she set on her debut at the distance in Stanford in April.

    Burka last represented Ethiopia at a major championships in 2012, finishing fifth in the 5000m at the London 2012 Olympics. She has previously won global championship medals at 1500m, 3000m and at cross country. And now, at this year’s IAAF World Championships, she will represent her country at a distance in which she is undefeated.

    In second, Heroye clocked 30:50.83 on her 10,000m debut, just one month after turning 20. She finished almost three seconds ahead of Oljira, who ran 30:53.69. In fourth, Daska was rewarded with a PB of 30:55.56.

    Along with Kiplagat, 2009 world silver medallist Meselech Melkamu was among the non-finishers.

    The men’s race played out in much the same way. Pace makers led the field through 3000m in 8:15 and half way in 13:43, after which the pace increased and they passed 7000m in 19:10.

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    Ibrahim Jeilan, the 2011 world 10,000m champion and reigning world silver medallist, then dropped out, leaving just nine men in the lead pack.

    The leaders then went through 8000m in 21:56 and with two laps remaining there were seven men in contention: 2012 world junior 5000m champion Edris, 2011 world cross-country champion Imane Merga, RAK Half Marathon champion Mosinet Geremew, road-running specialist Adugna Tekele, African Championships fourth-place finisher Tebalu Zawude, Ethiopian cross-country champion Tamirat Tola and Rio Half Marathon winner Leul Gebresilase.

    Showing the kind of kick that brought him to a world-leading 5000m time of 12:54.83 in 2014, Edris forged ahead to win in 27:17.18, smashing the PB of 28:44.95 he set as a 17-year-old when finishing fourth at the 2011 African Junior Championships.

    Having represented Ethiopia in the 10,000m at the past three editions of the World Championships – and taking bronze in 2011 – Merga put himself in the frame for selection for Beijing by finishing second in 27:17.63.

    Geremew, running his first ever 10,000m, was third in 27:18.86. Tekele (27:19.34) and Zawude (27:20.54) both smashed their PBs, while Tola, another 10,000m debutant, clocked 27:22.64 in sixth.

    Along with Jeilan, Olympic bronze medallist Tariku Bekele failed to finish. It means two of Ethiopia’s reigning global medallists at the distance are unlikely to be selected for Beijing.

    Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF

    Leading results
    Men
    1 Muktar Edris 27:17.18
    2 Imane Merga 27:17.63
    3 Mosinet Geremew 27:18.86
    4 Adugna Tekele 27:19.34
    5 Tebalu Zawude 27:20.54
    6 Tamirat Tola 27:22.64
    7 Leul Gebresilase 27:22.89
    8 Azmeraw Mengistu 27:33.82
    9 Yitayal Atnafu 27:50.70
    10 Yigrem Demelash 28:18.03

    Women
    1 Gelete Burka 30:49.68
    2 Alemitu Heroye 30:50.83
    3 Belaynesh Oljira 30:53.69
    4 Mamitu Daska 30:55.56
    5 Wude Ayalew 30:58.03
    6 Netsanet Gudeta 31:06.53
    7 Genet Yalew 31:08.82
    8 Ababel Yeshaneh 31:23.60
    9 Sule Utura 31:57.85
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  • ‘Made in Ethiopia’ Now Means Luxury

    Open a box of Enzi shoes and this is what you’ll read on the inside:

    You have not just purchased a pair of shoes.

    You have contributed towards the development of sustainable leather production in Ethiopia.

    You have invested in improving the livelihoods of skilled Ethiopian factory workers.

    You have helped to raise the profile of East African design.

    You have added your voice to a growing chorus of people around the world who are ready to see Africa in a new light.

    The shoes also happen to be really nice.

    Enjoy them responsibly.

    Founder, Sam Imende gives no further instructions on how to enjoy them responsibly, but one can imagine that it might have something to do with walking in someone else’s shoes or becoming more conscious of what you wear on your feet. Having “Made in Ethiopia” stamped on your sole might also be a good start. Long time friends Azariah Mengistu, Jawad Braye, Christian Ward and Imende (pictured above) spent their student days scattered around the world, returning to establish Enzi Footwear in their homeland Kenya. Their travels had exposed them to luxury leather goods and they couldn’t see any obstacles as to why East Africa couldn’t produce leather goods to a similar standard. The Enzi team are still in their 30s and are driven to change the perceptions the world has of their part of the world. “Most people don’t think of Ethiopia as having the highest quality leather in the world, “ says Imende. “They think of stereotypes established decades ago.”

    “We saw a lot of potential, creativity and enterprise in the region,” he continues. “Jawad had studied footwear at the London School of Fashion and we decided to build a shoe brand that reflected the standards and quality we knew existed here.”

    Africa is known as a resource rich region but much is exported and sold in to higher end markets without the source getting any recognition. Imende and his team set out to turn the spotlight back on Africa. Their neighbour, Ethiopia, seemed to offer the best manufacturing facilities with surprisingly good tanneries. The best thing about quality Ethiopian leather is how beautifully it ages and Enzi’s entry leather sneakers, starting at $125, are a serious fashion investment.

    Imende easily found the talent and excellence in Ethiopia to get their venture off the ground; indispensable artisans such as seamstresses and pattern cutters; but underestimated the need for a production line manager, someone to constantly supervise the overall quality. If you’re selling shoes at a premium price into developed markets you need more than just a catchy “African tale.” Your products must be flawless.

    One of Imende’s survival strategies has been to collaborate with established companies. A French-Canadian company based in Ethiopia shared information on labels and soles with him and a factory in London was open to forming an incubator-type relationship with Enzi. One of the biggest incentives has been from the government itself. A long-time exporter of high-grade raw leather to Japan and Italy, the Ethiopian government wanted to retain a higher margin at home and introduced a tax of up to 150% on raw exports, whereas the export of finished goods attracts a tax of 0%.

    imende

    From the start Kenzi has run their business in a way that creates social impact.  Going beyond fair pay, they pay factory workers a percentage of profits and strive to operate a completely transparent supply chain. Imende has a background in microfinance and has considered ways in which the company can evolve into a lending circle for the benefit of workers. A pop up shop they created in Nairobi saw 10% of proceeds going to school students who couldn’t afford their fees.

    “It’s been trendy for a while now to be green and integrate social enterprise into your business,” muses Imende. “But we’ve found that these types of considerations actually go hand-in-hand with delivering a quality product. For us, this should be the norm.”

    The tannery Enzi works with recycles a lot of their water, and highly toxic chemical by-products, such as chrome, are being effectively filtered to avoid poisoning local waterways. Luckily, fashion trends have also swung onto a more natural aesthetic and the more natural leather treatments they use have become the norm. The touch and feel of Enzi shoes hasn’t been lost on their customer’s either, who value the authenticity of leather that hasn’t been pickled to death.

    Imende’s vision for a more sustainable business hasn’t been without its pitfalls. “Many factory managers can’t understand why there should be any incentive for workers at all,” he says. “They expect the goods to be made to a workers best ability regardless of whether they will be paid more or not.” The retail industry works on slim margins and by default has low paying jobs. Imende has seen some workers leave to become housemaids because it paid more. India and China have also established large production factories around the capital Addis Ababa, taking advantage of the aforementioned tax breaks, adding to an increasingly crowded market.

    enzi_shoe

    Yet, despite the challenges it’s sometimes not monetary incentives that work with employees. “It’s about creating a cooperative ownership scheme and finding ways to make staff feel valued,” says Imende. “For example, on each box we send out, we have an employee sign their name, “as made by…” and they take a lot of pride in that. It’s their handcraft that’s being exported to London and Hong Kong and sometimes a subtle thing like this can go a long way in fostering loyalty and pride.”

    Richard Branson and brands such as Nike inspire Imende. “They both take a bit of risk and are very driven to build their brands,” he says. “The teams they work with are incredibly talented and I love the way they connect with consumers, particularly Nike’s relationship with athletes, skaters and musicians. You’ll occasionally see a campaign that looks completely off-brand, but they’re building a brand that really resonates with the market and pushes boundaries. They’re in touch with their end-user,” says Imende.

    Perhaps Enzi might take their slogan “Made in Ethiopia” one step further by adding “Pride Inside” to each of the boxes that now ship to Paris, London, Hong Kong, Sydney and New York.

     

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  • How an Ethiopian slave became a South African teacher

      

     How an Ethiopian slave became a South African teacher

    Bisho Jarsa, trained as a domestic servant, went on to become a teacher

    When Neville Alexander used to visit his maternal grandmother Bisho Jarsa as a boy, he never suspected the extraordinary story of how she had come from Ethiopia to the South African city of Port Elizabeth.

    Bisho was one of a group of Ethiopian slaves freed by a British warship in 1888 off the coast of Yemen, then taken round the African coast and placed in the care of missionaries in South Africa.

    "We were overawed in her presence and by the way she would mumble to herself in this language none of us understood," recalls Mr Alexander, now 74.

    This was Ethiopia's Oromo language, Bisho's mother tongue, which she reverted to as she grew older.

    Mr Alexander, who was a political prisoner in the 1960s, sharing Robben Island with Nelson Mandela, is today one of South Africa's most eminent educationists.

    He remembers his younger siblings asking their mother, Dimbiti: "What's Ma talking about... what's the matter with her? What's she saying?"

    Their mother would respond: "Don't worry about Ma... she's just talking to God."

    When he was in his late teens, his mother told him about his Ethiopian origins but Mr Alexander thinks even she may not have known all the details, which he only discovered when he was in his fifties.

    He found out that the freed Ethiopians had all been interviewed on their arrival in South Africa.

    The story began on 16 September 1888, when Commander Charles E Gissing, aboard the British gunship HMS Osprey, intercepted three dhows carrying Ethiopians to the slave markets in the Arabian port of Jeddah.

    Sold for maize

    Commander Gissing's mission was part of British attempts to end the slave trade - a trade that London had supported until 1807, when it was abolished across the British Empire.

    Ethiopian children, enslaved in Ethiopia, freed by the British navy arrive in Aden. Photo: University of Cape Town
     
    On their arrival in Yemen, the children were looked after by local families and missionaries

    All the 204 slaves freed by Commander Gissing were from the Oromo ethnic group and most were children.

    The Oromo, despite being the most populous of all Ethiopian groups, had long been dominated by the country's Amhara and Tigrayan elites and were regularly used as slaves.

    Emperor Menelik II, who has been described as Ethiopia's "greatest slave entrepreneur", taxed the trade to pay for guns and ammunition as he battled for control of the whole country, which he ruled from 1889 to 1913.

    Bisho Jarsa was among the 183 children found on the dhows.

    She had been orphaned with her two brothers, as a result of the drought and disease that swept through Ethiopia in 1887, and left in the care of one of her father's slaves.

    But the continuing threat of starvation resulted in Bisho being sold to slave merchants for a small quantity of maize.

    After a journey of six weeks, she reached the Red Sea, where she was put on board one of the Jeddah-bound dhows intercepted by HMS Osprey.

    The missionaries recorded detailed histories of the former slaves, educated them and baptised them into the Christian faith

    Her first memory of the British was the sound of automatic gunfire blasting into the sails and rigging of the slave dhow while she huddled below deck with the other Oromo children.

    They all fully expected to be eaten as this is what the Arab slave traders had told them would happen if they were captured by the British.

    But Commander Gissing took the Oromo to Aden, where the British authorities had to decide what to do with the former slaves.

    The Muslim children were adopted by local families. The remaining children were placed in the care of a mission of the Free Church of Scotland - but the harsh climate took its toll and by the end of the year 11 had died.

    The missionaries sought an alternative home for them, eventually settling on another of the Church's missions, the Lovedale Institution in South Africa's Eastern Cape - on the other side of the continent.

    Bisho and the rest of the children reached Lovedale on 21 August 1890.

    The missionaries recorded detailed histories of the former slaves, educated them and baptised them into the Christian faith.

    Mandela fascinated

    Neville Alexander
    Her real liberation was not the British warship but the education she later received in South AfricaNeville Alexander

    Life was tough here too, however, and by 1903, at least another 18 of the children had died.

    In that year, the Lovedale authorities asked the survivors whether they would like to return to Ethiopia.

    Some opted to do so, but it was only after a protracted process, involving the intervention of German advisers to Emperor Menelik, that 17 former slaves sailed back to Ethiopia in 1909.

    The rest had by this time married or found careers and opted to stay in South Africa.

    Bisho was trained for domestic service, but she must have shown signs of special talent, because she was one of only two of the Oromo girls who went on to train as a teacher.

    In 1902 she left Lovedale and found a position at a school in Cradock, then in 1911 she married Frederick Scheepers, a minister in the church.

    Frederick and Bisho Jarsa had a daughter, Dimbiti. Dimbiti married David Alexander, a carpenter, and one of their children, born on 22 October 1936, was Neville Alexander.

    By the 1950s and 60s he was a well-known political activist, who helped found the short-lived National Liberation Front.

     

    He was arrested and from 1964 until 1974 was jailed in the bleak prison on Robben Island.

    His fellow prisoners, Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu, were fascinated by his part-Ethiopian origins but at the time, he was not aware that his grandmother had been captured as a slave and so they could not draw any comparisons with their own fight against oppression.

    So what did he feel when he found out how is grandmother had ended up in South Africa?

    "It reinforced my sense of being an African in a fundamental way," he told the BBC.

    Under apartheid, his family was classified as Coloured, or mixed-race, rather than African.

    "We always struggled against this nomenclature," he said.

    He also noted that it explained why he had often been mistaken for an Ethiopian during his travels.

    The strongest parallel he can draw between his life and that of his grandmother is the role of schooling.

    "Her real liberation was not the British warship but the education she later received in South Africa," he said.

    "Equally, while on Robben Island, we turned it into a university and ensured that all the prisoners learned to read and write, to prepare them for their future lives."

    Source: bbc.com 

     

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  • SA, Nigeria betrayed Africa – Robert Mugabe

     

    Johannesburg - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe blasted South Africa and Nigeria at the African Union summit this weekend, saying Africa would never agree to them getting permanent seats on the UN Security Council.

    This was because they had both voted for UN Security Council Resolution 1973 in 2011, which authorised military action against the regime of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

    They had betrayed the continent which could never trust them, sources reported him as saying.

    Mugabe intervened in a meeting of the so-called “Committee of 10” at the summit on Saturday which was discussing possible amendments to the “Ezulwini Consensus” which stated Africa’s position on reform of the UN Security Council.

    The 2005 Ezulwini Consensus was that Africa should demand at least two permanent and five non-permanent seats on the council as part of the protracted, wider reform to make it more representative of the world.

    The consensus also demanded that the two permanent seats should come with the same veto powers as were enjoyed by the five current permanent members, the US, UK, China, Russia and France.

    This demand for vetoes had effectively stymied Africa’s chances of reforming the council. And so the South African government was calling for Africa to adopt a more flexible approach by dropping the veto demand.

    This was what the so-called G4 group of nations - Germany, Japan, India and Brazil - who were also seeking permanent seats on the council had done, as a tactical manoeuvre to try to diminish resistance to their bid.

    Last year South African President Jacob Zuma said: “Africa needs to compromise - not reiterate fixed positions as it has done for the past nine years.”

    And he organised a retreat of African Foreign Ministers in February 2014 to review the Ezulwini Consensus.

    South Africa also intended to raise it in the Committee of 10 meeting here on Saturday. The Committee of 10 was appointed by the AU many years ago to pursue the UN Security Council reform.

    But one regional official who was in the meeting said he believed that Mugabe’s attack on South Africa and Nigeria had seriously damaged South Africa’s case for reviewing the Ezulwini Consensus.

    The official said Mugabe had not mentioned the two countries by name.

    But it was clear to all in the room who he was referring to as he referred to African governments who had been on the UN Security Council when Resolution 1973 on Libya was adopted in 2011.

    South Africa and Nigeria were both on the council at the time, occupying two of the ten, non-permanent, two-year seats. South Africa’s vote for Resolution 1973 was highly controversial even within South Africa.

    But the South African government justified it on the grounds that a foreign military intervention was necessary to prevent Gaddafi’s forces slaughtering his opponents in their Benghazi stronghold, as he threatened to do.

    Pretoria later condemned the Nato-led military coalition for going beyond the mandate which was to protect civilians, by helping rebels overthrow Gaddafi.

    But South Africa suspects that countries like Zimbabwe are avoiding review of the Ezulwini Consensus and insisting on a hardline, maximalist position on UN Security Council reform because they don’t want bigger African countries like South Africa and Nigeria to get permanent seats on the council.

    ANA

     

    Source: thisisafrica 

     

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  • Israel: No criminal probe against policeman who beat up Ethopian-born soldier

     

    Israel: No criminal probe against policeman who beat up Ethopian-born soldier

    The incident sparked outrage and a series of riots; officer will stand internal police tribunal

    Israel's Attorney General decided against opening a criminal investigation into the beating a 21-year-old Ethiopian Israeli uniformed soldier that was caught on tape.

    The apparently unprovoked beating of Demas Fekadeh, an orphan who immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia with his four siblings seven years ago sparked outrage around the country that broke out into a series of riots.

    However, the unnamed offending officer will still be liable for disciplinary action should an internal police tribunal find his conduct was out of order.

    Fekadeh told Israel's Channel 10 news that he was riding his bicycle when he noticed two officers and asked what they were doing.

    One the policemen approached him and pushed him off of his bike saying "I can do whatever I want" and threatened to shoot him in his head.

    However, according to a statement by the Attorney General's office, Fekadeh was repeatedly told that he ought to leave the area as there's a suspicious package that's being investigated, and he declined to comply with the request.

    While the officer's conduct was "unprofessional," there is no indication his actions were motivated by racial hatred, the report concluded.

    Last month Tel Aviv, Israel's commercial hub, saw its most violent demonstration in years when police on horseback charged at hundreds of protesters of Ethiopian extraction to disperse an angry outburst.

     Source: i24news.tv 

     

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  • Made in Ethiopia Now Means Luxury

     

     

    Open a box of Enzi shoes and this is what you’ll read on the inside:

    You have not just purchased a pair of shoes.

    You have contributed towards the development of sustainable leather production in Ethiopia.

    You have invested in improving the livelihoods of skilled Ethiopian factory workers.

    You have helped to raise the profile of East African design.

    You have added your voice to a growing chorus of people around the world who are ready to see Africa in a new light.

    The shoes also happen to be really nice.

    Enjoy them responsibly.

    Founder, Sam Imende gives no further instructions on how to enjoy them responsibly, but one can imagine that it might have something to do with walking in someone else’s shoes or becoming more conscious of what you wear on your feet. Having “Made in Ethiopia” stamped on your sole might also be a good start. Long time friends Azariah Mengistu, Jawad Braye, Christian Ward and Imende (pictured above) spent their student days scattered around the world, returning to establish Enzi Footwear in their homeland Kenya. Their travels had exposed them to luxury leather goods and they couldn’t see any obstacles as to why East Africa couldn’t produce leather goods to a similar standard. The Enzi team are still in their 30s and are driven to change the perceptions the world has of their part of the world. “Most people don’t think of Ethiopia as having the highest quality leather in the world, “ says Imende. “They think of stereotypes established decades ago.”

    “We saw a lot of potential, creativity and enterprise in the region,” he continues. “Jawad had studied footwear at the London School of Fashion and we decided to build a shoe brand that reflected the standards and quality we knew existed here.”

    Africa is known as a resource rich region but much is exported and sold in to higher end markets without the source getting any recognition. Imende and his team set out to turn the spotlight back on Africa. Their neighbour, Ethiopia, seemed to offer the best manufacturing facilities with surprisingly good tanneries. The best thing about quality Ethiopian leather is how beautifully it ages and Enzi’s entry leather sneakers, starting at $125, are a serious fashion investment.

    Imende easily found the talent and excellence in Ethiopia to get their venture off the ground; indispensable artisans such as seamstresses and pattern cutters; but underestimated the need for a production line manager, someone to constantly supervise the overall quality. If you’re selling shoes at a premium price into developed markets you need more than just a catchy “African tale.” Your products must be flawless.

    One of Imende’s survival strategies has been to collaborate with established companies. A French-Canadian company based in Ethiopia shared information on labels and soles with him and a factory in London was open to forming an incubator-type relationship with Enzi. One of the biggest incentives has been from the government itself. A long-time exporter of high-grade raw leather to Japan and Italy, the Ethiopian government wanted to retain a higher margin at home and introduced a tax of up to 150% on raw exports, whereas the export of finished goods attracts a tax of 0%.

    imende

    From the start Kenzi has run their business in a way that creates social impact.  Going beyond fair pay, they pay factory workers a percentage of profits and strive to operate a completely transparent supply chain. Imende has a background in microfinance and has considered ways in which the company can evolve into a lending circle for the benefit of workers. A pop up shop they created in Nairobi saw 10% of proceeds going to school students who couldn’t afford their fees.

    “It’s been trendy for a while now to be green and integrate social enterprise into your business,” muses Imende. “But we’ve found that these types of considerations actually go hand-in-hand with delivering a quality product. For us, this should be the norm.”

    The tannery Enzi works with recycles a lot of their water, and highly toxic chemical by-products, such as chrome, are being effectively filtered to avoid poisoning local waterways. Luckily, fashion trends have also swung onto a more natural aesthetic and the more natural leather treatments they use have become the norm. The touch and feel of Enzi shoes hasn’t been lost on their customer’s either, who value the authenticity of leather that hasn’t been pickled to death.

    Imende’s vision for a more sustainable business hasn’t been without its pitfalls. “Many factory managers can’t understand why there should be any incentive for workers at all,” he says. “They expect the goods to be made to a workers best ability regardless of whether they will be paid more or not.” The retail industry works on slim margins and by default has low paying jobs. Imende has seen some workers leave to become housemaids because it paid more. India and China have also established large production factories around the capital Addis Ababa, taking advantage of the aforementioned tax breaks, adding to an increasingly crowded market.

    enzi_shoe

    Yet, despite the challenges it’s sometimes not monetary incentives that work with employees. “It’s about creating a cooperative ownership scheme and finding ways to make staff feel valued,” says Imende. “For example, on each box we send out, we have an employee sign their name, “as made by…” and they take a lot of pride in that. It’s their handcraft that’s being exported to London and Hong Kong and sometimes a subtle thing like this can go a long way in fostering loyalty and pride.”

    Richard Branson and brands such as Nike inspire Imende. “They both take a bit of risk and are very driven to build their brands,” he says. “The teams they work with are incredibly talented and I love the way they connect with consumers, particularly Nike’s relationship with athletes, skaters and musicians. You’ll occasionally see a campaign that looks completely off-brand, but they’re building a brand that really resonates with the market and pushes boundaries. They’re in touch with their end-user,” says Imende.

    Perhaps Enzi might take their slogan “Made in Ethiopia” one step further by adding “Pride Inside” to each of the boxes that now ship to Paris, London, Hong Kong, Sydney and New York.

     

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