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  • A student gives birth while in the exam

    Worknesh Bekele, a 10th grader at the High School in the compound of Metehara Sugar Factory, had given a birth after she completed Chemistry and Physics national exams, locally called “Matrik” in the morning schedule last week.

    Deputy Commander Aschalew Alemu, Public Relations Head of the Eastern Oromia Zone Police was quoted by ENA as saying, “the student gave birth to a baby daughter at Merti Hospital in the afternoon”.

    Worknesh can be described as “strong” and “amazing” as she completed a Biology exam after giving a birth.

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  • Do you know that?

    Ethiopian Timnit Gebru, a PhD student at the Stanford University, has praised for her role in advancing the research on artificial intelligence.

     

    As a teenager, Timnit Gebru left Ethiopia for the United States. She thrived in her new country, where she enrolled at Stanford University for a bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD in Electrical Engineering, landed a prestigious engineering job at Apple, and co-founded a startup.

     

    Studying computer vision under Dr. Fei-Fei Li, Gebru authored several notable papers in her research area of mining large scale datasets for sociological insights. Her recent work using machine learning methods to extrapolate census data from Google Street View images was lauded by The Economist.

     

    Gebru actively works to boost diversity and inclusion in the field of AI. After noticing she was the only black woman at a major AI conference, she co-founded the social community Black In AI to drive connection and participation in AI research.

    Gebru also returned to Ethiopia to co-teach AddisCoder, a programming bootcamp, to a diverse range of young students and help them win admission to Ivy League universities.

     

    Since AI affects all aspects of society, even being used to manipulate elections and identify criminals, Gebru cautions that “AI researchers should not be silent regarding the repercussions of their work.” Only when technology creators tend to inclusion will the exponential benefits of artificial intelligence positively impact all.

     

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  • Have you ever heard of Ethio-American vocalist Kenna Zemedkun?

    Kenna Zemedkun, known professionally as simply Kenna, is an Ethiopian-born American musician. His track "Say Goodbye To Love" was nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in the 2009 Grammy Awards.

     

    Kenna is the eldest son of an Ethiopian family that immigrated to Cincinnati, Ohio. He was later raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, attending school with friends and eventual career-long collaborators Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams. 

     

    Kenna began to express an interest in music upon receiving a copy of U2's The Joshua Tree. That album inspired Kenna to teach himself piano while studying singers like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, as well as groups like The Cure and Duran Duran.


    Breaking into the music scene at such a young age and at an interesting time in pop history, Kenna met some of music’s biggest names including Whitney Houston, Babyface, Blackstreet, Teddy Riley and Michael Jackson. He went on to create his own sound that has yet to be categorized and filed under any mainstream genre.


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    With the release of his first single in 2001, "Hell Bent", Kenna gained moderate popularity and an underground following of fans who eagerly awaited the release of his debut album, New Sacred Cow. After many delays and swapping of record labels, the album was finally released under the Sony imprint Flawless in 2003. A subsequent North American tour was launched in the Summer of 2003 with Depeche Mode front man Dave Gahan.


    The album, which was co-produced by Chad Hugo of The Neptunes, contained elements of electronica, synth pop, post rock, and house music. Two singles, "Sunday After You" and "Freetime" followed the release of the album; the music video of the latter, along with "Hell Bent", appeared sporadically on MTV2. "Freetime" reached #19 on the U.S. Dance charts.


    In Malcolm Gladwell's book Blink, which is about the way people judge and make decisions in their lives, a portion of one chapter focuses on the stops and starts and difficulties that Kenna experienced in getting his music accepted by the general public, despite the tremendous reception and enthusiasm that music executives, other musicians and a small, loyal fan base had when they heard his music.

     

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  • Donkey abattoir still in business despite ban

    Despite a ban from the Bishoftu City Administration, Shandong Dong, the first donkey slaughterhouse in Ethiopia, is carrying on with the business until the stock of donkeys it has already purchased have been slaughtered. Their stock should be complete sometime in the next week.

    In a letter issued on April 16, 2017, the administration banned the Chinese company from carrying on with its operations, saying that it was offensive to the people who are living around the plant. The ban comes three weeks after public outrage exploded on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

    “We cannot compromise when the community is demanding its closure,” said Dereje Jira, head of Bishoftu City Administration Mayor’s Office. “One of the important points in our deep reform is avoiding negligence of the people’s demands.”

    The shutdown, however, is not stopping Shandong Dong or donkey wholesalers, whose businesses have also suffered.

    We cannot cease immediately,” said Lio Zhaohua, country director of Shandong. “We are supposed to complete at least what we have in stock.”
    “This is a joke,” said Lio. “Any investment should get notice before a shutdown.

    Shandong first come to Ethiopia five years ago secured a license from the Ethiopian Investment Commission. Its original plan was to buy donkey skins from Ethiopian market.

    The Commission, however, suggested the company open its slaughterhouse instead, saying that they would not find anyone suppliers for donkey skin. With an initial capital of 62.6 million Birr, Shandong started to build a donkey abattoir.

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  • Tewodros apologizes for comments on Teddy Afro

    We could say that there was no one like Journalist Tewodros Tsegaye, who have been a source of infinite critics, even insults on the social media after he forwarded an opinion about Teddy Afro’s new “Ethiopia” single and its album poster, which posted on social media.

    Facebookers were seriously condemned following the comments of the journalist and posted that: “comments on Teddy Afro album forwarded on Tewodros show were not totally expert wise views, it lacks professionalism”.

    Tewodros hosted varieties of critics and insults from facebookers and pages. He formally replied to a bulky of comments. “We are in favor of promoting and protecting the good images of Ethiopia”. “Therefore, we have forwarded our opinion towards the singer in that sense, not in any other negative implications,” he added.

    The “Reyot Show” Producer and Presenter, Tewodros also stressed on the “importance of having a multitude of ideas and opinions and the supremacy of logical ideas”.
    He opined: “We were trying to present a positive and constructive critics to create musicians and other personalities with a better cabability in our country”.

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  • Bahrain agency offers “Ethiopian maid” as a prize

    A recruitment agency in Bahrain sparked outrage by offering an “Ethiopian maid” as a prize.

    The Bahraini recruitment agency ran the advertisement on the social networking site, Instagram, according to reports on multiple Arabic news outlets. An “Ethiopian maid” is the prize for the winner of the contest to be held in the Ramadan, the fasting season of Muslims, said the advertisement.

    The announcement provoked condemnation among some Bahraini Twitter users, according to Bahraini media reports. 

    Source: HornAffairs.com 

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  • Ethiopian housekeeper in 'murder escape' debunks 'fake' suicide story

    An Ethiopian housekeeper who was filmed begging for help as she hung from the seventh floor of an apartment complex while her Kuwaiti employer stood-by and filmed her, has spoken out about her ordeal and debunked media claims that she had tried to kill herself.

    The domestic worker spoke to Ethiopian media for the first time since a video went viral showing her cling to a window ledge before losing her grip and dropping seven floors, escaping without major injury.

    "I am fine, thank God, I am fine," she said in a video as she lay in a hospital bed after the fall, suffering from a broken arm and bleeding from her ear and nose.

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  • Donkey slaughter house opens in Bishoftu

    Ethiopia is to export donkey's meat, following the start of operations at a slaughterhouse in Bishoftu (Debrezeit) town, 48Km east of Addis Abeba. Shandong Dong, a donkey slaughterhouse, has just opened after 80 million Birr, according to media reports.

    The company will export the meat to Vietnam and the skins of the donkeys to China, which will be used to manufacture medicines.
    The factory was torched down by protesters in Bishoftu/Debre Zeit town a few months ago.

    Another donkey abattoir is being constructed by Chinese investors in Assela, Arsi, Oromo region of Ethiopia, the newspaper added.
    China has turned its face to Africa for its donkey demand, which is attributed to the increased demand of donkey’s in China, especially for its skin, according to media reports.

    In Niger, some 80,000 donkeys have been exported to China in 2016, compared with 27,000 in 2015. In Burkina Faso, donkey traders sold 18,000 animals to international buyers in the first quarter of 2016, up from just 1,000 for the same period last year.

    In Kenya, a donkey abattoir opened in April last year in Naivasha to cater for the burgeoning Chinese market.

    But this thriving export market is not without considerable drawbacks for local people. In Niger, the price of donkeys has risen from 34 to 147 USD, a huge rise for farmers and merchants who need to buy donkeys to maintain their livelihoods. Officials are also worried that the demand for exports will decimate local donkey populations. In response, the government has banned donkey exports.

    Burkina Faso implemented similar regulations last year. In Ouagadougou, the situation was reportedly discussed twice in cabinet meetings before ban on donkey’s meat was announced.

    In South Africa, meanwhile, the surge in demand has led to a rise in cruelty towards, and theft of, donkeys. In a statement released this month the National Council of Societies for the Protection of Animals (NSPCA) said it was “horrified to confirm that donkeys are the latest victims of the trade in animal parts ‘for medicinal purposes’ to the far east. Donkeys are being rounded up, stolen, then transported and brutally slaughtered for their skins.”

     

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  • Ethiopia extends State of Emergency

    Ethiopian House of Peoples' Representatives has extended Ethiopia's state of emergency for additional four months.

    The House has made the decision to bring about lasting peace in the country.

    Ethiopia has declared the six months state of emergency last October following the unrest that happend in some parts of the country.

    (EBC; March 30, 2017)

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  • Death toll reaches 65 in Ethiopia landfill collapse

    The death toll has reached 65 from the collapse of a mountain of trash at a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, according to media reports.

     

    It was not clear what caused Saturday night's collapse, though residents have said the dumping of trash had resumed there in recent months after protests at a newer landfill site.

     

    Weeping mourners clutching photos of the dead lined the narrow roads around the Koshe landfill as police tried to block people from entering, while rescue and recovery work continued. Most of the dead are women and children.

     

    The landfill has been a dumping ground for the capital's garbage for more than 50 years. Smaller collapses have occurred at Koshe — or "dirty" in the local Amharic language — in the past two years but only two or three people were killed, residents said.

     

    Addis Ababa's mayor has vowed to relocate those living at the landfill, which officials say receives close to 300,000 tons of waste collected each year from the capital.

     Source: https://www.diretube.com/articles/death-toll-reaches-62-in-ethiopia-landfill-collapse_14594.html

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  • Landslide at Addis Ababa’s major rubbish dump leaves 46 dead; Premier extends condolences

    Morethan 46 people have reportedly been found dead after a catastrophic landslide at a vast rubbish dump located in the South -West outskirts of Addis Ababa, authorities said on Sunday.

    Diriba Kuma, mayor of the Addis Ababa city, told journalists that about 46 people found dead and several people who had been rescued are receiving medical treatment.

    Many people at the site had been scavenging items to make a living while others live at the landfill because of cheap rental houses mostly built of mud.

    A number of makeshift homes surrounding the landfill are said to have been completely buried by waste.

    PM Hailemariam Desalegn extended his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives by the catastrophic landslide.

    In his condolence message, aired on the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), the premier expressed his government’s commitment to help the families of victims at a deadly incident.

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  • New Teddy Afro’s single videoing in Debremarkos

    A video clip for “Seblewengel”, one of the songs on Teddy Afro’s new album, is videoing in Debremarkos Gojjam. Teddy Afro will not however be a video shot on the clip, according to reports.

    Seblewengel song has written based on Haddis Alemayehu’s character of “Fikir Eskemekabir” or “Love Until Death” long novel, according to one of the music composers.

    Meanwhile, according to media reports, the upcoming album also consists melodies about Ertale (volcano area in the Afar region) and Baro River of Gambella. Teddy Afro’s “Ethiopia” album debut will have 12 songs.

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  • U.S Embassy in Addis Ababa issued a statement about some of the news that were circulating in social media

    We have seen questions on Facebook about a quota system for Ethiopian visa applicants.

    Last week, the President of the United States initiated a review of national security procedures which applies to visitors and potential immigrants from seven countries. Ethiopia is not among those seven countries and Ethiopian citizens are not addressed nor affected by the President’s executive order.

    The U.S. Government remains committed to facilitating legitimate travel for international visitors. In fact, in 2016, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa issued more than 18,000 non-immigrant visas, with the majority to Ethiopian applicants.

    For more information on the recent Executive Order or on the application process for U.S. visas: 

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  • Ethiopian Opposition leader Arrested for trespassing state of emergency rulings

    Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) – Ethiopian security agents have arrested Merera Gudina (PhD), chairman of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress today. Merera was arrested at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport while returning back to his home country from abroad.

    Reliable sources disclosed to Awramba Times that the cause for Merera Gudina’s arrest is trespassing the state of emergency rulings. More updates to come 

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  • Ethiopia’s internet crackdown hurts everyone

    Ethiopia has never been an easy place to operate. But a six-month state of emergency, combined with internet and travel restrictions imposed in response to a wave of anti-government protests, means it just got a whole lot harder.

    The government has targeted the mobile data connections that the majority of Ethiopians use to get online. Internet users have also been unable to access Facebook Messenger and Twitter, with a host of other services also rendered unreliable. 

    This has impacted everyone: from local businesses, to foreign embassies, to families, as well as the extensive and vital international aid community.

    “Non-governmental organisations play crucial roles in developing countries, often with country offices in the capitals, satellite offices across remote regions, and parent organisations in foreign countries,” said Moses Karanja, an internet policy researcher at Strathmore University in Nairobi.  “They need access to the internet if their operations are to be efficiently coordinated.”

    The Ethiopian government has been candid about the restrictions being in response to year-long anti-government protests in which hundreds of people have died.

    It has singled out social media as a key factor in driving unrest. Since the beginning of October, there has been a spike in violence resulting in millions of dollars’ worth of damage to foreign-owned factories, government buildings and tourist lodges across Oromia Region, initially ground zero for the dissent.

    “Mobile data will be permitted once the government assesses that it won’t threaten the implementation of the state of emergency,” government spokesman Getachew Reda – who has since been replaced – told a 26 October press conference in Addis Ababa.

    The Oromo are the country’s largest ethnic group, constituting 35 percent of the country’s nearly 100 million population. They have historically felt ignored by successive regimes in Addis Ababa. In August, similar grassroots protest broke out among the Amhara, Ethiopia’s second largest ethnic group. The ruling EPRDF is portrayed by opponents as a narrow, unrepresentative clique that refuses to share power.

    Ethiopia is not alone in its approach to political unrest. Around the world, as countries become increasingly integrated with online technology, the more autocratic governments are blocking the internet whenever they deem it necessary.

    “The trend appears to be growing because more people are going online and using the internet, often through the use of mobile connections,” said Deji Olukotun of Access Now, which campaigns for digital rights. In 2016, it documented 50 shutdowns, up from less than 20 in 2015.

    “People are enjoying the freedom and opportunity that the internet provides, which enables them to organise themselves and advocate for what they want,” Olukotun told IRIN. “In response, governments are shutting down the net to stop this practice.”

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