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  • The Very Young Millionaire

      Imagine being a millionaire by the time you're 18. There are plenty of things you could do with that kind of dosh. You certainly wouldn't feel the need to continue with your education. Erik Finman has that feeling, after betting his parents that if he had a seven-figure bank balance by the time he reached adulthood, he wouldn't have to go to University. Having arrived at such a healthy bank statement at such a young age, Erik is one of the latest success stories to emerge from the dramatic rise in the value of Bitcoin. The school drop-out (he quit when he was 15 years old) invested in the coins that, just seven years ago, were practically not even worth the shit on your shoe. Last month, bitcoins celebrated 'Bitcoin Pizza Day' - the day when 10,000 bitcoins were used to buy two pizzas. Today, one bitcoin is worth $2,500 (£1,950). Some analysts believe that in ten years, they'll be worth $10,000 per coin (£7856), and considering Finman owns 403 bitcoins, he's on course to make a fortune. Already, his share is worth $1.09m (£860,000). He's also invested, although not as much, in other cryptocurrencies such as litecoin and ethereum.  
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  • John Magufuli's Pregnant Schoolgirl Ban Angers Tanzanian Women

      Tanzania's President John Magufuli condemned after his comments that girls who give birth should not be allowed to return to school. An online petition has been set up, and a pan-African women's organization is mobilizing to get the president to apologize and reverse his comments. Mr. Magufuli warned schoolgirls at a rally on Monday that: "After getting pregnant, you have done." A law passed in 2002 allows for the expulsion of pregnant schoolgirls. The law says the girls can be expelled and excluded from school for "offenses against morality" and "wedlock." Women's rights groups have recently been urging the government to change the law. Mr. Magufuli, who was speaking at a public rally in Chalinze town, about 100km west of the main city Dar es Salaam, said that young mothers would be distracted if they were allowed back in school: "After calculating some few mathematics, she'd be asking the teacher in the classroom: 'Let me go out and breastfeed my crying baby.'" He said that men who impregnate the schoolgirls should be imprisoned for 30 years and "put the energy they used to impregnate the girl into farming while in jail."
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  • Ethiopian Airlines signs up for five more Bombardier Q400NG’s

    Ethiopian Airlines has during the recently concluded Paris Air Show also signed additional purchase agreements with Bombardier, the Canadian manufacturer of business jets, commercial turboprop aircraft and the state of the art C-Series jets. Ethiopian, which was during the aviation exhibition also once again named by Skytrax as the African Airline of the Year, already operates 19 Bombardier Q400NextGen’s and was in fact pioneering the dual class layout with the manufacturer, offering a business class section on board of these aircraft. The turboprop fleet is mainly deployed on domestic services but also serves the Eastern African region and makes regular appearances in Entebbe, Kigali but also Kilimanjaro and Mombasa, among others. The deal is worth nearly 162 million US Dollars at current list prices for this aircraft type. The add on order for five more of these aircraft, which cruising speed is only marginally lower than jet aircraft, will boost the airline’s ability to increase frequencies on domestic and regional routes as well as open up new destinations in the wider Eastern African region. Ethiopian Airlines has for the last financial year also once again written a record profit into their books with available data suggesting a profit rise by a staggering 70 percent after uplifting more than 7.5 million passengers. ‘Our relationship with Ethiopian Airlines extends beyond straight buyer-seller‘ said Colin Bole, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. ‘Ethiopian is an Authorized Service Facility for Q400 aircraft and operates the only Q400 aircraft flight simulator in Africa. In addition, we have worked together to support other Q400 aircraft operators such as RwandAir and Congo Airways‘. ‘We are reordering the Bombardier Q400 turboprop as it is the core element in serving our expanding domestic and regional destinations‘ said Tewolde GebreMariam, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines before adding: ‘Its 360-knot speed capability, low operating costs, environmental credentials and passenger comfort, especially with its cabin flexibility for single and dual-class passenger configuration are worth mentioning. The Q400 aircraft shines in terms of climb rate, single-engine ceiling, and greater revenue-producing payload capability from our hot weather, high altitude airstrips, these performance attributes being critical to interchangeability with our jet fleet‘. Original Story by reuters.com

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  • Six killed, 16 Missing in Colombia Boat Sinking

    GUATAPE, Colombia – A tourist boat packed with about 160 passengers for the holiday weekend capsized Sunday on a reservoir near the Colombian city of Medellin, leaving at least six people dead and 31 missing, officials said. Rescuers including firefighters and air force pilots in helicopters searched for survivors at the Guatape reservoir where El Almirante ferry sank. A flotilla of recreational boats and jet skis rushed to the scene, pulling people from the boat as it went down and avoiding an even deadlier tragedy. Dramatic videos circulating on social media show the turquoise and yellow trimmed party boat rocking back and forth as people crawled down from a fourth-floor roof as it sank in a matter of minutes. Survivors described hearing a loud explosion near the men's bathroom that knocked out power a few minutes after the boat began its cruise around the giant lake. As water flooded on board, pressure built and people were sucked under by the sinking ship. "Those on the first and second floors sank immediately," survivor Lorena Salazar told local media. "All we could do was scream and call for help....it was completely chaotic." Margarita Moncada, the head of the disaster response agency in Antioquia state, said that according to a preliminary report 99 people were rescued and another 40 managed to find a way to shore on their own. Speaking to reporters from the reservoir, she said nine people had been killed and around 28 were missing. But later Sunday President Juan Manuel Santos arrived to Guatape and said 122 people were either rescued or found their way to shore. Six had died and another 31 were missing, he said. The discrepancies in the number of fatalities could not be immediately reconciled. It's unclear what caused the boat to sink. Some people who witnessed the tragedy from the nearby shore said the boat appeared to be overloaded but Santos said it was sailing well below capacity. None of the passengers were wearing a life vest. Complicating the search, there wasn't even a passenger list. "Nobody really knows what happened," said Santos, adding that naval officials were brought in to carry out an investigation. Carlos Espinosa, an independent journalist from Guatape, said about a month ago townspeople awoke to find the El Almirante filled with water and sinking at its dock, suggesting that perhaps the vessel wasn't ready to return to the water. "What makes you angry is there are no controls by the government," he said. As night fell, the usually festive town was silent as people began to register the magnitude of the loss. Among those huddled under the rain near the port looking for information about loved ones was Alberto Villegas, who was separated from a cousin and uncle in the mad rush to abandon the sinking ship. Read more  http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/06/25/recreational-boat-with-150-aboard-sinks-near-colombian-city.html

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  • El Hadji Diouf of Senegal Says He is Not 'a Bad Guy.'

      El Hadji Diouf, Senegalese international, whose countrymen and women are still grateful for the stellar role he played during the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, said: “I am not a bad guy.” During his football career, El Hadji Diouf developed a reputation as a bad boy of football. Now retired, the former Senegalese international tells BBC Sport's Stanley Kwenda why he believes this was unfair. El Hadji Diouf is a hero in Senegal. Everywhere he goes he immediately surrounded by fans both young and old. But in England, he is remembered more for his controversial antics than for his football talent. Diouf was aggressive, spat at opponents and confronted match officials as well as opponents, according to the BBC. It is a trait that followed him in the English league clubs he played for - from Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers to Bolton Wanderers, with a spell for Rangers in Scotland as well. 'Bad loser.' But now in his retirement, he is telling his story. "I am a lion, I am a bad loser, and it's not wrong to be a bad loser," says Diouf of his often combative mood during his playing days. "I have got character, and I want people to respect me." Diouf, who has now permanently moved back to the Senegalese capital Dakar, says he often misunderstood during his playing days in England. "I am an easy target. It's easy to talk about El Hadji Diouf, and I let them talk, but I know in my heart I am a good guy. My family know, my population knows, my continent knows I am a good person and that's the best thing. The rest is not my problem." Despite this defense, Diouf admits he has done some bad things. When asked why, for example, he used to spit at opponents, he says: "Maybe they used to tell me something I didn't want to hear. I did that, I paid, and now it's finished."
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  • Top 5 Countries with the Fastest Internet in the World -2017

    In this technological era, where internet has become the most preferred medium of our everyday communication, have you ever wondered which countries provide the most quickest web experience? There are two important metrics in bandwidth allocation (measured in Megabits per second or Mbps): download and upload speed, denoting the rate of inbound and outbound data respectively. Here is a list of the top five countries that has the fastest internet connection speed in the world 2017. 1. Hong Kong Hong Kong tops the list with peak internet speed of broadband connection in this country showing an average of 54.1 Mbps across services. It only takes 83 seconds to download one high definition (HD) movie. 2. South Korea After Hong Kong, South Korea recorded the second-fastest average internet speed of 48.8 Mbps. Also, one HD quality video can be downloaded in just 92 seconds. 3. Japan Japan came in third with a peak download speed of 42.2 Mbps and can download one HD movie in 106 seconds.
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  • Raped, Given HIV/AIDS by Her Stepfather

      Haftu Woldemariam, a resident at Kukufto City of the Raya-Azebo Woreda, who had accused of raping his stepdaughter, 10, and infected with HIV/AIDS, has found guilty and sentenced to 25 years of prison. The convict, who is HIV/AIDS positive has deliberately raped and infected his stepdaughter with the virus, who previously was negative, according to a medical evidence presented by the Prosecutor. Maychew Bench Court of the South Tigray Zone has sentenced Haftu to 25 years of prison in a court hearing on June 23, 2017. Figures shows that women and girls usually abuses by their intimate partners. Governments around the world have done far too little to combat the entrenched, chronic abuses of women’s and girls’ human rights that put them at risk of HIV, according to Human Rights Watch. By failing to enact and effectively enforce laws on domestic violence, marital rape, women’s equal property rights, and sexual abuse of girls, and by tolerating customs and traditions that subordinate women, governments are enabling HIV/AIDS to continue claiming the lives of women and girls. Families perpetrate domestic violence including marital rape, violations of property and inheritance rights, the harmful traditional practices of bride price, widow inheritance, and ritual sexual “cleansing”; and sexual abuse of girls and tolerated by governments. They are among the most pervasive and dangerous violations for women and girls. In the context of HIV/AIDS, they can be lethal.
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  • Sacked for “Not Wearing a Bra?”

    Kate Hannah, 22, who used to work as a barmaid has reportedly claimed that she sacked after turning up for a shift without a bra after being 'sexually harassed.' She posted a furious rant on Facebook, accompanied by a picture of the grey, crew neck t-shirt that she says was deemed unacceptable by her boss, that claim, however, has been severely rejected and denied by Bird and Beer as they refuted “No one has fired so far”. She said that she wore the t-shirt to Bird and Beer in Beverley, East Yorkshire after her manager's brother allegedly made an inappropriate remark to her. There were even calls for her to take legal action after she shared her side of the story on social media. She said on Facebook: 'So I've just got home after being sacked from my job, for refusing to wear a bra. 'Yesterday an inappropriate sexual remark was made to me, by my managers’ brother, and in the presence of her. I felt uncomfortable, objectified and shocked that this had happened. 'Unfortunately, she saw fit to deal with the situation by telling me that I'm not allowed into work in future unless I'm wearing a bra. That was said to me in front of three other staff members and customers.  
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  • Trump travel ban injunction partly lifted by top US court

    US President Donald Trump has welcomed a Supreme Court ruling allowing his travel ban to be partly reinstated as a "victory for our national security". America's highest court also granted a White House request allowing part of its refugee ban to go into effect. The justices said they would consider in October whether the president's policy should be upheld or struck down. Mr Trump seeks to place a 90-day ban on people from six mainly Muslim nations and a 120-day ban on refugees. The president welcomed the ruling's qualified authorisation to bar visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, which he described as "terror-prone countries". "As president, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm," he added. Mr Trump has already said the ban would take effect within 72 hours of court approval. What does the ruling say? The Supreme Court said in Monday's decision: "In practical terms, this means that [the executive order] may not be enforced against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States. "All other foreign nationals are subject to the provisions of [the executive order]." The ruling also said it would permit a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the US to go into effect, allowing the government to bar entry to refugee claimants who do not have any "bona fide relationship" with an American individual or entity.

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  • Ethiopian Muslims celebrate Eid-al Fitr

    By Addis Getachew  ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia Tens of millions of Ethiopian Muslims on Sunday celebrated Eid-al Fitr marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. In the capital Addis Ababa huge crowds arrived at and around the Addis Ababa stadium for Eid prayers early in the morning. Addis Ababa Islamic Affairs President Sheikh Muhammed Nur Sheikh Ahmed Shafi, Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council President Hajj Mohammed Amin Jemal and high officials of the city administration joined the joyous crowd. Speaking on the occasion Sheikh Mohammed said "our country Ethiopia is characterized by religious plurality and the people live in harmony for ages. " "Muslims in the country should stand vigilant against extremist elements," he said. More Here

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