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  • Egypt President Fatah al-Sisi in Rwanda For Bilateral Talks

    Egyptian Abdul Fatah al-Sisi (right) and President -elect Paul Kagame at Kigali International Airport. photo/Muzogeye This morning President elect- Paul Kagame received his Egyptian counterpart Abdul Fatah al-Sisi at Kigali International Airport to begin his one day visit, after a state visit in Tanzania. Upon arrival this Tuesday, President Sisi was welcomed with a guard of honour. Egyptian president was driven to Kigali Genocide Memorial site in Gisozi – he lay a wreath of flowers in honour of victims of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi. Sisi and President-elect Kagame will hold bilateral talks and later jointly address a press conference at village Urugwiro. In March 2015 Kagame attended the Egypt Economic Conference.The two leaders last met in 2016 on the sidelines of the 27th African Union General Assembly in Kigali. The two countries enjoy strong bilateral relations. Dr. Namira Negm, the Ambassador of Egypt to Rwanda said that Sisi’s visit is aimed at strengthening this relationship Rwanda trade export earnings to Egypt in 2015 indicate that Rwandans managed to make $30million while Egyptians exports to Rwanda made about $64million in the same year. Egyptians have also picked interest in doing business in Rwanda after participating in Rwanda International Trade Expo which is now in the 20th year. Read more

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  • Dozens killed in northern Nigeria triple suicide attack

    Injured victims of a female suicide bomber lie on the floor awaiting medical attention at a Maiduguri hospital in northeastern Nigeria on August 15, 2017. Kano, Nigeria (CNN)At least 30 people were killed and more than 80 others injured in a triple suicide attack Tuesday in the town of Mandarari, in Nigeria's Borno State, according to civilian vigilantes fighting Boko Haram Islamists in the area. Three female suicide bombers detonated their explosive belts in a local market and outside a nearby camp for people displaced by Boko Haram violence. "The first bomber struck outside the IDP (internally displaced persons) camp overlooking the market around 6 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET) hitting some people and causing confusion as people tried to flee," civilian vigilante Bukar Kyari said. While traders were trying to close their shops and evacuate their wares, two female bombers hit the market "almost simultaneously," said another civilian vigilante, Usman Grema. The attacks happened on a weekly market day when people from the town and nearby villages flood the market to buy and sell food, clothing and livestock. Twenty-eight people were initially killed at the explosion site, and two others died after being taken to a hospital in the town of Maiduguri, where they died at admission, according to a medic at the state-run hospital. The death toll is expected to rise. As of yet, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, the Konduga district where it took place is a known flashpoint for Boko Haram attacks. Read more

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  • Alarm as Drought Kills Two Million Livestock

      Drought victims continue to live in fear and uncertainty as the recent severe drought has killed two million livestock so far, according to a report of the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The primary reason for the death of the livestock is linked to a rise in drought affected areas and people. The surge in drought was disclosed by the government after the completion of a Belg assessment Humanitarian Requirement Document (HRD), which was jointly developed by the government and humanitarian organizations, involving more than 200 individuals. The current food and nutrition crisis is significantly aggravated by the severe blow to pastoral livelihoods, reads the report of FAO. The effects of low rainfall also continue to have a devastating impact on the food security conditions of the country as the number of people who are in need of immediate assistance has increased from 7.8 million to 8.5 million, becoming the third worst drought in half a century. Oromia and Somali regional states remain severely affected by the drought, accounting for over half of the drought victims in eight regions of the country, affecting 10.6 percent and 31 percent of their population, respectively. Also, the number of priority Weredas has grown from 454 to 461, half of which are severely affected by the drought. The report is released as the average price of food has reached its highest level since October 2015, hitting 12.5 percent in the past month, growing by an unprecedented level against the target of the government to keep the rate at a single digit. The document showed a significant change in the humanitarian context, requiring urgent life-saving interventions, pushing the humanitarian requirement of the country to 1.2 billion dollars from 948.6 million dollars as of January 2017, of which about 771 million dollars is covered by the government and donations from humanitarian partners. The United States, the government of Ethiopia and the United Kingdom are the major donors to the drought with a fund of 179 million dollars, 147 million dollars and 40 million dollars, respectively.
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  • Infant, Under-5 Mortality Rate Registers Significant Decline

     Infant and under-five mortality has shown significant decline in Ethiopia during the past five years, according to Central Statistical Agency (CSA). The 2016 Ethiopia Demographic and Health Survey (EDHS) released by CSA showed that infant mortality has fallen from 97 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2000 to 48 in 2016. Similarly, under-5 mortality rate has markedly declined from 166 to 67 deaths per 1,000 live births. Speaking at the 2016 Ethiopia Demographic and Health Survey national dissemination ceremony today, CSA Director-General Biratu Yigezu said the survey is designed to provide data for monitoring population and health situation in Ethiopia. Elaborating on the findings of the survey, he said significant reduction is also witnessed in fertility rate from 5.5 children per woman in 2000 to 4.6 children in 2016. This demonstrates a decline of 0.9 children. According to the Director-General, Ethiopian women are much more likely to use family planning methods than previous years. In this regard, 35 percent married women are using a modern method of family planning, a fivefold increase from 6 percent in 2000. He said the efforts made by the government through extension workers, national and regional health programs has been showing a remarkable result by improving child survival as well as general livelihood. Even though many improvements are so far registered, the survey showed that only 6 percent of households use improved sanitation and half of women and one-quarter of men have no formal education, Biratu revelaed. Read more

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  • New Aviation Group Eyes Hilton, Ghion Hotels

      The Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Group has proposed to take over the Addis Ababa Hilton and Ghion Hotels, two state owned hotels found in Addis Ababa. The new aviation group under establishment comprises Hotel and Tourism Services Company. Reliable sources told The Reporter that the Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Group has proposed to the government to takeover Hilton and Ghion Hotels to annex them to the Hotel and Tourism Services Company which is under formation. “It is not yet decided but the issue is under discussion at higher government level,” sources confirmed to The Reporter. The Ministry of Public Enterprises in the past has repeatedly tried to privatize Ghion Hotel. Several privatization attempts have failed for various reasons. Recently, Mayor of the Addis Ababa City Administration, Diriba Kuma, announced that the government has decided to transfer Ghion Hotel to the Addis Ababa City Administration. It was also reported that the government would soon put up tender to privatize Hilton Hotel. The Ministry of Public Enterprises said that it is unaware of any attempt to transfer the two hotels to the aviation group. “Ghion Hotel is transferred to Addis Ababa City Administration. Regarding Hilton, we have planned to undertake asset evaluation work this budget year. We are not informed of Ethiopian Airline’s attempt to take over the hotels. But the idea sounds good,” official of the ministry told The Reporter. However, reliable sources told The Reporter that Ethiopian Airlines group leadership has proposed to the government to take over the Addis Ababa Hilton and Ghion Hotels and administer them together with the new four star hotel Ethiopian Airlines is building near its headquarters. “When it comes to Hilton Hotel there are three options-one to fully privatize it. While the second is to jointly develop with a private hotel company. And, third is to transfer it to the new aviation group which is under formation. The airline management has proposed the third option and it is under discussion,” sources told The Reporter. Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told The Reporter that there is the possibility that Ethiopian could acquire Hilton and Ghion Hotels. It could be in the future but now we do not have that instruction from the government. But there is that possibility,” Tewolde said. The Council of Ministers last month approved the establishment of an aviation group that comprises of Ethiopian Passenger Airline, Aviation Academy, Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO), Catering, Ground Handling, Cargo and Logistics, Ethiopian Airports Enterprise and Hotel and Tourism Services with an authorized capital of 100 billion birr. The aviation group will eventually evolve to a holding company as the existing commercial code of Ethiopia does not provide provisions of for the establishment of a holding company. Currently, the government is drafting holding company proclamation.
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  • Gedam Sefer to be demolished after Ethiopian New Year

      Arada Land Management Bureau announced that the entire Gedam Sefer which holds more than 1,200 houses will be demolished soon after September 11. A Total of 852 Kebele houses, 17 private and 44 Housing Administration agency houses and other and business shops will be demolished in the area to make way for commercial centers, apartments and green areas. But the heritages which are owned by Ethiopian Orthodox Churches and other notable patriots will not be demolished. Gedam Sefer which is found at the back of St. George Church near Piassa hosted nuns who were serving the church but through time the places turned in to shelters and became known as a lower income area. The redevelopment will ensure the buildings do not hide historical heritages in the area. Markos Alemayehu, Public relations officer of Arada Sub- city told Capital that the demolition was supposed to take place last year but was delayed because of some management issues. He added that some people have been relocated to another place to hasten the demolition and people will be compensated if their homes are demolished. “As the place is found at the hub of the city it needs to be better looking, it needs modern infrastructure and buildings that why the demolition will occur but we will not leave the residents nowhere they can either choose a condo house or Kebele house in another area,” he said. ‘’ For the private house they can construct buildings in the area according to our plan if they can afford that or we will give them the compensation.
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  • Car-Rail Crash Causes Traffic Flow Delays at Salite Mihret Area

      It was in this morning at 8: 30 am a Toyota Pick-up hit a light rail of Addis and caused a transport delay at the Salite Mihret area, next to Gurd Sholla, Yeka District, according to 94.3 Ahadu FM Station, a new channel. After the delay, regular services have been expected to be resumed very soon. A rail shuttle was operating, taking passengers on to Ayat from Tor Hailoch. Fortunately, there is no one got any hurt, yet some significant scratch on the pickup vehicle. The rail also has got a minor scratch. That Toyota Pickup closed the railway for long hours that forced the rail to stop on its prior fermata. Ahadu also reported on its social media post that, after the delay, Police Officers around helped the people to get nearby transport. Snaking its way through some of the most congested avenues in Addis Abeba, Sub Saharan Africa’s maiden light rail – the Addis Abeba Light Rail Transit has set commenced operations almost nine months behind the original schedule in September 2015. From the actual design of the railway, sandwiched between major highways with sharp-edged platforms and curves that hinder drivers’ visibility, to the challenge of integrating the train tracks with the city’s pedestrian traffic, it is feared that the much-anticipated service could worsen the city’s already dark traffic accident record. During its inauguration, people complained the crossings are too narrow to accommodate the significant number of people passing by. Also, experts severely criticized the light railway transit is unfit to the City’s urban master plan along with the acute curves of the track.  

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  • A 107-year-old Ethiopian man marries woman in her 30s

      An Ethiopian man who claims himself to be 107 years old with 108 children and grandchildren has married a 33 years old woman. Hajji Abdulkadir Dekema, wed his bride Furo Guyo in a wedding ceremony during the weekend in Shashemenie area of central Ethiopia, 250 km south of capital city Addis Ababa, state affiliated media outlet Radio Fana reported on Tuesday. Dekema says despite his fathering 108 children and grandchildren and advanced age, he plans to have more children from his latest wife. He already has two wives. Polygamy is common among the rural areas of the Muslim dominated central and eastern areas of Ethiopia despite recent moves by the Ethiopian government to discourage the practice. Ethiopia has a population composed of two thirds Christian and the rest being mainly Muslims, while a tiny minority located in parts of southern and western Ethiopia still profess traditional religions. The population of Ethiopia is growing and close to reaching the 100 million mark. With lower mortality rates than a few years ago, the number is bound to increase in the country. This coupled with the age-old culture of bearing a lot of children, usually more than two, has led the country to grapple with overpopulation. Overpopulation can be a breeding ground for conflict, when resources, especially in African countries become strained. Conflicts over issues such as water become a source of contention between countries, which could result in the outbreak of wars. It causes diseases to spread and makes them harder to control. Starvation will also be a plaguing issue for the government to deal with. Poverty will be extensive, this is the downfall of a country facing overpopulation. All of this will only become worse if solutions are not sought out for the factors affecting our population. We can no longer prevent it, but there are ways to control it from having a pro fund effect on the economy.     

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  • It’ll Haunt Me Forever: Chris Brown

      Chris Brown has revealed the truth about the night he assaulted former girlfriend Rihanna - and said she was "spitting blood" after he hit her. The Forever singer was arrested and charged after the altercation in 2009 and in a new documentary; Chris Brown: Welcome to my life, the 28-year-old reveals details of what happened between them that night. According to Chris, the couple already had a volatile relationship and Rihanna no longer trusted him after he admitted having a sexual relationship with a woman who used to work for him. On the night of the assault, Rihanna and Chris were at a pre-Grammy party when the woman turned up unexpectedly. Rihanna was so upset - she burst into tears and the pair argued in their car on the way home. Despite efforts to calm her down, Chris says Rihanna was furious to find a text from the woman on his phone. He recalled: "She starts going off, she throws the phone, "I hate you!", whatever, whatever, she starts hitting me, we're in a little Lamborghini, you know she's fighting me. "Like I remember she tried to kick me, just like her beating s**t, but then I really hit her. "With a closed fist, like I punched her, and it busted her lip, and when I saw it I was in shock, I was "f***, why did I hit her like that?
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  • Loyal Dog in Argentina Has Been Waiting By His Owner’s Grave for 10 Years

    It’s been five years since we featured the touching story of Capitan, a loyal German shepherd who refused to leave the side of his owner, even though he had been dead for nearly six years. Well, believe it or not, the old dog still spends his days waiting by his deceased owner’s grave, 10 years after he passed. Capitan’s undying loyalty for his master first made headlines in 2012, when local papers in the Argentinian town of Villa Carlos Paz reported that the dog spent every day waiting by the grave of his owner, Miguel Guzmán, who had died in 2006. The dog disappeared from the family home a few months later, and Guzmán’s widow, Veronica, was shocked to find him by her late husband’s grave, when she went to visit him at the cemetery. She and her son, Damian, tried taking him home several times, but he always ran back to be by Miguel’s side. Eventually, they understood that nothing they did could ever fill the void in Capitan’s heart, so they let him be with his beloved master. Over the years, Capitan won the affection and respect of cemetery caretakers, who made sure that he was well-fed and vaccinated every year, but time has taken a toll on the aging canine. He is 15-year-old now, has lost his sight almost completely and can barely walk, but he still stands by his owner’s grave, as if waiting for the day when they will finally be reunited. He is still being taken care of, and receives medical attention when he needs it, but there is no antidote for time. “We have no idea how he found the tomb because his owner did not die in Carlos Paz, but in Cordoba,” Héctor Banegas, a retired caretaker at Carlos Paz Cemetery, recently told La Opinion. “From there he was transferred to the village for the wake and from there directly to the cemetery, he did not return to his house and he did not see the dog again.” “The big mystery is how Capitan didn’t forget the scent of his master’s scent for months after his death,” Banegas added. “I think he just sensed his spirit, that there was some communication between them that led him to the grave.” Aldo Cecchi, a canine trainer for more than 25 years, recently told Cadena 3 that Capitan’s story is proof that dogs are linked to their owner’s energy. “Dogs detect electormagnetic changes and sound waves. If Captain intertwined his morphic field with that of his master, he was able to find the place he was buried in.” Read more

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