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  • Gambia bans child marriage

    Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has banned child marriages, the AFP news agency reports.

    It reports that he announced the ban on Wednesday saying:

    Anyone who marries a girl under 18 years will spend 20 years in jail. The girls' parents would spend 21 years in jail and anyone who knows about it and fails to report the matter to the authorities would spend 10 years in jail."


    He also threatened a jail term for the imam involved in the wedding ceremony.

    The president called for legislation to confirm the ban later this month.

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  • How Women in Africa Boost Bottoms With Padded Panties

    Despite being an item of ridicule in the past, today, many women are rushing to have larger behinds in the name of wealth, health and a means to build self-confidence as well as attract the opposite sex.

    In Ivory Coast, a woman’s beauty is defined by how big her bottom is. In order to acquire the ‘bootylicious’ bottom, some squirt creams onto their behinds, others pop pills while others adorn padded panties.

    Women who have a ‘botcho’ the Ivorian slang for ‘vast rear end’ are seen as wealthy and healthy hence, some have to do everything possible to achieve the curvaceous look. For the emerging middle class in the nation, this has become routine and has contributed to the growth of businesses dealing with such products.

    In a country like Ivory Coast, the skinny catwalk queens are no role model to a community of women whose desire to enhance their bottoms is overtaken by the risks that come with growth enhancer pills and creams.

    “You need to have good hips to be dubbed a beauty in Ivory Coast,” said a saleswoman named Sarah. “Men like women with a bit of bottom best.”

    A report from Agence France said that infused Press, pills, creams, and broth- infused suppositories, are big business in the country. At Treichville, Abidjan’s biggest market, shop owners do a steady trade in ‘grossifesse’ (butt boosters).

    The side effects of the pursuit are also so real as the pills are made from corticoids, which can cause high blood pressure and diabetes, Fatima Ly, a venereologist in Dakar told the news agency.

    There are creams made with shea butter or cod-liver oil and don’t have the same health risks. However, they are expensive for a country where the average person makes only a little over $100 a month. According to sellers, despite the cream enhancers going for between 15,000 to 25,000 CFA francs ($25 to $45), the products do not last long on the shelves. Women on lower budgets prefer ingesting broth cubes because they are greasy in hope that it will enhance their rears.

    The safer and cheaper option is using padded pants to give an illusion of a larger bottom according to local reports. Despite its safety, it has its own set of problems. Nigerian men are not so happy with the pads which are sold in stores and sometimes by hawkers in the street. Men have expressed their disgust and feelings of being misled by their women who adorn the cloth.

    One Nigerian man, Adelani Makinde filed for divorce just hours after his expensive wedding, after discovering that his bride’s bottom was not as ‘big and round’ as it had appeared during their courtship. On the grounds of false pretense, Makinde promptly filed for divorce.

    For women who have a financial footing, they opt for booty-boosting surgeries abroad or get plastic surgeons flying in to perform the ‘booty miracle’. Parisian plastic surgeon Robin Mookherjee is one doctor who flies to Dakar every month and claims to have treated “hundreds of women patients” from west Africa, notably from Ivory Coast.

    History shows that black women with larger breasts, hips, thighs and bottoms have been items of ridicule, hyper-sexuality, and denigration. But since the legendary butts of Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and Kim Kardashian, it has become an essential part of beauty coveted by many women from different races, who would do anything in their power to have such booties.

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  • USA New Visa Rules To Study and Work In USA

    Students from foreign countries looking to study and work in the United States can now breathe easy. The U.S Federal Government has just introduced the USA New Visa Rules that make it possible for international students to continue living and working in the country for three years after finalizing their studies.


    They can now look for training opportunities that could eventually lead to employment and later a Green Card. This move puts the U.S in a great position of being one of the best countries in the world to study and work in for foreign students.

    Most countries, especially in Europe and Asia, do not give international students employment opportunities after degree completion. But here is the catch, the USA New Visa Rules will only be applicable to foreign students who pursue and successfully complete degree courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), very key disciplines in the economic growth of the country. They ought to have graduated from accredited institutions of higher education and working for employers taking part in the E-verify Program.

    The new rules come into effect on the 10th of May, 2016 and are looking to give fresh graduates reasonable time to find suitable employers seeking their set of skills and expertise. The Optional Training Program (OTP) has been a good initiative by the United States and these new rules will only make it better and more appealing to international students.

    It has enabled foreign students to learn from some of the best minds in different industries and sectors of the economy, eventually transferring those skills back to their home countries or using them in the United States as professionals.

    Previously, international students had to apply for the H-1B Visa which was given through Lottery and the number of students picked limited to 65,000, of which 20,000 were to be those with advanced degrees. There are guidelines to employing international students graduates through OTP that employers must adhere to. For example, A graduate cannot replace a U.S worker, whether he or she is employed on a part-time, full-time, temporary or permanent basis.

    The graduates must also work for a minimum of 20 hours every week for a single employer to qualify for the program. The are also rules on compensations and other benefits in line with U.S labor laws.

    These USA New Visa Rules will definitely be welcome news for international students in the U.S hoping to find work and build a career in the country after graduation.


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  • Ethiopian demonstrators arrested after protesting 'racist Israeli authorities'

    A number of Ethiopian activists were placed under arrest Sunday evening after police said that they had "disrupted the public order" during a protest held in Tel Aviv.

    Israel Police said in a statement that the demonstrators were detained after they began blocking the entrance to the South Ayalon Highway, preventing the flow of traffic to vehicles.

    "During the event several protestors chose to ignore the orders giving by officers and began to disrupt the public order and block roads," the police statement reads.

    Demonstrators had taken to the streets to protest what they said was ill-treatment and "oppression" from the "authorities" who they claim have targeted the Ethiopian community for "years."

    "We are fed up, we are the new generation!," protestors chanted throughout a number of busy Tel Aviv streets.

    Protestors also highlighted their frustrations with a number of Israeli institutions, including the police, The Health Ministry, poor education and religious discrimination among other grievances.

    Amber Bogale, organizer of the protest, told the Yediot Ahranot newspaper: "For years, (Israel) has been depriving us of our equal rights. We serve in the army - and yet police brutality and discrimination infect all spheres of our lives."

    "Police violence must stop," she continued. "There are constantly more victims of police violence from our community.

    In response, Israel Police said: "During the protest several demonstrators violated the public order and illegally blocked roads to vehicles. As a result, policemen were obligated to clear the way and began making arrests. Police policy is to enable freedom of expression and protest, yet we must enforce the law without compromise against whoever has chosen to break law and order. "

    Yediot Ahranot reported that at least 12 people participating in the protest were placed under arrest.

    Source: The Jerusalem Post 

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  • Peugeot assembly plant goes operational in Tigray

    A car assembly plant built by Mesfin Industrial Engineering Plc. (MIE) in Wukro town, Tigray Regional State has begun assembling a French cars brand, Peugeot automobiles.

    The assembly plant was inaugurated yesterday.

    Speaking at the event, Deputy Chief Administrator of Tigray Regional State, Ambassador Dr Adissalem Balema, said the government has created favorable conditions for local investors to enter into the manufacturing industry.

    The construction of an industrial park launched in Mekelle with a budget allocated by the federal government is a good opportunity for local investors, said Ambassador Dr Adissalem, who is also head of the regional state’s trade, industry and urban development bureau.

    Investment activities by foreign companies are producing conducive environment for local investors to become competitive through encouraging knowledge and technology transfer, he added.

    Chief Executive Officer of the Endowment Fund for the Rehabilitation of Tigray (EFFORT), Azeb Mesfin said the manufacturing sector has a significant contribution to achieve Ethiopia’s target of becoming a middle income country by 2025.

    EFFORT is contributing its share in promoting knowledge and technology transfer in the country by engaging in the manufacturing industry, she added.

    Established with 25 million birr, the factory began assembling three types of Peugeot cars, according to Habte Hadush, General Manager of Mesfin Industrial Engineering Plc.  

    In addition to meeting local demands, the factory aspires to export automobiles to Djibouti and Somalia by assembling 1,200 Peugeot per year.

    Ambassador of France to Ethiopia, Brigitte Collet, who attended the inaugural ceremony, said her country is keen to provide support for Ethiopia’s development activities.

    Source: Fana Broadcasting 


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