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  • Haromaya University Law Team Take Part In A Global Moot Court Competition

    Haromaya University announced a team, which consists of four College of Law students and a coach, has left to Kenya,Nairobi to participate in the 2016 Regional Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Moot Court Competition.

    The competition is expected to be held at Africa Nazarene University in Kenya. The FDI moot is a global moot competition held annually, focused on the dynamic and challenging area of INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT Law which defines the respective right and obligations of host states and foreign investors.

    The delegation from College of Law consists of Alemayehu Yismaw, coach of the team and lecturer at the College, as well as Law students namely Wakgari Kebeta, Nuru Beyene, Endalkachew Abera and Andinet Adinew . Haramaya University College of Law team had submitted the memorial (written submission) to the competition’s organizer and received a confirmation that it would participate and compete in the Regional oral round for qualify to the International FDI moot competition.

    This year competition is to be held in Africa for the first time and Haramaya University team, the only team from Ethiopia will also participates for the first time, the announcement added.

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  • Peek Eye Examination Kit Reaches Ethiopia to Study Children’s Sight Impairment and School Dropping Out



    The portable eye examination kit, Peek, has been used by a UK charity to determine if sight impairment is a factor in children dropping out of education prior to secondary school in Mekelle, Ethiopia.


    Optometrists working on behalf of Sight Aid International, alongside six Ethiopian-based volunteers, visited schools in Mekelle, used Peek to provide “rapid and effective” vision screening for children aged 10–13 in seven schools in the region.

    Led by UK optometrists Dr. Usha Dhanesha and Peter Howard, and supported by data analyst Mohan Smith, teachers were taught how to use Peek and subsequently screened the sight of almost 1200 children. Those who were identified as having refractive error were given a full eye examination by an optometrist on the team, with others referred to the local Quiha Eye Hospital.

    The charity, which is working closely with Special Educational Needs Tigray on the project, explained that while the majority of children who required vision correction were supplied with pre-glazed prescription spectacles immediately, others received spectacles that were glazed in a laboratory in the local eye hospital, which was set up by Mr Howard five years ago.

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    The vision screening data was downloaded and will be used for international comparison.

    Established by ophthalmologist Dr. Andrew Bastawrous, Peek Vision is a smartphone-based system that has been developed as an affordable, user-friendly alternative for performing comprehensive eye exams anywhere in the world. It consists of a suite of apps, an adaptor for the phone’s camera, integrated systems to share the data with specialists and a training program.

    It is now used extensively in Kenya, Botswana, Mali and Malawi, and is currently being considered for widespread use in India.

    Sight Aid International reports that Peek screening has been welcomed by the Education, Health and Social Bureaus in Tigray, the region where the city Mekelle is based. It now hopes that, with support from the Ethiopian government, the portable mobile tool will be used to screen the sight of children in Mekelle’s 90 schools, with further roll-out across Tigray.

    Source: Optometry Today

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  • The boy from Namibia built a phone working without a sim card

    Meet Simon Petrus, a Namibian Grade 12 learner who has invented a mobile phone that is not only SIM-less, but also doesn’t require airtime to make calls

    It may not be the sleek, light or slim structure that we’ve come to expect from our mobile phones, but it does the job and more importantly… it does it for free.

    Using spare parts from a telephone and a television set, Petrus has built a handset that uses radio frequencies to place calls anywhere as long as there is signal. The invention also functions off power supplied through a radiator.

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    According to Namibian publication New Erait took Petrus two years to develop his invention, which was funded by his unemployed parents, and cost around N$2 000 (R2 000) to produce.

    The unit also features sockets that enable cellphones to be charged, a light bulb and a fan as well as the capability to watch TV through his box.

    Petrus’s invention has already earned him first place in the regional leg of the NamPower schools competition and he will now go on to compete in the national finals round.

    This is the second time he’s reached this stage of the competition, after clinching a gold medal last year for a two-in-one seed drier and cooler machine he invented.

    Taimi Vatileni, Petrus’s physical science teacher at Abraham Iyambo Senior Secondary School in the rural Ohangwena region, says Petrus is his top performing student.

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    “When he won last year, some judges were of the opinion that there was an engineer at home who was helping him. But the only help he has is from us the teachers here at school. He came up with his own project,” Vatileni was quoted saying.

    A young star on the rise and an African inventor to watch, Petrus has aspirations to pursue a career in electronics engineering.

    Source: New Era

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