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  • Us concern about the current poretsts in Ethiopian

    Statement by the U.S. Embassy

    Addis Ababa, August 8, 2016: The U.S. Embassy is deeply concerned with the extensive violence that occurred during protests across Ethiopia this weekend in the ‪#‎Oromia‬ and ‪#‎Amhara‬ regions. We have noted reports that protesters and security officials have been injured or killed, although confirmed numbers are not available.

    The U.S. Embassy expresses its deep condolences to those who suffered as a result of the violence and regrets the damage to livelihoods, economic development, and the social fabric that such violence brings. We recognize that many of the demonstrations took place without authorization, and urge all parties to support those who are seeking constructive dialog and peaceful solutions. We reaffirm our call to respect the constitutionally enshrined rights of all citizens, including those with opposition views, to gather peacefully, and to express their opinions.

     

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  • More than 33 people killed Shot by security force in Ethiopia this weekend

    At least 33 people were shot dead by security forces in Ethiopia at the weekend in protests linked to an aborted government attempt to commandeer local land, opposition party officials said.

    Police fired tear gas and blocked roads to several towns in the vast Oromia region as demonstrations erupted after a call from a spontaneous social media movement.

    Ethiopian authorities had imposed a blanket internet blockade over the weekend.

    Oromia saw unrest for several months until early this year, sparked by plans to allocate farmland in the region surrounding the capital for development.

    Authorities scrapped the land scheme in January, but protests have flared again over the continued detention of opposition demonstrators.

    At the weekend, protesters chanted anti-government slogans and waved dissident flags. Some demanded the release of jailed opposition politicians.

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  • Internet and telephone Serviceds have been restored after shut down two days in Ethiopia

    Internet and telephone services have been restored in Ethiopia, two days after they were reportedly disrupted by the authorities following the eruption of anti-government protests in the north-western and southern regions.

    Media reports indicate that internet and phone services were interrupted in reaction to the protests in Amhara in the north-west) and Oromiya in the south.

    BBC Monitoring observed that nearly all Ethiopian media sources - state and private - based inside the country did not update their websites on 6 and 7 August. Some of the websites have started updating today.

    There has been no official comment by the government on the alleged shutdown, but international and opposition media outlets operating inside Ethiopia reported problems accessing the internet.

    Opposition media accused the authorities of disrupting the telecom systems as part of efforts to crackdown on the protests.

    The website of the exiled opposition Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) said on 7 August that the services "were cut off by the regime in Bahir Dar and Gonder."

     

    Source : BBC AFRICA 

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  • Funerals are taking place after a weekend of violent protests in Ethiopia's north-western city of Bahir Dar.

    The authorities there told the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza that at least seven people were killed and dozens arrested during anti-government demonstrations.

    On Sunday, police used tear gas and fired in the air to disperse thousands of people who had barricaded roads.

    Activists say the number of those killed is much higher. 

    The BBC has learnt that two young men are being buried today. It is believed that they were both killed by security forces.

    There have also been protests in Ethiopia's Oromia region with local media reporting that dozens of people were shot dead in towns across the region, though the exact number is yet to be confirmed. 

    Hundreds of protesters in various towns and cities - including the capital, Addis Ababa - have been arrested for taking part in the demonstrations that have been banned by the government. 

     

    Source : BBC AFRICA 

     

     

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  • The host Brazil Held 0 - 0 by gulf state IRAQ in RIO Olympic Games

    Host nation Brazil are still searching for their opening win of the Rio 2016 men's football competition after an embarrassing 0-0 draw against Iraq.

    Led by Barcelona forward Neymar, Brazil could not find a way past their stubborn Group A rivals in Brasilia.

    It is their second goalless draw of the tournament after another blank against South Africa on Thursday.

    Elsewhere, Germany drew 3-3 with South Korea thanks to an injury-time free-kick from Arsenal's Serge Gnabry.

    Brazil frustrated in Olympic bid

    Brazil may have won the World Cup on a record five occasions, but the football-mad nation is desperate to finally claim the one prize that has so far eluded them - Olympic gold.

    However, they were jeered by an impatient home crowd of more than 60,000 after failing to beat Iraq.

    Brazil had 20 shots at goal, but only managed six on target as the Asian side held on.

    "We need to apologise to the fans, to the people," said Brazil coach Rogerio Micale. "As the time passes and we can't score, the anxiety increases, and in this situation it's easier to make mistakes."

    Iraq coach Abdulghani Alghazali said: "It's a historic day for Iraq to be able to draw against Brazil at its home. It's a great achievement for Iraqi football."

    Denmark top the group with four points after Robert Skov's 69th-minute winner gave them a 1-0 victory over South Africa.

    Defending champions Mexico thump Fiji

    Defending Olympic champions Mexico recorded a 5-1 win over bottom side Fiji, who conceded eight against South Korea in their opening game.

    Erick Gutierrez scored four second-half goals as the Mexicans came from behind to beat the minnows in Salvador.

    Fiji held a shock half-time lead thanks to Roy Krishna's header. But Mexico, who drew 2-2 with Germany last time out, were impressive in the second half, particularly Gutierrez.

    Mexico are second in Group C, level on four points with South Korea after they were pegged back by Gnabry's late equaliser.

    There were seconds remaining when the 21-year-old winger fired in his second of the game via a deflection.

    Germany are third in the table on two points.

     

    Source : BBC SPORT 

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  • Michael Phelps wins 19th Olympics medal for his country

    Michael Phelps produced a vintage performance to claim an astonishing 19th Olympic gold medal of his career on Sunday.

    The 31-year-old, who quit the sport after the 2012 Games, was back with a bang in Rio as Team USA eased to victory in the 4x100 meters freestyle relay.
    Phelps, who produced a stunning second leg, has now won 23 medals in total, extending his record as the most decorated Olympian of all time.
    With son Boomer in attendance, Phelps did his kid proud, along with teammates Caleb Dressel, Ryan Held and Nathan Adrian.

    It was the second gold of the night for the U.S. after Katie Ledecky produced an astonishing performance to win gold in the 400m freestyle.
    The 19-year-old smashed her own world record to win in a time of 3:56.46 -- nearly five seconds ahead of her closest rival.
    Ledecky's previous best in the 400m was in August 2014, when she came home in 3:58.37 at the Pan Pacific Championships.
    But she tore that time to pieces to finish ahead of Britain's Jazz Carlin and U.S. teammate Leah Smith.
    A day after anchoring the U.S 4x100m relay team to silver, Ledecky showed just why she's being touted as the best female swimmer on the planet.

    Ledecky stunned the world at London 2012 by recording the second fastest 800m time in history at the age of just 15.
    She has now set 12 world records in the past four years and could yet add the 200m and 800m titles before she's done.
    Breaststroke sensation Adam Peaty earned Great Britain its first gold medal of the Games with a typically stylish performance.
    The 21-year-old smashed his own record to add the Olympic title to his world and European crowns.
    "It's so surreal to get Team GB's first gold," Peaty, the first British man to win gold in the pool since 1988, told BBC Sport.
    "I came out tonight and took the first 50 easy and came back with everything I have got.
    "I did it for my country and that means so much for me."
    In the first race of the evening, Sarah Sjostrom broke her own world record to become the first Swedish woman to win Olympic gold in the pool.
    The three-time world champion won the women's 100m butterfly after racing home in 55.48 seconds to finish ahead of 16-year-old Canadian Penny Oleksiak and U.S. defending Olympic champion Dana Vollmer.
     
    Source: CNN Sport Olympics 

     

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  • Majlinda Kelmendi made history at the Rio Games on Sunday as she took gold in judo

    Majlinda Kelmendi made history at the Rio Games on Sunday as she took gold in judo to become the first athlete from Kosovo to win an Olympic medal, a feeling she said she would not trade for any amount of money in the world.

    Rio marks the first Olympics at which athletes are competing under the flag of Kosovo, which proclaimed independence from Serbia in 2008.

    Many competitors from the small Balkan country, which was accepted as a member of the International Olympic Committee in 2014, had previously participated under another country's flag including Kelmendi herself.

    The twice world champion, who was Kosovo's flag bearer at Friday's opening ceremony and was competing in the -52kg category, represented Albania at the London Games in 2012 but went home without a medal that time.

    "I have lived four years for this day, for this moment, and I felt so happy there at the podium when I saw my flag and when I heard my anthem," she told reporters.

    Kelmendi refused many offers to compete for other countries because she had always wanted to represent Kosovo.

    "There is no money in the world, no millions in the world which can make me feel how I feel today," she said.

    Sanije Balaj, 51, who watched from a bar in Kosovo's capital Pristina, began to cry when the national anthem played at the medal ceremony.

    "I thought I would never see this day because I thought I would die in the 1999 war. Majlinda was not representing only herself but all the people of Kosovo," she told Reuters.

    Kelmendi described her semi-final match with third-seeded Misato Nakamura, which she won on a single penalty, as her toughest of the day, calling her Japanese opponent a legend who she had always wanted to fight.

    But to claim gold she also had to overcome 10th seed Odette Giuffrida from Italy in a tense duel, winning on a point from a yuko that was initially judged to be a more valuable waza-ari.

    Nakamura and Russia's Natalia Kuziutina won bronze.

    Tensions persist between Kosovo and Serbia, which has not recognized Kosovo's declaration of independence.

    Serbia has reportedly advised its athletes in Rio to withdraw from any medal ceremonies if they have to share the podium with athletes from Kosovo, although there were no Serbian judokas participating on Sunday.

    Kosovo won further sporting recognition in May when it was accepted as a member of soccer's world governing body FIFA.

    Source :- Reuters 

     

     

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  • Denver’s Taste of Ethiopia annual festival foods

    Colorado’s Taste of Ethiopia will be more flavorful — both in food and culture — than its previous three celebrations.

    The fourth annual festival is set for 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Parkfield Lake, 15555 East 53rd Ave. in Denver.

    Besides an array of food, including more gluten-free and vegan options this year, the festival is expected to feature 17 professional Ethiopian folk music performers who will travel to Denver. They will play only traditional Ethiopian instruments.

    During the festival, 15 Ethiopian immigrants will become U.S. citizens in a 2 p.m. naturalization ceremony.

    Taste of Ethiopia organizers also will present awards to “Ethiopians in Colorado who have broken barriers or made significant contribution to the community”:

    The first three Ethiopian restaurants in Colorado (of 22 today), The Ethiopian Restaurant in Denver, Ras Kassa in Boulder and Queen of Sheba Restaurant in Denver.
    The Ethiopian Food Truck, Colorado’s first Ethiopian food truck.

    Denver Tana Sports Club, the Ethiopian soccer team that has been active for 28 years.
    At 4 p.m. Sunday, the festival will host the Ethiopian play “The Emperor Tewodros II” in Amharic at Hinkley High School in Aurora.

    “The Denver metro area is becoming one of the most diverse places in the United States, and Denver is growing to become an international city,” said Capt. Tewolde Keresemo, a Denver resident of Ethiopian descent who serves in the U.S. Air Force. “The Ethiopian community is playing a key role in the unprecedented renewal of Denver metro as entrepreneurs, consumers, taxpayers, public servants and patriotic neighbors who play by the rules.

    “The Taste of Ethiopia showcases the contributions of Ethiopians and the assimilation of our culture to mainstream America. Taste of Ethiopia contributes to the cultural vitality and ingenuity of Denver, as the city transforms into a major international hub that is prosperous, connected and a successful place to live for all.”

    On July 25, the festival was recognized in the Congressional Record by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman of Aurora.

    Source: Denver Post

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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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  • Arsenal beat man city 3 -2 friendly game before 6 days start of premier league

     

    With just six days to go until the big kick-off at the Etihad, Pep Guardiola’s men opened the scoring at Gothenburg’s Ullevi Stadium through Sergio Aguero on the half hour mark before second half goals from Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott and Chuba Akpom turned the tide in Arsenal’s favour.

    Substitute Kelechi Iheanacho reduced the deficit three minutes from time but his side couldn’t find the equaliser despite a late rally.

    Evident from the get-go was City’s increased emphasis on pressing and on 17 minutes, the lively Aguero burst to life, riding a couple of challenges before hitting a shot which deflected up into Petr Cech’s arms.

    That proved to be a warning shot as City took the lead on the half hour mark when Raheem Sterling produced an inviting deep, swinging cross which split the Arsenal defence and gave Aguero the simplest of finishes from six yards out, making it two goals in two games for the Argentine ace.

    Alex Iwobi hit back for the North Londoners four minutes after the interval, curling the ball around second half substitute Joe Hart’s despairing dive following a lightning counter-attack spearheaded by Theo Walcott.

    Walcott was the man who completed the turnaround for the Gunners, putting the finishing touches on an incisive move with a delightful dink over Hart and Akpom increased Arsenal’s lead when he capitalised on a defensive error to slot home from close range.

    Iheanacho came off the bench to score his first goal of pre-season, heading in a brilliant Jesus Navas cross to make it 3-2, before Jesus Navas and Yaya Toure both had opportunities to equalise in the dying embers of the match but the Gunners held on to clinch their narrow victory.

    As can often be the case when rafts of substitutions are made in the second halves of friendly matches, the game became a little more fragmented after City made six changes in four second half minutes.

    Before then, the Swedish public had been treated to a game with almost the same level of intensity as your average Premier League encounter and Arsenal seized the initiative just five minutes after the last of these alterations, with Walcott scoring the decisive third goal.

    Guardiola won’t be too concerned about these concessions, however, with five days remaining to iron out any wrinkles before Sunderland come to town.

    Man of the Match…

    Raheem Sterling

    It was tempting to give Fabian Delph the ManCity.com Man of the Match honours for the second pre-season game in a row, thanks to another tireless showing in the midfield engine room, but Raheem Sterling just edged it, thanks to his sublime assist.

    Raheem started on the right hand side, as opposed to the left where he often lined up last season, and he ensured a tough afternoon for his opposing full-back Monreal with an exciting, pitch-stretching showing on the flank.

    Guardiola has pledged to help Sterling reach his incredible potential and it’s clear the 20-year old’s confidence is returning on the evidence of his first start of pre-seas

    Sergio Aguero, Nolito, David Silva and Raheem Sterling all made their first pre-season starts for Pep as part of a senior-looking final pre-season City XI.

    Vincent Kompany, Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi all didn’t travel to Sweden and so Fernando and Kolarov were at the heart of an unfamiliar back four with Clichy and Zabaleta on either side, while Delph and Fernandinho started in the centre of midfield.

    Arsenal named a strong XI with both of their summer captures, Granit Xhaka and Rob Holding, earning starts, as well as Wales’ Euro 2016 hero Aaron Ramsey and Chilean international Alexis Sanchez.

    As is pre-season tradition, both teams made changes after the break with Joe Hart replacing Caballero in the City goal at the interval, while Kevin De Bruyne, Bacary Sagna and Tosin Adarabioyo were three of a number of players introduced by Guardiola as the second half progressed.

    Source :- Manchester city 

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