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  • Kana: To See Or Not To See?

    Kana Tv is the new addictive coolade in town, and everyone can’t stop drinking.


    There is a lot of discussion on this very subject. The social media is usually blazing with a fire of criticism or praise. From those that support it to those that think it is damaging- and at the far end of the spectrum, to those few that think it is a small piece of a big conspiracy theory, everyone has a lot to say. This is my own take. It is somehow an attempt to harmonize the two most popular views on the matter. Kana is not a savior of the Ethiopian entertainment industry. Kana is not an instrument of the Illuminati to control the Ethiopian public. The situation is neither black nor white. It is grey.

    It is rare to witness a tectonic shift of… well… anything. Usually, when change happens, it happens in small amounts, accumulating over time to become something worth noticing. It is a rather progressive, slow and mostly a painstakingly time taking process. That is not always the case, though. Change sometimes gets an adrenaline injection. Einstein’s theory of relativity was the tectonic shift of the physics world. “Gangnam Style” was the tectonic shift of the Korean music industry, at least when it comes to being international. Here in Ethiopia too, we have been very lucky to witness such an event.

    We have witnessed a total tectonic shift of the entertainment industry by the emergence of Kana TV.

    People have varying opinions when it comes to Kana, and they are not the least bit afraid to publicly voice them. Some say that it is a savior of sorts that serves as a sizzling shock to awake the rather monotonous film industry. Such people are driven to such a conclusion because they have been tired of the endless dose of lame romantic comedies, which, by the way, look as if they operate from the same “romantic comedy plot book”. To such people, change-ANY change- is welcome. On the other hand, the contenders say that Kana is the worst thing that could have happened to Ethiopia (mind you, not the Ethiopian film industry, but Ethiopia.) They allude to some sort of patriotic love to justify their position. They call it “covert colonialism” of the mind, and that it must be avoided or destroyed at all costs. These are the two most popular views on each side of the “Vs” sign. These are the black and white.

    Here is the grey area.

    Kana is both a welcomed change and an unwelcome one. It is a welcomed change because our film industry is really one monotonous snore. To be honest, there is a fetish like addiction to the romantic comedy genre. It is known that, for a film industry, to stick to one genre is very much a fail proof way to keep progress at bay. To make matters worse, it doesn’t help the fact that film-makers make a minimum attempt to variegate the industry with anything else. You can’t feed your pet the same thing and complain if it abandons you when a much better alternative arrives.

    The Ethiopian public deserves the best, and that hasn’t been provided. It is not from lack of ideas or budgets either, and everyone knows it. It is mainly because the industry has become something anyone can delve into, granted that they have more than a hundred thousand birr. It has become a quick gateway to riches and fame. The public has been consuming the endless dose just because anything that is remotely biased to “entertainment” must be welcomed because a mind devoid of variation is prone to depression, especially amidst tension and so much bad news. Kana is a welcomed change because it saves us from the constant cycle we are on: feeding upon something that is unwelcome, but must be consumed for the sake of sanity.

    To be fair to the other side, Kana is an unwelcome change too. For one, despite providing quality entertainment, it has also crippled those rare film makers that try to break the norm and achieve something great. The ancient Ethiopian saying that says “That which comes for the sinful will also fall upon the saints” seems fitting here. Secondly, the very quick addiction of many has hindered them from doing work, especially at night. It is also not rare to find cases of family fights because children refuse to obey their parents for the sole reason that they might miss a good scene.

    What do we make of this then? Well, perhaps Kana is a necessary evil. Just like anything, it has its own side-effects. The better option is not to petition Kana to close. Ethiopian film-makers must take the crippling as penance for the years of “force-feeding” they have done to the public in the name of entertainment. Once that is done, just like anyone that has sustained an injury, they must take therapy. They must brainstorm. They must write. They must produce something that has the force to divert the public’s eyes from Kana. Then and only then can they make a difference.

    The film industry isn’t dead yet, and what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

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  • Swimming : Robel Kiros Habite the slowest swimmer at Rio Olympics!

    if some swimmers consider second place to be first of the losers, spare a thought for Ethiopian Olympic debutant Robel Kiros Habte.

    By the time the chubby 24-year-old had emerged for air from his opening dive off the blocks in the 100 meters freestyle heats, he was already almost a body length behind and it did not get any better.

    The only one of the 59 entrants in the heats not to complete the distance in under a minute, Habte touched the wall with a time 17 seconds slower than Australian pacesetter Kyle Chalmers who clocked 47.90.

    Habte's only rivals in the three-man opening heat, Thibaut Danho of the Ivory Coast and Johnny Perez Urena of the Dominican Republic had removed their caps and were leaning on the lane markers as he trailed in more than 12 seconds behind.

    The crowd, recognizing a valiant effort, raised a cheer for a man whose land-locked compatriots are considerably better known for long-distance running feats than any exploits involving water.

    Habte acknowledged he had swum faster, his personal best being 59.08 seconds, and suggested morning training had left him feeling strained.

    But he told Reuters he was delighted anyway.

    "I am so happy because it is my first competition in the Olympics," said the Ethiopia-based university student, whose entry for Rio was secured on a special invitation from world body FINA extended to athletes from under-represented countries.

    "So thanks for God."

    If the performance attracted attention, so too did the swimmer's physique with some social media commentators highlighting his midriff in comparison to more finely-honed denizens of the Olympic pool.

    They also recalled, somewhat unfairly, the exploits of Equatorial Guinea's Eric 'the Eel' Moussambani who struggled to complete the 100 meters freestyle at the 2000 Sydney Games.

    Compared to Moussambani, who clocked out in one minute 52.72 seconds and more than 50 seconds slower than anyone else, Habte was motoring.

    It may be some time before Habte is described as 'sculpted' or 'chiselled', and he has no plans on competing again, but he will always be an Olympian. For him, Rio was never about the winning, only the taking part.

    "I wanted to do something different for my country, that’s why I chose swimming," he said. "Everybody, every day you wake up in Ethiopia, you run. Not swimming. But I didn’t want to run, I wanted to be a swimmer.

    "It didn’t matter where I finished."

    source ;Reuters

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  • Check Grade 12 Ethiopian National Exam

    Grade 12 National Exam for Ethiopian students is out and you can check both online and through your mobile.Inorder to check on mobile you can send a text to 8181 RTW “Reg Number” then you will get a text with all your results


    Students now can access see their result by opening the “student Result” tab on and inserting their Id number.

    for Example if your Reg Number is 123456, then send a text to 8181 RTW 123456  good luck  wede 8181 RTW “Reg Number” bilew yilaku ena melsun wediya be text yilaklotal

    lemsale Reg Qutro 123456 kehone wede 8181, RTW 123456 blew text yilaku 

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  • Brighton's first Ethiopian restaurant to introduce one of the healthiest diets in the world

    ETHIOPIAN cuisine might be not be very well known in Brighton - but a new restaurant hopes to change that with its nutritious and tasty food. Abyssinia, which is due to open this weekend, will be the first Ethiopian restaurant in Brighton and aims to show the city a diet often hailed as one the healthiest in the world.

    Based around injera, a spongy pancake-style carbohydrate staple, it is made from non-gluten grain teff, which is rich in iron, fibre, calcium, potassium and protein. Served with virtually everything and used like a utensil to scoop up lentils, vegetables and meat, Abyssinia owners Yonas Kebede and Daisy Brook hope to attract adventurous Brightonians looking to try something new.

    Based on Baker Street near London road, Abyssinia will also look to bring in students from the new block on the former Co-op store, as well as members of the city’s sizeable Ethiopian community. Daisy said: “The healthiness of the food is a real selling point, with lots of fresh meat and vegetables. “We want to make it affordable so that people can come back again and again and offer a much better alternative to KFC or McDonalds.”

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  • Ethiopian Women Dies in Kuwait



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  • Ethiopia grade 10 Exam Result released

    Ethiopia Grade 10 General School Leaving Certificate Examination  2006 E.C. result is released today

    Students can access their personal result at the following link:

    Ethiopia Grade 10 General School Leaving Certificate Examination 2006 E.C. result is released today
    Ethiopia grade 10 released

    Students can access their personal result at the following link:

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  • Israel Decides Ethiopian Jews Story to be taught in Schools

    In a first, the new literature curriculum in Israeli schools for the upcoming school year will include an award-winning short story written by an Ethiopian-Israeli author, as part of a set of education reforms to the school program recommended by the Biton Committee.

    The committee, which submitted its recommendations to Education Minister Naftali Bennett in July, was tasked with determining ways to balance Israel’s educational curricula to include greater emphasis on the story of Jews from Muslim lands and Jews from Ethiopia. For decades, the curricula have been criticized for an allegedly biased emphasis on European, or Ashkenazi, Jewish history, to the neglect of Jews from other traditions and cultures.

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  • World Water Week to focus on achieving Sustainable Development Goals

    The 2016 World Water Week kicked off on Monday, focusing on water to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Opening the event, Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Angel Gurria said that water, from having been a subject that was rarely discussed with urgency, has come to the front and centre of international deliberations.

    "Water now has the place it needs to have in international priorities," said Gurria.

    Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom reinforced the message that water is a connector and an enabler in realizing the SDGs.

    "Successful realization of Goal 6 of the 2030 Agenda will underpin progress across many of the other goals, particularly on nutrition, child health, education, gender equality, healthy cities and healthy water ecosystems and oceans," she said.

    Torgny Holmgren, executive director of the organizer, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), said: "Without reliable access to water, almost no Sustainable Development Goal will be achieved. To make that happen, we must ensure water's centrality to the entire Agenda 2030. This will show the power water has a connector."

    "Water connects not only sectors, but also nations, communities and different actors. Water can be the unifying power, the enabler for progress in both Agenda 2030 and the Paris climate agreement," said Holmgren.

    World Water Week, an annual global meeting for water and development issues, gathers some 3,000 participants from over 120 countries and regions to discuss global and local water and development challenges.

    Source: Philippines News Agency

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  • Zambia Arrests 10 Ethiopian Migrants after an Accident on Human Smuggling Car

    The Immigration Department in Kasama is holding 10 Ethiopian nationals in suspected smuggling case, the Lusaka Times reported. The report said, the incident is happened after 17 foreigners in the early hours of Monday were involved in a road traffic accident.

    The accident occurred along the Mbala-Nakonde Road when a Nissan Elgrand Vehicle registration number ECP 975 overturned, killing two suspected Somali nationals on the spot. Immigration Public Relations Officer Namati Nshinka said yesterday that later, an Ethiopian also died while four other Ethiopians sustained serious injuries and were admitted at Mbala General Hospital.

    “At the time of the accident, only two were found to have valid passports. The two passports however were void of entry endorsement stamps to prove legal entry. The driver, a Zambian is believed to have survived the accident and investigations regarding his whereabouts are ongoing,”he said. He said investigations into the matter were underway adding that initial indicators seem to suggest that this could be a case of human smuggling.

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