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Ethiopian girls as young as five married off

Published: Aug 27, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News

Ethiopian girls as young as five married off

Amhara, Ethiopia - Mekdes Murgeta does not remember her actual wedding, but her family told her it happened when she was five. Pointing at her own five-year-old daughter she confirms she was her age.  

Murgeta lives in Mosebo, a rural village in the Amhara region in central Ethiopia. There, as in the rest of Ethiopia, it is illegal to be married before the age of 18. 
 
According to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Amhara has some of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. Estimates in 2009 show at least 50 percent of women marrying before they reach 18. Murgeta thinks she is around 28 now, but is unsure. Keeping track of your age is not common here.

She is six months pregnant with her second kid. "I want to adequately serve them, adequately feed them. If I have many children, I can't do that," she explains. 
 

First Chinese tram for Africa completed

Published: Aug 27, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social News
First Chinese tram for Africa completed

The first of 41 trams for Ethiopia rolled off the production line on Tuesday in Changchun City, northeast China's Jilin Province.

The tram will be put into service in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa where commuters only have a choice of buses or taxis at the moment, said Liu Gang, a manager with China CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co..

"We're bringing about 50 Ethiopian drivers and maintenance workers here for training next month," said Liu.

With a maximum speed of 70km per hour, the white and green vehicle is designed to be impervious to ultraviolet light, since Addis Ababa has an altitude of 2,400 meters and the sun is exceptionally strong. Its windows block 90 percent of ultraviolet rays.

Outside South Africa, Africa's urban rail transport networks are still in their infancy, providing immense opportunities for Chinese manufacturers. Light railways and tramcars are used in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. Only Cairo and Algiers have a subway systems.

Some African countries, such as Kenya, Nigeria and Zimbabwe, have plans to develop urban rail transport services.

Source:xinhuanet

4 Intelligence Facts You Probably Had No Idea About

Published: Aug 27, 2014 by bgt Filed under: World News Tech & Science Social News
4 Intelligence Facts You Probably Had No Idea About

You can leave it to the know-it-all so many of us have encountered to prove that what you know doesn’t make you an intelligent person. In fact, what you know, which is based on the information you’ve accumulated through books, school, etc., is commonly referred to as crystallized intelligence. And it’s different from fluid intelligence, a less concrete form of intelligence, which is based less on memorization and more on abstract thinking, such as the ability to identify patterns, solve problems, and reason.

Intelligence is a complex thing, and it’s affected each day by what a person does. For example, a New York Times article from last year highlighted how more school districts in the U.S. are implementing programs that teach kids how to be emotionally intelligent. The idea is that children who are taught how to manage their emotions, such as learning how to calm down during a moment of anxiety, are better able to learn because their self-awareness allows them to focus on the task at hand.

In search for power, Ethiopia turns to growing sugar

Published: Aug 27, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social News
In search for power, Ethiopia turns to growing sugar

Eating and drinking in Ethiopia involves a lot of sugar, from the quintessentially Ethiopian buna (coffee) ceremony to the fare in pastry shops. But it’s expensive to import.

Now the government has embarked on an ambitious project to grow more sugar to meet that demand – but also to boost electricity production and to create sugar-based ethanol that could help reduce car emissions and cut down on fossil fuel imports.

Ethiopia currently produces about 300,000 tonnes of sugar a year from three factories, at Wonchi, Metehera and Finchaa. The factories also generate 62 megawatts (MW) of electricity, half of which is used by the sugar plants themselves, with the rest sent to the national electric grid.

Transfer gossip: Fazio, Allen, Cavani, Van Ginkel, Podolski

Published: Aug 27, 2014 by bgt Filed under: World News Sport News
Transfer gossip: Fazio, Allen, Cavani, Van Ginkel, Podolski

Arsenal are ready Transfer gossip: Fazio, Allen, Cavani, Van Ginkel, Podolski

Arsenal are ready to make a £50m bid for Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani as Olivier Giroud, also 27, faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines. (Daily Express)

The Gunners want Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, 23, to replace the injured Giroud, but the Red Devils are reluctant to sell. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is also interested in a loan deal for Monaco's Colombia forward Radamel Falcao, 28, and France striker Loic Remy, 27, who is available for £8.5m from QPR . (the Guardian)

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is weighing up a shock £20m move for Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen, 24 . (Daily Star)

Man Utd thrashed by MK Dons

Published: Aug 27, 2014 by bgt Filed under: World News Sport News
Man Utd thrashed by MK Dons

Manchester United suffer a humiliating League Cup exit as they are hammered 4-0 by League One side MK Dons.

 Louis van Gaal's miserable start to life as Manchester United boss continued with a massive Capital One Cup shock at the hands of League One MK Dons.

Playing in the second round for the first time in 19 years, United were mauled by an energetic and clinical performance from the side two divisions below them, who were playing in front of a crowd of 26,969 - the biggest in their 10-year history.

Four-time winners United did not register a shot on target until the 72nd minute against the team who were only founded in 2004.

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