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  • Finally a Done Deal: Manchester United Sign Pogba with a Record £100mln Pound

    Paul Pogba is set to be officially confirmed as a Manchester United player again after his world record £100million move was finally sealed on Thursday night. Pogba will sign a five-year contract worth £290,000 a week.

    After weeks of negotiations, United have agreed a huge fee for the Juventus star to complete Jose Mourinho's summer spending spree. United are eager to parade their new signing - who completed a medical in Los Angeles and will wear the No 6 shirt - and are set to officially announce his arrival.
    Pogba left Old Trafford in July 2012 after the then United manager Sir Alex Ferguson refused to agree to Raiola's demands for an improved contract. Juventus paid them just £800,000 in compensation.

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  • WB: Global Oil Price will Increase to US$43 from US$41

    The World Bank offered some respite to non-Opec oil exporters on Wednesday by upping its oil price forecast for 2016. The bank increased its projection to US$43 from US$41 due to supply disruption and buoyant demand in the second quarter.

    Oil prices jumped 37% in the second quarter of 2016 due to factors including wildfires in Canada and sabotage of oil infrastructure in Nigeria. The bank said the forecast nevertheless took account of lower demand in the last few weeks and recovering supplies. The bank’s senior economist, John Baffes, said: “We expect slightly higher oil prices for the second half of 2016 as oil market oversupply diminishes.”
    Despite the recovery of oil and many other commodity prices in the second quarter, most commodity indexes tracked by the World Bank are expected to decline this year, according to its Commodity Markets Outlook.

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  • EPHA Endorses Dr Tewodros Adhanom’s Nominee for WHO Chief

    The Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA) has lauded Dr. Tedros Adhanom's contribution for the development of public health worldwide. In a press release sent to The Ethiopian Herald Monday, Association President Fikreab Kebede said that Dr. Tedros has played significant role in the establishment of the African Federation of Public Health Association.

    "We know Dr. Tedros as member of EPHA, as a strategic partner, and as a public health professional indeed. Certainly, we are not mistaken then in 2003 by recognizing and awarding him EPHA Annual Young Public Health Researcher Award."

    "We take this opportunity to express our deepest appreciation for his boundless efforts in making a dream has come true to creating a healthy Ethiopia, Africa and the World as a whole. The struggle throughout his way in promoting the outstanding public health service was difficult. The journey he came about was not smooth. And yet, we can count the enormous achievements EPHA attained during his leadership."
    The selection of Ethiopia to host the largest International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA 2011) and the 13th World Congress on Public Health (WCPH) are among his contributions to development of public health.

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  • Ethiopia Interested to Buy Grains from Kazakhsta

    Ethiopian authorities are interested in the import of Kazakhstan's grain, Kazakh Ambassador to Ethiopia said during a meeting of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today. "Grain export is one of the ways to cooperate with Ethiopia. There are two routes to deliver grain to that country, via Iran and Novorossiysk Sea Port. Ethiopia is ready to buy our grain. They already know about the quality of our grain and about our potential," the Ambassador said.

    He also noted that Kazakhstan has a chance to import grain via the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran-Djibouti-Ethiopia transport corridor, which also can be used for importing other products.

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  • TU Report: Half of the world’s population still not using the Internet and Ethiopia Set Among Lower

    Internet Penetration Countries Geneva, 22 July 2016 – New data released today by ITU, the UN specialized agency for information and communication technology (ICT), show that 3.9 billion people remain cut-off from the vast resources available on the Internet, despite falling prices for ICT services.

    ICT Facts & Figures 2016 shows that developing countries now account for the vast majority of Internet users, with 2.5 billion users compared with one billion in developed countries. But Internet penetration rates tell a different story, with 81% in developed countries, compared with 40% in developing countries and 15% in the Least Developed Countries.

    “Access to information and communication technologies, particularly broadband, has the potential to serve as a major accelerator of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Global interconnectedness is rapidly expanding, however more needs to be done to bridge the digital divide and bring the more than half of the global population not using the Internet into the digital economy,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

    “2016 marks the year when the international community is embarking on the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their 169 targets. ITU, given the tremendous development of ICTs, has a key role to play in facilitating their attainment,” says Brahima Sanou, the Director of the ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. “ITU statistics inform public and private-sector decision makers, and help us accomplish our mission: to make use of the full potential of ICTs for the timely achievement of the SDGs.”

    Mobile broadband growth slowing The new edition of ITU’s ICT Facts & Figures reveals that mobile phone coverage is now near-ubiquitous, with an estimated 95% of the global population – or some seven billion people – living in an area covered by a basic 2G mobile-cellular network. Advanced mobile-broadband networks (LTE) have spread quickly over the last three years and reach almost four billion people today – corresponding to 53% of the global population.

    But while the number of mobile-broadband subscriptions continues to grow at double digit rates in developing countries to reach a penetration rate of close to 41%, mobile-broadband penetration growth has slowed overall. Globally, the total number of mobile-broadband subscriptions is expected to reach 3.6 billion by end 2016, compared with 3.2 billion at end 2015.

    Fixed broadband growth strongest in developed countries Global fixed-broadband subscriptions are expected to reach around 12 per 100 inhabitants in 2016, with Europe, the Americas and the Commonwealth of Independent States regions having the highest rates of penetration. Strong growth in China is driving fixed-broadband in Asia and the Pacific, where penetration is expected to surpass 10% by end of 2016.

     ICT prices continue to fall Mobile-broadband services have now become more affordable than fixed-broadband services, with the average price for a basic fixed-broadband plan more than twice as high as the average price of a comparable mobile-broadband plan. By the end of 2015, 83 developing countries had achieved the Broadband Commission’s affordability target. Digital divide means half the world is still offline By the end of 2016, more than half of the world’s population – 3.9 billion people – will not yet be using the Internet.

     While almost one billion households in the world now have Internet access (of which 230 million are in China, 60 million in India and 20 million in the world’s 48 Least Developed Countries), figures for household access reveal the extent of the digital divide, with 84% of households connected in Europe, compared with 15.4% in the African region.

    Global online gender gap widens Internet penetration rates are higher for men than for women in all regions of the world. The global Internet user gender gap grew from 11% in 2013 to 12% in 2016. The regional gender gap is largest in Africa, at 23%, and smallest in the Americas, at 2%. Internet bandwidth By early 2016, international Internet bandwidth had reached 185,000 gigabits per second, up from a low of 30,000 gigabits in 2008. However, bandwidth is unequally distributed globally, and lack of bandwidth remains a major bottleneck to improved Internet connectivity in many developing and Least Developed Countries.

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  • HRW: Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) Leaders on Hunger Strike in Prison

    It has been nine days since prominent Ethiopian opposition leader Bekele Gerba and several other senior members of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) went on a hunger strike to protest their treatment in detention. Bekele, who is the deputy chairman of the OFC, and his colleagues are currently being held in Kilinto prison near Addis Ababa on terrorism charges.

    Their health has reportedly deteriorated significantly in recent days. Bekele and his associates were detained on December 23, 2015 and later charged under Ethiopia’s terrorism law for allegedly belonging to the banned Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) – a charge that is regularly used to silence ethnic Oromos who are critical of the government. They were first taken to the notorious Maekalawi prison, where torture and other ill-treatment are routine.

    Since moving to Kilinto, Bekele and his colleagues have repeatedly petitioned the courts to investigate their mistreatment in detention, to allow their families visiting rights, and to provide them with proper medication. Bekele is a staunch advocate of non-violence and is one of tens of thousands who were detained during the mostly peaceful protests that have swept through Oromia since November. Many of those who have since been released reported being tortured in custody.

    Since the protests began, the security forces have killed over 400 people, most of them students. Yet, there has been no meaningful investigation into the killings and no effort to hold security forces accountable. Instead, the state-affiliated Human Rights Commission in an oral report to parliament in June concluded that the level of force used by security forces was proportionate to the risk the forces faced, sending an ominous message to Ethiopians that security force members can shoot unarmed protesters with impunity.

    As it is clear that the Ethiopian government is either not willing or not able to conduct a credible investigation into the conduct of its security forces, there is increasing need for international involvement in any investigation.

    Unfortunately, the authorities’ failure to treat Bekele and his colleagues with the most basic respect for their rights is indicative of a government that shows little willingness to right the wrongs it has committed. Their continued detention sends a message to young Ethiopians that the government equates peaceful protest with terrorism, putting Ethiopia on a dangerous trajectory.

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