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  • Ethiopia, Sweden, Bolivia and Kazakhstan elected to Security Council

    The 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly today elected Sweden, Bolivia, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan to serve on the world body’s Security Council for a period of two years, starting from 1 January 2017.

    After rounds of voting at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday, only one non-permanent Council seat remains to be filled. Italy and the Netherlands had been vying for the remaining seat, but the voting yielded no clear winner. The two countries then suggested sharing the two-year term, each with a one-year period, with a decision on this proposal postponed to Wednesday.

    Under the UN Charter, the Security Council has the primary responsibility for international peace and security, with all UN Member States required to comply with Council decisions. The Council’s 10 non-permanent seats are allocated according to a rotation pattern set by the Assembly in 1963, to ensure a proportionate representation over time from the different parts of the world: five from African and Asian States; one from Eastern European States; two from Latin American States; and two from Western European and Other States.

    At today’s election, the General Assembly members voted by secret ballot for five seats divided by geographical grouping – three from Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, one from Eastern Europe, and one from Latin America and the Caribbean.

    Bolivia and Ethiopia were chosen by their regional groups and had no competitors. Kazakhstan won the seat reserved for Asia Pacific against Thailand, while Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden had competed for two seats for Western Europe.

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    Ethiopia, Sweden, Bolivia and Kazakhstan elected to Security Council

    Wide view of the General Assembly Hall while ballots are being collected for the election of new non-permanent members of the Security Council for two-year terms starting on 1 January 2017. UN Photo/Manuel Elias




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  • Get free burgers for life from this restaurant if you change your name to 'Burger'

    Really love hamburgers and saving money? 

    Mr Burger, a medium-sized, upmarket burger chain in Australia, wants to help by giving you free hamburgers for life — all you need to do is change your name. 

    Yes, seriously, the Melbourne-based restaurant is offering a lifetime supply of burgers if you formally change your last name to "Burger."

    "It's 200 percent legit. Too legit," Mr Burger marketing manager Maleik Edwards told Mashable Australia

    The idea for the competition came about due to the amount of serious stuff happening in the past week.

    "The media, the world, has been gripped with boring stuff such as Brexit and the election. We as a company think people take life too seriously, and this is just a way to have some fun ... It'll also be fun to get a sports team of Burgers out there," Edwards said.

    You'll need to be over 18 (sorry kids) and officially change your name — which will cost some money. But don't worry, Mr Burger will cover the application fee if you're brave enough to become Mr. or Ms. Burger.

    Once you've done that, email the company with a copy of the name-change confirmation if you receive it by July 31. Hopefully, you don't have any regrets at this point.

    Now that the deed has been done, you'll have free burgers for life. Keep in mind, like all "lifetime supply" competitions, you'll be limited on how much you can get. In this case, it's seven burgers a week, which means you can't hoard them and feed all of your friends.  

    The first 10 people to enter will win, and if your surname is already Burger — sorry, no luck, but apparently you can get in touch with Mr Burger to get some sweet, sweet vouchers.

    So far, there has been plenty of interest but no takers. "We've had lots of people consider it, but we don't know how many will take it seriously," Edwards said. Here's hoping.

    Source : Mashable


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  • Ethiopian Airlines Receives the first Airbus in Africa

    Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and the largest African airline, stands as 1st Airline in Africa to take delivery of Airbus A350XWB on 28 June, 2016, in Toulouse, France.

    Ethiopian is proud to be the first airline from Africa to take delivery of the A350 and excel in offering its passengers the ultimate travel experience on-board this aircraft ahead of other carriers. Ethiopian is also pleased to make all Africans proud by being the first airline in the world to fly this ultra-modern airplane in the African skies.

    Ethiopian A350 XWB was built for passengers comfort and well-being. Wider seats in both Business and Economy classes, the lowest twin engine noise level, advanced air conditioning technology and full LED mood lighting enhance the comfort while reducing fatigue after a long flight.

    "The fact that we are ushering in another first to Africa in a span of four years is an affirmation of our continuing pioneering role in African aviation. It is also a testimony of our commitment to give our passengers the very best travel experience, with the latest industry products and services. On behalf of all my colleagues at the Ethiopian family, I am delighted to see Ethiopian to continue making Africa First in Aviation Technology," said Tewolde Gebremariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian.

    All seats are fitted with the latest high-definition touchscreen personal monitors and a higher selection of movies, television series and audio channels. Inflight Wi-Fi connection will be made available on this aircraft in the future. Passengers with smart devices can connect to the world while others can use the smart individual touch screens on their seats when the internet service goes operational.

    All seats are fitted with the latest high-definition touchscreen personal monitors and a higher selection of movies, television series and audio channels. Inflight Wi-Fi connection will be made available on this aircraft in the future. Passengers with smart devices can connect to the world while others can use the smart individual touch screens on their seats when the internet service goes operational.

    The A350XWB’s innovative technology improves performance in operation. Its revolutionary airframe and simplified systems have optimized fuel burn, maintenance costs and reliability, and its engines have the lowest carbon dioxide CO2 emissions of any in the wide body category.

    Ethiopian has ordered 14 Airbus A350XWB aircraft and will continue receiving the remaining 13 soon constantly raising number of Airbus aircraft in the fleet ensuring the extra comfort.

    Source: Ethiopian Airlines Press Release


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  • 3-day-old baby killed by family dogs

    Police in Central California say two family dogs killed a 3-day-old baby after her mother left her on the couch and walked away for a few seconds.

    Fresno Police Sgt. Dan Macias tells the Fresno Bee the girl's mother had left the door open because it was hot and she thought the dogs were tied up in the back yard.

    The baby died at a hospital shortly after the attack Monday.

    Macias says the two male dogs, which are believed to be a mix of shar-pei and pit bull are owned by the 33-year-old woman's brother. He surrendered the dogs to the Central California Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. SPCA spokesman Walter Salvari says the dogs will be euthanized.

    Macias says police are continuing to investigate and charges have not been ruled out.

    Source : CBS News


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  • Agency Revokes Licenses of 108 Charities, Societies

    Ethiopian Charities and Civil Societies Agency disclosed that it has annulled the licenses of 108 charities and socities, out of which 14 are foreign.

    In addition, 167 organizations were given from first to final written warnings and ordered to amend their ways.

    This was revealed at a consultative meeting that opened today to discuss development activities of charities and societies in Ethiopia.

    Presenting a nine-month performance report of Charities and Civil Societies Agency, Communication Deputy Director Assefa Tesfaye said there are many organizations that engaged in activities beyond the objectives of their establishment, opened bank accounts without the permission of the agency, and did not submit annual reports as well as those which did not declare their source of finance.

    Over the past nine months, the agency has therefore taken measures on a total of 275 charities and societies that did not abide by the rule.

    Among the 108 banned charities and societies are organizations that had no activities during the past three years and those that  returned licenses out of their own free will, the deputy director said.

    In this regard, the Manager of Hope for the Youth charity was sentenced to nine month in prison and fined 5,000 birr for raising public fund without securing permission from the agency.  

    During the stated period, the agency has diverted over 19 million birr from banned and closed organizations to the agency, according to Assefa.

    There are more than 3,000 local and foreign charities and societies in Ethiopia, it was learned.

    Source : ENA 


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  • Ethiopia secures non- permanent seat at UNSC

    By Elias Meseret


    (DireTube News. Addis Ababa, Ethopia) – Ethiopia has secured 185 countries’ votes out of 190 who voted on Tuesday evening in New York, U.S. for a non-permeant membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). In addition to Ethiopia, Sweden and Bolivia have also joined the UNSC club for the non- permanent seat.


    The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Ethiopia will serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms starting from January 1 of 2017. The election of five non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council was held earlier today during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.


    According to UN rules, Ethiopia will serve in the Security Council for 2017 and 2018. The country has served twice in the UN Security Council’s non- permanent seat in the past from1967 to 1968 and 1989 to 1990. It has been praised internationally for its peacekeeping missions across the African continent and was also the founding member of the United Nations in 1945.


    The candidates from four different regions presented for the election were Ethiopia and Bolivia running on a clean slate basis from the African and the Latin America and Caribbean Groups respectively; Italy, Netherlands and Sweden, competing for two seats for Western Europe and others Group; and Kazakhstan and Thailand competing for a single seat for Asia and the Pacific Group. 


    The newly elected five non-permanent members elected on Tuesday 28 June 2016 will serve until 31 December 2018 by replacing the outgoing Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela that will finish their two years term at the council by the end of 2016.    

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