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Singer Fasil Demoz Attacked by Robbers in DC

Published: Dec 19, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Law & Order
Singer Fasil Demoz Attacked by Robbers in DC

According to DireTube sources in DC The Popular Ethiopian Traditional Singer Fasil Demoz was attacked by four individuals and his personal belongings were stolen as a result. The Attack took place in Georgia Kennedy Road by three unknown men and a woman.

Police arrived at the scene but was unable to arrest the robbers and its under investigation. Singer Fasil Demoz recently released his Music Video Clip Enkutatash and was in a music tour.

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Ugandan parliament bans export of maids

Published: Dec 19, 2014 by bini Filed under: World News
Ugandan parliament bans export of maids
By Moses Walubiri & Joyce Namutebi

KAMPALA - Parliament has passed a resolution banning the export of Ugandan girls and women to work abroad as maids, following harrowing tales of abuse by their employers.

The ban follows a report to the House in which the minister of state for the elderly and disability, Sulaiman Madada, said the government was aware of complaints about the abuse of Ugandans working as maids, especially in Arab countries.

However, he added: “The externalisation of labour is important in finding Ugandans jobs as the government improves the capacity of the local economy to provide employment.”

The minister said 24 companies have been licensed to export labour.

In the ensuing debate, however, lawmakers faulted the government for abandoning desperate Ugandans, which has left them at the mercy of licensed companies interested in making profits.

Tsigereda Gugia Debuts Her Designs at Dress to Impress Fashion Show Saturday

Published: Dec 19, 2014 by Mihret L Filed under: Entertainment Art & Culture Ethiopian News
Tsigereda Gugia Debuts Her Designs at Dress to Impress Fashion Show Saturday
Tsigereda Gugia Debuts Her Designs at Dress to Impress Fashion Show Saturday

Tsigereda Gugia has been designing since she was a seven-year-old girl in Ethiopia. She moved to the United States for college, and now will showcase her latest designs on Saturday, December 20 at Gazelle Model's Dress to Impress fashion show and clothing sale at the Cherry Creek Hilton Garden Inn, hosted by Abyssinians Familys and La Rue Fashion Parade.

"This a great chance to see the show and buy exciting designer wear clothing from exotic international textiles," says Peter Grigg, Gazelle Model's marketing officer. "This is first time designer Gugia will have her own solo fashion show. We wanted to make Ethiopian fashion more public. If people have an interest in African dresses, then this event is a must. Gugia's done impressive work. It's amazing and inspiring."

The collection is a combination of contemporary and traditional African and Ethiopian designs; select items from the runway will be available for sale.

The fashion show will feature Gazelle Model models, raffle tickets and prizes. Doors open at 7:30 p.m and show starts at 8 p.m.; afterwards, there will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres and refreshments from the Hilton Garden Inn.

Source: Westword

Ethiopia, Djibouti desirous to drive regional integration

Published: Dec 19, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
Ethiopia, Djibouti desirous to drive regional integration

Addis Ababa December 18/2014 Ethiopia and Djibouti can become drive for the regional economic integration IGAD has been envisioned in the East African region and working to enhance it, the Foreign Ministry of Djibouti said.

In an exclusive interview with ENA in Djibouti, the Minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf said huge infrastructure developments are being underway in both countries in roads, electricity and railway which will facilitate way for integration.

"We believe that Djibouti and Ethiopia can be become the engine and the locomotive for that regional integration because we have already laid the foundation of those infrastructures and we can that I mean firm belief from Djibouti's people and government that we can play that role.’’

According to Youssouf, a lot is expected from Ethiopia in realizing the integration, supported by its rapid economic growth and the government's commitment for the economic integration along with its role in the region’s politics and economy.

Growing economy has Ethiopia focused on closing the ‘education gap

Published: Dec 19, 2014 by Mihret L Filed under: Ethiopian News Education
Growing economy has Ethiopia focused on closing the ‘education gap
Growing economy has Ethiopia focused on closing the ‘education gap

Ethiopia has, according to the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, 2.4 million children out of school, this despite also standing out as one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies and sporting large-scale infrastructural development. However, in recent years, education has become a political priority and the budget allotted to the education sector now constitutes roughly 28 percent of recurrent expenditure. Yet, UNESCO notes that schooling indicators used to track progress in the education system are still poor and below regional averages. For example, the state education system remains under-resourced, especially in rural areas, making it imperative that standards for school building and teacher training are set.

The UN says Ethiopia will be one of the world’s 10 most populous countries by 2050, and with a population that has grown by more than a quarter since 2001, pushing it to 96.5 million, it is imperative that steps be taken to reverse the poor education trends.

EI on the ground with affiliates

This month, officers from Education International (EI) visited the country to assess both the situation of the organisation’s two affiliates, the Ethiopia Teacher Association (ETA) and the National Teacher Association (NTA), and the challenges facing teachers and children deprived of education.

For EI, the NTA is of particular concern. The union has been deprived of a legal existence following several denials of the Charities and Societies Agency to register it, an issue that EI tabled with the International Labour Organisation (ILO). In 2013, the Government of Ethiopia signed a “Joint Statement” with the ILO, committing it to register the NTA and to amend its legislation to allow civil servants to unionise. New drafts of the Labour and Civil Servants Proclamations will be submitted to the Parliament following the next general election to be held in May 2015, which many anticipate will see another win for the ruling party, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), in power since 1991.


We're all living six years longer

Published: Dec 19, 2014 by Mihret L Filed under: World News Ethiopian News
We're all living six years longer
We're all living six years longer

People around the world can expect to live an average six years longer today than they did in 1990, research has shown.

Global life expectancy at birth rose by 5.8 years for men and 6.6 for women between 1990 and 2013, according to new findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study.

Of all the regions in the world, southern Africa alone experienced the opposite trend due to the scourge of HIV/Aids. There, lifespans have shortened by more than five years.

But some low-income countries have made exceptional gains, experts found. In Nepal, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Niger, the Maldives, Timor-Leste and Iran, life expectancy increased by more than 12 years in the last two decades.

Men in the UK increased their life expectancy by the global average, with lifespan at birth increasing from 72.9 to 79.1 years between 1990 and 2013.

But UK women saw a below-average 4.4 year increase from 78.4 to 82.8 years.

Certain causes of death were shown to have claimed more lives around the world since 1990. They included liver cancer, heart rhythm disorders, drug use conditions, chronic kidney disease, sickle cell disease, diabetes and pancreatic cancer.

In high-income regions, life expectancy had mostly been increased by falling cancer and heart disease death rates, said the report.

Fewer deaths from diarrhoea, lung infections and baby disorders helped people to live longer in low-income countries.

Lead author Dr Christopher Murray, professor of global health at the University of Washington, US, said: " The progress we are seeing against a variety of illnesses and injuries is good, even remarkable, but we can and must do even better.

"The huge increase in collective action and funding given to the major infectious diseases such as diarrhoea, measles, tuberculosis, HIV/Aids, and malaria has had a real impact. However, this study shows that some major chronic diseases have been largely neglected but are rising in importance, particularly drug disorders, liver cirrhosis, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease."

The study, reported in The Lancet medical journal, cites war as being the leading cause of premature death in Syria, where an estimated 30,000 people died in 2013.

Heart disease, stroke, self-harm, cirrhosis and road injuries were responsible for half of all premature deaths in eastern Europe.

In India, death rates dropped by 1.3% per year for adults and 3.7% for children, but the country has a serious and growing suicide problem.

Road injuries and acts of violence were key contributors to premature death in Latin America and the Caribbean.

An analysis of the study by the Lancet found that Alzheimer's disease was now the third biggest killer in the UK, with rates increasing 50% between 1990 and 2013.

The leading killers in Britain, accounting for 35% of all deaths in 2013, were ischemic heart disease, which killed 98,746 people, stroke, which killed 57,146 and Alzheimer's disease, which caused 49,349 deaths.

But heart disease and stroke mortality rates have fallen in those 23 years, with 45% fewer deaths from the former and 25% fewer than the latter, the study found.

Dr Ivy Shiue, an epidemiology expert from Heriot-Watt University and a co-author of the study, said, "The decreasing toll posed by heart disease and stroke in the UK is quite encouraging.

"But the rise of Alzheimer's disease and certain cancers shows we must do more to combat these trends."

Source: Mail Online

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