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  • Zuckerberg and wife hit back after being blasted as 'bullying modern colonizers'

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has taken to social media to defend plans to sue the ancestral owners of Hawaiian lands so he can expand his luxury estate.  The billionaire described reports that he was trying to force people off their lands as 'misleading'. 

    Last month, he informed his 84.7 million followers about how he and his wife Priscilla were looking to establish a home on the island. Although critics have described him of acting like 'bullying modern colonizers'.

    However, a local politician has blasted Zuckerberg's plan.State Representative Kaniela Ing told Hawaii News Now: 'Whether or not it's moral, everything Zuckerberg is doing now is legal. But luckily in this building, we decide what's legal and not.'

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  • Yegna Continues Its Mandate to Spark Conversations About Girlhood in Ethiopia

    Tuesday January 10, 2017 (Addis Ababa) -Yegna is Ethiopia’s first teen brand and is, first and foremost, Ethiopian. It is rooted in Ethiopian culture, developed and delivered by and for Ethiopians. Yegna is provoking conversations about the positive role girls can play in Ethiopian society, challenging how girls are thought of and how they think about themselves.

    Yegna is much more than a music band. Yegna’s radio shows have reached overeightmillion listeners, and the TV movie put theirmessages in front of millions more Ethiopians, across the country. Additionally Yegna’s clubs and Safe Space programs expand the dialogue about girls in their communities and schools. Yegna’s storylines are developed with girls, their families and in communities across Ethiopia to ensure that our content is accurately reflecting the stories, voices and realities of Ethiopian girls.

     Yegna is helping to change the lives of Ethiopian girls: 76% of girls who listen to Yegna say that it has inspired them to continue their education, and 95% of boy listeners say that they would speak out against a girl being forced to marry.

    “As was announced last Friday, Yegna is parting ways with one of our partners, the UK Department for International Development (DFID). DFID was our pivotal partner in launching the success of Yegna in Ethiopia,” explains Yegna’s managing director SelomeTadessa. “We’ve been working with DFID for four years and have benefitted from their research, monitoring and support.

    Now we are evolving our work to become more sustainable on our own.” This decision by DFID in no way reflects the successes and impact of Yegna here in Ethiopia - over the past three years, Yegna has received an A rating in DFID Annual Reports. Yegna’s team in Ethiopia will continue to pioneer Yegna’s new and complementary approach to traditional development. We have seen how much Yegna is supporting girls and is contributing to the rise of Ethiopia. However, new, pioneering ideas such as Yegna are often resisted, and sometimes willfully misrepresented. Yegna has seen a lot of success over the past four years.

     Irreversible change has begun within Ethiopian society, but there is much more to be done, and Yegna will continue without interruption. Yegna will continue to operate and impact the lives of girls across Ethiopia with funding from like-minded local and international partners who believe in our innovative approach. Yegna has big plans going forward into 2017 including to take Yegna national so that it will reach even more adolescent girls, their peers and families across Ethiopia.

     “I have always believed that Yegna is an Ethiopian phenomenon, which belongs to the people of Ethiopia,” comments SelomeTadessa. “I am confident that the people and the Government of Ethiopia will remainsupportive of Yegna as it continues to grow.”

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  • Britain gives £5 million to the Ethiopian Spice Girls

    Britain gives £5 million to the Ethiopian Spice Girls for their new talk show... on top of the £4 million we've already handed them

    UK taxpayers have picked up a new £5.2million bill to fund a talk show for Ethiopia's own Spice Girls.

    Yegna, a five-strong pop group, has been awarded a contract to develop its 'branded media platform', which also includes a radio drama and music.

    The foreign aid cash - which will keep the band going until at least 2018 - comes despite officials warning it may be a waste of money.

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  • The Weeknd: "I Represent Ethiopia" - Rare Interview

    The 26-year-old better known as The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye), who on this Sunday in November is ­preparing to release Starboy, the follow-up to his 2015 pop breakthrough Beauty Behind the Madness -- opens up In rare Interview with Billboard about paparazzi, overcoming stage fright and his roots.

    Excerpt from Abel Tesfaye's interview with Billboard

    You’re representing for different ­places — Toronto, Ethiopia. How do you approach that?
    I made it known that I’m Ethiopian. I put it in my music, and my style of singing is very Ethiopian-inspired. I’ve never even been there. I’d love to go home and see my roots.

    Where would you direct a Weeknd fan in terms of Ethiopian music?
    Aster Aweke, for sure. You can hear her voice at the end of “False Alarm” on the new album. Her voice is the greatest thing you’ll ever hear. There’s a great composer named Mulatu Astatke, he’s probably the most famous Ethiopian musician right now. Jim Jarmusch used his music. I’d love to meet him and work with him somehow. Mahmoud Ahmed is a great singer, and so is Tilahun Gessesse. Teddy Afro is more of a pop singer, great voice. This is what I grew up on. I’d wake up in the morning, and my mom would be listening to all this stuff while she was making coffee. I’m working on University of Toronto getting its own class [on Ethiopian language studies].

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  • Norwegian Cancer Society names Haile Gebreselassie good will ambassador

    a Norwegian philanthropic organization that promotes physical fitness exercises as part of coping mechanism against cancer, has named athletics legend Haile Gebreselassie as its good will ambassador.

    During the Ethiopian and Norwegian health and education professionals conference held for two days in Addis, Laila Bokhari, state secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway told The Reporter that appointing Haile as a cancer activist both in Ethiopia and beyond has been measured as vital compared to the acceptance of the sportsman and the level of influence the runner has in the world of athletics.

    “Having people like Haile with us onboard is very important. I can inspire people in politics and about the works of my government. But he has a very different power of inspiring many young people. He is a star not only to Ethiopia and his colleagues but also to tomorrow’s leader of the world”, the state secretary said.

    Days after assuming the presidency of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation, the Olympic gold medalist Haile is now joining the cancer campaigners’ team in Oslo. Haile told The Reporter that as a responsible citizen and as an Adidas representative he said he is actively working against the spread of cancer in Ethiopia and beyond. Attributing Grete Waitz, a Norwegian marathoner and the only nine time New York Marathon winner who died of cancer back in 2011, Haile said that Adidas and AKTIV against cancer have been collaborating since then. And currently, as representative of Adidas and as a good will ambassador to the fight against cancer, he is expected to promote physical exercises to fight the disease.

    Athlete Grete Waitz was able to cofound AKTIV-Against Caner to help others struggling to survive cancer. According to the information AKTIV posted on its website, diagnosed with cancer in 2005, Grete quickly got on board with the idea of helping others affected by the disease. She co-founded AKTIV Against Cancer in November 2007 and became an ambassador.

    Retired from running, Haile is currently active in various business and leadership activities in sports.

    In addition to the effort to fight cancer, the Government of Norway as part of its exchange program is considering to train medical practitioners in Ethiopia.  According to state secretary Bokhari, though there are reputed physicians in Ethiopia they need further trainings. “Ethiopia has some very good health professionals but they need more and important to have them more around the country”. She also mentioned that there are Ethiopia born Norwegian professionals who are in Ethiopia to help train others. “Some Norwegians who were born here have come back here and are working as medical professionals”.

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  • Norwegian Cancer Society names Haile Gebreselassie good will ambassador

    a Norwegian philanthropic organization that promotes physical fitness exercises as part of coping mechanism against cancer, has named athletics legend Haile Gebreselassie as its good will ambassador.

    During the Ethiopian and Norwegian health and education professionals conference held for two days in Addis, Laila Bokhari, state secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway told The Reporter that appointing Haile as a cancer activist both in Ethiopia and beyond has been measured as vital compared to the acceptance of the sportsman and the level of influence the runner has in the world of athletics.

    “Having people like Haile with us onboard is very important. I can inspire people in politics and about the works of my government. But he has a very different power of inspiring many young people. He is a star not only to Ethiopia and his colleagues but also to tomorrow’s leader of the world”, the state secretary said.

    Days after assuming the presidency of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation, the Olympic gold medalist Haile is now joining the cancer campaigners’ team in Oslo. Haile told The Reporter that as a responsible citizen and as an Adidas representative he said he is actively working against the spread of cancer in Ethiopia and beyond. Attributing Grete Waitz, a Norwegian marathoner and the only nine time New York Marathon winner who died of cancer back in 2011, Haile said that Adidas and AKTIV against cancer have been collaborating since then. And currently, as representative of Adidas and as a good will ambassador to the fight against cancer, he is expected to promote physical exercises to fight the disease.

    Athlete Grete Waitz was able to cofound AKTIV-Against Caner to help others struggling to survive cancer. According to the information AKTIV posted on its website, diagnosed with cancer in 2005, Grete quickly got on board with the idea of helping others affected by the disease. She co-founded AKTIV Against Cancer in November 2007 and became an ambassador.

    Retired from running, Haile is currently active in various business and leadership activities in sports.

    In addition to the effort to fight cancer, the Government of Norway as part of its exchange program is considering to train medical practitioners in Ethiopia.  According to state secretary Bokhari, though there are reputed physicians in Ethiopia they need further trainings. “Ethiopia has some very good health professionals but they need more and important to have them more around the country”. She also mentioned that there are Ethiopia born Norwegian professionals who are in Ethiopia to help train others. “Some Norwegians who were born here have come back here and are working as medical professionals”.

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