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  • Movie Star Johnny Depp Apologizes for Trump assassination Joke


    Johnny Depp has apologized for comments he made on Thursday at a British music festival which seemed to call for the assassination of President Trump.
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    I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump,' Depp told People.

    'It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.'

    His apology came a few hours after the White House lashed out at the actor's comments.

    'President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it's sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead,' a White House official said on Friday.

    'I hope that some of Mr. Depp's colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democrat elected official.'

    Sean Spicer also spoke about Depp's comment at the White House press briefing on Friday, along with the Public Theater's recently closed version of 'Julius Caesar' which included the assassination of President Trump.

    'I think that it's, it's concerning when you see a pattern that these comments get made, and these actions get depicted, and the lack of attention that they get when it's, when it's on our side,' said Spicer.

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  • Doctor Kitaw Ejigu: a Role Model for Millions of African Youngsters

     

    (DireTube Obituary, Addis Ababa) — The human brain has a storage capacity of 256 Exabytes or 256 billion GB—the equivalent is 1.2 billion average PC drive, according to data.

    Most computational neuroscientists, on their part, tend to estimate human brain's storage capacity somewhere between 10 terabytes and 100 terabytes, though the full spectrum of guesses ranges from 1 terabyte to 2.5 petabytes. (One terabyte is equal to about 1,000 gigabytes or about 1 million megabytes; a petabyte is about 1,000 terabytes.

    Today, in the age of dynamic technological advancement competition, having or becoming a genius or arch-genius is necessary, a good choice; in fact, it’s mandatory too.

    Elections come and go. Markets rise and fall. Celebrities wax and wane. But now and then we meet a controversy of profound and lasting dimensions. Some of our chief engineers and most brilliant theorists say the future of artificial intelligence is such a matter. Will machines learn to think like humans--and then to outthink us? And if they do, what will become of us?

    On the other side of the spectrum, in this strong age of space exploration, the human being is striving to live a luxurious life on the moon and other worlds, as far as the necessary ingredients and preconditions fulfilled.

    The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has recently announced a discovery of ten new earth like “Rocky” planets. As world’s population exceeding 7 billion figure, looking for other planets to live and researching about earth is not a luxurious practice for the developed countries; it’s a mandatory to preserve their supremacy. Unlike centuries ago the world is seeing multi-polar powers everywhere.

    When it comes to Ethiopia, we have got numerous influential and notable figures in different fields. Ethiopian Doctor, Engineer and Scientist Kitaw Ejigu was among one of them; he was also the most famous, arch-genius personality, which came just rarely in history. 

    Kitaw Ejigu was an Ethiopian American engineer; he was one of Ethiopia’s first aerospace scientists. With the completion of his studies in the late 1970s, he was interested towards aerospace technology and started working for NASA as a system engineer and space research scientist.

    He invented two aerospace mechanisms which patented under NASA’s new technology. He collaborated with other scientists to create space shuttles and rockets that assisted in planetary science research and exploration of planet earth.
    Among his greatest achievements while working on space technology incorporates his innovative creations of the Global Positioning System (GPS), and a revolutionary and dynamic flight simulator for the Boeing Company.

    He earned the respect of millions of followers due to his visionary leadership and personal accomplishments.

    Childhood & Early Life

    He was born on February 25, 1948, in Bonga, Keffa, Ethiopia, and received his early education from the Miazia 27th High School in Jimma province.

    He attended the ‘Bahir Dar Polytechnic Institute’ and received his diploma in 1966 in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Agricultural Technology. After graduation, he worked at the ‘Ethiopian Automotive Services and Sales Company as Chief Technical Advisor and Assistant Manager for two years.

    In 1972, he won a scholarship from the Japanese Overseas Technical Association by which he studied automotive engineering at Hiroshima University and language and Japanese Economics at Osaka University.

    Later, he moved to the United States and began his intensive research and training and earned an MS/MBA in Business Administration in 1979. Then he completed his Doctorate in Space Vehicle Systems Engineering from Northrop University in California.

    Career

    While pursuing his academic studies, he worked for different aerospace companies, such as Garret Air Research, and Advanced Bonding Technology Labs; subsequently became interested in Space technology.

    In 1977, he hired by the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) of California Institute of Technology, a NASA research center, in Pasadena, California, where he eventually became the ‘Chief Spacecraft Systems Design Engineer.' Alongside, he also managed a joint NASA/ESA International Solar Polar Mission Spacecraft Systems Interface.

    Later, he served as the ‘Space Technology and Systems Research Scientist’ at Boeing and Loral Corp. As a scientist, he was responsible for the definition, design, development, integration, testing, and launching of advanced planetary mission spacecraft and earth-orbiting satellite systems.

    In 1986, he joined Rockwell International (builder of the space shuttle orbiter), Space Systems Division. He became a Principal Investigator/Chief Research Engineer for several advanced space systems projects at Rockwell. He also worked as a Project Manager in the Advanced Programs Engineering Department.

    He oversaw the development of advanced technologies for Kinetic Energy Weapons Systems in support of the SDI and related programs (ASAT, GBI, E2I, TMD). He also served as a program manager for a Lunar/Mars Micro-Rover research and development effort in support of NASA's future exploration missions.

    Later, he turned his attention to Africa and his homeland Ethiopia hoping to introduce technology-based development. He established Trans Tech International, a global technologies service systems which were a privately owned satellite and related systems engineering company. He served as its President/CEO until he passed away.

    Before his death, he was planning to work with Tad Worku, the founder of Africa Needs Community Development Corporation. He wanted to utilize his valuable knowledge for the benefit of the people of Africa and the world.

    Major Works

    In 1978, while working with other NASA scientists and the Apollo astronaut Buz Aldrin, he invented two aerospace mechanisms, patented under NASA's new technologies programs.

    Personal Life & Legacy

    He married Stella Ejigu, who also became one of his ardent supporters. They have three children, Sarah Abigail, Benyam, and Yared.
    On January 7, 2006, he was enjoying with his family in Austin, when he collapsed and hurt himself. The team of neurosurgeons was unable to stop the internal brain hemorrhage, and his condition deteriorated.

    He died an hour past midnight on January 13, 2006, four days after he underwent surgery at North Austin Medical Center in Austin Texas. A memorial service was held at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, California, followed by his burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Covina Hills.

    There exists however different hypothesis of his death at home.

     

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  • Prodigy, Rapper of Mobb Deep fame, Dies Aged 42

    The rapper Prodigy, one-half of the American hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, died Tuesday at the age of 42.

    The MC was found unconscious in Las Vegas, and while the cause of death remains unclear, the group’s publicist sent the following statement to the music website XXL:

    “It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of the legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep.

    Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”

    Mobb Deep, comprised of Prodigy and Havoc, has sold more than 3 million records, their albums The Infamous and Hell on Earth has been critically acclaimed successes in the 1990s.

    The group took an indefinite hiatus in 2012 but reunited shortly after, releasing their eighth album, The Infamous Mobb Deep, in 2014. The duo performed in Las Vegas at the weekend on The Art of Rap tour, alongside Ice-T, Ghostface Killah, and Onyx.

    Prodigy published an autobiography in 2011 called My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy. He also collaborated last year with Kathy Iandoli on a cookbook, Commissary Kitchen, a collection of recipes he conceived of while serving a three-year sentence for gun possession charges. In a candid 2011 interview with Jesse Thorn, Prodigy discussed his sickle cell anemia:

    “Sickle cell anemia is a hereditary disease that’s passed down from your mother and father, and is a rare blood disorder where your blood cells change from a round shape, a normal, round blood cell shape, to a sickle shape,” he explained. “They start interlocking with each other and causing clotting, and it causes pain where that happens. It’s like a domino effect, it spreads throughout your body, and the pain increases, and it gets progressively worse if you don’t take care of it right away; as soon as you feel the pain, you’re supposed to go to the hospital or take pain medication for it.”

     

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  • Court Rules Author Yismake Worku’s Vehicle Up For Auction

    (DireTube News, Addis Ababa) — Judge Aynalem Dereje at Arada First Bench Court of the Federal Higher Court passed a verdict on Monday, June 12, 2017, that Author Yismake Worku’s vehicle to be auctioned in a bid to pay his loan from Mr. Aynalem Mewa, Owner of Aynalem Printing Press.

    In absentia of Yismake, on April 18, 2017, the court summoned whether he should pay an interest of over 11 thousand Birr for the paid back loan amounted 47,750 Birr to Aynalem Mewa, Owner of the Aynalem Printing Press.

    Mr. Aynalem, the creditor, lent 100 thousand Birr to Mr. Yismake, back in 2015 and 47,750 Birr has refunded back. But, the remaining amount of 52,250 Birr still yet unpaid, according to the charge presented by Aynalem, Hulu Addis Show reported on Thursday.

    Secondly, the publishing agreement between Yismake and Aynalem for 3000 copies Dertogada, the bestseller book of the Author back in 2015. But, the author failed to receive the 3000 copies. In this aspect, whether the estimated amount of 28,650 Birr should be paid back or not, is also incorporated into the charge.

    Thirdly, on May 2015, both of them have entered into a distribution agreement of Yoratorad, Yismake’s fourth sequel book of Dertogada. Was the agreement applied or not? If it was failed, who is responsible? Are also included in the main detail cases in the charge.

    Menagesha court, in that instance, ruled that 64,200 Birr, the price of 3034 copies of Yoratorad book has to be paid by the defendant.

    An estimated 86850 Birr, which was paid to publish and as a payment to the Author by Aynalem and the 28650 Birr for 3000 copies of Dertogada, made a total amount of the money to be paid by Yismake Worku 115 thousand Birr, calculated along with the interest rate of from almost two years onwards, with 9 percent interest rate, according to the court’s verdict.

    The Addis Ababa Traffic Office and the law enforcement Directorate ordered to implement court’s rule of to grab Yismake’s car anywhere and auction it accordingly. But, the remaining amount of money has to be given back to the author.

    Yismake Worku is among best Ethiopian authors. He was 22 when his bestseller scientific fiction book, Dertogada, was published. Dertogada has been translated into English by Zelalem Nigussie.

    He also authored 10 other books. Ramatohara, Xantoxara, Yoratorad, and Yotod are the sequels of Dertogada.
    Tekerchem, Telmid, Melos, Kibur Dingay along with poems Yekend Awta Nuro and Yewend Mit are his books.

     

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  • Sertse Fresibhat praises Teddy Afro

     

     

    (DireTube News, Addis Ababa) — Sertse Fresibhat, music virtuoso and former Ethiopian and Coco-Cola, and Merewa Idol judge, has praised Teddy Afro as a “Unique” and “Superb” singer.

    “Teddy Afro musics are fetched from the sum total of his everyday thoughts as well as the society’s spectrum of seeing scenarios,” said Sertse in his interview with “Bekur”, an Amharic Newspaper.

    The renowned music expert expressed his disappointment towards “Many” singers in the country for “they are far from the society’s culture and sprit”. “Therefore, their creativity is not that much satisfactory for that reason”.

    Sertse noted that “the Ethiopian music industry is operating without the assistance of knowledge”.

    Theory and practice ought to be operated together. Or, in case the latter comes first, then the former must follow, Sertse says.

    But, according to Sertse, “Teddy Afro is not in that circle”. “Tewodros Kassahun is a voracious reader, knows the society’s culture, sprit and feelings very well—these are the basic ingredients for artists”.

    He also told the newspaper that “the way Teddy expressed the long novel, Fikir Eske Mekabir in seven minutes is absolutely brilliant”.

    Teddy Afro’s recent album debut “Ethiopia” has made a reputation topping the Billboard “world album” chart, becoming perhaps the second singer to achieve such global heights after Aster Aweke’s “Kabu”. Although by no means is the highest selling album around the world, it is, however, the top selling album in the “world music” genre, which is defined as traditional non-western music. Billboard uses a combination of actual sales, radio airplay, and streaming data to rank music.

    Besides Billboard, the album was at the top of the iTunes “Top 100 World Music Albums”.

    All the promo music for the tracks of this album are uploaded to the singer’s official YouTube channel which has 14 million subscribers, earning him B+ rate by Social Blade, a statistics website that tracks statistics and measures growth across multiple social media platforms. VidIQ, a popular YouTube statistic analyzing software, estimates Teddy Afro’s official YouTube channel averages 9,900 dollars a month, without commercials. The payments for per view would be deposited into an account under the singer’s name.

    A father of two, Teddy Afro has come a long way since his debut in the Ethiopian music scene with his release of an album titled “Abugida“, in 2001. His second album, “Yasteseriyal“, and released in 2005, took his career onto a path that has been filled with controversies.

    In 2008, he was arrested in relations to a car accident of which a court found him guilty of a hit-and-run incident of a homeless man, and sentenced to six-year prison term. Always denying involvement in the incident, his conviction was later reduced to four years and released in August 2009.

    His album after his release, dubbed “Tikur Sew”, was released in 2012, the year he got married to Amleset Muchie, a Model and Film Producer. But the album’s sales by the producer Adika Communications & Events PLC ended up in another round of disputes over the number of copies published and distributed by the latter. Teddy Afro had claimed more copies had been published than was agreed. He was paid four million Birr for 280,000 copies of the album, of which no less than 100,000 copies remain unsold to this day, according to former staffs of Adika.

     

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  • Do you hear that? Here are 20 famous people allegedly killed when trying to leave illuminati

    These individuals had a beloved following and are remembered for being great people. But their deaths remain a huge mystery for the most part.

    Yes, in some case the culprit was caught, but why they did it is another story. Over time the theory that the Illuminati a long reaching organization of power killed these individuals.

    Some because they were a threat to what the Illuminati stood for and others as well sacrifices to their cause as horrible as that may seem.

    There are those deaths that some may roll their eyes and say the person died from natural causes, no foul play here, but again there are those deaths that were never truly given a good explanation of motive or why it happened. Here are some unexplainable deaths over the decades that were linked to the Illuminati.

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