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  • Eight school children feared dead in Japanese avalanche

    Eight Japanese high school students are feared dead, after they were caught in an avalanche at a ski resort.
    The avalanche occurred early on Monday near Nasu in Tochigi prefecture, 120km (75 miles) north of Tokyo.

    Eight students were found with no vital signs while more than 30 people were injured, Japan's Kyodo news agency said.
    About 70 people including students and teachers from several schools are said to have been in the area at the time.

    Rescue efforts are under way but bad weather and heavy snowfall have hampered the operation.

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  • Indonesian education index lower than Philippines, Ethiopia

    A recent study commissioned by the Network for Education Watch Indonesia (JPPI) reveals the index of education services in Indonesia in 2016 ranks lower than the Philippines and Ethiopia.

    The Right to Education Index (RTEI) research shows that from indicators measured in the survey, which comprise education governance, availability, accessibility, acceptability and adaptability, Indonesia scores 77 percent.

    This indicates that the quality of education in Indonesia is at the same level with Honduras and Nigeria but lower than the Philippines (81 percent) and Ethiopia (79 percent).

    The JPPI says three strategic issues need closer attention. These issues include teachers’ quality, child-unfriendly schools and discrimination against marginalized groups.

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  • Why is Ethiopia unique?

    Ethiopians are said to be unique from other people in so many ways. That uniqueness is set-off, among other things from Ethiopians deepest intimacy with warm smile and hospitality, which is also believed rare in other parts of the world. Ethiopians have got deep rooted affection and connection for one another. On streets of Ethiopia, there is nothing new about seeing people in same gender hugging or holding hand-to-hand, which is something different in most parts of the world. In Ethiopia, people hold hands or hug each other either they are family members, best friends or just colleagues. This bond even goes further when people see someone dine alone or just sitting in a restaurant; you will be invited to join and share the meal. In most urban set-up men’s slight shoulder touch salutation has become common mood, while the majority of women do cheek-to-cheek greeting.

    Ethiopians have never been colonized by any foreign aggressors. The patriots defended the country from the colonial power of Italy in the battle of Adwa in 1896. Emperor Menelik’s war declaration was widely heeded and welcomed throughout Ethiopia of the time. The Emperor mobilized the traditional Ethiopia warriors. Menelik’s words were also powerful. “Now with God’s help, I will not surrender my country. My fellow country folks, I do not believe that I disappointed you in the past. You have not also disappointed me. If you are strong, then help me with your strength to fight the enemy. If you are not strong, I seek your moral support for the sake of your children, wife and religion. If, on the other hand, you seek lame excuse not to join the national campaign against our enemy, I will be upset and I swear in the name of Mary that I will not have mercy on you, I will punish you. My campaign begins in October, and I expect volunteers from Shoa to gather in Wereilu by mid-October”.

    The victory of Adwa was inspiration for black people in the yoke of colonization, later on most African countries also put Green, Yellow and Red colors in their flags to depict Ethiopians were the major source of moral revival to fight against colonialism.

    Another thing, Ethiopia is a cradle of mankind where the fossils of the earliest mankind founded. The genetic code or DNA contains detailed information about our ancestral origins. Recent studies suggest that Ethiopia has high level of genetic and cultural diversity in the world. Ethiopian people are also more genetically similar to individuals living closer. Having an indigenous civilization, ancient Aztec, Chinese, Egyptian and Ethiopian Axumite civilizations could be listed out as such one of the greatest one’s. Obelisks of Axum, Lalibella Rock-Hewn Churches, and Fasiledes Castle are just some of the testimonies. It’s one of the most original civilizations, historians and authors put it.

    A history book: “Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire” by Drusilla Dunjee Houston, a Black-American women who disenchanted with the rejection of ancient Ethiopian tells the-not-so-much-told ancient and endemic civilizations of Ethiopians, in support of this point.

    “The agricultural Ethiopian developed the idea of a settled hearth, developed very early the art of smelting iron, which is found in the pyramids of Egypt and gave knowledge of its manufacture to the world,” Drusilla wrote on her book.

    The anthropologist, Frobenius also says, "Ethiopia an ancient classical land. In olden days its inhabitants were considered the most pious and oldest of mankind”. Ancient Cushite Empire of Ethiopians covered three continents and held unbroken sway for three thousand years. Herodotus, a Greek national and the father of history wrote about Ethiopia saying "the god delighted to banquet with the pious inhabitants."

    Ethiopia has a lot of different and exciting things. The country measures time from when the sun rises and sets in different numerical measure to time. Sunrise starts the day at 12:00 o’clock in the morning and sets at 12: 00 o’clock in the evening. This means 6:00AM is 12:00AM and 6:00PM is 12:00PM in Ethiopian time. This may seem confusing but you do not have to follow the local time; most people understand the standardized time count.

    Ethiopia has unique calendar from the rest of the world. It has 13 months a year, while the Gregorian just have 12 months and the extra days left are inserted in each months. Ethiopia celebrates the extra days left Pagume (August), the 13th and shortest month with 5 days each year and 6 days in each four leap years. The country is made of diverse language and ethnic groups. It also has its own unique alphabet, which was assumed to be originated from its parent language—Geez.

    Such similar characteristics of the country ought to be utilized well by citizens.


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  • The 10 best places in the world to move for career satisfaction

    If you're planning on a drastic shake up of your life in 2017 by moving abroad, it might be time to consider Switzerland - and not just for the choice of cheese and chocolates.

    The country has been named the best location to be an expat according to research by HSBC which draws on a survey of thousands of expats around the world.

    The neutral country ranked highly in terms of high salaries as well as boasting a good work-life balance and excellent work culture.

    New entrants to the ranking were Norway and Austria, coming in fifth and seventh respectively, while the UK climbed into the top 10, rising nine places from 18th last year, the fastest climber.​

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  • Ethiopia's Dallol salt dome could reveal how life first formed on Earth

    Can life develop in the most extreme conditions on Earth? Scientists from France's National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) are trying to find out. It has led the first scientific expedition into the Dallol salt dome in the Danakil Desert in Ethiopia. At 128 metres below sea level, the site sits on a two-kilometre-thick layer of salt, the remains of an evaporated arm of the Red Sea, under which lies an active magma chamber. "There is a very acidic pH and very high salinity around the dome," says CNRS research director Purificación López-García. "It's 50 per cent salt, almost twice that of the Dead Sea." Liquids can reach 118°C, and geysers spit toxic gas and hot springs bubble with acid.

    The international team of microbiologists, geologists and crystallographers spent two weeks in January exploring the dome and its surroundings, hoping to find bacteria that can live in these extreme conditions. "We went last year and came back to get more samples from the dome, the underground salt lake, the black pond containing lots of magnesium chlorides," says López-García, 51. "We hardly recognised the place: sources get obturated by salt and other springs open next to them."

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  • Throughout history, the best ways to reduce inequality have been disease and destruction

    How do you solve a problem like inequality? Economic policymakers have been grappling with this for a long time, with varying degrees of urgency. The search for solutions has become increasingly serious since the 1980s, when inequality began rising again, recently reaching historic highs.

    But the problem has been solved before.

    After studying thousands of years of human history, Stanford professor Walter Scheidel identified four indisputable ways to reduce inequality: war, revolution, state collapse, and deadly pandemics. These “four horsemen,” as Scheidel dubs them in The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century (Princeton University Press), have proven far more effective at reversing inequality than more peaceful efforts, like improving education, or non-violent shocks, like financial crises.

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