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  • Sir Elton suffered 'potentially deadly' infection on tour

    Sir Elton John suffered a "potentially deadly" bacterial infection during a tour, forcing him to spend two nights in intensive care and cancel concerts in the US, his management says.

    The singer became violently ill at the end of a tour of South America last week, requiring him to return to the UK for urgent treatment.

    Nine concerts that were due to be staged in Las Vegas and California over the next two weeks have been cancelled.
    Sir Elton is now resting at home.

    A statement by his management said infections of the kind suffered by the star were "rare and potentially deadly". It gave no other details.

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  • Patriarch office loses, journalist win ‘defamation’ charge at court

    Federal First Instance Kirkos Second Jury Criminal Court has ruled out that there was no defamatory remarks against the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church.

    The Office of the Patriarch filed a charge against Firew Abebe, Editor in Chief of Sendek, Amharic Weekly Newspaper, which said to have “printed a defamation article wrote by Diakon Daniel Kibret against the Patriarch Abune Matiyas on volume 551”.

    The Patriarch Office asked on its charge asked the journalist to pay 100 thousand Birr for the moral damage the Patriarch suffered.

    Firew, on previous court hearing denied the allegations and summoned his defense that “Teklay Betekihnet is not in a position to accuse me by representing the Patriarch”, which was accepted by the court. Therefore, the court verdict ruled that the charge must be specific. The court adjourned the case to April 25

    That doesn’t however helped the Patriarch Office to win the case. Judge Yosiyad Abeje has ruled out its verdict of close to 15 pages that “the journalist has not made any defamation against the Patriarch, therefore there is no need to pay a compensation and he is free”.

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  • Tripartite committee discusses impact studies of Ethiopian dam

    The Tripartite National Committee on the Renaissance Dam (TNCRD) continues its meeting in Cairo on Monday, in order to discuss the initial reports by consultancy firms (BRL and Artelia) tasked with assessing the possible impact of the dam on downstream countries, state-media reported.

    The talks come three days after President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s meeting with Workneh Gebeyehu, the Ethiopian foreign affairs minister, Wednesday. During the meeting, Al-Sisi stressed on the importance of positive interaction with the company responsible for implementing studies on the Renaissance Dam to conclude it as soon as possible.

    The tripartite meeting started on Sunday and lasts for four days in presence of experts from three countries; Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia, and representatives of the two French consultancy firms tasked with assessing the possible impact of the dam on downstream countries.

    According to a statement issued by the committee, the meeting should discuss the initial report and remarks of the three countries on it, and then approving theses remarks to be considered by the consultancy firms while preparing the final report.

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  • Nigerian Scientist Invents Device That Can Supply The Entire African Continent Uninterrupted Power Supply

    Nigerian engineer, Obayagbona Emmanuel Imafidon, has stated that he has invented a power-generating device that can solve the power shortage in the country.

    In an interview with Guardian, the graduate of Electrical Engineering from the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu said he could generate power from thunder lightning and that he has been working on it since 2006. He said:

    “I have been researching on generating constant power from thunder lightning. That is using a strike of thunder lightning to generate power that can serve Nigeria and Africa for five years and 30 days. That means that whenever thunder strike for once, we are sure of uninterrupted power for five years and thirty days.

    “One may think it is not possible and if it is possible why the western world has not converted lightning to electricity, but what I have developed so far is a prototype. There are five chambers including the trapping zone which is made of lightning arrestor. There is the storage zone and the conversion zone, which convert static energy into current electricity and transmit the energy into transmission zone.

    The transmission zones will first of all step down the power from as high as five mega volts and there are five storage zones that have the capacity of storing over 25 mega volts of power. “When it stores the 25 MV of power, the conversion zone takes one mega vote at a time, send signals to other sensory zones which shut down other sensory zones from discharging at the same time.

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  • Three ISIS fighters 'are killed by rampaging wild BOARS' near Iraqi farmland

    Three Islamic State jihadis have reportedly been killed by rampaging wild boars near Iraqi farmland.

    The three Islamic State militants were cut down by the feral boar known to inhabit Kirkuk in the the al-Rashad region, a local news site claims.

    They attacked the militants and left three killed, Iraqi News reports.

    'Islamic State militants took revenge at the pigs that attacked the farmland,' though reports of how the fighters died remain unclear.
    Thousands of civilians in the Kirkuk region fled to refugee camps following the Islamic State emergence in 2014.

    ISIS continue to hold the land despite calls for the government to engage and force them back.

    However, the Iraqi government is currently locked in a six-month-old campaign to retake Mosul, ISIS's biggest stronghold in Iraq.

    It is expected that the government will launch further offensives against IS havens across Iraq once the campaign in Mosul is won.

    Islamic State militants have regularly executed civilians in Kirkuk over accusations of collaboration with security forces or for attempting to flee to refugee camps.

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  • Plastic-eating caterpillar could munch waste, scientists say

    Researchers at Cambridge University have discovered that the larvae of the moth, which eats wax in bee hives, can also degrade plastic.

    Experiments show the insect can break down the chemical bonds of plastic in a similar way to digesting beeswax.

    Each year, about 80 million tonnes of the plastic polyethylene are produced around the world.

    The plastic is used to make shopping bags and food packaging, among other things, but it can take hundreds of years to decompose completely.

    However, caterpillars of the moth (Galleria mellonella) can make holes in a plastic bag in under an hour.

    Dr Paolo Bombelli is a biochemist at the University of Cambridge and one of the researchers on the study.

    "The caterpillar will be the starting point," he told BBC News.

    "We need to understand the details under which this process operates.

    "We hope to provide the technical solution for minimising the problem of plastic waste."

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