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  • DireTube News: Reform ThinkTank Expect Large Artificial Intel Job Replacement

    A British think tank based in London has released a report which predicts that 250,000 government jobs will be taken over by Artifical intelligence. Robots and "chatbots" are expected to go into even traditionally unchartered areas like medical care and others.

    This report has created a storm of debate in the British online media, especially, with grave concerns about the millions that likely to be destitute and out of jobs on the one side and excitement about an impending automation revolution on the other.

     The report by the non-party think tank Reform presents as part of the solution, alternative forms of work in what it calls the 'gig economy' which includes online job platforms that hire job-by-job basis flexibly.

    This no doubt references to such giant job platforms as Upwork.com ( the result of an recent merger between Odesk and Elance) and Freelancer.com, which offer just such opportunities in the private sector already. 

    The entire report has aggravated thousands as is evident in the comment section of The Guardian Newspaper which is a hotbed of debate and controversy on the topic, (over 750 comments the last time we at Diretube.com checked). 

    The Guardian's article on Reform's report become a hotbed of debate on the contentious topic of job automation.


     The avowed mission of the Reform think tank who is responsible for this report is to 'set out to deliver a better way to deliver public services and economic prosperity' and this is coupled with a belief in a long-term policy failure on the part of the UK government in this regard.

    Mainly this can be gotten rid of by a 35% reduction in public spending. 

    The Reform blog reflects this view with posts like "Work in Progress: towards a leaner smarter public sector workforce." and "Faulty by design: The state of public service commissioning."

    Automating administrative roles is a major focus of this report and so is self-management and the introduction of new recruitment patterns in public services. Much of this is already happening in the workplace and many media have seen the results of this reports as a sort of UBER like process of disruption in the public services arena. Among the new recruitment methods outlined in the report are apprenticeships and the aforementioned online job platforms viewed as 'digital contingent labor'. 

    Reform's Interesting Video provides a great Overview of this Landmark Report 

    During a recent press release Reform stated "Public services can become the next Uber, using the gig economy to employ locum doctors and supply teachers. 

    Not only this but the Reform report also sees a better world where government offices act like private companies with more learning from mistakes and a culture of self-management and shared workspaces. Agile work where employees work where and how they choose and motivating rewards unencumbered by the stricter payment terms we have come to expect from government jobs are some other notable changes that are expected. 





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  • DireTube #Mereja: Top 10 Worst Train Accidents in History

    1. A  major train disaster took place further north in Africa on a train destined to Luxor from Cairo. The Egyptian El Ayyat train disaster took place very early in the morning in 2002 when an eleven-carriage passenger's kitchen section caught fire because of an explosion involving a cooking gas cylinder. Death tools from the government at the time was 383, all Egyptians.

    1. This DireTube #Mereja list in Amharic then covers the Torre del Bierzo rail disaster in Spain. An engine fire inside a tunnel results in an official death toll of a little over 250. Death toll figures were reputedly exaggerated at certain times and some reference books still show between 500-800.

    2.  The tragic 1985, Addis Ababa -DireDewa accident went down in Ethiopian history as the worst of its kind. 1000+ passengers were on their way to Addis a bit outside the town of Awash when the train fell off a bridge. Almost immediately after January 15, 1985, the New York Times covered it in an article titled: "ETHIOPIAN TRAIN FALLS OFF BRIDGE; 392 ARE KILLED" . An additional 370 wounded were transported to hospitals in Nazreth and Addis Ababa. 16 were taken by helicopter to the Black Lion Hospital.

    3. Many Italians still look back in dismay at the Balvano train disaster where 530 people on a freight train in Italy met untimely deaths due to carbon monoxide poisoning. This accident is considered the worst in Italian history.

    4. In one of the worst, if not the worst accidents in the Soviet Union train transport history the Ufa train disaster resulted in a deafening explosion on the Kuybyshev Railway. On Jun 4, 1989, near the Ufa, now the capital city of the republic of Bashkortostan, what is widely held as the deadliest railway accident in the region's history took place resulting in 575 dead.

    5. Moving to Mexico, the worst train wreck is definitely the Guadalajara train disaster of January 22, 1915. Over 600 people lost their lives due to this unfateful and tragic event while the Mexican Revolution was underway and revolutionary forces were fermenting rebellion throughout the country.

    6. The Diretube #Merjea list moves on to worse and even more gruesome accidents with the notorious Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne derailment in France. This crash cost France the lives of 1000 of its country's fighters during World War I and shocked the region and the world. The soldiers were on leave after a fearsome battle in Italy.

    7. This list would not be complete without the Khanna rail disaster which caused 212 tragic death amidst 2500 passengers that were on the train. The cause was identified as broken rail, which resulted in a derailment and collision.

    8. January 14, 1917, was a sad and bloody day in the Kingdom of Romania because of the Ciurea rail disaster. This is close to worst the world has ever seen with close to 1000 deaths. Brake failure is believed to be the cause but a formal investigation was not undertaken, reportedly.  

    9. The 2004 Sri Lanka tsunami-rail disaster is generally agreed to the worst of the worst as far as train disasters go. Many reference books peg the deaths at 1,700 or more. This video: "Last Journey of the Tsunami Train", describes how so many died within 30 minutes in a natural disaster that will be remembered throughout history.  



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  • Recycling army in Ethiopian capital fear livelihoods at risk as city modernizes

    Every morning as Addis Ababa wakes up, thousands of men roam the city streets collecting all kinds of recyclable waste, from plastic and clothing to fridges and electrics.

    By sundown these men, known as Quralews after their morning refrain calling out for scrap metal, make their way to Minalesh Terra, a highly-organised section of Merkato, the largest open-air marketplace in the Ethiopian capital.

    Here craftsmen transform these discarded materials into an array of new goods - from stoves and furniture to household appliances and religious items - for re-sale in city stores, eventually reaching households in Ethiopia's nine regions.

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  • Ethiopia in Top Ten Lonely Planet 2017 List

    The largest travel guide-book publisher, Lonely Planet, cataloged Ethiopia among the top ten 2017 world tourist destinations.

    The travel publisher indicated that visitors would be overwhelmed by the beauty of country's scenery. It also highlighted the rewarding attractions: "Whether they [tourists] are trekking in the Semien Mountains to watch wildlife that roams nowhere else on Earth, climbing to a church carved into a remote cliff face in Tigray or boating across the serene waters of Lake Tana to visit an age-old monastery.

    The launch of new airline links in 2017 would make the country more accessible than ever and urges tourists to be one of the first to hop on board, it said.

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  • Ethiopia: Billions for Youth Jobs in Oromia

    Oromia Regional State has budgeted 6.6 Billion Br this fiscal year which will go towards job creation for unemployed youth.

    It includes the 3.5 billion Br of that budget will come from the 10 billion Br revolving youth fund that was announced by the President in October 2016. Oromia Credit and Savings S.C will provide 1.5 billion Br which will be available in the form of loans for entrepreneurs. One billion Br will be provided by the regional state government. The remaining 600 million Br will be provided by regional developmental agencies and their partners.

    The 10 billion Br youth fund was announced by the President as a measure to combat the high rates of urban and rural youth unemployment. Nearly a quarter of the youth population was unemployed in 2016. A draft document for the administration of the fund was completed three weeks ago with plans to table it for discussion before the Council of Ministers. The Commercial Bank of Ethiopia will administer the fund.

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  • Ethiopia PM inaugurates Al Amoudi Stadium in Weldiya

    Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn today officially inaugurated a modern stadium in the town of Weldiya (ወልዲያ), some 315 miles from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. The stadium which is named after its financier Sheik Mohammed Al Amoudi was built at a cost of 500 Million Ethiopian Birr ($22 Million USD) and has a seating capacity of 26,000, according to state-run media EBC.

    During the ceremony, Prime Minister Hailemariam said the stadium meets international standard from FIFA and IAAF and can be used to host international football and athletics events. It has 10 entrance gates, a swimming pool, an eight lane competition track as well as basketball, handball, volleyball and tennis courts. It is reportedly Ethiopia’s first stadium fitted with roof.

    Ethiopian born Sheik Mohammed Al Amoudi is one of the world’s richest person and has vast business enterprises in Ethiopia, Sweden, Morocco among others. Forbes magazine estimates his net worth as $10.9 Billion. Sheik Al Amoudi was born in Dessie and brought up in Weldiya.

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