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  • Ethiopia disconnected from the world

    “We have never seen such crowd,” Claus Steiner, general manager of Hilton Addis Ababa, said.

    The German-born hotel manager, who recently moved from Seychelles Hilton, seems surprised to see such a large number of guests visiting his Hotel. However, these guests were there for one purpose – internet access.

    Though there was a nationwide shutdown of internet access, Hilton was one of the small number of places that people can access the internet.

    The lobby of the hotel was almost full with people scrambling to get an access. Yet again, its business center was congested with a long line of people waiting for their turn.

    Unlike Hilton, many businesses have been paralyzed throughout the week as they have not been able to do their activities. And this is the result of an unprecedented action by the government to shutdown internet access.

    This is not the first time that Ethiopia is experiencing such a series of internet blackout. Last year, following a wide political unrest in Amhara and Oromia regional states, Ethiopia have experienced the same trend. In fact, social media was very instrumental which finally forced the government to block it.

    Last year, it was reported that US-based activists were said to be behind the leak of national exam papers before the official exam date.

    These activists have then leaked the exam papers on Facebook.

    By that time, around 246, 452 grade 12 students sat for the national exam and 1,029,782 grade 10 students took higher education leaving exam. The government has spent close to 250 million birr for the whole preparation of the exam.

    The leaks have created havoc across the nation. The government was forced to prepare a second exam.

    So far no one was held accountable for the leak.

    This time around the government has decided to cut the internet access without any prior notification which resulted in a wide outcry across the country.

    Business institutions such as banks, IT firms, hotels and travel agencies are among the many that are hugely affected by the action taken by the government, not to mention personal communication that was interrupted.

    Modern Eth Cyber Intel Consultancy is among those many business institutions which is hugely suffering the brunt of the blackout. The company, which mainly deals with IT outsourcing activities, has a partnership with a number of international IT firms.

    “The sad thing is because of the internet blackout our partner, which has worked in Ethiopia for the past nine years, have decided to move its work to Dubai, UAE, just in search of internet access,” Michael Tesfaye, manager partner of Modern, told The Reporter.

    “This is really frustrating,” he said.

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  • Pastor trying to walk on water at the Crocodile River gets eaten by 3 crocodiles

    A pastor from a local church in White River Mpumalanga died this morning trying to demonstrate a biblical miracle to his congregates.

    Pastor Jonathan Mthethwa of the ‘Saint of the last days church drowned into the crocodile River also know as the crocodile river and was seen by his church members getting eaten by 3 crocodiles.


     “The pastor taught us about faith on Sunday last week. He promised he would demonstrate his faith to us today, but he unfortunately ended up drowning and getting eaten by 3 large crocodiles in front of us. We still don’t understand how this happened because he fasted and prayed the whole week.” said Deacon Nkosi, who is one of the church members."


    It is said that Pastor Mthethwa walked into the water and when he was 30 meters inside the river, he attempted to ascend above the water so he can start walking, but the 3 crocodile appeared out of no where and started feasting on him.

    “They finished him in a couple of minutes. All that was left of him when they finished eating him is a pair of sandals and his underwear floating above the water.” said Deacon Nkosi.

    ER24 responded to the scene 30 minutes after,but upon arrival, there was not much they could do as the man of god was already dead.


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  • Ethiopia:- What’s Next For The Ethiopian Student Who Won $2 Million+ In Med School Scholarships

     Ethiopia What’s Next For The Ethiopian Student Who Won $2 Million+ In Med School Scholarships

    Not only did Johns Hopkins senior Melaku Arega get accepted to all ten of the medical schools he applied to, including Harvard and Stanford. He also received full rides at seven schools and partial scholarships at the other three, raking in more than $2 million dollars in total scholarship offers.
    And what did he do to celebrate?

    Arega, who will attend Harvard this fall, teamed up with his two JHU classmates, Lamin Sonko and Haziq Siddiqi, to launch White Coat Strategists, a consulting company focused on providing medical school applicants with accessible one-on-one application support.

    “We felt that there were not enough advising resources when we applied, and the limited resources that were available were marketed at a very high, unaffordable price,” he says. Whereas private admissions consultations tend to start around $2,000, White Coat Strategists’ starting packages can be up to 80 percent lower in cost, says Arega, adding that the organization has already offered pro-bono packages to a few high-potential students.

    Counseling also comes from insiders. “We think we can bring value to pre-med students by giving them more accessible advising services from students who know what the experience is like,” says Arega, whose co-founders – Sonko and Siddiqi – are headed to the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and Harvard School of Medicine respectively"

    Born and raised in a small town in Ethiopia, Arega immigrated to America in 2009 when he was 14 years old. As a child, he was starkly aware of how the poor quality of health in his hometown afflicted his community. His choice to pursue medicine stems from a desire to help more people – especially those from backgrounds similar to his – achieve the health they need to lead longer, better lives.


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  • South Sudanese Generals on the Run

    High brass military officers in South Sudan, including a former Chief of Staff, are on the run for their lives since Tuesday, May 9, 2017, creating what diplomatic sources say is an “alarming situation” there.

    President Salva Kirr has sacked his Chief of Staff, Paul Malong Awan (Gen.), who spurted to Aweil town while fully armed, according to sources in the capital Juba. Malong left Juba on Tuesday morning with 20 conveys seen at Terekaka towards Rumbek, the capital of Lakes State, central South Sudan, eyewitnesses told Fortune. Rumbek was once the capital of the nation.

    The reason behind the changes in the top position in the inner circle of the President remains undisclosed. But South Sudan’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, James Pitail Morgan, downplayed the case, referring it as a regular reshuffle.

    “He has served for four years and handed over his office to his successor,” Morgan said.

    Kiir has appointed James Ajongo Mawut (Lut.) as his new Chief of Staff, who came from the same areas as Malong.

    A day earlier of the announcement of Malong’s removal on the South Sudan national television, Taban Deng Gai, vice president of South Sudan, flew to Bor, the capital of Jonglei StateHis travel there was rumoured to be related to a fear of rebellion by Malong and his supporters in his native land. But Sudanese Ambassador in Addis Abeba denies this, dismissing the claims as “a fabrication by Riek Machar”, the disgruntled former vice president of South Sudan, and now in exile in South Africa.

    “The reason why the Vice President flew to Bor is to have a national dialogue with the people in the area,” Morgan told Fortune.

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  • The Biggest Mall in Africa - Hedasse Grand Mall Avails Shares with Highest Promoters’ Fee

    Hedasse Automotive & Machinery Market S.C availed 2.99 million shares worth three billion Birr for public subscriptions to build a grand mall in Addis Abeba, whose exact location remains undisclosed.

    The company has also offered to charge potential subscribers of shares the highest, 17pc, as promoters’ fee, meant to cover administrative and promotional cost during the period of formation. If succeeded, promoters will raise over half a billion Birr in promoters fee.

    Most share companies floating initial public offerings (IPO) charge service charges of five percent to 10pc, thus making Hedasse’s the highest fee to date.

    Ahmedin Mohammed, one of the 11 promoters and president of the share company, says such high fees is crucial to cover “operational cost of the project.”

    From the fees collected from prospective shareholders, 15pc of it will be deducted for VAT, while six percent goes to corporate social responsibility and eight percent to service commission reserved to shareholders who bring others to buy shares, Ahmedin told Fortune.

    The company was initially founded two years ago by 30 individuals and currently has 215 shareholders. With par value of 1,000 Br, minimum number of shares up for subscriptions is 600 shares while the highest is at 2,400 shares.

    Hedasse started to sell shares on February 5, 2017, but it officially offered IPO on April 19, 2017, at the Sheraton Addis Hotel.

    The company aspires to work in three different industries; automotive market, manufacturing and a grand mall, which is hoped to incorporate no less than 5,000 stores, and claimed by promoters to be “the largest mall in Africa.”

    “We’ve been doing research, market analysis and the design of Hedasse grand mall for the past two years,” says Ahmedin, who is an importer of spare parts and machineries.

    Ahmedin is currently constructing a spare parts manufacturing plant worth 109 million Br in Qaliti, along Debrezeit Road. He is also among those who initiated the idea of importing 1,000 meter taxis.

    The new company intends to construct a three-storey grand mall on a 250,000sqm plot, accompanied by two four-star hotels, and four residential apartments. It will also have a parking space with the capacity of about 8,000 vehicles.

    Dereje Mekonnen, a general manager of the project, states that different international construction companies have shown interest to take part in the project. He also compares the grand mall with Mall of Africa located in Waterfall city, South Africa, which lies on 550,000sqm and has 2,500 shops.

    “We hope to be dubbed ‘the biggest mall in Africa,” Dereje said.

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