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  • Important notice to all preparatory schools

    (EthioTime) The National Educational Assessment And Examination Agency (NEAEA) has extended the deadline to send students university choice and related data because preparatory schools requested extra time as there were internet interruptions. 

     

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  • Young man jumps into lions in desperate 'suicide bid'

    A naked young man who jumped into the lion enclosure zoo in Chile has survived but only after the lions attacking him were shot dead.

    Santiago authorities confirmed the two beasts were killed as they mauled the 20-year-old man who had broken into their compound early on Saturday, says The Sun and then he was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and was said to be in a grave condition.

    Director of the city's Metropolitan Zoo Alejandra Montalba said the park was crowded with visitors at the time of the incident. She said that there were no fast-acting tranquilizers available to stop the lions quickly and she was 'deeply affected' by the deaths of the two lions, a male and a female.

    The young man broke into the enclosure, took off his clothes and jumped into the middle shocking families who witnessed the attack. "The zoo has an established protocol because people's lives are very important to us," said Montalba.

    A suicide note was reportedly later found in the man's clothing. Witness reported he shouted religious statements as he was mauled.

    Image: Zoo keepers shoot down the two lions to save the 'suicidal' man, who was gravely injured in the incident @NOTICIAS Chelmevision  

     

     

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  • S Africa launches campaign to warn young girls about sugar daddies

    (by Andegna.com) The Health Department of South Africa has plan to launch an initiative to persuade young girls not to turn to sugar daddies, according to sources.

    Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health speak during his department budget vote in South African Parliament that they will launch a three-year campaign to educate women between the age of 15 and 24 about the dangers of sugar daddies.

    In South Africa, reportedly, sugar daddies increased teens’ HIV infection risk, therefore, students and young women have been warned about sugar daddies.  

    Over 25 percent of schoolgirls in South Africa are HIV positive because ‘sugar daddies taking advantage of them’, said the minister on March 2013.    

    Image:africacheck.org

     

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  • 40/60 condominium houses coming

    (by Andegna.com) The construction of 40/60 condominium housing program which was launched three years ago in Addis Ababa is said now on the verge to delivery regardless of the exact time.

    Thousands of people have registered for the 40/60 housing program which over 12 thousand people have made 100 percent payments on their special saving account, while, majority that count over 31 thousand people manage to save 40 percent only.

    Construction of 1292 houses under the 40/60 program is now completed over 94 percent, despite projects have been facing challenges from lack of infrastructures, contractor’s capacity and shortage on construction inputs, according to Ministry of Urban Development and Housing report to the parliament on Tuesday.

    Meanwhile, construction the 20/80 condominium houses has been also completed over 93 percent.

    Image: 40/60 housing project site at Senga Tera in between Bherawi and Mexico square.

     

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  • Ten killed during protests in northern Ethiopia

    At least 10 people, including police officers and civilians, have been killed in northern Ethiopia after days of protests, according to local sources.

    Demonstrations on Thursday and similar protests in recent days in the city of Gondar were against what protesters see as the erosion of their ethnic identity.

    The government said three police officers and one civilian were killed. 

    The violence is believed to have started after the attempted arrests by government troops of leaders of the Amhara ethnic group.  

    Al Jazeera could not independently verify the reports. 

    "The government is saying they were trying to arrest people linked to a terrorist organisation. We’ve spoken to some people who say tourists have been moved out of the city to safe areas. The city is under lockdown," Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford, reporting from the capital Addis Ababa, said. 

    "This isn’t the first time protests happened in Gondar. There were protests earlier this year ... protests by the largest ethnic group, the Oromo. Protests during which human rights organisations say 300 people were killed."

    Images posted online showed burned-out vehicles and armed men firing guns in the air as hundreds of other people cheered them on.  

    The Amhara are the second largest ethnic group in the country. 

    "They say that they are being ignored by the government - the government that they alleged is dominated by other ethnic groups from the north," Stratford said. 

    The violence prompted the US embassy in Ethiopia to issue a temporary advisory warning against travel to the city centre of Gondar and areas where "violent demonstrations" have been reported.

    "The embassy recommends all US citizens travelling to or resident in the Gondar area evaluate their personal level of safety and to avoid demonstrations or large gatherings," the advisory issued on Wednesday said.

    Source: Al Jazeera 

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