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  • Government planning a meeting with oppositions amid protests and online calls for more protest rallies

    Online activists of the #OromoProtest, a persistent anti-government protest by Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, the Oromo, have called for massive protest rallies throughout the Oromia regional state, the largest among the nine regional states in Ethiopia. Accordingly, activists are calling on a region-wide protest on August 06 to continue the protest that first flared up on November 12, 2015 in Ginchi, a small town some 80 Kms South West of the Capital Addis Abeba.

    In a related news, reliable sources told Addis Standard that the government in Ethiopia is planning to call a meeting at the end of this month with opposition party representatives “both inside and outside the county” to be held at the African Union (AU) aimed at discussing the political impasse the country seems to be in. Titled “Peace Building and National Consensus”, the meeting is requested by the government and is expected to be facilitated by the AU, Addis standard learned. However our attempts to get official confirmation were to no avail.

    The call for more protest rallies by the #OromoProtest online activists follows another massive rally held in the last weekend in the Gonder city of the Amahara regional state in the north. The peaceful protests in Gonder, which attracted more than half a million participants, followed another protest held between July 12th and 14th in which more than a dozen people were killed.

    The protest related death in itself followed a raid by heavily armed federal security forces, including the Anti-Terrorism special force, targeting members of the Wolkayit community who have been protesting against the federal government’s decision to incorporate the area where the community lives into the Tigray regional state. The Wolkayit community members also reject the idea of them being ethnically considered as Tigrayan and want to identify themselves as Amhara.
    More than 400 Oromos were killed by security forces since then, according to a recent report by Human Rights Watch (HRW).  In Addition to the report by the HRW, activists are also documenting the death, injuries and forced disappearances of individuals from areas where protests are taking place. Hundreds of University students have also been dismissed from several state universities located in the region.

    Government dismisses the rally
    The online calls for more rallies were dismissed first by Muktar Kedir, President of the Oromia regional state. In astatement he gave to state controlled and affiliated media last night, the president insisted that the protests rallies were illegal because the regional government has received no prior notification from the organizers.

    In Addition, in a press statement he gave to government filtered media organization today, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalgn dismissed the legality of the planed protest rallies and said his government was ready to discuss public discontents with the people of Ethiopia. But he cautioned the people of the country not to be misled by social media calls protests and added the government will be forced to take mesasures against “illegal activities,” according to a report filed by state run Fana Broadcasting Corporation.

    However, in a letter of notice addressed to Abbaa Duulaa Gammadaa, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Muktar Kedir, President of the National Regional State of Oromia, Ibrahim Haji, Commissioner of Oromia Police and , all City Councils in charge of matters pertaining to Public Political meetings and Peaceful Demonstration, the online activists evoke Proclamation No 3/1991 that says “people who seek to stage public political meetings and peaceful demonstrations have a mere duty of notification.”

    Source: Addis Standard 

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  • Man who’ve taken steroids for 27 yrs is now 310 lbs muscly

    (by Andegna.com) Rich Piana, 45, is a 310lbs body-builder, who has been reported for his ten gut-busting meals per day and who admit taking steroids since he was a teenager. He began competing at the age of 15 and is open about drug usage, even posting drug-taking schedules online.

    Piana and his insanely massive physique, has been reported for being familiar for anyone who has ever picked up a body building magazine. Therefore, achieving a body like Piana’s is far from easy and takes an immense amount of determination, self-control, and discipline, it also takes steroids, according to Piana himself.

    In a latest interview the body-builder has explained about his steroid usage that from the tender age of 18, he has spent the last 27 years of his life on and off the juice. Piana says he wouldn’t “change a thing” and is happy with the life steroids have brought him.

    It all started for Piana when he was 11 years old and would go to the gym to watch his body-building mother train. From that point on Piana got addicted to weightlifting, and by 15 he was attempting to enter competitions, wrote independent journal.

    However, Piana failed to qualify in most competitions, and when he did make the cut, he got swept away by the competition. That’s when Piana decided to take his training to the next level.

    To become the body-builder he is today, Piana would begin eating 8 to 12 meals a day, not to mention spending over USD 2,500 on human growth hormone per month, without even taking steroids into account. By the time steroids had become an integral part of his lifestyle, Piana had gone beyond the point of no return. While Piana says he does not regret his choices, he doesn’t advise his lifestyle.

    Despite this fascinating physique story of Piana, here’s what doctors and scientists have to say about the reality behind steroid use, reports independent journal. On a physicality level, while steroids can give an advantage when it comes to gaining size, they can cause:

    • acne
    • breast development in men
    • low sperm count
    • painful erections
    • decreased testicle size
    • ingrown hair
    • impotency
    • menstrual irregularities
    • enlarged clitoris
    • reduced breast size for women
    • masculinized female fetus
    • However the dangers do not simply end there.

    Steroids are also associated with:

    • liver cancer
    • heart attacks
    • blood clots

    However, this seems a matter of choice for Piana. He says “but if you want to become a professional bodybuilder…you’re not going to have a choice. That’s the boat I was in.”

    Image: Rich Piana and his wife Sara

     

     

     

     

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  • Happiness report: Norway is the happiest place on Earth, Ethiopia eighteenth in Africa

    (by Andegna) Norway is the happiest place on Earth while Ethiopia is 18th in Africa alone, according to a United Nations agency new World Happiness Report which measures "subjective well-being" - how happy the people are, and why.

    Algeria leads the rest of Africa in happiness, followed by Mauritius. Strife-torn Libya is surprisingly ranked third, ahead of Morocco. And even a bigger surprise, another crisis-torn nation, Somalia is Africa’s fifth happiest country ahead of Nigeria and South Africa, ranked 7th. Tunisia is eighth and Egypt ninth, while Sierra Leone is tenth.

    At the bottom ten are Benin, Madagascar, South Sudan, Liberia, Guinea, Togo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and the worst of them, Central African Republic.

    Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Finland round out the top five, while the Central African Republic came last. Western Europe and North America dominated the top of table, with the US and UK at 14th and 19th, respectively.

    Countries in sub-Saharan Africa and those hit by conflict have predictably low scores. Syria placed 152 of 155 countries - Yemen and South Sudan, which are facing impending famine, came in at 146 and 147. The World Happiness Report was released to coincide with the United Nations' International Day of Happiness on 20 March.

    Image: Rural girl in Ethiopia 

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  • The fake “Dr.Engineer” Samuel Zemichael Freed

     (by Andegna.com) An Ethiopian who gave himself the title of “Dr-Engneer” Samuel Zemichael has been freed after serving two year jail sentences. The so called “Dr.Engineer” Samuel Zemichael was accused of public fraud and was found guilty in two accounts. He was a rising inspirational motivational speaker in the country. He gave many motivational speeches in public universities. He also claimed to be a gold medal graduate of civil engineering at Addis Ababa University, although officials were not able to verify his accounts.  He was also a judge to a popular entrepreneurship competition hosted in the national TV. Despite his popularity, the public was shocked to learn his credentials were fake and never gone to higher education neither in Australia nor in Ethiopia. The VIP club he repeatedly reported to be established and led by him has not existed. He was about to finish the biography of the ex-president. Today, source told Andegna.com that he is freed after serving two year jail sentence (Andegna.com). 

    (Image: Ato Samuel Zemichael)

     

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  • Gilbert Baker, creator of LGBT rainbow flag, dies at 65

    Gilbert Baker, Creator Of The Iconic Rainbow Flag, Has Died on Friday. According to sources, Baker's death was announced on Twitter by activist and author Cleve Jones, who called him his "dearest friend in the world." "Gilbert gave the world the Rainbow Flag; he gave me forty years of love and friendship. Baker was born in Kansas in 1951 and served in the US Army from 1970 to 1972, stationed in San Francisco. After he was honorably discharged, he stayed in San Francisco and taught himself to sew. During the beginning of the gay liberation movement, Baker was tasked by friend Harvey Milk with making banners for gay and antiwar street protests. 27, Milk was assassinated, lest than a year after becoming the first openly gay elected official in the US.

    Gilbert Baker's creation in the 1970s came to symbolize the LGBT rights movement. Baker was born in Kansas in 1951 and served in the US Army from 1970 to 1972, stationed in San Francisco.

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