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  • The world loves Ethiopian pop star Teddy Afro. His own government doesn’t.

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Monday marked the first day of the new Ethiopian year, but it hasn't been much of a holiday for Teddy Afro, the country's biggest pop star.
     
    First, the government informed him that his New Year's concert was canceled. Then, on Sept. 3, police broke up the launch party for his successful new album, "Ethiopia," in the middle of the sound check at the Hilton Hotel, claiming Teddy hadn't received permission to hold the event.
     
    "Asking for a permission to organize an album launch is like asking a permit for a wedding or birthday party," Teddy wrote on his Facebook page. "This is unprecedented and has never been done before because it is unconstitutional."
     
    But government disapproval certainly isn't anything new for Teddy: This year was his third straight aborted New Year's concert. And even as "Ethiopia," which briefly hit No. 1 on Billboard's world music chart, could be purchased or heard on virtually every street corner in the capital, Addis Ababa, after its May release, Teddy's songs were nowhere to be found on state radio and TV. An interview with a public TV network was even canceled at the last minute, prompting the resignation of the journalist involved.
     
    At first glance, there seems to be nothing controversial about Teddy Afro, born Tewodros Kassahun, and his traditionally influenced pop songs about love, unity and the glory of Ethiopia. His tunes have earned him a rapturous audience both at home and among the vast Ethiopian diaspora.
     
    If anything, Teddy is quite the patriot. He's just the wrong kind of patriot.
     
    Teddy's music has increasingly focused on extended history lessons glorifying Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia, who was overthrown by a communist coup in 1974, as well as the great kings of the 19th century. The title track of his 2012 album, "Tikur Sew," for example, celebrated Emperor Menelik II and his defeat of Italian troops invading Ethiopia in 1896 — complete with a music video that was practically a war movie.

     

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  • Ethiopia police halt Teddy Afro's event

    Authorities in Ethiopia have stopped singer Tewodros Kassahun, popularly known as Teddy Afro, from launching his much-acclaimed album, Ethiopia.

    On his Facebook Page, Teddy Afro says police asked him to have a permit for the launch that was to be held at a hotel in the capital, Addis Ababa, a demand he has termed as ridiculous.

    A BBC reporter, who was attending the launch, says federal police showed up at the hotel hours before the launch and prevented Teddy's sound team from setting up equipment for the gig.

    His manager told the BBC, that they are yet to get official reasons as to why the launch was cancelled.

    His concert scheduled for the eve of Ethiopian New Year, which falls on 11 September, has also been cancelled in unclear circumstances.

    Teddy's 15-track album has made history as the quickest selling album since its release in May this year and for weeks topped the Billboard World Albums chart.

    Source: http://www.bbc.com 

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  • Almaz Ayana wins Female IAAF World Athlete of the Year Award 2016

    After setting a 10,000m world record on her way to winning Olympic gold, Almaz Ayana wins Female IAAF World Athlete of the Year Award 2016.

     

    Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, center right, and Ethiopian long-distance runner Almaz Ayana, hold their " 2016 Athlete of the Year Awards" , surrounded by Prince Albert II of Monaco, left, and the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Sebastian Coe, during the 2016 World Athletics Gala Awards, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in Monaco.


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  • Liver Fluke

    Liver fluke disease is a chronic parasitic disease of the bile ducts. Infection with this parasite occurs through eating fluke-infested, fresh-water raw or under cooked fish.Human liver flukes are parasitic worms called trematodes. The adult (mature) flukes are found in the bile ducts and liver of infected people and animals, such as sheep and cattle.Two Fasciola species (types) infect people. The main species is Fasciola hepatica, which is also known as "the common liver fluke" and "the sheep liver fluke." A related species, Fasciola gigantica, also can infect people.

    People living along rivers are prone to infection by flukes because they have a habit of eating raw or under cooked fresh-water fish. This food-borne malady is an important public health issue.Liver fluke infection can be asymptomatic or may cause symptoms related to the biliary system (the liver bile ducts and gallbladder).Patients with severe infection suffer from fatigue and abdominal discomfort. Long standing infection may cause stone formation in the bile ducts and the gallbladder, recurrent bacterial secondary infections in the bile ducts and cancer of the bile ducts.Severe infection can cause an enlarged liver (hepatomegaly) and complaints such as abdominal pain, anorexia, nausea, vomiting and indigestion. Jaundice is due to the mechanical obstruction in the bile ducts caused by a multitude of flukes, or it is due to bile duct obstruction caused by stones, or bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma) as a late complication of chronic infection.

     Prevention

    Cook water-grown vegetables thoroughly before eating and avoid sewage contamination of growing areas.

     

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