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  • Teddy Afro’s “Ethiopia” translated into English

    Ethiopian Professor Alemayehu Gebremariam, a Lecturer of Political Science at California State University, San Bernardino, has translated Teddy Afro’s much beloved “Ethiopia” song into English aiming for those native Ethiopians, who have born and raised abroad.

    Here you can find Professor Alemayehu’s English version poem for Teddy Afro’s Ethiopia:-


    “Ethiopia”
    Even if I pass [die] away
    My motherland [Ethiopia]
    She [remains] is my honor
    Indeed, [she is] my [mother] country.

    So many have died
    Guarding your [her] honor
    Against those who have crossed seas
    To dishonor you [her].

    You are the land of heroes
    [Land] Where Adam left his footprints
    The fountainhead of Ghion [river mentioned in Ch. 2, Genesis]
    [From where] your name is called out.

    Not only those who see your flag waving in the SKY
    Even those who hear the name “Ethiopia” [dare] keep quiet
    Not only those who see your flag waving in the sky
    Even those who hear the name “Ethiopia” [dare] keep quiet.

    With your rainbow [shining]
    The sky draped with your flag
    Your symbol is imprinted on the palm of the world
    And known [even] to Aryam [Ge’ez: sky above all skies, heaven].

    Mountain [ranges] of high peaks
    Have stood guard over you
    [From] The peak of mountains
    That citadel of Axum, Ethiopia.

    You are the gate to Creation
    The [beginning] chapter for the round world
    If [rainbow] colors are seen across the SKY
    It is hers [Ethiopia’s] and no one else’s.

    Even though the world calls her [Ethiopia] backward today
    She will be the front runner of the coming age
    Just let me repeat her name over and over
    Isn’t Ethiopia my own name?

    If there is less food [injera] on the table [Ethiopia is poor]
    Is it possible to TRADE one’s [poor] mother for anything else
    I will hold tight on her skirt
    And never give up hope in my mother.

    Before [I] finish paying her [Ethiopia] for all her favors
    Should not people say [shout out] “Unity” when they hear [the name] Ethiopia
    Ethiopia! Ethiopia! My country!
    Isn’t my honor because of you?

    You are the seed of Solomon
    Tears of the holy ones from which your leaf sprouted
    It should be nothing new [not be surprised] today to those
    Who touched [provoked] you to be burned by the fire they lit.

    Without any limitation to your glory
    In the book of your heritage with the history of the spirit of the ages [written]
    The prophets saw you from afar and wrote in their books:
    “Don’t touch Ethiopia!”

    In the north
    In the south
    In the east and in the west
    May your bounty be full!

    Begone hardship [misery] from the land [Ethiopia]
    Let your bounty be full!
    Begone hardship [misery] from your land [Ethiopia]
    Let your bounty be full!

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  • The most expensive cities in the world 2017

    This is one time where most Americans don’t want to be No. 1.

    The Economist Intelligence Unit, the research and analysis division of The Economist Group this week ranked the world’s priciest cities. Of the 10 most expensive cities, five are in Asia. Singapore came out at No. 1, followed by Hong Kong. The third-most expensive city is Zurich, Switzerland, the city with the highest cost of living in Europe. Tokyo and Osaka, both in Japan, are fourth and fifth, followed by Seoul, South Korea. Geneva, Switzerland, and Paris tied for seventh, and New York and Copenhagen tied at No. 9.

    The study rated the cities according to how expensive it is to buy basic items there at supermarkets, mid-priced stores and specialty outlets, using the price of food, drinks, clothing, recreation and entertainment and the cost of buying and running a car (including the cost of gasoline).

    It also includes recurring expenses, including the cost of renting a home, utility bills, private schools and domestic help. It takes into account the relative strength of each of the countries’ respective currencies. A slight weakening of the U.S. dollar, for instance, contributed to New York’s relatively low ranking and kept many other pricey U.S. cities off the list.

     

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  • The 15 Most Dangerous Roads in the World

    There is nothing more relaxing than a slow ride through the countryside. These roads are nice due to the absence of fast cars. Apart from the calm countryside roads, there are the dangerous roads that turn your knuckles white.

     

    It’s hard to compare driving on dangerous roads to anything else. Some of them are hand-built, others are completely hidden by water or rocks.

    Fasten your seat belts, because the Bright Side put together a compilation of 15 craziest roads that are worth exploring.

    Zoji La, India

    Ladakh and Kashmir are connected by this 9-km-long road. On top of everything, this road is extremely narrow, although it has to fit in both drivers and livestock.

    Transfăgărășan, Romania

    This road is located in the Carpathian Mountains and pierces the Făgăraș massif. It reaches a 2034-meter height and is the tallest road in Romania. Transfăgărășan is known for its gorgeous sights and its danger.

    Dalton Highway, Alaska

    Dalton Highway is the most isolated highway in the world. It is 666 km long, and only connects 3 small villages. This road is considered the snowiest highway in the world.

    Khardung La, India

    According to officials, this road is 5602 meters tall (practically taller than Mount Elbrus). Guinness World Records and National Geographic recognized Khardung La as the tallest pass road in the world.

    Yungas Road, Bolivia

    This highway is one of the most dangerous roads in the world. It takes 200 — 300 lives a year. Steep mountains are on one side, and a cliff on the other (about 600 meters tall). It is scary to think about driving on this road!

    Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway

    Atlantic Ocean Road connects small, coastal villages. By the way, this road is really meant for tourists, because the sights there are breathtaking.

    Guoliang Tunnel, China

    Guoliang Tunnel was built by the locals. A road cut out of the mountain was the only way of communication between the village and the outside world. Later, the government built a 1200-meter tunnel to help the locals with transportation.

    Le Passage du Gois, France

    Weirdly enough, this road is only open for a few hours every day. The road is hidden underwater for the rest of the day. Before entering the 4.5 km highway, read the schedule of tides. Otherwise, your car will simply sink.

    Tianmen Mountain road, China

    This road is 10 km long. It has 99 steep turns, and the difference in height between its beginning and its end is about 1,000 meters. Drivers here definitely need nerves of steel.

    Hana, Hawaii

    This 112 km road connects Kahului and Hana, on the Hawaiian island Maui. The narrow sinuous road connects 59 bridges, 46 of which only have one lane. The road is often closed due to the landslides.

    ’Kolima’, Russia

    The official title of the road that connects Yakutsk and Magadan is ’Kolima’; however, people always call it ’the death road’. The first 90 km were built by 1932 by prisoners. The construction was complete by 1953.

    Col de la Bonette, France

    This dangerous mountain pass is located on a 2000-meter height in the French Alps, right by the Italian border. This road has steep and unexpected turns.

    Gotthard Pass, Switzerland

    This is one of the tallest mountain passes in the Alps. A 64-km-long road goes from side to side and surprises passengers with its scenic views.

    ’Caucasus’ road, Russia

    This narrow road connects Sochi and the Ritsa lake through the mountains. It is scary and impressive at the same time. It’s worth seeing at least once.

    Eshima Ohashi bridge, Japan

    Although it is just a bridge, it is as dangerous as the roads we mentioned above. The bridge connects Sakaiminato and Matsue. It is about 1.7 km long, and 11.3 meters wide. From the far, the bridge seems impossible to climb. This height allows large ships to pass underneath.

    A bridge in Island County, Washington

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  • ICSP Scholarships at University of Oregon USA

    Brief description:

    International students who demonstrate financial need and exceptional merit may apply for the International Cultural Service Program (ICSP).  The ICSP scholarship has a cultural service component which requires students to give presentations about their home country to children, community organizations, and UO students, faculty and staff

    Host Institution(s):

    Oregon University, USA

    Field(s) of study:

    Eligible programmes offered at the University

    Number of Scholarships:

    Not specified.

    Target group:

    International students who demonstrate financial need and exceptional merit 

    Scholarship value/inclusions:

    Tuition waiver worth $7,500 – $30,000.

     

    Eligibility:

    1. Applicants must be admissible or fully admitted to the University of Oregon. New students must apply for admission to the UO for 2017-18 by 15 January 2017. 
    2. Applicants cannot be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or eligible to receive U.S. federal financial assistance.
    3. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and meet the minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA requirement

    ICSP students agree to complete 80 hours per year of cultural service as required by the program.

    Application instructions:

    To apply, you must complete the application form and submit supporting documents by 15 January  2017.

    It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

    Website:

    Official Scholarship Website: https://isss.uoregon.edu/icsp

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  • Man Waited YEARS To Have Sex With Bride. Then He Learns She’s Having Another Man’s...

    - A new husband got a huge shock after he thought his wife-to-be had been faithfully celibate throughout their courtship.

    - Apparently the reason for that was because they were both devout Christians.

    - It turns out that after they got married, she was found to be pregnant with another man's child

    The new husband said that only weeks after celebrating their marriage vows, his wife announced that she was pregnant - four months' pregnant!

     

    He says that he can only assume that she had been unfaithful, as he swears that he kept up his end of the deal and remained a virgin - as he expected she would.

    It has not been reported the nationality of the couple, but there are not many cultures in which this extreme form of 'celibacy before marriage' still exist.

    The husband has said that trust has been broken and he is considering opting out of the new marriage due to the lack of faith in his spouse and his extreme religious beliefs.

    There are many men in this world who have taken on their beloved's children by other fathers and brought them up as their own, but this is still taboo to others.

     

    It would be interesting to find out the outcome of this complicated story.

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  • Scholarship programs in Norway

    Scholarship programs in Norway

    Ethiopian graduate students may apply for admission to a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Norway. Norway offers a unique student experience and Norwegian higher education institutions welcome applications sent by qualified students from all over the world. If you are interested in learning abroad and if you think Norway could be a great choice you can find some information regarding  Scholarship programs in Norway.


    Scholarship programs in Norway

    1.International Summer School Scholarships at University of Oslo

    The University of Oslo offers scholarships to applicants from certain countries to study Masters and Bachelor’s courses offered during the International Summer School.

    Host Institution(s):

    University of Oslo, Norway

    Scholarship value:

    Full scholarships may include basic fee, additional fees, pocket money allowance, and plane ticket to and from Norway. Partial scholarships cover only all or part of the Basic fee and additional fees (if applicable).
    Website:

    Visit ➤ Official Scholarship Website

    2.Norwegian Partnership Program for Global Academic Cooperation (NORPART)

    The program will support academic partnerships and student mobility with an emphasis on the Master and PhD level. The program addresses both higher education policy and development policy goals.

    Application Deadline: The final deadline for submitting applications is 5 September 2016, at 15:00 Norwegian time (CET).

    How to Apply

    The applications should be prepared jointly by the main partner institution in Norway and the other partner institution(s).

    Website:

    Visit ➤Official Scholarship Website

    Scholarship programs are designed to give opportunity to proactive students who have a strong desire to succeed. In order to get a scholarship award you need to be active in researching and applying for programs. Apply to every scholarship program that meets your needs and requirements.

    Read about scholarship programs in China – Chinese Government Scholarships

    Source: www.scholars4dev.com

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