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  • Ethiopia is ranked as the strongest military power in Sub Saharan Africa

    Ethiopia is ranked as the strongest military power in Sub Saharan Africa, according to a study by Global Fire Power. The study claims to make use of over 40 factors to determine each country's power index. Ethiopia with with a total population of 93 million people has 182,500 active frontline personnel. More than 24 million people are considered fit for military service.

    In its arsenal, Ethiopia's military has over 560 tanks, more than 780 armored fighting vehicles. It also has one of the strongest air power in the continent with more than 81 fighting aircraft and as well as 8 attack helicopters.

     

     

    Ethiopia's defense budget is $340 million USD according to the report.

    Africa's strongest military is Egypt thanks to annual military aid from the USA followed by Algeria and Ethiopia.

     

    http://www.currentanalyst.com/index.php/revealed/203-ethiopia-is-ranked-as-the-strongest-military-power-in-sub-saharan-africa

     

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  • Tigray Intersects 28.2 Metres at 8.50 Grams per Tonne Gold at Mato Bula, Adyabo Project, Northern Ethiopia

    VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 7, 2014) - Tigray Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:TIG) ("Tigray" or the "Company") is pleased to announce diamond drill results from Phase 2 drilling at the Mato Bula discovery at Adyabo (refer to Tigray's news release dated July 16, 2013 for Phase 1 drill results). Six additional holes (WMD007 to 012) have been completed, totalling 1,117 metres. Drilling on 80 metre sections targeted extensions to mineralization defined during the Phase 1 diamond drilling campaign (WMD002 to 006). This drilling has extended Upper Lode mineralization to depth over 150 vertical metres below surface, and to 80 metres extensions at both the northern and southern extents of existing drill intersections. Eleven diamond drill holes have now tested the system over a 640 metres strike.

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        Section 19880N - WMD007 drilled 100 vertical metres down dip of mineralization intersected in WMD006 (12.28 metres grading 12.25 grams per tonne gold and 0.30% copper - refer to Tigray's news release dated July 16, 2013 ) at Silica Hill, and intersected 28.20 metres at 8.50 grams per tonne gold and 0.24 percent copper including 17.55 metres at 13.18 grams per tonne gold and 0.27 percent copper, from 179.75 metres drill depth.

        Section 19960N - WMD009 drilled 80 metres grid north of WMD006 and 007, and intersected 14.87 metres at 4.49 grams per tonne gold and 0.04 percent copper including 7.90 metres at 7.95 grams per tonne gold and 0.05 percent copper, from 164.20 metres drill depth.

     



        Section 19400N - WMD012 drilled the depth extension to previous mineralization at Mato Bula South (WMD004), and intersected 12.98 metres at 4.40 grams per tonne gold and 0.87 percent copper from 105.62 metres drill depth.

        Section 19320N - WMD011 drilled 80 metres south of previous drilling at Mato Bula South (WMD004), and intersected 13.98 metres at 2.28 grams per tonne gold and 0.74 percent copper including 5.43 metres at 4.88 grams per tonne gold and 0.82 percent copper, from 126.25 metres drill depth.

    At Silica Hill, Upper Lode mineralization and alteration is now defined to 150 metres vertical depth below surface, remains open at depth, and has been defined on two sections 80 metres apart. The tenor (gram-metres) of Upper Lode mineralization and intensity and volume of alteration increases to depth on both sections. Step out drilling, initially along strike to both the north and south at Silica Hill, is required to test the near surface potential of this discovery.

    At Mato Bula South, Phase 2 drilling has extended the Upper Lode mineralization at depth and 80 metres south of previous drilling. The tenor (gram-metres) of Upper Lode mineralization increases at depth on section 19400N.

    Both Silica Hill and Mato Bula South are part of the Mato Bula Trend, a mineralized corridor now defined over 8 kilometres in strike length. Gold-copper mineralization is interpreted to be part of a porphyry style Cu-Au system containing porphyry-style mineralization, high-grade Au-Cu quartz veins and possible replacement styles of mineralization.

    Other significant targets previously identified along strike include:

        Mato Bula North approximately 1 kilometre northeast of Mato Bula where a one hole test into the interpreted carapace of a porphyry intrusion intersected 17.35 metres grading 1.65% copper and 0.40 grams per tonne gold from 53.80 metres drill depth (WMD001 - hole abandoned before full test of drill target) (refer to Tigray's news release dated July 16, 2013); and

        Da Tambuk approximately 4 kilometres northeast of Mato Bula where a four hole test yielded best results of 12.00 metres at 17.34 grams per tonne gold and 0.32 percent copper from 52.75 metres drill depth (refer to Tigray's news release dated March 11, 2014.

    Andrew Lee Smith, President and CEO of Tigray stated, "Our continued success in identifying new discoveries and robust drill intersections is a testament to the potential for significant discovery that this region of Ethiopia possesses."

    For More details :  http://news.tigray.ca/press-releases/tigray-intersects-28-2-metres-at-8-50-grams-per-to-tsx-venture-tig-201404070938077001

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  • Renowned Washington novelist helps save woman's life

    SEATTLE -- The death of 13-year old adoptee Hana Williams outraged communities from Ethiopia to Mount Vernon, where her adoptive parents left her to die malnourished, naked, and cold in her back yard. 

    "Our whole family was just heartbroken," said Haimanot Kassaye Weldetsadik, Hana's cousin and closest friend who helped raise her in Ethiopia.
     

     

     

     


    Hana's cousin is now in Seattle thanks David Guterson, the award-winning author of "Snow Falling On Cedars." The novelist from Bainbridge Island also adopted an Ethiopian daughter and attended the manslaughter trial of Hana's adoptive parents for a book he's writing about Hana. 

    "When the trial ended, it seemed to me I should go to Ethiopia and find out what I could about Hana's family," he said.

    Guterson discovered Hana's 22-year old cousin needed help. She was losing eyesight in one eye and didn't see cars coming and would bump into friends when she walked. Haimanot said the loss of vision frightened her.

    The author helped her get medical attention and discovered Haimanot had a benign brain tumor the size of a kiwi.

    "This tumor has been there for years slowly growing,"  said Swedish Medical Center Neurosurgeon Dr. Johnny Delashaw. He said if left untreated, Haimanot could go blind or possibly die from it.

    Guterson connected with nurses and doctors from Swedish Medical Center who happened to be providing medical training at the main hospital in Addis Abada. The physicians and hospital leaders offered to provide charity care, including free surgery for Haimanot, if Guterson handled her airfare and medical visa. 

    "It was just a matter of getting her there so that we didn't have have two tragedies. I knew we already had one with Hana. I know that nobody wanted a second one," Guterson said.
     
    The author and Haimanot flew together for Tuesday's surgery. Haimanot called Guterson "A Godsend, an angel."

    The neurosurgeon said he couldn't remove the entire tumor because it was entwined in nerves, but said the prognosis is good. Guterson says his book on Hana will now include the story of her cousin Haimanot, a name that means faith.

    Seattle's Ethiopian community has set up a website ecseattle.org where people can donate to the Hana Fund. The fund will help cover some of Haimanot's expenses during her 6-month stay in Seattle.

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  • Kassa T/Birhane Elected President of the Arab-African Summit

    The Arab Africa Summit yesterday has elected Kassa T/Birhane as the president of the Arab-Africa Summit and Abdulwasi Yusuf as secretary general for the second round. 

    Kassa T/Birhane who is going to serve as the president of the Summit for the coming one year said on the occasion that he will work hard to secure a good economic and social bond between African and the Arab countries. 

    When the two days summit is concluded yesterday afternoon the summit’s participants have expressed their determination to strengthen their tie and combat terrorism. 

    Participants of the summit from 22 African and Arab countries are expected to visit the building projects of condominiums and light train projects on today.

    Source FBC
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  • Will Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam dry the Nile in Egypt?

    A vast section of northern Ethiopia has been turned into a giant building site.

    Construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (known as Gerd) is now about 30% complete.

    The whole project spans an area of 1,800 sq km (695 sq miles).

    Once completed, in three years, it will be Africa's largest hydropower dam, standing some 170m (558ft) tall.

    At a cost of $4.7bn (£2.9bn) it will also be hugely expensive - mostly funded by Ethiopian bonds and taxpayers.

    The dam is located in the Benishangul region, a vast, arid land on the border with Sudan, some 900km north-west of the capital Addis Ababa,

    Temperatures here can get as high as 48C (118F). Most of the vegetation that existed on the dam site has been cleared to make way for the construction, and the area is now extremely dusty.

    In May last year, the builders achieved their first milestone when they diverted the course of the Blue Nile.

    Part of the actual dam structure is already taking shape. The workers are busy at work on what looks like a huge floor of concrete.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-26679225

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