Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Spectators Look On in Shock as Antares Rocket Explodes


 Spectators looked on in shock Tuesday night as a rocket blew up moments after lifting off from NASA's launch complex at Wallops Island, Virginia.
Michelle Murphy, an innkeeper in New Church, where launches are visible across a bay about 16 miles away, saw the explosion. "It was scary. Everything rattled," she said. "There were two explosions. The first one we were ready for. The second one we weren't. It shook the inn, like an earthquake. It was extremely intense."
The owners of the Antares rocket warned residents not to touch any debris they might stumble across from the craft, which was carrying hazardous materials.
Source  ( NBC News )

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Suspected Boston Marathon bomber's friend found guilty of lying to federal investigators



 A friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty in federal court Tuesday of lying to investigators in a terrorism investigation. The Boston Globe reported shortly after 10 a.m. local time Tuesday morning that Robel Phillipos, 21, had just been convicted by jury on two counts related to lying to investigators. According to the paper, each count carries a maximum sentence of eight years in prison.  Prosecutors alleged that Phillipos acted untruthfully when he was interviewed by investigators two separate times in late April 2013 in the midst of the federal probe pertaining to the bombing that killed three people and left more than 200 injured. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, will soon be tried for his alleged role in the event; his brother, Tamerlan, is accused of masterminding the plot, but died during a shootout with the police days after the bombing.  According to the Globe, Phillipos landed in hot water with the authorities over the statements he made on April 20 and April 25 when he was confronted by investigators and asked about an alleged visit with friends to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dorm room on April 18 — three days after the bombing, and shortly after the FBI named the brothers as suspects.  “Prosecutors said Phillipos looked on as the friends removed a backpack allegedly holding some of Tsarnaev’s things, including fireworks, after the Marathon bombings,” Eric Levenson reported for the Globe. “They argued that Phillipos originally told investigators a different version of events, but then admitted to lying in a signed confession during his fifth interview with investigators.”  Defense attorneys claimed that Phillipos was unsure of what was alleged to occur in the Tsarnaev dorm room because he had smoked marijuana extensively that day.  “This is a case about a kid high out of his mind, saying, ‘I don’t remember,’” Phillipos’ lawyer, Derege S. Demissie, said early on in the case. “They’re not saying he destroyed evidence. They’re not saying he touched evidence. He committed no crime.”
Phillipos is expected to be sentenced on January 29, 2015, according to the Boston Herald.   

Ethiopia: Columnist sentenced to three years for inciting the public against the government





An Ethiopian columnist named Temesgen Desalegn has been sentenced to three years in prison on charges of defamation and incitement. According to the charge sheet distributed on social medias, columnist Temesgen was convicted in connection with opinion pieces published two years ago in the now-defunct Feteh newspaper.“Temesgen becomes the first journalist who’s accused and found guilty only for what he’s written in a newspaper,” his lawyer Ameha Mekonnen told Bloomburg News. Communications Minister Redwan Hussien on his part said that the columnist was convicted for incitement and misinforming the public. The New York-based committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) promptly condemned the sentencing of Temesghen Desalegn. In a statement published on October 27, 2014, the organization’s East Africa Representative,Tom Rhodes urged Ethiopian authorities to overturn Temesgen’s conviction and release him. “With each journalist sentenced to prison, Ethiopia takes another step further from freedom of the press and democratic society,” Tom Rhodes added.   Source (Awramba Times)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A new vaccination to cure Ebola is on its way...





  Ethiopian This Week (ETW) October 26, 2014
Needless to say the virus Ebola causes a great threat to everyone these days.  Just this past  week  the   world has sadly  learn  over  the news  of    young  doctor   who  has  affected by the Ebola  virus when  volunteered  to  treat Ebola patients in West  Africa . 
Dr. Craig Spencer found out about the virus in his body system after he made back from West Africa. According to his profile he is a tireless individual who is willing to go extra miles to help others. Doctor Spencer is now in New York Hospital with symptoms of Ebola virus and gets treatment accordingly.   
We all wish him a quick recovery.  Imagine   how you feel if you would like to help others and latter on you are victim of the dread virus and being quarantined for sometimes if not   forever…

This week our weekly radio  show  presents  Professor  Fred  Paras , a  Microbiologist and  a lecturer,   at  Baltimore  City  Community College .   Professor Paras explains about the  natural reservoir of  Ebola at  the same time he shared  with us insights on the latest  discovery  of  vaccines   that  are on the  way  to cure  the deadly  Ebola virus.   To listen this Exclusive   interview, click the link below.  

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Intense Anxiety engulfing Eritrean army





The following   exclusive report was posted on awate.com.

Since last Spring, when the army started to instruct conscripts returning to their units to stay at home until further notice, the Eritrean government has been facing difficulties in maintaining a properly manned army. A conscript who has escaped Eritrea informed Gedab News, “the government can’t feed the army, so they told us to stay at home to mend for ourselves. The conscript had stayed in his village for five months with his parents before escaping to Sudan and is now planning the second leg of his journey to make it to Europe. He said, “I can’t stay with my ailing parents who depend on a small farm to feed themselves … hardly enough to feed them, my handicapped brother, and my widowed aunt.” Several units of the Eritrean army are hallow and exist only in name, and often, “you find a squad guarding the installations of a camp that used to house a battalion.” Many conscripts have taken advantage of the extended leave and left the country; the army is now facing difficulties in recalling them. In what appears as an attempt to control the situation, the Eritrean immigration department has suspended the issuing of exit visas, but that hasn’t stopped the flocking of people who are crossing the borders of the country. Insiders say, “the regime thought it could simply declare them AWOL and like the old times sweep the streets to forcefully return every missing conscript.” Only a little over a third of the twenty-thousand senior-year high school students who were supposed to report for the last round of training in the Sawa military camp did so. The rest simply ignored the call and either left the country or went into hiding. Around the country, some youngsters have resorted to brigandage and several mugging incidents by “youth holding sticks” were reported in Asmara. Residents in poorly lighted neighborhoods with narrow alleys “are so terrified of the situation they do not move alone at night.” In order to ameliorate the shortage of soldiers, and keep order, the government has been trying to assemble the militia who were supposed to report to several localities, but the calls to report for “training” were largely ignored. In urban centers, “very few militia reported, particularly in towns like Keren, Adi Kieh and Ghindae … only one person reported from Edaga Hamus” neighborhood of Asmara. It is worse in the countryside where citizens in many villages defiantly refused to report. In many places the dateline for reporting has been postponed for a second time. Reports indicate that Ethiopia has deployed its forces on the South and Southwest of the Eritrean borders and its reconnaissance scouts are monitoring the region. A teacher from southern Eritrean told Gedab News, “The regime is acting as if these are signs of an imminent Ethiopian incursion into Eritrea, and this has added to the anxiety of the population.”
Adding to the already building tension, on October 16, 2014, Sendek, an Ethiopian Amharic newspaper quoting official sources stated that the federal prosecutor has charged six residents of the Beni Shangul-Gumuz region for receiving political and military training in Eritrea. One of the charges is an attempt to disrupt the Ethiopian renaissance dam.  In March, 2012 Ethiopian Forces attacked the camps of Ethiopian rebels group trained and hosted by the Eritrean government. The attack was believed to be retaliation for “terrorist acts the groups carried out in Ethiopia.”   Ethiopia has a long standing policy, which was repeated by its prime minister in New York recently, that it will retaliate if it ever catches any of its Eritrean based opposition conducting “an act of terrorism in Ethiopia.”   Source (Awate.com)