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  • A Chinese man opened a bank account with so much moldy cash that after 7 hours the counting machines broke

    A Chinese man took 5 million yuan (HK$6.04 million) of old banknotes to the bank to open an account and broke the machines as they tried to count it, local media reports.

    According to the report, the man surnamed Li from Sichuan Province carried eight bags of cash to a branch of the Agricultural Bank of China to open an account, the West China City Daily reported.

    Most of the 5 million yuan consisted of damp, mouldy banknotes.

    The machines took seven hours to count the total — from 1pm to 8pm — and even “burned out” one of the units, the report said.

    “Normally, counting banknotes will take approximately three hours,” one employee from the bank was quoted as saying.

    The money that the man brought to the bank was stacked in bundles, and the dampness made it difficult to separate the notes from each other.

    For some of the money, staff used electric hairdryers to separate them before recounting again.

    In May, a monk in Shanghai used more than 200,000 coins, each worth 10 fen, to buy water heaters for his temple at an appliance store, online news portal reports.

    Counting the coins took 13 hours, and they weighed 716kg in total.


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    Police in Arsi Negeli Zone in Ethiopia confirmed the Birth of a Creature looking Baby, Police says the baby looks like a baby lion. The Image shows what exactly the baby-Like Creature look like.

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  • Scientists say left-handed people may be smarter in one key way

    Who's smarter — righties or lefties?

    As is so often the case with social science research, the frustrating answer is "it depends."

    But there are certain cognitive domains where left-handed people do seem to excel. One such area is called "divergent thinking," or the ability to generate new ideas based on existing information.

    That's according to 1995 research by psychologist Stanley Coren, which was cited more recently in a New Yorker article. Coren conducted several experiments that suggest left-handedness is associated with superior divergent thinking, at least in men.

    In one experiment, nearly 1,000 men and women had to think of ways to combine two commonplace objects not typically used together, like a pole and a tin can. In another, participants had to organize a series of words into as many different categories as possible.

    Results showed that left-handed men performed better on these measures of divergent thinking than right-handed men — although there was no such difference for women.

    Coren was able to effectively rule out the possibility that lefties are simply smarter overall by administering a test of convergent thinking, which involves applying existing knowledge and rules to come up with a correct answer. Participants had to indicate which word in a series didn't fit the pattern — and righties performed slightly better.

    In the paper, Coren notes that his results might help explain why lefties are more common among mathematicians, architects, artists, and chess experts.

    More recent research, cited in the New Yorker article, has found that lefties demonstrate superior spatial skills, mental flexibility, and working memory.

    Although none of these findings prove that lefties are more intelligent, they do suggest that they have certain cognitive advantages. Those advantages may influence not only their performance in psychological experiments, but also the professional paths they pursue and the areas they thrive in.


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  • 15 Alerting Signs He’s Losing Interest in You

    There are definitely signs he’s losing interest in you when you feel like your relationship is heading south. It’s sad when someone you care about begins to lose interest in what you have, but if you think it might be happening, you should try to prepare yourself. Talking things out in an upfront manner is always the best option, but if you feel like you can’t do that yet, you can still figure out how to tell he’s losing interest in you. All you have to do is follow these relationship tips.
    1. He Stops Calling

    One of the biggest signs he’s losing interest is if he stops getting in contact with you. If you once talked to him several times a day, he may simply not be interested in chatting with you or he could be talking to someone else. Either way, all signs point to a potential lack of interest.

    2. He Avoids making Plans

    Sometimes it can take a while to pinpoint specific relationship tips. For instance, if your guy is busy and can’t spend a lot of time with you for a week or something, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s lost interest. However, if he consistently tries to avoid making any plans with you, then he might not be as interested now.

    3. He Stands You Up

    Let’s say you do get him to make plans with you, though. If he does so only to stand you up time and time again, then he may just be fulfilling the promise of a date out of a sense of obligation. If he doesn’t see any reason to fulfill that obligation, then his interest in the relationship might definitely be waning.

    4. He’s not as Affectionate

    Affection is important in any relation. Any changes in the affection he gives you can point to signs he’s losing interest. If he’s never been super affectionate or hands on, you likely don’t have to worry. If, on the other hand, you’re used to him holding hands with you, giving you hugs, and kissing you and he suddenly stops or really lags, then there could be a problem.

    5. You Stop having Sex

    Sex is on a different level, really; it deserves a point all on its own. If you and your partner had an engaged and exciting sex life and it begins to drag or lessen, that’s not positively a sign he’s lost interest. He could be stressed or going through something. If this behavior lingers for a while and combines with any of the other #signs, though, then you can certainly consider it a red flag.

    6. He doesn’t Notice Changes

    Sometimes you don’t notice it when your significant other gets a new haircut or a new shirt. If you make really drastic changes, though, and he doesn’t notice any of them, it could indicate trouble. If he doesn’t seem to notice you at all and if he, too, stops doing nice things for you, then his interest may be decreasing.

    7. He Acts Defensive

    If you’re trying to figure out how to tell he’s losing interest, you have to pay attention to his behavior. For instance, does he overreact to simple questions? Does he seem reluctant to share any information with you? He could be feeling guilty, not even necessarily because he’s cheating or interested in something else. He may just be reacting because of the increased tension that comes from his knowledge that he’s not interested in the relationship but hasn’t said so.

    8. He Argues More

    Does he seem to start more arguments with you? Does he nitpick, start little fights, and try to get under your skin? This might be guilt as well. However, he might also be trying to push you away. He might feel that’s easier than actually talking things out.

    9. He makes Excuses

    If every time you recommend going out he seems to make excuses, you should become more alert of him potentially losing interest. Once or twice might not mean anything, but you can tell when someone is consistently avoiding you. When your partner apathetically offers excuses just to avoid you, you might have to consider that the end of this chapter in your life is near.

    10. He tries to Friend Zone You

    People “friend zone” each other outside of relationships all the time. However, your guy might start trying to friend zone you after you’ve been in a relationship for a while. If he starts talking about other girls around you, he’s most likely dropping a hint that he is more interested in being your friend than being your boyfriend.

    11. He sends One-Word Response

    If when you’re texting or talking to him, every response seems short and like he’s trying to just “get the conversation over with”, then you’re dealing with a pretty bad sign. Guys are notorious for sending short text messages, so don’t buy the gallon of chocolate ice cream yet if he sends a few one word responses. But if he doesn’t seem to listen or care, and repeatedly sends you a “cool” or “okay” and nothing more, you should probably brace yourself for some changes.

    12. He Doesn’t Respond

    Even worse is if when you text him, or speak to him face to face, he doesn’t respond at all. That’s a sign of him being mentally distracted and having other priorities over you. Obviously, if you aren’t married yet, he probably does have priorities aside from you. But you should be at least in the top three of his list; a sign you might be slipping in rank of his priorities is a lack of response to texts, calls, emails, and within actual conversations.

    13. He gets Short with you

    We all have that one person we’re always short with. No matter what they say, you just can’t wait until they stop talking. That becomes a problem when you’re the person your boyfriend is getting short with. If he seems to cut you off a lot, roll his eyes when you’re talking, or look impatient, then this might be a sign that he’s losing interest in you.

    14. You only small Talk

    Once upon a time, you and your partner would talk about hopes and dreams, memories and secrets, ideas and plans. But now maybe the only conversations you have consist of small talk. This could mean a few things, but one possibility to consider is that he’s trying to distance himself from you so that leaving you won’t be so difficult.

    15. You can Just Tell

    You’re a woman! That means you innately have great intuition! You can tell when something feels off. When you sense that awful feeling that he might be losing interest, you may need to plan for a serious talk.

    It can be difficult to actively look out for signs he’s losing interest in you, but doing so can save you some pain. You can begin to assess the relationship simply by following these relationship tips, which may actually make things less hurtful for both of you. Have you ever dated someone who lost interest in you, or have you lost interest in a significant other?


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  • 10 Keys to a Successful Romantic Relationship

    In romantic relationships, as with so much else, it’s the little things that count. Just as a mis-spoken word or odd look can throw a couple into a weeks-long feud, small and seemingly insignificant gestures can help keep a relationship on track. A little gift, an off-hand compliment, a moment of physical contact can vastly strengthen a relationship.

    According to psychologists Nathaniel Branden and Robert Sternberg, who have both researched and written about the challenges of romantic relationships, these little displays of interest and affection can be more important than all the "active listening" and trust games in the world. Their research has suggested 10 keys to keeping both partners content, satisfied, and happy with each other.

    1. Tell your partner you love them.

    Although it’s true that actions speak louder than words, words often speak more clearly than actions. Take a moment every now and then to verbalize your feelings for your partner. A simple “I love you” or “You mean the world to me” can go a long way towards making your significant other feel wanted, cared for, and secure in your relationship.

    2. Show some affection.

    Small acts of physical intimacy – the hand on the small of the back as you brush by in the hallway, your arm around their shoulder on the sofa, your hand on their thigh when seated side-by-side, holding hands while walking down the street – give your partner a warm feeling and convey the love and affection you feel for them. The littlest touch can be as important, or evenmore important, than the longest night of sexual intimacy.

    3. Show appreciation for your partner.

    Let your partner know on a regular basis what it is that you like most about them – what you admire, what makes you proud, what their strengths are in your eyes. Building a romantic relationship isn’t jsut about the initial bonding – it’s about encouraging and supporting each other’s growth over the course of your lives. Help your partner achieve his or her potential by constantly building them up.

    4. Share yourself.

    Don’t keep your likes and dislikes, dreams and fears, achievements and mistakes, or anything else to yourself. If it’s important to you, share it with your partner. More than that, be sure to share more with your partner than you do with anyone else. While there is certainly a need for some personal space in even the closest relationship, give as much of yourself and your time as you can bear to your partner.

    5. Be there for your partner.

    It’s obvious what you need to do when your partner faces a major life challenge like the loss of a job or the death of a loved one. But it’s just as important to be supportive when your partner faces life’s little challenges, too – an argument at work, a rough commute, a misplaced check. Don’t let yourself be a doormat, and definitely don’t stand for physical or verbal abuse, but thicken your skin a little and be the voice of calm and reason when chaos strikes. Listen to what’s bothering them and offer whatever help – even if it’s just sympathy – you can.

    6. Give gifts.

    Take advantages of opportunities to give material tokens of your love. Just the right book picked up at the bookstore, a special dessert, a piece of jewelry or clothing you noticed at the store – anything small or large that tells them you were thinking of them. Leave a love note for them, or send them an SMS at work to “I love you” – again, the little reminder that they’re always on your mind will help your partner feel better about themselves and secure in your relationship.

    7. Respond gracefully to your partner’s demands and shortcomings.

    A big killer of relationships is unreasonable expectations. Unless you married a robot, your partner comes pre-loaded with a whole range of human failures and foibles. These are features, not bugs! Learn to recognize and appreciate your partner’s quirks for what they are: an essential part of who they are as people. Since our weaknesses are often at the core of our deepest insecurities, make sure you don’t pick on or otherwise go out of your way to highlight your partner’s flaws.

    8. Make "alone time" a priority.

    No matter how busy both of your lives are, make sure you commit at least an evening every week or two to be alone together. Have new experiences, share your stories, and just generally enjoy each other’s company.

    9. Take nothing for granted.

    Cultivate a daily sense of gratitude for your partner and the thousands of little blessings he or she has brought into your life. Remember that, if you’re happy in your relationship, your partner is doing a thousand little things for you every day to make your relationship work (as, hopefully, you are for them). Never take that for granted – a relationship is work of the highest order, and the second you stop it starts to slide away.

    10. Strive for equality.

    Make sure you follow the Golden Rule in your relationship: do unto your partner as you would have done unto you. Strive for a fair division of household duties and other tasks, and don’t expect or demand special considerations you’d be unwilling to offer in return.


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  • A woman from Australia chopped up nearly one million euros in cash before her death

    A woman from Australia chopped up nearly one million euros in cash before her death. The 85-year-old also cut up documents for a number of savings accounts. Actions were only uncovered after she died in an Austrian retirement home.
    Grandmother shredded her fortune of 950,000 euros because she didn't want to leave it to her relatives. An 85-year-old woman shredded nearly one million euros in cash in an apparent move to stop her family inheriting her fortune.The grandmother also cut up savings accounts books before her death in an Austrian retirement home. But the woman's surviving family will have the last laugh as the country's central bank has pledged to replace the 950,000 euros (£680,000) she destroyed. The cut up money and bank documents were only discovered after she died, prosecutors said. State prosecutor Erich Habitzl confirmed the discovery but said there was nothing he could do for the relatives.

    He said: 'The damage of the money in the woman's property is not a criminal matter, so we have not begun any investigation.' But the deputy head of the country's central bank's cashier division, the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB), has said it will replace the money. Friedrich Hammerschmidt told Local newspaper : 'If the heirs can only find shreds of money and if the origin of the money is assured, then of course it can all be replaced. 'If we didn't pay out the money then we would be punishing the wrong people.'  

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  • Heineken Breweries S.C. can no longer use beer brand, Waliya

    Heineken Breweries S.C. can no longer use its well promoted beer brand, Waliya, following the verdict of the Lideta Federal High Court on October 11, 2015 which shifted the right to use of the trademark Waliya, to another ongoing brewery project run by Kangaroo Plastic Plc.

    Waliya was registered in the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO) as a trademark owned by Kangaroo Plastic for its ongoing brewery project in Oromia Regional State in Modjo, Kebele 02 before Heineken Breweries.

    Later, on February 25, 2014, Heineken Breweries requested EIPO to register the same trademark for one of its beers, which was not acceptable by the office due to the former registration of the same brand by Kangaroo. In its rejection to register the trademark and name, EIPO instructed Heineken to modify or come up with another name.

    The registered name for both parties in EIPO was ‘Ibex’ which was later translated into Amharic by Heineken. The ibex is a wild mountain goat with long, curved horns.

    Kangaroo Plastic was the major local distributor of the Heineken beer and later in 2010, the two had begun working to form a partnership for a new brewery. The partnership agreement has since terminated, ending Kangaroo’s role as a distributor as well as prospective partner, according to Ephreme Yirga, one of the co-owners of Kangaroo Plastic declining further explanation.

    When Heineken sought to renew the second application, it had neither modified the name Walia, nor had it come up with a new name. It rather, argued convincingly, that Kangaroo had to lose the Walia name as it had not used it for three years, the period of limitation in the intellectual property law to cancel a formerly registered trade name and mark.

    Kangaroo took its case to the EIPO’s appeal hearing Tribunal through its lawyer Mekonnen Semu, who mentioned as Force majeure, a fire accident at Kangaroo Plastic’s plant, which had interrupted the machinery procurement process for the brewery project. The company was forced to suspend the brewery project and reinstate the foam factory’s operation, he argued. It accused Heineken of lying to the EIPO that Kangaroo’s brewery project was dropped.

    That argument was rejected by the EIPO.

    “The two companies have different legal personalities with different rights and obligations. The fire accident occurred in Kangaroo Plastic and this should not be used as a Force majeure ground for the brewery project not utilising the trademark,” the Tribunal reasoned.

    Kangaroo took its case to the High Court, arguing that the Force majeure defense was valid, as the brewery was to be made using the revenue from the foam factory.

    Heineken’s lawyer Mehari Redie had argued that the case was not within the jurisdiction of the court but of an administrative tribunal. The Force majeure argument of Kangaroo should have a direct relationship with the brewery project; damage in another factory could not be a defense. He added that the Ethiopian Insurance Corporation (EIC) had paid compensation for the fire damage.

    The High Court rejected all arguments of Heineken over jurisdiction and Force majeure, accepting that the fire at the factory had hindered the financing of the project. Trademark Registration & Protection Proclamation Number 501/2006 article 35(2) does not give interpretation of what occurrences constitute Force majeure, the court’s presiding judge, Getachew Yirga, remarked and concluded that the fire accident served as a Force majeure to the discontinuation of the project.

    The insurance coverage given to the factory was insufficient to complete the brewery project and Heineken did not come up with other arguments related to the suspension of the project. Hence the court reversed the EIPO tribunal’s decision ordering the office to cancel its registration of Walia for Heineken and reinstate Kangaroo.

    The outcome of the case was in general good, but the High Court’s saying the companies are owned by one person is not proper. What it should have said was that the project has no separate legal personality, Kangaroo’s second lawyer Tafess Yirga said.

    I was wondering how the EIPO office had arrived at the conclusion that Kangaroo Plastic and the brewery project had two separate legal personalities while the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the companies show otherwise. The brewery project has no separate legal personality. It is subsidiary of Kangarro Plastic, Ephreme opined.

    “In the Ethiopian legal framework there is no explicit law that governs corporate relationships. There is no concept of sister company unless de facto. But if the concept has to be applied de facto sister company, the term may be applied to subsidiaries of a parent company. This relationship has an impact of merging legal rights and responsibilities such that debts of one may be paid by the other. However, in the absence of such explicit relationships in the law, it is wrong that the tribunal decided that the two companies have separate legal personalities and the accident in one company could not be an excuse for the other. In addition to the tribunal, the High Court also committed misinterpretation in saying the two companies are owned by one person and damage incurred by one has a direct relationship with the other,” Liqu Dametew (PhD), legal expert in Competition Law & Corporate Governance commented.

    What constitutes Force majeure is even controversial and a fire accident is not Force majeure but rather a foreseeable incident, Liqu extrapolated.

    Another legal expert with specialisation in trademarks emphasised the gap in the law in determining the acts constituting Force majeure. But he noted that cancellation of trademark registration should consider the genuine intention of the party to use the trademark. Given the fire accident’s indirect impact on the beer project, he supported the High Court’s decision and considered the accident as a legitimate reason.

    “We are going to appeal to the Supreme Court and I have no further comment on the judgment,” Mehari Redie said.

    Source : addisfortune


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  • Workers’ travel ban not lifted: Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA)

    The travel ban imposed on workers travelling abroad to look for work is not lifted, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA) said. The Ministry, in a statement it sent advised the public not to be deceived by illegal brokerage. Some individual are misleading the public, pretending that the ban was lifted, the statement noted. The government will make it clear to the people when the ban is lifted, it said. Ethiopia temporarily banned its citizens from travelling abroad to ensure the well-being of its citizens. The government has been taking various measures, including setting up a national council, to prevent human trafficking. It has recently begun crackdown on trafficking gangs by arresting 200 involved in the practice. Despite ongoing efforts, many Ethiopians try to go abroad, travelling via Yemen by sea. The Ministry finally called upon the public to do their part in the ongoing efforts to prevent trafficking and bring traffickers to justice. 

    source : fana

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  • New Outpatient Department and Delivery Facility at Hiwot Fana Specialized University Hospital inaugurated

    A new outpatient department and delivery facility at Hiwot Fana Specialized University Hospital, built with funding from the U.S government and offering comprehensive integrated HIV clinical and maternity services, opened in Harar today.

    Holly Wong, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Peter H. Vrooman, Charge d’Affaires, A.I., U.S. Embassy; Professor Chemeda Fininsa, Acting President of Haramaya University; Murad Abdulhadi, President of Harari Regional State; and Dr. Kebede Worku, State Minster of Health, participated in the inauguration of the hospital.

    During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Ms. Wong said, “We are here today to inaugurate this new Outpatient Department and Delivery facility, which will provide critical health services to the people of Harar. The opening of this facility represents the results of our successful collaboration and our combined efforts to improve the health of the people of Harar and of Ethiopia.”

    With funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and working in partnership with Haramaya University and the Harari Regional Health Bureau, the U.S. Government provided $ 3.6 million (over ETB. 73 million) for the construction of this new facility.

    According to a statement the US Embassy sent to FBC today, the facility complies with U.S. construction standards and is fully accessible.

    The new facility will provide complete and coordinated care to enhance the patient-centered experience and to increase capacity to accommodate ever increasing patients on anti-retroviral therapy (ART).

    The hospital has a quality waiting area, ultrasound facilities, nurse stations, examination rooms, duty rooms, maternity rooms, a nursery, an operation room, a labor/delivery room with bathrooms/showers, a program on the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission, a family planning unit, and adult and pediatric Antiretroviral Therapy.

    The new outpatient and delivery facility will be an additional asset for Haramaya University as a teaching venue for physicians and other health worker training programs.  

    Hiwot Fana Specialized University Hospital serves as a referral hospital for the entire eastern part of the Ethiopia, including the Eastern Oromia region, Dire Dawa city, the Somali region, and the Harari regional state. Currently, the facility is treating more than 2,097 HIV positive patients.

    It is a teaching hospital for Haramaya University’s College of Health and Medical Sciences. The history of America’s relationship with Haramaya University dates back to the early 1950s when the United States helped establish the original Agricultural College at Haramaya.

    sours: fanabc


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