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  • 9 Foods that can fight belly fat-cnn

    Belly fat, or “visceral fat,” is what gathers in the gut and pushes out our bellies.

    Belly fat has been linked directly to almost every major illness of our time, including heart disease. Eating some kinds of foods can reduce inflammation throughout the body and help turn off fat genes

    There are nine simple foods that built into a list that’s easy to remember since it spells out “zero belly:” including:

    1-“Zero belly drinks,” drinks that are essentially plant-based smoothies that include protein, healthy fat, and fiber and contain resveratrol. Resveratrol can be found in abundance in red fruits, peanut butter and dark chocolate.

    2-Eggs contain a nutrient called choline. Researchers believe it turns off the genes for visceral fat gain.

    3-Red fruits like an apple can be some of the healthiest foods to eat. The deeper the color, the more effective they are at helping turn off obesity genes.

    4-Olive oil and other healthy fats can help control hunger for up to four hours.

    5-Beans, rice, oats and other fiber can work with your gut bacteria to turn off genes for diabetes. Oatmeal is a great way to start the day and if it is a little sweet it may satisfy your sweet tooth.

    6.Extra plant protein can be found in soy or split peas or nuts and seeds like almonds, pecans or sunflower seeds. You can also add a plant-based protein powder to any smoothie you’d make.

    7-Lean meat can help keep your metabolism high. Lean meats include skinless chicken breast, the white meat part of the turkey or the lean cuts of beef (will often have the word “loin” or “round” in the name).

    8-Leafy greens, green tea and bright vegetables can help reduce inflammation and help turn off fat-storage genes. Bright, colorful vegetables also add color and crunch to your meal plan.

    9-Your favorite spices and flavors like cinnamon, ginger and even dark chocolate can reduce inflammation and attack your fat genes.


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  • Hedasse Grand Mall Avails Shares with Highest Promoters’ Fee

    Hedasse Automotive & Machinery Market S.C availed 2.99 million shares worth three billion Birr for public subscriptions to build a grand mall in Addis Ababa, whose exact location remains undisclosed.

    The company has also offered to charge potential subscribers of shares the highest, 17pc, as promoters’ fee, meant to cover administrative and promotional cost during the period of formation. If succeeded, promoters will raise over half a billion Birr in promoters fee.

    Most share companies floating initial public offerings (IPO) charge service charges of five percent to 10pc, thus making Hedasse’s the highest fee to date.

    Ahmedin Mohammed, one of the 11 promoters and president of the share company, says such high fees is crucial to cover “operational cost of the project.”

    From the fees collected from prospective shareholders, 15pc of it will be deducted for VAT, while six percent goes to corporate social responsibility and eight percent to service commission reserved to shareholders who bring others to buy shares, Ahmedin told Fortune.

    The company was initially founded two years ago by 30 individuals and currently has 215 shareholders. With par value of 1,000 Br, minimum number of shares up for subscriptions is 600 shares while the highest is at 2,400 shares.

    Hedasse started to sell shares on February 5, 2017, but it officially offered IPO on April 19, 2017, at the Sheraton Addis Hotel.

    The company aspires to work in three different industries; automotive market, manufacturing and a grand mall, which is hoped to incorporate no less than 5,000 stores, and claimed by promoters to be “the largest mall in Africa.”

    “We’ve been doing research, market analysis and the design of Hedasse grand mall for the past two years,” says Ahmedin, who is an importer of spare parts and machineries.

    Ahmedin is currently constructing a spare parts manufacturing plant worth 109 million Br in Qaliti, along Debrezeit Road. He is also among those who initiated the idea of importing 1,000 meter taxis.

    The new company intends to construct a three-storey grand mall on a 250,000sqm plot, accompanied by two four-star hotels, and four residential apartments. It will also have a parking space with the capacity of about 8,000 vehicles.

    Dereje Mekonnen, a general manager of the project, states that different international construction companies have shown interest to take part in the project. He also compares the grand mall with Mall of Africa located in Waterfall city, South Africa, which lies on 550,000sqm and has 2,500 shops.

    “We hope to be dubbed ‘the biggest mall in Africa,” Dereje said.

    The entire project will have two phases; the first phase will incorporate the shops and is expected to be finalized within three years and will be able to create permanent job opportunities for about 35,000 citizens, promoters say. Phase two will converge on the construction of the apartments and the hotels, according to Anemaw Abera, media and promotion manager for the company.

    Hedasse is in the process of acquiring the land for a lower rate, negotiating on the fixed lease price with the city administration and is hoping to get one of the nine reserved areas for development in the city, according to Ahmedin.

    “Even if the location has not been acquired yet, it is not a concern for me as the investment we make is safe in a blocked account,” said Raiwa Mohammed, who bought shares in the company and runs a car decor shop around Sebara Babur area, in Gullele District.

    The company has opened such accounts with all the commercial banks operating in the market.

    An interested shareholder buying the lowest share makes nine percent initial payment of the shares wanted, together with 50pc of the promoters fee, before being registered as a shareholder.

    People close to the issue raise concerns of over ambition, particularly in relations to the ability of promoters to raise all the required capital. They relate the case of Addis Africa International Convention & Exhibition Center (AAICEC), which took over three years to sell the 300,000 shares it availed for public subscription, mainly due to the low interest from the public. AAICEC realised its plan after the involvment of the city administration which bought shares worth one billion Birr out of the total three billion Birr.

    “Hedasse will surely benefit if the government gets involved,” a consultant in project development told Fortune.

    Source: Addisfortune


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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.

    He wrote on his commentaries blog that, “I have prepared this translation for two reasons”. And, his reasons are;

    Firstly, said Professor Alemayehu, to help young Ethiopians in the Diaspora who do not speak or understand Amharic get a glimpse of the musical genius of Teddy Afro, and;

    Secondly, to acquaint them with the metaphysics of “Ethiopiawinet”, a state of being and consciousness, a philosophy and way of life, a system of beliefs and praxis of being Ethiopian. I do not believe there is anyone today who can explain Ethiopiawinet (“Ethiopianity”) better than Tewdros Kassahun.

    Certainly, no one better to communicate it to the younger generation. I also hope to introduce this musical legend to my global readership so that they too may appreciate and enjoy his music as millions have come to appreciate Ethiopian cuisine throughout the world. “If music be the food of love, play on,” wrote Shakespeare.

    Here you can find Professor Alemayehu’s English version poem for Teddy Afro’s 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 30 poorest countries in the world

    The ranking of the world's poorest countries is once again dominated by African countries, according to an analysis by Global Finance Magazine.

    The ranking was published in February 2017 and based on data from the International Monetary Fund.

    The magazine ranked the world's countries according to their gross domestic product (GDP)  based on purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita.

    The PPP takes into account the relative cost of living and the inflation rates of the countries to compare living standards among the different nations.

    Most of the countries populating the top of this ranking are under authoritarian regimes where corruption is rampant. This a big deterrent to foreign investors, even if some of those countries have huge amounts of natural resources. 

    The GDP per capita listed represents the amount of wealth produced in 2016 and is expressed in international dollars.

    30. Senegal — GDP per capita: $2,578 (£2,102)

    29. Yemen — GDP per capita: $2,521 (£2,056)

    28. Nepal — GDP per capita: $2,480 (£2,022)

    27. Mali — GDP per capita: $2,264 (£1,846)

    26. Benin — GDP per capita: $2,184 (£1,781)

    25. Uganda — GDP per capita: £2,066 (£1,685)

    24. Solomon Islands — GDP per capita: $1,995 (£1,627)

    23. Afghanistan — GDP per capita: $1,957 (£1,596)

    22. Zimbabwe — $1,953 (£1,593)

    21. Ethiopia — GDP per capita: $1,916 (£1,562)

    20. Rwanda — GDP per capita: $1,905 (£1,553)

    19. Kiribati — GDP per capita: $1,820 (£1,484)

    18. Burkina Faso — GDP per capita: $1,790 (£1,460)

    17. Haiti — GDP per capita: $1,784 (£1,455)

    16. South Sudan — $1,670 (£1,362)

    15. The Gambia — GDP per capita: $1,664 (£1,357)

    14. Sierra Leone — GDP per capita: $1,651 (£1,346)

    13. Guinea-Bissau — GDP per capita: $1,568 (£1,279)

    12. Togo — GDP per capita: $1,545 ($1,260)

    11. Comoros — GDP per capita: $1,529 (£1,247)

    10. Madagascar — GDP per capita: $1,504 (£1,226)

    9. Eritrea — GDP per capita: $1,321 (£1,077)

    8. Guinea — GDP per capita: $1,271 (£1,036)

    7. Mozambique — GDP per capita: $1,228 (£1,001)

    6. Malawi — GDP per capita: $1,139 (£929)

    5. Niger — GDP per capita: $1,113 (£907)

    4. Liberia — GDP per capita: $882 (£719)

    3. Burundi — GDP per capita: $818 (£667)

    2. Democratic Republic of Congo — GDP per capita: $784 (£639)

    1. Central African Republic — GDP per capita: $656 (£535)

    Source: Business Insider

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