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The Israel Cancer Association points to milk as a possible protective agent against cancer.

A new study by the Israel Cancer Association, presented in Hong Kong in honor of Shavuot, found that drinking more than five glasses of milk per month may reduce the risk of pharyngeal cancer by 32% for those who drank milk between the ages of 13-30.

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The percentage is a bit lower for those who drank milk between the ages of 6-12 (26%). Those who drank more than five glasses a month for the ten years prior to the study reduced their risk of pharyngeal cancer by 28%.
The ICA points to milk as a possible protective agent against cancer. While researchers looked at other dairy products they were not able to find any relationship between them and reducing the risk of cancer.

The study was conducted from 2014 to 2017 by asking 815 sick patients and 1,502 healthy patients about their milk consumption at various ages. The researchers divided the age groups into four categories 6-12, 13-18, 19-30, and the ten years before the participant engaged in the study. Those participating in the study were grouped as those who consumed more than 5 cups of month, those who consumed less, and those who abstained from dairy products.

 
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The United States has removed Eritrea from the list of countries that are deemed not to be cooperating fully with its counterterror efforts.
The announcement of the diplomatic breakthrough for the Horn of Africa nation is set to be published on the Federal Register on Wednesday.
The United States has previously demanded an explanation from Eritrea over past purchases of weapons from North Korea. Washington has also repeatedly asked Eritrea to release political and religious prisoners who include American citizens and U.S. embassy, local staff.
Eritrea’s impressive diplomatic turnaround
Since the normalization of relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia last year, Asmara has made several diplomatic strides with its neighbors in the region and the international community.
The United Nations Security Council lifted sanctions that had been imposed on Eritrea for sponsoring terrorism against Somalia.
This year, a U.S. congressional delegation visited Eritrea for the first time in 14 years.
 
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US Special Counsel Robert Mueller said on Wednesday that he is leaving the Justice Department now that he has concluded his Russia probe. 
In his first public statement on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, Mueller said he is also closing the special counsel's office.
The announcement comes amid demands for Mueller to testify on Capitol Hill about his findings and tension with Attorney General William Barr over the handling of his report.
Mueller said on Wednesday that the report is his testimony. He said that he hopes and expects that Wednesday is the "the only time" that he speaks about the report, but "any testimony from [his] office would not go beyond the report". 
A redacted version of the Mueller report was published in April, concluding there was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow. But Mueller declined to make a judgment on whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice,
though the report outlined 10 instances in which Trump tried to impede the investigation.
Barr and former deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein subsequently determined Trump had not broken the law.
Mueller said on Wednesday that charging Trump was never an option for his team of prosecutors, citing Justice Department guidelines that prohibit charging a sitting president.
"Charging the president with a crime was ... not an option we could consider," Mueller told reporters.
"We concluded that we would not reach a determination one way or the other about whether the president committed a crime," he said. "If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime,
we would have said so. We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did or did not."
Shortly after Mueller's announcement, Trump tweeted that "nothing changes". 
"The case is closed! Thank you," Trump said. 
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that "the report was clear - there was no collusion, no conspiracy - and the Department of Justice confirmed there was no obstruction." 
 
 
She added, "After two years, the special counsel is moving on with his life, and everyone else should do the same."
 
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 12:18

Ethiopia to probe for map that erases Somalia

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Ethiopia is launching a probe to find out how a map of Africa on its official website had incorporated neighboring Somalia within its own borders.
“An investigation into who and how the wrong map appeared on our webpage is underway,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nebiat Getachew said at a press conference on Tuesday.
He also apologized to the Somalian government.
"We sincerely regret any confusion and misunderstanding this incident might have caused. We have taken out the wrong map immediately,” he said.
The minister assured that necessary measures would be taken to find out the person responsible for posting of this map. It is still a mystery how the map found its way into the webpage of the ministry.
The map had completely erased Somalia but had depicted a self-declared territory of Somaliland - which is not internationally recognized. The issue had the potential to snowball into a major controversy between the two nations having a history of tense relations in the past.
Ties between Ethiopia and Somalia have thawed after Ethiopia’s reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed assumed office in April last year.
In 2006 Ethiopia’s army had crossed over the Somalian border to drive out al- Shabaab militants from power. While Ethiopia withdrew its troops in 2009, it continued to remain part of the African Union Peacekeeping Mission in Somalia.
Two countries have fought wars in 1964 and 1977, over Ethiopia's Somali-inhabited Ogaden region. A peace accord was signed in 1988. But three years later Somalia descended into a civil war.
 
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Re: Your report on 20th of May about
the Ethiopian Embassy,
London and the Gadabursi
Diaspora Meeting.

WA G3AWe are saddened and disgusted with the posting of a disrespectful comment made by Mohamed Olad, the new communications advisor for Somali regional President Mustafa Omar on Hiiran Online and quoted by its website. No question, the recent meeting between the Ethiopian Ambassador in London and members of the Ethiopian Citizens of the Gadabursi clan in London has touched nerves with some oppressive members of the current state government in the Somali regional State.This blatant attack by Mr. Olad on members of the Gadabursi clan reveals his ignorance, insensitivity and his latent hate for the Gadabursi community at large. This is the second time that Mustafa Mohamed Omer’s official team made such poorly thought of comments about the massacre in Xajiin village and the outright and appropriate response of the victims in Xajiin, the protest by innocent members of the Gadabursi community.

Last week one of Mustafa’s vice ministers told BBC reporter that what happens in Xajiin was infighting between the Gadabursi community, thus negating the apparent lack of respect by the state government and violation of human rights and the public law & order by the government. Such illegal actions by the state government resulted in the loss of lives in Xajiin, unlawful imprisonment of hundreds of innocent people of Gadabursi community, and endangerment of the statehood.

The Gadabursi community everywhere viewed such actions as irresponsible, disdainful, and a lack of concern of these state officials for the livelihood of the community.

This shows nothing less than a lack of leadership, if not outright contempt for the Gadabursi community, as well as how poorly these men are prepared for the office of administration and the responsibility bestowed on them, including protecting the community from harm. Their actions indicated how much they are willing to oppress the freedom of expression and democratic rights of all citizens, especially the Gadabursi clan. All Ethiopians, no matter which name and what family they belong to, have the right to have access to, and communicate with their civil servants and government bodies, which includes all Ambassadors everywhere and the prime minister Abiye Ahmed, too. We are as Ethiopians as much Mr. Olad calls himself, if not more. We are all equal under the Federal Law.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” (Martin Luther King, Jr).

We have been observing that there is a dark side the state officials in Somali state revealed when it comes to dealing with our community’s concerns or every time our society tries to assert its rights in the region. The authority unleashes punitive measures to ensure the Gadabursi clan be silenced and remains without rights in the very state they reside. And as such, the Gadabursi will not tolerate humiliation, illegal attacks, and imprisonment by corrupt, Tribalist members of the Somali state authorities, or from any other oppressive leaders.

We don’t hesitate to take quick actions against anyone who attempts to silence our people and dear to deny our rights. The kinds of Cagjar, Olad, and their cohorts have failed the state for so long with their tribal-based lies and attempts to sabotage the Ethiopian government. If you go back to the history of the Somali State, we, the Gadabursi clan, have built it from scratch where you (ONLF) have failed to agree on anything. It was only possible to set up a system in Jigjiga when intellectuals from the Gadabursi clan, such as the Late Abdulmajiid, Professor Bashir Farah Kahiye, and Professor Suleiman Ahmed Guleid, to name a few, have established system equality for citizens in the state.

Where were Cagjar, Olad, and their kind? They were destroying people and the system. That is what they were doing!
We, the Gadabursi community, have envisioned and have set up a system of equality for all, where our people could become a prosperous society. Unfortunately, the groups who inherited such system of coexistence, after our Gadabursi leaders handed them, have done nothing less than the destruction of the fabric of the civil society- replaced it with a failed tribal mentality. We have seen a disaster after disaster: rampant Nepotism; tribalism; land grabbing; poor distribution of resources and imaginary administrations not based on genuine factors. For decades to the present, the Gadabursi clan remained to be the second largest tribe residing in the Somali state, in contrast to the administration’s claims.
Unfortunately, this large population of the Gadabursi clan, who reside on vast and fertile lands remained hard-working community who built the state with their own hands, souls and materials.

Though this community contributed a lot to this great state, including security, Gadabursi clan, nonetheless have received nothing in return from their taxes, nor were they provided with the minimal services they deserved. The violent, unstable and destructive tribal leaders who have illegally grabbed power, have refused to acknowledge the even the census outcome and denied our community the right to have our share of the pie, including recognizing our rights to have a population-based distribution of regions and districts that we should have for our vastly growing population.

These men even lied about reports of the Population-census Bureau. What a shame! For example, there are 120,000 residents in Lafaciise village, 70,000 in Herageel, Jaare, Araabi, Gogti , Sheed Dheer, Dhamal, Gobyar , Armo , Layla-Kal and none of them are getting even a woreda title/district administration. All this is done because those we thought were Somalis have worked against the rights of their fellow Somalis, in this case, Gadabursi and possibly others, to minimize their significance in the region. Such practice is no different than the method that destroyed Somali, clanism and cannibalism. Somalis never learn!

We are grateful that Ethiopia has finally a leadership which strives to empower the society in fairness. Those who are representing at the local level should never dream again to abuse some groups such as the Gadabursi tribe, which is the majority in population numbers, but a minority in regional power-sharing because of their tribal mentality in the leadership of the state.

In Democracy the numbers matter and we will not accept anything less than what we deserve, but rest be assured that if we can’t get as Somalis from the Somali Region, we will not hesitate to take our destiny with other communities as we believe all Ethiopians are equal and share the same flag and nation. That is a promise we will pursue going forward. We have tough choices to make but view this action us as the only tool available for us to earn the respect that citizens deserve. We are Ethiopians!

Comments from all Ethiopian countrymen and women are welcome.
Gadaburisi Diaspora Groups in London

sharmarkeissaThe Minneapolis Public Housing Authority has selected Sharmarke Issa to lead its governing board, the first time a Somali immigrant has held in the role.


Issa said after his appointment on Friday that he is “truly humbled” by the opportunity and is looking forward to working with the agency’s board of commissioners and connecting more public housing residents with the organization. He said he believes that everyone has a right to safe and affordable housing.

He will serve as chairman of the nine-member board that oversees decisions about the agency’s annual budget and policymaking.

Issa received both his bachelor’s degree and a master’s in urban planning from Minnesota State University in Mankato. Issa grew up in public housing after coming to the United States as a refugee at age 11.

“Growing up I lived in subsidized housing, I understand the viewpoints of those who are recipients of affordable housing,” Issa said.

City officials say he is the first Somali immigrant in the country to lead a public housing agency’s governing board. Approximately one-third of Minneapolis Public Housing residents are members of the East African community.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said that Issa’s background and appointment to the board “highlights public housing as vital asset in Minneapolis.”

“At a time when the federal government continues to shortchange housing funding, he will be a skilled steward of our public housing infrastructure who understands and centers the needs of residents,” Frey said in a news release.

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A magistrate court will today rule on whether a man accused of sending money several times to Dusit D2 hotel complex attackers will continue to be held in custody.

Senior Resident Magistrate Muthoni Nzibe said she will issue the ruling after Mohammed Abdi Ali was charged with seven counts of providing property for the commission of a terrorist attack.

BOND


The accused, who was arrested on April 19, has since been in police custody.

Despite pleas from his lawyer and family that he be released on bond, the prosecution wants him further detained.

Court heard that on several occasions, the accused used various mobile phone numbers registered under the name of Mohammed Ali or Issack Abdi Ali to send monies to one Ali Salim Gichunge alias Erik Kinyanjui Muny, the main suspect in the attack.

Court was told that the monies were being sent via Mpesa mobile money transfer to the said person who has been described as a member of terror group Al Shabaab.

The accused sent a total of Sh500,000 from Soko Mbuzi area in Mandera County.

“The accused person facilitated the commission of a terrorist act by knowingly sending the monies,” prosecution told court.

RIVERSIDE

Mr Gichunge was killed during the 14 Riverside January raid while his wife Violet Omwoyo Kemunto is at large.

By March, 184 persons had been arrested but 95 of them have since been released.

One of the main suspects of the attack who was arrested, detained and charged include Hassan Abdi Nur, who used his Mpesa agent business to transfer the monies from South Africa to Somalia for alleged terror activities.

He allegedly withdrew huge amounts of cash at Diamond Trust bank, Eastleigh branch using 47 Mpesa registered accounts. He allegedly withdrew a total of Sh37,555,000 between August 2018 and January.

HUGE WITHDRAWALS

Out of this amount, Sh 35,145,000 was withdrawn between December 2018 and early January.

A breakdown of the cumulative huge withdrawals on a monthly basis shows that Sh20, 505,000, the largest amount, was withdrawn in December 2018. This was followed by another withdrawal of Sh14,640, 000 in January.

November comes third with withdrawals of Sh1,470,000, followed by August at Sh490,000 and September which had the least figure of Sh450,000.

A further breakdown of large withdrawals between December 5, 2018 and January 4 show that more than Sh1.2 million was withdrawn. Transactions started from December 5, 2018.

SH100 MILLION

Prior to that date, the largest transaction appears to have been Sh500,000 with no more than two large transactions being processed.

Abdinoor Maalim Osmail, a Kenya School of Law student, was taken into custody for allegedly withdrawing Sh100 million. Ali, Nur and Osmail have been accused of being in communication with the deceased as well as sending him monies

Daily Nation

dk gwA grandmother has lost her taxi accreditation after she racked up close to 30 traffic offences and asked a blind passenger for directions.
Melbourne taxi driver Hawa Add, 69, has been banned from driving after repeatedly being caught speeding, running red lights and failing to restrain a child.

She has faced court eight times, has collected a total of 27 traffic offences and has had disciplinary action taken against her on three occasions.

On top of her run-ins with the law, she has also drawn several complaints from passengers, at one point asking a blind person to give her directions, failed to use a GPS and refused to accept cash payments.

According to the Herald Sun, Ms Add has been caught speeding 19 times, ran through red traffic lights five times, fails to give way and failed to use headlights.

On one occasion she was even caught failing to restrain a child in the back seat.


Since she began driving taxis in 2004, passengers have filed 21 formal complaints against the Somali-born woman.
Passengers said Ms Add has insufficient knowledge of Melbourne roads, refused to help a vulnerable passenger with their luggage and asked a blind passenger to look out for street numbers.

She also failed to use a GPS, was caught taking a longer route than necessary for short trips, refused to at times accept cash and on other occasions accept credit cards.

Passengers also reported that the 69-year-old drove in such a way they feared for their safety and was abusive to customers, and other people on the road.

Due to her long list of complaints, VicRoads conducted an inquiry into whether Ms Add should hold a licence, let alone be a taxi driver.

In the inquiry, a psychiatrist recommended Ms Add undertake counselling or mentoring to improve her customer service and driving.

Her cab driver accreditation was first suspended in 2013, and she was forced to do a taxi driving course as well as a customer service course.

Despite the training, passengers continued to complain and in 2015, Ms Add was warned serious action would follow if her behaviour continued.

Ms Add had her accreditation completely cancelled in 2017 following further complaints.

Victoria's Commercial passenger Vehicle Commission declined to reinstate her accreditation, forcing Ms Add to turn to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

She claims to be 'courteous and helpful to customers', assisting them when reasonable, and said she was unfairly treated by both the commission and her customers.

Ms Add, who is a mother of seven and grandmother of 12, has since lost her income, which she used to help support her children.

Secretary of the Australian Muslim Social Services Agency Adam Mohamed wrote a character reference saying Ms Add was good mannered, honest and responsible.

Despite the glowing reference, VCAT senior member Anna Dea refused to reinstate Ms Add's accreditation.

'Even if I assume some aspects of the complaints might reflect misunderstandings or exaggerations, the volume and seriousness of the complaints indicate to me that Ms Add's communication style is not satisfactory for many passengers, and that at least some passengers feel unsafe in her vehicle,' Ms Dea said.

'The similar nature and content of the complaints about Ms Add are of concern because they indicate Ms Add has unsettled passengers many times to the point they feel they need to contact the relevant regulator.'

An alleged Somali war criminal has been working as a driver for Uber and Lyft in the US. Yusuf Abdi Ali has been accused of atrocities committed when he was a military commander in Somalia's civil war in the 1980s.

Now living in Virginia, Alexandria, he has been driving taxis for the two firms for several months and had a rating of 4.89 out of five stars on the Uber app until the company suspended him.


His work for the two firms was revealed by CNN, which also found him working as a security guard at Dulles International Airport near Washington, DC, in 2016, a job he lost shortly after the broadcaster alerted the airport to the allegations.

Uber and Lyft drivers are not employees but undergo a background check which is designed to reveal criminal convictions and driving incidents, as well as searching databases containing information such as terrorist links.

Uber strengthened its background checks last year to make them more frequent. It disqualifies drivers who have been either convicted or charged with serious offences.

Uber suspended him as it reviewed the matter and Lyft has permanently banned him from the platform.

A Lyft spokeswoman said: "The safety of our community is our top priority and we are horrified by the allegations described. Before giving a ride on the Lyft platform, all driver-applicants are screened for criminal offenses and driving incidents in the United States.

"We have permanently banned this driver from our community and stand ready to assist law enforcement with any investigation."

Mr Ali is currently facing a civil case in a Virginia federal court brought by a man who claims to have been a victim of torture on his orders in 1988.

The lawsuit accuses him of orchestrating a "brutal counterinsurgency campaign that refused to distinguish between civilians and combatants" during the late 1980s. Mr Ali has denied all allegations against him.

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