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  • Girum Ermias and Ruta Mengistab are competing in African Oscars(NAFCA)

    The Nollywood and African Film Critics’ Awards also known by the press as the African Oscars and or the NAFCA was founded in 2011 which is the most prestigious film, honorary and people’s choice awards in Hollywood by an African organization. The 6th NAFCA and The NAFCA Honors 2016 awards will hold on the 17th of September at the historic Alex Theatre of Glendale, California USA.

     

    Ethiopian Actors nominated for the 2016 African Oscars

    Girum Ermias

    Many Ethiopians know Girum Ermias for his Incredible Films and mesmerizing acting skills; he has won over 7 Film Awards and now he is nominated for the 2016 African Oscars Favorite Best Actor Category. This is the first nomination for Girum and also for Ethiopian Film Industry. The voting is being carried out on an online platform and Girum is leading the category by an astonishing Vote difference. We Ethiopians know how to come together for greater causes! Many Ethiopians have shown their support for Girum by giving their vote and we expect you would do the same:

    To vote Girum Ermias as “Favorite Best Actor” of 2016 African Oscars;

    Please go to ➤➤➤ Vote for Girum Ermias

    Then register by entering your Emial Address and choosing your password;Scroll down to look for Girum Ermias’s Picture then click Vote.

    Ruta Mengistab

    We all know Ruta for her astonishing acting in the movie “Rebuni“;She has won more than 4 Film Awards and now she is nominated for the 2016 African Oscars Favorite Best Actress Category.This is the first nomination for Ruta Mengistab and also for Ethiopian Film Industry. The voting is being carried out on an online platform and Ruta is leading the category by an astonishing Vote difference. We Ethiopians know how to come together for greater causes! Many Ethiopians have shown their support for Ruta by giving their vote and we expect you would do the same:

    To vote Ruta Mengistab as “Favorite Best Actress” of 2016 African Oscars;

    Please go to ➤➤➤Vote for Ruta Mengistab

    Then register by entering your Emial Address and choosing your password;Scroll down to look for Girum Ermias’s Picture then click Vote.

    Voting Closes on July 31 2016; We wish Girum Ermias and Ruta Mengistab a Well Desreved win!

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  • Beauty and Color: Scenes From Ethiopia

    Ethiopia is home to more than 100 million people—the second most populous nation in Africa. It is also composed of wildly varying landscapes, and an incredible diversity of ethnic and religious groups. Getty Images photographer Carl Court reports that “Lonely Planet recently ranked Ethiopia among the top ten 2017 world tourist destinations,” and that it earned more than $870 million from tourism in the first quarter of 2017 alone. Gathered here are a handful of recent images from across Ethiopia, showing just some of its people and regions.

    1. A priest stands on the edge of a cliff in front of the entrance to Ethiopian Orthodox rock-hewn church of Abuna Yemata Guh in the Gheralta Cluster in the Tigray mountains, on January 28, 2011, in Megab, Ethiopia. 
    2. The colorful volcanic landscape of Dallol in Ethiopia's Danakil Depression, on February 26, 2016. #
    3. Portrait of an Afar tribesman with traditional hairstyle, in Assayta, Ethiopia, on March 1, 2016.

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  • Coffee Chains Prove Addis is Still Thirsty for Brew

    Addis Abeba’s cafe culture stretches across all walks of life. At any time of day, the City’s cafes are teeming with customers who stop in between appointments, or even conduct business over a cup of coffee. Lingering for a morning over a newspaper rented or bought from wandering vendors and speaking to friends is a popular way to spend time for both locals and tourists in Addis.

     

    “I have been a customer from the beginning. The coffee here has a special taste,” says Daniel Gebremaryam, a customer at Abyssinia Coffee. “The space is wider and you can spend a long time over coffee than in other places.”

     

    Abyssinia Coffee began exporting coffee in 1990, and opened a coffee shop in Addis two years ago. So far, it operates in two locations. “We process coffee for the local market, which is sold in our café, after being ground and packaged,” explained Abiy Demise, export Manager. “But we do not get the standard of coffee that we want because the government does not allow the use of export standard coffee locally..”

     

    Lately there has been a boom in the number of coffee shop chains spreading across the city. They include Kaldi’s Cafe, Bilo’s, and Abyssinia Coffee. The majority of these coffee shop chains also sell processed coffee which has been roasted and ground on both the local and international markets.

     

    “The 25 years of experience that we have in the sector will help us to be competitive in the coffee market, which will help generate foreign currency,” says Andamlak Ashenafi, Abyssinia’s coffee sales manager. Even though Abyssinia does not export their coffee, it has found a significant demand on the local market, and amongst tourists in Addis.

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  • Home Remedies for Migraines

    Migraine headaches are one of the 20 most disabling medical conditions worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

    A migraine is characterized by a throbbing pain, usually confined to one side of the head, that tends to get worse with movement. They typically last from four to 72 hours.

    Symptoms tend to vary from one person to another. People often experience sensory warning signs, such as blind spots, flashes of light, increased sensitivity to light and sound, tingling in the arms and legs, nausea and vomiting.

     Here are the top 10 home remedies for migraines.

    1. Apple Cider Vinegar

    Being a nutritional powerhouse, apple cider vinegar helps reduce migraines. Apple cider vinegar also offers health benefits like aiding detoxification, controlling blood sugar, regulating high blood pressure, reducing bone pain, promoting weight loss and relieving constipation.

    1. Add one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar to a glass of water.
    2. Mix in one tablespoon of honey.
    3. Drink this daily to prevent as well as treat migraines.

    If you are not used to taking apple cider vinegar, start by taking one teaspoon and gradually increase the amount. During migraine attacks or when you feel them coming on, you can take two or three tablespoons.

    2. Ice Pack

    Using an ice pack is perhaps the most popular home remedy to get rid of tension as well as migraine headaches. It has a numbing effect that alleviates pain.

    • Wrap a few ice cubes in a clean towel and place it on your temples, forehead and/or the back of your neck for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat as needed.
    • You can also try alternating hot and cold compresses for about 15 minutes, as needed. For better results, add lavender and/or peppermint essential oils to the water for the compress.

    3. Peppermint

    The anti-inflammatory property of peppermint helps soothe the nerves. Plus, it has an antispasmodic and calming effect. A study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience in 2008 found that the fragrance of this herb induces the feeling associated with headache relief.

     
    • Simply drink peppermint tea sweetened with honey. Repeat as needed.
    • You can also massage each of your temples with one drop of peppermint essential oil or a combination of peppermint and lavender oils. Leave it on for at least 20 to 30 minutes. Do this a few times a day until you get relief.

    4. Cayenne Pepper

    Cayenne pepper is a great home remedy for migraines because it stimulates circulation and improves blood flow. Plus, it contains capsaicin, a compound that works as a natural painkiller.

    1. Mix one-half to one teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a cup of warm water.
    2. Optionally, add some lemon juice and honey to improve the taste as well as health benefits.
    3. Drink this as needed.

    5. Chamomile

    Chamomile has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and soothing properties that help relieve migraines. Regularly drinking chamomile tea can also help prevent the problem.

    When dealing with migraines, you’ll get best results using German chamomile (Matricaria recutita). So, when purching this herb, look for the label that says “German chamomile”.

    • Steep two to three teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers in a cup of hot water for a few minutes. You can also add some lemon juice and honey. Strain and drink this tea three or four times a day for relief from migraine symptoms.
    • Alternatively, prepare an herbal tea by steeping equal quantities of chamomile, horehound and meadowsweet in a cup of hot water for at least five minutes. Strain and drink it. Repeat as needed.

    6. Ginger

    A 2013 study published in Phytotherapy Research indicates that ginger may prove effective in the treatment of common migraines.

    It blocks prostaglandins, which are chemicals that promote muscle contractions, impact hormones and regulate inflammation in blood vessels in the brain. Most non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), too, work by reducing the production of these chemicals.

    • Drink ginger tea a few times throughout the day until you get relief. Make sure to drink it at the onset of your headache. See Ginger Tea recipe here.
    • Simply chewing on a piece of raw ginger root will also help treat the problem and relieve symptoms like nausea and digestive distress.
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