Since taking office in April 2018, Abiy has aggressively pursued policies that have the potential to upend Ethiopian society ADDIS ABABA - The son of poor villagers, a spy boss, and now the man behind dizzying attempts to reform Africa's fastest-growing economy and heal wounds with Ethiopia's neighbours, Abiy Ahmed has seen an unpredictable and peril-strewn rise to fame.Another chapter was added to his remarkable tale on Friday when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.Since becoming Ethiopian prime minister in April 2018, the 43-year-old has aggressively pursued policies that have the potential to upend his country's society and reshape dynamics beyond its borders.Within just six months of his swearing-in, Abiy made peace with bitter foe Eritrea, released dissidents from jail, apologised for state brutality, and welcomed home exiled armed groups branded "terrorists" by his predecessors.More recently he has turned to fleshing out his vision for the economy while laying the … [Read more...] about Abiy Ahmed: Meteoric rise of the man trying to remould Ethiopia
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MANILA, Philippines — In Metro Manila’s urban landscape, Chino Roces Ave. (or commonly referred to by its old name Pasong Tamo, before it was renamed after Manila Times founder and freedom fighter Don Chino Roces), occupies a peculiar position and has developed and re-developed in surprising ways. Straddling Makati and Taguig, the older parts of Chino Roces Ave. and its extension are being gentrified even as parts of it have evolved from a purely industrial and warehouse area from decades ago (parts of it still are, from Don Bosco to EDSA) to buildings that offer cool, surprising finds. Some of the older structures have reinvented themselves too. Claude Tayag, Rajo Laurel This has led to a curious mix of one-off restaurants, designer shops, art galleries, car showrooms, visa services, advertising offices and events spaces. Jason Buensalido, Myrza Sison, Ingrid Chua Joining this dynamic neighborhood is Vion Tower by Megaworld. It will rise at the corner of EDSA and Chino … [Read more...] about Hip & happening places on Chino Roces Ave.
By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Mon., May 13, 2019 The gosh-danged ball hit the rim, then the buzzer went, then the buzzer stopped and then the ball hit the rim for the fourth time and then the ball went in the basket and, I swear, I have never seen anything like that in my life. Un-freaking-real. They’ll be talking about that for time immemorial around these parts, The Kawhi Shot that ended a wonderful game of some of the best defence I’ve seen in the building, an exhilarating, emotional, close game that is now the gold standard for Raptors playoff games. No one could make a shot because the other guys wouldn’t let them, long arms and big, quick bodies everywhere; totally delightful and draining. I don’t remember how loud it got during Vince’s 50 point game 18 years ago but I do remember how loud it got in Game 7 against Brooklyn and Game 7 against Indiana and Game 7 against Miami and I am dead sure it’s never been louder and … [Read more...] about The Raptors win defies description, so let’s describe it
By Heather Mallick Star Columnist Fri., May 10, 2019 “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen, nobody knows my sorrow,” eccentric Ontario MPP Sam Oosterhoff once sang to host Steve Paikin while being interviewed on TVO, and that’s the trouble with Sam Oosterhoff right there. The man cannot read an audience. Also, he can sing loudly but not well, which works in church but nowhere else. And he calls the cops on nice library-loving seniors, but we’ll get to that. Oosterhoff later performed a “Monster Mash” parody in the legislature. “We stopped the carbon tax,” he half-sang, swapping “tax” for “mash,” and “monster” for “carbon,” while his shy colleagues attempted backing vocals and failed. It brought back memories of prime minister Stephen Harper singing “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” while playing the electric piano — “I was raised by a toothless, … [Read more...] about Sam Oosterhoff just needs a friend
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim have recently engaged in a war of words over the powers of the constitutional monarchy to interfere in political matters such as Kuala Lumpur's now-retracted decision to accede to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and on appointments to the state government. Johor ruler, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, has also exchanged words with the Malaysian prime minister. The testy relations between Tun Dr Mahathir and Johor's royal family date back to the early 1990s, during the 93-year-old leader's first period in office when the government removed immunities enjoyed by the Malay rulers following episodes of assault by Johorean royalty. Here is a timeline of the recent spat. April 5: Dr Mahathir said Malaysia will withdraw from ratifying the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The announcement came hours after Selangor Umno said it will be sending a memorandum to the state's … [Read more...] about Mahathir v Johor royals: Timeline of recent spat