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Around 200 policymakers, decision makers and experts on fistula convened at the national conference on fistula elimination under the theme “Ending Fistula and Transforming Lives by 2020.” The Federal Ministry of Health is leading the development of an action plan to accelerate the elimination of obstetric fistula by the year 2020 and is hosting the conference to inform stakeholders about the action plan and to provide them with an opportunity to contribute to and enrich the plan.

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa presented awards to three university students as part of the Embassy’s second Student Journalism Competition.

The objective of the competition is to encourage students to gain practical experience in journalism that can be applied to their future careers.A panel of judges, including practicing journalists, reviewed the entries and judged them based on content, presentation, use of resources and research materials.  The competition was conducted among university and college students throughout the country. Students submitted stories that were published or broadcast in public or private media outlets. 

If the Federal minimum wage is increased, and Mr. [Warren] Buffett is correct that you do lose some employment as you increase the minimum wage, it will likely impact only a fraction of those 2.6% of American workers, a tiny amount.  So why not just do it?  Tomas Mega, our US Correspondent,explains

In April, Democrats suffered two defeats in their effort to gradually raise the Federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.  The first defeat was expected, as the U.S. Senate voted against the measure.  Despite Democrats controlling the Senate, they needed sixty votes to overcome a Republican filibuster of the bill.  They got fifty-four.  Even if they got the required sixty votes, the measure would surely have died in the Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives.