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  • New TV channel to revolutionize entertainment industry

    The newly-established Kana Television is set to introduce new features in the Ethiopian entertainment and broadcast industry by way of hosting standardized dubbing and production techniques.

     

    Zeresenay Berhane Mehari – known for his award-winning feature film Difret – and Elias Schulze, an American entrepreneur, are among the co-founders of Kana TV. The duo gave a rare access to their six studios to reporters on Wednesday. Stationed near the residence of the Embassy of Japan, off Africa Avenue, Kana TV is said to broadcast contents only in local languages.

     

    Planned to launch broadcasting in March Kana TV is geared to channel eight shows for twenty-four hours out of which time, five hours of fresh production are to be channeled, both Zeresenay and Schulze explained. Music and other entertainment contents will also be considered. Hence, Kana TV, as an international entity, is to be compared to the likes of MBC, Dubai One or National Geographic channels.

     

    Zeresenay stressed that the satellite TV acquired foreign contents which will be dubbed in Amharic for transmissions via Nilesat on 12226 frequency. Currently, the channel plans to broadcast 30 percent local and 70 percent foreign contents.  BeMedia, owned by Zeresenay, acts as an exclusive partner and provides localized contents for Kana TV.

     

    The six studios are built with scrap and used materials while idealizing aesthetic values. In addition, the new TV channel has trained fresh and young graduates in areas like translating content for TV, sound and sound directing, acting and the like. Additionally, some 47 actors – all having a degree in theatrical arts – out of a total staff of 92 have joined Kana.

     

    Four entrepreneurs, including Addis Alemayehou, managing partner of 251 Communications and Nazrawi Ghebreselasie also own stakes in Kana TV venturing with investors at the Dubai-based Moby Group.

     

    According to the study the founders have conducted, nine in every ten urban dwellers in Ethiopia have TV sets. 30.1 million rural and urban communities have  weekly satellite views. Hence, Kana and other newcomers are believed to have ample opportunities for getting wider audience. To make things more pleasant for satellite TV channels, three million internet users are also considered as prospective viewers.

     

    There are some six TV channels in the making to launch broadcasts via satellite. The newly-publicized Nahoo, Fana, Oromia Broadcasting Service (OBS) and One Love are treading to be part of the Ethiopian broadcast industry.

     

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  • Uber driver jailed after sexually assaulting passenger and telling female cop he wanted to have sex with her

    Samson Haile, 32, was found guilty for sexually assaulting his 26-year-old passenger before she managed to escape

     
     Samson Haile who has been sentenced to 8 months

    Jailed: Samson Haile has been sentenced to eight months in prison

    An Uber driver who sexually assaulted a young woman in his cab has been jailed for eight months.

    Samson Haile, 32, engaged his 26-year-old passenger in a sexual conversation as soon as she climbed into the car.

    He then stated he wanted to have sex with the woman, who told him she wanted to escape the vehicle.

    He continued to drive and began to touch her, before she managed to escape and report the incident to police.

    Jurors at Isleworth Crown Court were told later that night he picked up a female off-duty police officer, and he also spoke to her in a sexual way and invited her to have sex.

     

     Isleworth Crown Court
    Isleworth Crown Court: The court heard he had propositioned a female police officer

     

    The officer filed an information report the following day concerning his behaviour and it was linked to the report of sexual assault, leading to Haile being identified and arrested.

    Haile, of Lionel Road North, Brentford, was found guilty of sexual assault on September 3 and sentenced on Wednesday.

    He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order, which will prohibit him from working as a private hire driver or applying to be a private hire driver in England or Wales.

    Investigating officer Detective Constable Carly Driscoll, of the Met's Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: "Of particular concern was the rapid escalation in the behaviour of Samson Haile.

    "He went from talking about sex to actually touching a lone, vulnerable female in a very short space of time.

    "I would like to praise the victim for having the confidence and courage to report her ordeal to police.

    "I hope today's sentencing gives her a degree of closure and also displays the professionalism and commitment of officers within the Met to investigate allegations of sexual crime."

     

    Someone using Uber app on a phone

     

    An Uber spokespersonsaid: “This was a terrible incident and we welcome today’s conviction. As soon as we heard what happened the driver was immediately stopped from using our service and we worked closely with the Metropolitan Police to ensure he was brought to justice.

    "The individual had recently passed the same enhanced criminal record checks that all private hire and taxi drivers in London go through as part of Transport for London’s licensing process.”

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  • Uber driver jailed after sexually assaulting passenger and telling female cop he wanted to have sex with her

    Samson Haile, 32, was found guilty for sexually assaulting his 26-year-old passenger before she managed to escape

     
     Samson Haile who has been sentenced to 8 months

    Jailed: Samson Haile has been sentenced to eight months in prison

    An Uber driver who sexually assaulted a young woman in his cab has been jailed for eight months.

    Samson Haile, 32, engaged his 26-year-old passenger in a sexual conversation as soon as she climbed into the car.

    He then stated he wanted to have sex with the woman, who told him she wanted to escape the vehicle.

    He continued to drive and began to touch her, before she managed to escape and report the incident to police.

    Jurors at Isleworth Crown Court were told later that night he picked up a female off-duty police officer, and he also spoke to her in a sexual way and invited her to have sex.

     

    PA Isleworth Crown Court
    Isleworth Crown Court: The court heard he had propositioned a female police officer

     

    The officer filed an information report the following day concerning his behaviour and it was linked to the report of sexual assault, leading to Haile being identified and arrested.

    Haile, of Lionel Road North, Brentford, was found guilty of sexual assault on September 3 and sentenced on Wednesday.

    He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order, which will prohibit him from working as a private hire driver or applying to be a private hire driver in England or Wales.

    Investigating officer Detective Constable Carly Driscoll, of the Met's Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: "Of particular concern was the rapid escalation in the behaviour of Samson Haile.

    "He went from talking about sex to actually touching a lone, vulnerable female in a very short space of time.

    "I would like to praise the victim for having the confidence and courage to report her ordeal to police.

    "I hope today's sentencing gives her a degree of closure and also displays the professionalism and commitment of officers within the Met to investigate allegations of sexual crime."

     

    PA Someone using Uber app on a phone

     

    An Uber spokespersonsaid: “This was a terrible incident and we welcome today’s conviction. As soon as we heard what happened the driver was immediately stopped from using our service and we worked closely with the Metropolitan Police to ensure he was brought to justice.

    "The individual had recently passed the same enhanced criminal record checks that all private hire and taxi drivers in London go through as part of Transport for London’s licensing process.”

    Source

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  • Uber driver jailed after sexually assaulting passenger and telling female cop he wanted to have sex with her

    Uber driver jailed after sexually assaulting passenger and telling female cop he wanted to have sex with her

    Samson Haile, 32, was found guilty for sexually assaulting his 26-year-old passenger before she managed to escape

    Samson Haile who has been sentenced to 8 months

    Uber driver jailed after sexually assaulting passenger and telling female cop he wanted to have sex with her

    Samson Haile, 32, was found guilty for sexually assaulting his 26-year-old passenger before she managed to escape

     
     
    SWNS Samson Haile who has been sentenced to 8 months
    Jailed: Samson Haile has been sentenced to eight months in prison

    An Uber driver who sexually assaulted a young woman in his cab has been jailed for eight months.

    Samson Haile, 32, engaged his 26-year-old passenger in a sexual conversation as soon as she climbed into the car.

    He then stated he wanted to have sex with the woman, who told him she wanted to escape the vehicle.

    He continued to drive and began to touch her, before she managed to escape and report the incident to police.

    Jurors at Isleworth Crown Court were told later that night he picked up a female off-duty police officer, and he also spoke to her in a sexual way and invited her to have sex.

    Uber driver jailed after sexually assaulting passenger and telling female cop he wanted to have sex with her

    Samson Haile, 32, was found guilty for sexually assaulting his 26-year-old passenger before she managed to escape

     
     
    SWNS Samson Haile who has been sentenced to 8 months
    Jailed: Samson Haile has been sentenced to eight months in prison

    An Uber driver who sexually assaulted a young woman in his cab has been jailed for eight months.

    Samson Haile, 32, engaged his 26-year-old passenger in a sexual conversation as soon as she climbed into the car.

    He then stated he wanted to have sex with the woman, who told him she wanted to escape the vehicle.

    He continued to drive and began to touch her, before she managed to escape and report the incident to police.

    Jurors at Isleworth Crown Court were told later that night he picked up a female off-duty police officer, and he also spoke to her in a sexual way and invited her to have sex.

     

    PA Isleworth Crown Court
    Isleworth Crown Court: The court heard he had propositioned a female police officer

     

    The officer filed an information report the following day concerning his behaviour and it was linked to the report of sexual assault, leading to Haile being identified and arrested.

    Haile, of Lionel Road North, Brentford, was found guilty of sexual assault on September 3 and sentenced on Wednesday.

    He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order, which will prohibit him from working as a private hire driver or applying to be a private hire driver in England or Wales.

    Investigating officer Detective Constable Carly Driscoll, of the Met's Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: "Of particular concern was the rapid escalation in the behaviour of Samson Haile.

    "He went from talking about sex to actually touching a lone, vulnerable female in a very short space of time.

    "I would like to praise the victim for having the confidence and courage to report her ordeal to police.

    "I hope today's sentencing gives her a degree of closure and also displays the professionalism and commitment of officers within the Met to investigate allegations of sexual crime."

     

    PA Someone using Uber app on a phone

     

    An Uber spokespersonsaid: “This was a terrible incident and we welcome today’s conviction. As soon as we heard what happened the driver was immediately stopped from using our service and we worked closely with the Metropolitan Police to ensure he was brought to justice.

    "The individual had recently passed the same enhanced criminal record checks that all private hire and taxi drivers in London go through as part of Transport for London’s licensing process.”

    Source

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