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  • Miruts Yifter, Ethiopian running legend, honoured at Toronto funeral

    Miruts Yifter, an Ethiopian running legend dubbed "Yifter the Shifter" for his ability to power away from rivals, was laid to rest at a packed funeral in Toronto on Tuesday.

    Yifter, a distance runner who won two gold medals in the 5,000- and 10,000-metre events at the 1980 Moscow Olympics and won bronze medals earlier at the 1972 Munich Games, died at 72 after battling respiratory problems.

    "He's a national icon," said Yonas Tadssa, a friend of Yifter's who also hails from Ethiopia.

    "He's our hero."

    His victories put Ethiopia on the map in terms of running, and he's still regarded as one of the country's greatest athletes. Haile Gebrselassie — who still holds one of the world's fastest marathon times — recently said he owes his entire career to Yifter,

    Yet during his career, Yifter was criticized by Ethiopia's former military regime for not winning gold medals at the Munich Games, and he was briefly jailed upon his return home. Tadssa said Yifter, who left Ethopia for Canada in 2000, wouldn't have been able to live comfortably in his home country, something he said was a shame.

    Instead, the great runner came to Toronto — a city that knows far more about hockey and baseball players than distance runners.

    Tadssa said Yifter was never one to brag about his success. "He was just a simple, low-key person."

    When his running days were done, Yifter changed his focus to coaching soccer. Several of his former players attended his funeral.

    Yifter's body will be returned to Ethiopia this week.

    His family members, who told The Associated Press that he was never treated with the dignity he deserved in Ethiopia, called on all Ethiopians to give him a heroic welcome when his body arrives in Addis Ababa.

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  • Soft Drinks Lose Fizz as Gov’t Shuts Down Factories

    In an unprecedented move, a government agency has ordered the shutting down of two soft drink bottling plants and ordered the recall of the products.

    The Ministry of Trade has shutdown the MOHA Soft Drinks plant in Hawassa and the East Africa Bottling plant in Dire Dawa over substandard qualities. The companies are known for their flagship products, Pepsi and Coca Cola, respectively.

    Sources from the Ministry of Trade confirmed the closure. However they declined to comment on the current status of the investigations.

    The plant in Hawassa, called the Hawassa Millennium Pepsi Cola plant was opened in 2007 and employs over 500 people.

    “We have been informed of the process but it is too early to comment,” Tekie Berhan, communication director Ethiopian Conformity Assessment Enterprise told Fortune.

    The office is responsible for conducting inspections on the two factories regarding the quality of the products.

    In a letter written by the enterprise regarding MOHA’s products, the reason behind the closure was revealed as the substandard quality of the soft drinks processed by the plant.

    The letter reads that samples taken on October 17, 2016 from the plants from Hawassa failed to fulfil PH Standards set by Ethiopian Standard Agency. In general, the allegation states that MOHA failed to meet the compulsory standards in soft drinks that were approved by the Agency in 2013.

    The test results of Pepsi soft drinks manufactured in the Hawassa plant show that it failed the PH limit standards. The requirements state that PH values for soft drinks (aside from citrus juices) have to be 2.5. Pepsi’s samples showed 2.43.

    A low PH might lead to loss of enamel and bone density.

    “In addition we were told that the products contain lead chemicals beyond the standard limits,” Samuel Daregea, director for the Region’s Health & Health Related Products Quality Control Authority, told Fortune. “The results that we received showed us that Pepsi, Mirinda Apple and Mirinda Tonic failed to pass the test,” Samuel added.

    WHO has identified lead as 1 of 10 chemicals of major public health concern,

    In the meantime the city’s administration is collecting the products from the market. The recall also includes Mirinda Orange

    Source:-addisfortune

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