PRIME PUZZLES


PRIME PUZZLES

A once-vibrant Edna Mall sits empty around the Bole Medhanealem area. The seven-storey complex spanning 2000Sqm has three cinemas, which used to attract hundreds daily for the latest movie releases. The Mall was put up for auction by the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) three years ago, with Chinese firm East Steel Plc emerging as the highest bidder with 810 million Br. Employee compensations, tax issues, and court disputes have all colluded to prevent the reopening of the entertainment hub. The 16-year-old establishment was built by Tekleberhan Ambaye Construction Plc (TACON).


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TENDER TALISMAN

A strawberry moon peeks through the clouds above a half-finished building prepped for demolition. Native Americans coined the term for the red ambience that adorns the night sky during a full moon in June and the coincidental ripeness of strawberries in the season. The full moon — which reaches the crest of its fullness at 9:08 p.m. ET Friday — comes one day after the summer solstice, the day of the year when the sun appears the highest in the sky for the Northern Hemisphere. Since a full mo...


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POLYMER ISLANDS

A reservoir in a horticulture farm in Koka Town, Oromia Regional State, is filled with black rectangular plastic shades to decrease the amount of sunlight that reaches the water. The shades help decrease evaporation, limit the ignition of chemical reactions from the sunlight, and reduce algae sprouts. Modern flower farms utilize a combination of contemporary innovations to outmanoeuvre the pressures of climate change, reduced rainfall and pest damage. Ethiopia is the sixth-largest exporter of fl...


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CORRIDOR CONUNDRUMS

A three-month road around German Square confuses drivers and pedestrians following a hasty construction. Traffic accidents have become common in the area after the roundabout was removed to widen the road and simplify movement through the area. Above half a billion birr is lost to damages arising from traffic accidents annually in Ethiopia. Over 400 casualties and 3,471 injuries due to traffic accidents were registered in the last fiscal year, with 80pc of the victims being pedestrians. Megenagn...


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