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  • 9 things you should never do while having $ex

     

     1. Not kissing

    Believe it or not, many people (and this includes women) don't kiss their partner when they're having sex. Why? Perhaps because the positioning doesn't allow for it or they are too eager to climax and feel that it might break the rhythm. Nevertheless, it is highly recommended that you make an effort to kiss your partner during the act - it will only add to the experience.

    2. Biting before your partner's ready
    While many people enjoy an aggressive partner, biting any part of their body before they are aroused may lead to pain and discomfort (and might even lessen the chances of any further action ) or simply scare them off. So make sure your partner is fully excited before you bite their ear, shoulders, neck or any other part of their body.

    3. Ignoring everything but sexualised parts
    Genitals are great, no doubt, but you should definitely pay attention to other parts of your lover's body and focus for some time on their entire body - knees, wrists, back and stomach are highly erogenous zones for men as well as women. Gently caressing these areas will help excite your partner further; in turn, increasing the chances of them pleasuring you back.

    4. Putting your weight on your partner
    Even if you're a girl! It's okay to lose yourself in the moment every once in a while and go crazy on your lover. But when you're lying on top of them, you have to be careful not to drop your weight on them. Chocking them or hindering their ability to breathe will anyway kill the moment and any chances of some good action.

    5. Climaxing too soon/ too late
    This one is especially for men. You need to have good control on your muscles to ensure that you can ejaculate at an appropriate time. Too soon and you may leave your partner unsatisfied; too late and it might leave your partner feeling as if they're pumping iron at the gym. To avoid this, spend a lot more time on foreplay (this will help men as well as women). If you take too long and can only ejaculate via manual stimulation, do your best to get your partner to orgasm and then they can return you the favour.


    6. Not warning your partner before you climax
    If you're going to let go - and this applies even to women - whether during oral sex or intercourse, you need to tell your partner beforehand. Something as simple as "I'm going to let go," will suffice. Your partner deserves to know.

    7. Treating sex like porn

    Although some couples enjoy having raunchy sex, you'd be wise to talk to your partner before you engage in such behaviour. If you begin being nasty with your lover without knowing if they like it first, chances are the scenario won't end on a happy note.

    8. Staying quiet

     Do you like to hear it when your partner is having a good time? So pay them the same respect and speak up when you're enjoying yourself. Something as simple as a little moan, or even saying something like, "that feels so good," will encourage them and educate them further on your moan zones.
     9. Mechanical act

    It may feel comfortable to you to pump away like you do at the gym, but you'll quickly discover that most people don't enjoy such an act. Mix it up a little bit; go fast at times, then slowly. Be creative and you'll find yourself enjoying some variation too.

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  • Mekedonia Founder Humanitarian Biniam Belete Married

     

    Biniam Belete is a Young Ethiopian Humanitarian who is helping elderly and mentally ill poor people in Ethiopia. He is the founder of Mekedonia Humanitarian associations MHA. He is now married to Eleni Gebreyes who is also active in the association.

     

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  • Little Gabies: Ethiopia’s Next International Breakout Brand

     

    AddisFortune: What started as the quest of a caring and self-proclaimed, over-protective first-time mother to find the perfect blanket for her child is now making headlines as the next potential international breakout brand from Ethiopia.

    Amelsa Yazew, 34, had a bit of a fetish for baby blankets when she was pregnant with her first child, Caleb. She said she bought excessive amounts of mass-produced baby blankets for her child. But it was not until her baby shower, where some one gave her a blanket made out of a Gabi – a traditional hand-woven cloak from Ethiopia, that her quest for a comfortable baby blanket had been accomplished.

    After wrestling with the idea of creating the perfect baby blanket from Ethiopian traditional attire, Amelsa set out to realise her plan just three months after giving birth to her son. She meticulously worked on improving the designs of the product, collaborated with artisans to create a blanket that blends the rich Ethiopian heritage with an aura of modernity while embracing an eco-friendly business model.

    Following a long and tough process of developing the product, Little Gabies was born and ready to hit the shelves. In the summer of 2014, Amelsa participated in a trade show held in New York City and officially launched Little Gabies. Ever since its introduction to the market, the product has enjoyed remarkable growth and aspires to become a high quality Ethiopian brand, following hugely successful runs by other Ethiopian brands, such as Sole Rebels, which right now is enjoying something of a revolution, breaking into the global footwear market.

    Little Gabies’ inception rests in a deep philosophical foundation of sustainability and environmentalism, explains Amelsa. The blankets are made from 100pc natural, organically grown cotton, crafted by hand and are impressively packaged for export, using recyclable materials.

    Amelsa admits she is a bit of a control-freak when it comes to her products and oversees every step of the process. In line with her deep-rooted sense of environmental sustainability, she obtains the cotton used by Little Gabies from small farmers who use no pesticides or any other chemicals to harvest their yield. Utilising this raw material is great both for the earth and for consumers of the final product, which in this case are infants, said Amelsa, as she spoke animatedly to Fortuneabout her product. Even the threads imported from Germany and used for the beautiful, cheerful and colourful African-themed embroidery applied in the Gabies are tested for harmful substances, she added.

    Strictly following a production process that predominantly relies on artisans, Little Gabies are made using indigenous technologies, from the farm all the way to the spinning and weaving. The process not only creates a unique product but also preserves thousands of years of heritage in making clothes in Ethiopia.

    Several women are permanently employed in the spinning process, Amelsa told Fortune. Though she does not claim that their lives have changed, they have found employment that pays better at Little Gabies.

    In addition to the spinners, several other young women and men have found different jobs at Little Gabies including four traditional weavers. Kutch Getu, 32, is one of them who has worked as a weaver ever since he was ten years old. He joined Little Gabies five months ago and attests that the drive to attain unparalleled quality is at the core of the company’s motivation to see the brand established.

    Alemayehu Awoke, 36, has worked at Little Gabies from the onset and earning 225 Birr a day, has increased his income.. Even though he has spent well over 18 years in the business of weaving, he claims the approach Little Gabies has adopted, with the set up of its workshop, is unlike any he has ever experienced. From economical use of space, to its sparkling cleanliness, to the sky-lit roof and ventilated space, the Little Gabies workshop creates a productive ambience for workers, Alemayehu noted.

    The workshop is thoughtfully designed to integrate artisans working with their hands. There is also an ironing station and an embroidery machine. The only step of the production process that involves a machine is the embroidery, Lemlem Tesfaw, 45, explained to Fortune. She works on the embroidery machine at Little Gabies. The embroidery cannot be applied manually, therefore, the machine is used once the Gabies have been woven by hand, she said.

    There are currently 22 embroidery designs, fully patented and registered under Little Gabies, that allow buyers to have some choice when ordering the baby blankets. The designs feature playful characters from the African Safari, such as giraffes and hippos. Little Gabies also provides monogram services on clients’ request, Amelsa said.

    The process of hand-made baby blankets involves not only spinning and weaving. After the products have gone through the final processes of production, they are hand washed three times before being transferred for packaging.

    Sales of Little Gabies globally have been very successful, Amelsa claimed with pride, so much so that at current production rates, they are unable to cope with the rising demand for the product. There is huge market potential for the Gabies in the United States, which until recently has been the sole destination of Little Gabies, with wholesale suppliers in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, Amelsa said.

    Following a recent trade visit to Norway, organised by the Centre for Accelerated Women’s Economic Empowerment (CAWEE), with the involvement of Roman Tesfaye, the Prime Minister’s wife, Amelsa discovered that there is a large demand for her products in Europe as well. She displayed her products in Norway and successfully negotiated business deals with wholesalers there.

    Little Gabies’ success in its sales globally and the rising demand for the product locally prompted the company to set up its first showroom here in Addis. On October 17, 2015 it opened its doors on Africa Avenue, to a cheering crowd of customers and excited children.

    While the opening of the showroom marks the progress the company is making in the local market, the government expressed its commitment to support Little Gabies and similar companies in their export-driven efforts, Tadesse Haile, state minister for Industry declared at the inauguration ceremony.

    Amelsa welcomed the state minister’s speech with a great optimism and called for more concrete incentives.

    She said “I am not a major investor, nor am I someone in the micro and small enterprises. I’m somewhere in between. But government policy so far has largely overlooked the ‘somewhere-in-betweens’.”

    But despite the success Little Gabies has enjoyed, it is struggling to meet rising demands because of unavailability of land to expand its production capacity, Amelsa told Fortune.

    On a personal level, balancing family as mother to a very young son, and juggling between her other job as a deputy manager of a trading firm, is proving to be difficult. However, Amelsa said she is very thankful to a supportive husband and family.

    Her family understands her work with Little Gabies now more than ever, she shared. The small company she has founded is now on an expansion march. It recently partnered with a young leather shoe designer, Meron Seid, to produce baby shoes from sheepskin and exclusively distribute the product under the Little Gabies brand. She hopes the shoes will promote the ‘Made In Ethiopia’ brand, just as Sole Rebels is currently doing on global stages.

    Amelsa aspires to have her own shops in global fashion destinations such as Paris, New York and London, so that in a few years time, the 300 or so small, medium and large sized baby blankets that she supplies to wholesalers in the US every month will reach her ever expanding customer base directly.

    From its underlying philosophy to its commitment in implementing its ethos, from its marketing approach to its packaging, Little Gabies has the makings of a global brand bringing comfort and warmth to mothers and their children worldwide. It has a long way to go in promoting a positive image of Ethiopia. But judging by its product, internationally tested by a third party lab for harmful products, its working process and its vision, Little Gabies – With Love From Ethiopia, is already a genuine brand on its way making global impact.

     

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  • 20 Photos That Will Inspire You To Travel To Ethiopia Right Now

    It all started when I saw a photograph – a dark crater filled with smoke and fire with a lake of bubbling lava flowing aggressively in the foreground.

     

    The image lived in my mind day and night. I was consumed, and I knew the only way to cure my wanderlust was to see this amazing location myself. With a little research, I discovered the photo was of the Erta Ale Volcano in Ethiopia – one of only six lava lakes in the world. Just 6 months and a couple of layovers later, I was on the adventure of a lifetime throughout one of Africa’s most fascinating countries.

    Ethiopia is raw, authentic and unforgettable. Each region is like stepping into a time capsule. Each village and town feel like a different world. Salt mines in the north are still excavated with primitive tools and transported by camel. The Southern tribes take pride in ritualistic scarification, lip plates and body war painting. Ethiopia is one of the first countries to adopt Christianity, in the first century AD. The numerous monasteries of Lalibela protect many of the ancient Christian texts.

    Traveling through Ethiopia is not comfortable. Scorching heat and suffocating humidity, the risk of food poisoning, scarce water resources and hostile territories in the north all make Ethiopia a challenging country to photograph. Most roads are not paved and shared with pedestrians, cattle, and horse buggies so the travel is slow going. Accommodations are basic and running water and electricity is not guaranteed.

    Rough conditions test you physically and mentally almost every single day. But if you stop resisting the discomfort, let your body acclimate and take it a day at a time, Ethiopia will open up, welcome you and show you some of it’s most precious treasures. This unique and incredible country and it’s people will also teach you to accept things how they are and embrace the present moment. After all, the present moment is the only thing we truly have right now. Live it to the fullest.

    Words and photos by Natalia Stone
    More from Natalia Stone on her websiteFacebook, and Instagram.

     

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    As the sun rises over Lake Asale, the salt traders are nearing the end of their three-day trek from the nearest town of Mekele. They will spend the next day excavating salt, cutting it up into bricks and loading the camels for the trip back. Each load a camel carries earns around $10, barely enough for the miners to feed their families and survive in this barren land with little resources. The entire region feels as if it is frozen in time. The local Afar people still live and work as they have been for centuries.

     


    Lalibela, the center of Ethiopian Christianity, is famous for its monolithic churches built underground and undetected by enemies for hundreds of years Most survive to this day in their original state. All the churches are active and priests still use century old books for prayer with the only source of light shining though small windows cut in the massive walls.

     

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    As we were photographing around the Bodi tribe’s village, a man approached us and communicated that he wanted a portrait with a gun. He started with a few typical poses with him standing and the weapon up, but soon got really into pointing the gun at everyone, including our group, clearly having a lot of fun with the photo session. Later he said “I was imagining I shot you all”, laughed and walked away. Luckily we made sure the gun was unloaded before handing it over.

     

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    Erta Ale is a challenging place to photograph. There are cracks all over the rim so it is dangerous to get too close as top shelf could collapse at any moment. Toxic gasses and fumes rise up and are carried by the wind, sometimes completely covering the crater. Even with a good respirator it’s practically impossible not to cough and run for cover to catch one’s breath and hope for breaks in the wind.

     

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    Mursi women are known for their lip plates and decorative scars. Every girl has her lip cut at the age of 15. A small clay plate inserted into the opening and replaced over time with a bigger one as the lip stretches. The larger the plate the more the woman is worth by the time she gets married.

     

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    As I was walking among the church worshipers at Sunday’s mass, most seemed totally oblivious to my presence and me taking pictures of them. After a while I couldn’t help but put my camera down and just take in the serine atmosphere of this magical place. I wondered what were they thinking and feeling, or if they were thinking at all and just being in the moment.

     

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    Karo men paint their bodies and faces with white chalk to look as fierce as possible. It’s a daily routine that scares off enemies and also serves the purpose of making themselves more attractive to the opposite sex.

     

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    Dassanech people live near the border of kenya by the shores of lake Turkana. One of the most interesting tribes to photograph it is not so easy to get to. After a 3 hr drive through dusty roads we had to cross the river full of crocodiles on dugout tribal canoes. What sounds like a dangerous place to live, actually helps the tribe survive. In times when cattle is lost to disease, local men hunt crocodiles, even a small one is enough to feed a family for days.

     

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    Being inside a church in Lalibela is a fascinating experience – the walls are blackened from years of candle burning, you must take off your shoes and walk on uneven stone floor, loosely covered with a thin layer of carpeting. The priests rarely break from prayer during Sunday mass, if only to welcome worshipers. As your eyes adjust you see the church is bigger than expected with many intersecting rooms to some of which the entrance is forbidden. I couldn’t help but wonder how many centuries of secrets this place must hold.

     

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    The legends of Lalibela state that angels and men built the churches together. To this day the exact details of their construction remain a mystery. Each one is hewn from solid rock top to bottom. Pictured above is the famous church of St George. It took us a while to find it – one can only see the top when up close, at first glance it’s difficult to imagine the church is actually 50meters (150 feet) tall underground.

     

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    The price of living as you have been for centuries is that tribal medicine is still very basic. As I walked through a market of the Hamar tribe, I noticed a lot of the women suffering from what looked like cataract. As many as 30% of Hamar women have some vision loss after the age of 40, with 13% completely blind. A clear reminder that what we now consider an easily treatable condition was is a big problem in many part of the world.

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    Annual whipping ceremony is an integral part of the Hamar tribe’s tradition. Women dance, drink sorghum beer until they have worked themselves into a frenzy. They then taunt and shout insults at the men of the tribe until they get whipped. The whips cut through the flesh and leave life lasting scars. The more scars a woman has the more she is loved and appreciated by the men.

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    Erta Ale which means ‘Smoking Mountain’ is one of only six lava lakes in the world. After a 9 hour drive from the closest village over lava fields, salt flats and sand, it is another 3 hours on foot in the dark until you finally reach the rim of the caldera. As you descend there is no trail, you have to watch every step when walking on freshly crusted lava that cracks under your feet, one false move and you can fall into an air pocket. The volcano is alive – you feel the heat, hear the roaring sounds, see the ash and sparks flying up in mini explosions – one of nature’s most mesmerizing and dangerous shows.

     

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    Life in Omo Valley is not all about tribal rivalry and warfare. Behind their initial serious demeanor and war body painting, the Karo people are very welcoming and friendly. On the morning of our visit, as adults were tending to livestock and brewing coffee, several boys were having a jumping contest. Even in these harsh lands sometimes it’s all about living life in the moment and having fun.

     

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    Every Sunday all the villagers around Lalibela gathers near the ancient churches for the weekly mass. A truly fascinating sight as hundreds of people adorned in yellow and while cloaks are chanting or standing still in a moment of prayer, completely ignoring the outside world and just being present.

     

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    Mursi is one of the 20 tribes living in Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia. Cattle is the main way of life for the people of this region. Not only essential for survival, the number of cattle determines the wealth and status of a village. Almost every adult tribe member whether male or female carries a gun. Cattle stealing, clashes over grazing land and water access disputes are quite common in the area. Ethiopian government does little to interfere and lets the tribes be and sort our their problems on their own.

     

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    Ethiopian orthodox church is know for its many types of ceremonial crosses, each one, uniquely made and decorated is considered sacred. As worshipers come into a church, a priest touches them with the cross to bless and heal any ailments.

     

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    Hamar men pay a very special attention to face painting and hair. They use ostrich feathers as part of their hair dress which symbolizes hunting and the domain of nature. To protect the hairdo, men always carry a wooden headrests they use for pillows.

     

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    Unlike in other tribes of the Omo Valley, Dassanech girls must be circumcised at the age of 10 in order for them to eventually marry and for the family to receive dowry. Interestingly the tribe accepts both men and women of other ethnicities as long as they will partake in the circumcising tradition.

     

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    Danakil Desert is one of the hottest and cruelest places on earth with temperatures rarely falling below 40-60 C (104-140 F) during the day. Salt mining has been the livelihood of the Afar people for hundreds of years, and still continues to this day. Barren landscape, dust storms, unbearable heat and no water – hard to believe how anything can survive here. As the caravan neared, I heard the men yelling something and pointing at my water bottle, without hesitation I gave them all the water I had with me. The setting sun does little to relieve the heat and they still had at least an hour to the nearest village.

    Source :http://resourcemagonline.com/ 

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