Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear Ethiopian This Week freinds [1/1/11]

Ethiopian This Week management team, wish to all of its readers and followers on social media a Happy and prosperous European New Year. As we are heading to the New Year, we will be widely open our eyes and ears to present news from every corner of the planet. Our motto is very simple, we report, you judge the news according to its content. Let’s Keep in touch; Share your views and Sights. Though we always agree not to disagree, your views are always respected. Love each other and most importantly have faith of what you do. By the way today it is 1/1/11, it is a unique day. It comes once in 100 years. Have a blessed new year.
Respectfully
ETW Editor

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fake Nikes, CHAT( Khat) ; dad faces deportation

Abdulkarim was arrested in March 2009 with 108 pairs of knock-off Nikes at his Unique Fashion Wear shop on Madison Avenue SE in Grand Rapids, according to a federal indictment. He pleaded guilty in federal court and the judge sentenced him to five months in prison, well below sentencing guidelines. An attorney said Abdulkarim agreed to help investigators, and even led them to a source of the counterfeit shoes, but the investigation went nowhere.
But, that's not the charge that led to his upcoming deportation. Read more...

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

WikiLeaks' Assange freed on bail

Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblower website WikiLeaks, has been freed after spending nine days in solitary confinement in a London jail over alleged sexual offences. Assange, 39, was released late on Thursday after a senior British judge ruled that he can be released on conditional bail following a week of legal drama over his extradition. He is fighting moves to take him to Sweden, where he faces questioning over sex-crime allegations. "I hope to continue my work and continue to protest my innocence in this matter and to reveal as we get it, which we have not yet, the evidence from these allegations," he said in a brief statement on the steps of the high court in London. Assange is now expected to head to a British country mansion where he will have to observe a curfew and wear a monitoring device.Source ( Reuters)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Boy, 10, raises money through WaterCan to provide Ethiopians with clean water

Ten year old Connor Kindred noticed that in every picture of Daniel, from Awash near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he was wearing pink shoes. "It makes me laughy in a kind of funny way. Then like, here we are sitting with fancy contraptions while they're over there without TVs and everything," Connor said. Connor's parents, Tom and Patti, are going to Ethiopia in January and will bring items like toothbrushes to the school. Connor will join his parents on their second trip to bring Daniel home, hopefully in May. Read more…

William Ury: The walk from "no" to "yes"

William L. Ury co-founded Harvard's Program on Negotiation and is currently a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Project. Over the last 30 years, Ury has served as a negotiation adviser and mediator in conflicts ranging from corporate mergers to wildcat strikes in a Kentucky coal mine to ethnic wars in the Middle East, the Balkans, and the former Soviet Union. With former president Jimmy Carter, he co- founded the International Negotiation Network, a non-governmental body seeking to end civil wars around the world. During the 1980s, he helped the US and Soviet governments create nuclear crisis centers designed to avert an accidental nuclear war. In that capacity, he served as a consultant to the Crisis Management Center at the White House. More recently, Ury has served as a third party in helping to end a civil war in Aceh, Indonesia, and helping to prevent one in Venezuela.
Click the following link to watch for yourself what this great negotiator has said to our planet.

Egyptian rights groups urge action on abducted Eritreans migrants

The Eritrean refugee said he is detained in a metal container with fifteen other hostages by a group of Bedouins, because he has not been able to pay the money demanded," ranging between 3-8 thousand dollars, the statement said. "He added that the traffickers only provide two pieces of bread and some salty water per day." But Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said his country has no information on the issue. The Egyptian rights activists said they have contacted one of the hostages, quoting him as saying he is currently detained with a group of hostages in Sinai. Read more…

Monday, December 27, 2010

Gibe II resumed operation

According to the information from The Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPC), Gilgel Gibe II hydroelectric power station resumed service after it suspended operation for 11 months following appropriate maintenance. “The resumption of the power station will alleviate shortage of power supply in the country” , said Public Relations Head with the corporation, Misikir Negash on Monday. He said the dam stopped operation soon after it started service earlier last year due to the collapse of a section in the headrace tunnel at a point 9 kms from the outlet. He said Gibe II have the capacity of producing 420 Megawatts of electricity. Source (ENA)

Farmers pulling gun on us, claim ATKILIT TERA vendors.

There have been incidents where the farmers went as far as pulling guns on us when we insisted on a lower price so that we can meet the fixed price of Atkilt Terra,” Ashenafi, one of the vendors whose shop still operates. “We have no choice as the farmers sell the produce to us at the same prices at which we were supposed to sell,” Abdi, a vendor who had his shop sealed, told Fortune. “We have no choice but to either stop selling or to sell at a little more than the fixed price.” The ceiling price was set to protect consumers from unfair prices, according to the Trade and Industry Office. Read more….

ኣርቲስት ሃመልማል ኣባተ በቢሮክራሲው በመማረሯ ኣዲስ ዜማ ልትለቅ ነው ።

በማታውቀውና የከተማውን ማስተር ፕላን ባልጠበቀ ሁኔታ ለአንድ ግለሰብ ከፊት ለፊቷ ያለው ቦታ ተሰጥቶ ሕንፃ መገንባቱን የገለጸችው አርቲስት ሐመልማል፤ የአካባቢው ነዋሪዎች ፍሳሽ የሚወገድበት ቱቦ በመዘጋቱ ያለፉትን ሁለትና ሦስት ክረምቶች ጐርፍ በቤታቸው ውስጥ እየገባ ማሳለፋቸውን ተናግራለች፡፡ ‹‹ውኃ ወደ ላይ አይፈስም›› የምትለው አርቲስቷ፣ ‹‹ለውጥ ነው›› በሚል የተሠራው የፍሳሽ ማስወገጃ የሚያስገርምና ሕግና ሥርዓት ባለበት አገር የማይፈጸም ሥራ መሆኑን ጠቁማለች፡፡ ችግሩ በጣም ስለበዛባቸው የሠፈሩ ሽማግሌዎች በመሰብሰብ ቀበሌ፣ ክፍለ ከተማ፣ ማዘጋጃ ቤትና ኢሕአዴግ ጽ/ቤት ድረስ ቢሄዱም፣ አንዱ በአንዱ ላይ ከማሳበብ የዘለለ ውሳኔ አለማግኘታቸውን ሐመልማል ገልጻለች፡፡ በቢሮክራሲው የተማረረችው ኣርቲስት ሃመልማል ኣባተ በዚህም የተነሳ ነጻ ዜማ ልትለቅ ነው። ተጨማሪ ያንብቡ>>>

Sunday, December 26, 2010

AEUP re- elects Eng. Hailu Shawel as Chair Person of the Party

All Ethiopian Unity Party (AEUP) concluded on Sunday its two-day general meeting by re-electing Engineer Hailu Shawl as chairperson of the party. Party first vice chairperson, Yakob Like told journalists on Sunday that his party will merge with Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (Unity Party). He said the two parties need to be united as they have similar political programs. Yakob said the party suspended some members from membership due to their ill-practices against the party's statute. He said they can return to their membership if they ask for pardon and respect the statute. Yakob said AEUP won’t negotiate with the Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum (Forum). Former Public Relations Head of the Party, Mesobework Kitaw, one of the members who said were not allowed to participate in the meeting, told journalists on Saturday that she was forbidden from attending the meeting without any written notification. Source ( ENA)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Researchers develop reactor to make fuel from sunlight

Haile estimates that a rooftop reactor could produce about three gallons of fuel a day. She thinks transport fuels would be the first application of the reactor, if it goes on to commercial use. But she said an equally important use for the renewable fuels would be to store solar energy so it is available at times of peak demand, and overnight. She says the first improvements that will be made to the existing reactor will be to improve the insulation to help stop heat loss, a simple move that she expects to treble the current efficiency. Read more…

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ethio Telecom at a standstill, said sources

...activities have almost stopped at the head office and branches of Ethio Telecom. As teeters and stamps used by ETC are no longer in use by the newly-formed telecom, work orders are hardly passed, sources said. Unless there are “emergency” cases such as withdrawing of cash from banks or buying fuels for some of ETC projects, there are no activities seen in the head office or the branches except those in the sales front. “The only service currently active at the company is the sales service, where employees of the company cannot interrupt communication and sales with customers,” a company official said. “Apart from the sales service, internal services and functions have almost frozen.” To the dissatisfaction of some customers, those at the sales service unit are not “cooperative” as they used to be and are treating customers “coldly.” Read more...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ethiopia Secures $224.3 Million of Funds to Build Power Transmission Lines

Ethiopia secured $224.3 million from the African Development Bank to fund the construction of four electricity transmission lines to improve its own power supply and help development in neighboring countries, the lender said. Additional transmission capacity is “critical and timely” for Ethiopia’s industrial development, said Lamin Barrow, the AFDB’s resident representative, by phone today from the capital, Addis Ababa. The lines will connect areas in the north, east and south-west of the country, and help expedite plans to export power to Sudan and Kenya, he said. Under a five-year plan, Ethiopia, which suffers from intermittent blackouts, plans to quadruple power generation to at least 8,000 megawatts and expand electricity coverage to 75 percent of the population from 41 percent now. A lack of transmission lines is hindering attempts to export power, the state-owned Ethiopian Electric Power Corp. said on Dec. 8. The Tunis-based African Development Bank will lend Ethiopia 61 percent of the funds and donate the rest, Barrow said. The project, which will see 948 kilometers (589 miles) of 230-volt cables laid, is scheduled to finish in Aug. 2013, Barrow said. Eight new sub-stations will be built and another 11 upgraded under the plan, he said. Source (Bloomberg)

Dream of Ethiopian Immigrant ended by Robbers.

Ambaw said Anday was divorced and had a 16-year-old daughter in New Mexico. Anday came to Denver looking for a better place for his young family, Ambaw said. "We tried to get better education, a better life," Ambaw said. Ed Thomas owns a barbershop two doors from the Monaco Grocery and said he spoke with the store's owner Monday night. "He sounded very distraught. You could tell that something was wrong," Thomas said Read more…

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Medical report ruled the death of Ali Mohamed a homicide

The medical examiner’s office Tuesday said its forensics examination concluded Mohammed’s death was a homicide caused by “excited delirium associated with arrhythmogenic cardiac anomalies, alcohol intoxication and physical exertion with restraint.” The family remains heartbroken and cannot have peace until those responsible for Ali¹s death are brought to justice.” Read more…

Donors Should Investigate Misuse of Aid money, says Human Right Watch

Human right watch urged donors to suspend certain governance programs until critical benchmarks - like the repeal of repressive laws - are met. These include the Democratic Institutions Program, which provides funding and technical support to government institutions, such as the parliament, in an effort to build domestic accountability. Donors should not continue to finance these programs in the absence of the independent institutions, media, and civil society that are critical for accountability, Human Rights Watch said. Read more…

Monday, December 20, 2010

Ethiopia Earthquake injures 26 Jimma University students

Some 26 students of Jimma University sustain minor injury following Sunday afternoon’s earthquake that stricken Hossana town and its environs. University Public Relation Department told ENA that the students were injured while trying to escape from the building. The department said the students have received medical treatment. It said some windows of the buildings were broken by the tremor. Earthquake Expert with the Geophysics, Space Science and Astronomy Service, Dr. Atalay Ayele said the earthquake measuring 5.3 at Richter scale hit Hossana town and its environs at 3.15 PM local time and stayed for 16 seconds. The earthquake that lasted 19 seconds has brought no causality so far except cracks on some buildings existing in the town, the Hossanna Town Police Inspector, Erdedo Awono said. Some old earthen houses were also demolished as a result of the earthquake. Source ( ENA)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Athlete Haile becomes an official partner of Scotch Whisky brand

According to Diageo’s representatives, Haile was picked to be the first African member of the “Walk with Giants” campaign, for his endurance and perseverance to run and win races just like the Johnnie Walker brand. However, members of the media who attended the ceremony were critical about the Haile choice to become Johnnie Walker’s partner saying that the advertisement will negatively influence Ethiopian children.They also said that when Haile associates himself with alcoholic brands many Ethiopians, including children who consider Haile as a role model, will be tempted to test what Haile has advertised. Nevertheless, Haile downplayed the remark arguing that children under 18 are not allowed to drink alcohol, whether he advertised Johnnie Walker or not, Read more...

Friday, December 17, 2010

የመንግስቱ ወርቁ ትዝታዎች

በኴስ ሜዳ ቡዙ ቅጽል ስሞች ነበሩኝ...አድባሩ ,ጎንደሬው, የኴስ ዶክተር የሚባሉትን ስሞች ቡዙ አፍቃሪዎቼ ያስታውሷቸዋል:: መንግስቱ ወርቁና ጥላሁን ገሰሰ ከተገኙበት ምሽት ...የተቀነጨበ :: ሙሉውን ለማድመጥ እቺን ይጫኑ::

Isayes Afewrki was nearly assassinated, report revealed

while returning from a vacation in Kenya, Isaias, his family and his inner entourage stopped in Addis, where Meles offered to fly them back to Asmara in one of his aircraft,” the cables report.“Isaias accepted the offer; en route the aircraft caught fire, but managed to turn back and land safely in Addis. According to someone who was on the aircraft, an infuriated Isaias accused Meles to his face of trying to kill him and his family. Isaias has not trusted Meles since, according to this source,” the story goes. The Eritrean leader also believes the Americans are out to kill him by bombing his residence. Read more…

Thursday, December 16, 2010

ዝነኛው የእግር ኴስ ተጫዋችና አሰልጣኝ መንግስቱ ወርቁ አረፈ

በኩሩና ኮከቡ የኢትዮጵያና የቅዱስ ጊዮርጊስ ተጫዋችና አሰልጣኝ የነበረው መንግሥቱ ወርቁ በ70 ዓመቱ አረፈ፡፡ ቀብሩ ዓርብ፣ ታኅሣሥ 8 ቀን 2003 ዓ.ም.፣ በ 10፡00 ሰዓት፣ በቅዱስ ጴጥሮስ ወጳውሎስ ቤተ ክርስቲያን እንደሚፈጸም የቅዱስ ጊዮርጊስ ስፖርት ማኅበር የሕዝብ ግንኙነት አስታውቋል፡፡ በ3ኛው የአፍሪካ ዋንጫ ኢትዮጵያ ግብፅን 4 ለ2 አሸንፋ ዋንጫ እንድታገኝ ሁለቱን ግቦች ያስቆጠረው መንግሥቱ ወርቁ በ3ኛው አፍሪካ ዋንጫ 3 ግብ በማስቆጠሩም የኮከብ ግብ አግቢነት ክብር አግኝቷል፡፡

መንግሥቱ ወርቁ በስድስት የአፍሪካ ዋንጫዎች የፍጻሜ ግጥሚያዎች የተሳተፈ ሲሆን፣ ኢትዮጵያ ለመጨረሻ ጊዜ የተገኘችበትን የ1974ቱ የሊቢያው 13ኛ አፍሪካ ዋንጫ ብሔራዊ ቡድኑን በአሰልጣኝነቱ ለውድድር ያበቃው መንግሥቱ ወርቁ እንደነበረ አይዘነጋም:: ምንጭ (ሪፖርተር )

Husband killed his wife two days after she arrived

She had arrived at Heathrow airport on 19 May to join him and live in a room he rented in a multi-occupancy house. Naimo Moalin, 31, of Ethiopia, was strangled with her headscarf at Tolcarne Avenue, Fishermead, Milton Keynes between 21 and 22 May. Read more

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Fuel prices rise 3 times in 3 months

The Ministry of Trade on Friday announced newly revised tariffs of various petroleum products that will take effect as of December 10, 2010 and that will stay until January 2011. The ministry adjusted the price for ethanol-blended benzene to be sold at 15.55 birr from the last month price of 14.87. The ministry had increased the price of fuel and fuel products by 10 percent in October. Economists argue that the recent high magnitude devaluation added with this increment of fuel prices is heavily hammering low and middle class society. Moreover, the recent increment will be in addition to the ever increasing inflation that really widens the gap between the rich and the poor, they say, noting that any kind of consumer products and other merchandize prices are already increasing following the announcement. People living in urban areas, classified as a consumer society, will be hugely affected as prices go up. The Ministry announced that the price increment is in line with the recent devaluation of the birr and global oil price increase. Both of these factors have forced it to adjust the price of oil and oil products. According to the statement from the Ministry, white naphtha will now be sold at 13.24 birr and kerosene will be sold at 11.75 birr per liter. Moreover, light black naphtha will be 12.13 birr, heavy black naphtha 11.76 birr and super benzene for aircrafts is adjusted to 15.15 birr per liter Globally a barrel of oil’s price is currently fluctuating around 85 dollars.. Source (Capital)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ethiopia Plans Crackdown on Adopting Baby Business

The rapid rise in Ethiopian adoptions has set off alarm bells among children's lobby groups. The U.S. State Department issued a statement this month expressing concern about reports of adoption-related fraud, malfeasance and abuse in Ethiopia. The statement warns prospective adoptive parents to expect delays in the adoption process. It says additional information may be required to determine facts surrounding a child's relinquishment or abandonment and whether the child meets the definition of orphan, under U.S. Immigration law. Embassy consular officials say nearly two years of data collection has enabled them to identify individuals and agencies involved in unusual adoption activities. U.N. Children's Fund in Addis Ababa chief Doug Webb says the large amount of money changing hands in adoptions is a huge temptation in an impoverished country. Read more ….

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Unknown Hackers took action on big guys in retaliation of Wiki Leaks web site

“The core of all this lies with the failure of the government of the United States to properly protect its own diplomatic communications,” Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said Wednesday, criticizing the fact that tens of thousands of U.S. government employees had access to the cables. Read more....

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Nahaom records found liable for violating the author’s right

Mikaya released her first album entitled Shemametew containing eleven tracks after striking a 250,000 birr record deal with Nahom Records Inc four years ago. A year prior to the record deal, the demo of two of the songs (Sebebu and Lemalemih) included in this album, were sent to the record company. However, the record company in its September 2007 production of Balageru Vol 3, incorporated the two songs, which were written and performed by Mikaya. Read more...

Navratilova hospitalized after Kilimanjaro attempt

"It is potentially dangerous when someone is at high altitude, but once brought down, recovery is quick,” said Dr. David Silverton a consultant in cardiology and internal medicine at Nairobi Hospital. "Martina is doing well and will continue to do well." She is expected to spend two to three days in the hospital, Silverstein said. Read more…

Thursday, December 9, 2010

$9.95 James Bond Rolex sells for $66,100 on eBay

So imagine this: you decide to sell your 52 year-old watch on eBay for $9.95 and when the auction end up with $66,100. Not bad, right? That’s what happened to Bob. The retired Navy doctor decided to sell a few of his old things and put his Rolex Submariner Ref 5510 dive watch up for auction on eBay. He bought the watch from a Navy Exchange 52 years ago and wore it almost every day for more than 35 yearsis over you. To his shock, a few days into the auction, his watch started climbing to more than $30,000. After speaking with his son, the two figured out that the watch was an extremely rare model that Sean Connery wore as James Bond in Dr. No, Goldfinger, and Thunderball. During the final hours of the auction, a bidding war rose the price to more than $66,100. (It didn’t hurt that he has a collection of pictures of him wearing the watch, including at a diving party with Superman himself, Christopher Reeve.) For more information about the auction and a bunch of pictures, check out Hodinkee.com.If you had the choice, would you rather party with Superman or take the $66,100? It would be a tough choice. Christopher Reeve was one cool guy Source ( Yahoo News )

Nyota Minerals hits 15.7m at 37.04g/t gold at Tulu Kapi in Ethiopia

Nyota said that the discovery of the feeder style mineralisation, the extension of the Tulu Kapi deposit to the north and the thick Lode 3 intersections beneath the existing gold resource is a “clear indication that the project continues to have excellent potential to increase in size”. Read more ….

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Ethiopia stuns Zambia to advance

Tesfaye Alebachew and Omod Okwury Omod were the heroes as the plucky Ethiopians booked their place in the last four of this year’s tourney after another impressive showing. The win continues a wonderful run of results for the Walya Antelopes who have quickly gained fans due to their aesthetic football and technique that has seen them register excellent results. Read more…

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Anbessa Bus Drivers Strike for about 30 minutes

The strike, which started at around 5:30am and lasted for about 30 minutes, ensued at the enterprise’s biggest distribution station of 135 buses, usually known as Anbessa Garage, in front of Nyala Motors, following the posting of the notice on Monday, December 1. Read more...

Friday, December 3, 2010

The real winner of 2022 world cup decision, Zinedine Zidane

Though it defied logic, reason, and even FIFA's own technical evaluation, Qatar's bid for the 2022 World Cup was a success. And while this is certainly a victory for Qatar and the Middle East, the man smiling widest has to be Zidane. Like many other famous names, Zidane was paid exorbitantly to support Qatar's bid. He appeared at matches and even starred in a very successful commercial for the cause. According to The New Republic, his deal guaranteed him $3 million regardless of the bid's success and a whopping $15 million if Qatar got the event. Well, they got it, so now Zidane gets his $15 million. For a guy whose final memory of the World Cup as a player was less than enjoyable, this has to be an extra sweet payday. Especially since the son of Algerian parents felt a bit more connected to this bid beyond just the giant sack of money. It's unclear whether all of the FIFA executive committee members who voted for Qatar can say the same thing. Source (Yahoo sports)

Singer Gigi and the Crew Bole2Harlem

with a history that can be traced to King Solomon and Abyssinian glory and a present plagued by war and famine, Ethiopia’s music reflects the unpredictable nature of life. The hallmark of native Amharic (the Amhara are the main ethnic group) music is a five-note pentatonic scale with long intervals, and it’s this unfinished tone that rings out from most modern Ethiopian tunes. But layered on top of this traditional foundation can be anything from jazzy riffs to digital dub beats, creating a multi-textured sound that heralds a new era of historical and musical blending. Read more..

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Egypt begged US not to support South Sudanese Referendum

“The result would be the creation of a non-viable state that could threaten Egypt's access to the Nile waters,” says an Egyptian foreign ministry official quoted in the cable. The official suggested that the 2011 referendum be postponed for four to six years until the "capacity for statehood in South Sudan can be developed.” The issue of South Sudanese secession has been a contentious one for Egyptian officials as Sudan remains a key Egyptian ally in on-going disputes with Nile Basin countries over water shares. A divided Sudan, Egypt fears, can compromise Egyptian water security interests and further tilt the balance of power in favor of upstream countries who want increased control over the Nile waters. Read more...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Panorama: Three Fifa World Cup officials took bribes, estimated $100m

Three senior FIFA officials who will vote on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids took bribes in the 1990s, according to the BBC's Panorama. The alleged bribes are included in a confidential document listing 175 payments totaling about $100m (£64m). Critics of Fifa say a full investigation is required. Read more…

An Interview With WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange

Julian Assange is the prophet of a coming age of involuntary transparency, the leader of an organization devoted to divulging the world’s secrets using technology unimagined a generation ago. Over the last year his information insurgency has dumped 76,000 secret Afghan war documents and another trove of 392,000 files from the Iraq war into the public domain–the largest classified military security breaches in history. Sunday, WikiLeaks made the first of 250,000 classified U.S. State Department cables public, offering an unprecedented view of how America’s top diplomats view enemies and friends alike. Read more…

Monday, November 29, 2010

Lalombe : a one million deal

This served as part of the motivation for Mulatu Astatke, the creator of Ethio-jazz who composed the score, to become involved. In 2005, he wrote the score for "Broken Flowers," a Hollywood movie. “I found the project very interesting and wanted to share my experience,” he told Fortune. “I have a lot of experience in writing music for theatre plays as well as dance and mime dramas.” Read more...

Friday, November 26, 2010

Ethiopia to Egypt: We've evidence against you

Ethiopia has maintained that it had evidence about Egypt's support to rebels against the Addis government in order to secure the River Nile waters. Egypt has denied the accusation.
Ethiopian Prime Minister was early this week quoted by Reuters news agency as saying that Egypt could not win a war with Ethiopia, hence Cairo's strategy to support rebel groups to destabilise the neighbouring state. Mr Meles termed the alleged move unfortunate as there were efforts to ensure equitable sharing of the Nile waters.
Make public
Ethiopian Government spokesman Shimeles Kemal told the Africa Review that Addis had concrete evidence on Egyptian covert support to armed rebel groups.We will give the details at the right time, Mr Shimeles said. Intelligence sources within the Ethiopian Government also hinted that Addis was preparing to make public its evidence against Egypt. The sources claimed that Ethiopia's arch-foe Eritrea, was helping Egypt to reach the rebel groups. Source (AFRICA REVIEW)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

France Telecom takes over the management of ETC

CEO Amare Amsalu officially leaves office
France Telecom (FT), the French telecom company, which contested to manage the Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation (ETC), will take over the management of the country’s sole telecom provider as of Friday, November 26. Accordingly, FT will manage, ETC (what will in months be renamed to Ethio-Telecom) for two years before assigning the job back to the Ethiopians. Subsequently, Amare Amsalu, who has been serving as the CEO of ETC for the last four years (with a total of 15 years work at the corporation), has officially left office. Source (Reporter)

EDP Chairman was surprised by the recent London incident

EDP chairman Ldetu Aylew explained his rationale, why he came to London. According to Ato lideu account he initially made a plan to discuss with leaders of World Liberal International Party Association, in which his party recently became a full member of. Ato lidetu has said he often comes to London during winter season to have discussion with party members and supporters. This year, he took a different venue and would like to discuss with all Ethiopians, even with those who opposes his party principles; by doing so he wanted to proof neither his party nor himself are not afraid to hold discussion with individuals that have diverse political views. Nevertheless he regretted to see the platform he thought for discussion was filled with hooligans and shouters who were calling and cursing names. Ato Lidetu was very surprised to see his political opponents wouldn’t make their case and defend him in a civilized manner. According to Ato Lidetu account the group who were disturbing the meeting, during the first 20 minutes were members of Ginot 7 party and some of them are associated to the official party known as UDJ. He even indicated that one of cheer leader was the younger brother of Ginbot 7 secretary , Ato Andargaachew Tsige. Click here to Watch the video.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Voter registration is underway in Ethiopia for southern Sudan referendum

Voter registration is underway in Ethiopia for Southern Sudanese populations, the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) has announced. In a press release it sent to ERTA on Wednesday, SSRC said Ethiopia in one of eight countries where Out ofCountry Voting (OVC) is taking place for the 2011 Southern Sudan Referendum.
It said to be able to vote in January 2011, Southern Sudanese people must register in advance. It said registration is underway in Addis Ababa city as well as in Gambella and Asossa towns of Ethiopia from 15 November to 01 December 2010. The referendum centers are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Saturday and from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Sundays. Only eligible Southern Sudanese people will be allowed to register and vote. Actual polling will take place at the same centers from 09 to 15 January 2011. Source ( NewsDire)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

400kV transmission tower took the lives of four Chinese and one Ethiopian crew

An unprecedented, yet simple technical error has claimed the lives of four Chinese and one Ethiopian crew as they were installing a 400kv transmission tower around the Blue Nile Gorge under the Beles Hydro Power Project, informed sources told The Reporter. The accident occurred some five weeks ago while the crew was atop the tower when it suddenly collapsed due to “unnoticed loose fittings”, causing instant death according to sources.The Reporter’s attempt to obtain information about the accident from the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) for the past three weeks was met with silence. All the same, representatives of Shangai Electric Company (SEC), the contractor of the Beles Hydro Power Transmission and Substation Project, have altogether denied the occurrence of the accident. Informed sources and eyewitnesses have, however, confirmed the accident. Undertaken by SEC, the 400kv transmission tower and substation project part of the Beles Hydro Power will, when fully commissioned, have an installed capacity of producing 460MW. The Chinese company, which commenced the project two years ago, has already completed installation of the substation part in Bahir Dar. If all goes according to plan, SEC will finalize the installation of the transmission tower extending some 500 km from Beles Hyro Power site to the transmission site installed in Sululta in a few months time. Accordingly, the Beles Hydro Power is expected to start power production sometime in February next year, thereby reducing the recurrent power shortage in the country, according to industry experts. Source (Reporter)

Al-Bashir to attend IGAD summit on Sudan in Ethiopia

Al-Bashir is hounded by two warrants issued for his arrest by the International Criminal Court (ICC) which in March 2009 charged him with war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the course of the eight-year conflict in Sudan’s western region of Darfur. The Sudanese leader denies the charges and denigrates them as part of a Western ploy to topple his regime. The IGAD summit was originally scheduled to be held in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on October 30 but it was later relocated to Addis Ababa to avert a potential diplomatic crisis over Al-Bashir attendance. Read more...

Eastern Tobacco to plant 50 acres of tobacco in Ethiopia

The Holding Company for Chemical Industries said that Eastern Tobacco will plant tobacco in Ethiopia, reported Al-Masry Al-Youm. The move is a bid to combat the mounting problems faced by the company in getting tobacco supplies globally, a result of decreasing planted lands in addition to taxes imposed by European Union as well as lower imports of China. Eastern Tobacco will receive from the Ethiopian government 50 acres as a first phase to start planting tobacco, which should reduce importing cost. The company imports 50,000-60,000 tons of tobacco (about $ 250 million) annually. Source ( Thedailynewsegypt.com)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The city of Juba will see high influx of investment after referendum, says former military man

Binyam Yohannes, 32, general manager of F & B Commission Agent, is one of these. “I want the Southern Sudanese people to secede,” Binyam told Fortune. “I will stay in Juba during the referendum. If something goes wrong, I will contribute.” Contributing to Sudan’s fighting is nothing new to Binyam. A former soldier in the Ethiopian Defence Force (EDF), he fought with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and was even injured during a battle, he claimed. Binyam’s arrival to Juba is related with his previous military involvement. While he was in Mombassa, SPLA officials approached him to bring two Russian made military trucks to Juba. He successfully completed the job and decided to stay. At the time, Juba was like the “wild, wild West.” It did not seem worthy of the name city, let alone that of a capital. Read more of the story...

Ethiopian Ezra Teshome : Winner of World Citizen , 2010

A long-time Rotarian, Ezra led groups on annual trips to administer the polio vaccine to children in Ethiopia, immunizing about 200 children per day – efforts for which he was named by TIME magazine as one of ten Global Health Heroes at their Global Health Summit. “Ezra has inspired hundreds and hundreds of Americans and Canadians to travel overseas with our Rotary groups to accomplish the ambitious goal of totally eradicating polio from the African continent,” said Ralph Munro, fellow Rotarian and former Washington Secretary of State. Read more…

Friday, November 19, 2010

Ethiopia seen as a growing market for Boeing jets

Basically, we serve the whole continent and we are connecting the continent to other continents," said Girma Wake, Ethiopian Airlines CEO, in town to pick up his newest jet. Wake said while the airline is the state-owned flag carrier, it is operated as a business and has been profitable for a decade. Ethiopian Airlines has been a positive exception for much of Africa. By reputation, Africa's airline fleets have been characterized as old, inefficient and unsafe. That, however, is changing. Read more…

Passenger dies on Ethiopian Airline Flight on its way to DC

BOSTON (WCVB) — A flight headed to Washington DC, was diverted to Boston on Wednesday after a 64-year-old man died on board, CNN reported. The man died on Ethiopian Air Flight 500, CNN reported. The man’s name, nationality and cause of death were not immediately available. The flight was headed to Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C., from Rome when it was diverted to Boston. The plane landed at Logan Airport at 7:15 a.m. and continued to Washington at 9 a.m

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Former Foreign Minister Seyum Mesfin is heading to China

The local news paper known as Capital has reveled posts of senior diplomats who have been appointed as the country’s Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Accordingly, former foreign minister Seyum Mesfin is heading to China, Tekeda alemu (PhD) will be stationed at UN headquarters in New York, former State and Industry minister Girma Biru is coming to Washington DC, Kasu Ilala (PhD) is heading to Brussels replacing Berhane G/Krstisos , who recently took a post as foreign state minister. Former Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mohammed Dirir, is heading to the Egyptian capital Cairo as ambassador. Although it’s not known whether former House speaker Ambassador Teshome Toga speaks French or not, it is certain that he is heading to Paris France, to represent Ethiopia, Read more…

Sunday, November 14, 2010

British yacht couples are now free after $ 1 million ransom was paid

The pirates had originally demanded a £4.2million ransom for the Chandlers, who have no children. The ransom which liberated the Chandlers will inevitably raise fears that the wrong message has gone out: kidnapping pays. Seizing rich people and selling them back to their families is big business from Iraq and Afghanistan to South American drug countries such as Colombia.But it is most rampant among pirates operating from Somalia, a failed state since 1991, where in some regions ransom money is practically the only source of income and whole towns thrive on it. Read more…

Baro River puts us right into the heart of East Africa, says CEO

Karturi Global ltd. an Indian food processor, plans to exploit East Africa’s market potential by selling crops grown on land leased from Ethiopia’s government within the region, Chief Executive Officer Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi said. The company also sees “large potential” in the Ethiopian palm oil, rice and sugar market. Average annual sugar consumption in the country is 6 kilograms (13.2 pounds) per capita, compared with 30 kilograms internationally. “There are still a lot of Ethiopians who don’t know what sugar tastes like,” Karuturi said., Read more …