Tuesday, June 29, 2010

VIP Communications Supports Annual Ethiopian Soccer Tournament

Leading international calling company follows rate reduction to Ethiopian market by supporting this week's annual ESFNA soccer tournament in San Jose; attendees to receive free calling to Ethiopia and other countries . Read more…

Monday, June 28, 2010

Ethiopia hired a British football Coach

It is the first time that the Ethiopian national team hires a foreign coach with such huge amount of money. In the past, the federation hired far less expensive foreign coaches. However, no improvements had been made to the Ethiopian football, and the country has for a long time been unable to qualify even for African Nations Cup. Read more…

Son of Patrice Lumumba seeks answers from Belgium

Patrice Lumumba was the first democratically elected prime minister of Congo after it gained independence from Belgium on June 30, 1960. He was murdered by Katanga officials in September 1960 after Joseph-Desire Mobutu took power in a coup. The country, now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo, was renamed Zaire by Mobutu. Read more…

Sunday, June 27, 2010

G20 ( 8+ 12) , agrees to deficit reduction time line

Leaders of the Group of 20 meeting in Toronto, Canada have agreed that the world's most advanced industrialized countries should reduce their budget deficits by half within three years, with further steps to cut debt relative to economic output by 2016. The G20, which includes major industrialized powers in the Group of Eight plus developing nations with significant economies such as China and India, agreed to a specific time line for deficit reduction, while giving governments’ flexibility to adjust the pace of changes based on their own situations. Read more...

The legacy of Bulcha Demeksa

Bulcha Demeksa, 80, was born in western Welega in a village called Bogidirmagi, Oromia Regional State. He was married twice for 14 and 43 years and had five children from his first marriage and one from his second.
Educational Background
He attended elementary education at the Adventist Mission School in Gimbi, Oromia Regional State. He finished his high school education at Akaki Mission School, Addis Abeba.
He obtained his LLB degree from Addis Abeba University (the then University College of Addis Abeba) and did his master’s in Economics, after winning a scholarship from Syracuse University in the United States.
Career and political background
He served at the Ministry of Finance (MoF) for 10 years and became a deputy minster of Finance. He joined the World Bank in 1970, representing all English-speaking countries in Africa. Later, he worked at the United Nations in New York for 17 years. He cofounded in 1993 and holds a share in Awash Bank SC and served as its president until 2000.
After resignation, he formed the Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement (OFDM). He also participated in the conference of the formation of the transitional government by the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) 19 years ago. Read more…

President Barak Obama can shut down the internet system if he wants to…

President Obama will be handed the power to shut down the Internet for at least four months without Congressional oversight if the Senate votes for the infamous Internet ‘ kill switch’ bill, which was approved by a key Senate committee yesterday and now moves to the floor. The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, which is being pushed hard by Senator Joe Lieberman, would hand absolute power to the federal government to close down networks, and block incoming Internet traffic from certain countries under a declared national emergency. Read more…

አዋጅ! በትምህርት ጥራት ላይ!!

በ1999 ዓ.ም. ብሔራዊ ፈተናውን ከወሰዱት ተማሪዎች መካከል 92.4 በመቶው ፈተናውን ወድቀዋል! በ2000 ደግሞ 97 በመቶው ፈተናውን አላለፉም፡፡ ይባስ ብሎም በ2000 ዓ.ም. ወደ 60 በመቶ የሚጠጉት ተማሪዎች 25 ከመቶ እንኳን ማግኘት አልቻሉም!! ይህን ውጤት ሳይ መጀመሪያ የመጣብኝ ስሜት፣ መንግሥት ለምን ትምህርት ቤቶቹን ዘግቶ ችግሩን በጥልቀት አይመረምርም የሚል ነበር፡፡ እንደ እኔ እንደ እኔ ጉዳዩ አስቸኳይ ጊዜ አዋጅ ሁሉ ሳያስፈልገው አይቀርም ነበር፡፡ ይህን አይነት ውጤት ያላቸውን ተማሪዎች ይዞ የት መድረስ ይቻላል?? ተጨማሪ ያንብቡ>>>

Friday, June 25, 2010

Hailu Shawel says to Obama, “Shut your mouth up!”

“If this is their representation of democracy and human rights, they shouldn’t talk about it anymore,” says Hailu Shawel, an Ethiopian opposition leader. “They should shut up.” To a casual observer, the tens of thousands of people who poured into the central square of Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on May 25 to peacefully celebrate the country’s elections might have been mistaken for a massive symbol of democratic progress in a poor and troubled part of the world. Read more…

Thursday, June 24, 2010

“This is God’s punishment over my wife”, says Tewodros Melese

... While being arrested, Alemu asked the officers, "How old was she?" During questioning, police called the phone number Alemu provided to the
women which was in his pocket, began ringing. Alemu explained he went to the home Monday afternoon because someone told him it's a place where men can receive sex acts. He again asked "What was the age of the girl?" before blurting out, "This is God's punishment for doing this to my wife , says Tewodros. Read more...

Dunga made radical change over press.

Tensions have run high at press conferences. After the 2-1 win over North Korea, Dunga challenged one of the journalists following a question about Robinho's good performance. "Last year, when he was playing for Manchester City, many people didn't want Robinho on the Brazilian team," Dunga fired back. "You were one of them, remember?" About the closed training sessions, he said: "Don't you guys complain about the player's [lack of] creativity? Now it's time for you to be creative and create something to write about."
Read more….

Five US men (two of them Ethiopian descent) convicted of Pakistan 'terror plot'

The men have been identified as Ramy Zamzam, of Egyptian descent, Waqar Khan and Umar Farooq of Pakistani descent, and Aman Hassan Yemer and Ahmed Minni, who are of Ethiopian descent. None were known to law enforcement agencies before they disappeared in November from their homes in Alexandria, Virginia. Read more...

Ethiopia rebel faction to lay down arms: govt

"A significantly large faction of the ONLF has decided to work within the constitution of Ethiopia and to abandon the armed struggle", Communications Minister Bereket Simon told AFP. "The faction discussed with members of the government possible ways of acting within the constitutional framework. From now it will function as a political party." Read more …

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Siye calls oppositions to regroup.

Abreha said there is need for the opposition parties to regroup. “It requires pausing, thinking and re-thinking and re-inventing the opposition of this country again. Whatever policy differences there might be among the opposition, I think we have to come together on the minimum issues of democracy and rule of law. There is no way we can proceed to other issues unless these fundamentals are tackled jointly,” Abreha said. Read more...

Lucy grandfather Known to be Kadanuumuu’, Discovered in Ethiopia

Wolde Lucy was 3.2 million while this new discovery is 3.6 million years. The Director indicated that skeleton is nicknamed ‘Kadanuumuu’, an Afari word which means ‘Big Man’, which he said, reflects its large size. Kadanuumuu generates new information on the locomotion, shoulder girdle morphology, and shape of the rib cage in humans early ancestors, particularly in ‘Luc’ys’’ species, Australopithecus afarensis. Read more…

Monday, June 21, 2010

Internet Access in the Capital gets people nerve

Many foreigners (tourists) like Addis more than you imagined, they really love the city. If you stop by a restaurant or a bar and ask a foreign person what he or she thinks about the city or the people they will unanimously tell you that people here are friendly, generous, humble and kind by nature. Indeed that is how we are. But wait…the chat may not end there. They will tell you the other side of the story that gets to their nerve each day, Internet connection. The capital of 80million people, in fact the capital of Africa per say, has a very slow internet connection. The internet is as slow as it becomes impossible to open files or download pages written in pdf format. You have to be lucky or you may have to pay extra amount of money to download a page. How do I know this? Well watch the following clip and see the facts for yourself. Click here.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Al Qaida made success in Yemen

Four suspected al-Qaida gunmen blasted their way into the intelligence headquarters of Yemen's second largest city Saturday and freed several detainees in the group's most spectacular operation since a U.S.-backed government crackdown began late last year. The attack on the heavily protected security complex killed 11 and further bolstered U.S. concerns that Yemen's weak central government may not be up to tackling an increasingly effective foe seemingly able to strike anywhere inside or outside the country. Read more….

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Community gathers to remember five victims

As the service began, a woman wailed as mourners, expected to reach 2,500 in number, continued entering the arena. Killed in the swift-moving fire at Helen Gebregiorgis’ Fremont apartment were three of her children, Joseph Gebregiorgis, 13, Nisreen Shamam, 6, and Yaseen Shamam, 5; her sister, Yerusalem Gebregiorgis, 22; and a niece, 7-year-old Nyella Smith, daughter of a third sister,m Yordanos Gebregiorgis. The names of the dead were displayed on the electronic reader board above the crowd. Many in attendance were dressed in traditional attire, with women in flowing garments and white shawls known as netellas, worn at spiritual events. Read more…

Friday, June 18, 2010

Ethiopia expels VOA journalist reporting in rebel area


Heather Murdock had been reporting with the U.S. international broadcaster Voice of America (VOA) in the eastern region of Harar, near an area where there was reported skirmishes between the army and rebels of the separatist Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), according to the same sources. Read more…

Is Kemer Yesuf ready to buy the country best Resort ?

A prominent modern Oromiffa music singer, Kemer Yusufe, is one of the people negotiating with the agency under a single locally-registered firm. Kemer has returned from Canada after over two decades to live here, according to reliable source. Capital tried to contact Kemer, but he is out of the country. Sodere recreation was established in the Imperial Era by one of the popular minister of King Haile Selassie I, Tesema Eshete, and it was nationalised by the Derg regime in the early 1970s. Currently it is controlled by Wabe Shebelle Hotels enterprise. The resort is one of the few organised recreation centers in the country. Read more…

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ethiopian main opposition party is to call a public demonstration

According to Negasso, vice president of UDJ, a leading member of the Medrek coalition, the leadership is contemplating calling a public demonstration. “There are some who are raising the idea of holding a rally, but there hasn’t been a definitive decision so far. I too think that we have to voice our stand already expressed by the party leadership and also to thank the electorate who voted and sacrificed a lot to support us,” he explained. The ruling party’s supporters already celebrated the EPRDF victory and peaceful 4th national elections in Meskal Square. Blasting the Human Rights Watch report that rejected the poll was also a theme of the rally held the morning after results were announced. Read more…

Ethiopian Official Gets Death Sentence For Supporting Rebels

The agency says Juma was once in charge of economic planning in the regional government. Relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea have been tense since a 1998 to 2000 border war. The countries often accuse each other of being behind various plots and attacks on each other's territory. Read more...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Fatal fire may have started in mattress

Sources with knowledge of the investigation are saying the fatal fire that claimed the lives of four children and one adult may have started in mattress.” The fire may have started when a mattress inside a closet accidentally came in contact with a light bulb. “The sources said. Read more…

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Somali militants say, No to World Cup TV viewers

Somali militants have threatened football fans they will be publicly flogged - or worse - if they are caught watching the World Cup on TV. Watching football in public is 'un-Islamic', the militants say One man, who lives in the militant-controlled livestock market area of the city told the BBC he was watching Algeria v Slovenia at home with his family. "I have one eye on the TV and the other on the door, and the sound turned down," he said. Read more...

2010 FIFA World Cup attracts 400,000 visitors to Africa and changes perceptions

We have already seen a surge in interest about South Africa in major American cities, where the country’s flag, culture, cuisine and wines are on full display. We’ve also seen a huge amount of media coverage about a ‘positive’ event taking place on the continent rather than the usual politics or a humanitarian crisis.” According to reports from South Africa, the month-long tournament is expected to boost tourist arrivals by almost 400,000 visitors. Read more…

Ethiopia opposition mounts court challenge to election

"We have lodged this appeal because the manner in which the NEB handled our grievances was very irregular," Medrek chairman Beyene Petros told Reuters on Tuesday. "We submitted an 87-page document of evidence but they never invited us to explain or to present witnesses. The rejection was a face-saving measure." Read more…

Friday, June 11, 2010

Somali pirates free UK-flagged ship after huge ransom

Somali pirates have made tens of millions of dollars from seizing ships for ransom in the Gulf of Aden, linking Europe to Asia, and were also hunting far into the Indian Ocean to evade foreign navies sent to protect commercial shipping. Read more…

Travolta landed to Johannesburg for the support of Australian team

He is popular with the Australian squad and was coaxed into a few impromptu disco dancing routines by Socceroos' Everton star Tim Cahill. Travolta's connection with the Australian team stems back to the previous World Cup in Germany when as an ambassador for team sponsor Qantas, he flew a jumbo jet into Sydney to see Australia qualify against Uruguay for Germany 2006. Read more…

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ethiopian Girl Has Heart Surgery In Jacksonville, Fla .

"She arrived in August of '08. She had severe heart failure. She was tiny. When she came, we were her foster family." Along the way, the Ettedgui and his wife opened their home and their hearts to Rute. They are in the process of adopting her. Ettedgui's Patrons of the Heart charity brought Rute to America. Read more…

China journalists robbed at World Cup

The thieves made off with a small amount of cash and a camera worth about 1,500 dollars, the Beijing News said. "When you go out, you have to be careful, put all your valuables in the boot and no matter what happens, don't open the windows," one of the journalists was quoted as saying. Read more…

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Inter Milan wait to unveil Rafael Benitez as new coach

"Wait for [director] Marco Branca and the others to tell you when the time will be and when he will be presented." Benitez, 50, left Liverpool last week after six years in charge, and is poised to replace Jose Mourinho in charge of the newly-crowned European champions. Read more…

National Election Board rejects a call for re-run

"Their appeal for a re-run has been rejected by the National Electoral Board because it was unjustified and they didn't provide any proof," vice chairman Addisu Gebregziabher told AFP, adding the parties were informed of this decision on Tuesday. "This shows they are (The National Election Board) fully implicated" in the fraud Medrek's vice chairman Merara Gudina told AFP. " Read more…

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Eritrean opposition forces create new military front

Currently, There are some 50, 000 Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia who fled home in protest to oppression. One-third of these refugees are government soldiers, According to Administration for Refugees and Returnees Affairs (ARRA). The opposition leader said that the attacks against Eritrean government will involve these refuges residing in Ethiopia. "We have invited Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia to join us in the struggle to overthrow regime. We are ready to accommodate them but that will fully be based on their consent;” Read more...

"Liverpool fans torch our flag , " says US

This group of myopic peasants took it upon themselves to desecrate the American flag – the Stars and Stripes which represents 300 million people – on the basis of two men’s actions (or in some cases, inaction)? Lebanon? Tehran? Hardly ... was this despicable display in Liverpool, England. That’s not just any flag. That’s my flag. Read more…

Monday, June 7, 2010

Opposition candidate said, he is divorced with his wife because of his political stance.

Yimer Ahmed, 45, an opposition candidate for the regional council in the central Amhara region, said his wife recently divorced him because his membership of an opposition party had kept their family from receiving US food aid. “Because life is hard, people are saying that being a member of the opposition will invite hunger,” he says. “This aid is coming through the government and without this aid they will starve, so they don’t want to have any problems with the government.” The ruling party vigorously denied the reports and said the opposition was fabricating such evidence to discredit the elections and undermine the government. The government at this level of development doesn’t need any coercive measures [in order] to be elected,” says Bereket Simon, Minister of Communication Affairs. “Regarding governance, regarding social development, the people of Ethiopia know for sure the future of Ethiopia lies with this government and so we have no need to compete in an undemocratic way.” Read more…

Yemen deports 320 Ethiopians

Interior Ministry has decided to deport 320 Ethiopians including 59 women detained in Taiz governorate for illegal entry to the country.The Ministry ordered the Immigration and Passport Authority, the ministry's office in Taiz and the Prisons Authority to coordinate their efforts to arrange for the transfer of Ethiopian arrestees to Sana'a as a prelude to deport them to their home.It is worth mentioning that the Immigration and Passport Authority gas deported since the beginning of 2010 more than 500 Ethiopian nationals entered Yemen illegally. Source ( SANA)

Collection donated by Emperor Haileselasse is on auction.

The collection includes books donated by Queen Elizabeth II and the Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie, as well as the first Bible written in modern language. Some date to the 1600s. Read more...

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Africa's abandoned football legend

Things started to go wrong for Ndaye in the mid-1990s, as Zaire descended into chaos and war. Eventually it would change its name to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Soldiers, who suspected the football hero might have cash to spare, shot him in the leg. The bullets are still there. Eventually Ndaye said he had to flee the country for his life, and ended up in Johannesburg, then Cape Town "with nothing". "I had no family, and no money. All I could think about was where to get food. I felt abandoned [by the footballing community]," Read more...

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Dozens vote in areas where election suspended

Dozens gathered outside a polling station to elect their MP after being unable to vote in April because of problems such as incomplete electoral registers or wrong lists of candidates. The National Election Commission said voting for the national parliament would resume this weekend in 33 constituencies. Polling was expected to last several days. Read more…

ኢንጂነር ሀይሉ ሻውል ከፖሎቲካው አለም ተሰናበቱ

የመኢአድ ፕሬዝዳንት ኢንጂነር ሀይሉ ሻውል በቅርቡ ፓርቲአቸው የደረሰበት ሽንፈት እንዳበሳጫቸውና በዚሁ ምክንያት ከፖሎቲካው አለም መሰናበታቸውን ኢትዮ ቻናል የሚባል ሀገር በቀል ጋዜጣ ላንባቢዎቹ አቀረበ:: " ፖሎቲካው በቃኝ የሚያሳስበኝ እኔን የሚተካኝ አለማግኘቴ ነው" ብለዋል ኢንጂነሩ:: ይሄን አባባላቸውን የቅርብ ሰዎቻቸው የተስማሙበት አይመስልም:: ከዜናው መረዳት እንደተቻለው የአመራር አካላቱ ለመሪነት ራሳቸውን እያጩ ይገኛሉ:: በዚህም መሰረት የድርጅት ጉዳይ ሀላፊውና የዶክተር ሰናይ ልኬ ወንድም የሆኑት አቶ ያእቆብ ልኬ ባንድ በኩል ሻለቃ መንግስቴ በሌላኛው ጠርዝ ከሀገረ አሜሪካ ደግሞ አቶ አባይነህ ብርሀኑ ገመድ ጉተታ መጀማመራቸውን ዜናው ያስረዳል:: ከቡልቻ ደመቅሳ ቀጥሎ ፖሎቲካ በቃኝ ሲሉ ኢንጂነር ሀይሉ ሁለተኛው አንጋፋ ፖሎቲከኛ መሆናቸው ነው:: ቡዙዎች ማነህ ባለ ተራ ..? ይላሉ :: ምንጭ

Friday, June 4, 2010

It was simply a friendly card game, No money, No booze, said a restaurant owner.

It was simply a friendly card game–no money, no booze–Kahsay said. The owner was closing shop with a waitress when someone knocked on the door of his restaurant and informed him that Hagos and Samson Alemayhu, 48, were fighting outside. “I don’t know what happened upstairs. I didn’t know until after I closed,” he said. Read more….

Old car tires fuel green shoe revolution

" I had to quit my job when I started this company and people were like almost screaming," says Alemu, "'Why are you leaving your work to do nothing? But now they are getting it, they are happy.” .”We earn our money in honorable way," she says, "we can pay our bills by working and we can solve our own problems in our own way, so trade is better than aid." Read more….

Volunteering in Ethiopia widened grad's worldview

" Artin said he was amazed at how the children refused to let their HIV-positive status define them, even those who were aware of their white blood cell count, which is often an indication of their chances of survival. "They read books and play soccer and play with marbles. They do anything kids would do anywhere else in the world," Artin said. "Having HIV doesn't dictate their lives." On his last day in Ethiopia, he learned that all 16 students had passed the exam. "That was the proudest and happiest moment of my life," he said. Read more…

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Prayer book of Emperor Menilik is found

"Gerald Weiner is the largest collector of Ethiopian antiquities in north America. I went to him and said they belonged to Ethiopia," said Steve Delamarter, professor of Old Testament at US-based George Fox University."To my surprise, he thought it was a good idea and decided to act in good will," he said, before handing the relic to Addis Ababa University officials at a ceremony late Wednesday. Read more…

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Qatari Forces Deployed On The Eritrean-Djibouti Border

About two hours ago (Wednesday morning in the Horn of Africa), all Eritrean forces have pulled out of the border area and are now stationed a few kilometers away. The Eritrean government has agreed to compensate Djibouti for the damages it caused and it has also agreed to stop its activities of organizing and using Djiboutian opposition elements against Djibouti. Read more…

America's love affair with coffee may turn out to be beneficial in fighting disease

One area of research is coffee's effect on Type 2 diabetes. Coffee seems to slow the absorption of carbohydrates into the intestines, retarding the progression and maybe even preventing the onset of diabetes, although it has yet to be determined whether the key is the caffeine or some other coffee ingredient. Another health relationship under scrutiny is that between coffee and cancer. Though coffee may have a negative effect where some cancers are concerned (leukemia and stomach), it may be of some protective value against liver, colon and rectal cancer. Read more…

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Ethiopian men finish 1-2-3 in Bolder Boulder

"We didn't even try to race each other," said Regassa, the 2009 champion. "We tried to go together." Desisa earned $3,750 for finishing first, Regassa $2,750 for securing second and Tola $2,250 for taking third. Unable to officially share the win, they vowed to share the winnings. "We decided to equally divide the money," Regassa said. "That's the plan." Read more…

Defeated Ethiopian Opposition Party Reaches Out to Government

One of the leaders of the Ethiopian Democratic Party, Mesifin Mengistu, sunk his head into his hands while a party spokesperson read a statement. The statement says the ruling party marginalized the opposition in recent elections by ordering low-level cadres to secure a win, "by any means possible." As a result, the statement claims, voters were pressured, harassed and intimidated. But unlike Ethiopia's other two leading opposition parties, the EDP is not calling for new elections. Read more…