Tuesday, August 31, 2010

U.N. says 270,000 at risk as floods loom in Ethiopia

"Some 270,000 people could be affected by flooding in the (Amhara region)," OCHA said in a statement, quoting a contingency plan issued by regional authorities.Flooding often affects Ethiopia's lowlands during the rainy season between June and September. In 2006, more than 1,000 people were killed and more than 300,000 made homeless. Read more…

Five Ethiopians die in Saudi deportation centre

Five Ethiopians died in a crowded Saudi centre for deporting illegal immigrants, the Arab News reported Monday. The five died in the deportation centre in the southern Red Sea port of Jizan of "asphyxiation due to overcrowding," Read more….

Friday, August 27, 2010

Attorneys for Tiger Woods announce his divorce is final

The two will share parenting responsibilities for their two children, a 3-year-old daughter and a 19-month-old son. No terms were released. Elin likely will receive a nine-figure sum, although probably less than the eye-popping $750 million that some reports predicted. In exchange, she almost certainly has agreed to a non-disclosure clause that prohibits comments, interviews, books and any other detailing of Tiger’s personal life. Read more….

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

ግልገል ጊቤና ያልተፈታው የመብራት ችግር

ባለሙያዎች እንደሚገልጹት፣ ትራንስፎርመሩ በአስቸኳይ መለወጥ ሲገባው እስካሁን ምንም ዓይነት ዕርምጃ ባለመወሰዱ ተጓቷል፡፡ በቶሎ መለወጥ ባለመቻሉም መገኘት ያለበት የኤሌክትሪክ ኃይል እንዲባክን ሆኗል፡፡ ከዚህ በተጨማሪም በአካባቢው አርሶ አደሮች ላይ ጉዳት አይፈጠርም ነበር በማለት የኮርፖሬሽኑን አሠራር ይተቻሉ፡፡ በአሁኑ ወቅት ትራንስፎርመሩን ለመለወጥ የዲዛይንና የግዥ ሥራዎች እየተካሄዱ ሲሆን፣ ለተቃጠለው ትራንስፎርመር ኢንሹራንስ የሚሰጠው የኢትዮጵያ መድን ድርጅት የሚፈለገውን ወጪ እንዲሸፍን ውይይቶች እየተካሄዱ መሆኑን ለማወቅ ተችሏል፡፡ተጨማሪ ያንብቡ>>>>>

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Korean and Japanese style high schools ready to accept students in the city

Speaking of the Korean high school he adds: “The entire model of the school will be based on a Korean standard. It will be finished within a short period of time”.
“Five out of the seven schools that are currently being constructed by the Japanese government are completed and they are expected to serve dwellers of the city in the next academic calendar,” Talegeta Aytenfsu communication director of the addis abeba bureau education says. Read more…

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sudan plans to build nuclear reactor

Mohamed Ahmed Hassan el-Tayeb, director-general of the Sudanese Atomic Energy Agency, said an IAEA delegation would visit Sudan to discuss the project this week. Sudan has been an IAEA member since 1958 and can develop nuclear energy with IAEA assistance. Sudan has close economic and political ties with Iran, which is locked in a dispute with the United States and some of its allies over its nuclear program. Read more….

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Kenyan Police round up and charge 90 Ethiopian nationals

A Kibera magistrate Grace Nzioka on Friday ordered 89 foreigners who were living in the country illegally to pay a fine of 10,000 shillings each and be deported immediately. The 89 Ethiopians who were arrested mid-week risk a jail sentence of 3 months should they fail to pay the fine and will be deported after serving the sentence. Nimrod Tabu reports. Earlier on Wednesday police in Nairobi arrested some 90 foreigners who were crammed in a single house in one of the suburbs. Investigators believe the Ethiopians, most of them without travel documents, were on their way to South Africa. And as Yassin Juma reports, police are now looking for an Ethiopian woman said to be behind the syndicate. Source (African News)

The tallest building in Africa is to construct in Ethiopia.

The tallest building in Ethiopia is on its way following a land agreement between Chinese based, Guangdong Chuanhui Group and the Addis Ababa City Administration. The 58 floor, five star, Chuan Hui International Hotel, one of five proposed luxury hotel projects, will take up 50,000 square meters of land and will cost 2.4 billion birr. Read more…

The White House says Obama is Christian

President Barack Obama is a Christian who prays daily, a White House official said Thursday, trying to tamp down growing doubts about the president's religion. A new poll showed that nearly one in five people, or 18 percent, believe Obama is Muslim. That was up from 11 percent who said so in March 2009. The survey also showed that just 34 percent said Obama is Christian, down from 48 percent who said so last year. The largest share of people, 43 percent, said they don't know his religion. Source ( White House press release )

Saturday, August 21, 2010

High rising lake threatens Addis-Djibouti highway and Methara town .

Residents of Metehara, a town located 164 kms east of Addis Ababa in the Oromia Regional State, has been gazing at the overflowing Lake Beseka in shudder fearing that the Rift Valley lake might very soon submerge them. The spilling over is becoming a clear and present danger to the country’s major import/export corridor - the only highway to the Port of Djibouti. According to some experts, the lake, which occupied 3-5sq km from 1912 to 1964, had been expanding significantly to 40sq km in 1998 and is now believed to be over 60sq km. After repeated suggestions by experts to the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) to find a sustainable solution to the ever-expanding lake, it looks like the lake has beaten everyone to the curve and has started swallowing up everything in its proximity; the reason being the seasonal increase of the Awash River in volume, which back-flowed to the lake. This has led to the engulfing of the main road to the Addis Ketema area in Metehara. Tumsa Secondary School was also a victim of the misfortune and now the residents fear that the next victim could be the main highway. Source (Reporter)

Massive egg recall due to fear of Salmonella

Within 6-to-72 hours of eating an egg, you may experience lower abdominal cramps, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), vomiting, fever, chills, malaise, nausea or headache. Symptoms may persist for as long as a week. While most people recover without treatment, some patients require hospitalization. Read more…

Friday, August 20, 2010

Ban Ki-moon appoints Kenyan diplomat to new UN office in Addis

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a Kenyan diplomat as the first Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union, established earlier this year to strengthen links between the two organisations. Mr Zachary Muburi-Muita, who previously served as Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York since 2006, will now head the new UN office, to be based in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. Read more ....

Children raise money for Ethiopian orphanage

“The money will help buy clothes, but now all the stuff (in Ethiopia) is getting expensive, so it will help, but not much,” Miki said. “The orphanage helps support families with money, so they could use the money to support a family or a kid.” At church last Sunday, the children saw photos of the orphanage and heard John Dutton, who lives at Beulah Beach and has been to Ethiopia with his wife several times; speak about the support the orphanage needs. Read more…

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ethiopia and Kenya nationals’ team held friendly match in the capital

“It is really a shame and discouraging to see such a result and defeat on our own land. It shows that our team is in a difficult situation for the African Cup of Nations qualifiers,” said Mekuria Tesema, a football fan in Addis Ababa.Many supporters are expressing their disappointment with the match during which the team under-performed.The Kenyan team performed well both in the first and second half of the game. They scored the first goal in the first half and two goals in the second half. Read more…

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ethiopia Faces Era Of One-Party Rule

“Ethiopia is not moving a single party system,” argues Meles Zenawi . He however doesn’t deny the fact that there is a dominant party system over a single party system. . “The democratic system in Japan has been a dominant party system for half a century, but it has not been a single-party system” said Zenawi. The coaltion party known as Mederk ( Forum) and its leader, Gizachew Shiferaw, doesn’t agree Mr. Meles's comparison with Japan. "The Forum exists to change the oppressive political environment, and that will be our political agenda. This is a peaceful struggle. One has to learn the struggle instituted in South Africa. It may take time, but we think we are on the right road.” He said. Read more...

An Ethiopian Housemaid kills woman and her daughter

She stabbed her employer 70 times and set bedroom on fire after locking in the body and the child. During interrogation, the housemaid confessed to the crime and admitted that she did it because her employer was very abusive. Read more…

Monday, August 16, 2010

Made in Ethiopia: Sole Rebels Wins Eco-Bold Green Award

EcoBold, the Silicon Valley-based provider of online video reviews of green and eco-friendly products, has named Sole Rebels, Ethiopia’s environmentally-sensible footwear brand, as winner of its first Annual Green Awards under “Best Shoes” category. Read more…

China overtakes Japan in 2Q as No. 2 economy

Japan's people still are among the worlds richest, with a per capita income of $37,800 last year, compared with China's $3,600. So are Americans at $42,240, their economy still by far the biggest. "We should be concerned about per capita GDP," said Kyohei Morita, chief economist at Barclays Capital in Tokyo. China overtaking Japan "is just symbolic," he said. "It's nothing more than that." But the symbolism may be exactly the "wake-up call" Japanese leaders need, said Schulz of the Fujitsu Research Institute. "Japan is always strangely inward looking," he said. "And nobody is doing anything about it." Read more…

Exiled Eritreans hail Ethiopia’s ‘out-of-camp’ policy shift

According to state a Administration of Refugees and Returnees Administration (ARRA) report received by Sudan Tribune a few months ago, despite heavy patrolling and tight border controls, (according to arrivals in Ethiopia this includes a shoot-to-kill policy) last year 11,653 Eritreans made it to Ethiopia. Among these over 4,000 were Eritrean d soldiers. ‘Ethiopia hosts some 138,000 refugees including Somalis, Eritreans and Sudanese’, read more...

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Haile Gebresllease is to establish Hyundai assembly plant

The assembly project is taking place at a 2000 sq.m. plot Marathon Motors received from the Addis Ababa City Administration on a lease basis. The project site is located on the hills of Yeka around Megenagna. After being engaged in the import, athlete Haile is now on his way to establish a Hyundai assembly plant, for which the South Korean car maker is pushing, Read more...

Six Eritreans shot dead on Egypt-Israel border

According to security service in Egypt six Eritreans (five men and a women were killed on Saturday as they tried to cross illegally into Israel. Read more…

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Eight held(three Ethiopians ) in Sharjah money-doubling scheme

"The suspects fooled people into believing that they had magic powers and that they could double any amount of cash. They had a large bag that contained a vast amount of counterfeit currency of dollar bills and packages of shredded black paper, as well as liquid that was used to pretend to double the money," said Colonel Mohammad Rashid Bayat, Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the Sharjah police headquarters. Read more...

Ethiopia doesn’t need embassy in Sweden , says PM

Mr. Meles said the reshuffle would include closing some foreign diplomatic missions and opening others, reflecting Ethiopia's shifting alliances. He said the embassy in Stockholm would be the first to close."There is no development cooperation program of any substance between us and Sweden," he said. "There is no major trading relationship between us and Sweden, and no significant investment coming from Sweden to Ethiopia. At the same time we don't have an embassy in Brazil. Brazil is a huge emerging country, and so we are now reassessing our diplomatic presence globally and the first to go was Sweden because it was not worthwhile to have an embassy there." Read more..

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Miss Ethiopia 2010 organizer is to sue sponsor

The Miss Ethiopia pageant was held at the Hilton Addis on July 24, 2010, with Lifan Motors, owned by Yangfan Motors, indicated as the title sponsor. Melkam Michael, a second year law student at Addis Abeba University (AAU), was crowned the winner after a competition of three rounds. EVAP had promised that the winner of the pageant would be awarded a brand new Lifan 320 and 25,000 Br. However, as the organiser and the sponsor are entangled in a dispute, it is uncertain whether Melkam will get her car. Read more….

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Graff Diamond raiders jailed for 71-years

It has now emerged that Kassaye ( an Ethiopian by birth ) and the other gang members were only caught when police discovered a mobile phone containing crucial numbers which had slipped down the side of the driver’s seat in one of their getaway vehicles. The phone stored four anonymous numbers which uncovered a web of calls and text messages linking the team of robbers. The discovery led police to round up Kassaye and the other members of the gang, but Flying Squad detectives have admitted they have no idea where the stolen diamonds are. Read more...

Eritrean exiles prepare for regime's downfall

The group said Tuesday they believe Eritrea's isolated government will fall on its own under the weight of international sanctions. Group member Ali Mohamed Saed Mohammed said the group, which met in the capital of neighboring Ethiopia, is also writing a new constitution. Read more…

Emperor documentary film provoked a serious debate

An old man, a participant at the discussion following the screening of the film, said that it made the Emperor an angel of heaven who could do no wrong and was perfectly guiltless. That was the same error the people of the Emperor’s day had fallen in to for they diligently worked at painting a saintly picture of the king and concealing the evils he did. “That was the cause of his own downfall and of the whole country.” A younger woman, however, said she felt differently about the documentary. At school she had learned about Haile-Selassie only as an evil king. His good works had been obscured in her education and the documentary she just saw was indeed a revelation of what she had not known about the emperor. Read more…

Monday, August 9, 2010

China to build ginormous buses that cars can drive under (video)

Seriously, this is the future that China's envisioning: huge friggin' buses engulfing smaller cars on the road. Despite the silly picture and the eccentric "3D Express Coach" branding, this cunning project by Shenzhen Huashi Future Car-Parking Equipment actually makes sense. The idea is to make use of the space between regular-size cars and bridges, thus saving construction costs as well as minimizing congestion impact by allowing cars to drive underneath these jumbo buses. Fancy hitching a ride? You better start planning your move to Beijing's Mentougou district, which is where Huashi will commence building its first 186km of track at year's end. For now, enjoy the Chinese demo video after the break (translation text at source link). Click here to watch the video

Painting the town: Ethiopian artist enjoys creative stay in Stanford

“Like a tree, I have a root, a culture, a place where I grew up,” he explained. “When you have a root you can return to, you are not lost. These first paintings were a spring to get to the unknown, to start the engine, to wake up the engine.” Terffe, 62, is a warm and open person who has been painting and teaching art most of his life. He is one of Ethiopia’s premier painters and his work has been exhibited and collected in several countries. Read more…

Saturday, August 7, 2010

One Man Show

Arega Tadesse, 29, a talented young street performer who lives near Egziabherab Church in Megenagna, Addis Abeba, executes his balancing act in Arat Kilo, in front of Menelik II School, on July 23, 2010. He is able to hold passersby spellbound for not only a few moments but often for several minutes as they form a crowd around him. By balancing three glass bottles with a ball on top through careful and controlled body movements, he has a unique way of earning a living for himself. Arega earns 50 Br to 200 Br per day from those who are amazed with his abilities and express their appreciation through tips. These earnings are based on his first three days performing in the streets, but he varies his act to keep people interested. Source ( Addis Fortune )

Film-makers hope to show positive side of Ethiopia

The film offers rare and touching glimpses of Ethiopians whose lives were badly scarred by the famine and whose existence was given incredible hope by the generosity of those who put their hands in their pockets 25 years ago. The seven-minute-long film, commissioned by SMCF, begins with iconic images from the famine and from Live Aid, but then moves forward to 2010 to show how parts of Ethiopia are today, thanks to people’s generosity in the UK and the rest of the world. Read more…

Friday, August 6, 2010

Local Ethiopians seek help to open a community center

Mulu says there is clearly a need. Her generation, which overcame hardships in emigrating from Ethiopia to the U.S., has raised children who grew up outside their native country and language. While many successfully bridged the two cultures and are off to bright futures, she and others want to reverse an increase in Ethiopian youth who struggle and wind up in trouble with the law. The association would like to help counter that problem with a center where youth could go for activities, mentoring and cultural learning. "We'd like to leave something for the next generation," she said. Read more...

Aster Kassa gone too soon!

Tamrat Gebere, who stands accused of stabbing the mother of a young girl to death, was to appear in court Monday. Court documents identify the victim as Aster Kassa. A baby girl was taken away by the Children’s Aid Society after a police officer held her under the shade of a tree as her mother’s death was investigated. It is Ottawa’s seventh homicide of the year. Read more…

Chinese missile could shift Pacific power balance

U.S. naval planners are scrambling to deal with what analysts say is a game-changing weapon being developed by China — an unprecedented carrier-killing missile called the Dong Feng 21D that could be launched from land with enough accuracy to penetrate the defenses of even the most advanced moving aircraft carrier at a distance of more than 1,500 kilometers (900 miles). Read more…

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Obama Pledges to Work with Young African Leaders

A key event in the conference was a town hall meeting between the delegates and Obama in the East Room of the White House August 3. Obama spoke for about 10 minutes from prepared remarks, but told the delegates that “I don’t want to do all the talking. I want to hear from you.” “You are the heirs of the independence generation that we celebrate this year. Because of their sacrifice, you were born in independent African states,” Obama said. Read more…

Ethiopia's coffee export revenue increase 40 percent

The revenue from coffee, which was approximately 376 million dollars, increased to approximately 526 million dollars while the quantity increased from 134tn to 172tn. On the other hand, revenue from leather and leather products, which was 75.7 million dollars, went down to 56.5 million dollars. Read more…

Monday, August 2, 2010

EOTC in exile reportedly negotiating with church leaders in Ethiopia

Observers say the rush for the negotiation now is because Abune Paulos is seriously sick, and the church leaders would like to pick up a successor. Such view should be taken with caution as no independent source has confirmed the health condition of Abune Paulos. Read more…

Eritrea: "Isaak prepared for an Ethiopian invasion"

Isaak prepared for an Ethiopian invasion of the capital Asmara and therefore a trial was not needed. Everyone accused of a crime in Eritrea gets a trial but this case was exceptional due to the severe nature of the crime said Yemena Gebrab, adviser of the president according to the daily Dagens Nyheter. Read more …

Sunday, August 1, 2010

መኢአድና አንድነት ሊዋሀዱ ነው::

በወይዘሪት ብርቱካን የሚመራው የአንድነት ፓርቲና የመላው ኢትዮጵያ አንድነት ድርጅት መኢአድ ተባብረው ለመሰራትና ብሎም ለመዋሀድ ውይይት እያደረጉ መሆኑ ምንጮች ገለጹ:: በተለይም በየወረዳዉ ያሉ የመኢአድ ደጋፊዎችና አባላት በምርጫዉ ወቅት አብረዉ ከአንድነት ፓርቲ ደጋፊዎችና አባላት ጋር የታሰሩ፣ የተቆሳቆሉና ወከባ የደረሰባቸዉ እንደመሆናቸዉ «በኛና በአንድነት አባላት መካከል ምንም ልዩነት የለም፤ የፖለቲካ ፕሮግራሞቻችን አንድ ናቸዉ። አላማችንና ራእያችን አንድ ነዉ» በማለት ከአንድነት ፓርቲ ጋር አብሮ የመሥራት ትልቅ ፍላጎት እንዳላቸዉና ግፊት እያደረጉ መሆናቸዉን ምንጮቹ ያስረዳሉ:: ዝርዝር ዜናው እዚህ አለ::

Over 20 killed, many more injured in fatal traffic accident in Ethiopia

Surprisingly, a mother who lost her life in the accident saved her one year and a half old child from the tragic accident by throwing him away from the crash scene. Read more…