Sunday, September 26, 2010

Ethiopians want more from sacred Nile waters

These waters are sacred, they perform miracles for the sick," Berhanu Melak, an elderly farmer, told AFP as he filled a metal trough with water for the throngs of white-cloaked men and women who have been queuing since the early hours in this town 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of Addis Ababa. The sparkling stream in Gish Abay spills first into Lake Tana then makes its way towards Sudan as the Blue Nile. There, the river joins the White Nile in Khartoum before draining into Egypt's Mediterranean coast, spanning in all nearly 6,000 kilometres. "But look around you, there is nothing here. The big river doesn't feed us," Berhanu says, his voice almost drowned out by the nearby bathers. Read more…

Saturday, September 25, 2010

US seeks diplomatic ties with Somaliland and Punt land, says Assistant Secretary

Carson said the United States did not plan to recognize either government as an independent state. But he said increased U.S. cooperation, particularly on aid and development, could head off inroads by Islamist Al Shabaab insurgents, who stepped up their fight to topple Somalia's Western-backed central administration last month. Read more…

Friday, September 24, 2010

PM faced tough questions

Zenawi’s short lecture focused on African economic growth and globalization, but afterwards an audience pressed him on details of the recent Ethiopian election, freedom of speech and the press in his country, and his regrets as prime minister. “Every visiting leader faces unscreened, uninhibited questions,” said Colombia University provost. Read more...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Punjab farmers to acquire 50,000 hectares of land in Ethiopia

“We will be inking a deal with the Ethiopia government next month for getting at least 50,000 hectares of area for growing crops like pulses and maize, which will be exported to India and Europe,” Confederation of Potato Seed Farmers President Sukhjit Singh Bhatti told PTI here.Bhatti will lead a delegation of 16 interested potato growers from Punjab to carry out farming in Ethiopia. Read more….

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Ethiopia: Bole International Airport to Provide Free Wireless Internet

September 21, 2010 - The Ethiopian Airport Enterprise (EAE) is to start providing free wireless internet service at Bole International Airport, according to ENA news.In a press conference she gave here on Tuesday EAE Information and technology service acting head, Birhane Sisay said the service will be launched within a month. She said passengers will have access to free internet services in both the old and new terminals. The Ethiopian Information Network Security Agency (INSA) and the Ethiopian Information Technology Agency have been working to launch the service. It was noted that Bole International Airport is the main international gateway for the nation and also serving neighboring countries as a hub. Source (ENA)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

"Stop importing cab drivers from Ethiopia and Nigeria” says GOP strategist

Former Senator Al D'Amato (R-NY) blasted an ignorant SOB on Fox Business News after making a derogatory remark about Ethiopians and Nigerians. The guests were discussing whether the United States Postal Service should be privatized or not. For the most part all the guests seem to agree that USPS should be privatized, but GOP strategist Jack Burkman made an offensive statement about Ethiopian and Nigerian Taxi drivers. The senator was very angry the remarks made by GOP strategist Jack Burkman, and he said the following , Watch the clip for yourself

The Pastor's Disappearing Wives

Police reports state that Arthur didn’t call 911, though he had a cellphone with him. Stranger still was that Betty, described by family as safety-conscious, wasn’t wearing a seat belt. Her husband couldn’t settle on an explanation as to why. He told police his wife was playing a game, seeing if the seat belt buzzer would stop. He also said she just happened to remove the restraint due to her jaw pain at the very moment the deer ran across the road. At her husband’s request, Betty was cremated. A memorial was held three days after her death at Reeders United Methodist Church, where Arthur was the pastor. Betty was the second person to die suddenly who had a connection to Arthur Schirmer, but she wouldn’t be the last. Read more…

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Emperor Haileselassie's gift to Jacky Kennedy among fashion items in New York

"These are the show stoppers," Price said. "Here's the gold handbag that Haile Selassie gave to Jackie, which she should have given back," she added, referring the gift from the former emperor of Ethiopia to the then first lady. Read more…

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

DV Lottery begins October 5, 2010.

Important Notice about DV-2012: The online registration for DV-2012 DV Lottery begins noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT -4), Tuesday, October 5, 2010, and ends noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT -5), Wednesday, November 3, 2010. Read more…

Monday, September 13, 2010

A senior leader of ANDM is battling with cancer

A father of two, Tefera was diagnosed with cancer a year and a half ago and treated in a hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. “I do not think I will ever live without work,” Tefera told delegates. “All I am asking is for a period of rest and for activities that are not as demanding and stressful as being in the central committee is.”If Tefera wants a break, that is legitimate, Addisu Legesse, his long-time comrade from the early years of the organisation, agreed. And he is not alone for having to suffer such a fate, according to Addisu. Read more ....

Somaliland forces 'surround ONLF rebels near Ethiopia'

Interior Minister Mohamed Abdi Gabose told BBC that documents the men left behind suggest they belong to the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF). Somaliland has declared its independence from the rest of Somalia. Read more...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

President Clinton invites soleRebels founder to speak at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu becomes the first African entrepreneur to be invited in this yearly event. She will join with other top attendees like US First Lady Michelle Obama, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, former Heads of State, CEOs, philanthropists, leaders of NGOs, academicians and prominent members of the media (follow the link to see featured attendees). Read more…

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Holiday Market in Different Part of Ethiopia

According to prices in some markets of the city, a chicken is sold from 65 to 75 birr on average while in few of the markets the price went up to 80. A kilo of onion, a major ingredient in the holiday feast recipe of Ethiopians, costs around 12 birr and a single egg was able to fetch 1.60-1.75 birr. There are reports that some shops are hoarding eggs in hopes of a better price as the holiday drew closer. Depending on its quality, which is determined by the time it took to get it to the market, a kilo of butter is sold from 75 to 90 birr on average. Alemayehu Sisay, a cattle trader at Sholla market, is excited that Id al-fitr and the Ethiopia New Year celebrations happened to fall on successive days. He says that the occurrence of two holidays in the same week is responsible for the price hike in the market that he is selling his cattle in. The price for sheep also differs according to the amount of meat it yields. Hence, the price Alemayehu’s sheep fetches is 550, while it is goes as high as 1,700 for a mukit, a local term for a well-bred sheep. Read more….

Ethiopian restaurant reopens after bombing

THE Ethiopian Village Restaurant, one of the scenes of the July 11 twin bomb blasts in Kampala, is scheduled to reopen for business after two months of closure. The restaurant, located in Kabalagala, a Kampala suburb, will reopen on September 11 to coincide with the anniversary of the bombing of the US twin towers by the al-Qaeda terrorists. According to a statement issued by the embassy of Ethiopia, the occasion will be used to conduct a memorial service for the blast victims. about 15 people were killed at the restaurant. Al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based Islamic militant group, claimed responsibility. Source ( The New Vision)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Pastor calls off burning of Holy Qur’an

GAINESVILLE, Florida: A Florida pastor called off Thursday a Qur’an-burning ceremony scheduled for this weekend, claiming he had secured a deal to move a planned mosque in New York away from Ground Zero.
“I will be flying up there on Saturday to meet with the imam at the Ground Zero mosque. He has agreed to move the location,” Terry Jones told journalists outside his small evangelical church in Gainesville, Florida. Read more…

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Castro speaks: “ The Cuban Model doesn’t even work for us anymore,”

The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore," he said. This struck me as the mother of all Emily Litella moments. Did the leader of the Revolution just say, in essence, "Never mind"? Julia (Castro interpreter) pointed out that one effect of such a sentiment might be to create space for his brother, Raul, who is now president, to enact the necessary reforms in the face of what will surely be push-back from orthodox communists within the Party and the bureaucracy. Raul Castro is already loosening the state's hold on the economy. Read more…

Top US commander: Burning Quran endangers troops

The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warned Tuesday an American church's threat to burn copies of the Muslim holy book could endanger U.S. troops in the country and Americans worldwide. Muslims consider the Quran to be the word of God and insist it be treated with the utmost respect, along with any printed material containing its verses or the name of Allah or the Prophet Muhammad. Read more…

Monday, September 6, 2010

Ethiopians Prefer Driving Home-grown Cars

Sishah Yohannes, a forty-year-old captain at Ethiopian Airlines, drives his Ethiopian-assembled Holland Car Awash for a month now. “I’m really proud when I see the name written in Amharic on the back,” he says while parking at the Bole Medhane Alem Church. “This is what I’ve been waiting for: a good Ethiopian product after all this talk about economic growth. Holland Car’s general manager, Tadesse Tessema, convinced the Ethiopian government to lower import taxes on spare parts, making the business even more attractive. Shortly after, he presented three models, all named after Ethiopian rivers: Abay, Tekeze and Awash. Recently they launched a new family car: Shebele. Read more...

Friday, September 3, 2010

Six Arrested in Japan for Involvement in 2008 Citibank Scam

Police in Japan acting on an FBI request have arrested six people -- three Nigerians, one Ghanaian and two Japanese nationals -- in a money-laundering case, officials said Thursday.The six are suspected of having received funds that were the proceeds of a crime, wired to them from a New York Citibank account in the name of the National Bank of Ethiopia, Japan's Metropolitan Police Department said. Police suspect the six between them received up to 200 million yen (2.4 million dollars) in October 2008, allowing the money to be wired into their bank accounts in return for commissions. Read more...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Ethiopian distance runner Dejene Berhanu took his own life.

Ethiopian distance runner Dejene Berhanu, who was reported dead at the age of 29 last Sunday by his management firm, took his own life. Two independent sources contacted by Race Results Weekly who had knowledge of the situation, one in the United States and one in Ethiopia, confirmed the news. Read more….

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM IS OVER , says the President

This is the historic moment…said president Obama form his oval office. “We have been nearly a decade of war. We endured a long and painful recession. The past is over now..The future is our to shape. From this desk (The desk where he is sitting) , seven and half years ago President Bush announced the beginning of military operation In Iraq. But tonight I am announcing the American combat mission in Iraq has ended. OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM IS OVER. The Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country. " Click here to watch and hear the president speech.

Solar energy brings power to Rural Africa.

The light from a solar-powered bulb is also between 10 and 20 times brighter than from a kerosene lamp. Among those bringing solar power to the world's poor is Rural Energy Foundation, a Dutch non-profit organization. It has now helped 450,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa gain access to low-cost solar power. Rural Energy Foundation runs the SolarNow program, training independent retailers and technicians in nine countries to sell low-cost solar gadgets or home systems to people without electricity. Last month, the organization was one of the international winners of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy. Read more…

Ethiopia Bans Distance Education, Cracks Down on Private Universities

The directive has drawn outrage from private educators.
Wondwosen Tamrat founded St. Mary's College in Addis Ababa 11 years ago with 37 students. Today St. Mary's has 7,000 undergraduate students on its main campus and more than 10,000 others enrolled in a nationwide distance learning program. He says the new directive will undo all the good the government did 15 years ago when it overturned a ban on private education that had been in effect during the rule of the Marxist dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam."They are spoiling what they have already done," added Wondwosen. Education Ministry spokesman Abera Abate has a different perspective. “The directive was issued in the interest of maintaining education standards. Several private institutions were more interested in profit making than in providing quality education, he said . Read more...

Ethiopian Airlines and the Boeing 777-200LR - A Winning Combination

With the delivery of its first 777-200LR in November 2010, Ethiopian will be the first airline in Africa to operate the world’s most technologically advanced, and longest-range airplane in the world, further reaffirming its leading position on the continent. The 777-200LR entered service in March 2006, and has the capability to connect virtually any two cities in the world nonstop. It carries more passengers and more revenue cargo farther than any other jetliner. The 777-200LR will enable Ethiopian Airlines to connect Addis Ababa to the U.S. and to more destinations in Asia—nonstop. The 777-200LR can carry a full cargo load on routes where other airplanes are limited. This will give Ethiopian the capability to carry the same number of passengers farther, and with additional revenue-generating cargo. Ethiopian’s 777-200LRs are configured to carry a total of 321 passengers—34 in Business Class, and 287 in Economy. Read more…