Saturday, June 29, 2013

Alshabaab leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Awey ‘captured’

Prominent Somali clerk Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys has been captured and was displayed in Adodo Town controlled by pro government Himan  and Heeb administration on Wednesday, reported.
Recently critical to Alshabaab, Sheikh Hassan whose militia merged with Alshabaab in 2011 was also founding members of Union of Islamic  Courts in Somalia. Mohamed Omar Hagafey, spokesman of Himan and Heeb Administration has said: “Hassan Dahir aweys is in the custody of  soldiers commanded by President of Himan and Heeb’’It is reported that 10 other Al Shabaab officials were captured alongside Aweys. The identity of the rest is still unknown. Sheikh Aweys departed Barawe in Shabelle region several days ago, after Al Shabaab factions engaged in a deadly confrontation in the ancient port town in southern Somalia. Sources said 10 people were killed in Barawe after militias loyal to Sheikh Hassan and Abdi Godane clashed in the  town. Public statement attributed to Al Shabaab senior leadership  accused a new faction of Al Shabaab, led by Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys serious  crimes including ”spreading false information that damages unity of the group.”All the suspects will soon be handed over to the Somali Federal Government. Source (

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Ethiopian Football Federation ,Fires Secretary General Ashenafi Ejegu and his Deputy.

According to Awaramba times report Ethiopian Football Federation ( EFF)   executive committee unanimously  fired it’s Secretary General Ashanfi  Ejegu over the recent  allegations of  FiFA . it is noted that  Ethiopian national team lost three points since it had fielded unqualified player, named Minyahile Beyene in a the  last  matching t against Botswana Vs.  Ethiopia. The news further stated that, the deputy of the federation, , Birhanu Kebede, had submitted letter of resignation and the request has been approved by the executive committee .  Most fans have agreed that Ethiopia has lost points because of negligence from the Ethiopian  football administration.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Ethiopian Betty is out, leaving her partner behind.

Tonight is indeed a sad day for Betty. The gorgeous Ethiopian was all set to win not only a cool USD 300 000, but also a sexy Sierra Leonean man, as the icing on the cake.

Unfortunately, all those dreams have come crashing down like a deck of cards. Not only is Betty leaving her fellow Housemates behind, but she is also bidding adieu to the man she fell in love with as soon as she walked into the Big Brother House. Starting immediately,
Bolt goes back to being single and will have no one to fawn over him like a hen in the Ruby House.

How Bolt will survive without his lady love keeping his bed warm at night remains to be seen. However, judging by the looks of anguish as Betty was Evicted; Bolt is in for one lonely road ahead.

Betty's Eviction was announced, Bolt looked shell shocked. The Sierra Leonean’s mouth flew open as he tried to make sense of what had just happened.

He held on tightly and kissed her passionately for the last time, as Betty was quickly whisked to the Eviction doors. Source ( Big Brother )

The EU banned Eritrean airlines not to fly to any European countries

The EU Air Safety List (black list) imposed flight restrictions on the Eritrean national flag carrier, Eritrean Airlines, and all other airlines licensed by the Eritrean Civil Aviation Authority not to fly to any European air space due the country’s failure to comply with the EU aviation safety oversight.   “All carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Eritrea, including Eritrean Airlines air operator certificate number AOC No 004 ICAO designation number ERT and NASAIR Eritrea AOC No 005 ICAO designation number NAS, have been banned from operating in the European airspace,” the EU Air safety list stated. The EU annually releases its Air Safety List banning airlines from all over the world with safety concerns not to operate to the EU member states. The list includes more than 200 airlines out of which 100 are from Africa. Forty-two of the banned African airlines are from DRC. Thirteen airlines from Angola and 12 from Sudan are listed in the blacklist. No airline from Ethiopia is found in the list.

The EU bans airlines which do not comply with the EU safety standards. In some cases, if the EU finds a civil aviation authority of a country that does not fulfill the required international safety oversight standards, it bans all the airlines that are licensed by the authority in that country. That is what exactly happened to Eritrea this year.

The Eritrean Airlines is wholly owned by the Eritrean government while NASAIR is owned by a private company and the Eritrean government. Both carriers are listed in the EU blacklist. Eritrean Airlines is a government-financed project established in May 1991 after the small Red Sea state declared independence from Ethiopia. For a long time it remained an airline in name only, serving as the only ground handling agent at Asmara International Airport and at Assab and Massawa. The airline has also served as a sales agent for other major carriers which fly to Eritrea. The expansion of the company’s operations to flights was decided at a workshop held in Asmara in May 2002. The airline commenced operations in 2003.

The airline used to operate scheduled passenger services from its headquarters in Asmara to Rome, Cairo, Jeddah, Dubai, Frankfurt, Karachi, Cape Town and Khartoum but disrupted the scheduled flights last year. The airline’s fleet consists of one Airbus A319-100, 2 Airbus A320-200 and one Boeing 767-200E (all are leased). Eritrean Airlines and Sudan Airways are among the few national flag carriers to be banned by the EU. Most of the banned airlines are small private airlines.  Source (Reporter )

Thursday, June 20, 2013

World Bank: Ethiopia can achieve middle-income status by 2020

The World Bank Ethiopia Office released a report on Tuesday (June 18th) detailing the country’s current economic situation and forecasting future prospects. According to the report, the World Bank acknowledged that Ethiopia had the capability to achieve its target of becoming a middle income country by 2020. The report said that in spite of all the challenges, if Ethiopia continued its current pace of growth, it would join the ranks of middle income countries within the decade. According to lead Economist, Lars Christian Moller, the greatest challenge that will face the country in achieving this target is the fact that private sector investment is lagging behind the public sector. The report underlined that the current economic growth rate was in good condition and that the country was in good shape to grow further as it had managed to slow the inflation rate down to single digits. The Bank’s assessment also took into account positive government efforts aimed at boosting savings while it also urged policy-makers to achieve more in this regard through increasing the number of bank branches, advancing micro-credit institutions and improving the basic income of citizens.  Source(World Bank)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

የኢትዮጵያ ብሄራዊ ቡድን ከደቡብ አፍሪካ አቻው ጋር ባደረገው ግጥሚያ ሁለት ለአንድ በሆነ ውጤት አሸነፈ ::

የኢትዮጵያ ብሄራዊ ቡድን ከደቡብ አፍሪካ አቻው ጋር ባደረገው ግጥሚያ ሁለት ለአንድ በሆነ ውጤት አሸነፈ :: ኢትዮጵያም 2014 የብራዚል ያለም ዋንጫ ውድድር ስሟ ካስሩ አገሮች ተርታ ገባ ::
የዋልያዎቹን ጨዋታ ለማየት ስፖርት አፍቃሪው ወደ አዲስ አበባ ስታዲዮም መግባት የጀመረው እሁድ ሳይሆን ከቅዳሜ ምሽት ጀመሮ ነበር :: በመጀመሪያው ግማሽ የጨዋታ ሰአት የደቡብ አፍሪካው ቡድን በጨዋታ በልጦ የታየበት ሲሆን 33ተኛው ደቂቃ ላይ 17 ለብሶ የሚጫወተው የደቡቡ አፍሪካው አጥቂ ፓርከር ለቡድኑ የመጀመሪያዋን ጎል ማስቆጠር ችሏል :: ይሁን እንጂ ዋልያዎቹ ተስፋ ባለመቁረጥ ባደረጉት የመልስ ማጥቃት 40ኛው ደቂቃ ላይ ከደደቢት የተመረጠው ጌታነህ ከበደ አስተካክሎ የተሰጠውን ኴስ አመቻችቶ በመምታት ለውጤት አብቅቶታታል
በሁለተኛው አጋማሽ ላይ የኢትዮጵያ ቡድን ያገኛትን ቅጣት ምት የደቡብ አፍሪካው ተጫዋች ለማውጣት በቴስታ ሲሞክር በራሱ ጎል ላይ ዶሏታል :: በዚህ ጨዋታ ላይ አጫዋቾች የነበሩት የመኅል ዳኞችና የመስመር ዳኞች በሙሉ ከግብጽ የነበሩ ሲሆን ሰሞኑን ባባይ ዙሪያ በኢትዮጵያና በግብጽ በተነሳው ውዝግብ ሳቢያ ዳኞቹ ሊያደሉ ይችላሉ የሚል ፍርሀት በመላው የስፖርት ቤተሰቦች ላይ አድሮ ነበር :: ይሁን እንጂ ጨዋታው ተጀምሮ እስኪያልቅ ድረስ ዳኞቹ ፍጹም አድልዎ በሌለበት ሁኔታ ጨዋታውን በመምራታቻው የቡዙዎችን አድናቆትና አክብሮት አግኝተዋል :: የስፖርት ተመልካቹም ሙሉውን 90 ደቂቃ ድጋፉን ለዋልያዎቹ ቢያደርግም "" ማንዴላን እናፈቅረዋለን "" የሚል ትልቅ መፈክር በመያዝ ለደቡብ አፍሪካ ስፖርተኞች ያላቸውን አክብሮት ገልጸዋል :: ( የኢትዮጵያ በዚህ ሳምንት ዋና አዘጋጅ )

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

No Force Could Stop Nile Dam Project”, Says Ethiopia

As tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia rise over a new dam on the Blue Nile, Addis Ababa on Sunday stressed that no force could stop the construction of its massive Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) being built just 30 kilometers from the border with Sudan.

Concerns have swelled in Egypt after Ethiopia diverted the course of the Nile River last week in a bid to complete the project which is 21% completed. In a closed door meeting held on Monday, Egyptian politicians from different political parties suggested to President Mohamed Mursi a number of sabotage proposals including military attacks as a means to stop the dam’s construction. They also suggested Among others, backing Ethiopian rebels as a means to destroy the 4.8 billion dollar project, using Egypt’s intelligence service to destroy the dam as well as spreading rumors that could scare Ethiopia from continuing the project were sabotage plans proposed by Egyptian Politicians. Following the Egyptian high profile meeting – which Egypt’s State TV accidently aired live – tensions between Cairo and Addis Ababa have further escalated.As tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia rise over a new dam on the Blue Nile, Addis Ababa on Sunday stressed that no force could stop the construction of its massive Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) being built just 30 kilometers from the border with Sudan. In an interview with Sudan Tribune a senior government official on Sunday stated Ethiopia’s firm position over the Nile Dam saying the horn of Africa’s nation won’t negotiate over what he referred it was a “regional project”. “There is no internal or external force that could stop the dam project” Ethiopia’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Ambassador Dina Mufti, told Sudan Tribune.


Monday, June 3, 2013

Egypt opposition party leader ask President Morsi to back rebels in Ethiopia or destroy the dam

Politicians meeting with Egypt’s president have proposed hostile acts against Ethiopia, including backing rebels and carrying out sabotage, to stop it from building a massive dam over the Nile River. Some of the politicians attending Monday’s meeting with President Mohammed Morsi appeared unaware it was being carried live on TV. Morsi did not directly react to the suggestions. Morsi called the meeting to review the impact of Ethiopia’s dam on Egypt’s share of the Nile’s water. Younis Makhyoun, leader of an ultraconservative Islamist party, said Egypt should back rebels in Ethiopia or, as a last resort, destroy the dam. Liberal politician Ayman Nour proposed spreading rumors about Egypt obtaining advanced warplanes to scare the Ethiopians. Egypt has in the past threatened to go to war to preserve its water share.

Source (Associated Press)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Thousands rally for Democratic and Constitutional rights in unusual Ethiopia protest

About 10,000 Ethiopians staged an anti-government procession on Sunday in the first large-scale protest since a disputed 2005 election ended in street violence that killed 200 people. The demonstrators marched through Addis Ababa's northern Arat Kilo and Piazza districts before gathering at Churchill Avenue in front of a looming obelisk with a giant red star perched on top, a relic of Ethiopia's violent Communist past. Some carried banners reading "Justice! Justice! Justice!" and some bore pictures of imprisoned opposition figures. Others chanted, "We call for respect of the constitution". A few police officers watched the demonstration, for which the authorities had granted permission. "We have repeatedly asked the government to release political leaders, journalists and those who asked the government not to intervene in religious affairs," said Yilekal Getachew, chairman of the Semayawi (Blue) Party which organized the protests. He said the demonstrators also wanted action to tackle unemployment, inflation and corruption. "If these questions are not resolved and no progress is made in the next three months, we will organize more protests. It is the beginning of our struggle," he told Reuters. Government officials were not immediately available for comment. Source (Reuters)