Sunday, July 14, 2013

Interview, with Philanthropist Demeke Weldamnueal

Demeke W. amanulal  is an Ethiopian  born  philanthropist who  is following  his late  mother  footstep. He, along with his brothers and sister   has set up elders charity organization called WUD Elderly center, in a place called TOTAL, (where he born and grew up.  )  It is an organization seeded by his late mom   . They currently facilitate fiffiten elders who do not get any help from anyone else.  If you would like to know more about Demake’s and his family   organization, please visit his web site. Here is the link of his charity organization,

 Demake currently lives in Holland Rotterdam.  To listen the exclusive interview click, the following link.

Ethiopian opposition party held demonstrations simultaneously in two cities.

Ethiopian opposition activists on Sunday demanded the release of journalists and political prisoners jailed under anti-terror legislation in demonstrations in two major towns. In rare public outpours of anger, people marched peacefully in the towns of Gondar and Dessie, chanting "freedom" and carrying pictures of jailed politicians and journalists.

Government officials said there were around 1,500 protesters in total in both towns, while the activists themselves claimed the number to be as high as 20,000. "The protests were peaceful and successful," said Senegas Gidada, protest organiser and chairman of the Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (UDJ) party. "We are unhappy about the lack of human rights and democratic freedom in Ethiopia," he added.

The demonstrations follow a rally last month in the capital Addis Ababa when several thousand activists demanded the government adhere to basic human rights. The recent rallies are the largest since post-election violence in 2005 resulted in 200 people being killed and 30,000 arrested.

"The cost of living is too high. We have no rights. They took away my family's property and land and gave us no compensation," said one young unemployed protester, who asked not be named, but who was speaking by telephone from Gondar. "The dogs on the street have more freedom than we do. We are here to demand freedom and we will continue to protest until the government makes fundamental changes."

But the government dismissed the protesters' calls. "The protesters are demanding the release of prisoners who have been convicted of terrorism, these are not pro-democracy protests," government spokesman Shemeles Kemal told AFP.

"Most of these demonstrators are Islamic extremists. The government is not concerned by these demonstrations. They are meddling in religious issues and mixing them with political matters." The government had allowed the protests to go ahead despite earlier saying they had not received official permission.

Protesters have said they will continue to demonstrate until the government addresses their grievances. Journalists, opposition members and religious leaders have been jailed under Ethiopia's 2009 anti-terrorism legislation, which rights groups say is used by the government to stifle peaceful dissent. Ethiopian journalist, Eskinder Nega, and UDJ Vice-Chairman, Andualem Arage, were both jailed last year under the government's anti-terror legislation for treason and conspiring to commit acts of terror. Another demonstration is planned for next month.  Source ( AFP)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Ethiopian Boeing 787catches fire At Heathrow Air port (No passengers during the incident)

A fire on an empty Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane forced Heathrow Airport to temporarily close both its runways Friday.  The incident comes as unwelcome news for Chicago-based Boeing Co., whose Dreamliners were cleared to fly again in April after a four-month grounding amid concerns about overheating lithium-ion batteries.

Heathrow said there were no passengers aboard the Ethiopian Airlines plane, which was parked at a remote stand of the airport, and runways reopened after about an hour. British police said the fire is being treated as unexplained.  Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel said in an email that the company had personnel on the ground at Heathrow and "is working to fully understand and address" the situation.

Ethiopian Airlines was the first airline to resume using the 787, with a flight on April 27 from Ethiopia's capital of Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya, after the battery incidents.  The airline could not immediately be reached for comment.  Television images showed nearly a dozen fire trucks on the scene at Heathrow and firefighters standing around the Ethiopian Airlines plane, which was parked on a remote stand.

Fire-retardant foam appeared to have been sprayed, and it was not immediately clear if there was damage to the plane.  The Dreamliner suffered battery incidents in January, including an emergency landing of one plane and a fire on another. U.S. federal authorities lifted the grounding order on April 19, and several airlines have recently resumed flying their Dreamliners.

None of the incidents caused any serious injuries. But the January grounding embarrassed Boeing and disrupted schedules at the eight airlines that were flying the planes. The company had delivered 50 of the planes worldwide.  Boeing never did figure out the root cause of the battery incidents. Instead, it redesigned the battery and its charger. The changes included more heat insulation between each cell and charging the battery to a lower maximum voltage.

Shares in Boeing fell 6.5 percent to $99.58 on news of the Heathrow fire.  Source (Reuters)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Athlete Gebresselse , is to run for presidency even against the will of his wife

The "big mistake" would be to stay out of politics and miss the chance to do something to help, the famous runner said. "We are here in our country, Ethiopia. And as long as we live here, we should play our part. We have to sort (out) any problems we have," Gebrselassie said.
The 40-year-old is used to breaking barriers, having set over two dozen world records in distances ranging from 5,000 meters to the marathon. He said he will run for a seat in parliament as an independent candidate in 2015, a big deal in Ethiopia where there is just one opposition member in parliament.The next presidential election in September is probably "too soon," but he said he was considering a future run for that largely ceremonial post so he could use it to unite and promote his East African country.  Read  more...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Ethiopia’s Mahmoud Ahmed and Teddy Afro bring Echostage home

The 72-year-old Mahmoud sailed Semitic-style melodies over instrumental accompaniment that drew on 1950s jazz, while the 36-year-old Afro emphasized reggae, with some forays into funk-rock. Despite the stylistic differences, each drew a similarly ecstatic response from the crowd, which was heavily Ethiopian and Eritrean and large enough to pack the main floor of the 4,000-capacity club, Washington’s largest concert venue.  Read more...

Ambassder Berhanu Dinka Dies

Ambassador Birhanu Dinka, a veteran Ethiopian diplomat, passed away on Monday (July 8th) in New York. The late Ambassador Birhanu, a career diplomat, also worked for the United Nations and the African Union.Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commissioner ( TJRC) Ambassador Berhanu Dinka from Ethiopia has passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Most recently he was a member of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) in Kenya. The Commission was established with the objective of promoting peace, justice, national unity, healing, reconciliation and dignity among the people of Kenya in the aftermath of post 2007 election violence. Fellow Commissioners said: "He chaired our report-writing committee, and returned to Kenya - while convalescing - to guide the process to the very end. He gave the TJRC process his very best".

The late Ambassador Birhanu Dinka served his country for 27 years, in the Ethiopian embassies in Monrovia, Cairo and Washington, D.C., before becoming an ambassador in 1975 and heading the Department of Africa and Middle East Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was the first Ethiopian ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti (1980-84) and then Permanent Representative to the UN in New York with concurrent accreditation to Canada. In 1992 he moved to the UN and served in Cambodia, South Africa and Somalia.

He assisted in the Abuja talks on the conflict in Darfur when requested by the African Union, chairing the Power-Sharing Commission until the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) was concluded in Abuja in March 2006. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its deepest condolences to members of his family and friends. Source ( SG)


Monday, July 8, 2013

AU suspends Egypt over throwing Muslim brotherhood nominee Mohammed Mursi

The African Union suspended Egypt from all its activities on Friday after the Egyptian military overthrew the elected president, Mohamed Mursi, a senior AU official said.
“As mandated by the relevant AU instruments, the African Union Peace and Security Council decides to suspend the participation of Egypt in AU activities until the restoration of constitutional order,” said Admore Kambudzi, secretary of the council.
Suspension is the AU’s usual response to any interruption of constitutional rule by a member state. In March it suspended the Central African Republic after rebels overthrew the government. In recent years, it has meted out similar treatment to Madagascar and Mali, although Mali’s suspension has since been lifted.
Tunisia and Turkey were among Muslim countries to denounce Mursi’s overthrow as a coup. The United States and European Union refrained from using that description but called for a swift return to democratic rule.
Following the swearing-in of Adli Mansour on Thursday as interim head of state, the next step in the Egyptian army’s “road map” back to democracy is the formation of an interim government in the next few days. One state newspaper said it should be ready on Sunday.  Source ( Reuters )


Thursday, July 4, 2013

PM Hailemariam announces a government reshuffle

Earlier, Office of the Prime Minister announced that the Prime Minister had appointed Bereket Simon and Kuma Demeksa as Policy Study and Research Advisor Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Office. Ato Bereket had been Head of the Government Communication Affairs Office with the rank of Minister, and Kuma Demeksa, whose tenure ends this week, was the Mayor of the Addis Ababa City Administration.  Read more...

Mohamed Morsi overthrown by Miltary

Morsi reportedly being held with top aides at a military facility after army suspends constitution.

The Egyptian army has overthrown President Mohamed Morsi, announcing a roadmap for the country’s political future that will be implemented by a national reconciliation committee. According to a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi is being held in a military facility with top aides."Morsi and the entire presidential team are under house arrest in the Presidential Republican Guards Club," Gehad El-Haddad, the son of a top Morsi aide, told AFP news agency on Thursday. Haddad's father, Essam El-Haddad, widely seen as Morsi's right-hand man, was among those held, he added.

The head of Egypt's armed forces issued a declaration on Wednesday evening suspending the constitution and appointing the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, as interim head of state.

Mansour would be sworn in on Thursday.

Morsi's presidential Facebook page quoted him as saying he rejected the army statement as a military coup.The ousted leader was believed to be at a Republican Guard barracks in Cairo but it was not clear whether he was under arrest. In a televised broadcast, flanked by military leaders, religious authorities and political figures, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi effectively declared the removal of  Morsi.  Source ( Al Jazera )

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Betty is getting is sued for having sex in public.

According to Awara Amba times a group of lawyers in Addis Ababa finalized its preparations to sue Big Brother Africa’s 2013 contestant, Betty Abera for having sex in public.
According to a local radio show, if she is convicted, Betty could potentially face up to six years behind bars.  Ethiopia’s Betty and Sierra Leon’s Bolt became the first couple to engage in a “sex act” in 2013′s Big Brother Africa.
Social Medias such as Facebook pages, including radio hosts in Ethiopia had been tirelessly condemning Betty’s very-open “hook up” on live television.


Monday, July 1, 2013

FIFA Officially deducted 3 points from Ethiopia

FIFA can confirm that the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) has been sanctioned for fielding an ineligible player in the preliminary competition match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ between Botswana and Ethiopia played on 8 June 2013.

The match is declared to be forfeited and awarded 3-0 in favour of
Botswana, with the EFF also receiving a fine of CHF 6,000 after the FIFA Disciplinary Committee considered the EFF liable for having breached art. 55 par. 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code and art. 8 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Regulations.

The sanction relates to the Ethiopian player Minyahile Teshome Beyene failing to serve the automatic one-match suspension imposed on him following two cautions received in two different matches (art. 17 par. 3 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code).  Source  ( Fifa)