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  • Ethiopian barley gene now a savior for barley disease that costs $100 million per year globally

    Ethiopian barley gene now a savior for barley disease that costs $100 million per year globallyEthiopian barley


    Researchers from the Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) have discovered a genetic solution for Australian barley growers against powdery mildew disease, potentially saving the industry millions of dollars.

    Globally, powdery mildew causes significant damage to barley yields. In Australia alone, direct losses and control costs can set growers back by up to $100 million per year.

    Published in Nature Scientific Reports, lead researcher Dr Simon Ellwood and his team at the CCDM – which is co-funded by Curtin University and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) – have for the first time found a gene within an Ethiopian barley landrace that is resistant to all forms of powdery mildew, without affecting yield.

    “Currently, the best genetic resistance to powdery mildew in barley involves the mlo-11 allele, which has been widely deployed in Europe and the USA for more than 40 years and provides resistance to all known pathotypes of mildew,” Dr Ellwood said.

    “However, while successful at preventing powdery mildew, mlo-11 has been shown to reduce yields by causing tissue damage in leaves and hence reducing the plant’s photosynthetic capacity.

    “We’ve found a promising new resistance that is a variant of mlo-11. This variant is structurally different and does not possess known side-effects effects of the mlo-11 allele and, therefore, does not affect the plant’s ability to photosynthesise, ultimately maintaining production levels.”

    Professor Mark Gibberd, CCDM Director, said the finding could not come at a better time for growers, particularly as powdery mildew pathogens had


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  • List of latest Ethiopians 20/80 Condominium Housing owners

    It was on Sunday August 06, 2016 that the Addis Ababa City Administration Housing Management Agency handed over 39,249 condominium houses for both 10/90 and 20/80 winners.

    According to the report women and government employees were given 30% and 20% more chance. People included on the lottery draw were the ones who have continuously saved for 29 months or people who haven't stopped saving for more than 6 months.

    The condominium units are located in Kilinto, Bole Arabsa Lideta Kirkos and Project 15 Sites, Koyo Fiche, Bole Hayat Sites 3, 4 and 5.

    It was said that 1,717 condominium houses have been built for business purposes. An estimated 8 Billion birr was spent for the development of the condominium units while another 9 billion was spent on developing infrastructure around the condominiums.

    In addition to this the construction include 46 day care centers, 14 primary schools, 6 secondary schools and 4 health centers whose construction is on the final stage.

    20/80 Result

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  • Ethiopia shows significant progress in E- Government Development

     Ethiopia has showed significant progress in e- government development over the period 2003- 2016, according to UN E- Government Survey 2016.

    Ethiopia (ranked 157th), the significant improvement in e-government development over the period 2003-2016 has been a result of its far-reaching vision recognizing ICT, including e-government, as a key cross-cutting factor to promoting national prosperity and sustainable development.

    The national e-government strategy has a holistic approach: it focuses on creating a "SMART" (Simple, Moral, Accountable, Responsive and Transparent) government; affirms that e-government is not merely translating processes, but rather transforming processes; and aims to build a networked and integrated government.

    Ethiopia is also among five countries in Africa that provide datasets in open standards in 5 or more sectors. The other African countries are: Kenya, Malawi, Senegal and Uganda.

    In E- Participation Index (EPI) Ethiopia has advanced more 31 positions. The country's position in 2014 was 122, and its position in 2016 is 91.

    Ethiopia is also grouped in countries that provide high online service Index (OSI)

    Source: EBC 

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    Ethiopia determined to complete the Nile dam by 2017

    The Nile is the longest river in the world passing through 11 different countries including Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt. It is the primary source of water for many of these countries especially Egypt and Sudan.



    Ethiopia is constructing electrical dam on the Nile River. The dam is expected to be completed by 2017. The target is to construct electrical dam with 145 meters high and 1780 meters long.


    This dam will hold 74 billion cubic meter water. It will also have 16 units of power production and two power houses. After its completion in the year 2017 this great Ethiopian renaissance dam is expected to produce 6000 megawatt. This will make it the biggest and the largest hydropower project in the whole Africa and the seventh biggest in the world.

    Regardless of the construction keeps going Egypt which uses 80% of Nile river remains concerned. Egypt says the diversion of the path of Nile which is done by Ethiopia will affect the normal flow of the river to its territory. The Ethiopian government says this claim is wrong because the evasion of the river is inevitable with the construction of the dam. Ethiopian government also says even after the completion of the dam Egypt will not be affected since Ethiopia hasn’t planned to use the dam for irrigation it will be used for Electrical power production, there might also be fishing area and something like that which doesn’t affect the interest of Egypt. Ethiopia claims the only reason the path of Nile is diverted is because it is impossible to build the dam where the river is flowing.

    To support its claim Ethiopia has chosenSalini construction 23 the Italian company that has the record of building 20 big dams In 4 continents. This company has won the 4.8 billion dollar (80 Billion Ethiopian Birr) contract on March 2011. The Salini construction project manager is Francesco Verdi.

    Francesco Verdi

    Egypt says its concern is from facing water crisis while the population is increasing. Egypt insists to claim the largest share of the river based on the British Nile water agreement.


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  • Ethiopia's relationship with Egypt, Sudan not confined to Nile water: ambassador


    Ethiopia's relationship with Egypt and Sudan is not confined to just to issues relating to Nile water rights, Ethiopian Ambassador to Egypt said in an Egyptian TV interview Monday.

    In an interview with the private TV station Al-Nahar, Ambassador Mahmoud Dreier said that the relationship between the three countries was "bigger than that," and that the relationships, some of the oldest in Africa, could be a set model for relationships throughout the continent.

    The Grand Renaissance Dam (GRD), giant hydroelectric dam project undertaken by Ethiopia, has been the source of contention between Cairo and Addis Ababa. Egypt, which relies almost exclusively on the Nile for farming and drinking water, fears the dam would significantly diminish its share of the river's water.

    The interview with the Ethiopian ambassador came only hours after Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn agreed during the sidelines of the African Union summit in Rwanda's Kijali to begin technical studies on the dam's hydrological and environmental impact on downstream countries in order to "reach agreement on the rules of filing and operating."

    "The truth is we have interests, Egypt has interests, and Sudan has interests. We are reviewing how to create a harmony in mutual interests," Dreier said.

    The ambassador said the construction of the GRD was in a "very developed" stage, noting that the construction of the $4 billion dam is slated for completion in 2017.

    "What was left in construction is very little. It's nearly done," he added.

    He denounced alleged attempts by the Egyptian media to report untruthful news about the dam, adding that such outlets portrayed the dam as a "devil".

    The ambassador said that this was due to the such outlets' "ignorance" of Ethiopia and its historical 90-year diplomatic relationship with Egypt.

    He added that the current series of discussions being held were not about whether the dam will be built or not, adding that the studies underway -- which will take 11 to 12 months to complete -- are related to the effects of the dam.

    Dreier said that talks between the technical committees of involved countries were being held in a manner that portrays a good relationship between the concerned officials.

    The ambassador then stressed that the dam was "Ethiopian, built by Ethiopians, and would be administered by Ethiopians," when asked by the presenter on whether a "foreign side" was going to be involved in the management of the dam.

    Dreier also discussed Ethiopia's relationship with Israel following Israeli PM Benjamen Netanyahu controversial visit to Addis Ababa earlier this month, saying that the relationship was not a "secretive" one.

    Israel launched a $13-million aid package to strengthen economic ties and cooperation with African countries, including Ethiopia, with a pledge to also provide certain African states with training in "domestic security".

    Dreier, however, stressed that Ethiopia doesn't insinuate Israel with its relationship with Egypt.

    According to the Ethiopian envoy, a sixth summit on a "presidential level" between Egypt and Ethiopia would be held in the coming months. He added that the summit will be hosted by Egypt, yet declined to mention when the summit was to take place.

    Although Egypt has repeatedly expressed concern over the dam's possible effect on the country, Ethiopia insists it will not negatively affect Egypt's share of Nile water.

    In December 2015, President El-Sisi addressed the public saying that there is no reason to worry about the dam and that the matter would be resolved.

    "I totally understand the concern of Egyptians as water is a matter of life or death," El-Sisi added.

    Source: Ahramonline



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  • Internationally Acclaimed Ethiopian American Artist Julie Mehretu to Exhibit in Addis

    The United States Embassy in collaboration with The Modern Art Museum Gebre Kristos Desta Center is very pleased to organize  the opening of Julie Mehretu: The Addis Show, (ጁሊ ምህረቱ — አዲስ ባዲሳባ. )

    The show will feature 17 of Julie’s paintings, ranging from her earliest paintings to her most recent work. Julie Merhretu has exhibited her art around the world but this marks the first time here work will be exhibited in Ethiopia.

     The Ethiopian-American Julie Mehretu was born in Addis Ababa in 1970 and currently lives and works in New York City. Considered as one of the finest painters of her generation, Mehretu is an artist of immeasurable talent and her work is widely collected around the world. One of her most recent paintings sold for more than $4 million dollars.

    Source :DireTube News 

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  • Us concern about the current poretsts in Ethiopian

    Statement by the U.S. Embassy

    Addis Ababa, August 8, 2016: The U.S. Embassy is deeply concerned with the extensive violence that occurred during protests across Ethiopia this weekend in the ‪#‎Oromia‬ and ‪#‎Amhara‬ regions. We have noted reports that protesters and security officials have been injured or killed, although confirmed numbers are not available.

    The U.S. Embassy expresses its deep condolences to those who suffered as a result of the violence and regrets the damage to livelihoods, economic development, and the social fabric that such violence brings. We recognize that many of the demonstrations took place without authorization, and urge all parties to support those who are seeking constructive dialog and peaceful solutions. We reaffirm our call to respect the constitutionally enshrined rights of all citizens, including those with opposition views, to gather peacefully, and to express their opinions.


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  • More than 33 people killed Shot by security force in Ethiopia this weekend

    At least 33 people were shot dead by security forces in Ethiopia at the weekend in protests linked to an aborted government attempt to commandeer local land, opposition party officials said.

    Police fired tear gas and blocked roads to several towns in the vast Oromia region as demonstrations erupted after a call from a spontaneous social media movement.

    Ethiopian authorities had imposed a blanket internet blockade over the weekend.

    Oromia saw unrest for several months until early this year, sparked by plans to allocate farmland in the region surrounding the capital for development.

    Authorities scrapped the land scheme in January, but protests have flared again over the continued detention of opposition demonstrators.

    At the weekend, protesters chanted anti-government slogans and waved dissident flags. Some demanded the release of jailed opposition politicians.

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  • Internet and telephone Serviceds have been restored after shut down two days in Ethiopia

    Internet and telephone services have been restored in Ethiopia, two days after they were reportedly disrupted by the authorities following the eruption of anti-government protests in the north-western and southern regions.

    Media reports indicate that internet and phone services were interrupted in reaction to the protests in Amhara in the north-west) and Oromiya in the south.

    BBC Monitoring observed that nearly all Ethiopian media sources - state and private - based inside the country did not update their websites on 6 and 7 August. Some of the websites have started updating today.

    There has been no official comment by the government on the alleged shutdown, but international and opposition media outlets operating inside Ethiopia reported problems accessing the internet.

    Opposition media accused the authorities of disrupting the telecom systems as part of efforts to crackdown on the protests.

    The website of the exiled opposition Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) said on 7 August that the services "were cut off by the regime in Bahir Dar and Gonder."


    Source : BBC AFRICA 

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  • Funerals are taking place after a weekend of violent protests in Ethiopia's north-western city of Bahir Dar.

    The authorities there told the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza that at least seven people were killed and dozens arrested during anti-government demonstrations.

    On Sunday, police used tear gas and fired in the air to disperse thousands of people who had barricaded roads.

    Activists say the number of those killed is much higher. 

    The BBC has learnt that two young men are being buried today. It is believed that they were both killed by security forces.

    There have also been protests in Ethiopia's Oromia region with local media reporting that dozens of people were shot dead in towns across the region, though the exact number is yet to be confirmed. 

    Hundreds of protesters in various towns and cities - including the capital, Addis Ababa - have been arrested for taking part in the demonstrations that have been banned by the government. 


    Source : BBC AFRICA 



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