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  • Brighton's first Ethiopian restaurant to introduce one of the healthiest diets in the world

    ETHIOPIAN cuisine might be not be very well known in Brighton - but a new restaurant hopes to change that with its nutritious and tasty food. Abyssinia, which is due to open this weekend, will be the first Ethiopian restaurant in Brighton and aims to show the city a diet often hailed as one the healthiest in the world.

    Based around injera, a spongy pancake-style carbohydrate staple, it is made from non-gluten grain teff, which is rich in iron, fibre, calcium, potassium and protein. Served with virtually everything and used like a utensil to scoop up lentils, vegetables and meat, Abyssinia owners Yonas Kebede and Daisy Brook hope to attract adventurous Brightonians looking to try something new.

    Based on Baker Street near London road, Abyssinia will also look to bring in students from the new block on the former Co-op store, as well as members of the city’s sizeable Ethiopian community. Daisy said: “The healthiness of the food is a real selling point, with lots of fresh meat and vegetables. “We want to make it affordable so that people can come back again and again and offer a much better alternative to KFC or McDonalds.”

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  • WHO urges African nations to increase resources for health sector

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged African states to increase the use of domestic resources for funding their health sectors.

    Director for Health Systems and Services Cluster of WHO Regional Office for Africa, Delanyo Dovlo, said that on average a majority of African countries fund 60 to 70 percent of their health needs from domestic resources.

    "In order to gain sustainability and resilience in their health systems, African states must be able to rely more and more on domestic resources for health in the same way developed countries have managed," Dovlo said during a civil society forum on Africa's health in Nairobi.

    Dovlo said that the use of foreign funds for health needs is "not bad but makes the country vulnerable to external shocks that could affect delivery of health services".

    He urged the continent to be more innovative in ways that they can generate resources for the health sector.

    "Some developed countries have introduced taxes on travel or on alcohol and tobacco in order to fund health programs," he said.

    In 2001, African states came up with the Abuja Declaration that calls for governments to devote at least 15 percent of their budgets to the health sector.

    However, Dovlo said: "So far only six countries have at one time or another achieved the goal while only four have managed the goal on a consistent basis."

    Source: Xinhua

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  • Ethiopia grade 10 Exam Result released

    Ethiopia Grade 10 General School Leaving Certificate Examination  2006 E.C. result is released today

    Students can access their personal result at the following link:
    http://www.nae.gov.et/

    Ethiopia Grade 10 General School Leaving Certificate Examination 2006 E.C. result is released today
    Ethiopia grade 10 released

    Students can access their personal result at the following link:
    http://www.nae.gov.et/
    www.nae.gov.et

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  • Premier extends condolences to Italy over deadly earthquake

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn expressed his deep condolences to Italy for the loss of life and devastation caused by the earthquake that hit central Italy on Wednesday.

    In a letter sent to his Italian counterpart, Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister Hailemariam on behalf of the people and Government of Ethiopia expressed his deepest sympathy to the bereaved families and extended his solidarity to the people and Government of Italy.

    Italy's civil protection agency says the death toll from the magnitude 6 earthquake in central Italy has reached 73.

    Source: MoFA

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  • The changing faces of the El-Nino induced drought

    The Ethiopian government, in collaboration with International Development Partners, is deploying indefatigable efforts to mitigate the effects of the unprecedentedly worst drought that Ethiopia has ever faced over the last 50 years. 

    Some of the localities in the state of Tigray were bone dried because of the drought. As in other areas touched by the drought, the Ethiopian government has been fairly providing humanitarian and relief aids reaching out the people in need in these affected areas.

    Now that the area is drastically recovering from drought by dint of the fair rainfall distribution of the current raining season, moisture and soil conservation works are being made to boost production during the upcoming harvesting season, EBC learnt.

    Despite the challenges of rapid population growth and global climate change effects, the economic achievements procured over the last 25 years have proved the Ethiopian government is better-shaped than ever to withstand such natural disasters. Besides, Green Economy Strategy is at the heart of the country's development policy.

    Source:EBC News 

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  • World Bank, Global Fund commit $24 billion to accelerate universal health coverage in Africa

    Today at the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI), African heads of state and partners vowed to accelerate progress toward universal health coverage (UHC) in Africa.

    To help countries implement their health reforms, the World Bank and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (Global Fund) committed to invest $24 billion in Africa over the next three to five years.

    The announcement was made ahead of the two-day TICAD conference, which is Japan's flagship program for African development. One of the focal points at this year's conference is expanding UHC in Africa.

    "African countries can become more competitive in the global economy by making several strategic investments, including investing more in their people, their most prized resource," said Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group. "A critical part of this commitment is to accelerate progress on universal health coverage—ensuring that everyone, everywhere has the opportunity to live a healthy and productive life."

    The World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), together with the government of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency, the Global Fund, and the African Development Bank also launched UHC in Africa: A Framework for Action, which provides a big-picture view of UHC in the region and identifies key areas that will be critical to achieving better health outcomes, such as financing, service delivery, targeting vulnerable populations, mobilizing critical sectors and political leadership.

    "At the G7 Ise-Shima Summit in May, bearing this TICAD in mind, I took initiative in leading the discussion on reinforcing the global health architecture, which will strengthen responses to public health emergencies, and on promoting UHC, which will also contribute to crisis preparedness," said Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan. "‘UHC in Africa' will present guidelines and concrete framework for action that will serve as references for achieving UHC under the ownership of respective countries, as well as by cooperation among the international society."

    Through its International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and International Development Association windows, the World Bank Group expects to contribute $15 billion in the next five years to investments that are critical to UHC, including through the Global Financing Facility, the Power of Nutrition, early childhood development, pandemic preparedness, targeting the poor, crisis preparedness and response, and leveraging the private sector. The commitment assumes a successful IDA 18 replenishment. 

     "Reducing and preventing HIV, TB and malaria is critically important to alleviate the burden on health systems, but in order to accelerate universal health coverage and all of the health SDGs, we also are actively investing to build resilient and sustainable systems for health," said Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

    The World Bank Group, government of Japan and private sector partners recently launched the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility, an innovative, fast-disbursing global financing mechanism designed to protect the world against deadly pandemics, which will create the first-ever insurance market for pandemic risk. It also will promote greater global and national investments in preparing for future outbreaks and strengthening national health systems.

    Source: World Bank

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  • Mexico - an all-weather friend of Ethiopians: Ambassador Taye

    Ethiopia values its historic relations with Mexico, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Taye Atske-selassie has said.

    The State Minister made the statement while receiving Ambassador Trevino Victor, the newly appointed Ambassador of Mexico to Ethiopia, on Thursday.

    Ambassador Taye on the occasion applauded the support and solidarity extended by the people and government of Mexico as Ethiopia faced the then Fascist Italian aggression in 1935.

    Being an all-weather friend for Ethiopians in times of difficulty, Mexico remained seized to the principle of collective security, he recalled.

    The help extended by Mexico to Ethiopians in their time of distress laid a solid foundation for the continued growth of Ethio-Mexican ties over the years, Ambassador Taye added.

    This would create a space for further elevation of existing ties into new dimensions of cooperative partnership, he pointed out.

    Ambassador Trevino Victor who noted that Mexico recognizes Ethiopia's role played in the African hemisphere said that his country regards Ethiopia as a strategic partner.

    Source: MoFA

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  • Preliminary Session of TICAD VI concludes issuing draft declaration

     The Preliminary Session of the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) Summit which was held at Kenyatta International Convention Center in Nairobi, Kenya concluded on Thursday with the outcome of a Draft Nairobi Declaration.

    An Ethiopian delegation led by Ethiopia's  Permanent Representative to the Africa Union and the United Nation Economic Commission for Africa, Ambassador Wahide Belay took part in the drafting process of the Nairobi Declaration.

    Senior officials from Africa and Japan prepared the Nairobi Declaration draft document which upon a review session by ministers is expected to be adopted by leaders at the end of the summit due on August 28, 2016.

    Over the week, the senior officials identified priority areas of TICAD VI and drafted general guiding principles.

    During the preliminary session the participants reviewed the status of implementation of the targets agreed upon during the TICAD V Summit in Tokyo in 2013 and looked into the various TICAD programmes already underway across Africa.

    They also held discussions on major emerging challenges and opportunities in Africa.

    Source: MoFA

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  • China- trained Ethiopian light rail train drivers graduate

     Some 126 Ethiopian light rail train drivers who received one year long training in China were awarded certificates on Thursday.

    The first batch of graduates received the certificates at a ceremony held at the Addis Ababa Light Railway Transit Service. 

    Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Railways Corporation, Getachew Betru said on the occasion the graduates will add  impetus to  the effort underway to build own railway management system.

    According to the CEO, the corporation has been working with particular attention on transfer of knowledge and technology in addition to expanding railway infrastructure.

    State Minister of Public Enterprises, Getachew Mengiste on his part said the effort to create capability in administrating railway projects locally should be made strategic.

    In line with this, students are receiving training for second degree in railway at the Addis Ababa University, he revealed.

    Source: ENA

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  • Genzebe Dibaba Wins Women's 3000m IAAF Diamond League in Lausanne

    Ethiopian athlete Genzebe Dibaba has won women's 3000m IAAF Diamond League in Laussane, Switzerland.

    She finished the race 8:31.84. Kenyan Hellen Onsando Obiri took the second place, and othe Kenyan athlete Mercy Cherono took third place.

    Genzebe has 10 cumulative points in the league followed by Obiri who has 6 cumulative points.

    Source: IAAF

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