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  • Ethiopia to Establish New Railway Sector Regulatory Organ

    As Ethiopia looks to railway transport to accelerate industrialization, the Ministry of Transport is readying itself with a bill that seeks to establish a regulatory body. According to the bill to be tabled in parliament, the office will mainly be responsible for setting up and auditing standards of safety and tariff levels. It will also be expected to streamline capacity building in the required technologies, as well as licensing issues in the sector.

    The regulatory body, with a prior vision to ensure the safety of railway transport, comes a year after the LRT became operational, while the Ethio-Djibouti railway has come to its final chapter before completion. Among the pioneering African countries to have a railway, the Ethio-Djibouti route ceased providing a service in 2008. In the meantime, different advanced lines and technologies have been introduced to revamp the service. The Light Railway System, operational since 2015, is also the only one on the continent.

    Currently, there are close to 5,000km of railway routes through eight corridors under study and design, with some already at the implementation stage. The projects include the Addis Abeba-Modjo-Awash-Dire Dawa-Dewanle; Modjo-Shashemne-Arbaminch-Konso-Moyale; Addis Abeba-Ljaji-Jimma-Gudaferda Dima, with extension to South Sudan, and the Awash-Kombolcha-Mekelle-Shire routes.

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  • Ethiopian to start services to Windhoek, Namibia

    Ethiopian Airlines announced that it will commence services to Windhoek, Namibia, via Gaborone, starting from 4th October, 2016.

    Windhoek is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Namibia, headquartering most of the national enterprises and cultural institutions.

    The Pan-African airline, Ethiopian, apart from pioneering in aviation systems and technologies, is the leading airline in its vast network in the continent.

    "I believe, the commencement of this flight will surely give our customer more convenient option to travel to Namibia," said Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines.

    "We will continue to expand our reach in our home market in Africa with a view to support the continent's socio-economic integration and development."

    Ethiopian will be deploying the Boeing 737 on the route. The aircraft is configured with 15 Cloud Nine seats and 138 Business Class seats.

    The addition of Windhoek to our ever expanding network brings our African destinations to 53, the largest coverage unrivalled by any other carrier.

    Source: traveldailynews.com

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  • Ethiopia to launch flights to Moroni, Comoros

    thiopian Airlines has announced that it has finalized preparations to launch flights to Moroni, Comoros with the latest B737-800 as of the 30th of Oct. 2016.

    Moroni is the largest city, the federal capital and seat of the government of the Union of the Comoros, a sovereign archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean.

    The flights to Moroni will be operated thrice weekly via Dar es Salaam, according to the statement from the company on Monday.

    Moroni will be the airline's 54th African destination, noted the statement.

    "We believe our flights to Moroni and elsewhere in our beloved continent, Africa, contribute positively to the overall development of the continent and serve as a critically essential vehicle for the flow of investment, trade and tourism," said CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde GebreMariam.

    Source: Xinhua

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  • Denver’s Taste of Ethiopia annual festival foods

    Colorado’s Taste of Ethiopia will be more flavorful — both in food and culture — than its previous three celebrations.

    The fourth annual festival is set for 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Parkfield Lake, 15555 East 53rd Ave. in Denver.

    Besides an array of food, including more gluten-free and vegan options this year, the festival is expected to feature 17 professional Ethiopian folk music performers who will travel to Denver. They will play only traditional Ethiopian instruments.

    During the festival, 15 Ethiopian immigrants will become U.S. citizens in a 2 p.m. naturalization ceremony.

    Taste of Ethiopia organizers also will present awards to “Ethiopians in Colorado who have broken barriers or made significant contribution to the community”:

    The first three Ethiopian restaurants in Colorado (of 22 today), The Ethiopian Restaurant in Denver, Ras Kassa in Boulder and Queen of Sheba Restaurant in Denver.
    The Ethiopian Food Truck, Colorado’s first Ethiopian food truck.

    Denver Tana Sports Club, the Ethiopian soccer team that has been active for 28 years.
    At 4 p.m. Sunday, the festival will host the Ethiopian play “The Emperor Tewodros II” in Amharic at Hinkley High School in Aurora.

    “The Denver metro area is becoming one of the most diverse places in the United States, and Denver is growing to become an international city,” said Capt. Tewolde Keresemo, a Denver resident of Ethiopian descent who serves in the U.S. Air Force. “The Ethiopian community is playing a key role in the unprecedented renewal of Denver metro as entrepreneurs, consumers, taxpayers, public servants and patriotic neighbors who play by the rules.

    “The Taste of Ethiopia showcases the contributions of Ethiopians and the assimilation of our culture to mainstream America. Taste of Ethiopia contributes to the cultural vitality and ingenuity of Denver, as the city transforms into a major international hub that is prosperous, connected and a successful place to live for all.”

    On July 25, the festival was recognized in the Congressional Record by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman of Aurora.

    Source: Denver Post

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  • The Kenya-Based Firm Introduces Banking Technology to Ethiopia

    Ethiopia is now crossing the line to almost join the cash less society. It has now been over three month since the competitive Ethiopian banks introduced an online payment system known as Ethio pay.

    The payment system integrates the entire bank’s automated teller machine (ATM) to work as one and allow customers to make any kind of payment online. Hence fallowing this to resolve some errors that might occur during the transaction a pan African information technology solution and service provider, Fintech has now introduced a technology.

    The service is said to save Ethiopian banks time and resources in resolving ATM errors, and boost customer satisfaction and also problems regarding the new cheque truncation system.

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  • International star Abel Tesfaye gives Ethiopian community $50,000

    The Scarborough native and international star gives back to the Ethiopian community with $50,000 to back Ethiopic Studies at U of T.

    Grammy award-winning R&B star and Toronto native Abel Tesfaye — alias The Weeknd — has donated $50,000 to the University of Toronto in support of establishing an Ethiopic Studies program.

    The Scarborough native, whose parents emigrated from Ethiopia, “immediately” answered the call from the Bikila Awards organization who said they weren’t even sure he’d respond to their request, but was surprised by his immediate generosity. (The Star could not reach Tesfaye for comment on Saturday.)

    “It’s unbelievable,” Tam Gebeyehu, board member of the Bikila Award told the Star. “He grew up in Toronto as an Ethiopian-Canadian, and now he’s giving back to the community.”

    The Bikila Award, named after Ethiopian Olympic hero Abebe Bikila who won gold twice running barefoot in the marathon in the 1960s, is an organization created to foster academic, professional and business excellence and promote volunteerism among Ethiopian-Canadians.

    The donation came about when U of T professor Michael Gervers, of the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies, pledged to donate $50,000 of his own money, if the university and the Ethiopian community could match the contribution.

    Looking for donors, the organization reached out to Tesfaye, and was blown away but how quickly he was willing to help. Back in 2014, Bikila Award awarded Tesfaye with its Professional Excellence Award, but never thought he would reach this peak of fame.

    “Back then he was doing a lot of stuff, but was still a boy from Scarborough just rising to fame,” Gebeyehu said. “His donation helps us preserve our culture and share it with everyone else.”

    Source : EthioGirl .com 

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  • East African Metals applies for gold and silver extraction license

    Canadian mine development company East African Metals has applied for a license from the Ethiopian government to start extracting gold and silver.

    The company that also has interest in exploration projects has actively been involved in gold exploration in Ethiopia since 2011.

    East Africa owns 70pc of the Harvest Tigrai Gold project, near Shire town, 1,065km north of the capital. Back then, the company discovered 17,000 ounces of gold and 812,000 ounces of silver.

    East announced on August 11, 2016, that the total amount of mineral resources in the licensed area is estimated to be 1.12 million tonnes.

    Source: africabusinesscommunities.com

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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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  • Feyisa Lilesa showed political resistance gesture as he won silver medal for Ethiopia in men’s Marathon at Rio

     

    Marathon, so to speak, is the most anticipated, competitive and demanding of all the athletic competitions. And many see it as a measure of endurance and strength. Athlets need to push themselves to their limit, and sometimes even beyond as one commentator said, to win the race in the marathon category. Just finishing the race is a joy in itself for many athletes. Even those who win the medal barely able to walk right away.

    Kenya’s Eulid Kipchoge was in the ground after winning his Rio Olympic gold medal in Marathon in a time of 2:08:44.

    Twenty six years old Feyisa Lilesa finished second to win a silver medal for Ethiopia. As he finished the crossing line, he raised his fisted hands up in the air and crossed them in rather a mood of resistance, not celebration.

    Hundreds of millions of people have seen his junctures but perhaps only Ethiopians could understand as to what his hand gesture are meant.

    Feyisa Lilesa was telling a political story with his hand gestures – a story about killings of civilians in by the ruling ethnic minority regime in Ethiopia and the resistance to it. Feyisa Lilesa is from oromo speaking parts of Ethiopia, one of the two regions of Ethiopia where government killed hundreds of Ethiopians. In the past nine months alone, more than 800 Ethiopians are killed in the Amhara and Oromo speaking parts of Ethiopia.

    Here after, at least athletics lovers who happened to watch Rio Olympic marathon race could understand the situation in Ethiopia.

    Very likely that the regime in Ethiopia could arrest and/or ban Feyisa Lilesa if he decided to go back to Ethiopia. And if it happens, one asylum giving country could get a marathon runner while Ethiopia will only be sorry about it.

    Source: borkena

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  • The genetic diversity of yeasts could produce novel flavours

    MORE than 7,000 years ago, people living in the Middle East discovered that they could ferment grapes to make wine. The yeast that they unknowingly harnessed for the process can now be found in every vineyard on the planet. As with wine, the processing of coffee beans and cacao, used to make chocolate, also requires some fermentation. But new research shows that coffee and cacao yeasts are far more genetically diverse than wine strains. This opens up the intriguing possibility of imparting entirely new tastes to the terroir of coffee and chocolate.

    Cacao originated in the Amazon and was widely cultivated in Central America before Hernán Cortés brought it to the Old World in 1530. Coffee moved in the opposite direction. From Ethiopia it was disseminated throughout the Middle East by Arab traders during the 6th century and ultimately arrived in the New World during the 18th century, where nascent Americans may have seen drinking it as something of a patriotic duty after the Boston Tea Party.

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    As Europe’s thirst for coffee and chocolate grew, merchants keen to cash in on the crops started establishing vast plantations wherever the plants could be cultivated. In the first part of the 17th century, Dutch traders transported a Yemeni coffee plant to Holland. Shortly thereafter, they began cultivating its descendants in Sri Lanka and on Java and Réunion. Over the next three centuries, other trading nations completed coffee’s worldwide dissemination and set it up as a mainstay crop of many of the world’s poorest economies. Cacao was treated in much the same way and is now grown in 33 tropical countries.

    Given this history, Aimée Dudley of the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute, in Seattle, and Justin Fay of the University of Washington and their colleagues, wondered if the yeasts associated with cacao and coffee followed these plants from their places of origin just as yeasts had followed wine from the Middle East. To explore this, they collected unroasted cacao beans from 13 countries, including places as disparate as Colombia, Ghana, Madagascar and Papua New Guinea, and unroasted coffee beans from 14 locations, including Ethiopia, Honduras, Indonesia and Yemen. They then set about studying the yeast found on the beans. As a control, the team also studied the yeasts on grapes from diverse locations.

    As they report in Current Biology, although all vineyard-yeast strains are extremely similar genetically, there is tremendous diversity among the yeast strains associated with cacao and coffee. More specifically, they discovered that these differences correlated with geography. For example, all cacao beans collected from Venezuela carried closely related strains of yeast that were distinct from those found on Nigerian and Ecuadorean beans. The same was true for the yeasts found on coffee. The differences were so great that the researchers were able to use DNA sequences of the yeast strains alone to determine which country a sample of cacao or coffee came from.

    Why cacao and coffee yeasts vary so much is unclear, although human behaviour is likely to play a role. The researchers give several reasons why wine yeasts are so similar. Oak barrels are often exported from an established winemaking region to an area of new cultivation, and these serve as reservoirs of yeasts native to the original location. Winemakers also have a long history of using starter cultures of yeast from places that have traditionally produced wines, which makes it nearly impossible for local species of yeast to compete. In contrast, the use of starter cultures is very rare in the processing of cacao and coffee, where growers tend to rely upon the species of yeast found locally.

    This greater diversity of cacao and coffee yeasts means there is the potential to create new flavours by using a strain from one location in another, the researchers reckon. The yeasts of a Hawaiian coffee bean could, for example, be used to ferment beans being grown in Uganda; or the yeasts from Haitian cacao beans could be used with cacao grown in Ghana. No one knows what the resulting coffee and chocolate might taste like, but if Dr Dudley and her colleagues are correct in their hunch, there will be many new flavours for coffee lovers and chocoholics to savour.

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