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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.


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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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  • 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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  • World Water Week to focus on achieving Sustainable Development Goals

    The 2016 World Water Week kicked off on Monday, focusing on water to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Opening the event, Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Angel Gurria said that water, from having been a subject that was rarely discussed with urgency, has come to the front and centre of international deliberations.

    "Water now has the place it needs to have in international priorities," said Gurria.

    Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom reinforced the message that water is a connector and an enabler in realizing the SDGs.

    "Successful realization of Goal 6 of the 2030 Agenda will underpin progress across many of the other goals, particularly on nutrition, child health, education, gender equality, healthy cities and healthy water ecosystems and oceans," she said.

    Torgny Holmgren, executive director of the organizer, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), said: "Without reliable access to water, almost no Sustainable Development Goal will be achieved. To make that happen, we must ensure water's centrality to the entire Agenda 2030. This will show the power water has a connector."

    "Water connects not only sectors, but also nations, communities and different actors. Water can be the unifying power, the enabler for progress in both Agenda 2030 and the Paris climate agreement," said Holmgren.

    World Water Week, an annual global meeting for water and development issues, gathers some 3,000 participants from over 120 countries and regions to discuss global and local water and development challenges.

    Source: Philippines News Agency

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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.


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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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  • 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.

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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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