U.S. $1 Million Limalimo Lodge to open in 2015 at Simien Mountains

Addis Ababa ,July 15/2014, African Wildlife Capital, a mission-based investment company has signed agreements with a British-Ethiopian venture to build a world-class boutique hotel in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains National Park, one of More »

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Meriam Ibrahim flies out of Sudan to Italy : meets Pope Francis


BBC Meriam Ibrahim Free at last, The Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi met the plane to welcome Meriam Ibrahim

A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam has flown to Italy after more than a month in the US embassy in Khartoum.

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her family were met in Rome by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who said: “Today is a day of celebration.”

There was global condemnation when she was sentenced to hang for apostasy.

Her father is Muslim so according to Sudan’s version of Islamic law she is also Muslim and cannot convert.
Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her two children in Rome
Mrs Ibrahim’s daughter Maya was born in prison in May
She was raised by her Christian mother and says she has never been Muslim.

The BBC’s Alan Johnston in Rome says there was no prior indication of Italy’s involvement in the case.

Lapo Pistelli, Italy’s vice-minister for foreign affairs, accompanied her on the flight from Khartoum and posted a photo of himself with Mrs Ibrahim and her children on his Facebook account as they were about to land in Rome.

“Mission accomplished,” he wrote.

A senior Sudanese official told Reuters news agency that Sudan’s government had approved her departure in advance.

Mrs Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani, also a Christian, is from South Sudan and has US nationality.

Daniel Wani in Rome airport
Mrs Ibrahim travelled with her husband Daniel Wani
Their daughter Maya was born in prison in May, shortly after Mrs Ibrahim was sentenced to hang for apostasy – renouncing one’s faith.

Under intense international pressure, her conviction was quashed and she was freed in June.

She was given South Sudanese travel documents but was arrested at Khartoum airport, with Sudanese officials saying the travel documents were fake.

These new charges meant she was not allowed to leave the country but she was released into the custody of the US embassy in Khartoum.

Last week, her father’s family filed a lawsuit trying to have her marriage annulled, on the basis that a Muslim woman is not allowed to marry a non-Muslim.






Ethiopia formally charges bloggers, journalists with terrorism as confusion surrounds the process


Ethiopian Prosecutors have today formally charged six members of the blog Zone9 and three independent journalists detained nearly three months ago. Soliana Shimelis, the seventh defendant of the group Zone9 is charged in absentia, according to a local bi weekly, The Reporter.

However, earlier on Thursday, the lawyer for the eight defendants Amha Mekonnen told AFP that they were “waiting for charges to appear. I’m going to lodge a civil suit against police requesting the court to compel the police to release them,” adding further confusion into the matter by which the pre-trial was closed transferred from the remand court in Arada First Instance Bench and  to the Lideta  High Court 19th bench  without the presence of neither the defendants, nor their lawyers.

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According to our own reporter Mahlet Fasil, who was at the court this morning, the six bloggers and the three journalists have briefly appeared at the Lideta court without their lawyers; but

U.S. $1 Million Limalimo Lodge to open in 2015 at Simien Mountains


Addis Ababa ,July 15/2014, African Wildlife Capital, a mission-based investment company has signed agreements with a British-Ethiopian venture to build a world-class boutique hotel in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains National Park, one of the heritages of Ethiopia inscribed by UNESCO.

Called Limalimo Lodge, the hotel will offer high-end accommodation, tailor-made activities, and gourmet cuisine in one of the most beautiful places in the world, according to a press release the Lodge sent to ENA.

The Lodge, funded by African Wildlife Capital with one million USD, scheduled to open in fall of 2015 and bring benefits to area’s wildlife and people

The investment will bring tangible benefits to the neighbouring Limalimo community by employing locals to both help during the construction phase and to work at the lodge once open.

Shifteraw Asrat, CEO of Limalimo Lodge, said together with the African Wildlife Capital, African Wildlife Foundation, and the Ethiopian Wildlife and Conservation Authority, “we can develop long-term, sustainable conservation practices in the Simien Mountains and showcase the potential for well-managed tourism projects in Ethiopia.”

Lionel Messi Golden Ball surprised Sepp Blatter


Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he was “a little bit surprised” Lionel Messi was named the World Cup’s best player.

Messi was awarded the Golden Ball after Argentina’s 1-0 loss to Germany in Sunday’s final in Rio de Janeiro.

Blatter believes Messi was given the award on the strength of his four goals during the group stage.

Argentina legend Diego Maradona also felt Messi was a surprise choice, claiming Colombia’s James Rodriguez performed better in Brazil.

Maradona, who was named the best player when Argentina won the World Cup in 1986, said “marketing people” had chosen the wrong man and called the decision “unfair”.

The Golden Ball and other individual prizes, such as the Golden Glove award for the best goalkeeper, are decided by Fifa’s Technical Study Group, a panel including former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier.

Tullow Oil fails to find commercial oil in Ethiopia


Irish-listed explorer says well at Chew Bahir Basin will be plugged and abandoned

Source: Irish Times

Tullow Oil has announced that the Gardim-1 exploration well, drilled on the eastern flank of Chew Bahir Basin in Ethiopia, has failed to find commercial levels of oil.

The well intersected lacustrine and volcanic formations, similar to those found in the Shimela-1 well on the north-western flank of the basin.

The explorer said it has reached a total depth of 2,468 metres in basement, without encountering commercial oil.

BOLE: The Heartbear of Addis Street Fashion


Cropped pants, ripped clothing, button-up shirts, big boots, strange hairstyle, dreadlocks, and Afros are some of the styles that are part of the new overwhelming street fashion scene of  Addis.

The presence of a multi-billion dollar fashion industry is non-existent in Addis; it’s the streets of the city that give a platform to what fashion is here.

Apart from the mainstream cultures of of short hair, jeans, suits and dresses, Addis streets give an alternative style. Like many other cities in the world, the urban community with a collective identity is influenced by the youth subculture. This subculture goes further  than just outfits; it is a  lifestyle that intersects with music, aesthetics, and more in order to use it as a form of expression.

The colorful sight is very interesting. So many cultures intersect and fuse at the same time. One cannot escape the scene of the heartbeat of Addis’ fashion bole street fashion.

Ethiopian Government Employees get 129% salary increase


The government has significantly raised the salaries of civil servants and the topic has excited the nation, even though the amount of the increases has not officially been disclosed. However, according to a document Capital obtained, the salary of government employees is doubled. Workers at the bottom of the pay scale will see their salary grow by 129 percent, while others with higher salaries have also gotten about a 76 percent raise.

Civil servants have secured a very impressive and unprecedented salary increment. Three weeks ago Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn disclosed that the government will increase salaries of state employees as of this month (the beginning of the budget year). The exact sum has not officially been confirmed. Sources close to the issue told Capital that the amount the government added is significant and as high as 129 percent.
According to the new salary rate, the minimum starting salary has been raised to 1,031 birr from 450 birr and the ceiling amount has reached 11,713 birr, for professionals.

World Cup 2014: Germany Defeats Argentina in Final

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Lionel Messi has received the award for best player of the World Cup, minutes after his Argentina team lost the final 1-0 to Germany.

Messi was selected ahead of Thomas Mueller of Germany and Netherlands forward Arjen Robben by FIFA’s technical study group of coaching analysts.

Germany’s Manuel Neuer collected the best goalkeeper prize.

James Rodriguez of Colombia got the golden boot award as top scorer with six goals. Mueller was second, with five goals.

The best young player award went to Paul Pogba of France.

Germany won the World Cup. Host Brazil won a world of new friends.The now four-time world champions, the first European team to win it on South American soil, earned the honor of lifting the most recognized trophy in sports with a tooth-and-nail 1-0 victory in a final as terrifically entertaining as the tournament itself.