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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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ሰበር ዜና – የመስቀል ክብረ በዓል የዓለም ቅርስ ሆኖ በዩኔስኮ ተመዘገበ

የኢትዮጵያው የመስቀል ክብረ በዓል በዓለም ቅርስነት መመዝገቡን ዩኔስኮ አስታወቀ፡፡ ዩኔስኮ የመስቀል ክብረ በዓልን (Commemoration feast of the finding of the True Holy Cross of Christ) በዓለም ቅርስነት መመዝገቡን ኅዳር 25 ቀን ይፋ More »

Soccer Friendlies: Ethiopia to face Angola, to visit Brazil

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The Walias, as the Ethiopian national football team is affectionately known, will travel to Luanda on Wednesday to play a friendly match against the Angolan Palancas Negras on Sunday, according to Wendemkun Alayu, the Public Relations officer of the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF).

The EFF said that the match will serve the team as a good preparation for its upcoming match against the Fennecs of Algeria for the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations, which be held in Morocco.

Coach Mariano Barreto is expected to announce the team either today or tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the EFF noted that after the team returns to Addis, the Walias will embark on a 17-day travel to Brazil where they will play 5 friendly matches against Brazilian clubs.

The Walias will also play 2 friendly matches against the Egyptian Pharaohs in August.

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Kambwili to lodge complaint to FIFA and CAF over the alleged misconduct of Ethiopian referee

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GOVERNMENT says it will complain to FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) over the misconduct of Ethiopian referee Bamlak Weyesa during Saturday’s Confederation Cup match between Nkana and Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia.

And Nkana coach Beston Chambeshi said his team’s victory over Tunisian giants has motivated his players to beat Al Ahly of Egypt in next Saturday’s Confederations Cup Group B return match.

Minister of Youth and Sport Chishimba Kambwili made the announcement in Luanshya yesterday that both FIFA and CAF would be communicated to on the poor officiating of the match by the 33-year-old Weyesa.

“I would like to inform the nation that I am extremely disappointed with the way the Nkana match was handled yesterday [Saturday] by the Ethiopian referee,” the minister said.

Kambwili has also requested Nkana to complain to CAF over the poor handling of the match by the Ethiopian.<!–more–>

Nkana beat Sahel 4-3 with the Tunisian team being awarded two questionable penalties, one in the fourth minute which Youssef Mouihbi converted to put his side ahead and again stepped up to score the second penalty at the nick of time with the Zambians leading 4-2 at the time.

“I told the referee personally that I was going to write CAF to complain about the manner he handled the match and I want to urge Nkana FC to lodge in an official complaint about the way the game was handled,” he said.

“And as minister, I am writing to FIFA and CAF to complain and urging them to review the video of the game and see what had transpired. Games are there to bring people together and bring unity, but games are not there to disunite the people.

“But if referees are not fair in the way they handle the games, then we are going to have a lot of problems…so as a country, we are officially going to lodge in a complaint to both CAF and FIFA,” he said.

And speaking in a post-match interview on Saturday, Chambeshi said his team will now concentrate on preparing for the next match against Al Ahly to ensure they collect maximum points.

Chambeshi said the technical bench will work on the defence that looked shaky on Saturday to avoid conceding unnecessary goals against Al Ahly.

“It’s a good victory for the team and the boys. It’s not easy to score against Arab teams but we managed to do it. We need to maintain the same spirit even in our next match against Al Ahly,” Chambeshi said.

Nkana have four points, four behind leaders Al Ahly, who edged Sewe Sport of Ivory Coast 1-0 in a late kick off in Cairo.



4 Ethiopian track team members missing from international meet in Eugene

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Four members of an Ethiopian track team were reported missing Saturday morning in Eugene where they competed in the IAAF World Junior Championships.

“The individuals left campus ahead of the rest of the team,” said Julie Brown, University of Oregon spokeswoman.

The Ethiopian region is under intense political upheaval, and athletes seeking asylum from unstable areas have historically used athletic tournaments to leave their country. Asked whether that was the case for the Ethiopians, Brown said she did not know why they left and could not confirm they were seeking asylum.

Brown said detectives are looking for the four but are not concerned for their safety. Rather, they want to make direct contact to confirm they are OK.

“At this point we don’t have reason to believe that these individuals are in harm’s way,” she said.



(BBC) Ethiopian mother angry over murdered son

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“Yeshi” is still trying to come to terms with the trauma of discovering the body of her son being carried through the streets of the Ethiopian city of Ambo.

A rickshaw driver in his 20s, he had been caught up in deadly protests between the police and students in the city in April.

They were demonstrating about plans to extend the administrative control of the capital, Addis Ababa, into Oromia state.

I think they were killing people on purpose”

Yeshi, mother of man shot dead in April in Ambo
Oromia is the country’s largest region and completely surrounds Addis Ababa – and some people feared they would be forced off their land and lose their regional and cultural identity if the plans went ahead.

The government says the “Masterplan”, as it is known, would allow them to better extend city services to rural areas.

However for Yeshi – who asked for her name and those of her family to be changed – the heavy-handed response by the security forces that saw her son shot in the head is hard to fathom.

She had come across a group of people carrying a body and overheard people saying it was her son, Tamiru.

Unable to recognise his features as they were too disfigured, she identified him by his “clothes and shoes”.

“I think they were killing people on purpose,” she told the BBC, saying that Tamiru was not directly involved in any trouble that day.

Five other young people were also killed with bullet wounds to the head, she says.



የቁልቢ ገብርኤል አመሠራረት- በዲ/ን ዳንኤል ክብረትና ቀሲስ ከፍያለው መራሒ

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በስመ አብ ወወልድ ወመንፈስ ቅዱስ አሐዱ አምላክ አሜን!

ከአዲስ አበባ በስተምሥራቅ 461 ኪ/ሜ. ርቀት ላይ በምዕራብ ሐረርጌ ሀገረ ስብከት ጋራ ሙለታ የሚገኝ ቤተ ክርስቲያን ነው፡፡ የዚህን ደብር አመሠራረት በተመለከተ በብዙ ሊቃውንት የሚተረከው የሚከተለው ነው፡፡

በዘጠነኛው መ/ክ/ዘ. ዮዲት ጉዲት ተነሥታ አብያተ ክርስቲያናትን ስትመዘብር፣ ክርስቲያኖችን ስትገድልና መጻሕፍትን ስትቆነጻጽል ንጉሥ አንበሣ ውድም በአኩስምና በአከባቢዋ የነበሩ ታቦታትንና ንዋያተ ቅዱሳትን በመያዝ ወደ ደቡብ ኢትዮጵያ ወደ ዝዋይ መጣ፡፡

ከ40 ዓመታት ስደት በኋላ አንበሣ ውድም ወደ አኵሱም ሲመለስና የንዋያተ ቅዱሳት ቆጠራ ሲደረግ ታቦተ ቅዱስ ገብርኤል በዝዋይ መቅረቱ ታወቀ፡፡ ከኤርትራ ደብረ ሲና ማርያም የመጡና አባ ሌዊ የተባሉ አባት ታቦቱን ለማምጣት ከንጉሡ አስፈቅደው ወደ ዝዋይ መጡ፡፡

አባ ሌዊ ከሰባት ቀን ሱባኤ በኋላ ታቦተ ቅዱስ ገብርኤልን ይዘው ወደ አኵሱም ሲጓዙ ቅዱስ ገብርኤል ተገልጦ “እኔ ወደማሳይህ ቦታ ታቦቱን ይዘህ ሂድ” አላቸው፡፡ አባ ሌዊም ታቦቱን ይዘው ተከተሉት፡፡ በመጨረሻም ቁልቢ ደረሱ፡፡ ለአባ ሌዊም የተፈቀደላቸው ቦታ ይሄ መሆኑን ታቦቱም በኋላ ዘመን ለሕዝቡ ድንቅ ሥራ እንደሚሠራ ቅዱስ ገብርኤል ነግሯቸው ተሠወረ፡፡ አባ ሌዊ በቦታው ለ130 ዓመታት ያህል አገልግለው በንጉሥ ግርማ ሥዩም ዘመነ መንግሥተ ታኅሳስ 14 ቀን ዐርፈዋል፡፡



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

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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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.”