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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 »

No Ebola detected in Ethiopia: spokesman

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By Abebech Tamene, Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has denied reports of the spread of Ebola in the country, saying steps were being taken to raise awareness about the deadly virus.

 

“So far no Ebola case was reported in Ethiopia,” Abel Yeshaneh, spokesperson for the Ethiopian Public Health Institute, told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.

 

Yeshaneh said the Ethiopian authorities had adopted measures aimed at enhancing their ability to detect Ebola infections, adding that health workers were being trained to combat a possible outbreak.

 

“So far 300 health workers drawn from different health institutions in Addis Ababa have already received training and they will in turn give training to others,” Yeshaneh said.

 

According to the spokesperson, the training focuses on the causes and symptoms of Ebola, along with methods of prevention.

 

“Health professionals working in different health facilities in regional states will arrive here next week to undergo similar training,” he said.

Ethiopia done with 35.8 percent of construction at controversial dam

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Ethiopia said Friday it had completed 35.8 percent of construction at its Renaissance Dam.
A picture taken on 28 May 2013 shows the Blue Nile in Guba, northwest Ethiopia, during the river’s diversion ceremony

The announcement comes just weeks before Ethiopia is set to resume negotiations in Sudan with Egypt, which opposes the project. Egypt fears the Dam will diminish the flow of Nile water to its cities and has urged Ethiopia to conduct more joint studies on the project.

An official at Ethiopia’s national council, which supervises the project, was quoted by Anadolu Agency as saying that his country “is working hard to finish the project on time.”

“There is no shortage in funding and the Italian company running the project has confirmed this,” the official added.

The Dam is scheduled to be ready by April 2017

Ethiopian inflations slows to 6.9 pct in year to July – stats office

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ADDIS ABABA Aug 8 (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s inflation rate dropped to 6.9 percent in the year to July from 8.5 percent the previous month, due to a drop in both food items and non-food products, official data showed on Friday.

The Central Statistics Agency said food price inflation slowed to 5.8 percent in the year to July from 6.2 percent in June, owing to a drop in bread and cereal prices.

Inflation of non food items also eased to 8.2 percent in July from 11 percent the previous month. (Reporting by Aaron Maasho; Editing by Drazen Jorgic)

UK summons Ethiopian diplomat over opposition official’s arrest

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(Reuters) – Britain summoned Ethiopia’s chargé d’affaires on Monday to raise its concerns about the arrest of a British national being held in Ethiopia who has been sentenced to death over his involvement with an opposition political group.

Andargachew Tsige was sentenced to death in 2009 in absentia and another trial handed him life behind bars three years later. He was arrested in Yemen earlier this year and extradited to Ethiopia. [ID:nL6N0PK3GT]

On Monday, Britain summoned one of Ethiopia’s top diplomats in London to meet Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds, who expressed “deep concern” that Andargachew had not been granted access to the British consulate.

“Mr Simmonds asked the chargé to urge his government to deliver on previous commitments to provide consular access without further delay, and to provide assurances that they do not intend to carry out the death penalty imposed in absentia,” a statement from the Foreign Office said.

Andargachew, secretary-general of the Ginbot 7 group, was among 20 opposition figures and journalists charged with conspiring with rebels, plotting attacks and attempting to topple the government.

(Reporting by William James; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

Addis Guday,Lomi,Enque,Fact,Jano Magazines and Afro-Time Newspaper Facing Criminal Charges

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Ethiopia Ministry of Justice stated that the six periodicals and their publishers to be charged due to “repeated acts of incitement and dissemination of false rumors intended to cause a violent overthrow of the constitutional order and to undermine the public trust on the government”.
The five magazines and publishers facing charges are:

-Addis Guday Magazine, published weekly by Rose publishing P.L.C.;

- Lomi Magazine, published weekly by Dadimos publishing P.L.C;

- Enque Magazine, published two-weekly by Alemayehu publishing P.L.C;

- Fact Magazine, published weekly by Yofa publishing P.L.C; and

- Jano Magazine, published two-weekly by Asnake publishing P.L.C;

-Afro-Time Newspaper

Ethiopian runners: Police confirm athletes defected to escape civil unrest

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The four Ethiopian runners who disappeared from the IAAF Junior World Championships in Eugene this past weekend defected from their home country to avoid returning to widespread civil unrest there, police confirmed in a report released late Friday.

The report, provided by police in Federal Way, Washington, describes an interview with Zeyituna Mohammed, an 18-year-old woman runner on the Ethiopian national team. She told police that she and the other athletes decided to stay in the U.S. because they were too afraid to return to Ethiopia.

The report confirms for the first time what many close to the case, including the team’s coaches, had suspected — that the athletes’ disappearance was part of a plan to defect from Ethiopia.

Mohammed told authories she may seek asylum in the U.S., but she is not certain of her plans. It remains unclear whether the other three athletes, whom police found in Beaverton earlier this week, are planning to do so.

Federal Way police agreed to help University of Oregon police with the investigation when authorities learned Mohammed was staying with an acquaintance there.

On Wednesday, five days after the athletes were first reported missing, Federal Way police found Mohammed staying at the home of two Ethiopian natives, one of whom came from the same village Mohammed is from.

Through an interpreter, Mohammed described how the group left the University of Oregon campus unnoticed with help from an another runner on the team, who helped them arrange rides with Ethiopian connections in the area. The group was given a ride to Portland, and then Mohammed was picked up by another driver and taken to Federal Way.

Police found the other three runners — Amanuel Abebe Atibeha, a 17-year-old boy, and Dureti Edao and Meaza Kebede, 18-year-old women — in Beaverton on Monday.

Mohammed signed a contract with Nike and Edao with Adidas on July 25, just hours before the group disappeared, their coaches told University of Oregon police.

Edao told the coaches she needed to send a copy of her passport to the Adidas contract manager to finalize the agreement, according a report from UO police released this week. Coaches gave her a key to the room where the team’s passports were kept.

Other members of the Ethiopian team later saw the four running with their bags and then hop into a white sedan, according to the UO police report. None of the other team members was able to identify the driver.

Coaches later said the four athletes’ passports were missing. Police found the women athletes’ rooms, in a UO dormitory, emptied of belongings.

Nike and Adidas have not provided details about the athletes’ contracts.

In a statement Monday, university police said the athletes are permitted to stay in the U.S. under the terms of their visas. No time limit was given. Officials in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services office declined to provide any further information.

– Ian K. Kullgren

Addis Ababa Doubling in Size Gives Africa Another Hub

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Ethiopia, Africa’s fastest-growing economy, is looking to its capital to help sustain an expansion that averaged more than 10 percent a year in the past decade.

Planners predict the population of Addis Ababa and five satellite towns will more than double by 2040 to 8.1 million, highlighting United Nations estimates that Africa’s global share of urban dwellers will double to 20 percent in the next 35 years. Planners envisage developing an area 20 times the current boundaries of the city. Ambitions for mass transport match the standard of central Paris, ensuring every resident lives within 500 meters (0.3 miles) of a bus or train ride to the center.

One of its new residents would be Bekele Feyissa, a 45-year-old father of six who farms cereals on a plot in Sebeta. The town is about 20 kilometers south of the center and is set to be swallowed by the city.

“If the city grows, it will be good for us as we will get electricity,” Bekele said, standing in the shade of a hedge as a donkey pulled a cart along an unpaved road beside him.

The government’s plan for Addis Ababa is critical to its aspirations for developing into a middle-income country in about a decade, mirroring efforts by Kenya and Zambia. The continent’s economic potential will be highlighted as U.S. President Barack Obama hosts more than 40 African leaders at a summit in Washington next week.

Photographer: Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images

Ebola: What you need to know

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የኢቦላ በሽታን አስመልክቶ ከኢትዮጵያ ጤና ጥበቃ ሚኒስቴር የተሰጠ ጋዜጣዊ መግለጫ እንዲሁም ኢቦላ ወረርሽኝ ስላለበት ደረጃ ከተለያዩ ድረገፆች የተገኙ መረጃዎች
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1. የኢቦላ በሽታ ምንድ ነው?
የኢቦላ በሽታ በቫይረስ ምክንያት የሚመጣ፣ በፍጥነት ከሰው ወደ ሰው የሚተላለፍና በአጭር ጊዜ ውስጥ ለሞት የሚዳርግ በሽታ ነው፡፡ የኢቦላ በሽታ በምዕራብ አፍሪካ ሀገሮች በተደጋጋሚ በመከሰት ከፍተኛ ህመምና ሞት እያደረሰ የሚገኝ በሽታ ነዉ፡፡ በሽታው በማንኛውም ወቅት በአገራችንም በወረርሽኝ መልክ ሊከሰት የሚችል በመሆኑ ከወዲሁ ጥንቃቄ ማድረግ አስፈላጊ ይሆናል፡፡ የኢቦላ በሽታ ለከፍተኛ ህመምና ለሞት የሚዳርግ ቢሆንም መከላከል ግን ይቻላል፡፡
2. የኢቦላ በሽታ መተላለፊያ መንገዶች፡-
•በኢቦላ ከታመመ ሰው ቁስል፣ ደም፣ ምራቅ፣ ትውከት፣ አይነምድርና ሽንት ጋር በቀጥታ በመነካካት ወይም እነዚህ ፈሳሾች ወደ ጤነኛ ሰው አይን ከተረጩና ከገቡ፣
•ንጽህናቸው ባልተረጋገጠ ወይም ሌሎች ህሙማን የተጠቀሙበትን መርፌ ሳይቀቅሉ በመጠቀም፣
•የኢቦላ በሽታ ታማሚ የተጠቀመባቸዉን ስለታማ መሳሪያዎች በመጠቀም፣
•በኢቦላ በሽታ የሞተ ሰውን አስከሬን በቀጥታ በመነካካት፣
•በኢቦላ በሽታ የሞተውን እንሰሳ ስጋ በመመገብ ናቸው፡፡
3. በኢቦላ በሽታ የተያዘ ሰው የበሽታዉን ምልክቶች የሚያሳያው መቼ ነው?
በኢቦላ በሽታ ከተጠቃ ሰው ጋር ንኪኪ የፈጠረ ሰው ከ 2 እስከ 21 ቀናት ባለዉ ጊዜ ውስጥ የበሽታውን ምልክቶች ማሳየት ይጀምራል፡፡