Wednesday 22 November 2017
(Nazret 08/16/17)
Gishen Pharmacy says they will publicly apologize if it is proven their pharmacists sold medicine without a prescription. An article in the Guardian entitled: “Inside the doping hotspot of Ethiopia: dodgy testing and Erythroprotien (EPO) over the counter,” which came as a result of a joint investigation by the German broadcaster ARD and Holland Media, suggests that it is easy to obtain doping products in the country and that the anti-doping agency tasked with testing athletes is disorganized. The writer of the article claimed that they bought nine phials of EPO were purchased at a cost of 2,430 birr from Gishen Pharmacy which is located around Addis Ababa stadium and no prescriptions were sought when the transaction was made. However,...
(Nazret 08/16/17)
The number of people that are in need of emergency assistance in Ethiopia has increased to 8.5 million; well surpassing the 5.6 million estimated in January 2017. According to the newly revised Humanitarian Document (HRD) in order to respond to the emergency, USD 1.25 billion is needed of which USD 487.7 million is outstanding. According to the Document an additional of 4 million people targeted by the Government’s food pipelines will also require a total USD 300 million in sustained assistance. The HDR was revised after the Ethiopian Government along with other partners conducted a food security assessment between May 23 and June 22, 2017. According to the National Disaster Risk Management Commission, in January the number of people affected...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all, but that’s still subject to...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
Heavy fighting erupted on Friday in the South Sudanese town of Pagak near the border with Ethiopia when rebels launched an offensive against government forces, the rebels said. Rebel spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel told Reuters that the rebels were seeking to regain Pagak, which was captured by government forces on Aug. 7. "We decided to launch an attack on them because Pagak is our base. They took it from us and we want to take it back," Gabriel said. "We cannot say right now that we are in full control but we are going towards taking control." Dickson Gatluak Jock, a spokesman for the forces of South Sudan's First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, confirmed that they were engaged in...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
Swiss prosecutors have charged an Ethiopian imam with inciting violence and other offences, they said on Friday, alleging he called in a mosque sermon for followers to kill Muslims who did not pray in the community. The step by prosecutors in the northern town of Winterthur comes amid heightened sensitivity to the risk of Islamist violence in Switzerland, whose spy agency warned about the threat in May. Prosecutors did not name the imam, one of four people they said were linked to the local An'Nur mosque and who have been under investigation since November on suspicion of inciting criminal or violent acts. "In his homily of Oct. 21, 2016, in the An'Nur Mosque, he is accused among other things of...
(New Business Ethiopia 08/10/17)
Geletu Tafa, father of six children, is one of the over 20,000 smallholder contract farmers producing improved malt barley variety for Heineken Ethiopia. He lives in Arsi Tiyo district Dosha area farming five hectares land. Before starting contract farming receiving ‘Traveller’, a French origin improved malt barley seed, from Heineken three years ago; he was producing wheat and other barley varieties. “After I began using Traveller seed, my production on one hectare has increased to around 60-70 quintals from around 25-30 quintals. The money I get from selling one quintal of the new barley variety has also increased to around 1,000 birr (around $43 at current exchange rate) from around 600 birr I used to earn from other crops three...
(Andalou Agency 08/10/17)
Multimillion dollar project aims at turning dirty river banks of Addis Ababa into attractions Rivers in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa have become increasingly polluted, but a rehabilitation effort hopes to replenish them. The capital's six rivers and streams meander across irregular terrain towards the south or southeast, crossing the capital for a total of over 600 kilometers (373 miles). Too small to be navigable, too polluted to support life, they can be turned into an aesthetically satisfying area of repose, hopes the city administration. Introduced two years ago, the five-year Rivers’ Rehabilitation Project has already deployed hundreds to work on cleaning the rivers and river beds. “The project has been designed to turn the rivers into something people would yearn...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/10/17)
A British explorer for mineral resources in Africa will on Thursday become the first venture of its kind to be listed on London's AIM market for growing companies, its CEO said. Following the recovery of the mining sector from a commodity price crash in 2015-16, a handful of new companies have listed. But smaller exploration companies known as project generators, which find assets but sell them on or agree joint ventures to develop them, have generally preferred the Canadian or Australian exchanges. "We will be the only listed project-generator business that has a focus on Africa," Steven Poulton, chief executive of Altus Strategies, told Reuters. Poulton had told Reuters in May he planned to list the company's shares. The aim...
(Goal 08/10/17)
There is massive financial ploughing into stadiums by Addis Ababa as the EFF prepares to host the 2020 CHAN and put in a bid for the 2025 AFCON. The increase in the number of participating teams at the Africa Cup of Nations to 24 means only a few countries on the continent can afford to host the tournament. Ethiopia is building its capacity to become one of those few with an investment of more than $500million in new stadiums across the country. In 2013, I was in Addis Ababa to cover the World Cup qualifier between Ethiopia and Nigeria at the Yidnekachev Tessema Stadium. Built in 1940, the 35,000 capacity ground was filled up on match day, with fans on...
(Xinhuanet 08/10/17)
Dr. Zhang Xiaoyang, aged 53, is a man on a mission as he paces briskly through the corridors of Tirunesh Beijing General Hospital (TBGH) on the southern outskirts of this city on a hot August day. Named after Tirunesh Dibaba, a well-known Ethiopian runner and champion of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics 10,000-meter and 5,000-meter races, the hospital built with Chinese finances and expertise showcases the multifaceted Ethiopia-China ties. Opened in March 2012, the hospital has been offering health services in internal medicine, surgery, HIV screening and others. WORKING FAR AWAY FROM HOME Zhang isn't on a one-man volunteer mission -- he's been leading a 16-member Chinese medical team working at TBGH to treat Ethiopian patients over the past year...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the word for "ancestor" in the Turkana language of Kenya, where the lemon-sized skull was unearthed. The sole specimen is that of an infant that would have grown to weigh about 11 kilogrammes (24 pounds) in adulthood. It had a brain...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
South Sudan plans to construct road projects, oil pipeline and oil refinery after government forces captured the rebel stronghold of Pagak near Ethiopia border. Speaking to Xinhua on Wednesday, South Sudan's Ambassador to Ethiopia James Morgan said despite Ethiopia and South Sudan signing an economic Memorandum of Understanding early this year, the lack of control by South Sudan government forces bordering Ethiopia had hindered implementation of the agreement. Although South Sudan gained independence in July 2011 from Sudan, less than three years later, it plunged into a civil war pitting forces broadly loyal to President Salva Kiir against those of his Ex-Deputy Riek Machar South Sudan plans to build a road project and oil pipeline from the oil fields to...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal of establishing a true partnership for the future", Lighthizer said. "By lowering barriers and tackling other constraints that impede trade and investment, we are poised to see U.S.-Africa trade flourish", he said, underscoring that "much more work needs to be...
(Hrw 08/08/17)
Ethiopia's parliament has just lifted the country's 10-month-long state of emergency. The government's emergency powers brought mass detentions, politically motivated criminal charges, and numerous restrictions on people's movement and communication. While the end is welcome news, thousands remain in detention without charge, none of the protesters' underlying grievances have been addressed, and politically motivated trials of key opposition leaders, artists, journalists, and others continue. In October 2016, at the beginning of the state of emergency, the government promised "deep reform" in response to the year-long protests that left over 1000 people dead. The reforms included tackling corruption, cabinet reshuffles, and a dialogue with what was left of opposition political parties. The government also pledged youth job creation and good governance...
(The Ethiopian Herald 08/08/17)
Ethiopian economy has been dependent on traditional agriculture for centuries. However, from the last few years, farmers have begun utilizing the modern agricultural technologies to increase their benefits from the sector. They have shown incremental interest in the modern agricultural inputs especially during the summer season. Fertilizer has become farmers' day to day agenda as they have to prepare it before the sowing season. The Ethiopian Agricultural Works Corporation was established to supply, produce and distribute agricultural input products and give agricultural mechanization service. In addition to this, it buys, produces and sells natural gum products inside and outside the country. Farmers' in various parts of the country complained the scarcity of inputs supply though the concerned government bodies claimed...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya's injured champion David Rudisha. Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men's 3,000m steeplechase - though American...
(AFP (eng) 08/04/17)
Ethiopia's parliament on Friday lifted a nationwide state of emergency decreed last year after Africa's second most-populous country was rocked by months of protests. The state of emergency was allowed to expire, ending 10 months of heightened restrictions and greater police powers. Siraj Fegessa, the defence minister, told an emergency meeting of parliament that, "even though there are a few situations that are happening in some areas, we have understood that it can be handled by the local security and administration." "We have assessed the general situation and we have provided...
(Voice of America 08/04/17)
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump announced Thursday it will provide an additional $169 million in humanitarian aid to the drought-stricken African countries of Ethiopia and Kenya. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said the funds, over $136 million for Ethiopia and almost $33 million for Kenya, would be used for emergency food aid, nutrition supplies and health services. USAID said nearly 8 million Ethiopians are in need of urgent humanitarian aid. Without it, the agency said "food insecurity could reach catastrophic levels for some families in the worst-affected areas" and result in "the displacement of affected populations." In Kenya, USAID said some 2.6 million people are "acutely food-insecure" as drought conditions continue. The latest round of humanitarian...
(AfricaNews 08/04/17)
Ethiopia’s parliament on Friday voted to lift a state of emergency imposed since October last year. It was imposed to quell spreading anti-government protests in the country. Originally imposed for a six-month period, the state of emergency is in its tenth month after it was extended by four months upon the first expiration in March 2017. Since January 2016 the human rights situation in Ethiopia has stagnated according to a Human Rights Watch reports which said security forces have killed more than 500 people during protests over the course of 2016. The government reported mass arrests of persons believed to be behind the protests, some have been released after training whiles others have been arraigned before the courts on offences...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/03/17)
The Trump administration gave $169 million to feed people starving in Ethiopia and Kenya, USAID said on Thursday, adding to earlier assistance for those suffering from drought and conflict in four other nations. USAID, the U.S. government's humanitarian relief agency, said in a statement that it would provide $137 million in aid for Ethiopia and nearly $33 million for Kenya. The latest wave of funding comes after Trump pledged $639 million last month in urgent food assistance for those in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen. Increased aid comes as numerous countries in the region face crisis-level food shortages due to armed conflict, drought and economic upheaval that have also resulted in a lack of medical care, sanitation, shelter and...

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