Food-focused colleges and universities are exploring convenience formats in a way that students find compelling. All of a sudden, a competitive threat to c-stores has emerged on campus as university dining services leverage a captive audience of younger consumers hungry for variety, quality and speed of service. The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus has more than 30 foodservice locations, including a half-dozen retail outlets. All accept the university’s meal plans, Dining Dollars and UCard debit card, as well as cash and credit cards. In the Dining Dollars program, students set aside a dollar amount to use at the university dining halls, retail dining locations, University Club and restaurants, as well as food trucks and concessions.

December 12, 2017 20:15 UTC

Amhara and Oromia together account for more than 60 percent of Ethiopia’s population. Tensions boiled over after an Amhara student was killed at Adigrat University, setting off protests by Oromo and Amhara students. Further south, the killings of Oromo civilians by the expansionist Somali State Liyu Police have become a common occurrence. Angered by the unrelenting and sensible killings of Oromo youth in the hands of the federal security forces, Oromia wide protests are expected in the coming days. Meanwhile, as the country reels from protests, the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) is holding a meeting in Addis Ababa.

December 12, 2017 16:53 UTC

Ethiopia has finalized construction of the Genale Dawa Hydro electric power dam as it is preparing to launch another power project on Omo River at a cost of $2.7 billion, an official said on Tuesday.In an exclusive interview with APA, Bizuneh Tolcha, Public Relations Director with the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity said the Genale Dawa Hydro power project on Dawa River in far south east of Ethiopia is expected to generate 54 mega watt of electricity this year. “The Genale Dawa hydro power project is almost completed except problems associated with filling the dam with water due to social problems.” Bizuneh saidEthiopia is undertaking a number of power projects the major one being the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) whose completion has reached 63 percent. Meanwhile, Africa’s first energy from waste in the outskirts of Addis Ababa, is close to completion. The so-called Reppie project is set to transform waste disposal for the rapidly expanding city’s population and also expected to serve as a waste management blueprint for the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. “The Reppie waste power project has been completed.

December 12, 2017 13:18 UTC

analysisNewly appointed Ethiopian Coffee Serbian coach departsADDIS ABABA - Ethiopian Coffee newly appointed Serbian coach Kostadin Papic left the side after serving one month breaking the two years contract, club sources announced in a statement. Habtewold will remain in charge as interim coach, club sources said. The addition of two gold medals was earned in Beijing Olympic in 2008 both in 10, 000 and 5, 000 meters. One of the dead was from Woldiya City and the other is from Mekele side. Woldiya joined the league a year earlier while Mekele City stayed in the league only for a brief two months.

December 12, 2017 09:45 UTC

A group of six Israeli police officers are being investigated after a video surfaced in which one of them is seen beating a 16-year-old of Ethiopian origin who was handcuffed to a bench. The officers, from the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam, are also suspected of distributing the video clip among their police co-workers. The incident occurred in April, when the teen was arrested on suspicion of assault. skip - Israeli cop caught on video beating a handcuffed Ethiopian teenIsraeli cop caught on video beating a handcuffed Ethiopian teenThe Justice Ministry’s police conduct investigation unit is looking into the incident. “Immediately after the incident occurred, the film was given to the regional headquarters, which of its own initiative gave it to the Justice Ministry investigative unit.

December 12, 2017 09:08 UTC

Researchers and a lawyer who spoke to AFP say Ethiopia has ramped up the use of computer spyware (AFP Photo/Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS)Addis Ababa (AFP) - As soon as Ethiopian opposition activist Henok Gabisa read the email, he knew something was not right. "There's been no other case I can think of where we’ve had such an endless string of attempts," said Bill Marczak, a senior research fellow with the Canada-based Citizen Lab, of the spyware campaign. Reacting to the Citizen Lab report, the US embassy in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa said that they were "looking into the matter." In 2014 one US-based dissident whose computer had been infected sued Ethiopia in a Washington federal court, under the pseudonym Kidane. That case ended earlier this year, when the court ruled Ethiopia wasn't liable because the hacking took place outside the US.

December 12, 2017 01:41 UTC

IMF Director Visiting EthiopiaDecember 11, 2017 - Ms.Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will arrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia next Friday. It will mark the first visit by the boss of the IMF in the organisation’s 72-year history. According to Addis Fortune, Lagarde is scheduled to meet Ethiopian authorities, including Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, to possibly discuss the resumption of a program by the IMF. She is also booked to speak on the impact technology can have in ensuring inclusive growth in Africa, at the UNECA, on Friday morning. Source: FBCBack Print

December 12, 2017 00:56 UTC

Egyptian Private Banks Deny Financing Ethiopian DamDecember 11, 2017 - The Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) Tarek Amer dismissed reports that Egyptian banks and other banks operating in the local market are financing the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). During the past two days, a photo of a document went viral on social media showing a list of banks, which allegedly has financed the construction of the GERD through the purchasing of bonds from the Ethiopian government with a 36% interest rate. He added that foreign parties that participated in financing GERD are known, and Egyptian banks have not been involved, either by buying bonds or through direct financing.Ethiopia has been constructing the Renaissance Dam since 2011 over the Blue Nile, one of Egypt’s major sources of freshwater, and is expected to be completed within the coming period. Egypt fears that GERD would harm its share of Nile River waters which is estimated at 55.5 billion cubic meters.The negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan reached a deadlock last month with each country over the impact of the dam on each country’s water share. Source: Almasri AlyoumBack Print

December 12, 2017 00:45 UTC

Ethiopia, Egypt Agree to Bolster TiesDecember 11, 2017 - Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister, Demeke Mekonnen, conferred with Egyptian Acting Prime Minister Dr Mostafa Madbouly in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.The two officials met on the sidelines of the three-day African and World Investment Forum held in Sharm El-Sheikh. According to a statement by Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Demeke said both countries need to further expand their scope of bilateral ties. A strong relation that exists between Ethiopia and Egypt is also necessary for Africa, said Mostafa Madbouly. The Acting PM also underscored the need to resolve differences through dialogue regarding the utilization of Nile waters. Source: FBCBack Print

December 12, 2017 00:45 UTC

It said that it would also be the first time the airlines would be operating an all women flight in Africa. According to the statement, the flight, which is expected to leave for Lagos, Nigeria from Addis Ababa on Dec. 16, will have on board some selected Nigerian journalists. “In a country where few women have dared to enter the highly male-dominated profession of piloting, Captain Guale, in 2010 became the first Ethiopian female captain to fly an Ethiopian Airlines Bombardier from Addis Ababa to Gondar. “Ethiopian airlines say it wants to promote women’s empowerment and encourage more African women to pursue aviation careers. “Although one-third of its employees are women, the figure is smaller when it comes to positions such as pilots and technicians,’’ it said.

December 11, 2017 21:56 UTC

Fueled by her desire to serve, Alesha Klein became a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia. Interested in Peace Corps ? In reality everyone knows as an archaeologist that will never happen.”Klein always planned on going into the Peace Corps and took steps to ensure her dream would become reality. Through the Peace Corps website, Klein came across the Stevenson Center at Illinois State University. As the Stevenson Center has developed new partnerships on campus, Klein is the first Peace Corps Fellow to pursue a master’s degree in anthropology.

December 11, 2017 21:45 UTC

BENGHAZI: Libyan forces fighting in Benghazi have lost four men and seen 10 wounded so far in December, five months after declaring victory in a campaign to control the eastern city, a medical source said on Monday.Three of the dead from the Libyan National Army (LNA) were killed by snipers and one by a land mine as it faces resistance from a group of fighters in the Benghazi district of Khreibish.There have been daily clashes in the area and occasional air strikes.LNA commander Khalifa Haftar declared victory in a three-year military campaign against an array of extremists and other fighters in Benghazi in early July.The fighting is part of a broader conflict that developed following the 2011 fall of strongman Muammar Qaddafi. Haftar has opposed a UN-backed government based in the capital, Tripoli, as he has gradually strengthened his position on the ground.Also on Monday, he UN urgently appealed for countries to take in 1,300 “extremely vulnerable” refugees stranded in Libya, following revelations of horrific abuse of migrants in the country.The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said there was a dire need for 1,300 resettlement places by the end of March 2018.“This is a desperate call for solidarity and humanity,” Volker Turk, UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, said in a statement.“We need to get extremely vulnerable refugees out of Libya as soon as possible,” he said. The chaos-ridden country has long been a major transit hub for migrants trying to reach Europe. Many refugees and migrants have fallen prey to serious abuse there at the hands of human traffickers and others.European and African leaders have already vowed to evacuate nearly 4,000 distressed migrants from Libya after global outrage erupted last month over video footage showing African migrants being auctioned off as slaves in the country.“Many refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons in Libya are victims of serious violations of human rights, including different forms of inhumane, cruel and degrading treatment,” the UNHCR warned in Monday’s appeal.It stressed that many of them had been detained for an indefinite period of time in deplorable conditions, denouncing the “routine detention of refugees and displaced people.”The UN refugee agency in early November evacuated a first group of 25 vulnerable refugees — 15 women, six men and four children of Eritrean, Ethiopian and Sudanese nationalities — to Niger.“Given the imminent humanitarian needs and the rapidly deteriorating conditions in detention centers in Libya, UNHCR is actively working to organize more life-saving refugee evacuations to Niger in the coming weeks and months,” Turk said.UNHCR said the vulnerable refugees included unaccompanied children, single mothers, people with serious medical conditions and people who had been severely tortured during their journey or in detention in Libya.The agency said it aimed to evacuate them to Niger and hopefully other emergency transit centers pending their final resettlement to other countries.“Given the seriousness of the situation for refugees in Libya, we need to explore all sorts of solutions, including resettlement, family reunification, evacuation to UNHCR-run emergency facilities in other countries, or voluntary return,” Turk said.

December 11, 2017 20:48 UTC

Djibouti’s Government disclosed it has made a 45 percent price reduction on all port service fees for customers using the newly constructed Doraleh Multipurpose Port. The move was made following the decision made by the Government of Djibouti. According to the Ethiopian News Agency, the systems of operations and services that Djibouti has introduced at the Doraleh Multipurpose Port have transformed the industry. It is to be recalled that Djibouti has been giving services at its 5 specialized ports. This includes the Port of Djibouti and DMP.

December 11, 2017 20:37 UTC

The government of Ethiopia has "apparently" employed spyware purchased from an Israeli defence contractor to spy on independent journalists and dissidents living outside of the country, a recent report has revealed. CyberBit, a cyber-security company headquartered in Tel Aviv, is a subsidiary of Elbit Systems, an Israeli defence contractor with strong ties to the Israeli military. The attacks were "apparently carried out by Ethiopia from 2016 until the present", the report found. But Israel has the highest concentration of surveillance companies per capita, with 0.33 companies per 100,000 people, compared to 0.04 in the US and 0.16 in the UK, the report found. Privacy International investigations have revealed that Israeli companies sold telephone and internet-monitoring technology to secret police in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, and to security forces in Colombia, Uganda and Trinidad and Tobago.

December 11, 2017 19:18 UTC

The Ethiopian federal supreme court has today reduced the jail terms of 20 defendants who were accused and sentenced to various years in jail after having been charged of terrorism related. Among the 20 are two journalists Kalid Mohammed Ahmed and Darsema Sori Banqash, both working with Radio Bilal. However, four of those charged are also facing seperate charges in relation to a deadly fire outbreak in the Qilinto prison in September last year. The remaining 16 whose sentences are reduced are expected to be released from jail anytime soon since they have already served their times. pressfreedom welcomes the reduced sentences for journalists Darsema Sori and Khalid Mohamed in #Ethiopia but urges authorities to immediately release them and all other imprisoned journalists - #FreeThePress - — CPJ Africa (CPJAfrica) December 11, 2017Ethiopia’s media environment is considered one of the most restrictive in Africa, characterised by use of the anti-terrorism law to harass and intimidate journalists, censorship and closure of publications and the internet.

December 11, 2017 18:22 UTC