New drought across swathes of southern Ethiopia may jeopardise the East African nation’s restoration of food security after the worst agricultural seasons in decades, unless urgent efforts are made to shore up vulnerable households in rural areas, warned the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). However, food security in 120 woredas (districts) has worsened since July, while 86 woredas are entering their third year (since December 2015) of top-priority emergency status. FAO calls for an immediate response to support the food security and nutrition of households reliant on animals. Along with the provision of supplementary animal feed, especially along migratory routes, targeted destocking interventions will be implemented to make protein-rich meat available for vulnerable pastoral communities and support livestock prices in local markets. For Ethiopian households, restocking after the loss of half of one's cattle typically takes four years without adverse conditions.
Ethiopian Airlines to Open 7 New Destinations in 2017January 18, 2017 - Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it has planned to launch seven new destinations within five months in 2017, of which three are in Africa, a press release issued by the Airline indicated, according to ENA report. In addition to these stations, Ethiopian would have services from Addis Ababa to 98 different international cities located across the world. In turn efficient air connectivity also drives socio economic development, he added. “Ethiopian Airlines is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, and we are expanding our wings every year,” the CEO said. The national carrier envisages reaching 120 international destinations worldwide by the year 2025.
EPRDF to Begin Dialogue with Opposition Parties Next WeekJanuary 18, 2017 - The Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) announced that it is ready for dialogue and consultation with political parties operating legally in the country, according to ENA report. The Party has been working with political parties that are willing to cooperate under the umbrella of the joint political parties' council. This will enable the public to know the agendas of the political parties and make its own decisions, he added. This times all legal political parties operating peacefully, whether they sign the electoral code of conduct or not. According to Shiferaw, EPRDF and other parties are expected to present their thoughts on ways of conducting the dialogue.
Egyptian Lawyers Preparing Lawsuit Challenging Support for GERDJanuary 18, 2017 - A group of Egyptian lawyers and political activists are preparing a lawsuit to challenge a preliminary deal agreed by Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on Ethiopia’s Nile dam project in March 2015, reported egypt media on Wednesday. The group of lawyers and activists now aim to overturn Sisi’s decision to agree to the Nile Dam declaration, claiming that the agreement is not in the interests of Egypt. Why Egyptians are worried about the GERDAny development which might interfere with the flow of the Nile waters is of great concern to Egypt. Attempts were made to build the dam during the era of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who asserted that Egyptian access to its annual quota of the Nile’s waters is a matter of life or death. But successive Egyptian administrations seem to have been caught by surprise by Ethiopia’s determination to implement the GERD.
South Sudan Denies Making Any Deal Against Ethiopia - ReportJanuary 18, 2017 - South Sudan’s ambassador to Ethiopia, James Pita Morga, said his country cannot enter into a deal likely to harm Ethiopia’s interest with a third party, according to Sudan Tribune. Morga, in an interview with the state-run Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), dismissed the alleged report as fabricated. Kiir’s recent visit to Cairo came weeks after Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met Kiir’s close ally and Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni in Kampala. But the South Sudan official said Kiir’s visit was "a usual, bilateral and friendly visit". (Sudan Tribune)Back
Ethiopian government appeals for humanitarian aid Wednesday 18 January 2017 12:17 The humanitarian response plan, launched by the Ethiopian government and humanitarian partners, aims to help 5.6 million people mainly in the southern and eastern parts of the country. The humanitarian response plan, launched by the Ethiopian government and humanitarian partners, aims to help 5.6 million people mainly in the southern and eastern parts of the country, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “Last year the government of Ethiopia, with the support of international donors and humanitarian partners, was able to mount the biggest drought response operation in global history. Of the total, $598 million is targeted for relief food, $105 million for nutrition, and $86 million for water and sanitation needs. Share this page: Printer friendly version /SABCNews-Templates/SABCNews_tech/default_content/default_content_news Default Content News /SABCNews-Templates/SABCNews_tech/default_content/default_content_news Default Content News /SABCNews-Templates/SABCNews_tech/default_content/default_content_news Default Content News /SABCNews-Templates/SABCNews_tech/default_content/default_content_news Default Content News /SABCNews-Templates/SABCNews_tech/default_content/default_content_news Default Content News /SABCNews-Templates/SABCNews_tech/default_content/default_content_news Default Content News
DUBAI (Reuters) – Triple Olympic track champion Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest marathon runner in history, said on Wednesday he can shave around 90 seconds off the current world record over the classic 26.2 mile distance before he retires. Ethiopian Bekele, widely regarded as the greatest distance runner of all time and world record holder over 10,000 and 5,000 metres, is making an attempt at the world record this Friday at the Dubai Marathon. He ran two hours, three minutes and three seconds when winning Berlin last September, six seconds outside Dennis Kimetto’s world record of 2:02:57 set on the same course in 2014. The 34-year-old, who said he is eyeing “just the world record” this week, told reporters he believes he can run “around 2:01:30” before retiring. The last time Bekele competed in the Dubai Marathon was in 2015 when an injury forced him to pull out mid-race.
Rotary Club of Attadale president John Sharp in front of the Beeliar home that will be sold for charity. THE Rotary Club of Attadale is close to completing a Beeliar home it plans to sell, with all proceeds benefiting local charities and an Ethiopian school for disadvantaged children. Rotary Club of Attadale president John Sharp said the Parsons made the trip after hearing from the school’s founder Yared Wolde in late 2015. The club plans to use an additional $30,000 to apply for a second Global Grant in 2018, tripling that amount to construct new classrooms. The remaining proceeds from the sale of the house will be used to support local charities.
In an exclusive interview with Xinhua on the sidelines of the media briefing ahead of the 2017 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon where 30,000 runners are expected, Bekele said: "Of course, I want to win, I want to run a good time. Also Read :Father-son cricket legacy: Father and son who played competitive cricket together"In the year 2015 I had not a great start, because I got injured at the Dubai Marathon and dropped out at kilometre 30. Bekele missed the men's world record (2 hours 2 minutes and 57 seconds) of Dennis Kimetto from Kenya by just six seconds when he won the Berlin Marathon on September 25, 2016. He said he did not run in Dubai last year "because I was not 100 per cent healthy at that time". Dubai Marathon 2014 winner Tsegaye Mekonnen from Ethiopia will also be at the start line near the seven star hotel Burj Al Arab on the coming Friday morning, 6.30 am local time when the marathon starts.
The two cities, located in the north-west in the Amhara region, are famous for anti-government protests that led to deaths of hundreds of people last year. Reports indicate that the government has deployed a heavy security presence in both areas. The curfew was imposed to primarily quell months of unrest in the Amhara and Oromia regions. Timket is largely marked with a reenactment of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, where people jump into the waters of the Fasillides Bath located in the Gondar region. Elsewhere across the country priests spray baptism water on the faithful.
The World Bank has granted a 24-million USD support for Addis Ababa and Haremaya universities to enable them establish centers of excellence. Both universities were selected to be East and South African centers of excellence having competed with other African universities. Hence, Addis Ababa University (AAU) would open three and Haremaya University (HU) one center of excellence. The World Bank provided six million USD for the establishment of each center. The MoU was signed by European Union Ambassador to Ethiopia Chantal Hebberecht and Addis Ababa University President Professor Admasu Tsegaye.
Comprehensive dialogue hailed as promising long-term solutions to political tensions, but format is criticizedBy Addis GetachewADDIS ABABA, EthiopiaEthiopia’s ruling party is meeting Wednesday with the nationally registered main political opposition for a dialogue aimed at long-term stability. Accordingly, about 23 opposition parties sat in discussion with the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) at the office of the government whip in a closed session. “The move is excellent for bringing about durable solutions in the country,” Chane Kebede, head of the Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP), a major opposition party, told Anadolu Agency. But he added, “We did not expect the dialogue to be hosted by the ruling party as it turned out to be. With a ruling party presiding over a political dialogue, the idea of equivalence concerning political parties as practiced in any democratic state would be undermined.
Ethiopia Appeals for $948 Million in Humanitarian Aid for 201717 January 2017 – On the heels of failed rains and a calamitous El Niño in Ethiopia, the country's Government today launched an appeal for $948 million to urgently address food and non-food needs, while the United Nations agriculture agency warned that a new drought may put the East African nation's hard fought gains at risk. The humanitarian response plan, launched by the Ethiopian Government and humanitarian partners, aims to help 5.6 million people mainly in the southern and eastern parts of the country, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “Last year the Government of Ethiopia, with the support of international donors and humanitarian partners, was able to mount the biggest drought response operation in global history. “Humanitarian partners stand ready to support the Government in addressing the needs of those Ethiopians affected by this new drought,” said the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie. Of the total, $598 million is targeted for relief food, $105 million for nutrition, and $86 million for water and sanitation needs.
JAIPUR: Ethiopian president Dr Mulatu Teshome praised the Jaipur-based world's largest organisation for the handicapped Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), the makers of the Jaipur Foot for holding two camps in Ethiopia and rehabilitating 700 handicapped persons.At a ceremony in Harar town in the eastern region of Ethiopia, Dr Teshome said that the effort of the BMVSS that equipped 700 persons with the Jaipur Foot was laudable. He said it was a great humanitarian work that helped the Ethiopian handicapped not only gain mobility but also dignity.Some patients fitted with the Jaipur Foot gave a demonstration by walking, jumping and squatting. They showed how they were able to walk like normal people and were happy that after gaining mobility they would be able to work.The special guest, India's ambassador to Ethiopia, Anurag Shrivastav, said that the Jaipur Foot camp will help in strengthening the bond between India and Ethiopia. He hoped that similar camps will be held in other parts of the country.Founder and the chief patron of the BMVSS D R Mehta said that their organisation would be willing to set up a permanent centre in Ethiopia and train its technical persons there to enable them start a Jaipur Foot centre in the country like it has done in Afghanistan, Mauritus and other countries.He revealed that at the two camps organised in Ethiopia, the 12-member technical team of the BMVSS provided limbs free of cost.
Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield will be in South Sudan on January 18 and Ethiopia on January 19. The primary purpose of the Assistant Secretary’s visit to Juba, South Sudan is to meet with Embassy personnel. In addition, the Assistant Secretary intends to meet with senior government officials to discuss issues of mutual concern in the bilateral relationship. In Ethiopia, the Assistant Secretary will meet with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh and officials of the African Union Commission, as well as with Embassy personnel. Be sure to follow the Assistant Secretary on Twitter @StateAfrica for more updates throughout her trip.