Nigeria award-winning gospel singer Sinach is in Seychelles

Sinach, born Osinachi Kalu is an Award Winning Nigerian Gospel Singer and song writer who has gained more and more recognition is in Seychelles for a two day stop. Sinach is reputed to have written to date well over 300 songs. As they posed in Ethiopian Airline for a souvenir photo in the company of Anne Lafortune, the PS for Tourism of Seychelles and Meseret Tekalign, the Seychelles Manager of Ethiopian Airlines, former Seychelles Minister St.Ange wished Sinach well and a great stay in Seychelles. The Nigerian Award Winning Gospel Singer and former Minister St.Ange also used the opportunity to discuss the friendly ties existing between Seychelles and Nigeria. In her open air Gospel Concert in Victoria, the Capital of the Seychelles, Sinach mentioned her meeting with Minister St.Ange and said publicly that she wished him well with the Seychelles bid for Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

April 23, 2017 11:26 UTC

Ethiopian Airlines graduates 452 aviation professionals - Xinhua

ADDIS ABABA, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopian Aviation Academy on Saturday graduated 452 aviation professionals at a ceremony held in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. The graduates, 35 pilots, 110 aviation maintenance technicians, 248 cabin crew, and 59 commercial and ground service professionals, include Rwandese, Libyan and Tanzanian nationals, according to Ethiopian Airlines, which operates the academy. Giving out diplomas to the graduates, chief operating officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Mesfin Tassew, said Ethiopian is continually striving to ensure self-sufficiency in meeting the growing skilled manpower requirement and avail competent aviation professionals throughout the continent and beyond. The academy, which currently trains 1,500 people a year, plans to raise the number of trainees to 4,000 by 2025.

April 22, 2017 21:56 UTC

A House Divided: Ethiopian Runners Separated by Politics Face Off at London Marathon · Global Voices

Ethiopians may suffer from conflicting allegiances Sunday as two Ethiopian elite runners Feyisa Lelisa and Kenenisa Bekele take to the streets of London for the 36th edition of the London Marathon. Three weeks after Feyisa’s protest, Kenenisa Bekele criticized Feyisa’s gesture and called for a separation of sport from politics. Last September, Bekele won the 2016 Berlin Marathon with a time of 2:03:03 — the second fastest marathon of all time. In an interview with BBC Africa, Feyisa said he will continue his protest against the government in the London Marathon and said that “the blood is flowing” in Ethiopia. Thus, when Feyisa and Kenenisa face each other on Sunday, there is more at stake than just athletic honor.

April 22, 2017 10:41 UTC

98 Eritrea-Sponsored Anti-Peace Elements Arrested - Ethiopia

98 Eritrea-Sponsored Anti-Peace Elements Arrested - EthiopiaApril 21, 2017 - Ethiopian security forces arrested 98 Eritrean sponsored anti-peace elements during the past two months, according to FBC report. They were arrested trying to cross into Ethiopia via west Tigray zone after receiving a terror mission from Eritrean-based two terrorist organizations, Ginbot 7 and Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), said the zonal administration. Tekiyu Metko, deputy administrator and security sector head of the zone, told FBC that they were arrested owing to the joint efforts of members of the defense force and the local residents. According to him, 15 of them were arrested this week while attempting to enter into the central part of the country to attack socio-economic institutions. (FBC)Back Print

April 22, 2017 03:56 UTC

Exiled Ethiopian athlete vows to protest Oromo killings at London Marathon

The blood is flowing,” this was the response of Feyisa Lilesa – the exiled Ethiopian athlete who is in London for the London Marathon which takes place on Sunday. Feyisa was classed in the group of thinkers called ‘‘the challengers.’‘He made an anti-government gesture at the end of his track event – the men’s Olympic marathon. He crossed his arms above his head as he finished the event as a protest against the Ethiopian government’s crackdown on political dissent. Ethiopia recently extended a six-month state-of-emergency imposed last year to help quell anti-government protests in the Amhara and Oromia regions. The London Marathon is a long-distance running event held in London, United Kingdom, it forms part of the World Marathon Majors.

April 22, 2017 03:56 UTC

Ethiopia Launches Satellite Television Transmission Platform

Ethiopia Launches Satellite Television Transmission PlatformApril 21, 2017 - Information Network Security Agency (INSA) has launched a National Integrated Satellite Television Transmission Platform that would serve public and community media in Ethiopia, reports ENA. INSA Director-General, Major General Teklebirhan Wolde-Aregay said the platform named “Ethiosat” will contribute to the effort underway to ensure equality and fairness of media usage as well as to create informed community. Currently, there are 15 to 20 television channels that rent satellites individually to transmit their programs, the director-general stated, adding that the platform would create opportunities to all television stations to transmit from one platform. Ethiosat will enable Ethiopia to have its own satellite television transmission platform which would be based on the digitalization of TV transmission, he added. According to Major General Teklebirhan, the agency is also striving to transfer TV transmission technology from analogue to digital.

April 22, 2017 03:22 UTC

Ethiopia announces arrest of '98 Eritrea sponsored' rebels in last 2 months

Ethiopia’s security forces have disclosed the arrest of 98 ‘Eritrean sponsored anti-peace elements’ in the past two months alone, the state-run FANA Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) reported on Friday. Ethiopia has also accused Eritrea of accommodating persons behind the Amhara and Oromia protests that have swept through the country since November 2015. Ethiopia is currently under a state of emergency which was imposed to quell the unrest. Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after decades of armed struggle. The two countries have had tense relations as a peace deal signed in 2000 to end the war has never been fully implemented.

April 22, 2017 02:03 UTC

Ethiopian Officials Hit Back at Olympic Athlete Planning London Marathon Protest

The Ethiopian Embassy in London has hit back at exiled Ethiopian athlete Feyisa Lilesa, who vowed to protest against his country’s government at the London marathon on Sunday. The protests resulted in the deaths of 669 people, including 63 policemen, according to a report released by Ethiopia’s Human Rights Commission earlier in April. Rights groups have accused security forces of killing hundreds, opening fire on unarmed protesters and arbitrarily arresting protesters, journalists and human rights defenders during the unrest. While the country’s Human Rights Commission recommended prosecution of some police officers, it maintained that the overall response by security forces was adequate. “The Ethiopian government historically has avoided scrutiny of its human rights record at all levels—from courtrooms to the national commission to international mechanisms,” Horne said.

April 21, 2017 16:41 UTC

Suri tribe in Ethiopia battle each other with sticks

These fascinating photographs show warriors in southern Ethiopia downing pints of cow's blood before fighting each other with sticks in a bid to impress women. The 'Donga', or stick fight, is practised by Suri tribesmen in southern Ethiopia at the end of each harvest. They go through elaborate beauty processes including intricate scarification and hair dyingAn Suri fighter with a homemade helmet. Shooting can break out in the donga if things get too rowdySpectators gather to watch the battle between Suri villages. Donga fights attract the most beautiful girls in the area who hope to be chosen by the eventual champion.

April 21, 2017 16:15 UTC

HM Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday celebrated in Ethiopia

The British Embassy in Addis Ababa marked Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 91st birthday on 18 April 2017. The celebration was attended by high level government and military officials, the diplomatic community and friends of the British Embassy. "As a friend of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian people, we want to see this country be stable in order to thrive, both today and the long term. Ambassador Susanna extended her sincere gratitude to Globeleq, leading innovators and investors in power production in Africa, for being a Gold sponsor. Corbetti, Unilever, Diageo being Silver sponsors and Cluff Geothermal, KPMG and Dashen brewery for being bronze sponsors of the event.

April 21, 2017 14:03 UTC

Fear of Investigation: What Does Ethiopia’s Government Have to Hide?

Shortly thereafter and without warning, security forces fired live ammunition into the crowd hitting Tolessa four times. I spoke to him around the time that Ethiopia’s national Human Rights Commission submitted an oral report to parliament on the protests. Independence is crucial for any successful national human rights commission, and the Ethiopian institution has failed to meet this bar for many years. The patterns of abuse documented by several human rights groups in Oromia during various periods, including the 2005 pre-election period and between 2011-2014 are strikingly similar. In Gambella, Human Rights Watch documented possible crimes against humanity by the Ethiopian army in 2003 and 2004, including extrajudicial executions, rape, and torture.

April 21, 2017 14:03 UTC

Take a look at the plans for the new Ethiopian cultural garden

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cultural Garden Federation approved plans for a new Ethiopian cultural garden to take root along Martin Luther King Dr., the first of the gardens to pay tribute to an African nation. The garden's goal is to pay tribute to Ethiopia as a birthplace of civilization, said Scott Embacher, spokesperson for the Ethiopian Cultural Garden Committee. The gardens also include a African-American cultural garden, which completed its first phase in June of last year. Embacher said the gardens skew Euro-centric, and that the Ethiopian cultural garden is the first tribute of its kind. The garden will be located south of the Irish cultural gardens, before the Chinese cultural gardens.

April 21, 2017 12:33 UTC

Family Demands Justice after 28-year Ethiopian Engineer was Shot and Killed by Police in Los Angeles

Family of Zelalem Eshetun Ewnetu, a 28-year old Ethiopian engineer who was shot and killed by police in Los Angeles is asking for answers concerning the events that led to his death. That was when officers shot him in the torso and he died. The family has created a GoFundMe page to help with his funeral and attorney costs. Zelalem was a graduate from the University of Idaho majoring in Mechanical/Nuclear Engineering. He is the first and only one in his family to graduate from college.

April 21, 2017 11:37 UTC

Ethiopia adopts 2016 protest report, 'harsh' security officers to be prosecuted

The House of People’s Representatives (HPR) – the Ethiopian parliament – has approved recommendations surrounding protest deaths as presented by the country’s rights commission’s recent report. The Ethiopia Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on Tuesday submitted its report on the Amhara and Oromia protests that threatened the security of the country last year. The main recommendation which the HPR backed was for ‘members of the security forces who used excessive force in the unrest to face justice,’ the state-owned FBC reported. The EHRC said the total number of casualties – protesters and security officials – stood at 669, a figure that activists dispute. Addis Ababa flatly refused to open its doors to independent investigators from the United Nations and the European Union.

April 21, 2017 03:00 UTC

Ethiopia: Catholic agencies build aid corridor

Image UNHCRSource: FidesA joint operational mission of Caritas Italiana and Sant'Egidio Community is has started in Addis Ababa to open the first humanitarian aid corridor from Africa in accordance with the protocol signed in Rome on January 12, 2017. The Memorandum of Understanding with the Italian State, promoted by the Italian Episcopal Conference - which operates through Caritas Italiana and the Migrantes Foundation - and the Community of Sant'Egidio, is funded with 8x1000 CEI funds and provides for the transfer, from Ethiopian camps, of 500 Eritrean, Somali and South Sudanese refugees in two years. During the meeting with the Italian delegation, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Mrs Hirut Zemene, underlined the generosity of this humanitarian operation for the most vulnerable people, and expressed appreciation of the commitment of Italy and its civil society towards migrants in this particularly complex period. The Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis Ababa and President of the Episcopal Conference of Ethiopia and Eritrea Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel and by Caritas Ethiopia expressed their gratitude. UN agencies, engaged in the aid towards refugees, such as ARRA, the State agency which deals with more than 850,000 refugees in Ethiopia have offered full cooperation,The Mission will start with a full reconnaissance in the Tigrai camps, on the border with Eritrea, facilitated by the NGO Gandhi Charity.

April 20, 2017 22:07 UTC

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