Ethiopians underline marathon credentials with massive win in Dubai

Of the top 20 athletes at the end of the marathon, 18 Ethiopians were listed. Tamirat Tola won the men’s race in two hours, four minutes and eleven seconds, with that he set a new course record and personal best. He was attempting to break a marathon world record after triumph in Berlin in September 2016. In the German capital, he finished just six seconds outside Dennis Kimetto’s world record of 2 hours, 2 minutes and 57 seconds. Bekele, widely regarded as the greatest distance runner of all time and world record holder over 10,000 and 5,000 meters, has also said he is eyeing the world record at April’s London Marathon

January 20, 2017 09:34 UTC

Italian firm allowed to bid in 200-MW Ethiopian solar tender

Italian firm allowed to bid in 200-MW Ethiopian solar tenderTsvetomira Tsanova bySolar panels. Author: John S. Quarterman. Author: John S. Quarterman. January 20 (SeeNews) - Italian firm Energy Resources is among the qualified bidders for a tender in Ethiopia for two 100-MW independent power producer solar projects, it said Wednesday. The EEP has plans to install 5,200 MW wind, 500 MW geothermal, 5,200 MW utility-scale solar and 420 MW biomass projects in both public and private financing schemes.

January 20, 2017 08:39 UTC

Tola of Ethiopia sets course record in Dubai Marathon upset

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia set a new course record in winning the Dubai Marathon on Friday. The 25-year-old completed the course in two hours, four minutes and 11 seconds; 12 seconds faster than the previous best time for the course. His Ethiopian compatriot Kenenisa Bekele had been a favorite to win after coming in six seconds shy of the world record in Berlin in September. He was tripped and fell at the start, and dropped out after the halfway mark. Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia won the women's race with a time of 2 hours, 22 minutes and 36 seconds.

January 20, 2017 07:42 UTC

Ethiopia Prepares to Celebrate 6th Anniversary of GERD

Ethiopia Prepares to Celebrate 6th Anniversary of GERDJanuary 19, 2017 - The Office of the National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam said that preparations to mark the 6th anniversary Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD) foundation stone laid is underway, according to Walta. In his exclusive interview with WIC, Public Relations Head with the Council, Hailu Abrham, said that the day will be marked under the objective of scaling up the national conciseness and generating much more money. The council has collected 64.7 million ETB so far from the Renaissance Dam Lottery. The anniversary also targets to strengthen farmers and pastoralists put their share to this national project at large than ever before, Hailu added. The public diplomacy that has been held among Ethio-Sudan and Ethio-Egypt has also continued as per the schedule.

January 20, 2017 00:01 UTC

Security High as Ethiopia Celebrates Timket

Security High as Ethiopia Celebrates TimketJanuary 19, 2017 - Tensions are high in two of Ethiopia’s ‘protest cities’ – Bahir Dar and Gondar – as the Orthodox Church celebrates the Epiphany, known in local parlance as the Timket, reports Africa News. The event celebrates the occasion of the baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan. 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. 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.

January 19, 2017 23:43 UTC



A boom in qat in Ethiopia and Kenya

Young men sprint down streets with bundles of fresh qat leaves on their shoulders, as traders call out prices and haul the bags aboard lorries. Ethiopia’s trade in qat, a mild stimulant native to this part of Africa, is booming. Qat is now the country’s second-largest source of foreign currency, and, with prices rising, a handy source of government revenue. Qat kiosks are dotted around all main towns; young men chewing on street corners or in university libraries have become a ubiquitous feature of Ethiopian life. Much the same is true in neighbouring Kenya, the region’s second-largest qat producer.

January 19, 2017 15:47 UTC

Ethiopian to Open Seven New Destinations

Photo: Dominic Bukenya/Daily MonitorPassengers alight from an Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350 at Entebbe International Airport. Ethiopian envisages to reach 120 international destinations worldwide by the year 2025Ethiopian Airlines, Africa's largest airline group, announces that it will launch seven new destinations in five months time. In a press release, Ethiopian said it would launch new service to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Antananarivo (Madagascar), Conakry (Guinea), Oslo (Norway), Chengdu (China), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Singapore (Singapore) starting from February to June. Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam said: "Africa's share of the Global Aviation is the smallest which is only around three percent. Ethiopian is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, and is stretching its wings every year to new destinations.

January 19, 2017 12:51 UTC

FNB News - Drought in Ethiopia may jeopardise food security restoration, warns FAO

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.

January 19, 2017 02:38 UTC

Ethiopian Airlines to Open 7 New Destinations in 2017

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.

January 19, 2017 02:25 UTC

EPRDF to Begin Dialogue with Opposition Parties Next Week

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.

January 19, 2017 02:10 UTC

Egyptian Lawyers Preparing Lawsuit Challenging Support for GERD

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.

January 19, 2017 02:10 UTC

South Sudan Denies Making Any Deal Against Ethiopia - Report

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

January 19, 2017 01:53 UTC

Ethiopian government appeals for humanitarian aid:Wednesday 18 January 2017

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

January 18, 2017 22:15 UTC

Bekele sets 02:01:30 marathon career target

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.

January 18, 2017 17:34 UTC

Rotary Club of Attadale close to completing home, with proceeds to local charities and an Ethiopian school

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.

January 18, 2017 17:08 UTC



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