Air traffic controllers in Senegal on Friday shut down the newly inaugurated airport in the capital Dakar saying they were striking to protect travellers after they received inadequate training before the facility opened this month. With (air) traffic interrupted, it means some 30 flights won't come here today, that's around 5,000 passengers, so of course it's an important loss for the airport. President of the Air Traffic Controllers Union, Mame Alioune said they are doing the maximum with the equipment adding that the danger is still there. “On the training side, controllers whose responsibility it is to ensure air security has already been trained at college and are capable. The airport is Senegal’s busiest and the strike is likely to affect scheduled flights by international carriers, including Air France and Ethiopian Airlines.
December 16, 2017 18:11 UTC
Alexander Okere, BeninThe Flamingoes on Saturday ended their return leg match against Ethiopia in the African qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in a goalless draw. Having held their Ethiopian counterparts to a 1-1 draw in Addis Ababa early in the month, the Nigerian side would face Cameroon in the final round. Shaibu, however, urged the Nigerian technical team to improve on the style of play. When you watch this team (Flamingoes) and the Falconets, there is a big difference. “So, I think the technical team needs to do more work.
December 16, 2017 18:00 UTC
Ethiopian Airlines, on Saturday, operated its first all women flight to Nigeria. It was the first time Ethiopian Airlines was operating an all women flight in Africa as it had earlier done same to Bangkok, Thailand. On the historic flight, all the roles from pilot to cabin crew to in-flight ramp operations and flight dispatchers on the ground, were all women. She thanked the Federal Government for the opportunity given to the airline to operate the historic flight to the country. Mrs Firiehiwot Mekonen, the General Manager, Ethiopian Airlines, Nigeria, said the aim of the flight was to promote women empowerment and encourage more African women to pursue aviation careers.
December 16, 2017 15:33 UTC
THE HAGUE — A court in the Netherlands on Friday convicted an aide to a former Ethiopian dictator and sentenced him to life in prison for war crimes carried out during Ethiopia’s “red terror” purges of the 1970s, including the execution of 75 prisoners. The defendant, Eshetu Alemu, 63, was found guilty of ordering the 1978 killing of detainees, many of them younger than 18. “The fact that the majority of victims were children younger than 18 makes the crimes all the more cruel,” said the presiding judge, Mariette Renckens. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyMr. Alemu arrived in the Netherlands as an asylum seeker in 1990 and had been in custody since 2015. He pleaded not guilty to the charges but was not present when the verdict was read out.
December 16, 2017 02:26 UTC
Dutch Court Convicts Ethiopian Born Man Over Red Terror ChargesDecember 15, 2017 - Netherlands court convicted a 63-year-old Ethiopian born man of committing war crimes under a brutal Marxist regime in Ethiopia in the 1970s and sentenced him to life imprisonment, a ruling that one victim hailed as delivering justice to survivors. Some experts say 150,000 university students, intellectuals and politicians were killed in a nationwide purge by the Dergue regime of former dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam, though no one knows for sure how many suspected opponents were killed. But the court ruled that he was responsible and said the crimes were “so serious that only a life sentence” is the fitting punishment. Negus Gebeyehu, who said he was imprisoned as a 15-year-old, told the court on Friday: “Justice has been done for Ethiopia.”Alemu was tried in a Dutch court because he moved to the Netherlands in the early 1990s and was granted Dutch citizenship in 1998. He was convicted in absentia by an Ethiopian court in 2006 of genocide and later sentenced to death.
December 15, 2017 21:56 UTC
There, thousands of Somali displaced by recent ethnic violence in the neighboring Oromia region are now sheltering. The camps for displaced Somali in the lee of the Kolenchi hills in the Ethiopia's Somali region. At a camp for displaced Oromo outside Harar, Ethiopia, this Oromo woman is catatonic with grief. She lost four children during the evictions from the Somali region, and has no idea of their whereabouts or condition. Those Somali had relatives back in the Somali region, resulting in the Somali regional government evicting Oromo.
December 15, 2017 21:56 UTC
It is an honor to be here at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).  By 2030, over half of new workers entering the global labor force will come from Africa. His three-piece installation is titled “Africa Then,” “Africa Then and Now,” and “Africa Now and in the Future.”Technology is already shaping “Africa Now.” And with the right investments, it can be a powerful tool to help build stronger economies for “Africa in the Future.”OutlookLet me start by offering a brief overview of the economic context for the application of new technologies and home-grown innovation in Africa. These projects will help Africa close its infrastructure gap, which is estimated to be over $90 billion annually. Not every one of these programs has a technology focus, but each initiative is designed to secure the economic foundations of our members.
December 15, 2017 21:11 UTC
DAKAR (Reuters) - Air traffic controllers ended a strike at Senegal's main airport on Friday, a union leader said, after shutting it down for most of the day over demands for more training and transportation stipends. But air traffic controllers complained that they had not been adequately trained to work at the new facility before it opened and said they launched their walkout "for people's security". The airport is Senegal's busiest and is used by international carriers including Air France, Ethiopian Airlines [ETHA.UL], Brussels Airlines, Iberia, South African Airways, TAP Portugal and Kenya Airways. An airport management official said the strike meant around 30 flights serving some 5,000 passengers had to be canceled or delayed. Last year, the country launched a new national carrier, Air Senegal, which ordered two new Airbus A330 jets last month.
December 15, 2017 19:41 UTC
Air traffic controllers in Senegal shut down the capital Dakar's newly inaugurated airport Friday, claiming they were striking to protect travelers after they received inadequate training before the facility opened this month. The government says the new $680 million airport, which opened on Dec. 7, will help make Senegal a transport hub in West Africa and boost the country's tourism sector. But Mame Alioune Sene, the president of the union representing the airport's air traffic controllers, said his members had called a 24-hour strike "for people's security." The airport is Senegal's busiest and the strike is likely to affect scheduled flights by international carriers, including Air France and Ethiopian Airlines. Last year, the country launched a new national carrier, Air Senegal, which ordered two new Airbus A330 jets last month.
December 15, 2017 19:18 UTC
Eshetu Alemu, who served Ethiopia’s ruthless leader Mengesitu Haile Mariam in the late 1970s, has been sentenced to life in jail by Dutch judges in the Hague. The 63 year old dual Ethiopian-Dutch national was convicted of war crimes including ordering the execution of 75 people during Ethiopia’s “Red Terror” purges. Prosecution had called for Alemu to be jailed for life for conducting ‘an atrocious campaign’ and the judges agreed with them. He is guilty of war crimes and treated his fellow citizens in a cold and calculating manner… including robbing them of their right to life. Alemu denied the four charges of war crimes contained in a 100-page indictment, which includes the names of 321 victims – many of them high-school students.
December 15, 2017 17:22 UTC
THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Dutch judges jailed a onetime aide to Ethiopia’s former communist ruler Mengistu Haile Mariam for life on Friday for war crimes carried out during Ethiopia’s “Red Terror” purges of the 1970s, including the execution of 75 prisoners. “The fact that the majority of victims were children younger than 18 makes the crimes all the more cruel,” said presiding judge Mariette Renckens. Alemu came to the Netherlands as an asylum seeker in 1990 and had been in custody since 2015. “Today’s verdict shows perpetrators that the Netherlands will not be a safe haven,” Jirko Patist of the national prosecutor’s office said. The Netherlands is one of the European countries that has established an international crimes prosecution unit to prosecute alleged war criminals residing in the Netherlands even if their crimes were committed abroad.
December 15, 2017 15:05 UTC
By Stephanie van den BergTHE HAGUE (Reuters) - Dutch judges jailed a onetime aide to Ethiopia's former communist ruler Mengistu Haile Mariam for life on Friday for war crimes carried out during Ethiopia's "Red Terror" purges of the 1970s, including the execution of 75 prisoners. "The fact that the majority of victims were children younger than 18 makes the crimes all the more cruel," said presiding judge Mariette Renckens. Alemu came to the Netherlands as an asylum seeker in 1990 and had been in custody since 2015. "Today's verdict shows perpetrators that the Netherlands will not be a safe haven," Jirko Patist of the national prosecutor's office said. The Netherlands is one of the European countries that has established an international crimes prosecution unit to prosecute alleged war criminals residing in the Netherlands even if their crimes were committed abroad.
December 15, 2017 14:39 UTC
Offering a package of incentives including exemption of and import duty, Ethiopia on Friday sought investment from in sectors like infrastructure and small engineering. "Ethiopia has joined the group of nations that are fast moving in economic development. My country is the fastest growing in the world and has registered a double-digit annual growth for the last 14 years. "Ethiopia offers inexpensive and trainable labour force and the low est power/ energy cost in the world. The country is potentially one of the largest domestic markets in Africa with 100 million consumers whose purchasing power is growing," Asfaw said.
December 15, 2017 14:26 UTC
Edo Government on Friday assured that it was ready to host the match between Nigeria’s Flamingoes and their Ethiopian counterparts at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin on Saturday. The state’s Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, while inspecting the stadium said government would do everything possible to ensure that ongoing maintenance work at the stadium was completed before Saturday. “We therefore urge residents of the state to come out in great number to support the Flamingoes to enable them secure passage to the final round of the African qualifiers for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup finals in Uruguay next year,’’ he said. The Flamingoes, Nigeria’s under-17 women football team, had drawn 1-1 draw with Ethiopia at Addis Ababa about two weeks ago. Saturday’s match is the second leg tie of the fixture, with the aggregate winners facing either Cameroon or Algeria.
December 15, 2017 14:03 UTC
As such, from Dec. 12, internet users in Ethiopia started mentioning that they couldn’t access several social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The government has a monopoly over the provision of mobile and internet services, and users couldn’t access these sites without using virtual private networks. The throttling of the sites didn’t, however, extend to WhatsApp or Telegram, an increasingly popular application in the country, according to Karanja. “We have seen internet disruptions in Ethiopia serve as canaries in the mine of state violence in the past,” Karanja says. This is not the first time that Ethiopia has shut down the internet or blocked social media sites following anti-government protests.
December 15, 2017 11:48 UTC