Ethiopia gets first chocolate factory

Haredo LLC chocolate company announced the completion of its around $5 million investment (110 million birr) brand new factory at the Tatek Special Industrial Zone in West Shewa, Oromia of Ethiopia. Upon receiving delivery of further machinery from Europe, the chocolate factory will immediately commence production, creating as many as 120 jobs directly and 250 indirectly. The factory has an annual capacity of 3,000 tons of chocolate but will begin production at an annual rate of 1,000 tons in the first year. Chocolate products will be sold in the fast-moving consumer goods market (FMCG), both in Ethiopia and abroad. The vast majority of chocolate producers nowadays buy generic chocolate from a few big chocolate mass manufacturers and then develop and produce their particular product using additives.

March 25, 2017 11:36 UTC

Thousands of Hungry Somalis Trekking to Ethiopia

Thousands of Hungry Somalis Trekking to EthiopiaMarch 24, 2017 – Menaced by Al Shabab militants and a worsening drought, thousands of Somalis are abandoning the land to seek refuge in neighbouring Ethiopia, according UNHCR report. Hungry and exhausted, Aisha Yussuf Abdi, 40, and her seven young children finally reached Ethiopia at the end of a desperate three-day trek over the border from Somalia. “We walked and slept on the road,” she says, her eyes flitting nervously as she recalls the journey. A significant number of the children and mothers are malnourished,” says Sandra Harlass, Senior Health Officer for in Ethiopia for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. We are hungry and we are looking for food,” she adds.

March 25, 2017 01:30 UTC

World Cross Preview: How Will Kenya And Ethiopia Divide The Golds?

Ethiopia is the defending team champion, and has 11 titles to Kenya's eight. But Korir has been one of the best runners in the world this year, outkicking Feyisa Lilesa in Houston and Callum Hawkins in Edinburgh for major wins. If he can hang around the top five for six miles, he has a shot at a medal. Medaling will be hard, but if a team led by Chris Derrick or Ben True could get silver on a great day in 2013, a team led by Leonard Korir and Sam Chelanga can do it this year. It will be a true team out there, as Kenyan-Americans Korir, Chelanga, Shadrack Kipchirchir, and Stanley Kebenei are all training partners in Scott Simmons's American Distance Project.

March 24, 2017 20:03 UTC

Ethiopian Airlines to launch cargo services to Ahmedabad, India

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest cargo operator in Africa, has announced the addition of Ahmedabad, a fifth cargo gateway to India, to its global cargo network as ofAhmedabad, India’s second oldest stock exchange and largest producer of cotton, is an emerging economic and industrial hub of India, inhabiting a population of more than six million. Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines said: “Ethiopian cargo service to India dates back to the early 90’s; launching our first cargo station in Mumbai.”He said complementing the booming economic relations between India and the African continent at large, the airline had made available dependable cargo services to Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi and now to Ahmedabad; their fifth Cargo Gateway to India. He said while operating in the major trade lanes between Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia, their cargo network was efficiently linking the Indian sub-continent and Africa farther with China and Hong Kong and providing the Indian market with minimum weekly import capacity of 240 tons per week. “I believe our new services to Ahmedabad will further strengthen the existing trade and commercial ties between the two fastest growing regions of the world,” he added. Ethiopian is the largest cargo network operator and one of the major global cargo players, serving 36 global freighter destinations with an average daily uplift of 650 tons, on top of the belly hold capacity of 150 tons to more than 90 destinations globally, deploying eight dedicated freighters including six Boeing B777-200LRF and two – Boeing B757-260F.

March 24, 2017 19:07 UTC

In response to worsening drought in Ethiopia, IFRC announces four-fold increase of relief and recovery operations

“The reports we are receiving from our Red Cross colleagues in Ethiopia, particularly as it relates to communities in the south and south-east, are extremely concerning,” said Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, IFRC Regional Director for Africa. To date, about 2 million Swiss francs has been received. “The Ethiopian Red Cross Society has been responding to this emergency for more than 12 months. IFRC initially launched an Emergency Appeal in January 2016 for 2.2 million Swiss francs to support 35,000 people. The appeal was revised in June 2016 to 2.7 million Swiss francs targeting 65,000 people.

March 24, 2017 11:15 UTC

Letter on Ethiopia to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs / Vice-President of the European Commission Mogherini

As you are aware, Ethiopia’s widespread human rights violations against its citizens means that Ethiopia is a country producing refugees and asylum seekers seeking safety. Since November 2015 state security forces have killed hundreds and arrested tens of thousands of protesters, plunging Ethiopia into a human rights crisis. But these partnerships are dependent on long-term stability in Ethiopia and, thus, should be dependent on respect for basic human rights. And as stated in the European parliament resolution, it would be beneficial to clarify what progress on human rights you expect from Ethiopia to maintain ongoing EU support. The European Union’s interests in Ethiopia are best served by taking a principled stance on the importance of human rights protections.

March 24, 2017 06:56 UTC

Police: South Nashville restaurant owner was assassinated - Erie News Now: News, Weather & Sports | WICU 12 & WSEE

Police say surveillance video shows Gitem Demissie being shot several times at the Ibex Ethiopian Bar & Restaurant he owned on Saturday night. A witness was inside the building when the gunman came in. "We have been unable to determine at this point any reason why someone wanted Mr. Demissie dead," said Metro police spokesman Don Aaron. "As you will see on this surveillance video, this was an assassination. This person walked right up to Mr. Demissie, shot, saw that he was moving, came back around and shot again," Aaron said.

March 24, 2017 03:33 UTC

Ethiopia Joins Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Group

Ethiopia Joins Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank GroupMarch 23, 2017 - The Board of Governors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) approved membership of Ethiopia and other 12 applicants to join the Bank, according to ENA. The announcement would bring the total membership of the bank to 70, the website of AIIB indicated. The 13 prospective members will officially join AIIB once they complete the required domestic processes and deposit the first installment of capital with the bank, it was learned. The shares allocated to the new prospective members come from the bank’s existing pool of unallocated shares. At its launch in January 2015, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank had 57 signatories to AIIB’s Articles of Agreement.

March 24, 2017 02:26 UTC

Nashville police release video in slaying of Ethiopian business owner

CLOSE Skip in Skip x Embed x Share The Metro Nashville Police Department has released a surveillance video of the suspect in the targeted killing of Gitem Demissie, an Ethiopian restaurant owner. MNPDGitem Demissie, 41, was killed by a masked gunman as he was preparing to shut down the Ibex Ethiopian Bar & Restaurant around midnight, according to police. (Photo: Submitted)Metro police have released surveillance video of the targeted shooting of an Ethiopian business owner while he was working at his restaurant last weekend. Gitem Demissie, 41, was killed by a masked gunman as he was preparing to shut down the Ibex Ethiopian Bar & Restaurant on Murfreesboro Pike around midnight, according to police. The witness described the shooter as man standing about 5-foot-7 inches with light skin and a thin build.

March 23, 2017 21:22 UTC

NASA AI First to Spot Early Changes in Ethiopian Volcano

NASA AI First to Spot Early Changes in Ethiopian VolcanoMarch 23, 2017 - Artificial intelligence can help satellites and other spacecraft observe interesting phenomena before humans even spot them. Case in point: NASA's Earth Observing 1 (EO-1) spacecraft started capturing images of Ethiopia's Erta Ale volcano as soon as it developed a new fissure in late January, according to EO-1's AI called Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment (ASE) was alerted by one of the other satellites in its network about the event. The EO-1 was designed to test cutting-edge satellite tech, and the team was only supposed to use the AI for six months. NASA will shut down EO-1 and ASE by the end of March, but everything they've accomplished won't go to waste.

March 23, 2017 21:11 UTC

Police Rule Murder Of Ethiopian Business Owner As Assassination

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro Nashville Police officials have ruled the murder of a South Nashville Ethiopian market and restaurant owner as an assassination. Gitem Demissie, age 41, was killed inside of his South Nashville restaurant, Ibex Ethiopian Restaurant, over the weekend. Ethiopian Restaurant Owner Killed In Targeted ShootingBrother Of Murdered Nashville Businessman Begs For JusticeMNPD officials said surveillance video shows the shooter walked up to Demissie, who was sitting at the bar, and shot him multiple times. The shooter then walked around the bar and over a witness to leave out of a side door, which was locked. In January 2015, Demissie opened his second business, the restaurant and bar, where he was shot and killed early Sunday morning.

March 23, 2017 20:55 UTC

'Captain America' Chris Evans to star in Ethiopian Israel airlift film

It’s a dramatic tale well-known to Israelis – and now it’s getting the Hollywood treatment. Heartthrob Chris Evans will be starring in the upcoming film Red Sea Diving Resort, which tells the story of the 1984 airlift of Ethiopian Jewry to Israel, Deadline reported. Relevant to your professional network? Please share on LinkedinIsraeli director Gideon Raff wrote the script and is also slated to direct the film. Raff is most famous for creating the wildly popular Hatufim – which was the basis for the US remake Homeland, on which he also serves as an executive producer.Raff previously sold the script – which has in the past gone by the names Operation Brothers and Operation Resort – to Fox Searchlight, but that production fell through.

March 23, 2017 05:39 UTC

Ethiopian Tourism Discloses New Amharic Tagline: Midre Kedemt

Ethiopian Tourism Discloses New Amharic Tagline: Midre KedemtMarch 22, 2017 - Ethiopian Tourism Transformation Council began it 4th regular meeting today. At the event, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, chair of the Council, introduced the Amharic version of the new tourism brand ‘Ethiopia, Land of Origins’ as ‘Midre Kedemt.’Despite the huge tourism potential, Ethiopia’s is not benefiting more from the sector, said the Premier. Works have been carried out to remove major impediments of the tourism industry by establishing Tourism Transformation Council, he added. The Premier further said all stakeholders, including federal and regional states, are expected to play their parts for the success of the sector which is vital to improve the image and economy of the country. (FBC)Back Print

March 23, 2017 00:56 UTC

Addis Ababa City Introduces Ration Coupons at ECA Stores

Addis Ababa City Introduces Ration Coupons at ECA StoresAddis Ababa City Administration said today that it has introduced a coupon retailing method at Ethiopian Consumers Association branch shops to ensure a fair distribution of basic goods among the city residents, according to Walta. Following the government salary adjustment made to public servants recently, the private shops across the city have exponentially raised the price tags of consumer goods such as edible oil, sugar and fruits. Addis Ababa City Administration Spokesperson, Tilahun Gbere-egzabir, told Walta Information Center that coupons distributed among the residents and they can be able to buy from Association shops with reasonable price. He said that the coupon system would possibly avoid the transfer of goods from associations' shops to private ones. He said that the price hike has nothing to do the salary adjustment.

March 23, 2017 00:56 UTC

Three new flights to three new destinations in just three days

Ethiopian Airlines, finalized preparations to launch flights to 3 new destinations – Victoria Falls, Oslo and Antananarivo – within 3 days, 26-28 March 2017. NEW YORK, NY, USA, March 23, 2017 / / -- Africa’s largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines , is delighted to announce that it has finalized preparations to launch flights to three new destinations – Victoria Falls, Oslo and Antananarivo – within three days, 26-28 March 2017.Heralding the launch of three new destinations in three days, Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said, “Three new flights to three new destinations in just three days is one of the greatest expansions in Ethiopian ’s long and illustrious history. Ethiopian started flights to Conakry in February 2017.Before July, Ethiopian will start service to three destinations in Asia: Chengdu, Singapore and Jakarta. Ethiopian envisages reaching 120 international destinations worldwide by the year 2025.About EthiopianEthiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years.

March 22, 2017 23:03 UTC

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