But I talked to the police and said ‘this is Mo Farah, he is a big athlete, he is an international name’. He left Ethiopia without any questioning. But he treated us the wrong way.”A spokesperson for Farah has strongly disputed the claim that the British star was involved in any altercation in Ethiopia. “I ended up not going back to my hotel for weeks – I was afraid of my own people who work in my hotel. However Gebrselassie said he was not going to pay because the rules in his hotel were clear that the maximum amount permitted to be left in hotel rooms was $350.
April 25, 2019 10:52 UTC
A 2016 survey shows that a third of Ethiopian women have experienced sexual, emotional or physical abuse from their partner. Another report from the same year showed that nearly one in four of all Ethiopian women has been a victim of physical violence, while one in ten are victims of rape. But there are still challenges, according to Mr Mekonnen, with capacity a problem and "manpower" is needed to help women. Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is attempting a change from the top down by putting women in powerful roles. Gender equality remains a serious concern with education and unemployment rates for women rating poorly against their male counterparts.
April 25, 2019 10:40 UTC
Bidders wanted for $2bn geothermal project in Ethiopia’s Rift ValleyA joint venture between Paris-based investor Meridiam and Reykjavik Geothermal has just launched a tender for the world’s fourth largest geothermal energy scheme. Tulu Moye Geothermal is looking for contractors and engineers to build the 50MW first phase of a $2bn, 520MW plant near a volcano in the Ethiopian Rift Valley that has been studied by the Reykjavik Geothermal’s team and Ethiopian scientists. It will then build a steam collection and injection system as well as a water-cooled condensing steam plant. Reykjavik Geothermal engineer Thor Leifur in Tulu Moye (RG)The company selected for the first phase of the Tulu Moye geothermal project will also have the opportunity to negotiate a contract for the maintenance and operation of the future plant. Top image: The Ethiopian Rift Valley (Dreamstime)Further reading:
April 25, 2019 10:18 UTC
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Southwest's 34 Boeing Max planes have been groundedAirlines Norwegian and Southwest have both revealed big hits to their earnings from the grounding of Boeing 737 Max planes. Norwegian said "uncertainty" over the issue could cost it up to 500m Norwegian kroner (£45m). Boeing Max aircraft have been forbidden from flying since the Ethiopian Airways crash in March, which killed 157. It was the second crash involving a 737 Max 8 jet in five months, raising concerns there may be issues with the plane's software. All Boeing 737 Max 8 planes have been grounded globally following the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash near Addis Ababa.
April 25, 2019 10:13 UTC
As a shortage of land and affordable housing has led to an explosion of settlements on the edges of major towns, anxiety is particularly acute among Oromia residents, where authorities began targeting informal housing earlier this year. In Sululta, the city's authorities have said the illegal settlements encroach on planned green areas, market places, forests and land earmarked for investors. "They (settlers) know that it is illegal" to build on that land, said Mekonnen, who specialises in Ethiopian land law. A WORKABLE SOLUTIONExperts are divided on whether mass legalisation of informal settlements, a provision of a 2011 urban land law, could be a workable solution. "Local officials allowed land to be sold illegally to these settlers, then came later and evicted them," he said.
April 25, 2019 10:04 UTC
Airline Norwegian has said the grounding of its Boeing 737 Max fleet will cost it up to 500 million Norwegian kroner (£45 million). The low-cost carrier stopped operating the planes shortly after the Ethiopian Airlines disaster in March, which killed 157 people. Passenger numbers increased from 7.48 million to 8.12 million year-on-year during the first three months of 2019. Mr Kjos added: “I’m pleased with the positive developments this quarter, despite the 737 Max issues. “I am also pleased that booking figures and overall demand for the coming months look promising.”
April 25, 2019 09:00 UTC
SHARE THIS ARTICLE Share Tweet Post EmailPhotographer: David Ryder/Bloomberg Photographer: David Ryder/BloombergCash-strapped Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA secured a deal to delay deliveries of Boeing Co. 737 Max jets, aided by the bargaining power granted by the model’s global grounding after two fatal crashes. The Scandinavian discounter has the greatest exposure in Europe to the crisis surrounding the 737 Max, with 18 planes currently idled. Shares of Norwegian Air advanced as much as 5 percent and were trading 3.9 percent higher at 40 kroner as of 9:39 a.m. in Oslo. The Max crisis hit when Norwegian could least afford disruption after being forced to raise funds in a rights issue. The Boeing and Airbus agreements cap a series of more piecemeal fleet delays as the carrier has worked to preserve cash.
April 25, 2019 07:41 UTC
Boeing 737 MAX grounding: Ethiopia Airlines Flight 302 in pictures Show all 9 left Created with Sketch. The Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft has come under scrutiny after similar deadly crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia within a few months. The company has 18 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. On Wednesday, Norwegian announced that it had agreed with Boeing to postpone the delivery of 14 Boeing 737 Max aircraft originally due for delivery in 2020 and 2021. Separately, in its overnight financial results, Boeing said it hoped the grounding of the 737 Max would end in July.
April 25, 2019 07:07 UTC
Mo Farah and Haile Gebrselassie are embroiled in a bitter war of words over an alleged hotel theft (Picture: PA)Olympic champion Mo Farah is caught up in an extraordinary row with fellow distance runner Haile Gebrselassie after staying in his Ethiopian hotel. Farah, 36, told newspaper reporters ahead of Sunday’s London Marathon that he had a watch, two phones and £2,600 stolen in Gebrselassie’s hotel in Addis Ababa. Gebrselassie also alleged that Farah had been reported to the police for ‘attacking a married athlete in the gym’ but charges were dropped following his own personal mediation. Haile Gebrselassie and Mo Farah race during the Great North Run in 2013 (Picture: Getty)In a statement sent to BBC Sport, double Olympic 10,000m champion Gebrselassie said he was considering taking legal action against Farah. He claimed that Farah chose to hold on to his money, which meant his hotel was not legally accountable for it.
April 25, 2019 06:33 UTC
China has cancelled all interest-free loans it had advanced to Ethiopia as at the end of year 2018, the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office confirmed on Wednesday. PM Abiy and a high-level delegation arrived in Beijing on Tuesday to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF), which starts today (April 25) and ends on April 27. Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang to discuss the further strengthening of Ethio-China relations, with the signing of five agreements. Leadership of the China Railway Construction Corporation ( CRCC )) China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure)State Grid Corporation of China, overseeing the signing of a $1.8 billion investment agreement which covers provision of electric power transmission and distribution lines. The first Belt and Road forum was held in 2017.
April 25, 2019 01:52 UTC
The most valuable U.S. industrial company is reviewing its operations and working to convince regulators, airlines and consumers that the best-selling jet in Boeing history is safe to fly. The manufacturer abandoned its 2019 financial forecast as it deals with the Max’s grounding, which began six weeks ago after an Ethiopian Airlines jet went down minutes after takeoff. With Boeing enmeshed in one of the biggest crises in its century-long history, earnings missed analysts’ estimates for just the second time in five years. The company has also temporarily halted repurchases as it seeks to preserve cash and the 737’s production system. The accident in Ethiopia and an October disaster in Indonesia took a total of 346 lives.
April 25, 2019 00:11 UTC
“As a result of the 737 MAX grounding, we delivered over 50 fewer 737 aircraft in the quarter than originally planned. We also booked approximately $1 billion of additional costs due to the adjustment to the production rate to 42 a month,” Smith said. The company’s CFO explained that the $1 billion in additional costs is due to the lower production rate, which is causing fixed expenses to be amortized over a longer period of time. READ MORE: Remains of Ethiopian Airlines Victims Still Scattered Around Crash SiteTwo Boeing 737 MAX aircraft have crashed over the past six months — one in Indonesia in October 2018 and another in Ethiopia in March. In the wake of the latest crash, aviation authorities and carriers around the world have either grounded all 737 MAX series aircraft or closed their airspace to them.
April 24, 2019 23:37 UTC
Sir Mo Farah is due to race in the London MarathonSir Mo Farah has denied “attacking” a fellow athlete in a hotel gym while he was on a training camp in Ethiopia earlier this year. Farah, 36, has refuted the suggestion that he attacked a "married athlete" at a gym inside a hotel owned by Gebrselassie. AdvertisementHe claimed Gebrselassie didn't do enough to try to track down the culprits. Image: Haile Gebrselassie and Sir Mo Farah had previously been friendsBut Gebrselassie hit back by claiming that five of his own staff members were held in police custody, but were released without charge. Gebrselassie said Farah and another athlete had a row in the hotel's gym.
April 24, 2019 23:15 UTC
Boeing has moved to ground its entire global 737 MAX aircraft fleet after an Ethiopian Airline crash killed 157 people. Aviation giant Boeing has suffered a $1 billion hit to its bottom line amid the crisis over its 737 MAX aircraft, grounded worldwide after two deadly crashes, the company says. Company executives sketched out the steps needed to return the 737 MAX to service — including a fix to the flight software system implicated in the crashes — but offered no timetable. The company’s share price climbed following the earnings report, reflecting relief the financial damage from the 737 MAX crisis was not worse. Boeing also pulled its full-year profit forecast, citing “uncertainty of the timing and conditions surrounding return to service of the 737 MAX fleet”.
April 24, 2019 23:03 UTC
Mo Farah (left) and Haile Gebrselassie (centre) raced against each other at the 2013 Great North RunFour-time Olympic champion Mo Farah and Haile Gebrselassie are involved in a dispute over an alleged theft at a hotel belonging to the Ethiopian athletics great in Addis Ababa. The Briton said he had money, a watch and two phones taken from his room, and that Gebrselassie did not help him. Gebrselassie, 46, responded by accusing Farah of "blackmail" and "defaming" his reputation and business. Gebrselassie accuses Farah of 'disgraceful conduct'Farah alleged that the items were stolen on 23 March. In a statement sent to BBC Sport via his agent, double Olympic 10,000m champion Gebrselassie said he was considering taking legal action against Farah.
April 24, 2019 22:04 UTC