ADDIS ABABA, April 17 (Xinhua) -- Scores of flights in and out of the Ethiopia Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, one of Africa's busiest airports, have been suspended on Tuesday after air traffic controllers went on strike. Speaking to state broadcaster, Ethiopian Television (ETV), Colonel Wossenyeleh Hunegnaw, Director General of Ethiopia Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA), said the strike happened with a pretext to protest suspension of holiday bonus payment to air traffic controllers and allegations of corruption within ECAA. He further said the authority will take measures against striking staff and that the delay in flights will resume shortly. Industrial strikes are rare in Ethiopia, one of Africa's fast-growing economy, which also has the continent's largest successful state air carrier Ethiopian Airlines.
April 17, 2018 10:07 UTC
The strike called by Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority employees since yesterday has delayed flights lifting off from the Bole International Airport, the state media outlet the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation announces. The strike began after rumors of withheld benefit that is due to the employees by the Authority, according to Wesenyeleh Hunegnaw (Col.), Director of the Authority. The strike which included air traffic controllers and other civil aviation technicians has brought the activities of the airport to its knees in one hour. According to reports, the flight interruption has lasted close to an hour with thousands of passengers affected by the late departures from the airport.
April 17, 2018 09:45 UTC
Consultant Tamdeen Group opens Al Kout Mall in Kuwait ByMall marks the debut of 10 new brands to the Kuwait retail sectorKuwait-based property developer Tamdeen Group has opened Al Kout Mall, the latest addition to its waterfront Al Kout retail and leisure development. The mall is said to have a direct connection to the Al Kout Rotana hotel and Souq Al Kout, the latter of which allows visitors to visit the development’s other experiences including Nag’at Al Kout, Marsa Al Kout, and Sahel Al Kout. With the addition of Al Kout Mall, the Al Kout development now offers a total of 100,000sqm of retail space, spread across 360 retail outlets. Al Roumi added, “Tamdeen Group is constantly developing strategic investment projects that reflect the strength of the country’s commercial sector and support the thriving tourism sector. Therefore, we are confident that the Al Kout Mall, along with all six experiences in the Al Kout Project, will provide a truly great experience for visitors to Fahaheel.”
April 17, 2018 08:37 UTC
Imkan says work has begun on three major Abu Dhabi projects ByAlburouj development in Cairo is also underway, developer saysProperty developer Imkan says that works have started on three major projects in Abu Dhabi, as well as at its Egyptian development Alburouj in Cairo. Speaking ahead of Cityscape Abu Dhabi, CEO Walid El Hindi said that National Marine Dredging Company had begun dredging work for the reclamation 6ha of land for the 18ha Makers District master-planned development on Reem Island. Excavation on its Nudra development, which comprises 37 shell-and-core high-end beachside villas, has also been started by Wates and Eastern. Finally, contractor Al Fara’a has commenced preliminary works on Abu Dhabi’s first open-air leisure and entertainment venue, Sheikha Fatima Park. “Our projects bring a unique design sensibility, quality and way of life to the cities they are part of.
April 17, 2018 08:26 UTC
Infrastructure Stalemate as three-country Ethiopian dam talks collapse ByCountries unable to agree on impact of controversial dam as construction continuesA breakthrough between Ethiopia and Egypt failed to be realised this week as Sudan hosted a tripartite meeting between the three countries to attempt to break a political stalemate over the construction of the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The Ethiopian government has subsequently stated that the filling of the dam (which is expected to take up to 15 years to complete) will begin this summer. “The meeting touched on several issues without yielding any specific course of action or definitive results,” Shoukry said. Sudanese PM Ibrahim Ghandour was quoted by Al-Monitor as saying that the controversial issues “need more time to be resolved and are left to the technical committees of the three countries to deal with. We have yet to set a new date for another round of talks at the political or security level.”
April 17, 2018 08:03 UTC
“The crisis with hard currency will not be solved today, nor will it in the next 15 or 20 years. Ethiopia has recorded average annual economic growth of about 10 percent for the past decade, the fastest in Africa. But foreign investors and local businesses complain that the severe hard currency shortages are stifling the private sector. The government does not regularly release foreign reserves figures. [L8N1RT0R7]The 42-year-old former army officer also called for Ethiopian businessmen to repatriate their hard currency.
April 17, 2018 06:56 UTC
“The crisis with hard currency will not be solved today, nor in the next 15 or 20 years. The crisis with hard currency will not be solved today, nor in the next 15 or 20 years. But foreign investors and local businesses complain that the severe hard currency shortages are stifling the private sector. The government does not regularly release foreign reserves figures. The 42-year-old former army officer also called for Ethiopian businessmen to repatriate their hard currency.
April 17, 2018 03:56 UTC
At the Whittier Café in Denver, that journey started when owner Millete Birhanenaskal opened 4 years ago. “We’re an African coffee shop. Byron Reed, KUSARELATED | Storytellers: Catching an Ethiopian coffee ceremony in DenverBirhanenaskal's coffee shop is the only African espresso bar in Denver and has been part of the Whittier neighborhood since she started. “Whittier is a historically black community," Birhanenaskal said. “We exist because of coffee shops like the one in Philadelphia,” Birhanenaskal said.
April 17, 2018 00:22 UTC
"The crisis with hard currency will not be solved today, nor will it in the next 15 or 20 years. Ethiopia has recorded average annual economic growth of about 10 percent for the past decade, the fastest in Africa. But foreign investors and local businesses complain that the severe hard currency shortages are stifling the private sector. The International Monetary Fund said in January that Ethiopia's foreign reserves at the end of the 2016/17 fiscal year stood at $3.2 billion, less than what it spends on imports in two months. The government does not regularly release foreign reserves figures.
April 16, 2018 18:45 UTC
Michael Valgren kicked off Ardennes week on Sunday with a victory at the Amstel Gold Race, putting in a late attack to outfox big names like Peter Sagan and Alejandro Valverde. How would you rate this Amstel Gold Race compared to recent editions? Dane Cash @danecash: The bar was not especially high, but this was the most entertaining Amstel Gold in at least five years. Valgren’s got a decent kick but he’s probably not going to top Sagan, Valverde, or Alaphilippe in a sprint. Considering his particular array of talents and the race parcours, Sagan could probably win Amstel every year if he actually targeted it.
April 16, 2018 18:22 UTC
An Ethiopian supermarket reputed for serving expatriate and diplomatic community in the capital Addis Ababa is closing down its operations after close to seven decades. Ethiopia’s The Reporter newspaper quotes owner of Bambi’s supermarket as saying foreign exchange squeeze coupled with administrative bottlenecks were to blame for his decision. Ethiopia has been a queen of Africa but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Ethiopia has been a queen of Africa but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore,” he stressed. In December 2017, the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) initiated processes to better regulate foreign exchange transactions and weaken the black market.
April 16, 2018 14:37 UTC
From mission specific training to a large peacekeeping deployment, the minister has seen the breadth of the UK’s role in Africa. Rt Hon Mark Lancaster TD MP, Minister of State for the Armed Forces said:"I have much enjoyed my visit to East Africa and to Ethiopia. The visit has provided me with a welcome opportunity to reinforce the UK’s continued support to the Ethiopian National Defence Forces with training for peacekeeping support operations. The minister also visited the Ethiopian Peace Support Training Centre and heard how Ethiopia prepares and manages its contribution to peace support operations. Throughout the visit the Armed Forces Minister met with government ministers and higher officials to help deepen defence relationships, and discuss shared interests and regional challenges.
April 16, 2018 14:26 UTC
Email a copy of "Ethiopian Israel Bible Quiz Contestant Given Permanent Residency" to a friendJNS.org – A representative from Ethiopia to the annual Israel Independence Day Bible quiz was granted residency status and given an Israeli ID card after a public backlash to news that he had been forced to deposit money with immigration and border control officials as a guarantee that he would leave the country following the contest. Sintayehu Shaparou, a member of the Falash Mura — or Beta [House of] Israel community who were forced to convert to Christianity in Ethiopia — is in Israel to participate in the competition, but was required by the Interior Ministry to give money to officials that he would reclaim only upon departure from Israel. Shaparou’s father and siblings immigrated to Israel 17 years ago, while Shaparou and his mother awaited approval with his mother and some siblings in Ethiopia, though the approval never came. Interior Minister Aryeh Deri invited Shaparou to the Interior Ministry central office in Jerusalem, where he presented the 18-year-old with his new Israeli residency papers, saying that he “felt deeply about his situation,” and the ministry “decided to give him residence status in Israel and a temporary identity card.”Deri said Shaparou’s mother and two other siblings are also to be provided with similar documentation.
April 16, 2018 14:03 UTC
The two, lecturer / blogger, Seyoum Teshome and Taye Dendea, Oromia regional state official, were arrested for criticizing the work of the Command Post administering the February 16 state of emergency. Then on March 15, the Addis Standard portal confirmed the arrest of Taye Dendea, a lawyer and head of the Oromia regional state’s justice bureau. #Ethiopia pic.twitter.com/ChtpBExGp3 — Addis Standard (@addisstandard) April 16, 2018Under the rules of the Command Post, it is illegal to criticize the SOE. dendea was not the only Oromia state official to be picked. The board is tasked to investigate the actions of the command post administering the State Of Emergency.
April 16, 2018 13:30 UTC