Students at Los Gatos High School spent this week celebrating cultural diversity, another step in the school’s ongoing fight against racism. The ensuing controversy caused the high school district to hire Epoch Education, which has been working with school officials and students to make sure this year’s prom invitations are inoffensive. Like the Los Gatos Weekly Times Facebook page for neighborhood news and conversation from Los Gatos and beyond. It’s good to know where your family is from.”Esperanza thinks the high school has made progress this year in its quest for cultural tolerance, but she’d like to see more. Cultural Awareness Week concluded this week, but school officials hope the lessons learned stay with the students throughout the year.
March 15, 2018 21:45 UTC
EPRDF Executive Committee to Reconvene Next WeekMarch 15, 2018 - The Executive Committee of the EPRDF completed the first leg of its meeting and plans to reconvene next week, according to FBC news. The committee has been meeting with strong spirit and togetherness of heads of four member parties of the organization, according to the report. Shiferaw Shigute, head of EPRDF office, told FBC that the Committee has so far reviewed performance reports from three parties. After hearing all reports, the Executive committee will evaluate performances of taskforces established at the end of the December meeting, he said. The EPRDF Executive Committe plans to resume meeting in the middle of next week and start discussions to fill the leadership gap afterwards, he said.
March 15, 2018 20:26 UTC
Council of Political Parties Calls for Dialogue and ConsensusMarch 15, 2018 - The Joint Council of National Political Parties called for all Ethiopians to cooperate in building national consensus to stabilize the country, according to ENA. According to the report, members of the council discussed the current problems in the country and proposed solutions. Ethiopian Peace and Democratic Party President, Seid Yimer urged the youth to come forward and be part of the solution. The youth must not accept any foreign funded destructive ideas that might shatter the progress of the country in reaching the status of a middle income country, Seid added. Ethiopian Democratic Unity Movement President, Guesh Gebressilasie also said the youth should not engage in any destructive activities.
March 15, 2018 20:15 UTC
The Kenyan part of Moyale town is staring at a possible humanitarian crisis. The town straddles the porous Ethiopian-Kenyan border, and the number of refugees fleeing a military operation in Ethiopia is rising by the hour. Oromo crisis continuesThe crisis in Ethiopia's largest region, Oromiya, has been going on for the past few years. Since the state of emergency was reinstated, hundreds of people have been detained once again. "This problem is not only limited to Moyale town, but also other villages surrounding the town," admits Aschalew Yohanis, mayor of the Ethiopian part of Moyale town.
March 15, 2018 19:18 UTC
Christian, Jewish and Muslim organisations in Europe have expressed their 'grave concern' over a proposal tabled in the Icelandic parliament Althing to ban non-medically indicated circumcision of male children. If the proposal were made into law, parents could face up to six years in prison if they have religious circumcision performed on a boy child. It is with this particular religious rite that male children are welcomed to their religion, providing them a sign of God's covenant with humanity. Chief Imam Razawi, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, also says that "Forbidding a religious rite in this way would amount to banning the ability to practice faith for Muslims." The Secretariat is based at St Gallen (Switzerland) www.ccee.eu*See - ICN 15 March 2018 - Letter: Catholics should not be defending circumcision: www.indcatholicnews.com/news/34525
March 15, 2018 17:48 UTC
Related NewsEthiopia said on Thursday that unrest in Moyale area, southern Ethiopia, in recent days had displaced 39,825 people. The deadly shooting and the ensuing panic has already forced more than 8,000 people to flee to neighbouring Kenya. Ethiopia’s Command Secretariat on Sunday said four soldiers, including a colonel, had been disarmed and put under arrest pending investigation. The current martial law period is the second the East African country has imposed since the second half of 2016. Ethiopia had witnessed a 10-month long state of emergency period since October 2016.
March 15, 2018 17:03 UTC
ADDIS ABABA, March 15 (Xinhua) -- Infrastructure works done to connect Djibouti and Ethiopia have hit 15 billion U.S. dollars, an Ethiopian official said on Thursday. Speaking to local and international media, Meles Alem, Spokesperson of Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), said the infrastructure investment has helped to closely integrate the two countries. Alem mentioned the Chinese built and financed 4 billion U.S. dollars 756 kms Addis Ababa-Djibouti electrified rail line as a standout project. The railway project provides both passenger and freight services between Addis Ababa and Djibouti. Gedion Jalata, CEO of Center of Excellence International Consult, told Xinhua that Ethiopia-Djibouti economic ties are being boosted by the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative.
March 15, 2018 16:52 UTC
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March 15, 2018 16:52 UTC
An activist group says the reunification of hundreds of families split between Israel and Ethiopia is on hold after Israel failed to set aside funding for the Ethiopians' immigration in next year's budget. Alisa Bodner, a spokeswoman for the Struggle for Ethiopian Aliyah, called on Israel to resolve the issue without further delay. Nearly 8,000 Ethiopians want Israel to approve their immigration, allowing them to join their families in Israel. The families see the issue as part of an inconsistent and discriminatory immigration policy. Parliament approved a 2019 budget early Thursday with no allocation for the immigration.
March 15, 2018 16:41 UTC
This 1984 image released by The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies shows scholar and author David S. Wyman. (The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies via AP) The Associated PressBy HILLEL ITALIE, AP National WriterNEW YORK (AP) — David S. Wyman, a leading scholar of the U.S. response to the Holocaust whose "The Abandonment of the Jews" was a provocative, best-selling critique of everyone from religious leaders to President Franklin Roosevelt, died Wednesday at age 89The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies announced that Wyman died at his home in Amherst, Massachusetts, after a lengthy illness. The blame rose right to the top, with Roosevelt, who Wyman alleged was more concerned about angering anti-Semites than about helping the Jews. Elie Wiesel, the Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor, praised Wyman for his "courageous, lucid, painful book." Wyman continued his investigations with "The World Reacts to the Holocaust" and "America and the Holocaust," a 13-volume compilation of documents used for "Abandonment of the Jews."
March 15, 2018 15:59 UTC
Local media in Ethiopia are reporting that the Command Post administering the February 16 state of emergency (SOE) have arrested a top official of the Oromia regional state for openly criticizing the deadly military incident in the town of Moyale over the weekend. Taye Dendea, a lawyer and head of the Oromia regional state’s justice bureau is reported to have belied the army’s account of the mistaken killing of nine people in Moyale. Incidentally, the official account of the Moyale incident said forces had acted on wrong intelligence as they attempted to intercept OLF members. He is not the first Oromia state official to be picked. The Moyale incident has led to a humanitarian situation in the border town with Kenya.
March 15, 2018 15:56 UTC
Royal Coffee experienced a pest-related incident that affected thousands of pounds of green coffee over the summer of 2017. In every case but one, the treated coffee was slightly drier, up to a 0.7 percent difference in the two most extreme cases. Over the course of five months, the moisture content of the original samples changed fairly dramatically, while the treated samples were far more stable. By February, most panelists preferred the mild, faded flavors of the untreated coffee to the funky flavors that were better preserved by freezing. Those who were indifferent to the oddball characteristics of the original coffee flavor tended to prefer the funky flavors better preserved by freezing and thawing.
March 15, 2018 15:56 UTC
There are fewer than 500 Ethiopian wolves remaining in the wild, with the majority found here on the Sanetti Plateau in Bale Mountains National Park. There are fewer than 500 Ethiopian wolves in the wild (Ella Buchan)At the heart of it all, Bale Mountain Lodge has chalets discreetly arranged around a forest clearing. Bale Mountains National Park is around an eight-hour drive from Addis Ababa. Staying thereAccommodation at Bale Mountain Lodge starts from £140 per person, per night, on an all inclusive basis. One activity per day (for example walks to see the honey or visit local coffee-growing villages) is included.
March 15, 2018 15:17 UTC
ADDIS ABABA, March 15 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia said Thursday that unrest in Moyale area, southern Ethiopia, in recent days has displaced 39,825 people. Gebre's comment came after a botched military operation to sniff out rebels in Moyale city last Saturday left nine civilians dead and 12 injured. Ethiopia's Command Secretariat on Sunday said four soldiers including a colonel have been disarmed and put under arrest pending investigation. The current martial law period is the second the East African country has imposed since the second half of 2016. Ethiopia had witnessed a 10-month long state of emergency period since October 2016.
March 15, 2018 14:15 UTC
Study Documents Legal, Clandestine Abortion Rates Among Ethiopian AdolescentsGuttmacher Institute: First Study on the Incidence of Abortion Among Ethiopian Adolescents Released“A new study finds that adolescent women have benefited greatly from the 2005 expansion of Ethiopia’s abortion law that gave them access to safe, legal abortion services. [The study] documents for the first time legal and clandestine abortion rates among Ethiopian adolescents (aged 15-19), and the severity of abortion-related complications in this age group. The study found that adolescents are more likely than older women to obtain legal abortion services, and that complications from unsafe abortion are just as severe among adolescents as they are among other age groups…” (3/14).
March 15, 2018 14:03 UTC