After 22 years, the 1500m indoor record held by Moroccan former runner Hicham El Guerrouj has been broken. Rabat – Young Ethiopian runner Samuel Tefera broke Hicham El Guerrouj’s 1500m indoor world record with an outstanding performance in Birmingham on Saturday. El Guerrouj’s took to his Twitter account to congratulate Tefera for his great achievement, wishing him good luck for the rest of his career. “ I’m very proud and happy to hold the 1500m indoor record for 22 years. I want to congratulate Samuel Tefera for his excellent race and wish him good luck for the rest of his career,” tweeted El Guerrouj.
February 18, 2019 10:30 UTC
Reports say a Niger national who was expelled from Israel has been stuck at the international airport in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, since November 2018 after his home country refused to take him back. On arrival in Niamey, Niger’s capital, he was refused entry by Niger’s authorities who alleged his travel document was false. But Israel refused to accept him and detained him again for several weeks. “They tied my hands and legs and forced me into a plane back to Niger which refused to accept me again,” he said. Then the travel document issued by Israel expired when he was stuck in transit at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport after Niger refused to accept him for a second time.
February 18, 2019 09:34 UTC
Newsday grabbed a special interview with a man who's just been voted one of the most influential people in Africa. Tewolde GebreMariam is the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines which is Africa's largest in terms of passengers carried, destinations served, fleet size, and revenue. Its headquarters are at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa which is being expanded. Alan Kasujja met him there: (Photo: Tewolde GebreMariam/ Credit: BBC)
February 18, 2019 08:48 UTC
Ethiopian teenager Samuel Tefera outduelled compatriot Yomif Kejelcha to break the world indoor 1,500 metres record in Birmingham on Saturday. Tefera, 19, clocked three minutes, 31.04 seconds at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting to take down Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj’s 1997 record of 3:31.18. Kejelcha, the 21-year-old two-time world indoor 3,000m champion, had come within 0.01 of the world indoor mile record last week in New York. Scotland’s Laura Muir became the third-fastest indoor miler of all-time at the same meeting when she broke the British record. The world record is 4:13.31 by Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba in 2016.
February 18, 2019 08:15 UTC
"I have been staying here at the airport under very bad conditions because there's nothing, nothing at all," 24-year-old Eissa Muhamad told the BBC. Mr Muhamad's series of misfortunes began last April when he was arrested for being in Israel illegally. After several months in detention, Israel issued him an emergency travel document and put him on an Ethiopian Airlines plane, via Addis Ababa, to Niger in November. But on arrival in Niamey, Niger's capital, he was refused entry by Niger's authorities who alleged his travel document was false. They didn't accept me," Mr Muhamad said.
February 18, 2019 07:49 UTC
TPLF Issues a Strong Statement Criticizing Abiy Ahmed LeadershipFebruary 17, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) celebrated the 44th anniversary of its foundation today in Mekelle, Tigray, and other cities around the world. Marking the occasion, the organization released one of the strongest statements it issued to date criticizing the way the country is going under the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The statement said the EPRDF brought great economic development and stability to Ethiopia, which is markedly different from what it was 27 years ago. “We will not negotiate on the constitutional order we brought,” the statement said. Since Abiy Ahmed became Prime Minister of Ethiopia, the TPLF flet it has been sidelined from most policy decisions within the EPRDF.
February 18, 2019 07:07 UTC
BIRMINGHAM: Ethiopian teenager Samuel Tefera outduelled compatriot Yomif Kejelcha to break the world indoor 1,500 metres record in Birmingham on Saturday. Tefera, 19, clocked three minutes, 31.04 seconds at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting to take down Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj’s 1997 record of 3:31.18. Kejelcha, the 21-year-old two-time world indoor 3,000m champion, had come within 0.01 of the world indoor mile record last week in New York. “I’m delighted with the outcome and to have the world record is a special feeling.”El Guerrouj still holds the outdoor world record of 3:26.00, set in 1998. The world record is 4:13.31 by Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba in 2016.
February 18, 2019 05:26 UTC
The Reformed Ethiopian Catholic Church of Southern Africa has ordained its new bishop, Makomela Simon Mokoena, in the All Saints Church in Motherwell. Vereeniging-based Mokoena, 56, a former Anglican Church of SA priest, will oversee the Limpopo, Gauteng and North West provinces for the Reformed Ethiopian Catholic Church. “The old history of the Roman Catholic Church is the foundation of our church,” Mokoena said. “It extends the Reformed Ethiopian Catholic Church of Southern Africa’s footprint to a new terrain, the St Augustine of Hippo Diocese, whose jurisdiction covers three provinces. “Most significantly, this consecration constitutes a substantial blow to the debilitating tendency of sect formation within the Ethiopian church, a problem which started in 1906 within the Ibandla Lama Tiyopiya [a South African Ethiopian Catholic Church],” Matiwane said.
February 18, 2019 05:03 UTC
60 201 Facebook TwitterFebruary 18, 2019Open letter:My humble appeal to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, the Parlama of Ethiopia, all Ethiopian activists, all media outlets, all regional governments, and all citizens:I am writing this appeal to all Ethiopian people, to do my part to defuse the underline peril of civil war facing the people of Ethiopia. If we care, we really must stop promoting hate and destabilize Ethiopia! The Government of Ethiopia must create a law to fight this dangerous behavior of hate based politics. We must do our VERY best to bring Ethiopia to the top of the list of countries doing well, both free and prosperous. I pledge:For the sake of Ethiopia I promise to do my part to STOP HATE…And Promote Peace…as follows:Because Ethiopia cannot afford to ignore the Hate being promoted, I promise to promote peace and unity without compromising on freedom of speech!!
February 18, 2019 02:48 UTC
borkenaFebruary 17,2019Arbegnoch Ginbot 7 movement, one of Ethiopia’s largest opposition parties, held a massive open air meeting in Debremarkos, in Amhara regional state. The event drew thousands of supporters and members of the party from the city. Leaders of the party, including Professor Berhanu Nega who is former economics instructor at Bucknell University in the United States, and Andargachew Tsige, secretary, have attended the meeting. If we fail to do that, it amounts to killing our compatriots again,” said Dr. Berhanu Nega as reported by AMMA, Amhara Regional State media. Andargachew Tsige on his part said that his party will work to ensure that the people are source of power.
February 18, 2019 02:26 UTC
After several months in detention, Israel issued him an emergency travel document and put him on an Ethiopian Airlines plane, via Addis Ababa, to Niger in November. But Israel refused to accept him and detained him again for several weeks. Then the travel document issued by Israel expired when he was stuck in transit at Addis Ababa's Bole International Airport after Niger refused to accept him for a second time. "I cannot stay at the airport because the airport is not my home," Mr Muhamad said. 'Asylum his only option'Mr Muhamad insists that he has co-operated with all authorities - in Niger, Israel and Ethiopia - throughout his ordeal.
February 18, 2019 01:07 UTC
Switzerland’s Wanders claims latest record in Monaco 5kmPARIS: Switzerland’s Julien Wanders added another record to his growing collection with a world best 5 kilometre time in Monaco on Sunday. Wanders, the 22-year-old European record holder for the 10km and half marathon, clocked 13 min 29sec, while Sifan Hassan also set a new world best time in the women’s race.Ethiopian-born Hassan of the Netherlands, who also holds the European half marathon record, clocked 14min 44sec. Wanders turned up in Monaco just nine days after smashing Farah’s half-marathon benchmark by 21sec with a time of 59:13 in Ras Al Khaimah.He finished fourth in that race in the United Arab Emirates behind Fikadu Haftu of Ethiopia. Last October, the Swiss runner showed his potential when clipping 12sec off Farah’s eight-year European 10km record with a 27:32 effort when finishing second in Durban.In December, he bettered Durban when clocking 27:25 to win in Houilles, France.
February 18, 2019 00:00 UTC
It required perseverance to get “Yuvi’s Candy Tree,” a children’s tale of Ethiopian pluck and heroism, translated into Hebrew. In 2009, Tashome was visiting North America to raise awareness and funds for Friends by Nature, her nonprofit organization that creates communities of Ethiopian immigrants across Israel. In January 2017, Agam, the children’s division of Prague Publishing, contacted Tashome about publishing the book. Once the book was translated and enough money raised to print it, Agam Publishing bought the rights to the translated book and the art. Now that it’s translated, Tashome often reads “Yuvi’s Candy Tree” to kids throughout Israel.
February 17, 2019 23:17 UTC
Experts speculated at the time that he could have been North American or Canadian and they turned out to be correct. A Canadian man of Ethiopian descent who immigrated to the North American nation as a child turned out to be the narrator behind numerous Daesh propaganda videos, including those that depict prisoner executions, according to a report by The New York Times. One of the most notorious Daesh propaganda video shows Syrian prisoners digging their own graves, before allegedly being shot in the back of the head by Daesh. The perfect English spoken in Daesh videos attracted the attention of intelligence experts. "If he is a North American, this is quite extraordinary, because it would be the first time a North American [Daesh] fighter has committed a war crime on camera," Paul Cruickshank, a terrorism analyst told CNN at the time.
February 17, 2019 23:03 UTC
Restrictions on carrying fire arms in Gonder region is expected to stay in effect at least for weeksborkenaFebruary 17,2019As Ethiopian government deployed 33rd division of the defense force to central Gondar region following security crisis that displaced over 46,000 people, Amhara regional police commission and 33rd defense force division introduced new regulation that restricts people from carrying fire arms. In Gonder town, a popular tourist destination in the region, no individual is allowed to carry arm in the name of maintaining security except authorized security personnel. The statement called up on political parties in the region, activists and Gondar youth to work with security forces to restore peace in the region. On February 14, authorities disclosed 138 people were arrested over alleged crimes of homicide, theft and looting property following security problem in central Gondar region. As well, you may get Ethiopia News by following us on twitter @zborkena
February 17, 2019 22:41 UTC