A general view shows an area recently cleared of mines and unexploded ordnance in a project to clear the area near Qasr Al-Yahud, a traditional baptism site along the Jordan River, near Jericho in the occupied West Bank, December 9, 2018. REUTERS/Ammar Awad ReutersQASR AL-YAHUD, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli and foreign engineers sounded the all-clear on Sunday around three churches on the western bank of the Jordan River, near where Jesus is believed to have been baptized, after mines that had marooned the shrines for decades were cleared. The river banks were once a war zone between Israel and Jordan, and were littered with thousands of landmines and unexploded ordnance. Work around the other four shrines - Syrian Orthodox, Coptic, Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic - would take months to complete, Israel said. The Halo Trust, a Scottish-based charity that has cleared minefields worldwide and was once sponsored by the late Princess Diana, has also been involved in the project near Qasr al-Yahud.
December 09, 2018 16:41 UTC
BIBLE scholars who claimed to have uncovered the final resting place of the legendary Ark of the Covenant have revealed its route from Israel to Africa. Bible Archaeology, Search & Exploration Institute (BASE) claim there is strong evidence that the Old Testament Ark’s resting place is in Ethiopia. Legends of the Ark are intrinsically linked to the end of days, and either Judgement Day, or in Judaism the coming of the Messiah. Jews fleeing persecution would have travelled thousands of miles over hundreds of years before delivering the Ark to Ethiopia. +++ETHIOPIA: Christians in the African nation claim they have the Ark (Pic: GETTY)OLD TESTAMENT: It is claimed there are links between Moses and Ethiopia (Pic: GETTY)BASE then conclude the Ark must have been shipped down the Nile as it travelled to Ethiopia.
December 09, 2018 15:33 UTC
Despite the presence of adversity in the lives of athletic superstars, evidence to support the necessity of trauma for success at the highest levels is mixed. In comparison, the most recent data available from the NCAA suggests that only one in 2,500 high school athletes will turn professional. As one of the first researchers to suggest a potential link between sport talent and trauma, Collins has since co-authored at least one study in which exposure to trauma did not differentiate the best elite athletes (e.g., internationally ranked top three in their sport) from other elite athletes. Only one elite athlete in one study identified sexual abuse as a traumatic event that led to growth, though not necessarily success. Both Collins and Sarkar were quick to note that exposure to trauma should never be used as a talent identification tool, nor should trauma be imposed on developing athletes.
December 09, 2018 06:56 UTC
borkenaDecember 8,2018Ethiopia arrested today two top former National Information and Security Services offices, the state media Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation reported today. It did however mention that they were arrested in connection with egregious human rights violations. On November 14,2018 Ethiopia arrested former deputy spy chief, Yared Zerihun, as he was allegedly fleeing to Kenya. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration has been cracking down on former government officials involved in colossal embezzlement of public resources and human rights violations. Relentless protests across the country before the resignation of Hailemariam Desalegne were partly informed by human rights.
December 09, 2018 02:26 UTC
Over 30,800 vulnerable rural households in Uganda will benefit from a $210.4 million project that aims to sustainably increase rural livelihoods. Financing for the project includes a $75.8 million loan and $1.2 million grant from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). It will be cofinanced by direct investment from private sector partners ($90.6 million), the Government of Uganda ($25.6 million), and the beneficiaries themselves ($17.2 million). The financing supports an efficient oil palm industry that complies with modern environmental and social standards. These programmes and projects have directly benefitted more than 5 million rural households.
December 08, 2018 19:07 UTC
Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has announced that it is investing $400 million in Egypt over the next three years. This is part of a major partnership with Telecom Egypt which includes network infrastructure and data centres. Following an initial investment of $50m in data centres and cloud services, Liquid Telecom plans to invest an additional $350m in broadband and financial inclusion initiatives, as well as high capacity data centres. Liquid Telecom’s expanding network is almost 70,000km in length and is linked to more than 600 towns and cities in 13 countries across Africa. This follows the signing of a landmark partnership agreement with Telecom Egypt to mark the completion of Liquid Telecom’s award winning ‘Cape to Cairo’ network.
December 08, 2018 18:45 UTC
By Andualem Sisay Gessesse – Expanding its business, the national carrier of Djibouti, Air Djibouti, is set to start five new destinations in Africa and the Middle East. We are going to start flying to Nairobi, Khartoum, Cairo, Jeddah and Dubai,” Mahad Hassan Ahmed, the only Djiboutian Pilot at Air Djibouti at the moment. “Air Djibouti is currently growing very fast. At the moment Air Djibouti is flying to Dire Dawa and Addis Ababa to Ethiopia, Eden in Yemen, Mogadishu, Hargessa and Bossaso in Somalia. Air Djibouti is currently has workig partnerships with Kenya Airways and Air France.
December 08, 2018 16:41 UTC
Routes: Copa MAX at SFO, Delta's Hawaii nonstop, United, Ethiopian, Royal Air Maroc + more This week's most important air route newsCopa's new 737 MAX has lie flat business class seats and will fly from SFO starting Dec 21 Copa's new 737 MAX has lie flat business class seats and will fly from SFO starting Dec 21 Photo: Chris McGinnis Photo: Chris McGinnis Image 1 of / 12 Caption Close Routes: Copa MAX at SFO, Delta's Hawaii nonstop, United, Ethiopian, Royal Air Maroc + more 1 / 12 Back to GalleryTravelSkills on SFGate is brought to you by Visa . The Copa MAX 9s will carry 166 passengers vs. 154 for its 737-800s. Airline members of the Oneworld global alliance, led by American and British Airways, have voted to accept Morocco's Royal Air Maroc as a new member. The affiliation is expected to take effect in mid-2020, and it also includes the carrier's regional partner, Royal Air Maroc Express. The addition of Royal Air Maroc will bring 34 new destinations and 21 more countries to the Oneworld network map.
December 08, 2018 16:18 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-09 00:14:10|Editor: yanVideo Player CloseJIMMA, Ethiopia, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia on Saturday inaugurated the Chinese-built Jimma Industry Park, in western Ethiopia's Jimma town some 350 km west of the capital Addis Ababa. Jimma Industrial Park, built by the Chinese construction giant China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), is expected to host investors in light manufacturing sectors, mainly agro-processing, textile and apparel products. Stretched on 75 hectares of land, with an ambition to attract foreign investors in Ethiopia's agro-processing sector, the industry park hosts nine manufacturing sheds. Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, inaugurating the park, said that the Jimma industry park will help the western Ethiopia zone to become one of Ethiopia's industry zones. "We did our best, and we are glad that a high quality industry park was completed in such a short time," he said.
December 08, 2018 16:07 UTC
The fifth-generation network a.k.a 5G is a mobile internet connectivity technology promising much faster data download and upload speed, wider coverage and more stable connectivity. Obviously, what catches the eye would be the videos that display the capabilities of a 5G technology and what this network advancement is expected to bring with it. In regards to 5G, the Chinese are involved in the research, development and deployment of the technology from inception to implementation. Now, 5G is a national priority in the Chinese ‘China 2025’ plan. But Dai says it is inevitable that 5G will come to developing nations – he predicts in five to ten years 5G will safely enter Africa.
December 08, 2018 07:18 UTC
Calls up on African airlines to collaborate to withstand the stiff competitionAfrica’s largest airline, Ethiopian Airlines, is going to establish a second regional hub in West Africa, Ghana. Following the demise of Ghana Airways and Ghana International Airlines, the West African economic powerhouse does not have a national airline. Ethiopian Airlines, Air Mauritius and indigenous carrier Africa World Air presented their expression of interest to the Ghanaian Ministry of Transport. Investment firms from other West African countries may invest in the new venture. In 2005 Ethiopian Airlines tried to establish a hub in Accra by investing in the defunct Ghana International Airlines.
December 08, 2018 06:11 UTC
The Federal Chancellor of Austria, Sebastian Kurz, arrives Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday for offcial visit. He is received by Prime Minister at the PM Office. The visit by Sebastian Kurz follows the meeting between the two heads of state on the margins of the G20 Investment Summit held in Germany in October of this year. During bilateral talks with the Austrian delegation, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed highlighted the strong historical relationship that Ethiopia enjoys with Austria and noted this is important for the current reforms that Ethiopia is undergoing. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed also shared that strengthening the bi-lateral relations with Austria is critical and this will be facilitated through the potential opening of an Ethiopian Embassy in Vienna.
December 07, 2018 19:41 UTC
The United States Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia awards grants to four local civil society and community based organizations in Ethiopia through the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program managed by U.S. Embassy’s Community Grants Office. Ambassador to Ethiopia Michael Raynor presided over the ceremony. The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program is a grass-roots level effort to empower the communities to be self-reliant and enable them to meet their immediate and long-term needs. Ambassador Raynor told the 2018 recipients, “you’ve identified an opportunity to make your community a better place. · Addis Guzo will provide mobility aid materials and maintenance training for 100 people with disabilities in Adama, Bishoftu, Sebeta, Ambo and Fiche
December 07, 2018 19:18 UTC
By Andualem Sisay Gessesse – Djibouti – Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE), which reopened its branch in Djibouti 18 months ago, is still struggling to make profit. CBE has not been able to compete with other banks in Djibouti because it has not been able to secure swift code, according to Mathewos Kidane, Acting Customer Service Manager at CBE Djibouti branch, who spoke to visiting journalists from Ethiopia. “When we re-opened the Djibouti branch 18 months ago it wasn’t anticipated that getting swift code will take that long time. CBE Djibouti Branch has 17 staff and rented a house in a business district in Djibouti. Among the major banks operating in Djibouti include, CAC Bank, Bank of Africa and Salaam Bank.
December 07, 2018 18:33 UTC
A rally has been planned for Ethiopia’s northern Tigray regional state’s capital, Mekelle, on Saturday. Dubbed ‘Respect the Constitution,’ it will be the second such in a space of three weeks. The regional state is behind the rally targeted at the federal government led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Recent arrests of former Tigray generals accused of corruption is largely behind the rally. The first rally took place on November 25 in Mekelle and other cities and towns in the state.
December 07, 2018 17:26 UTC