Ethiopian Arabica Coffee Faces Threat of Extinction - StudyBy Seble TeweldebirhanAugust 12, 2017 - According to a new study by KEW and Environment and Coffee Forest Forum (ECFF), titled Coffee Farming and Climate Change in Ethiopia, Arabica Coffee, one of the highest quality coffees in the world, might be absolutely extinct by the end of this century. Coffee Arabica is not only high quality, organic and forest-based coffee, but also unique for Ethiopia. As a result, Ethiopia is a biological home for Coffee Arabica. Ethiopia is also Africa’s biggest coffee producer and the world’s fifth exporter of Coffee Arabica. Arabica coffee grows within a narrow range of environment conditions and the interplay between rainfall, temperature and seasonality are the main factors governing the growth.
August 12, 2017 19:18 UTC
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August 12, 2017 18:33 UTC
Germany Lifts Travel Advisory for EthiopiaAugust 12, 2017 - Germany lifted its travel advisory for Ethiopia citing the lift of emergency by the Ethiopian parliament on August 4, 2017. The Ethiopian government imposed the state of emergency in October 2016 to quell spreading anti-government protests in two main regions of Ethiopia, Amhara and Oromia. ‘‘Holiday trips off the main routes, into the Oromia and Amhara regions should be carefully weighed. On the main routes (Axum, Mekele, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Lalibela, Dire Dawa, Arba Minch, Konso, Jinka) travel is possible without problems,’‘the statement regarding Ethiopia read. The United States in its latest travel advisory on Ethiopia reported of intense fighting in the country’s east.
August 12, 2017 17:40 UTC
South Sudan Warring Sides Fight Near Ethiopian BorderAugust 12, 2017 - Heavy fighting erupted on Friday in the South Sudanese town of Pagak near the border with Ethiopia when South Sudanese rebels launched an offensive against government forces, the rebels said. Rebel spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel told Reuters that the rebels were seeking to regain Pagak, which was captured by government forces on Aug. 7. South Sudan descended into civil war in 2013, only two years after it won independence, when President Salva Kiir fired his deputy, Riek Machar, unleashing a conflict that has since splintered along multiple ethnic lines. The rebels fighting government forces in South Sudan remain loyal to Machar. UNMISS, the U.N. peacekeeping force in South Sudan, told Reuters in an email the situation in Pagak was “extremely worrying” and urged all combatants to show restraint.
August 12, 2017 17:40 UTC
Athletics chiefs in Ethiopia are not worried about doping problems in the sport and are dealing with them strongly, a senior official said on Saturday. "We are working with our Kenyan counterparts, our national anti-doping organisation and the IAAF to get to root out doping," he added. Jos Hermens, who manages many of Ethiopia's elite runners, said doping cases were not as many as had been reported. "Doping cases in Ethiopia were so few, compared to Kenya, but that does not mean they were ignored," he said. Some unscrupulous doctors and pharmacists have been misleading young athletes, but we will soon attack and deal with them," Gebrselassie added.
August 12, 2017 17:37 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Athletics chiefs in Ethiopia are not worried about doping problems in the sport and are dealing with them strongly, a senior official said on Saturday. Ethiopia and Kenya have introduced legislation to criminalise doping. Jos Hermens, who manages many of Ethiopia's elite runners, said doping cases were not as many as had been reported. “Doping cases in Ethiopia were so few, compared to Kenya, but that does not mean they were ignored," he said. Some unscrupulous doctors and pharmacists have been misleading young athletes, but we will soon attack and deal with them,” Gebrselassie added.
August 12, 2017 17:37 UTC
Two Million Animals Lost to Drought in Ethiopia - FAOAugust 12, 2017 - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) disclosed that two million animals have been lost to a “devastating” drought in Ethiopia. The drought had devastated Ethiopian herders’ livelihoods as it exhausted pastures and water sources. It also said the current food and nutrition crisis in Ethiopia was significantly aggravated by the severe blow to pastoral livelihoods. “With up to two million animals lost so far in Ethiopia, FAO is focusing on providing emergency livestock support to the most vulnerable pastoralist communities through animal vaccination and treatment, supplementary feed and water, rehabilitating water points, and supporting fodder and feed production”. Abdoul Bah, FAO Deputy Representative in Ethiopia, said “Some 8.5 million people – one in 12 people – are now suffering from hunger; of these, 3.3 million people live in Somali Region.
August 12, 2017 17:31 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-12 18:01:39|Editor: ZDVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia's textile and Garment sector export revenue during the Ethiopian Fiscal Year 2016/17 that ended on July 8, only achieved a third of planned revenue. It in particular had its ambitions set on the Hawassa Industrial Park, 275 kms south of Addis Ababa to revolutionize its budding textile and garment sector. However, the ministry said a lag in commissioning of some textile and garment plants in the Hawassa Industrial Park contributed to the disappointing export result of the sector. Built by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, Hawassa Industrial park was inaugurated in July 2016, with already 18 companies having started operations inside the industrial park. Six of them are currently exporting their textile and garment products to the global market.
August 12, 2017 10:14 UTC
Fifteen steps into the final homestretch of his final race, something gave in his left hamstring. No gold, no silver, not even a consolation bronze, the likes of which Bolt received a week earlier in his final 100-meter race. He gave a few waves to the crowd, then left for the trainer's room, and with that, presumably left track and field forever. Five years and one day earlier, on the very same track, Bolt helped Jamaica set the world record. Part of the wait was for the U.S. women's relay team to finish its victory celebration.
August 12, 2017 09:26 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-12 03:04:29|Editor: Mu XuequanVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia has formed a new task force to fight corruption consisting of key government institutions as the East African nations engages in a massive anti-corruption crackdown. The statement was made to Ethiopia state media on Friday by Akiliu Mulugeta, corruption prevention director at Ethiopian Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (FEACC), explaining that the new task force will have members from FEACC itself, Federal Attorney General, Ethiopian Federal Police Commission, Addis Ababa Police Commission and Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority (ERCA). The announcement coincided with the arrest of dozens of business people, brokers and senior government officials in an anti-corruption crackdown that is the biggest in Ethiopia for years. Ethiopian government has identified corruption and rent seeking activities as part of the reason Ethiopia was rocked by sweeping unrest in 2016. The Ethiopian government has since then promised to crack down on grand scale corruption which has afflicted one of the world's fastest growing economies.
August 11, 2017 19:07 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-12 02:39:20|Editor: Mu XuequanVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The number of detained senior Ethiopian government officials, businessperson and middlemen, who were arrested in connection with an alleged large-scale corruption scandal, has increased to 55 on Friday. Ethiopian roads authority Communications Director, Samson Wondimu, is the latest Ethiopian government official detained on Friday in connection with the large scale anti-corruption investigation in Ethiopia's modern history. Majority of the 54 defendants have so far appeared before and Ethiopian court, including the former Manager of Addis Ababa Roads Authority, Fekade Haile, former Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Alemayehu Gujo, and former head of Ethiopian Roads Authority Zayid WoldeGebrel. Other senior government officials from the Ethiopian Roads Authority, the Addis Ababa Roads Authority, the Ethiopian Sugar Corporation and foreign nationals were also arrested as part of the large-scale corruption scandal. The Ethiopian government has cited bad governance and corruption as among the major reasons for the preoccupations of the public back in late 2016.
August 11, 2017 19:07 UTC
Aug. 11, 2017Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, that nation's largest financial institution, is expanding its ATM network with the addition of 200 NCR SelfServ ATMs, while aiming to improve uptime across the network with the implementation of NCR Aptra Vision, according to a press release from NCR Corp.Aptra Vision multivendor ATM management software allows CBE to combine data from assisted and self-service devices for incident management support and real-time access to transaction data on the bank's self-service networks. The platform's ability to indicate exactly which ATMs require maintenance or cash replenishment can assist CBE to make faster business decisions and improve the availability of its self-service channels, the release said. "Ensuring that the new ATMs we introduce are supported by NCR's innovative Aptra Vision software is a big step forward, as it allows us to achieve operational excellence, reduce cost and improve customer experience," Addis Tilaye, CBE Director of e-Payment Process, said in the release. "Undisrupted services, complete control of all the banking channels and being available to customers when and where they want remains a key priority for financial institutions," said Dimitri Kanellopoulos, channel leader for Africa at NCR Corp. "The ability of Aptra Vision to combine and analyze granular details on every consumer transaction across all self-service devices gives CBE maximum control of all the services and payment channels, enabling them to react in seconds rather than hours."
August 11, 2017 16:30 UTC
Addis Ababa, Aug 11 (IANS/MAP) has announced $1 million humanitarian aid to Ethiopia which is still grappling with a drought caused by El Niño in 2016. Out of the total assistance, $400,000 will go to Unicef's Humanitarian Action for Children 2017 while $500,000 will go to the Ethiopian Humanitarian Fund (EHF). The funding also contributes $100,000 to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to assist Ethiopian returnees from Saudi Arabia. The number of people in need of humanitarian aid in the second half of 2017 increased to 8.5 million from 5.6 million in January. --IANS/MAPsoni/bg(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
August 11, 2017 15:00 UTC
The Ethiopian government has responded to a report on Thursday evening that there was intense fighting in the country’s east. The Minister of Information, Negeri Lencho, is quoted as saying there was no fighting and closed roads as had been contained in a United States travel alert. It added that even though Ethiopian Defense Force troops were arriving in the area, the road in question was not passable. #Ethiopia gov says road not closed, but sporadic clashes (not ongoing) b/w Oromo & Somalis over border delineation. https://t.co/x4eCx8SYVW — Kelsey Lilley (@KelseyDegen) August 11, 2017U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa confirms opening of main road.
August 11, 2017 14:40 UTC
The main storyline remains is the same as it has been for the past five years: can anyone stop Mo Farah in his bid to complete the 5,000/10,000 double? Another win in Saturday’s 5,000 final would give him five straight sweeps and six straight wins in the 5,000, both of which would be unprecedented accomplishments for a distance runner. Why Muktar Edris is the Ethiopian most likely to beat Farah: He’s the world leader at 5000 this year. Why Selemon Barega is the Ethiopian most likely to beat Farah: Barega may have the highest ceiling. 2017 worlds m5k Who wins the men's 5,000 final at 2017 Worlds?
August 11, 2017 14:37 UTC