Ethiopia relaxes state of emergency restrictions

The Ethiopian government has lifted some restrictions imposed during a state of emergency declared last year following deadly protests, state-run media quoted the defence minister as saying on Wednesday. Minister Siraj Fegessa ended powers granted to security services powers to stop and search suspects and powers to search homes without court authorisation. Siraj, who chairs the government’s body overseeing the state of emergency, also revoked a dusk-to-dawn curfew on access to economic installations, some infrastructure and factories for unauthorised people. Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on October 9 last year to curb violent unrest leading to damage of properties including those of local and international businesses. Before the State of Emergency was imposed, over 50 people died on October 2 in a stampede at a festival in Bishoftu after police fired teargas and warning shots to disperse protesters at the event.

March 15, 2017 13:30 UTC

Ethiopia lifts some restrictions imposed during state of emergency

ADDIS ABABA The Ethiopian government has lifted some restrictions imposed during a state of emergency declared last year following deadly protests, state-run media quoted the defence minister as saying on Wednesday. Minister Siraj Fegessa ended powers granted to security services to stop and search suspects and to search homes without court authorisation. Siraj, who chairs the government's body overseeing the state of emergency, also revoked a dusk-to-dawn curfew on access to economic installations, some infrastructure and factories for unauthorised people. Ethiopia declared a state of emergency in October following months of deadly protests that killed around 500 people. Ethiopia has designated five groups, including two armed secessionist groups, as terrorist organisations.

March 15, 2017 13:07 UTC

Campbell: Ethiopian teen received free spinal surgery from local doctor

Plenty jet lagged after nearly 9,000 miles of air travel, Dawit Berhanu wasn’t the least bit nervous for a life-changing surgery. The surgery was done at no cost thanks to a local doctor and assistance from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a Cupertino family and Good Samaritan Hospital. “It’s very hard to find someone who will do such a surgery in such a generous way,” Dawit said through Gebermichael. The surgery resulted in permanent screws being placed into Dawit’s spine and the attachment of permanent rods to straighten it out. Stein says the days leading up to Dawit’s surgery saw him go shopping and generally enjoying his first trip to California.

March 15, 2017 12:00 UTC

Restaurant Notes: JT's, LRW, Lucy Ethiopian

[RELATED: More about Tronolone's life in his obituary]*****New Lucy Ethiopian open: Lucy Ethiopian, the city's first Ethiopian restaurant, has reopened in its new home in Riverside. It's a soft opening for now, with some construction remaining to create a traditional Ethiopian dining experience, said owner Abba Biya. *****Local Restaurant Week: If you're considering broadening your personal restaurant menu, consider Local Restaurant Week's spring season. New participants in Buffalo include Buffalo Riverworks, The Burning Buffalo, KO Bar & Grill and Hydraulic Hearth. In Amherst: 12 Gates Brewing, Shenannigans Bar & Grill, Fuze Asian Grill, and Fuji Grill on Transit Road.

March 15, 2017 12:00 UTC

Ethiopia Relaxes Emergency Measures that Followed Protests

Ethiopia's state broadcaster says the government has lifted parts of the state of emergency imposed in October while claiming the ``restoration of law and order in many parts of the country.'' Also being lifted are bans and restrictions imposed on radio, television and theater. And prohibitions on unauthorized movements around infrastructure facilities and factories from dawn to dusk have been repealed. Ethiopia's government declared the state of emergency on Oct. 9 in an effort to calm months of deadly protests across the country, especially in the restive Oromia region. The state of emergency ends in May.

March 15, 2017 11:37 UTC



Ethiopia: South Sudanese tribesmen kill many across border

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian official says 28 people were killed and 43 children kidnapped by armed members of a South Sudanese tribe between March 10 and 12. Spokesman Mawien Makol Arik for South Sudan's foreign ministry says he is aware of fighting in Gambella. He says Ethiopian troops have not crossed the border into South Sudan in pursuit of the accused attackers. Over the years Ethiopian and South Sudanese tribes have raided each other, often to steal cattle and abduct children to be used as herders. Gambella is currently hosting close to 300,000 refugees from South Sudan's civil war.

March 15, 2017 11:15 UTC

Lucy Ethiopian restaurant opens doors in new Riverside space

Lucy Ethiopian, the city's first Ethiopian restaurant, has reopened in its new home in Riverside. The address is 916 Tonawanda St., but the restaurant's unmarked entrance is around the corner on Crowley Avenue, facing Riverside Park. Inside, the larger dining room will hold twice as many customers as the former spot at Grant and Amherst streets. It's a soft opening for now, with some construction remaining to create a traditional Ethiopian dining experience, said owner Abba Biya. Here's a primer for beginners to the cuisine, which melds Arabian and African cuisines]In the meantime, Ethiopian vegan, vegetarian and meat dishes are on offer, as well as house-roasted Ethiopian coffee.

March 15, 2017 11:03 UTC

Ethiopia Trash Dump Death Toll Rises to 113

REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri ReutersBy Aaron MaashoADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The death toll from a landslide at a dump in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa has reached 113, officials said on Wednesday, as the government declared three days of national mourning. Flags flew at half mast to mark the disaster that occurred at the 50-year-old Reppi dump on Saturday evening. "The total number of dead has reached 113, of which 38 are male and 75 are female," said Dagmawit Moges, a spokeswoman for the city. The first funerals were held on Tuesday at the nearby Abune Aregawi Church, attended by hundreds of grief-stricken family members. Ethiopia is one of Africa's fastest growing economies, but the drive to industrialize has also stoked discontent among those who feel left behind.

March 15, 2017 08:12 UTC

The building blocks of a new mobile revolution – new Business Ethiopia (nBE)

By Mariam AbdullahiDespite on-going economic challenges and some tricky regulatory issues, Africa is fast approaching the 1bn mobile subscriptions landmark. OTT services putting pressure on telcos’ traditional revenue streamsGlobally, more than 1.8bn people use OTT mobile services, which is why Ovum predicts a $293.4bn loss in the telco industry due to OTT VoIP services. Telcos have already begun to incorporate OTT services as part of value-add packages to consumers. Consumer demand for online videos forcing data costs downAccording to recent stats, 62% of mobile users consume online video content. An Ovum report estimates that mobile data in Africa will grow from $6.40bn in 2015 to more than $27bn in 2021.

March 15, 2017 06:11 UTC

Global 6km for water in Mullaloo

SIX kilometres is the average distance people throughout the developing world walk for water – water that is often unsafe to drink. You can help change that in a fun, community event taking place in Tom Simpson Park, Mullaloo this Saturday morning from 9am until 12pm. True North Church is partnering with World Vision to hold the Global 6K for Water in the City of Joondalup, encouraging the community of Perth to walk or run 6km to provide lasting clean water to children in Ethiopia. Just by registering you are helping provide clean water to Ethiopia, with part proceeds from all registrations going towards the Ethiopian Water Project. You can make a difference and bring clean water and improved sanitation to the communities of Ethiopia by fundraising for World Vision’s Global 6K for Water.

March 15, 2017 03:11 UTC

Ethiopian to Host International Aviation Symposium

Ethiopian to Host International Aviation SymposiumMarch 14, 2017 - Ethiopian Airlines will host the 4th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Global Aviation Training and Training Plus Symposium April 11-13, 2017 in Addis Ababa, according to Walta. CEO of Ethiopian, Tewolde Geberemariam, in his briefings to journalists, said that the symposium is the first in Africa of its kind and will be marked under the theme “Together, Enhancing Training to Build Capacity”. Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger, the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 95 international and 20 local destinations. According to the CEO, Ethiopian has allocated half a billion USD for the expansion of its business centers namely Ethiopian Cargo, Ethiopian Aviation Academy, Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services and some others. The construction of the hotel is 40 percent completed and it will commence service within a year, it was noted.

March 14, 2017 23:03 UTC

Ethiopian Parliament Declares Three Days of Mourning

Ethiopian Parliament Declares Three Days of MourningMarch 14, 2017 - Ethiopian Parliament declared three days of national mourning beginning from tomorrow for victims of a landslide at garbage dump site on the outskirt of Addis Ababa, according to FBC. As per the decision of the House, Ethiopia’s flag will fly at half-mast for three days across the country, Ethiopian owned ships as well as Ethiopian embassies and consular offices. The House also expressed its deepest condolences and wished console to victims and their families. In a related development, Addis Ababa city administration said it is working to rehabilitate families of the victims. The administration relocated 106 households, consisting of a total of 297 families, from the garbage dump site.

March 14, 2017 22:30 UTC

ICE removes Ethiopian who committed female genital mutilation – satPRnews

Adem’s case is believed to be the first criminal conviction in the United States for female genital mutilation, and became the catalyst for the specific criminalization of female genital mutilation under Georgia state law. “The elimination of female genital mutilation/cutting has broad implications for the health and human rights of women and girls, as well as societies at large.”Female genital mutilation/cutting is a federal crime. Individuals suspected of female genital mutilation/cutting, including sending girls overseas to be cut, may be investigated by ICE’s Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center (HRVWCC). During that same period, ICE obtained deportation orders against and physically removed 785 known or suspected human rights violators from the United States. Currently, HSI has more than 160 active investigations into suspected human rights violators and is pursuing more than 1,750 leads and removals cases involving suspected human rights violators from 95 different countries.

March 14, 2017 18:00 UTC

Hayatou arrives in Ethiopia as he bids to keep CAF Presidency

Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Issa Hayatou has arrived in Addis Ababa where he will be aiming to secure an eighth term at the head of the continental governing body. The charges against the Cairo-based CAF, Hayatou and El Amrani relate to a broadcast rights deal with Lagardère Sports, which the company were allegedly given without a formal tender process as required by Egyptian law. "I am happy I am finally in Addis Ababa," Ahmad told SuperSport, a South African group of television channels. "I just hope that these changes will help African football to evolve, because it is the most important. "Trying to do something else at the head of CAF is not a bad idea."

March 14, 2017 16:30 UTC

Ethiopian government blamed for "preventable" disaster at rubbish dump

Over 60 people have died after a landslide at a rubbish dump on the outskirts of Addis Ababa on Saturday, and Amnesty International holds the Ethiopian government fully responsible. “The Ethiopian government is fully responsible for this totally preventable disaster. The Ethiopian government is fully responsible for this totally preventable disaster. Addis Ababa’s city authorities have also announced ongoing rehabilitation efforts to relocate hundreds of affected families from the landfill. The African Union, headquartered in the capital, called on residents to remain calm as people are being retrieved from the dump.

March 14, 2017 13:41 UTC




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