Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan started US-monitored talks in the Sudanese capital to try hammer out a draft deal to resolve their dispute over a Nile dam that Ethiopia is constructing, an Egyptian spokesman said. The 4.6 billion US dollar Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project on the Blue Nile, which promises to provide much-needed electricity to Ethiopia’s 100 million people, has been a contentious point among the three main Nile Basin countries. The Blue Nile flows from Ethiopia into Sudan where it joins the White Nile near Khartoum, to form the Nile River. But at the talks in Washington last week, the three countries said they had reached a preliminary agreement. Another two-day meeting in Khartoum is planned for next week, with the goal of reaching a final agreement.
January 22, 2020 12:22 UTC
Philippines has imposed a total ban on its workforce in KuwaitIn January the Philippines stopped sending workers to Kuwait following reports of abuse by employers. Kuwaiti and Ethiopian officials discussed on Tuesday in Kuwait City a draft memorandum of understanding on recruiting skilled Ethiopian domestic workers. Kuwait has set conditions for hiring Ethiopian domestic workers from Ethiopia including efficiency, previous training and proficiency in speaking the English language, according to media reports. Kuwait has recently embarked on opening up new labour markets after the Philippines banned the dispatch of workers to the country. Last week, the Philippine authorities imposed a ban on the deployment of newly hired workers to Kuwait in reaction to the murder.
January 22, 2020 10:18 UTC
The invasion of the locusts has been widely shared on social media platforms, with footage showing swarms of locusts laying waste to regions in north-eastern Kenya. Local people have been desperately attempting to drive them away by banging pots and pans, yelling, honking horns and even firing shots. ‘The Insect Plague’Swarms of desert locusts had swept the Arabian peninsula, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea prior to invading Kenya. Desert locusts are the most dangerous type of migratory pests in the world, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), as they reproduce rapidly and prolifically. Iran, for instance, has fought swarms of desert locusts – the world’s most dangerous migratory pest – across around 530,000 hectares of farming lands since January.
January 22, 2020 09:56 UTC
Nigerian digital payments startup Paga has acquired Apposit, a software development company based in Ethiopia, for an undisclosed amount. Paga will leverage Apposit — which is U.S. incorporated but operates in Addis Ababa — to support that expansion into East Africa and Latin America. Apposit dedicated an engineering team to build Paga’s payment platform, Eric Chijioke became Paga’s CTO (while maintaining his Apposit role) and Apposit backed Paga. Adam Abate is now CEO of Paga Ethiopia, where Paga plans to go live as soon as it gains a local banking license. With its Apposit acquisition and plans for continued expansion, PayPal may become more than a model for Paga.
January 22, 2020 05:26 UTC
In the same time period, the Asian population in those cities grew 20% and the Hispanic population grew 12%. The black population in cities grew much more slowly – just 2% between 2010 and 2018. But 18 cities – many in the Midwest, including Cleveland, St. Louis and Chicago – lost more black residents than they gained. "They're taking up a smaller share of the population in cities, moving into cities or moving at all." But the share of white residents increased in 85% of cities that became less diverse.
January 22, 2020 04:52 UTC
Flashpoint on the Nile: Egypt Destabilizing EthiopiaBy Dr. Aklog BiraraJanuary 21, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- A flashpoint in current diplomatic relations in Africa today that can potentially lead to war is Egypt’s continued assertion that it will continue to exercise its hegemony over the Nile. This new spirit of cooperation and mutuality was welcomed by Ethiopia because it differed radically from previous positions Egypt held. He also declared that Egypt will henceforth stop supporting proxy wars with the intent of destabilizing Ethiopia. Egypt and Sudan allocated Nile Waters to themselves at the exclusion of Ethiopia and the other upstream riparian states. Despite this disadvantage, I suggest strongly that the most reasonable policy option is for Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to agree on an equitable and fair position that serves all countries in the long-term.
January 22, 2020 03:00 UTC
14 Dire Dawa police members are also reportedly attacked. Police says Identities of the groups who caused attack during Timkat celebration is yet to be established. Photo credit : Dire Dawa PoliceborkenaJanuary 21, 2020One person was killed and seven others injured in Dire Dawa on Monday during the Timkat (Epiphany) celebration. A statement from Dire Dawa Police said the person who died, name undisclosed, was hit by rocks. In Arsi, central Ethiopia, there were places where the Timkat celebration was entirely banned.
January 22, 2020 02:37 UTC
From Germany to Africa, Professor Dr. Markus Borner had spent about 4 decades working on wildlife conservation and nature in Tanzania, East Africa, and the rest of Africa. Prof. Dr. Borner spent his lifetime in the Serengeti of Tanzania, a home away from his ancestral home, the Federal Republic of Germany. Together with many partners on the ground he also influenced conservation in other regions and during difficult times. Markus Borner has always been deeply convinced that the future lies in Africa’s young generation. Until very recently, he shared his insights and coached young conservation experts from various African countries in the Karimjee Conservation Scholars Program.
January 22, 2020 01:52 UTC
Justin Trudeau’s visit to Ethiopia was among agenda item during the discussion between Ethiopian President Sahlework Zewde and Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Justin Trudeau (Left) and Abiy Ahmed (right) Photo credit : Social MediaborkenaJanuary 21, 2020Ethiopian President Sahlework Zewde received on Tuesday at the National Palace in the capital Addis Ababa Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Robert Oliphant. According to Ethiopian News Agency (ENA), President SahleWork Zewde and Robert Oliphan have discussed Prime Minister’s Justin Trudeau’s visit to Ethiopia this year. Justin Trudeau expressed his intention to visit Ethiopia in 2018 when he had a phone conversation with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed soon after the latter introduced gender balance cabinet. Based on information from the Embassy of Canada to Ethiopia website, the volume of trade between the two countries seems to be growing.
January 22, 2020 00:00 UTC
5.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Mieso District in Eastern EthiopiaBy Staff ReporterJanuary 21, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Mieso district in Oromia regional state of eastern Ethiopia was hit by an earthquake 5.0 in magnitude on the Richter scale, reports the Addis Ababa University Geophysics, Science and Astronomy Institute. But, the latest earthquake could destroy houses, especially given the quality of houses in Ethiopia. The latest earthquake vibrations were felt in Awash and Assebe Teferi towns as well as in Addis Ababa. In Ethiopia, the 1961 M=6.1 Kara Kore earthquake destroyed the town of Majete where 30 people were killed. The 1969 M=6.3 Serdo earthquake resulted in four deaths, and the 1989 M=6.5 Dobi graben earthquake destroyed several bridges between Assab and Addis Ababa.
January 21, 2020 20:15 UTC
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (AP) — At least three people were killed and more than 100 others injured when a wooden stand erected for the colourful Epiphany celebration collapsed in Ethiopia on Monday, an official and hospital source said. The Security Chief for the city of Gondar Tesfa Mekonnen did not specify the number of deaths in comments to regional broadcaster Amhara Mass Media Agency. A hospital source in Ethiopia’s city of Gondar confirmed that at least three people died. The Ethiopian News Agency reported that more than 15,000 foreigners attended the celebration in Gondar. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) late last year added Ethiopia’s Epiphany festivities known as Timkat to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, which attracted more attendees.
January 21, 2020 20:06 UTC
Boeing has predicted a “mid-2020” return to service for the 737 Max, months later than anticipated. While emphasising safety remains the priority, Boeing said in a statement: “We are informing our customers and suppliers that we are currently estimating that the ungrounding of the 737 Max will begin during mid-2020. Following the second incident, global authorities banned commercial operation of the 737 Max. Boeing halted production of the aircraft earlier this month, with as many as 400 planes already awaiting delivery. Boeing added: “Returning the Max safely to service is our number one priority, and we are confident that will happen.
January 21, 2020 19:52 UTC
Boeing halts shares trading after stock plunges by almost 6 percentAirline stocks were under additional pressure following news that the mysterious coronavirus had killed six people and spread to Washington state.
January 21, 2020 19:41 UTC
Taye Dendea. Photo : Social MediaborkenaBy Teshome M. Borago@MTBoragoJanuary 21, 2020Spokesman of the Ethiopian ruling party, Taye Dendea, accused Oromo politician Jawar Mohammed of staging an incident to play victim in Oromia on Monday. Taye is a leading official of the former Oromo Democratic Party (ODP), the party of current Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Since the Prime Minister transformed his ODP to join an all-inclusive Prosperity Party (PP), Jawar Mohammed has fiercely became a vocal opponent. In response, Taye Dendea blamed Jawar for all of the problems during Timket.
January 21, 2020 17:03 UTC
But I have created the One Star Alliance, comprising the worst state-owned carriers in the world. Meanwhile Rome provides a virtuoso performance of skating around the European Union’s rules against state aid to airlines. One prospective slot buyer: Ethiopian Airlines, which is a member of the (fantasy) Five Star Alliance alongside Emirates and Singapore Airlines. “For most of us employees of Ethiopian Airlines, myself included, the pay check is always secondary,” says chief executive Tewolde GebreMariam. Nationalised carriers are some of the world’s best – and most of the world’s worst.
January 21, 2020 16:30 UTC