A general view of the Blue Nile river as it passes through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), near Guba in Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019. EDUARDO SOTERAS/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGESCairo - Mohammed Abdo HasaneinEthiopia has disregarded Egypt’s repetitive warnings of taking unilateral procedures related to the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) which Addis Ababa is constructing at the Nile River. According to Ethiopia’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy in Ethiopia Seleshi Bekele, the dam is 72.4 percent completed. Dr. Amani al-Taweel from Egypt's Al-Ahram Research Center saw the Ethiopian statements as provocative to test out the Egyptian reaction. Former Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Nasr Eddin Allam told Asharq Al-Awsat that as soon as the coronavirus crisis is over, international organizations must be addressed in case Ethiopia didn’t back off.
April 02, 2020 09:00 UTC
BULAWAYO – Fourteen illegal immigrants from Ethiopia appeared before a court in Gwanda on Wednesday charged with immigration offences after they were arrested hiding in a village. Prosecutors believe the group travelled through several African countries by road – their destination Johannesburg in South Africa. Investigators swooped on the homestead at around 1AM on Tuesday, but one of the cross-border transporters identified only as Bheki escaped through a window. Ethan then left for Beitbridge, where he lives, after buying food for the group. Police spokesman Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi appealed for the public’s help in apprehending the two cross-border transporters, popularly known as omalayitsha.
April 02, 2020 07:18 UTC
Ethiopian Government Lifts Telecom Ban on West Oromia Amid International OutcryBy Staff ReporterApril 1, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The government of Ethiopia has lifted telephone and internet services ban it imposed on four zones in Wellega in Oromia regional state of western Ethiopia. The president said the regional government has decided to restore the telecom services after the security threats in the four zones were solved. However, deputy chief of staff of the national defense force Berhanu Jula last month admitted that the government intentionally cut the telecom services in a bid to conduct successful operations against the insurgents. The government has accused members of the rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) of killing, kidnapping and harassing innocent people and government officials in Qellem Wellega and surrounding areas in western Ethiopia. Follow Ezega on LinkedIn for Ethiopia Jobs and Ethiopian News Today.
April 02, 2020 05:48 UTC
The Ethiopian church cut down the number of deacons and priests serving in the church across the country. According to Ethiopian Church News source, Hara Ze Tewahdo, the decision is based on the cannons of the church and advice from health professionals. The church allowed the government to use those facilities belonging to the church to use them as COVID 19 patients isolation and treatment centers. Moreover, the Ethiopian Church donated three million Ethiopian birr to help the government’s effort to reverse the spread of COVID 19. The Ethiopian church has several orphanages across the country and has called on members of the church to provide them with sanitation and food supplies.
April 02, 2020 03:45 UTC
Corbetti Geothermal signs new PPA and Implementing agreement for project in EthiopiaSigning ceremony with government and company representatives, Addis Ababa/ Ethiopia, March 31, 2020 (source: InfraCo Africa)Alexander Richter 1 Apr 2020The developer of the Corbetti geothermal project in Ethiopia has also signed a new PPA and Implementation Agreement with the government of Ethiopia and the state-owned power utility in the same ceremony for another project. The signings mark the next step for the pioneering geothermal project. “Corbetti Geothermal is extremely pleased to be participating in this signing ceremony. Over the past decade, Corbetti and its sponsors have remained committed to the project and to developing Ethiopia’s geothermal potential. The PPA and IA signed today will allow the project to move into the next phase of implementation, and to commence the drilling programme.
April 01, 2020 23:26 UTC
Sukulwenkosi Dube-Matutu, Gwanda CorrespondentFOURTEEN of the 15 Ethiopians that were arrested while hiding at a homestead in Gwanda have appeared in court facing allegations of entering the country illegally. “On 30 March at around 8PM police received information that there was a group of Ethiopian illegal immigrants who were being kept at a homestead in Gwanda. Officers stationed at Guyu Police Station and CID Gwanda went to Nyorovedzo Ndlovu’s homestead on March 31 at around 1AM. “They found the 15 accused persons sleeping in a spare bedroom while one of their assistants from Zimbabwe only known as Bheki was sleeping in the main bedroom. The 15 accused persons were arrested and secured at the homestead awaiting screening for Covid-19,” read the papers.
April 01, 2020 22:41 UTC
JOHANNESBURG - Leaders and medical experts around the world have said that no matter who you are, or where you live, if you want to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, wash your hands. One of the biggest challenges on the African continent is the simplest: universal access to clean water. Even in relatively well-developed South Africa, millions of residents lack clean running water at home. People are required to wash their hands before entering Nakasero market in Kampala, April 1 2020. People wash their hands in basins installed by a pharmaceutical company to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Mushin Market in Lagos, March 30, 2020.
April 01, 2020 22:07 UTC
Abiy made the remark on the ninth anniversary of the start of construction on the GERD, which commenced in 2011. The Ethiopian prime minister added that "Ethiopia faces two challenges, namely the outbreak of coronavirus and the completion of the dam." "The reason why we put huge emphasis on this dam is because it is a symbol of our sovereignty and unity," he stressed. Tensions have been building between Egypt and Ethiopia over some technical details regarding the operation and filling of the dam. Ethiopia hopes that the massive $4.8 billion project on the Blue Nile will allow it to become Africa’s largest power exporter.
April 01, 2020 21:11 UTC
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April 01, 2020 21:00 UTC
The global coronavirus outbreak has forced Ethiopia to postpone its much-anticipated national election that was scheduled to be held on Aug. 29. Ethiopia, whose Addis Ababa Bole International airport has become Africa’s leading international transit hub, has so far identified 29 Covid-19 cases. The upcoming election held much hope under prime minister Abiy Ahmed as he long promised Ethiopia’s first historic free and fair election. With waning political support, under prime minister Abiy, Ethiopia has allowed political groups, previously labelled as terrorist group, to participate in the political arena. However, he also stands accused of silencing dissents and arresting political groups and suspending internet access in the Oromia Region where his political support is low.
April 01, 2020 20:15 UTC
The research, led by a team of scientists from Max Planck Institute in Germany that included Florida State Professor of Anthropology Dean Falk, is published in Science Advances. In the Dikika child’s endocast, researchers observed an impression of a lunate sulcus, a fissure that borders the occipital lobe. The preserved endocast of the Dikika child has an unambiguous impression of a lunate sulcus in an apelike position. While the organization of the brain appeared to be apelike, the data gleaned from these scans show that the brain’s development was slowed down, more comparable to humans. “After seven years of work, we finally had all the puzzle pieces to study the evolution of brain growth,” Gunz said.
April 01, 2020 18:22 UTC
Authorities in Ethiopia should immediately and unconditionally release journalist Yayesew Shimelis and cease detaining journalists without charge, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The friends told CPJ that Yayesew was brought to court on March 28, and that police were granted six days to hold him in custody without charge. In his report, Yayesew alleged that the Ethiopian government had told religious leaders to prepare 200,000 graves to accommodate deaths from the virus, according to the journalist’s friends and Addis Maleda. The report is no longer available on his YouTube channel, and Yayesew wrote in a tweet on March 27 that his Facebook page had been suspended. In January, Yayesew told CPJ that he had been detained for several hours at the Bole International Airport by federal security personnel, who verbally harassed him and questioned him about his journalism.
April 01, 2020 18:05 UTC
Three million year old brain imprints show that Australopithecus afarensis infants may have had a long dependence on caregiversA new study led by paleoanthropologists Philipp Gunz and Simon Neubauer from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, reveals that Lucy’s species Australopithecus afarensis had an ape-like brain. © Philipp Gunz, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0Contrary to previous claims, the endocranial imprints of Australopithecus afarensis reveal an ape-like brain organization, and no features derived towards humans. Based on these endocasts the researchers could measure endocranial volume, and infer key aspects of brain organization from impressions of brain convolutions in the skull. The Dikika child’s endocranial imprint reveals an ape-like brain organization, and no features derived towards humans. “Our data show that Australopithecus afarensis had an ape-like brain organization, but suggest that these brains developed over a longer period of time than in chimpanzees,” concludes Philipp Gunz.
April 01, 2020 18:00 UTC
The country currently has 23 confirmed cases out of which two have since been repatriated. March 29: Ethiopia reports cases outside Addis AbabaEthiopia at close of day March 29 had reported 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19. It is woefully minimal as compared to South Africa’s over 15,000 tests that have turnd out 704 confirmed cases. Ethiopia currently has nine confirmed cases and tests are being run on hundreds of suspected cases. Health authorities said they were testing over 900 people for the virus as part of contact tracing efforts connected to confirmed cases.
April 01, 2020 16:41 UTC
Nairobi, April 1, 2020 -- Authorities in Ethiopia should immediately and unconditionally release journalist Yayesew Shimelis and cease detaining journalists without charge, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The friends told CPJ that Yayesew was brought to court on March 28, and that police were granted six days to hold him in custody without charge. In his report, Yayesew alleged that the Ethiopian government had told religious leaders to prepare 200,000 graves to accommodate deaths from the virus, according to the journalist’s friends and Addis Maleda. The report is no longer available on his YouTube channel, and Yayesew wrote in a tweet on March 27 that his Facebook page had been suspended. In January, Yayesew told CPJ that he had been detained for several hours at the Bole International Airport by federal security personnel, who verbally harassed him and questioned him about his journalism.
April 01, 2020 16:41 UTC