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Genzebe sets out to dominate 5000m

Published: Nov 23, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Sport News
Genzebe sets out to dominate 5000m


With elder sister, three-time Olympic and five-time world champion, Tirunesh taking a maternity break, Genzebe Dibaba, is purpose set to step in and fill the void by dominating 5000m racing next season.

The 23 year-old took a giant step in following into her famed sister’s footsteps when she made the final shortlist for the 2014 IAAF Women Athlete of the Year Award, won by Tirunesh, 30, thrice at the back of a solid campaign.

Genzebe set the world alight during the 2014 indoor season when she smashed the 1500m and 3000m world indoor records and set a world best at two miles, all within 15 days, before going on to claim the world indoor 3000m title in the Polish city of Sopot.

She added a victory over 3000m at the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech in September and is now preparing for 2015 when she aims to break the world indoor 5000m record at the XL Galan in Stockholm and take the gold at the same distance at next summer’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing.

“This year was the best year for me,” said Dibaba, who is short-listed for the award along with shot putter Valerie Adams and sprinter Dafne Schippers.

“The indoor season was the best of my career so far when I broke three world records.

History: The highest office in the land

Published: Nov 23, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News
The highest office in the land


That is how the guards of the national palace's main gate stood daily from sun up to sundown by shift in the era of Emperor Hail/ Selassie. They were well polished military officers who were trained by the same style of the British palace guards.

...And I recall posting an image of the former palace guards who used to watch the same gate in the era of Emperor Menelik, they were very tall and angry looking men who seemed to be so ready to attack like a bulldog and several people from the near by market used to stand at the distance to look at them as if they were from some other planet.

Guards in the time of Menelik didn't have uniform or shoes also they lived in small shade by the gate with their family so that they can always be there 24/7 through the years. Augusts Wylde a British born war reporter who wrote a book about Ethiopia has mentioned the historical gate of the national place and its guards in his journal

What about you ? What do you know about this historical gate? Have you ever been there? If so, did you see anyone? Please share your part of the story and let us keep our History alive.

By Eduardo Byrono

Africa Urged to Make Stronger Commitments to Human Rights Issues

Published: Nov 23, 2014 by Mihret L Filed under: Ethiopian News Law & Order
Africa Urged to Make Stronger Commitments to Human Rights Issues
Africa Urged to Make Stronger Commitments to Human Rights Issues

Africa has to make more stronger commitments to human rights issues if the continent is to make economic and democratic advances and benefit from its positive spin-offs, according to the President of the African Court for Human and Peoples' Rights (AfCHPR) Justice Augustino Ramadhani.

In his opening remarks at the national sensitization seminar on the promotion of the African Court of Human and Peoples' Rights in Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on 20 November, 2014, the AfCHPR President added that the success of Africa's Agenda 2063 would depend largely on the importance given to the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human and peoples' rights on the continent.

"History teaches us that respect for human rights, the promotion of human development and the consolidation of peace, coupled with good political and economic governance are conditions sine qua non for any meaningful development," he told over 100 delegates drawn from government, African Ambassadors, diplomatic community, non-government organizations, lawyers, students, media and human rights organizations and activists, among others.

He called for continental support for the Arusha, Tanzania-based AfCHPR, the only judicial arm of the African Union (AU). "The effectiveness of the Court requires the support of all stakeholders, in particular, member states of the AU," Justice Ramadhani said.

He noted that since the Protocol establishing the Court was adopted in 1998, only 28 of the 54 AU member states have ratified it, adding that out of these, only seven countries have made declarations allowing individuals and NGOs to bring cases directly to the Court. These are: Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Rwanda and hosts United Republic of Tanzania.

The Director General, International Legal Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr Reta Alemu Nega stated in his official opening address that Africa has now stood up to its responsibilities in the promotion and protection of human rights.

"Steps have been taken over the last five decades to introduce legislative and institutional frameworks in relation to human rights. One of the achievements in this regard is the adoption of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights and the creation of the African Commission to follow up on the implementation," he said.

The increasing awareness of the African people on the African Human Rights System, he stressed, was a significant step in strengthening the protection mechanism put in place.

The President of the Lawyers Association of Ethiopia, Mr Wendimagegnehu Gabre-Sellasie emphasized that in order for the Court to achieve its objectives, it has to work hand in hand with member states, state parties to the Charter and the Pprotocol, professional associations, among other stakeholders.

He also noted that the success of the Court as a human rights protection mechanism would require a wider ratification of the Protocol, as well as acceptance of the competence of the Court, by making the Declaration.

Later, Justice Gerald Niyungeko from Burundi, member and former President of the Court, made a detailed presentation on the Court and responded to myriad of questions in the one-day session which was chaired by the Vice-President of the Court, Lady Justice Elsie Thompson from Nigeria.

A delegation of the Court also paid courtesy calls on senior government officials of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, including the Minister for Justice, the House of Representatives, Federal Supreme Court and Ethiopian Human Rights Commission to brief on the work of the Court and encourage the country to ratify the Protocol.


African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (Arusha)


Ethiopia one of Ten countries where law is not respected on Drink and Drive

Published: Nov 23, 2014 by Mihret L Filed under: Ethiopian News Law & Order
Ethiopia one of Ten countries where law is not respected on Drink and Drive
Ethiopia one of Ten countries where it's legal to drink and drive

Most civilised nations have pretty strict rules against drinking or taking drugs while driving, which is just as well -- driving under the influence causes countless accidents that usually result in injury and even death. However not all nations are as up to date with their civilised motoring laws. There are many places on this bizarre ball we call Earth that have yet to implement laws against drink driving. Here, we present a list of those place so that you may avoid driving in them.

Ethiopia

Ethiopians don't give a rat's backside about road safety. According to the World Health Organization, the country has the highest rate of traffic fatalities per vehicle in the world. It is said that wearing a seatbelt is actually frowned upon by general Ethiopian society, and talking on your mobile phone while driving is seen as a sign you're quite literally ballin' out of control. There are road rules in the region, but none that apply to drinking and driving. If you turn without indicating while slaughtered, a cop is more likely to give you a lecture on proper indicator use than anything else.

Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Vietnam, Angola, Gabon, Togo and Indonesia other countries where it's legal to drink and drive.

Read More at Recombu


The Globalist Quiz: Ethiopia is the next country to reach a population of 100 million

Published: Nov 23, 2014 by Mihret L Filed under: Ethiopian News Social Affairs
The Globalist Quiz: Ethiopia is the next country to reach a population of 100 million
The Globalist Quiz: Ethiopia is the next country to reach a population of 100 million

According to projections by the United Nations Population Division, Ethiopia will be the next country to reach a population of 100 million. It is expected to pass this milestone in 2016, just two years from now. Ethiopia will be the 13th country to surpass the 100-million mark. Altogether, these 13 nations will have a combined population of 4.6 billion people. They will account for 63 percent of the projected world population of 7.4 billion in 2016. Back in 1950, there were only four 100-million countries. Then, as now, China, India and the United States were the three most-populous nations. Between 1950 and 2000, seven other nations surpassed the 100-million population mark: Indonesia (in 1965), Japan (1968), Brazil (1972), Pakistan (1987), Bangladesh (1988), Nigeria (1992) and Mexico (1998). In 2016, Ethiopia and Nigeria will be the only two African nations with populations of 100 million or more. Asia will be represented by seven nations -- including the Philippines, which crossed the 100-million threshold in 2014.

Read More at Mercury News


Azemera Bekele and Wudie Ayalew won the 14th Great Ethiopian Run

Published: Nov 23, 2014 by girumtebeje Filed under: Ethiopian News Sport News
Azemera Bekele and Wudie Ayalew won the 14th Great Ethiopian Run
Azemera Bekele and Wudie Ayalew win the 14th Great Ethiopian Run


Azemera Bekele and Wudie Ayalew has won the 14th Great Ethiopian Run’s 10 000 meters run today. In this run where 40 000 people participated, Azemeraw Bekele has won the race at 30:11:01.

Azemeraw Mengistu and Adugna Takele have finished second and third at respective times of 30:13:09 and 30:17:09.

In the women category, Wudie Ayalew has won the race at 34:03:04; while Netsanet Gudeta and Gebeyanesh Ayele finished second and third at 34:09:04 and 34:17:06 respectively.

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