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Ethiopia commits to eliminate child marriage, FGM: official

Published: Jul 22, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social News
Ethiopia commits to eliminate child marriage, FGM: official

The Ethiopian government said Tuesday it will eliminate child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2025.

Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen announced a package of action at a global summit in London, hosted jointly by the UK government and UNICEF.

"Our approach puts girls at the heart of our commitment, working closely with them, their families and communities, to end these practices for good and break the cycle of harmful traditional practices," said Mekonnen.

Ethiopian Minister of Women, Children and Youth Affairs, Zenebu Tadesse, spoke about some of the achievements Ethiopia has made in recent years.

Representatives from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will meet in Khartoum in mid-August to discuss Ethiopia's ongoing Nile dam project.

Published: Jul 22, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
Representatives from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will meet in Khartoum in mid-August to discuss Ethiopia's ongoing Nile dam project.

Representatives from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will meet in Khartoum in mid-August to discuss Ethiopia's ongoing Nile dam project.

According to a report on the ahram.org site, the focus of the meeting will be to discuss critical points from a report issued by the tripartite committee last year on the potential impact of the Grand Renaissance Dam.

Egypt has favoured the report as it backs Cairo's claims that the hydroelectric dam, set to be Africa's largest upon completion, will hinder its access to the Nile, its major source of water. Ethiopian officials deny this and point to gains in electricity production offered by the project.

In a summary issued on the report last year, Egypt stressed that Ethiopia has failed to conduct the needed studies on the dam's potential environmental and social impact on downstream countries, the report notes.

Source:Ahram

21 Years old Ethiopian Girl Found Dead in Kansas City

Published: Jul 22, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Crime
21 Years old Ethiopian Girl Found Dead in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police have identified the woman whose body was discovered in a pond near Kansas City International Airport on Monday as 21-year-old Husenet M. Yassin.  Her cause of death has not yet been determined.

The body was found Monday afternoon during a routine check by airport security.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the person had died recently. Authorities are asking anyone who saw someone walking in the area Monday to call authorities.

Source: fox4kc.com


Walia Merges With PSETSE for Civil Servants Transportation

Published: Jul 22, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Business Social News
Walia Merges With PSETSE for Civil Servants Transportation

Public Service Employees Transport Service Enterprise (PSETSE) is going to merge with Walia Intercity Bus Service Enterprise in order to start giving the awaited transportation service to government employees in less than a quarter of a year.

In related news, PSETSE received its first sample bus for inspection at the Federal Transport Authority (FTA). The Enterprise ordered some 400 buses from Metal Engineering Corporation (MetEC), which are due to be delivered on October 2014, Dejene Debebe, senior public relations officer at Ministry of Transport (MoTr), noted.

The Enterprise is going to start rendering the transport service in the coming September, using these busses and the ones it will acquire from Walia as a result of the merger. Buses which are under various government offices and that are already giving transport service will also be used by the Enterprise when it starts rendering service.

PSETSE is going to be a profit making public enterprise and charge for services it gives during hours other than office opening and closing hours. Nonetheless, services rendered at office opening and closing hours are free of charge.

Haile Gebrselassie’s Elite Training Camp Brings in ElliptiGOs

Published: Jul 22, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Sport News
Haile Gebrselassie’s Elite Training Camp Brings in ElliptiGOs

ElliptiGO Inc., creators of the world’s first elliptical cycle, today announced a partnership with elite Ethiopian training camp, Yaya Village. Established by Joseph Kibur in 2009 and co-owned with double Olympic gold medalist, Haile Gebrselassie, Yaya Village is a 4-star training resort near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia providing everything an athlete might require for training. Year-round cross-training is one of the training “secrets” that helps East Africans continue their dominance of the sport of distance running. Now both local and visiting athletes training at Yaya Village have this innovative cross-training device at their disposal.

“We are thrilled to partner with ElliptiGO to bring this cross-training tool to both our local athletes and those that visit us from all over the world,” said Kibur. “Athletes from Yaya village turn in world-class performances because of the opportunity to train here with innovations like the ElliptiGO. We know that it will prove a valuable option to all athletes who come through our facility.”

Kibur and Gebrselassie first tested the ElliptiGO out with their athletes before deciding to bring several in permanently. “Not only were we able to help athletes maintain fitness during times of injury, but with proactive integration of the ElliptiGO into training, we managed to keep athletes healthy while still increasing overall workload,” stated Kibur. “Our athletes enjoy using the ElliptiGO and it is being utilized by everyone from Olympic champions to developmental athletes to retired athletes like me!”

Ethiopian jailed in China's first khat smuggling case

Published: Jul 22, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Crime
Ethiopian jailed in China's first khat smuggling case

HANGZHOU, July 22 (Xinhua) -- An Ethiopian was sentenced to seven months in jail for trafficking khat to China, marking the first such case in the country, which classed the plant as an illegal drug this year.

The verdict was handed down earlier this month by the Intermediate People's Court of Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province.

The defendant, Ibrahim Abdulsemed Abdosh, was also fined 30,000 yuan (about 4,878 U.S. dollars), the judge in the case, Liu Yun, told Xinhua Tuesday.

Chinese customs officers at the Hangzhou International Airport found0.63 kilograms of khat carried by the man, who had flown there from Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, on January 13, Liu said.

She said the man was aware of China's ban on khat, a leafy plant chewed as a stimulant, but attempted to escape the immigration inspection.

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