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Defeat At Home To Sudan Proves Barreto Has Overstayed His Welcome

Published: Feb 26, 2015 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Sport News
Defeat At Home To Sudan Proves Barreto Has Overstayed His Welcome
By Zecharias Zelalem, ehahu.com


A meek performance at home to Sudan, saw the Ethiopian U-23 national team lose 2-1 to their Sudanese counterparts in the first leg of qualification for the 2015 All Africa Games. Mariano Barreto‘s men were toothless up front, and were poor at the back, with a defender’s howler by Tewodros Bekele contributing to the 2-0 lead Sudan had heading into the break. An injury time penalty by Dawa Hotessa reduced the scoreline by a goal, and gave the Ethiopians a crucial aggregate goal, but with the poor performance shown at home by the uncoordinated inexperienced collection of players from both the Ethiopian Premier League and lower divisions, you would be forgiven for putting your money on an Ethiopian capitulation in Khartoum.

After a poor 2014, it was always going to be a slow 2015 for the Walyas, who failed to reach the 2015 African Cup of Nations. With no major tournament qualification campaigns, the Ethiopian national team had the 2015 All Africa Games as well as the 2016 CHAN tournament qualifiers to take part in this year. Both are tournaments in which Ethiopia will not employ full strength squads, with the U-23 side fighting to reach the Games in Congo Brazzaville, while a squad of home based players will be sent in a bid to qualify for the CHAN tournament to be hosted by Rwanda next year. The year will be closed with the 2015 CECAFA Cup, if the incredibly inept CECAFA organizing committee can actually convince a nation to host the tournament, which is losing the little prestige it had by the day.

Hardly a year worthy of forking out 20,000 US$ a month for a coach who has been unable to build on the progress of his predecessor. Under Mariano Barreto, the Ethiopian national team has gone on to have their worst calendar year since 2010, when Ethiopia hired Iffy Onuora, a mediocre low league manager who had never coached at international level. But in Onuora’s defense, the team he had taken over at the time was just fresh from being reinstated by FIFA after a year long ban saw them forfeit their remaining games during their long shot attempt at reaching the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Mariano Barreto meanwhile, took over one of the strongest versions of the Walyas in a generation. The team he inherited was a short passing, counterattacking entertaining football machine. In 2012, the Ethiopian national team, under the tutelage of coaches Sewnet Bishaw and Seyoum Kebede turned the Ethiopian sporting world on its head when it reached the African Cup of Nations. The following year, the Walyas nearly reached the grand stage, the FIFA World Cup and qualified for their first ever CHAN tournament. When Sewnet Bishaw was finally dismissed from his post, it was because of a perceived lack of tactical know how which had proven costly, especially at the 2014 CHAN tournament which was a disaster for Ethiopia. Still, the gaffer had created a solid team orientated squad of players playing with their hearts on their sleeves.

Original article appeared:ehahu


Redwan: Ethiopia will not be held hostage by Western NGOs

Published: Feb 26, 2015 by girumtebeje Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
Redwan: Ethiopia will not be held hostage by Western NGOs
By Elias Meseret, Dire Tube Correspondent
Redwan: Ethiopia will not be held hostage by Western NGOs


Minister of the Ethiopian Government Communications Affairs Office, Redwan Hussein, said Ethiopia will not be held hostage by Western NGOs and activists. The Minister made the remarks on Wednesday as he briefed local media representatives at Capital Hotel.

In the press conference that covered a range of issues, Redwan said Ethiopia has made and is still making a lot of progress in making the election process more efficient. He declared that 36 million people have registered to vote so far and the number is set to increase in the coming days.

“The election process has been improving through the years and this has brought efficiency resulting in widening the political and election sphere for all involved. Those who often talk about the narrowing of the political sphere are bodies that don’t want development in the country, and indeed the sphere has narrowed to them. I know of some Western NGOs that are curbing the inflow of funds to build infrastarcture in the country,” Redwan said.

“Our main aim is to protect our citizens, and we know what happened to those nations that didn’t do this,” he added.
The Minister described Ethiopian law as one that allows citizens activism and free mobilization saying activism is the promotion of democracy.

“But it should be based on national interest, not with sponsorships from abroad. There are many governments that are held hostage by NGOs and we don’t want to be like that. Ethiopian’s don’t need to be preached about democracy. We got it through lots of sacrifices ourselves,” Redwan told journalists.

Asked if he has any information regarding reports by Aljazeera of plans to assassinate AU Chairperson Dlamini- Zuma in 2012, Redwan declined to comment saying he has no information and will communicate with the media once he has detailed information.

DireTube News


Anbessa City Bus to change course off the light railway line

Published: Feb 26, 2015 by girumtebeje Filed under: Ethiopian News Social Affairs
Anbessa City Bus to change course off the light railway line
Anbessa City Bus to change course off the light railway line


Addis Ababa city’s Anbesa city bus is to change its course off the city’s new light railway line; Sendek weekly writes.

The move is to save resource since the transport need in those routes could be served by the light railway transport. Besides to this, the Addis Ababa Anbesa city bus service has announced that it will start a new kind of city bus service for middle income city dwellers.

The buses for this news service will be manufactured by the Metal and Engineering Corporation (MetEC).

Addis Ababa city bus service officials are to discuss with the city’s road authority officials on the planned  
In connection with the change of city bus’ course in the city the Addis city bus service officials are to discuss with the city’s road authority.

DireTube News


Buna Bank Sell Shares to Employees

Published: Feb 26, 2015 by girumtebeje Filed under: Ethiopian News Business Economy
Buna Bank Sell Shares to Employees
Buna Bank Sell Shares to Employees


One of Ethiopia’s private banks, Buna International Bank (BIB), decided to sell shares to its employees who worked for at least two years. The intention behind the decision is to keep the employees and also motivate them.

The decision to sell shares for the staff was passed by the board of directors that is chaired by Marshal Fekeremarkos. The suggestion came from the management of the bank requesting to sell shares for employees who have worked at least two years at the bank, Eshetu Fantaye, president of the Bank, explained.

According to Eshetu thus far 160 employees have bought 90,000 shares that are worth nine million Birr. They bought the shares with their provident fund. They purchased the shares from a minimum shares at par value and a maximum of two percent of the capital.

Employees of BIB save seven percent of their salary to the provident fund while the bank 13 percent into the fund. Nonetheless, this arrangement is not applicable to employees who are hire after the promulgation of the proclamation that brings private institute employees under the pension scheme.

Buna was established in 2009 with a paid up capital of 156 million Birr and 308 million Birr subscribed capital. Currently it has a total of 11,600 shareholders. By the end of December its asset has rose to 3.5 billion Birr and extended 1.9 billion Birr. Its deposit in the other hand reached 2.7 billion Birr.

Read More at 2Merkato


UK support to Ethiopia

Published: Feb 26, 2015 by girumtebeje Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics Economy
UK support to Ethiopia
UK support to Ethiopia


Ethiopia is delivering impressive progress towards the Millennium Development Goals meaning the needs of the country are changing as it experiences strong economic growth and increasing domestic revenue.

Recognising Ethiopia’s growing success, the UK will now evolve its approach by transitioning support towards economic development to help generate jobs, income and growth that will enable self-sufficiency and ultimately end poverty.

This will go alongside additional funding for specific health, education and water programmes - where impressive results are already being delivered - resourced by ending support for the Promotion of Basic Services programme.

Read More at Gov.UK


Ethiopian Airlines Boosts Washington / Toronto Capacity from late-June 2015

Published: Feb 26, 2015 by girumtebeje Filed under: Ethiopian News Business Economy
Ethiopian Airlines Boosts Washington / Toronto Capacity from late-June 2015
Ethiopian Airlines Boosts Washington / Toronto Capacity from late-June 2015


Ethiopian Airlines is planning to boost capacity to North America from late-June 2015, according to recent schedule update. In addition to planned 3 weekly Addis Ababa – Dublin – Los Angeles Boeing 787-8 service from 19JUN15, the Star Alliance member will operate larger aircraft to Washington Dulles from 21JUN15 and Toronto from 01JUL15 (ADD departure). Planned schedule as follow.

Addis Ababa – Washington Boeing 777-300ER replaces -200LR, daily service
ET500 ADD2230 – 0340+1FCO0440+1 – 0810+1IAD 77W D
ET501 IAD1100 – 0730+1ADD 77W D

Read More at RoutesOnline


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