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MetEC manufactured two trams as trial

Published: Sep 1, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Tech & Science Social Affairs
MetEC manufactured two trams as trial

Metal and Engineering Corporation (MetEC) has manufactured two trams as a trial; FBC writes. It is indicated that the trams are of good quality up to a European standard.

Besides the trams MetEC has also started building 530 train carriages for the railway projects that are underway.

Ethiopia Eyes More Revenues From Tourism

Published: Sep 1, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Economy
Ethiopia Eyes More Revenues From Tourism

The Culture and Tourism ministry says it will pursue a number of tourism development strategies with the aim of pushing Ethiopia’s tourism sector forward.
Ethiopia works tooth and nail to perk up its tourism sector, fully exploit its tourism potentialities and raise the contribution of the tourism industry in its national income.

Now, the tourism industry contributes only 4 percent of this country’s gross domestic product, a meager value of what the country’s Culture and Tourism Ministry looks forward to.

National Theater stages national play

Published: Aug 31, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Entertainment Ethiopian News
National Theater stages national play

The Ethiopian National Theater has been criticized for not staging traditional and historic dramas as expected nowadays. Though the theater -house is the grandest one in the country entrusted with the task of staging traditional and historical plays, these issues didn't enjoy the required level of attention so far.

To brace up for change inspired by their own history, members of this generation highly demand theaters that impart ideals of national interest. Despite its potential, the theater house couldn't raise up to this objective.

Unfortunately, scanty historic and traditional theater productions couldn’t spare this generation from being swallowed by cultural imperialism. That is why it is persistently underlined that the National Theater should double its effort to save the generation.

In recent years, Hindeke was the sole historical drama staged on at National Theater.

Ethiopia’s walk over water

Published: Aug 31, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social Affairs
Ethiopia’s walk over water

A short life-span for water pumps in Ethiopia can threaten the very well-being of those who rely on it to survive.

More than 40 million Ethiopians are walking over water, unable to tap into the sustaining source just metres below their feet.

Tshay, an Ethiopian mother of three, relies on a broken waterpump to sustain her family. Using her shirt, she filters the worms from the water in an attempt to make it less horrific to drink.

The pump of the hand-dug well next to the mud-lined walls of her home broke.

Greiner lives a life of adventure

Published: Aug 31, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social Affairs
Greiner lives a life of adventure

Joe Greiner is an eagle. The large bird of prey is considered by many to be a symbol of beauty, courage, honor, pride, determination and grace.

Greiner, along with his two sons, Ben and Ethan, are Eagle Scouts, the highest rank attainable in Boy Scouts of America.

The leadership qualities eagles possess are inherent in the rigors of the program, requiring 21 merit badges and a community service project.

Citizenship in the community, the nation, and the world, are hallmarks of an Eagle. Greiner has exemplified the life of an Eagle in his 30 years as business owner of Wilderness Aware Rafting.
The business stands on 17 acres and has two solar panels and its own wind generator. Wilderness Aware is ranked number one on Colorado Trip Advisor by setting high standards that they continually strive to surpass expectations.

‘Difret’ Film to Premiere in Ethiopia on September 3rd

Published: Aug 31, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Entertainment Ethiopian News
‘Difret’ Film to Premiere in Ethiopia on September 3rd

The award-wining Ethiopian film ‘Difret’ will premiere at the National Theater in Addis Ababa on Wednesday, September 3rd.

Directed by Zeresenay Mehari the film narrates the true story of a teenager who was a victim of telefa — a traditional custom of marriage by abduction in Ethiopia — who gained public attention when she was arrested and charged for the murder of her abductor.

The girl’s subsequent acquittal on the grounds of self-defense was led by a courageous lawyer Meaza Ashenafi who also worked to outlaw the practice of abduction for marriage.

Difret won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and the Panorama Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

It has since been screened in various U.S. cities including New York and Silver Spring as well as worldwide including at Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland; Durban International Film Festival in South Africa; Jerusalem International Film Festival in Israel, and Sydney International Film Festival in Australia.

The upcoming screening in Ethiopia is the most exciting moment the director and producers have been waiting for. “We are thrilled to be premiering the film in Ethiopia and releasing it in theaters there next week,” producer Mehret Mandefro told Tadias Magazine. “Difret has been a 7-year labor of love for Zeresenay and a 5-year labor of love for me. So to finally be able to share the film in Ethiopia is truly a dream come true. We can’t wait,” she added.

The film’s other producers include Leelai Demoz, Executive Producers Angelina Jolie, Julie Mehretu, Jessica Rankin, Francesca Zampi and Lacey Schwartz.

Source:Tadias
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