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US Embassy in Addis Warned US Citizens to take Precaution Measures during the up Coming Anti-Gay Demonstration

Published: Apr 13, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social Affairs

US Embassy in Addis Warned US Citizens to take Precaution Measures during the up Coming Anti-Gay Demonstration

US Embassy in Addis has released the following message to its citizens

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Event and Demonstration Planned for April 12 and April 26

On April 12, a panel discussion described as “Fighting Homosexuality in Ethiopia” is scheduled to take place at the Addis Ababa City Hall, located in Piazza, near the St. George Cathedral. At least 1,500 participants are expected to attend the event. Additionally, on April 26, a demonstration described as “anti-homosexual” has been approved by government officials to take place in Addis Ababa. At this time, the Embassy has no information about the location of this demonstration. These events could involve inflammatory and emotional statements. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid these events.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Remember to review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Ethiopia enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at travel.state.gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Ethiopia. For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy/Consulate in Addis Ababa is located on Entoto Street and is open from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday and 8 am to 12:30 pm on Friday, 011-130-6000. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy/Consulate is 011-130-6000.

Source Embassy of The USA Addis Ababa



Ethiopia’s Feleke runs Vienna marathon record

Published: Apr 13, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Sport News
Ethiopia’s Feleke runs Vienna marathon record

Ethiopia's Getu Feleke won the Vienna marathon on Sunday in a race record time that ended a seven year Kenyan domination of the event.

The 27-year-old Feleke finished in two hours five minutes and 41 seconds ahead of Kenyans Alfred Kering (2hr 08:28) and Philip Sanga (2h08:58).

Germany's Anna Hahner overtook Kenya's Caroline Chepkwony in the final stretch to take the women's title and waltzed with joy after crossing the finish line in front of the Imperial Palace with a time of 2hr 28:59.

More than 42,000 runners, a new record, took part in the city's 17th marathon which was disputed in rainy conditions.


Source AFP

Ethiopia slams International Rivers organisation for supporting Egypt

Published: Apr 13, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
Ethiopia slams International Rivers organisation for supporting Egypt

Ethiopia's National Panel of Experts linked to the Renaissance Dam project dismiss as biased to Egypt criticisms of the dam levelled by US-based environmental group

The National Panel of Experts linked to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has slammed the International Rivers Network (IRN) for criticising the Renaissance Dam project, accusing the body of being biased and supporting Egypt against the dam.

The panel accused, in a statement issued Thursday, the US-based environmental organisation "of subverting Ethiopia’s efforts to develop its water resources and lift its vast and growing population out of poverty." It accused the IRN of being paid by Egypt in order to lobby against the Renaissance Dam internationally. 

"Again, the IRN never loses opportunity to lobby for its Egyptian paymasters. Not only does the IRN talk about the 'oversize' of GERD, but also about the Egyptians’ negative emotions over GERD: anger and fear."

The IRN issued 31 March 2014 a statement about Renaissance Dam along with a leaked version of the report of the tripartite technical committee assigned to study the probable impact of the dam on Egypt and Sudan issued last year. 

"One international dam expert who has seen the report states that it shows that construction on the project is proceeding on an aggressively accelerated schedule with little room for adjusting key elements of dam design to reduce harm or prevent problems," the IRN said in its statement. 

The environmental NGO called on Ethiopia to halt construction of the dam until studies on the impact of the dam on the downstream countries are continued.

The IRN added that it would work on keeping international donors from investing in the GERD project while providing alternatives to Ethiopia for water and land reclamation. 

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan formed a tripartite technical committee to study the probable effects of the Renaissance Dam. But the committee's discussions were thwarted in December when Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir announced his support for the dam during a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Talks between Ethiopia and Egypt broke down in recent months. Yet officials from both countries insist they will continue to hold talks in order to solve the dispute over the dam. Earlier this month, the foreign ministers of both Egypt and Ethiopia held talks in Brussels on the dam. 

Founded in 1985 as an international NGO, the International Rivers Network is an environmental anti-dam organisation that aims to protect rivers and local communities that depend on those rivers. The US based organisation is known internationally for its stances against dams in general.
 

Source Ahram Online


Tight Security in the Renaissance Dam’s Neighboring Areas

Published: Apr 13, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
Tight Security in the Renaissance Dam’s Neighboring Areas

It is announced that the renaissance dam’s neighboring woredas are engaged in tight joint security starting from the beginning of the construction.

The renaissance dam’s neighboring town, Chagni’s security affairs chief, Birhane Berhe said that “since twelve neighboring woredas of the area are collaborating in the joint security control, there is minimal security problem in the area.” The joint security of the woredas have a once in a three months security meeting with the region’s authorities and representatives of the federal affairs minister.

It is also indicated that there is a 24 hours security watch in the Ethio-sudan border. Most of the armed opposition that were on the Benishangul Gumuz and Gambella regions have given up their armed opposition and returned to normal civilian life after agreement is settled with the government.

 It is pointed out that there is a special security force assigned specifically to the overall security of the renaissance dam and that it is working closely with the neighboring woredas joint security.

 Girum Tebeje of DireTube from the Reporter

Roads Authority and Railroads Corporation are disagreed about Pedestrian crossings

Published: Apr 13, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social Affairs
Roads Authority and Railroads Corporation are disagreed about Pedestrian crossings

The pedestrian crossings that were designed to be implemented on right across the Addis’ light train railway have caused a disagreement between Roads Authority and Railroads Corporation.

Up to this phase of the project the two were working with full cooperation and agreement. But the design that allows for pedestrians to cross over the railway track has triggered concern and opposition from the Roads Authority.

Though it is indicated that there will be signs and signals at such crossings, the authority expressed its concern that it would create traffic jam.

The Authority suggested for either the railway or the pedestrians crossing be on the bridge. The Addis light railway project is expected to be finalized on April 2015. Morethan 200 Ethiopians are sent to China to be trained as train master and train technicians.

It is indicated that the building of the passenger vehicles is underway in addition to the railway construction. Each passenger vehicle has 64 seats and can carry more than 280 passengers.

Girum Tebeje of DireTube from the Reporter

Edna Kiplagat wins women's London Marathon

Published: Apr 13, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Sport News

Edna Kiplagat wins women's London Marathon

Edna Kiplagat increases her stride and eases into the lead at the final bend. Florence Kiplagat hasn't enough juice in the tank to respond and the distance between the pair simply increases and increases until Edna Kiplagat bursts through the tape in 2:20.19.

Second for Florence Kiplagat in 2:20.22 while it's a respectable debut performance for Tirunesh Dibaba, who finishes third in 2:20.33.

Source BBC

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