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  • Diaspora forum to honor diplomat Girma Birru

    Marking its 10th  anniversary, the diaspora forum is set to honor an Ethiopian diplomat, Girma Birru, Ethiopia’s Ambassador the the United States, with an award as “Business Champion of the Year” for his efforts in supporting the diaspora, The Reporter learnt.

    He will be awarded together with two individual entrepreneurs who have been recognized as “Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Persons of the year”.

    Yohannes Assefa, executive director of the Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum, told The Reporter that the awardees are set to receive a Californian carved statues next Wednesday at the Sheraton at a dinner ceremony. The event is taking place for the first time in ten years here in line with the diaspora week organized by the government. 

    According to information The Reporter obtained from the organization, Tamrat Bekele and  Akeza Teame (MD) are the two recipients of this year’s awards. However, Yohannes requested the name of the diplomat not to be disclosed as the latter is yet to confirm acceptance. However, The Reporter, has confirmed from reliable sources that Girma is expected to be the recipient of the award.

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  • Ethiopian Airlines Bidding With Etihad to Partner With Rwandair

    Ethiopian Bidding With Etihad to Partner With Rwandair
    By Kaleyesus Bekele

    Ethiopian Airlines is competing with Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi to partner with the national flag carrier of Rwanda, RwandAir.

    The management of RwandAir is looking for a strategic partner. The board of directors of RwandAir and the Rwandese Transport Ministry has offered to sell a 49 percent stake on RwandAir.

    CEO of RwandAir, John Mirange, told The Reporter that Ethiopian Airlines, and Etihad Airways are among the international companies that had submitted expression of interest to the Rwandese government to buy stake on RwandAir. The prospective partner will own 49 percent stake on the East African airline and will jointly manage the airline and caters technical services.

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  • Migrants at Calais build their own makeshift church

    Migrants at Calais build their own makeshift church

    Migrants built a camp church at Calias, the French port.

    Eritrean and Ethiopian migrants made up the best proportion of the congregation.

    The homemade church is known as St Michael's Calais with migrants regularly attending religious service.

    Like most of the buildings that have sprung up in the campsite, the Ethiopian Orthodox church, known as 'St Michael's Calais', was shaped from wood and sheet donated by charities or simply found as scrap.

    Unlike many of the other makeshift constructions dotted around the Jungle which can be started and completed within days, the church’s community spent two months finalizing every detail.

    Source: The Daily Mail

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  • EWLA Helped a Woman to Win Back her Condominium Home

    EWLA Helped a Woman to Win Back her Condominium Home

    For the last seven years the woman was struggling to return her home that she was earned in a housing lottery. Luckily the Ethiopian women Lawyers Association was by her side to take the case to courts. The woman married with two kids named Ms. Zemzem Wendemu, was cheated by a man who tries to cheat her house which she rented him for two years. The man who refused to return after the rent term was over said to court the woman was borrowed from him 400 thousand birr and sold him the house. But, with the help of EWLA’s legal assistance the women finally won back her home said EWLA on its press release today.    
    EWLA Helped a Woman to Win Back her Condominium Home
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  • flydubai to commence flights to Eritrea’s capital, Asmara in October

    flydubai to commence flights to Eritrea’s capital, Asmara in October
    By Elias Meseret, DireTube Correspondent

    (DireTube News. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) – Dubai’s budget airline, flydubai, has announced the addition of Eritrea to its African network. The flights will be the first direct link between Eritrea and the UAE.

    The direct flights between Dubai and Asmara will commence on 25 October 2015 with 4 flights a week. Asmara is the second African destination added to the flydubai network this year after Hargeisa, which began in June.

    Commenting on the launch, Ghaith Al Ghaith, flydubai CEO said, “We are keen to reflect the UAE’s efforts to support emerging markets, particularly in East Africa. Adding to our recent operations to Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Somaliland, we are delighted to add a direct link between the UAE and another emerging market with great potential for more growth. Asmara becomes the 18th destination to join our network this year.”

    According to a statement sent to DireTube from African Press Organization, flydubai’s Business Class will be available on flights to and from Asmara, offering passengers a more comfortable and personalized service from a member of crew dedicated to the business class cabin as well as benefitting from priority services on the ground.

    In line with the growing trade and tourism ties between the UAE and East and North Africa, flydubai launched its first African route to Djibouti in 2009 followed by Addis Ababa in 2011.

    Last year, the airline also added six new routes to its network, connecting Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. With the addition of Asmara, flydubai operates 60 weekly flights to 13 destinations in Africa.

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  • Stars Awarded for 38 Hotels in Addis Ababa

    Thirty-eight hotels in Addis Ababa were awarded five to one star, in the rating going on for the last few months in association with the Ministry of Culture and World Tourism Organization.

    From the eligible 123 hotels to the rating, 3 got five star, 11 four, 13 three, 10 two and one awarded one star.

    31 hotels did not submit documents related to emergency exits, thus did not pass the grading, five hotels fail the grading because of the absence of documents related to proper hygiene service and 21 did not pass as well due to the inability to submit both documents.

    The rating followed WTO standard that includes providing hotel grading training for 53 experts. Therefore, 12 international criteria were used; bedrooms, bath and rest rooms, guest rooms, restaurants, kitchen, sustainability of the hotel service and employ treatment, among others.

    The names of hotels and their grade will be revealed for the media following the completion of possible complaints by hotel owners regarding the rating, said Amin Abdulkadir Culture and Tourism Minister in a press conference held on August 8, 2015.

    According to Binyam Bisrat President of the Addis Ababa Hotel Owners’ Association, the assessment will take place every three years, thus the association will have the opportunity to support those in the hospitality business to get high star levels by enhancing their capacity via training.

    Source: Ethiopian News Agency

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