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Ethiopian News

A study that will enable Ethiopia to own a communications satellite is finalized

Published: Jun 21, 2015 by Mihret L Filed under: Ethiopian News Tech & Science
A study that will enable Ethiopia to own a communications satellite is finalized
A study that will enable Ethiopia to own its communications satellite has been completed.

The country currently pays up to a billion Birr per annum to access a communications satellite to provide telecom, internet, television and other technological services to its public.

In Africa, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa have their own communication satellites, reliving them from the burden of paying rents and even making some money by providing the service to others.

Read More at FBC


Chinese firm secures $120 million Ethiopia – Kenya power project

Published: Jun 21, 2015 by Mihret L Filed under: Ethiopian News Business Economy
Chinese firm secures $120 million Ethiopia – Kenya power project

China Electric Power & Equipment Technology Company (CET) yesterday signed a $120 million power transmission line contract with Ethiopian government for the Ethiopia-Kenya electric connectivity project.

Azeb Asnake, CEO of Ethiopian Electric Power, the government power generation agency, and Chen Wei, CET vice president, signed the 500 Kilovolt transmission line contact for the 433 kilometers length (from Wolayita Sodo to Kenya border through Konso).

Read More at NBE

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Wolves and Baboons in Ethiopia Form Unlikely Friendships

Published: Jun 21, 2015 by Mihret L Filed under: Ethiopian News
Wolves and Baboons in Ethiopia Form Unlikely Friendships

Wolves show an increase in capturing rodents when within a gelada baboon herd
Wolves and Baboons in Ethiopia Form Unlikely Friendships

There are always surprises looming in the study of animal behavior. Just this week I learned that rare and critically endangered Ethiopian wolves living in the alpine grasslands form a pact with gelada baboons that helps the wolves catch rodents.

In an essay called "Monkeys' cosy alliance with wolves looks like domestication " by Bob Holmes in New Scientist we learn that "wolves succeeded in 67 per cent of attempts [to catch rodents] when within a gelada herd, but only 25 per cent of the time when on their own." However, it's not clear what makes the wolves more successful but it's possible that hiding out in the herd is beneficial for these predators. (The title of Mr. Holmes' essay in the print edition of New Scientist is titled "Wolves hang out with monkeys to hunt.")

Read More at Psychology Today


Ethio Telecom observes reduction in damages on cables

Published: Jun 21, 2015 by Mihret L Filed under: Ethiopian News Economy Social Affairs
Ethio Telecom observes reduction in damages on cables

Ethio Telecom announced that it has observed a reduction in the damages being caused on telecom cables, thanks to an increased support from the public.

Ethio Telecom’s CEO, Andualem Admassie, told fanabc.com that a year ago, 40-45 damages on telecom cables used to be registered every month.

After holding extensive consultative meetings with the public and due to efforts in collaboration with law enforcement agencies to protect these assets, the figure has been reduced to less than 20 damages in six months.

Read More at FBC

Addis contemporary Ethiopian art exhibition in Nairobi

Published: Jun 20, 2015 by bini Filed under: Entertainment Art & Culture Ethiopian News
"Addis contemporary" Ethiopian art exhibition in Nairobi


URROUNDED by Ethiopian artwork, artists, potential buyers and the curious, Ethiopian curator Mifta Zeleke crosses his legs on the floor of East Africa’s first independent arts agency, Circle Art, as he describes the “Addis Contemporary” exhibition.

It was a long and difficult process, selecting the 11 artists that would eventually be shown in the Nairobi-based gallery. Mifta explained that there are about 1,800 professional artists in Addis to choose from, though, due to various constraints, “only 200 of them are active and 100 are very active”.

HRW: Obama should flag rights abuses on Ethiopia visit

Published: Jun 20, 2015 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Law & Order
HRW: Obama should flag rights abuses on Ethiopia visit
By Elias Meseret, DireTube Correspondent


(DireTube News. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) – The rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement on Friday that US President Barack Obama should use his Ethiopia visit to highlight publicly and privately the Ethiopian government’s poor human rights record, which it says includes cracking down on peaceful dissent using repressive laws. The statement came after the White House announced the President’s late July planned visit to the country.

“Ethiopia is too often presented as an African success story instead of the human rights disaster that is the reality,” said Sarah Margon, Washington director at Human Rights Watch. “If Obama wants to make the case for investing in Ethiopia, he should be clear that means investing in the human rights of its people, not the repression of its government.”

United States President Barack Obama will hold meetings at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa and with the Ethiopian government during a visit to Africa, planned for late July 2015. Obama’s trip to Addis Ababa, the first-ever visit by a standing US president to Ethiopia, will follow a previously announced trip to Kenya.

“He should press Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to bring about real human rights reform,” the statement added
The Ethiopian government is often accused of using arbitrary arrests and prosecutions to silence journalists, bloggers, protesters and political opponents.
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