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FIFA appointed Lidya to officiate Women's World Cup

Published: Apr 1, 2015 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Sport News
By Elias Meseret, DireTube Correspondent

Ethiopia's international referee, Lidya Tafesse, has been appointed by FIFA to officiate Women's World Cup.

Lidya's appoint was disclosed as FIFA announced the appointment of 22 referees, 7 support referees and 44 assistant referees appointed for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015.

The FIFA Referees Committee, under the chairmanship of Jim Boyce, has announced the appointments. FIFA said it has implemented a comprehensive programme to ensure that the referees for this very important competition will be in peak condition come 6 June.

Just as it did for the 24 participating teams, the road to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 began for an initial group of referees and assistant referees from all over the world in September 2012, when FIFA took the important decision to create a women’s refereeing project.

One of the key objectives was match control and consequently to prepare this group of prospective referees for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015. The referees selected for the tournament in Canada have been chosen based especially on their personality and their quality in terms of football understanding by being able to read the game and the teams’ tactical approaches towards each match.

Between now and 6 June, the selected group of match officials will participate in two seminars: one in Zurich from 18 to 24 April and the other in Vancouver ten days before the kick-off of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015, at which the identities of the referees and the support referees will be decided.

The selected referees and assistant referees will be observed and monitored regularly during this period, and FIFA is ready to give them all the support they need so that they can prepare for this important tournament in the best possible manner.

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Buhari secures historic election victory in Nigeria

Published: Apr 1, 2015 by bini Filed under: World News Ethiopian News

Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari has become the first Nigerian to defeat a sitting president through the ballot box, putting him in charge of Africa's most populous nation and its biggest economy.

Al Jazeera's Yvonne Ndege, reporting from the capital Abuja, said Buhari was declared the winner after he gained 2.7 million more votes than his rival, incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

Our correspondent said that Buhari managed to secure more than 25 percent of votes in 24 states, ruling out a run-off vote.

To win the election, Buhari had needed more than 50 percent of the total votes nationally - and take at least 25 percent of the vote in two thirds of the states.

Jonathan has publicly conceded defeat and conveyed his "best wishes" to the president-elect.

He urged his supporters to follow "due process" in channeling their frustrations at losing the election amid fear of violence.

"Nobody's ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian," he said in a statement issued after his election defeat. "The unity, stability and progress of our dear country is more important than anything else."

The All Progressives Congress (APC) party earlier said that Buhari had received a phone call from incumbent Jonathan during which he immediately conceded defeat and congratulated him on his victory.

"There had always been this fear that he might not want to concede, but he will remain a hero for this move. The tension will go down dramatically," Lai Mohammed, spokesman for the APC, said.

Victory for Buhari marks the first time in Nigeria's history that an opposition party has democratically taken control of the country from the ruling party.

Meles Foundation Recognizes Woredas Reducing Maternal, Child Health

Published: Apr 1, 2015 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News

Addis Ababa — The woredas received the Meles Zenawi Prize for Achievements in Health, yesterday for significantly reducing maternal and child mortality.

The winners are from the nine regional states and two city administrations of Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa.

The prize is aimed to encourage them and share best practices gained so far nationally regarding maternal and child health.

Ethiopia has managed to reduce maternal mortality by 69 percent and there are also areas that reduces the death rate to zero level, said President Mulatu Teshome.

The health extension program being implemented throughout the country played vital role for the achievements, he added.

Ethiopia has deployed over 30,000 health extension workers through this health service delivery program that aims at universal coverage of primary health care since 2009.

Ethiopia Rides Manufacturing Boom

Published: Apr 1, 2015 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Economy
Press Release

The government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has ushered in a manufacturing boom that is set to make the country a major regional player across several lines of products.

The widespread eagerness to invest is made that much more due to a large domestic market and an increasing number of skilled workers.

It is no wonder that some have dubbed Ethiopia as the 'Bangladesh of Africa' and with good reason. There has been tangible success already, with Chinese, Turkish and European garment manufacturers seeking to expand their operations.

However there are plenty of other areas worthy of attention.

The major manufacturing activities are in the production of food, beverages, tobacco, textiles and garments.

There are also opportunities in leather goods, paper, metallic and non-metallic mineral products, cement and chemicals.

Under the Growth and Transformation Plan (2010/11-2014/15), production of textile and garments, leather products, cement industry, metal and engineering, chemical, pharmaceuticals and agro-processing are priority areas for investment.

The 2nd National Geez Conference Held in Bahir Dar

Published: Apr 1, 2015 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News

The two days conference on Geez language and literature has started today at Bahir Dar town. Researchers from various universities, Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church scholars, government officials, various Medias and others are attending the conference.

A heated debate and discussion is expected on eight research papers that are to be presented on the session. Pre Christian era inscriptions and their role in Ethiopia and the horn of Africa’s history, Geez and Ethiopian literature, Geez literature and the study of Ethiopian history, Geez poetry and its philosophy are some of the topics that would be raised by the papers for discussion.

The first Geez conference was held last year in Axum.

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Ethiopia Plans to Introduce Secondary Bond Markets Next Year

Published: Mar 31, 2015 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Business

(Bloomberg) -- Ethiopia will develop a secondary market in government and corporate bonds next fiscal year to expand the country’s fundraising options, a central bank official said.

The National Bank of Ethiopia will create the market in the year ending July 7, 2016, Yohannes Ayalew, vice governor of monetary stability, said in an interview Sunday in Addis Ababa, the capital.

“Rather than resorting to central bank borrowing the government can use this instrument to finance most of its” requirements, he said. “The equally important reason is corporations and new investments can get alternative means of issuing bonds and financing their needs.”

Ethiopia sold $1 billion of Eurobonds for the first time in December. The Horn of Africa country has capital controls and, as a result, foreigners will continue to be excluded from trading in the country’s domestic debt, Yohannes said.

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