Two 1-Diameter Telescopes Installed in Ethiopia The two 1-Diameter telescopes are installed at the Entoto observatory and research center; according to FBC.
The observatory’s director Dr. Solomon told reporters that it took more than 2.5 million Euros for setting up the telescope and the building that housed the telescope is built with 120 mln birr.
The telescopes are thought to help Ethiopian researchers in their astronomy study endeavors.
Russian astronomer Professor Nicolas has said that Ethiopia’s geographical position meant a great opportunity that look up on to the cosmos using these telescopes.
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Ethiopian Creating Paperless Environment Supported by Modern Technology
Addis Ababa February 23/2015 Ethiopian Airlines said it has been working to create paperless working environment that is supported with modern technology.
Ethiopian has reportedly replaced services that needed paper work with information technology system.
Chief Information Expert with the Airline, Qemeredin Bedru, told ENA that the activities to create paperless working environment would accelerate the efficiency of Ethiopian.
“There are initiatives the aviation industry in itself is taking to improve services and eliminate paper work,” he added.
In this regard, flight registration, ticket sale, travel control and passenger’s luggage control will fully be supported by modern information technology system.
The technology the airline has been using is very modern and integrated, it was indicated.
The airline has been working with full capacity by adapting good practices and bringing very good systems that communicate with one other to make the organization provide efficient service.
EU increases assistance to Ethiopia to 1 bln Euros
Addis Ababa February 23/2015 Considering proper utilization of funds extended to support projects by the Ethiopian government, the European Union has decided to increase amount of financial assistance.
The EU has decided to increase the yearly 200 million Euros support to one billion Euros for the coming five years starting from this year, considering the proper utilization of assistance, Head of EU Delegation to Ethiopia, Chantal Hebberecht told ENA.
According to her, the EU has been monitoring the utilization of funds allocated for specific projects by Ethiopia and it confirmed that the funds have been spent for the intended purposes.
EU has confirmed that the support allocated for projects in natural conservation, agriculture, education and health has been spent properly, she added.
35mn voters registered for Ethiopia poll
Nearly 35 million Ethiopians have registered to vote nationwide in parliamentary polls slated for May 24, Ethiopia's official electoral commission said Tuesday.
According to Wondimu Golla, deputy head of the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), the number of registered voters in Ethiopia currently stands at 34.9 million.
The NEBE had planned on registering 35.8 million voters – out of 43 million Ethiopians of voting age, Golla told The Anadolu Agency.
"The number of people that have taken their ballots [i.e., registered to vote] constitutes 97 percent of the plan," he said.
Golla noted that 48 percent of registered voters were female. "Voter registration was held across the country, from Jan. 9 to Feb. 21," he said. "Two days were added to allow registration of those who could not make it during the regular registration days."
Golla said the registration process had been conducted at 45,500 stations across the country, in addition to makeshift booths for nomadic populations.
A total of 6,000 parliamentary candidates have been fielded by 58 political parties across the country, according to NEBE figures.
The next electoral milestone – canvassing by candidates – began two days ago, he said. Political parties will be allowed to use state-owned media channels, in line with a set timetable for providing air time and newspaper space.
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Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia receive offers for Nile dam studies
Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have received offers from four firms to conduct technical studies on the latter's large-scale dam project, which Cairo fears will affect its supply of water from the Nile River.
Alaa Yassin, spokesperson on the Ethiopia dam issue for Egypt's irrigation ministry, told Al-Ahram Arabic news website on Monday that the tripartite committee will meet by the first week of March in Khartoum to choose a firm.
He added that three of the firms that made offers are European while the other is Australian.
Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia had originally selected seven international firms in October 2014 to prepare technical and financial offers to conduct studies on Ethiopia's $4.2 billion dam project.
They were expected to choose a firm by mid-December. However, the deadline was extended and some firms withdrew.
The selected firm's report is expected to include the dam's impact on upstream Nile countries Egypt and Sudan, as well as its environmental, social and economic effects.
Egypt fears Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam, of which 40 percent is built, will adversely affect its share of the Nile water. Ethiopia is building the dam on the Blue Nile, the river's most significant tributary, supplying most of its water.
Egypt has pointed out previously some technical concerns over the dam, including its storage capacity, currently set at 74 billion cubic metres.
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Suggestions for Obama’s last trip to Africa as president
Since becoming president of the United States, Barack Obama has visited five African countries: Ghana, Egypt, Senegal, Tanzania, and South Africa. The president used his 2009 trips to Ghana and Egypt to articulate his broad and ambitious policy of engagement towards sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab world, respectively. The president’s pronouncements during the trips to Ghana and Egypt generated high expectations for a new dawn in the relationship between United States and these regions.
Nevertheless, there was not much by way of new policy initiatives to back these pronouncements, and, thus, to a large extent these two visits were more symbolic than substantive. As such, during his first term a lot of criticism by policy analysts was directed at the president’s detachment from Africa. Many felt that under Obama’s presidency America was lagging behind many other countries especially China, India, Brazil, and even other smaller economies such as Turkey in its engagement with Africa.
In 2013, the president made a more extensive and substantive trip to Africa, traveling to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. During this visit, the president announced actual initiatives that aim to deepen commercial relations, support regional trade logistics, and enhance security. Also significant was the announcement of the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit to be held the following year, in August 2014.
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