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Fire that broke out around Meteorology agency caused around a million birr damage

Published: Oct 23, 2014 by girumtebeje Filed under: Ethiopian News Social Affairs
Fire that broke out around Meteorology agency caused around a million birr damage

A fire accident that was broke out around Meteorology agency in Addis yesterday evening has reportedly caused about a million birr damage.

The accident which was caused by problem on an electric line has destroyed about fourteen homes in the area.

Firefighters have used about fifty thousand liters of water to control the blaze.

The fact that the accident has occurred in a very congested neighborhood had made the effort tougher.

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Ethiopia’s ‘African tiger’ leaps towards middle income

Published: Oct 23, 2014 by Mihret L Filed under: Ethiopian News Social Affairs
Ethiopia’s ‘African tiger’ leaps towards middle income

It is now three decades since Ethiopia experienced the infamous famine that cost the lives of more than a million people. The tragedy prompted the BBC’s Michael Buerk to describe it as “a biblical famine in the 20th century” and “the closest thing to hell on Earth”.

In sharp contrast with that devastating poverty, Ethiopia is now widely considered to be one of a pack of “African tigers”, with ambitious plans to become a middle-income country by 2025. The nation has, “like the proverbial phoenix, managed to rise from the ashes to become Africa’s fastest-growing non-energy-driven economy”, a senior tax adviser at KPMG Kenya recently noted.

The changes that have taken place in Ethiopia since the 1984 famine are commendable. Despite some dispute over the figures, there is consensus that Ethiopia has registered impressive economic growth for the past decade of somewhere between 8% and 10%. One effect of the progress is a greater capacity to cope with drought, preventing the descent into famine conditions that have occurred in the past. Ethiopia’s development efforts are also praised internationally for meeting some of the millennium development goals, particularly universal primary education and a reduction in infant mortality.

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Sunken boat killed nine in Western Shoa, Dano woreda

Published: Oct 23, 2014 by girumtebeje Filed under: Ethiopian News Social Affairs
Sunken boat killed nine in Western Shoa, Dano woreda

Bilo Arera kebele residents of the Dano Woreda in the Western Shoa zone have mainly used to boat ride to travel to the market in the neighboring town.

The accident has occurred on October 18, 2004 as the boat carrying 21 passengers sunk in the river as it travelled to the Siye town of the Dano Woreda.

In the accident nine people have died while the remaining twelve rescued to safety.


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Rotary gives Ethiopia $2m to fight polio

Published: Oct 23, 2014 by girumtebeje Filed under: Ethiopian News
Rotary gives Ethiopia $2m to fight polio

Ahead of the October 24 observance of World Polio Day 2014, Rotary has announced $2 million in grants to combat polio in Ethiopia, reports said on Wednesday. Rotary said in a statement that the funds are "part of its broader contribution of $44.7 million to end the paralyzing disease worldwide-will be used by UNICEF to support high quality polio immunization campaigns.

"We are pleased it appears we have halted the polio outbreak in Ethiopia," said Tadesse Alemu, Rotary’s National PolioPlus Chair for Ethiopia, referencing the country’s only case this year, recorded more than nine months ago on 14 January.

However, given the mobility of our global society, until polio is gone from Africa and the world. “Ethiopian children will remain at risk for this disease," Alemu added.

To date, Rotary has helped 193 countries stop the transmission of polio through the mass immunization of children.

Rotary’s new funding commitment targets countries where children remain at risk of contracting this incurable, but totally vaccine-preventable disease.

Source: StarAfrica

Ethiopia’s Mining Industry Worth $5bn

Published: Oct 23, 2014 by Mihret L Filed under: Ethiopian News Business Economy
Ethiopia’s Mining Industry Worth $5bn

Evolving reports on Ethiopia’s economic opportunities suggest that the country could be sitting on a $5 billion mining sector, the full value of which can be realized by tapping into geothermal sources.

Already, according to Mines Minister Tolosa Shagi, Ethiopia had already realized more than $2.3 billion from the exports of gold, tantalum, opal, marble and other minerals over the past four years, and returns should double with more investment in the sector.


Haile Gebrselassie Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize 2014 Laureate

Published: Oct 23, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News
Haile Gebrselassie
Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize 2014 Laureate

  • He won two Olympic gold medals over 10,000 metres and four World Championship titles in the event
  • He won the Berlin Marathon four times consecutively and also had three straight wins at the Dubai Marathon
  • He won four world titles indoors and was the 2001 World Half Marathon Champion.
  • He broke 61 Ethiopian national records ranging from 800 metres to the marathon, set 27 world records, and is widely considered one of the greatest distance runners in history
  • He is also mentor and ambassador for the G4S 4teen, a programme supporting 14 young athletes
  • On April 14, 2013, Gebrselassie won the open field of the Vienna City half marathon (13.1 miles) with a time of 01:01.14
Congrats



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