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Crop researchers provide face lift for seven finger millet varieties

Published: Jul 20, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Tech & Science Social News
Crop researchers provide face lift for seven finger millet varieties

The International Crop Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has contributed towards the release of seven finger millet varieties in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Uganda in the past four years.

"We have released two, four and one varieties in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Uganda respectively in collaboration with the national institutions to help fight against the threatening blast disease," the regional finger millet project lead scientists Henry Ojulong told Xinhua in Nairobi on Friday.

He revealed that the release is done under ICRISAT’s Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement (HOPE) of Sorghum and Millets in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia project to help increase crop production by 70 percent and benefit one million households in Africa in 10 years.

Ojulong noted that Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania have submitted four, 11 and two additional new varieties to the national inspectorate authority ready for release into the market by the end of this year.

The seeds are set to grow in drought prone regions and help the poor in these target areas to become food secure, since government subsidies have not favored traditional dryland crops among the most food-insecure in the world, unable to earn adequate incomes from agriculture. Government subsidies have not favored traditional dryland crops.

Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW) Fundraising Event in DC

Published: Jul 19, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social News
Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW) Fundraising Event in DC

Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW) will be holding a fundraising event on August 2, 2014 at Howard University’s Blackburn Center in Washington, D.C. The event includes a panel on “The Role of Civil Society on Human Rights Issues.”

Since the organization was founded two years ago, it has hosted several events highlighting issues that are pertinent to Ethiopian women worldwide, including most notably the plight of female Ethiopian domestic workers in Middle Eastern countries. The Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women ”has launched a campaign to create awareness and to challenge the international community to address their situation,” states Dr. Maigenet Shifferraw, President of CREW, in her message explaining the mission of the U.S.-based non-profit.

Ethiopia Working to Eradicate TB within 20 Years

Published: Jul 19, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social News
Ethiopia Working to Eradicate TB within 20 Years

Ministry of Health said that it is working to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) from Ethiopia within 20 years, well ahead of the international target date set for 50 years.

While visiting the renovated TB capture laboratory of the Saint Peter’s Specialized Hospital on Friday, July 18, 2014, Minister of Health, Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, said Ethiopia plans to eradicate tuberculosis earlier than the internationally target date set by World Health Organization to eliminate the disease in 50 years.

The plan is to eradicate TB from Ethiopia within 20 years. The minister noted that Saint Peter’s Specialized Hospital is enhancing its services by expanding infrastructures so as to accelerate the fight against TB.

Meanwhile, Saint Peter’s Specialized Hospital appointed two artists, namely Darimyelesh Tesfaye and Nebiyat Mekonen, and one football player, Degu Debebe, as ambassadors of TB.

OPINION: Do Ethiopian Universities the Center of Teaching or Cheating?

Published: Jul 19, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Tech & Science Social News
OPINION: Do Ethiopian Universities the Center of Teaching or Cheating?

Higher education in Ethiopia is really a modern phenomenon. The expansion of universities in Ethiopia began only a little over a decade ago except the founding of Addis Abeba University.

After the dictatorship regime of Derg was demised, various colleges, university colleges and universities have been established aiming at reducing the long aged illiteracy of the Ethiopian people and in long term to eradicate the forever enemy of our country, which is the poverty.

It is not this much controversial that every generation has its own national assignment which is expected to hand over to the coming generation. This implies that and every generation is responsible for and cannot escape for every good and bad thing for what it performs.

Nowadays, in Ethiopia almost there are 32 universities which produce ample of educated human resources. And having educated human resource is at the heart of both qualitative and quantitative aspect of development. Due to this, the current functioning universities are increasing their enrolment from time to time. In here one thing that we should give attention while the increment of students enrolment is the quality of education which is rendered in Ethiopian universities. But now the intention of this article is not more of the quality of education in Ethiopian universities but the alarming cheating problems of this generation in their university stay.

Mother of teacher gunned down in Lawrence Heights speaks out from Ethiopia

Published: Jul 19, 2014 by bgt Filed under: World News Ethiopian News Social News
Mother of teacher gunned down in Lawrence Heights speaks out from Ethiopia

Last Ramadan, Abshir Hassan fasted with his mother, a Somali refugee, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Last week, the well-loved Toronto supply teacher was gunned down outside his Lawrence Heights apartment simply for being, police believe, in the wrong place at the wrong time.

His mother now looks at the bed where he slept on his visit, mourning her son from more than 7,000 miles away.

Faduma Barre Ali, reached by phone in Addis Ababa with the help of a Somali translator, said she has been distraught since learning of her son’s death July 8.

“As soon as I close my eyes I see him. I’m staring at the place where he was with me last Ramadan, and that’s my life now,” she told the Star.

Ali, 49, was at a local market when she learned her son was dead through a call from Abshir’s brother, Saabir, in Somalia.

Canada warns shutdown consulate over ‘diaspora tax’

Published: Jul 19, 2014 by bgt Filed under: World News Politics Social News
Canada warns shutdown consulate over ‘diaspora tax’

members of Eritrean communities in Gulf  Council Countries (GCC) and Canada are complained that if they don’t pay the 2% income tax, their families back home will suffer consequences.
In response to this  un-diplomatic practices and question from Eritrean concern communities, John Baird said the practice of requiring Eritrean-Canadians to pay a tax at the consulate is “unacceptable.”

“We share the deep concern that Eritrean-Canadians, and others, have for the work that has gone on at the consulate. We’ve repeatedly sent out strong signals that is unacceptable, it’s wrong and will not be tolerated,” Baird said.
 
“I gave instructions to my deputy minister several days ago to very clearly and unequivocally deliver a strong message that this activity must cease and desist, and if it doesn’t we will close the consulate,” Baird said.
 
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has sent a diplomatic message to the Eritrea regime through consulate to stop collecting a “diaspora tax” from Eritrean-Canadians here or he will order the African nation’s consulate closed.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said the messages were sent in “recent days” but did not specify when a shutdown of the consulate might occur.

In Kuwait: Eritreans living in Kuwait are being forced by Eritrean diplomats in Kuwait to pay a “diaspora tax” that ultimately funds the regimes’s network of influence in the region, including supporting the Al-Shabaab militant and other Militant groups against Iraq, Syria, Kuwait, Yemen, kenya, Djibouti, Somalia and Ethiopia.

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