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Tap and Ethiopian enter into Code-share Agreement

Published: Apr 18, 2015 by yonas2007 Filed under: Ethiopian News Economy
Tap and Ethiopian enter into Code-share Agreement
Tap and Ethiopian enter into Code-share Agreement

TAP, Portugal’s leading airline and Ethiopian Airlines, the largest African airline, both Members of Star Alliance, have signed a code-share agreement and will be soon introducing code-share services between Portugal and Ethiopia.

These flights will be made available for bookings through both carriers own websites – at www.flytap.com and www.flyethiopian.com - as well as via the worldwide reservations systems, as soon as all required regulatory approvals are completed.

The code-share agreement will include services operated and marketed by both carriers via connecting flights to African and European destinations. With this agreement, the two airlines will combine the strength of their respective networks in Europe and in Africa to offer customers convenient and seamless connectivity options when travelling between Portugal and Ethiopia as well as access to Ethiopian and TAP’s operated flights with diverse and improved service options.

As Star Alliance carriers, frequent flyer program members of the two airlines are already earning and redeeming miles on each other’s flights. Additionally, Ethiopian and TAP have reciprocal frequent flyer benefits, including lounge access.

Read More at Africa Business Communities


Anti-immigrant violence spreads in South Africa

Published: Apr 17, 2015 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Law & Order
South Africa shops looted despite Zuma call for peace





Foreign-owned shops in South Africa have been attacked and looted in east Johannesburg, the latest in a series of xenophobic attacks.

A standoff developed in the city, with police forming a barrier between an angry crowd and foreign-owned shops.

The violence comes despite Thursday's rally against xenophobia in the coastal city of Durban, and condemnation from President Jacob Zuma.

At least five people have died in anti-foreigner attacks in recent weeks.

Migrants, mostly from other African states and Asia, have moved to South Africa in large numbers since white-minority rule ended in 1994.

Many South Africans accuse them of taking jobs in a country where the unemployment rate is 24%.

Eyewitness: Raphael Nkomo, a Zimbabwean living and working in Johannesburg

Statement by the South African Embassy in Ethiopia on the recent Xenophobic incidents in Durban

Published: Apr 17, 2015 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Law & Order
Statement by the South African Embassy in Ethiopia on the recent Xenophobic incidents in Durban
A statement sent to and compiled by Elias Meseret, DireTube Correspondent



(DireTube Compilation. Bahir Dar, Ethiopia)- During the past week we have witnessed shocking and unacceptable incidents of violence directed at foreign nationals in some parts of KwaZulu-Natal, which has now spread to some parts of Gauteng. Similar incidents had taken place in Soweto in January.

We wish to extend our condolences to the families of all who have lost their lives and wish the injured a speedy recovery. No amount of frustration or anger can ever justify the attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of their shops.

We condemn the violence in the strongest possible terms. The attacks violate all the values that South Africa embodies, especially the respect for human life, human rights, human dignity and Ubuntu.

China’s POLY-GCL Petroleum Could Start Drilling for Gas in Ethiopia by June-July

Published: Apr 17, 2015 by yonas2007 Filed under: Ethiopian News Economy
China’s POLY-GCL Petroleum Could Start Drilling for Gas in Ethiopia by June-July
China’s POLY-GCL Petroleum Could Start Drilling for Gas in Ethiopia by June-July

China’s POLY-GCL Petroleum Group Holdings Ltd is expected to begin drilling for gas in Ethiopia by June or July, according to country’s mines minister.

News agency Reuters reported Thursday that the Chinese company is carrying out seismic tests in Calub and Hilala fields in the southeast Ogaden Basin.

"They will enter the digging phase around June and July (this year)," he told Reuters. "2016 will be a year when major works such the designing and laying of pipelines that will connect with an LNG plant in Djibouti for export will also be completed."

The two fields have deposits of 4.7 trillion cu feet of gas and 13.6 million barrels of associated liquids.

China POLY Group and GCL Group have been long term partners and founded POLY-GCL Petroleum Group Holdings Limited in order to develop oil and gas in Ethiopia. In November 2013, POLY-GCL Petroleum signed five Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs) with the Ministry of Mines of Ethiopia.

The contract area in the Ogaden Basin consists of two development blocks and eight exploration blocks. It has a gross area of 117,151 square kilometers.

Read More at Natural Gaas Asia


781 Million People Can’t Read this Story

Published: Apr 17, 2015 by yonas2007 Filed under: World News Politics Education
781 Million People Can’t Read this Story
781 Million People Can’t Read this Story

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 10 2015 (IPS) - If you are reading this article, consider yourself one of the lucky ones; lucky enough to have received an education, or to be secure in the knowledge that your child will receive one. Lucky enough to be literate in a world where – more often than not – the ability to read and write can mean the difference between a decent life and abject poverty.

In the 15 years since the landmark World Education Forum in Senegal’s capital Dakar laid out six ambitious education targets agreed upon by 164 governments, a lot has changed.
For one thing, 34 million more children have attended school as a result of policies rolled out under the Education for All (EFA) initiative; the number of children out of school has been halved since the year 2000; and many countries have made great strides towards bringing as many girls into classrooms as boys.

But dig a little deeper and the good news gives way to a bleak reality. According to the most recent EFA Global Monitoring Report released Thursday by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), “There are still 58 million children out of school globally and around 100 million children who do not complete primary education. Inequality in education has increased, with the poorest and most disadvantaged shouldering the heaviest burden.

Read More at IPS News Agency


Africa blog: Is Ethiopia's building boom masking poverty?

Published: Apr 17, 2015 by yonas2007 Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics Economy
Africa blog: Is Ethiopia's building boom masking poverty?
Africa blog: Is Ethiopia's building boom masking poverty?

Whenever we set up our camera and flapped open our sun reflectors in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, passers-by became curious and eager to help.

But getting them to talk on camera was another matter as in general residents of the city are reticent and keep their views to themselves.

We were filming in Addis Ababa for a programme charting the changes in the country, yet it was only on the flight back to South Africa that I met an Ethiopian willing to be candid.

I found myself seated next to an inquisitive elderly Ethiopian woman, who was chatty despite the early morning departure.

However, she was not so open as to be willing for me to mention her name here.

She wore a green twin-set, leggings and woollen socks with her loafers. After the rigorous security checks, she took the socks off, saying she only wears them to keep her feet clean at the end of the security protocols.

She reminded me a bit of my mother, both caring and bossy all in one person.

During the flight, she cut me a portion of her fruit and insisted that I eat every morsel; her stern gaze suggested that I had no choice.
We talked about a lot of things, including my impressions of Nigeria, especially following the ground-breaking presidential election there when the incumbent lost.

She was proud of the manner in which Nigerians had used their vote to make a strong statement about their government.

I replied that perhaps if Ethiopians have strong views about the ruling party - the EPRDF, in power since 1991 - then they could also do the same when elections are held in May.

Read More at BBC


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