DireTube's Latest Updates begin with a Sheraton Addis inauguration of Ethiopian Tourism's Amharic brand tagline: Midre Kedemt. Ethiopia's head of state, HaileMariam Desalgn and the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Hirut W/Mariam (Ph.D.) gave talks at the ceremonial event which launched a native version of the earlier Land of Origin brand nationwide.
A leading figure in the history of Ethiopian tourism management and the creator of the decades-long 13 months of Sunshine brand, the iconic Habteselassie Tafese was recognized and awarded medals and a money price of 50,000 birr at the event.
In national politics news, one faction of the Blue party political organization is setting up its leadership structure. Yeshiwas Assefa, chairman of the Blue Party told Ethiopian Reporter that the recent controversy regarding a splintering of the Blue Party organization had been settled and that they were proceeding with business as usual. It has been 5 years since the Blue Party was given recognition by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia. Listen to DireTube Video for more on what Yilkal Getenet and other party leaders have to say about the recent row within their ranks.
More tragic killing in Gambella. A young farm manager and son of an investor in the Gambella region's Dima woreda was shot 4 times and passed away on the scene on Monday, March 20, 2017. He was going to town from his farm to recruit laborers when unknown assailants appeared from a bush and shot him dead. "I have reported the case to the police, and I am going to Nekemt with my son's body," said the heartbroken father, Etafa Mekonnen. Investors in Gambella have voiced concern about the lack of security in Gambella, especially near the South Sudan region. The Region's Communication head has said he knows of the killing but does not have additional information.
11-year sentence for government procurement officer sentenced in theft of 15 Trucks full of Rebars. Recent media covered the 40/60 condominium theft of 6.4 million birr worth of rebars and the group of suspects including government officials and businessmen. Tesfalgn Bekele has admitted guilt and an 11-year-old sentence and a 7000 birr fine, while his co-defendants have pleaded not guilty and prosecutors are presenting evidence against them. The theft took place in Lafto Kifle Ketema Woreda 6. Rebars are estimated to be above 6.4 million birr. 6 diameter - 55 rolls and 8 diameter - 73 rolls were taken in 15 trucks. The stolen goods were then hidden first in one of the defendant's warehouse and then a Mojo warehouse and finally in Chid Terra.
Ethiopia has been voted 119th out of 155 countries in the World Happiness Index.
Norway came out on top while Ethiopia is close to the bottom. Last year it Denmark was the leading country. Perhaps the judges of the Happiness Index have considered Ethiopia's year of unprecedented unrest and popular protest in their rating.
See Also: World Happiness Report 2017 (CNN)
David Rockefeller passed away of heart failure. This member of the iconic Rockefeller name was the head of Chase Manhattan group and is reputed to have donated over $2 billion to charity in his lifetime. That being said he was also the brunt of many unsubstantiated conspiracy theories some more palatable than others throughout his long lifetime. Rockefeller formed so many high profile relationships with diplomats and world leaders as the leader of the huge bank conglomerate that he was reputed to have had his own foreign policy. He was awarded the French Legion of Honor for his services in military intelligence during World War II.
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