Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ethiopian Taxi driver Yohannes Taye inspired by Facebook Created Website to connect Drivers

Taxi driver Yohannes Taye at San Jose Mineta International Airport in San Jose, Calif. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. Inspired by the valley's social media giants, he's launched a Web site aimed at cabbies nationwide, where they can exchange tips (as in suggestions, not cash), buy and sell tools of the trade and do some other stuff.

Let's just say Yohannes Taye knows his way around Silicon Valley.

He's spent a dozen years covering every square mile in a cab, ferrying fares from Mineta San Jose International Airport to Palo Alto, Gilroy, downtown San Jose, Milpitas, you name it. And as he'd drive passengers to and fro, he'd do what cabbies do: Strike up some chatter, watch for crazy drivers and think big thoughts.

Ethiopian Maid stands in middle of road in Dubai suicide bid

DUBAI // A maid who was thrown out of her sponsor's house stood in the road waiting for a car to run her over, a court heard."Yes, I meant to end my life by standing in the street," the maid, AM, 24, from Ethiopia, told the Misdemeanour Court.

She said she decided to kill herself after her sponsor refused to pay her for three months' work.

The maid claimed she did not know the address of the villa at which she worked, but was thrown out on September 10 after her sponsor complained about her work the previous day.

She asked for her salary for the previous three months to be sent to her family in Ethiopia, but was told her sponsor did not have the money. After being kicked out, she had nowhere to go and did not know how to reach the agency that brought her to the UAE.

"I found myself thrown away and I thought of my poor family back home. I felt desperate and decided I should die," she said.

She stood in the middle of the two-way street and waited.

A 25-year-old policeman was driving near Al Jahith School when he spotted her. "I started talking to her to understand why she was standing there. When she told me I informed her it was wrong to do so," he said. "I finally managed to have her step aside."

The court found her guilty of attempting suicide and fined her Dh1,000.

የታላቁ ሩጫ ሀብትና ንብረት ሊወረስ ነው

ታላቁ ሩጫ በኢትዮጵያ (Great Ethiopia Run) ላለፉት 12 ዓመታት በአዲስ አበባና በተለያዩ ክልልሎች የጎዳና ላይ ሩጫ ለተለያዩ ዓላማዎች በማካሄድ ያገኘው ሀብት ሕገወጥና ከተመሠረተበት ዓላማ ውጪ ነው ተብሎ ሊወረስ ነው፡፡

ታላቁ ሩጫ በኢትዮጵያ በአትሌት ኃይሌ ገብረ ሥላሴና ጓደኞቹ የተመሠረተ ሲሆን፣ ለትርፍ ያልተቋቋመ መንግሥታዊ ያልሆነ ድርጅት በመሆንም ከ12 ዓመታት በፊተ በፍትሕ ሚኒስቴር ሥር ተመዝግቦ ዕውቅና አግኝቷል፡፡

ከተመሠረተ ጀምሮ በየዓመቱ በአዲስ አበባ ላይ የ10 ሺሕ ሜትር የጎዳና ላይ ሩጫ  በማከናውን የበለጠ ትኩረትን ያገኘው ታላቁ ሩጫ፣ በአዲሱ የበጎ አድራጎት አዋጅ መሠረትም ተመዝግቦ ዕውቅና አግኝቷል፡፡

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Eritrean Rapper, Sandman Negus Shot & Killed

Eritrean rapper Sador “Sandman Negus” Fasehaye was killed in an alley on the 4300 block of South Crenshaw Boulevard on Thursday eveningEritrean rapper Sador “Sandman Negus” Fasehaye was killed in an alley on the 4300 block of South Crenshaw Boulevard on Thursday evening. Fasahaye, grew up in South Los Angeles but was born in Bulgaria from Eritrean parents and spent some time in the Sudan before moving to the U.S. at the age of 7.

Four years ago, he was shot and nearly killed in a gang-related incident that left him in a coma suffering damage to his colon, liver, lungs, diaphragm, shoulders and neck. He was shot through the front windshield of his car and hit nine times. He made an incredible recovery by 2009 and showed no signs of the injuries. He represented Rollin’ 60s Crips, but he devoted most of his time to his music and career.

His last Twitter post was promoting his latest single and video Don’t Blame Me, shot mostly in the Hyde Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Police Department are currently investigating his killing and were on the scene till 10:00 p.m. The killing occurred in the alley just west of Crenshaw Blvd between Homeland Drive and Vernon Avenue.
Source: StreetGangs

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

An Ethiopian hero of the Korean War

Mamo Habtewold: Outnumbered 20 to one

Sixty years ago, Ethiopia was at war. Not in Africa, but thousands of miles away in Korea. This is the story of one Ethiopian officer who won a US gallantry award.

In 1951, the Ethiopian Emperor, Haile Selassie, decided to send thousands of troops to fight as part of the American-led UN force supporting South Korea against the communist North and its ally, China.

They were called the Kagnew battalions and were drawn from Haile Selassie's Imperial Bodyguard - Ethiopia's elite troops.

Capt Mamo Habtewold, now 81 years old, was then a young lieutenant in the 3rd Kagnew Battalion. He clearly remembers a send-off from the Emperor himself, as he was about to leave for the other side of the world.

"Always when a battalion went to Korea, he came himself and made a speech and he gave each battalion a flag - and he ordered us to bring that flag back from Korea," Mamo recalls.

Meseret Terefe arrested for stealing $400,000 to Enter Plea Agreement Friday

Silver Spring resident was one of three arrested in August for stealing $400,000 from Air & Space parking lot fees.
One of the three parking lot attendants at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum were arrested for reportedly stealing $400,000 in parking fees is scheduled to enter a plea agreement to the charges this week.

Former parking lot attendant Meseret Terefe is scheduled to appear before Judge Thomas S. Ellis III Friday morning in federal court in Alexandria to enter a plea in United States vs. Meseret Terefe.

Ethiopia saw the biggest rollbacks in Internet freedom

* Pakistan, Ethiopia, Bahrain slide backwards

* Estonia tops United States for No. 1 spot

(Reuters) - Government restrictions on the Internet have risen over the past year around the world as regimes use violence against bloggers and turn to censorship and arrest to squelch calls for reform, a new report from a U.S. advocacy group has found.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Meet the Paralympian: Abebe Fekadu of Australia

Representing Australia was one of Abebe Fekadu’s proudest moments when he competed in powerlifting at the 2007 Arafura Games in Darwin. Winning gold was the icing on the cake and Abebe cried with happiness when the Australian flag was raised and the national anthem played.

This scene is a long way from Abebe’s past. Nicknamed ‘Abba’, he only recently became an Australian citizen after arriving here from Ethiopia as a refugee. At just eight years of age, Abebe’s father was taken by the government and executed, accused of being anti-revolutionary. As an adult he became deeply involved in secret pro-democracy meetings, consistently agitating for freedom.

Ironically, Abebe lost his freedom when these meetings were discovered. He fled in his car and a high speed police chase ensued, throwing him from the vehicle and causing him to break his back. Paralysed and unable to move, Abebe was taken to a local medicine man before travelling to the capital. He then moved to Italy to seek professional treatment.

After arriving in Australia and spending time in detention, Abebe began training at the gym and grew stronger by the day. He entered his first powerlifting competition in 2002 and went on to become Australian champion in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He also won silver at the second APC Powerlifting Cup in Kuala Lumpur in 2007. His personal best is now 160kg – over three times his body weight.

At his most significant competition so far, Abebe finished tenth at the Beijing Paralympics, something of which he is very proud. Representing Australia at a Paralympic Games was very special for Abebe. He sees Beijing as a great learning curve and experience in international competition. He has since gone on to come sixth at both the 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2010 World Championships. Abebe heads to London after winning silver at the 2011 National Championships.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

ሕወሓት የትጥቅ ታጋዮቹን ሊቀመንበርና ምክትል ሊቀመንበር አድረጎ መረጠ

በትጥቅ ትግሉ ወቅት ሕዝባዊ ወያኔ ሓርነት ትግራይ (ሕወሓት)ን ለበርካታ ዓመታት፣ እንዲሁም ከድል በኋላ ድርጅቱን ለ21 ዓመታት የመሩት የአቶ መለስ ዜናዊን ሕልፈተ ሕይወት ተከትሎ፣ ድርጅቱ የትጥቅ ተጋዮቹን ሊቀመንበርና ምክትል ሊቀመንበር አድርጎ ሾመ፡፡

የትግራይ ክልል ፕሬዚዳንት አቶ አባይ ወልዱ የሕወሓት ሊቀመንበር ሲሆኑ፣ የኮሙዩኒኬሽንና ኢንፎርሜሽን ቴክኖሎጂ ሚኒስትሩ ዶክተር ደብረፅዮን ገብረ ሚካኤል ምክትል ሊቀመንበር ሆነው ተመርጠዋል፡፡

የጋዜጠኛ እስክንድር ነጋና አንዱዓለም አራጌ ንብረት ታገደ

በሽብር ወንጀል በተመሠረተባቸው ክስ ጥፋተኛ ተብለው 18 ዓመታት የተፈረደበትጋዜጠኛ እስክንድር ነጋ፣ እድሜ ልክ የተፈረደበት የአንድነት ፓርቲ አመራር አባል አንዱዓለም አራጌና  በሌለበት 15 ዓመታት የተፈረደበት አበበ በለው፣ ንብረት ላይ የከፍተኛው ፍርድ ቤት የእግድ ትዕዛዝ አስተላለፈ፡፡ የእግድ ትዕዛዝ መተላለፉን ያስታወቁት የፍትሕ ሚኒስቴር ሚኒስትር ዴኤታ አቶ  ብርሃኑ ፀጋዬ ሲሆኑ ፍርደኞቹ ጥፋተኛ የተባሉበት ወንጀል ለአገርና ለሕዝብ ከፍተኛ ጉዳት የሚያደርስ በመሆኑና ሕጉ በሚያዘው መሠረት የተፈፀመ መሆኑን ተናግረዋል፡፡

ዓቃቤ ሕግ በቂ ጥናት በማድረግ በወንጀል ሕጉ አንቀጽ  98 (1,2) እና በጸረ ሽብርተኝነት አዋጅ 652/2001(27) መሰረት፣ ለፍርድ ቤቱ የእግድ ትዕዛዝ እንዲተላለፍለት ማቅረቡን የገለፁት ሚኒስትር ዴኤታው፤ ፍርድ ቤቱም በተጠየቀው አግባብ መሠረት ትዕዛዙን ማስተላለፉን አስታውቀዋል፡፡

በመሆኑም የአቶ አንዱዓለም አራጌ ንብረት የተባለውና በባለቤታቸው በዶክተር ሰላም እሸቴ ልየው  ስም ተመዝግቦ የሚገኝ የሰሌዳ ቁጥሩ 2-79095 የቤት መኪና፣ በጋዜጠኛ እስክንድር ነጋ ስም የተመዘገበው፣  በንፋስ ስልክ ላፍቶ ክፍለ ከተማ ቁጥር 158 ባለ አንድ ፎቅ የመኖሪያ ቪላ ሕንፃ ፣ በ150 ሜትር ካሬ ላይ ያረፈና ከእናቱ በውርስ ያገኘው በየካ  ክፍለ  ከተማ ቀበሌ 01/02 የሚገኝ   መኖሪያ ቤት፣ በባለቤቱ  በወ/ሮ ሰርካለም ፋሲል  ስም የተመዘገበ አቶዝ የቤት መኪና እንዳይሸጡ እንዳይለወጡና በሌላ በማንኛውም መንገድ ለሦስተኛ ወገን እንዳይተላለፉ ፍርድ ቤቱ ማገዱ ታውቋል፡፡ እንዲሁም በሌለበት 15 ዓመታት እስር የተፈረደበት አበበ  በለው፣  በባለቤቱ ስም ተመዝግቦ በየካ ክፍለ ከተማ ቀበሌ 20/21 የሚገኘው ባለ አንድ ፎቅ የመኖሪያ ቪላ ሕንፃም በተመሳሳይ መንገድ የእግድ ትዕዛዝ ተላልፎበታል፡፡

እነ አንዱዓለም አራጌ፣ የፀረ - ሽብርተኝነት ሕጉን በመተላለፍ በተወካዮች ምክር ቤት በሽብርተኛነቱ ለተፈረጀው ከግንቦት 7 ድርጅትን ዓለማ በመደገፍና መረጃ በመለዋወጥ ሕገ መንግሥቱንና ሕገ መንግሥታዊ ስርዓቱን ለማፈራረስ፣ አሲረዋል፣ ተንቀሳቅሰዋል፣ ዜጎችን አደራጅተዋል፣ መልምለዋል፣ ከኤርትራ መንግሥት ጋር ከወገኑ ፀረ - ኢትዮጵያውያኖች ጋር ተገናኝተዋል…  በማለት ዶክተር ብርሃኑ ነጋ፣ አንዳርጋቸው ጽጌ፣ ፋሲል የኔዓለም፣ ጋዜጠኛ መስፍን ነጋሽ፣ ጋዜጠኛ አብይ ተክለማርያምን ጨምሮ  በድምሩ 24 ግለሰቦች ላይ ክስ መመስረቱን፣ ጋዜጠኛ  እስክንድር ነጋና አንዱዓለም አራጌን ጨምሮ ስምንት ተከሳሾች በአገር ወስጥ ሆነው ሲከራከሩ ከቆዩ በኋላ  ጥፋተኛ  ተብለው  የጹኑ እስራት ቅጣት እንደተወሰነባቸውና ሌሎቹም በሌሉበት እስከ እድሜ ልክ እስራት እንደተወሰነባች መዘገባችን ይታወሳል፡፡

ስወድሽ From the New Michael Belayneh Album


Friday, September 21, 2012

Ethiopia's Hailemariam Desalegn sworn in as prime minister

Ethiopia's new leader, Hailemariam Desalegn, has been sworn in after the death of long-time leader Meles Zenawi in August.

"I am very happy to take the responsibility of being prime minister," said Mr Hailemariam, 47, as lawmakers banged on their desks in support, AFP news agency reports.

Mr Hailemariam had been deputy prime minister and foreign minister.

Mr Meles died last month in Brussels after 21 years in power.

He had been praised for bringing economic growth to Ethiopia but criticised for not tolerating opposition.

He was also a key Western ally in the volatile Horn of Africa - twice sending troops into neighbouring Somalia to tackle Islamist groups.

Mr Hailemariam was last week chosen to head the governing Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

He vowed to continue Mr Meles' "legacy without any change".

"We brought peace, democracy and development to the country," he said.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"No park or memorial should be named in honor of Rodolfo Graziani"- Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie ,Open letter to Italy

His Highness Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie Haile Selassie
President Giorgio Napolitano

Prime Minister Mario Monti of Italy:

The Global Alliance for Justice – The Ethiopian Cause presents its compliments to the Honorable President Giorgio Napolitano, and the Honorable Prime Minister Mario Monti of Italy.

Our Alliance recalls, with deep appreciation, the long and historic relations between our two nations, Ethiopia and Italy, and wishes to draw Your Excellencies’ kind attention to the recent action by the Italian Government of establishing a memorial and an adjoining “park” for the notorious Fascist war criminal and genocidist, Rodolfo Graziani.

Ethiopian Dr. Dereje Agonafer and his Students Won grant to make Facebook faster

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – At the University of Texas at Arlington, where students often meet face to face to discuss an academic phenomenon, a group of students is working on a social phenomenon that’s aimed to change how we communicate.

“It’s a great opportunity to be associated with this research work,” says graduate student John Fernandez. “I’ve never done anything like this.”

Ethiopian Housemaid who hid her baby's body in suitcase denies murder, court hears

DUBAI // A maid accused of suffocating her newborn girl by hiding her inside a suitcase insisted today that the child was stillborn.
"I didn't kill her, she was born dead," the 29-year-old Ethiopian JA told judge Hamad Abdul Latif at the Criminal Court, where the maid is facing a charge of premeditated murder.

However, a postmortem on the child's body showed it was born alive and was breast-fed at least once before dying of suffocation.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Official: Ethiopia's ruling party names new leader:Read his Biography

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An official says Ethiopia's ruling party has named as its leader acting Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who took over after the death last month of longtime leader Meles Zenawi.
As chairman of the Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front, Hailemariam, 47, will almost certainly be confirmed as the country's prime minister. Bereket Simon, Ethiopia's communications minister, said Saturday that Hailemariam would be sworn in soon, perhaps in a few weeks. It remains unclear exactly when this will happen.
Hailemariam's ascension to the ruling party's top leadership signals that he is not just warming the seat for someone else and that influential party officials are keen to respect the wishes of Zenawi, who picked Hailemariam from obscurity and made him foreign minister and deputy prime minister.

Questions Quick  Information
Name Haile Mariam Desalegne
Born July 19, 1965 (47)
In Office Aug. 20, 2012 - Present
Title Acting Prime Minister
Religion Protestant Christian
Spouse Married to Roman Tesfaye
Children Three: Joanna (22),  the rest unknown
Ethnicity Welayta Ethnic Group
Twitter @HailemariamD
Languages Welaytta, Amharic, and English

Ethiopian Mother Zewoinesh Badasso accused of beating, strangling and throwing her baby out the window

Zewoinesh Badasso appeared at her arraignment and was assisted by an interpreter on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.
Zewoinesh Badasso wasn't aware her son had died according to defense attorney
A San Diego mother was opening a third-story window while holding her baby when the boy fell to his death, according to the woman’s attorney.

However, prosecutors allege the baby, identified in court records as David N., had been strangled and beaten before he was found by a stranger on the ground outside his home.

Zewoinesh Badasso, 32, of North Park, faces first-degree murder in the death of her 7-month-old son.

Deputy District Attorney Nicole Rooney said the medical examiner determined that David had been strangled and had found ligature marks on the boy's neck, and other injuries that showed he had been beaten.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

ወደ ፍቅር “Wede Fiker” Teddy Afro to Perform in Addis in October

Teddy Afro is set to take center stage at the Ghion Hotel on October 13, 2012. The singer will thrill his fans with a full concert in support of his most recent album, Tikur Sew.
The concert “Wede Fiker”, which is expected to have more than 15,000 people in attendance, promises an amazing performance from the singer with “Abugida band”, a band of the highest caliber, and a state-of-the-art stage show.  This is Teddy Afro’s first ever concert in Addis since the release of his last album.

Tickets for the event will go on sale starting September 25, 2012. The concert which is expected to be a sold out event is expected to be broadcast live for a few minutes on EBS.  An official press conference will be given by the music mogul and Adika Communication and Events management team prior to the concert.

A singer associated with the pulse of Ethiopian music, Teddy Afro has 4 albums to his credit and has performed in concerts with huge audience around the world. The singer’s latest album “Tikur Sew”, dropped in the Ethiopian market, via Adika Communication and Events, brings forth a sound as reminiscent as the spirit of the past and as daring as the possibilities of the future.

Through this album, which continues to be successful, Teddy Afro has brought to life a captivating story that has been told for many years.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Ethiopian Government Forms Company to Develop Oil, Gas Resources

Ethiopia’s government will form the Petroleum Development Enterprise that will develop oil and gas resources in partnership with private companies, Mines Minister Sinknesh Ejigu said.
The state-owned company will “bolster and enhance development,” Sinknesh said today in a phone interview from the capital, Addis Ababa. A similar public enterprise will be set up to extract mineral resources including precious metals, tantalum and potash, she said.
Ethiopia’s government in July canceled five production- sharing agreements with PetroTrans Co. because of a lack of progress by the Hong Kong-based company. Sinknesh said last month the government may develop gas fields in the country’s eastern Somali region after cancelling its contract with PetroTrans, which it had expected to bring financing of as much as $5 billion. The company rejected the termination of its contract.
The production-sharing accords were for 10 blocks in the Ogaden area of the Somali region, which include the Calub and Hilala fields with natural gas resources estimated at 4 trillion cubic feet. SouthWest Energy, an Addis Ababa-based company, has said it hopes to strike oil in the Ogaden next year.
Landlocked Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous nation, produces no oil or gas and was reliant on gold, coffee and other agricultural commodities for export earnings of $3.2 billion last year, according to Access Capital, an Addis Ababa-based research company.
The “whole idea” of the enterprise is to work with industry, Sinknesh said. “The private sector is the engine of development, provided they are developmental.”
The establishment of the state-owned company has been delayed by the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi last month, she said.

Ethiopia ruling party to choose Meles successor by Saturday

(AFP) ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia's ruling coalition will hold a meeting of its governing council Friday and Saturday to choose its new leader to succeed former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who died last month, it said in a statement.
"The council assigns the chairperson of the organisation that replaces our great leader, who departed from us suddenly," said a statement Thursday on the website of the Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) coalition.
During his 21 years in power, Meles was both EPRDF chairman and prime minister.
Government spokesman Bereket Simon told AFP that "automatically the chairperson will be the prime minister."
However while this was the case under Meles, there is nothing to say that it will remain the same following his death, said a western diplomatic source in Addis Ababa.
After Meles's death, deputy prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn was quickly named interim prime minister and presented by the government as the natural successor to the long-time ruler, who had groomed Hailemariam as his heir.
Parliament, however, has not yet reconvened to confirm Hailemariam as the country's new leader.
An extraordinary session of parliament set for the end of August was cancelled and government spokesman Bereket told AFP that there was "no hurry" to reconvene the legislative body.
"There is no reason it will do it (reopen) before the last Monday of September," Bereket said.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Police Release Cruiser Cam Video in Ethiopian Mulugeta Shiferaw Kidnapping-Watch Here

Cincinnati Police released the cruiser cam video of a chase that involved a man who beat and stuffed a local cab driver into the trunk of his own cab.

Police started the chase when they discovered Charles Black driving 30 year old Mulugeta Shiferaw's cab last Saturday. The video shows police putting down stop sticks in an effort to stop Black. At least six vehicles were involved in portions of the chase, which extended up Winton Road and down North Bend Road.

Investigators say Black kidnapped Shiferaw on Saturday morning after Shiferaw picked up Black as a fare. Police found Shiferaw tied up and unconscious in the trunk of the cab following the chase on Saturday night.

የሥልጣን ሽግግሩ በጉጉት እየተጠበቀ ነው ፡፡ተጨማሪ ምክትል ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትሮች ሊሾሙ ይችላሉ፡፡

የጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር መለስ ዜናዊን የቀብር ሥርዓት በብሔራዊ ደረጃ ፈጽሞ በዚህ ሳምንት ለሥልጣን ሽግግር ቀጠሮ የያዘው ኢሕአዴግ፣ የምክር ቤቱን ስብሰባ ሰሞኑን ያደርጋል፡፡ በአገሪቷ ታሪክ ለመጀመርያ ጊዜ ይደረጋል ተብሎ የሚጠበቀው ሰላማዊ የሥልጣን ሽግግር በሕዝቡና በዓለም አቀፉ ማኅበረሰብ ዘንድ ከፍተኛ ጉጉት ፈጥሯል፡፡

በሳምንቱ መገባደጃ ላይ የሚደረገው የኢሕአዴግ ምክር ቤት ስብሰባ የኢሕአዴግ ሊቀመንበርንና ምክትል ሊቀመንበር የሚመርጥ ሲሆን፣ የግንባሩ ሊቀመናብርት በመንግሥት መዋቅር ደግሞ የአገሪቱ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትርና ምክትል ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ይሆናሉ፡፡ በዚህ መሠረት አቶ ኃይለ ማርያም ደሳለኝ ለቀጣዮቹ ሦስት ዓመታት የግንባሩ ሊቀመንበርና የአገሪቱ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር እንደሚሆኑ እየተጠበቀ ነው፡፡ የምክትል ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትሩ ማንነት ግን እስካሁን በይፋ አልታወቀም፡፡

Police arrest Gutu Abebe accused of enticing a child, biting an officer

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A southwest Houston man faces several charges after a girl says he dragged her into his apartment, then hit her.
Police say Gutu Abebe grabbed the 10-year-old girl off her bike and pulled her into his apartment on Saturday. The girl says Abebe slapped her when she would not take off her pants.

The girl says she started screaming, then Abebe pushed her out a window. Her mother found her.

When officers arrived, they found Abebe in a closet in the apartment. He's also accused of biting and spitting at police during the arrest.

Abebe, 27, is charged with enticing a child, and assaulting a public servant. He's now jailed without bond.

Kidnapped Cabbie Mulugeta Shiferaw, Remains Unresponsive

Friends and family of a cab driver who was kidnapped, bound and stuffed in the trunk of his own cab remained by his side Monday evening praying for his recovery.

Mulugeta Shiferaw, 30, suffered a serious brain injury. Shiferaw picked up Charles Black Saturday morning around 10:00 a.m. Cincinnati Police say Black, a convicted felon, robbed Shiferaw and forced him into the trunk of his cab. Black then drove around the city Saturday with Shiferaw tied up in the trunk. Police caught Black after a high speed chase through several neighborhoods Saturday evening. Shiferaw was found unconscious in the trunk.

Shiferaw, a native of Ethiopia, has been driving for the West Side Cab company for less than six months. His boss, Ayana Basha, said Monday he was taking steps to make his cabbies safer.

“The good news is today I just got from a company a GPS tracking system to install in all of my cars so that way my driver, thing like that happen, so we can respond quick," Basha said.

Basha said he had ordered the GPS system before Shiferaw’s kidnapping.

Meanwhile, former and current cab drivers said Monday the job comes with some risks.

"You never know. Most people are good and there's a small percentage that aren't,” said Mike Montgomery, a former cabbie who was robbed and shot in his cab last year. Montgomery survived but has trouble swallowing. He lost his voice for a year and lost vision in one eye.

"I guess people think cab drivers are an easy target but they don't carry that much money anyway to make it worth it," Montgomery said.

Other cab drivers approached by Local 12 News Monday said they have concerns about safety. At least two said they had been robbed or beaten up by fares during their careers.

"They ask you to take them to places. Once there, they don't pay you, or they harass you. There are many things,” said cab driver Housseini Issa.

One cabbie said “I trust my gut” when it comes to picking up fares.

Mulugeta Shiferaw did just that Saturday morning. He called a friend and told him he had a bad feeling about Charles Black. Shiferaw gave the friend Black’s cell phone number, speaking in Ethiopian. Police used Black’s cell phone number to track the cab throughout the day.

Charles Black appeared in Hamilton County Court Monday morning where a judge set his bail at $1.5 million. Black is a convicted felon who was released from prison September 2. He’d served a nine month sentence for a drug charge.

Meanwhile, Ayana Basha said doctors performed more tests on Shiferaw’s brain Monday. They hoped to have the test results Tuesday morning. He said he and Shiferaw’s wife and other family members were encouraged by a slight head movement Shiferaw showed Monday evening, but he remained unresponsive.

"Their spirit is very strong. They believe in God so they know God is going to do something. A miracle,” Basha said of Shiferaw’s family. He added, “"We want people to pray for him. The money part is important, but the praying part is very important."

Basha said he and Shiferaw’s family are grateful to the police and public for their prayers and support.

Mulugeta Shiferaw does not have medical insurance. A fund has been set up in his name at Fifth Third Bank to help pay for his medical bills.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Swedes Schibbye and Persson 'pardoned' by Ethiopia

Ethiopia has pardoned two Swedish journalists jailed last year for supporting terrorism, an official has said, adding they would be freed soon.

Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson are serving an 11-year jail term after they were captured in July 2011 with rebels in eastern Ethiopia.

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi pardoned the journalists before his death last month, the official said.

They have always argued they were in Ethiopia just to do their job.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Tilahun Gessesse & Mahmoud Ahmed - Abat Des Yelewal

Tilahun Gessesse & Mahmoud Ahmed - Abat Des Yelewal

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ዶክተር እሌኒ ከያራ ያገኙትን ሽልማት ለበጐ አድራጐት ድርጅት ማቋቋሚያ ሊያውሉት ነው

የኢትዮጵያ የምርት ገበያ መሥራችና ዋና ሥራ አስፈጻሚ ዶክተር እሌኒ ገብረ መድህን በግብርና ግብዓት አምራችነቱ በዓለም አቀፍ ደረጃ ከሚታወቀው ያራ ፋውንዴሽን የዘንድሮ ተሸላሚ በመሆን የተበረከተላቸውን 30 ሺሕ ዶላር ለታዳጊ ሴቶች በጐ አድራጐት ድርጅት ማቋቋሚያ እንደሚያውሉት ገለጹ፡፡

ዶክተር እሌኒ ለሪፖርተር እንደገለጹት፣ 30 ሺሕ ዶላሩን ለታዳጊ ሴቶች ድጋፍ ለማድረግ እንዲወስኑ ያደረጋቸው በአብዛኛው የአገሪቱ ክፍል ታዳጊ ሴቶች ወደ ሁለተኛ ደረጃ ትምህርት ቤት ሳይሸጋገሩ ትምህርታቸውን የሚያቋርጡባቸው አጋጣሚዎችን በመመልከታቸው ነው፡፡

በተለያዩ የአገሪቱ ክፍሎች በርካታ ታዳጊ ሴቶች የወንዶችን ያህል ዕድል ኖሯቸው ትምህርታቸውን ለመግፋት ብዙ ሳንካ ያለባቸው በመሆኑ፣ ወደ ከፍተኛ የትምህርት ተቋማት ሊገቡ ይችሉ የነበሩ ሴቶች ቁጥር እንዲቀንስ የራሱ የሆነ አስተዋፅኦ እንዳለውም ያስታውሳሉ፡፡

Sudan vs Ethiopia Watch Video of Highlights and Goals

Sudan recorded the biggest Afcon qualifying win of the day after beating Ethiopia 5-3 in Khartoum.

The hosts took a 3-1 halftime lead at Al Hilal Stadium in Omdurman on Saturday night before Ethiopia gave them a scare with a dramatic second half rally in this Red Sea derby.

Mudathir Careca put Sudan ahead in the seventh minute before Seyoum levelled for Ethiopia seven minutes later.

Momhmad Bisha put Sudan back in the lead almost immediately and Musab Omer stretched the home side’s lead 15 minutes from halftime.

Ethiopia clawed one back in the 50th minute through Adane Girma before his teammate Biydglesne restored parity in the 68th minute.

Mohammad Eltahir made sure of the home win with two penalties in the 85th and 90th minutes to make sure Sudan travelled to Addis Ababa armed with a comfortable score line for the return leg on October 13.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

We will not underestimate Ethiopia – Mohamad 'Mazda' Abduallah, the head coach of Sudan national team

qualifier for Orange CAF  Africa Cup of Nations 2013 this weekend. According to Mohamad 'Mazda' Abduallah, the head coach of Sudan national team Ethiopia has improved a lot in recent times and is an ambitious side and Sudan will bot be taking the visitors lightly.
Mazda told that he is knows it will be a tough encounter but he is optimistic for a home win. What do you make of match against  Ethiopia?
Mazda:Many believed that it is an easy encounter, but I will completely disregard  this kind of  talk, as the Ethiopia has improved a lot lately and have  ambitions to qualify for South Africa 2013. They've been missing for many years from the finals. We will not underestimate them at all , they are leading their group's  in the African qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup. We are both fully aware that the two games will lead to the finals.  What sort of game do you expect?
Mazda: I expect a tough encounter where both sides will be making great effort to win. We will play with determination fighting spirit of course there will be some home pressure too but we will try to take advantage of playing at home before our fans. How have your preparations been going considering your list included as most, players from three clubs participating in CAF Confederation Cup?
Mazda: We have our players especially those from the three clubs  Al-Hilal, Al-Merreikh and Ahly Shandy in great shape for playing. It has never happened in our football history before and  now we are faced with a challenge, where these players are focused on playing  in two major tournaments. So we are afraid that the players focus on their clubs' matches more than the match against Ethiopia, what I mean here is they may believe that the Ethiopia match is much easier. Our players must know that they have a historic opportunity to play for the third time in the African Cup of Nations finals. How are you going to get your players to focus on this game?
Mazda: I talked to the players, and asked them to forget their games with their clubs locally and continentally. I asked them to focus on Saturday's match against Ethiopia, because it represents the most important step to qualify for the finals in South Africa. The most positive thing is that our players in a good form. How do you rate Sudan’s chances  of qualifying for the finals for the second time in a row?
Mazda: The opportunities are 50% for each team. As long as they have reached this stafge of the competition  we should not underestimate them but we are more experienced than the Ethiopian team. What is the news from your medical team , do you have all your players available to play ?
Mazda: We will not injured Aladdin Yussuf but we do have a replacement and as for the rest of the players we should be fine to field a strong team. What result would you be happy to take away with you from this match?
Mazda:I want to win, but at the same time I'm realistic coach. Firstly I want my team to avoid conceding  while we get some goals to take a healthy lead to Addis for the return match next month.

Mulugeta Gebru of the Jerusalem Children and Community Development Organisation nominated for The Guardian International Development Achievement Award

Closing down his orphanages must have been one of hardest decisions of Mulugeta Gebru's life. The Jerusalem Children and Community Development Organisation (JeCCDO) he ran had homes across Ethiopia for orphaned and vulnerable children. There were over a thousand children in Mulugeta's care. But by 1996, he had decided that the children would thrive better back within communities.

This idea wasn't immediately popular. But Mulugeta persevered and found that placing a child back into the care of a community could raise the standard of life for everyone. He transformed the orphanages into resource centres. Part of his model was practical; helping adopting families to set up small businesses or low-cost food production schemes. But Mulugeta's greatest legacy has been the community groups he has fostered, which have triggered fundamental shifts in attitudes and customs around health, rights and child protection.

During these peer-led conversations, difficult issues that would normally be taboo are up for discussion. The breakthroughs have been phenomenal. One group recently took the decision to end early marriage. Another agreed to end female genital mutilation and arranged an amnesty of the knives used in the practice. In the south, a young rape victim was able to put her attacker behind bars thanks to the unprecedented support of her local women's group. Mulugeta's confidence in the capacity of communities and the power of consensus has proved to be well founded. By closing the door on one idea he has thrown open countless others for the future of Ethiopia's communities.
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Friday, September 7, 2012

Fitsum Abrha Gebretatios Husband of Virginia hit-and-run victim found dead in nearby creek

The husband of a woman killed in a hit-and-run in Herndon was found dead in a creek near the scene of the incident, and police said they consider him to be a person of interest in her death.

About 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers found 32-year-old Fitsum Abrha Gebretatios in a creek that runs parallel to Center Street through woods and brush, Herndon police said. An autopsy will determine his cause of death.

Just after midnight that day, police went to the 600 block of Center Street and found Simret Tekle Woldetensae, 35, in a parking lot for the residence where she and her husband lived. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shortly after Woldetensae was struck, a 2007 black Toyota Camry belonging to her husband struck a vehicle parked on Center Street, causing three other vehicles to be damaged as well, Herndon police spokesman Lt. Ron Thunman said.

Police have not yet determined if the Toyota ran over Woldetensae and whether Gebretatios was driving the car Wednesday morning.

The couple, who both lived on the block where the hit-and-run occurred, have three young children who have been turned over to Child Protective Services. The Toyota is being processed for evidence.

Ethiopia vs Ertrea

The Confederation of African Football has conducted the draw for the qualifiers for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) 2014 to be held in South Africa. The draw was held at CAF HQ in Cairo led by Secretary General, Hicham El Amrani and included the fixtures for the preliminaries, first and second round matches from which 15 teams will emerge to join hosts South Africa for the finals. The qualifiers are played on regional basis with the composition of the finalists as follows : two from North Zone, two from West A Zone, three from West B Zone, three from Central Zone, three from Central East and three from South Zone (including hosts South Africa)

The seeding system used for the draw took into consideration amongst other criteria the teams’ performances from the last two editions of CHAN finals rankings.

Preliminary Round
29. Burundi vs. Kenya
30. Kenya vs. Burundi
31. Eritrea vs. Ethiopia
32. Ethiopia vs. Eritrea
Match I : 30 Nov.01,02 Dec 2012
Match II : 14,15,16.Dec.2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Dr Catherine Hamlin fights for Ethiopian hospital funds

AN Australian doctor who has devoted her life to helping Ethiopian women injured in childbirth is battling a Sydney-based trust over $15 million donated for her hospital.
Dr Catherine Hamlin, 88, has flown from her Addis Ababa home to Sydney, where she has set up a rival trust.

The original trust opposes her plans to shift its funds to Switzerland, arguing the donors were Australian and the fund should be administered from Australia.

Dr Hamlin continues to perform surgery in the Addis Ababa hospital she founded with her late husband Dr Reginald Hamlin after they arrived in Ethiopia in 1959.

She works with women who become incontinent after suffering damaged bladders and rectums during childbirth.

The hospital, five regional ones and a midwifery school cost millions of dollars a year to run and rely on international donors, including Hamlin Fistula Australia (HFA).

But a dispute that erupted between Dr Hamlin and the HFA board in March this year has put a cloud over the $15 million in the trust.

Chefs@Google: Marcus Samuelsson | "Yes, Chef"

Marcus Samuelsson, winner of Top Chef Masters and chef and owner of NYC's beloved Red Rooster Harlem (, released his first memoir on June 26th, 2012. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus' journey from his grandmother Helga's kitchen to some of the most demanding restaurants in Switzerland and France, stints on cruise ships and ultimately, his arrival to NYC, where at Aquavit, he earned a coveted three-star rating from The New York Times at the age of 24, making him the youngest chef ever to receive such an accolade. But Samuelsson's career of "chasing flavors," as he calls it, had only just begun. In intervening years, there have been White House State dinners, personal crises, public failures, reality show triumphs and the opening of his beloved Red Rooster in Harlem, where Samuelsson has finally fulfilled his dream of creating a truly diverse and vibrant dining room—a place where presidents and prime ministers rub elbows with jazz musicians, aspiring artists, bus drivers, and nurses. It is a place where an orphan born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, living in America, can feel at home.
In conversation with Anjali Kumar at Google NYC.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Dr. Eleni Gebre-Medhin awarded the 2012 Yara Prize

Oslo, September 05, 2012
The Yara Prize 2012 is being awarded to Dr. Agnes Kalibata, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources in Rwanda, and to Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin, outgoing CEO of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) in Ethiopia.
The Yara Prize Committee has selected two prominent African female leaders for their work on groundbreaking areas for the African Green Revolution: effective public policies in support of agricultural growth and profound innovation in agricultural markets.
Both leaders have demonstrated how transformative change can be achieved in a complex and challenging environment. They have applied innovative approaches, collaborating with partners in new ways. Their achievements are fit to inspire other countries to transform the productivity and sustainability of their agricultural sectors.
“Yara creates impact by addressing global challenges. By awarding the Yara Prize, we salute the champions of sustainable agricultural development. I wish to extend my personal congratulations to the laureates,” Jørgen Ole Haslestad, President and CEO of Yara and Chairman of the Yara Prize Committee, said.
“The impressive transformational work the laureates are doing provides great inspiration, and this is exactly the kind of development we want to promote in the Grow Africa Initiative, co-chaired by Yara alongside NEPAD and the African Union.”
The two laureates will be celebrated at the State Banquet / Gala night on September 27 during the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) 2012 in Arusha, Tanzania.


Reasoning behind Dr. Agnes Kalibata’s award

Agnes Kalibata Dr. Agnes Kalibata is being awarded the prize for her great leadership in the transformation of food security and agricultural development in Rwanda in a relatively short period of time.
She currently serves as the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources for the Republic of Rwanda. For six years, Minister Kalibata has been the architect of the remarkable transformation of Rwandan agriculture. Rwanda has moved from having a food deficit to being a country that is largely food self-sufficient. Over 1 million Rwandans have moved out of poverty between 2005 and 2011.
Dr. Kalibata has been able to align national agricultural policies with the NEPAD/CAADP frameworks, i.e. the commitment to increase government budget share for agriculture to 10 percent, and Rwanda was the first country to adopt a Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) compact.
Internationally, the country has in many ways become a success story that has inspired other African countries. By sustaining the gains in food security and the future of agriculture in Rwanda, Dr. Kalibata has been a driving force behind the Grow Africa Initiative, a partnership platform to accelerate investments for sustainable and inclusive growth in African agriculture.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Ethiopian 'Red Terror' Torture Suspect Pleads Not Guilty Three Former Ethiopian Political Prisoners Identified Suspect

Thirty years and 8,000 miles separated the quiet restaurant on Havana Street in Aurora where a man sat one day in May and the brutal jail in his native Ethiopia where he watched guards torture political prisoners.

But when the man looked up, he saw a link in a face across the room. He knew that face.

As a federal agent testified in a court hearing Tuesday, the man — identified in court and investigation documents only by his initials, K.K. — walked toward the figure from his past.

"(K.K.) indicated that he had confronted him," Homeland Security Investigations special agent Jeffrey Lembke testified. "He indicated he said, 'Aren't you Kefelegn Alemu Worku?'"

Thus started a sequence of events that brought a Denver parking lot attendant — charged officially under the name John Doe — into a federal courtroom Tuesday. Federal officials allege that John Doe, who had used the name Habteab Temanu, is in fact Worku, a former high-ranking guard at the Ethiopian prison "Higher 15."

Wikileaks - Sudanese Launchpad for Egyptian Attack On Ethiopian Dam

London — Egyptian authorities fearful of a monopoly on Nile waters received agreement from Khartoum to build an airbase in Sudan, to launch attacks on Ethiopian damming facilities, claims the anonymous media outlet; Wikileaks.

Wikileaks has leaked files allegedly from the Texas-based global intelligence company, Stratfor, which quote an anonymous "high-level Egyptian source," claiming the Egyptian ambassador to Lebanon said in 2010 his nation would do anything to prevent the secession of South Sudan because of the political implications it will have for Egypt's access to the Nile.

The Nile is vital in providing fresh water to the people and agricultural projects of Egypt. Also in the Nile Basin and reliant on its waters are Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi.