Ethiopian News

  • Ethiopian NAFCA nominees need over 520 thousand Birr for US stay

    (by EthioTime) Girum Ermias and Rutha Mengistab, the two Ethiopian nominees of Nollywood and African Film Critics’ Awards (NAFCA), requires over 520,000 Birr or about USD 24,000 to cover their expense of stay at the U.S.       

    The two film stars have already confirmed their attendance for the 2016 African film award ceremony to be held on the coming November at California after they have been nominated by people’s choice, surpassing other African nominees for the award.

    Girum secured over 7000 votes in a “Best Actor” and Rutha with close to 5000 votes as “Best Actress” Categories. It was learned that for the past five years, NAFCA did not included Ethiopian nominees just because they haven’t had a contact with the industry of the country.

    Accordingly, we have learned that different fund raising events are to be held for the travel, accommodation and other expenses for the two starts. However there is no much financial support gained so far.

    Each year, NAFCA awards nominees who are recognized as outstanding individuals whose professional careers have been marked by extraordinary personal and professional achievements.

    Image: Ethiopian film stars NAFCA 2016 nominees, Girum Ermias and Rutha Mengistab  

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  • Ethiopia Grade 10 General School Leaving Certificate Examination Officially Released

    Ethiopia Grade 10 General School Leaving Certificate Examination of the year 2006 is officially released today. You can see your results using your detail in the following link http://www.neaea.gov.et/Home/Student. If the link doesn't work/busy for you, it could be because of large traffic flooding to the website. In this case, you can use the alternative mechanism by sending RTN and your  ID number (with space between RTN and your ID) to the free number 8181. We wish you all the best. 

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  • Frightened Feyissa can come back home says Ethiopia’s gov’t

    (by EthioTime) Ethiopia’s government vowed to Olympian Feyissa Lelisa who earned a silver medal in men's marathon at the Rio Olympics that he will not face any problem while returning back home.

    Feyisa won’t face any problem due to his political stance, Getachew Reda, Government Communication Affairs Office Minister told a local radio station on Monday.

    Getachew was heard saying that “though it is impossible to express a political stance at Olympic Games, the athlete will be welcomed while returning home along with other members of the Ethiopian Olympic squad”.

    Feyissa however has told reporters in Rio that he will possibly be jailed or killed upon his arrival to Ethiopia.  "If not kill me, they will put me in prison," he said. "I have not decided yet, but maybe I will move to another country." He also told journalists he would prefer to go to America.

    As he took the silver medal, Feyissa Lelisa crossed his arms above - a gesture made by the Oromo and other people who have suffered brutal police crackdowns.

    Despite government’s vow to welcome the athlete many people are expressing their doubt about this promise by the government.

    In related development more than $20,000 has been raised for Feyessa's political asylum process.

    Image:  Feyissa in Rio

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  • Acute diarrhea continues to be public issue

    (by EthioTime) Acute Watery Diarrhea has continued to spread across the country as confirmed from Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health latest update.

    The ministry keeps sending safety cautions through mobile phone SMS where it has emphasized that new cases of the diarrhea have been confirmed in Somali, Afar, Amhara and Tigray regions.

    Although it is unknown that how many people have been infected and how many fatalities have been recorded, however since February this public health problem has spread in Oromia and South Nations Nationalities and People’s Region.

    Despite unofficial source number of deaths caused by the acute diarrhea is reported to be highly significant in many parts of the capital Addis Ababa.

    UN in early June indicated that some 2000 cases and 19 deaths have been recorded. “At least 1884 Acute Watery Diarrhea cases and 19 deaths were reported in 26 weredas across Oromia, Somali and Southern regions since December 2015. A total of 686 cases and 12 deaths occurred in four zones of Oromia, 793 cases and two deaths in two zones of Somali region, and 405 cases and two deaths in two zones of Southern region. At present, the outbreak is ongoing in six zones of Oromia and Somali regions,” the report read.

    Image: looking for water/childfund       

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