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  • U.S. Ambassador Patrica Haslach left Ethiopia

    (by EthioTime) Ambassador of the United States to Ethiopia, Patrica Haslach has left Addis Ababa as she finished her term as U.S. Ambassador for the past three years.  

    She said on Wednesday evening farewell event that, “the end of an assignment is always bittersweet, and that is particularly true today.  As I reflect on the last three years, I’m very proud of how much progress we’ve made, but also very much aware of how far we have to go.”

    We have focused on three pillars in the U.S.- Ethiopia relationship – development and economic growth; human rights and governance; and regional peace and security, she said.  

    All are necessary if Ethiopians are to have the future they aspire to.  All are independent, but interconnected, and there will not be success in one domain without success in all. Patrica also stressed that Ethiopia is an important partner for the United States mentioning President Obama’s visit last years as high point of her time in Ethiopia.

    “I am also worried by recent developments, which have the potential to threaten the progress that the people and government of Ethiopia have made.  I know there is a great deal of fear and frustration in Ethiopia, including among our diverse and talented staff,” said Patrica.

    “I can tell you that we continue to engage with the government of Ethiopia, urging its officials at all levels to uphold Ethiopia’s constitutional guarantees of democratic government and respect for human rights and the rule of law.  As President Obama said last year:  “Making sure to open additional space for journalists, for media, for opposition voices, will strengthen rather than inhibit the agenda that the Prime Minister and the ruling party has put forward.” 

    Even in the United States, the world’s oldest democracy, we continue to strive for improvement, by acknowledging our challenges and working to overcome them.  Freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, transparency, and accountability are essential elements of good governance and democracy. 

    The leaving Ambassador also noted that, as U.S. Assistant Secretary for Human Rights, Tom Malinowski said in his recent article in allafrica.com (and on our Embassy Facebook page), “Because of the friendship and common interests our two nations share, the U.S. has a stake in Ethiopia's prosperity, stability and success. When Ethiopia does well, it is able to inspire and help others.  On the other hand, a protracted crisis in Ethiopia would undermine the goals that both nations are trying to achieve together.”  I want you to know that our message is clear:  anyone who wants Ethiopia to develop and to succeed must understand that Ethiopia will be strongest when all voices are heard and government is accountable to all.  Unlawful detention and abuse must end.

    Image:U.S. Ambassador Patrica Haslach

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  • Prime Minister Hailemariam clicks ‘merciless measure’

    (by EthioTime) Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn in a half-hearted approach announced that his rule will take merciless measures once again.  

    However Hailemariam tried to be as bold as he could towards the latest tension in Ethiopia on his statement opened only for state run media mainly EBC, last night, many are still labeling his words of no value at a time.

    People are being reported for having said that this statement would rather fuel the current protest against the rule in the country.

    The Prime Minister in his speech claimed that the protest against the government is being fueled by anti-government group funded in pack of money. Despite his this address to the public it has been reported that grievance have continued in parts of Amhara region.  

    However he didn’t mention Egypt exactly as source of the fund for the opposition group, he said “the longstanding enemies of our country who do not want us to use our natural resources are conspiring to weaken and dismantle the country with massive funding to ‘extremist diaspora’ group”.

    At this point he has ordered all security personnel to take merciless measure against anyone who are believed to involve in this process.     

    Seen while speaking at the national television Hailemariam has displayed indifference in some of his points especially while warning for merciless measures to be taken against the protest.

    His last night statement seems to reflect that the ruling party is not ready to accept the public grievance coming from multiple socio-economic burden in the East African country. Analysis fear this warning would rather aggravate the situation by promoting the mass protest to a higher bloodshed.

    The Prime Minister also said that his party is in renewal while he promised for more package of job for the youth.

    Image: Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn

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  • Cameroonian player fired by football club for being HIV positive

    Cameroonian player Samuel Nlend has been sacked by Egyptian Premier League club, Al Ittihad after testing positive for HIV.

    The 21-year-old was fired just four days after signing a three year contract. His contract was terminated by his new club after he tested positive.

    On Twitter the Egyptian news outlet  KingFut.com reported that a media representative of the club confirmed the news to the press.

    Source: CCTV

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  • 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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  • Lightning strike kills 323 reindeer in Norway

    A lightning strike in Norway has killed more than 300 reindeer, according to reports from local media. A spokesman for the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate (NNI) told NTB, the Norwegian News Agency, that 323 reindeer were found dead on Friday in an area near Hardangervidda, in the southern part of the country. In a press release published Sunday, the Norwegian Environment Agency said that 70 of the dead reindeer were calves. Officials believe that the animals were killed by lightning during a heavy thunderstorm, marking what could be the deadliest lightning strike in history.

    "We’ve heard about animals being struck by lightning and killed, but I don’t remember hearing about lightning killing animals on this scale before," NNI spokesman Knut Nylend tells NTB. "We don’t know if it was one or more lighting strike; that would only be speculation."

    Nylend discovered the animals in a remote part of a private hunting area, and NIN employees have been dispatched to the region to take samples from the reindeer. Hardangervidda national park is home to an estimated 10,000 wild reindeer that migrate across the region every year. Nylend speculates that the reindeer may have been killed because they are often close to one another, and "they may have gathered even closer together out of fear" during the thunderstorm.

    As BNO News notes, the deadliest lightning strike involving livestock occurred in 2005, when 68 cows were killed in Australia, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The deadliest incident involving humans occurred in 1971, according to Guinness, when a lightning strike caused a Peruvian airline to crash into the Amazon, killing 91 people. The Guinness Book of World Records does not appear to track wildlife deaths due to lightning strikes.

    Source: The Verge


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