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Girma Wake replaces Abadula Gemeda as Board Chairman of Ethiopian Airlines Group

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Girma Wake replaces Abadula Gemeda as Board Chairman of Ethiopian Airlines Group
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Addis Abeba – The Former CEO of Ethiopian Airlines and industry veteran Girma Wake has been appointed chairman of the board of the Ethiopian Airlines Group. Girma was with the Airlines for 37 years, seven of them as CEO, before he was replaced by Tewolde in 2011.

He has now been “appointed recently as a new Chairman of the Board of Management of Ethiopian Airlines Group by the Ethiopian Public Enterprises Holding & Administration Agency,” the Airlines said in the same statement announcing the “early retirement” of outgoing CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.

Girma Wake replaced former Speaker of the House of Peoples’ Representatives, Abadula Gemeda, as Board Chairman. Abadula was chairing the Board after he replaced former ANDM senior Addis Legesse in December 2014.

In June 2019, Girma joined Ethio Lease, the the first foreign-owned licensed leasing company engaged in financial services in Ethiopia. He left RwandAir as Board Chairman to join Ethio Lease as one of the founders.

Ethiopian Airlines praised Girma Wake as “a highly experienced, successful and well-regarded business leader and a well-known figure in the aviation industry who previously led Ethiopian Airlines for 7 years as a CEO and laid the foundation for the fast and profitable growth of the airline. The combination of his experience, work-culture and drive makes him capable of chairing the board and take the airline to the next level.”

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Country representative says WHO transports no aids to Tigray despite gov’t green light

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Elites expose WHO Director’s lies about humanitarian truce in Tigray

Country representative says WHO transports no aids to Tigray despite gov’t green lightDespite approval from the Government of Ethiopia, the WHO has not yet commenced the transportation of medical supplies and medicine to Tigray, EPA confirmed from WHO country office and the National Disaster Risk Management Commission.

On the flip side, the WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom has repeatedly been accusing the Government of Ethiopia over blockade of humanitarian aids to Tigray. In a previous interview, NDRMC Head Mitiku Kassa commented that there was not any entity that prohibited the WHO from transporting aids to Tigray.

Mitiku further described the accusation as an unfounded one for the WHO had already been permitted to transport the aids to Tigray.

The WHO was green lighted to transport the aids on March 14, 2022 from the Ministry of Health. Duly acknowledging the Ministry’s cooperation, the WHO country office for Ethiopia wrote a letter on March 15, 2022 to NDRMC stating that the transportation was to be carried out starting March 21, 2022 until April 20, 2022.

However, the WHO Chief on March 17 accused Ethiopia for blocking the transportation of medical supplies and medicines to Tigray. He also reiterated the accusation today on the social media.

NDRMC Communication and Public Relations Head Debebe Zewde told the EPA that there has not been any aid transported to Tigray as of March 21, 2022.

WHO Country Office for Ethiopia Communication department said that preparations are underway in cooperation with World Food Programme. And there has not been any aid transported to Tigray so far.

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Amhara State President requests Russia’s support to rehabilitate war-torn region

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Amhara State President requests Russia’s support to rehabilitate war-torn region

Russian Ambassador meets President Yilkal in Bahir DarPresident Yilkal Kefale (PhD) has called on Russia to support efforts to rehabilitate war-torn Amhara region, regional media reported.

The President made the remarks during a visit to Bahir Dar, the capital of Amhara regional state, by the Russian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Evgeny Terekhin on 21 March. During the visit, the two held talks with on a range of issues including the need to rehabilitate war-torn communities and work together on higher education and urban development projects in the region.

The report quoted Ambassador Evgeny as saying that he was aware of the devastation caused by the war and the plight of communities in the region. “We are ready to work with the region to overcome this problem,” he was quoted as saying, adding that Russia will work with higher education institutions in Amhara State on human resource development. The Ambassador also had discussions with officials of Bahir Dar University and agreed to work in the region on urban development.

Furthermore, a discussion was held with Bahir Dar city deputy mayor, Dires Sahlu (PhD), during which the Ambassador pledged Russia’s support to the region on urban development projects.

“Russia is a country that stands by Ethiopia in the face of international challenges,” region’s President Yilkal said, adding that during several sessions held by the United Nations Security Council to “intervene in Ethiopia’s internal affairs” in the wake of the survival war in Ethiopia “Russia has recognized Ethiopia’s truth and stood by us,” he said, and called on Russia to support the rehabilitation of war-torn Amhara region.

The Ambassador promised Russia’s support to work with the Amhara Regional State on any development cooperation, and said that the region can request the support and cooperation it needs.

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Washington Update: Ethiopia Stabilization, Peace, and Democracy Act (H.R. 6600)

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Washington Update – by Mesfin Mekonen
Feb. 14, 2022

Legislation, the Ethiopia Stabilization, Peace, and Democracy Act (H.R. 6600), has been introduced that seeks to impose sanctions and take other measures to punish individuals and government entities in Ethiopia that undermine efforts to stop the war.

The bill’s primary sponsor is Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ). Co-sponsors include Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Brad Sherman (D-CA), David Cicilline (D-RI) and Kim Young R-CA).

The bill would impose sanctions, including restrictions on visas to the U.S., on individuals who have “undermined, attempted to undermine, or seeks to undermine efforts with respect to a ceasefire and negotiated settlement to end the civil war or other conflicts in Ethiopia.” It also targets for sanctions individuals who have “committed gross violations of internationally recognized human rights, war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, or other atrocities in Ethiopia.”

H.R. 6600 instructs the U.S. Secretary of State to try to negotiate multilateral sanctions on individuals who are subject to U.S. unilateral sanctions.

The bill, if enacted, would also limit U.S. security assistance to Ethiopia until a permanent ceasefire has been implemented and the Ethiopian government implements measures to better protect human rights and cooperates with investigations of credible reports of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Full text of the bill is available at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/117/hr6600

Here is Rep. Kim statement in support of  H.R. 6600  “The brutal conflict in Ethiopia has continued to fuel a destructive cycle of violence that has killed and displaced thousands, with millions more facing starvation and other dire humanitarian crises, I’m proud to help lead the Ethiopia Stabilization, Peace and Democracy Act to authorize targeted sanctions against those expanding the conflict and ensure transparent delivery of humanitarian aid. I thank Rep. Malinowski for joining me in this effort and our Foreign Affairs Committee colleagues for their support.”

Here is Rep. Malinowski statement “This bill is meant to accelerate a diplomatic end to the war and hold human rights abuses and arms exporters accountable, I am pleased the administration has signed a new Executive Order with broader sanctions on the conflict, but the United States has a host of other tools at our disposal to reinforce our diplomatic efforts and we cannot be shy in using them. The Ethiopian and Eritrean governments, Tigray People’s Liberation Front, and other armed actors, along with their foreign backers, have engaged in a war that threatens to rip the country apart. We need to help bring it to an end.”

War mongering Terrorist TPLF Displacing and Starving its own People

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War mongering Terrorist TPLF Displacing and Starving its own People

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The social psychology of terrorist TPLF is based on barbarism, war, hatred and egocentric lust for power and hegemony. This is what all Ethiopians including citizens in Tigray have witnessed for the last 49 years of the group’s existence. For over a year now, the terrorist media has never broadcast anything new except the hatred and lies of the brutal group.

Terrorist TPLF has already started a new round of war on Afar in a bid to block the only inlet to relief supplies to Tigray and is also reportedly getting ready to attack Amhara region which is now hosting thousands of citizens from Tigray, escaping from the tyrannical rule of terrorist TPLF. Several months back, terrorist TPLF massacred more than 600 innocent citizens in Kobo town in Norther Wollo Zone but today, the people in the town are hosting the desperate Tigryans who are in dire need of food, shelter and medicaments that terrorist TPLF deliberately failed to provide them by blocking the main route to food transport to Tigray.

Recently, the National Disaster and Risk Management Commissioner, Mitiku Kassa told ENA that the WHO’S Director General, Dr, Tedros Adhanom’s allegation that the Government of Ethiopia blocked health supplies to Tigray was baseless and politically motivated.

In fact, the Federal Government of Ethiopia has been playing constructive roles in facilitating the smooth movement of humanitarian trucks along the Afar route to address the humanitarian needs of the Tigray region.

If one dares to put question to Tedros: who has destroyed and looted the health facilities that were built by the government and in part by the contribution from the Northern Command of the ENDF? What has terrorist TPLF done to address the other socioeconomic problems of the population in the region except for forcefully recruiting their children for war and asking their parents to contribute money and food?

In total disregard to his global health mandate, the WHO Director General is busy misinforming the world about the whole situation in Tigray. The truth is on the 16th of March UNICEF Ethiopia said medical supplies including ready-to-use therapeutic foods, emergency drugs and health kits arrived in Mekelle, Tigray region’s capital city.

The supplies have already been distributed to 40 health facilities in areas accessible throughout the region including Ayder Hospital, according to the UN agency.

About 100,000 children and their families have benefited, it said, adding the supplies also being used to treat 3,333 severely malnourished children.

UNICEF is among the aid agencies that are providing essential medical supplies to the Tigray region.

The National Disaster and Risk Management Commissioner also said, on 17 March, 2022, that twenty trucks have started carrying humanitarian assistance including food and nonfood items to Tigray and would be doubled soon on a daily basis.

However, the Director General of the WHO lies before the entire world in a bid to serve as a spokesperson for terrorist TPLF in its attempts to spread false information to the rest of the world.

Tedros in his press briefing was also dead silent about the influx of internally displaced people(IDPs) from Tigray and the pressure that is being extorted on Amhara Region that is in dire need of food and medical assistance due to the invasion by terrorist TPLF.

As a global leader, Tedros should have voiced the same concern that he voiced for Tigray for the needy population in Amhara and region. A couple of days back, the Amhara Regional Government reported that 11.6 million persons in the region are in urgent need of food and medical supplies while 263,000 were displaced from their homes all because terrorist TPLF invaded the region in its fascistic desire and irredentist plan to form Greater Tigray by destroying the statehood of Ethiopia.

Disregarding the plight of the Amhara people who are hosting IDPs from Tigray is a gross miscarriage of professional ethics on the part of Dr. Tedros and his lies are simply absurd and shameful.

Terrorist TPLF is now preparing for another round of war on the people of Ethiopia exhibiting that this organization cannot exist outside of war because in war it avoids its regional responsibilities and would be engaged in blame shifting propaganda.

The citizens in Tigray are facing all this agony as a result of which they are fleeing to Amhara Region to save their lives, exposing the heinous character of the terrorist leaders. The most interesting part of this is that still few international actors are trying to save the terrorist TPLF who is in a sinking ship.

Terrorist TPLF is already busy dehumanizing the people under its administration and leading the region to a stone age. Despite the government’s patience, the terrorist group is mobilizing all it forces to destabilize the entire country from all fronts. However, their propaganda war is losing ground as the world is trying to understand the reality on the ground.

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Amhara state education bureau seeks explanation as controversy engulf school leaving exam results, once again

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birhanuThe Amhara Regional State Education Bureau questioned university entrance exam results and pass marks after the National Education Assessment and Examinations Agency and The Ministry of Education announced results of school leaving exams, administered in two rounds. The regional Education Bureau also requested a clarification from the Ministry of Education regarding university entrance exam results and pass marks.

State Minister of Education Samuel Kifle (PhD) said the 12th grade school leaving exams were given in two rounds. The first round in civics and ethics disciplines was canceled due to a leak prior to examination date, which was reflected in inflated of results.

According to the Ministry out of the 53,997 students who sat for the exam in the second round exam, 28 percent will be assigned to public universities, and out of the 554,682 students who sat in the first round, 25 percent will be assigned to public universities. The Ministry attributed the mismatch in the student numbers to the diminished number if universities, coupled with the highest number of students who sat for the 12th grade exam this year because 10th grade matriculation exam were abandoned as of the last academic year. The closure of universities in Tigray has impacted the capacity of universities across the country, he said, adding that the transfer of students from four universities in Tigray to other universities this year has resulted in the enrollment of 48,000 additional students in universities located in other parts of the country.

Tefera Feyisa, Deputy Director General of Exams Services, on the other hand said that the Agency has looked into more than 20 thousand complaints for review and corrections.

Earlier today, the Amhara regional state mass media reported that out of 42 schools in North Wollo Zone, 679 students who sat for school leaving exams in six schools have failed the university entrance results, which pointed at irregularities of the grading system. The schools where these irregularities were observed are Girana, Kalim, Kul Mesek, Gurgur Debreroha, Hanamukat Debresina and Kebebew secondary schools, according to the regional media.

Furthermore, North Wollo Zone Education Department examiner and administration expert Mulu Adane said that the zone has been in a state of war for more than five months and students in the region were still not fully prepared to sit for the exams. She said it was inappropriate for students to take exams without recovering from the psychological damage caused by the war. The zone said that of the 9,710 students who sat for the exam only 3,567 students scored university entrance marks.

The regional Education Bureau further stated that it had worked tirelessly to ensure the exams were administered throughout the region in a regular and orderly manner. However, it had notified the federal exams agency to carefully review the exam results because multiple information circulating on social media alleged that the exams were stolen and leaked during the first round of the two rounds.

Following the announcement of the results of the exams last week, the regional education bureau has facilitated means for students to request re-evaluation. In addition, the bureau has requested the Ministry of Education to provide further clarification on the scores and pass marks.

Tefera Feisa explained the Agency’s efforts to conduct exam corrections and accommodate complaints, stating that exam corrections were done carefully and free of human contact. However, he admitted that there were technical problems during the evaluation of the second round examination. According to him, the problem occurred on less than 559 students, which was reviewed and subsequently corrected.

He dismissed rumors circulating on social media were untrue and that more than 20,000 students had lodged complaints and their complaints were properly addressed. He also disclosed that the entrance pass marks were raised due to the large number of students who sat for the exam this year. As a result, only 25 percent of those who sat for the exam will join universities.

The Ministry of Education, on its part, has provided further clarification on the 12th grade matriculation results and the university entrance pass marks.

According to the Ministry of Education, a total of 152,144 students have been assigned to study in 43 public universities, which is higher than last year’s enrollment capacity of 147, 000 students in 47 public universities. However, he admitted that the Ministry has not done mandatory assessment to differentiate exam grading in areas affected by lack of security, prompting the agency to entertain a uniform grading system.

This is not the first time controversy has engulfed national exam results. In 2019 officials at the Ministry of Education had to respond to outraged students and parents across the country after the results of over 300,000 students who sat for that year’s Grade 12 university entrance exam were published, exhibiting massive irregularities including shocking levels of poor performance grades by thousands of students.

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Ethiopia’s Government Postpones Ethio Telecom Privatisation Process

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Ethiopia’s Government Postpones Ethio Telecom Privatisation Process

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ADDIS ABABA, March 18 (Reuters) – Ethiopia said on Friday it had decided to postpone the planned partial privatisation of state-owned telecoms firm Ethio Telecom because of the prevailing economic environment domestically and globally.

The government had launched a tendering process in June for a proposed sale of a 40% stake in the state-owned carrier to private investors, part of the government’s broader plan to open up the economy.

“Given the recent developments and fast-moving macroeconomic changes, both globally and from a country perspective, the government of Ethiopia has chosen to postpone the privatisation process,” the finance ministry said in a statement.

“The Government believes that taking time to accommodate the improved macroeconomic situation as well as continually improving the financial performance of Ethio Telecom will result in better value for all the parties involved.”

The ministry said it was comitted to following through with the privatisation and would at a later date get in touch with those who had expressed interest in its Request for Proposals.

Ethio Telecom posted a 6.7% rise in revenues to 28 billion birr ($550.09 million) in its half year to Dec. 31, with parts of its network crippled by military conflict in the north of the country.

In December, the industry regulator Ethiopian Communication Authority (ECA, said it had also suspended a tender process for a second telecommunications licence, which it said it would relaunch in the “near future”.

The Horn of Africa country of roughly 110 million people sold only one of two full-service licences on offer in May.

The winner, a consortium led by Kenya’s Safaricom SCOM.NR, Vodafone VOD.L, and Japan’s Sumitomo 8053.T, is in the process of setting up its network ahead of a planned commercial launch next month.

by Elias Biryabarema and George Obulutsa; Editing by Frances Kerry

Gov’t Lambasts WHO Head for False Statement Regarding Tigray Region

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Addis Ababa, March 17/2022
adhanomThe statement, released by the World Health Organization (WHO) Director General, Tewodros Adhanom stating that the Government of Ethiopia has denied access of medical supplies to Tigray region is far from the truth, according to Government Communication Service.

Government Communication Service Minister, Legesse Tulu told ENA today that WHO Director General has been engaged in activities that are against the principles and values of the organization.

The allegation made against the Government of Ethiopia that it has denied access of medical supplies to the region is false, he said.

The statement of the director general is an act of defamation orchestrated against the government.

Despite the deliberate acts of terrorist TPLF to block humanitarian assistance, including medical supplies to Tigray, the statement made by Tewodros blaming Ethiopia is wrong.

According to the communication minister, following the outrageous blockade of TPLF, UN airplanes have been transporting supplies to Tigray three times a week.

The international community, including WHO, must be aware of the fact that the one that is blocking the medical supplies to Tigray region is TPLF and TPLF alone, Legesse underlined.

For this, WHO must be publicly condemn the terrorist TPLF.

WHO has been focusing on a single region in Ethiopia instead of giving equal attention to all regions affected by the conflict, the minister said, adding that this is wrong as it is against the core values of the organization.

He revealed that the organization, especially the director general of WHO has been disseminating wrong information about the situation in the region.

It is to be recalled that the Government of Ethiopia had expressed its concern over irresponsible acts of the director general against the principles and values of the organization.

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Abiy appoints anti-corruption czar as deputy civil service commissioner

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Abiy appoints anti-corruption czar as deputy civil service commissioner
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Abiy Ahmed appointed Tsega Arage as the deputy commissioner of the civil service commission. Tsega Arage was the commissioner of the Federal Ethics & Anti Corruption Commission replacing the former commissioner Ayelgn Mulualem two years ago. The PM also appointed Dr. Nigussie Mitiku as the Director-General of the Ethiopian Management Institute (EMI).

Tsega, who was a central committee member of the Amhara Prosperity Party, was at the center of public debate after he wrote a six page letter on 04 March this year and addressed it to the Prosperity Party (PP) Control and Inspection Commission. His letter exposed a litany of irregularities of the bylaws within the ruling Prosperity Party, including violations of its financial and asset mismanagement procedures such as the party’s loan mechanisms to party members, and violations of the national electoral laws by failing to convene the general assembly, among others.

Tsega also accused the APP branch office leadership of sharing among themselves party finance amounting to ETB60 million, as well as illegal disbursement of the party’s finance amounting to more than ETB100 million. He also noted the ruling Prosperity Party’s violation of the national electoral laws by failing to convene the general assembly, blaming the rampant mismanagement of assets and finances inside the Amhara branch of PP due to the ruling party’s Central Committee failure to convene and endorse the party’s annual budget for the current fiscal year.

Tega’s letter has prompted the Amhara Prosperity Party to relieve several party members that are accused of violating the party’s financial and asset management regulations during loans management and admitted that the party’s financial and asset management system was violated.

However, Tsega has not been included in the newly restructured organ of the ruling party’s 222 Central Committee members. And it is not clear why he was being replaced from his position at the federal Anti-Corruption Commission, a position he held since March 2020. Tsega was appointed by the Ethiopian House of Peoples’ Representatives (HoPR) with 11 MPs voting in opposition while six MPs, of the 285 in attendance, abstained from voting. Back then, he was applauded as a new anti-corruption czar.

Tsega has previously served as an advisor to the deputy mayor of Addis Abeba. He also assumed two positions in the Amhara regional government as the administrator of the North Wollo zone and the head of the Amhara regional state rural land administration & utilization office.

Today’s appointment by PM Abiy came a day after Wazema radio reported that 23 government officials, ranging from senior and lower-ranking,  are being investigated for allegedly hiding assets of inconspicuous sources. The news outlet cited sources from the Ministry of Justice and stated that the federal Attorney General office has launched criminal investigations against the 23 officials that are suspected of amassing assets from unknown sources.

According to the report, the Attorney General’s office found an unregistered large amount of assets including in cash while looking into the federal ethics and anti-corruption commission’s list of registered assets owned by government officials.

 

Ethiopians Pay Tribute To His Holiness Patriarch Abune Merkorios

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Ethiopians Pay Tribute To His Holiness Patriarch Abune Merkorios

Abune Merkoriosss Ethiopians are paying tribute to the late 4th Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church His Holiness Abune Merkorios at a national farewell event taking place at Meskel Square, Addis Ababa.

Religious leaders, senior government officials including Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Speaker of the House of Peoples Representatives, Tagesse Chafo and Mayor of Addis Ababa Adanech Abiebie, members of the diplomatic community, religious leaders from various countries and gusts are attending the farewell ceremony.

Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church, Abune Matias, Cardinal of the Ethiopian Catholic Church, Abune Berhaneyesus Surafel, President of the Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council, Grand Mufti Haji Omer Idris and Archbishops and Bishops of sister churches from various countries of the world are present at the farewell event.

Patriarchs and Archbishops of Orthodox Churches of India and Egypt along with religious fathers from African Christian Fellowship and the Vatican Church are present at the event to pay homage to the late Patriarch.

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The funeral of the late Patriarch Abune Merkorios will take place at Holy Trinity Cathedral in the capital tomorrow (March 13, 2022).

The 4th Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church, His Holiness Abune Merkorios passed away at age of 84 while receiving treatment at a hospital on March 4, 2022.
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Of all our foundation’s grants, this was my dad’s favorite

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Of all our foundation’s grants, this was my dad’s favorite
I couldn’t be prouder of the difference these scholars are making, and the leaders they have become.

Every day I’m reminded of how my dad’s wisdom, generosity, and compassion live on in the many people he influenced and inspired around the world.

One of the most significant ways my dad’s spirit continues is through the Gates Cambridge Scholarship Program. Of all the grants he was involved in at our foundation, this one was always his favorite.

 

When we started the Gates Cambridge Scholarship in 2000, we wanted to help exceptional students from all over the world experience the university’s 800-year legacy of higher education, learn from each other, and prepare to be global leaders.

Each year, Gates Cambridge offers about 80 full-cost scholarships for students to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the university. Scholars are selected on their intellectual ability, their leadership potential, and perhaps most importantly for my dad, their commitment to improving the lives of others.

More than two decades later, this scholarship has reached more than 2,000 students from 111 different countries. The alumni of the program have gone on to remarkable careers, in fields ranging from public health to international relations, chemistry to information technology, and oceanography to neuroscience.

Former Gates Cambridge scholars are now venturing into space, fighting for human rightsworking to defeat COVID, and creating sustainable solutions to avoid climate change in their communities. And we couldn’t be prouder of the difference they’re making, and the leaders they have become.

My dad’s parents never finished high school and he went to college thanks to the GI Bill, so he always saw education as the way he was given access to opportunity. My dad was always very passionate about the power of learning, the importance of engaging people with diverse interests and giving back to those in need. I think that’s why this scholarship, which has given opportunities to many students who might otherwise not have them, was so near and dear to him. When someone once asked my dad if anything ever made him speechless, he said “my trips to Cambridge to meet Gates Cambridge scholars.”

Even though my dad is no longer with us, this scholarship program is the embodiment of his most cherished beliefs—that, given the opportunity, people will come together, solve the biggest challenges we face, and make the world a better and more humane place for everyone.

https://www.gatesnotes.com/Education/Gates-Cambridge-Scholarship-Program

Ethiopian Airlines orders 5 Boeing 777 freighters

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Ethiopian Airlines orders 5 Boeing 777 freighters
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March 10 (Reuters) – Ethiopian Airlines (ETHA.UL) has emerged as the unidentified buyer of five Boeing (BA.N) current-generation 777 freighters reported this week, two people familiar with the matter said.

The order, posted as an unnamed airline in Boeing’s monthly orders update on Tuesday, is separate from a recently announced provisional agreement by Ethiopian for later deliveries of five of a successor model, the 777X freighter, also known as the 777-8 cargo version.

Ethiopian ordered the current-generation 777 freighters to meet near-term cargo demand, the sources said.

Boeing declined to comment. The airline did not respond to a request for comment.

It was not immediately clear whether the airline would press ahead with both sets of orders, but several airlines have been aggressively adding capacity to address a boom in cargo demand.

The airline operates Africa’s largest cargo terminal from its Addis Ababa hub.

The International Air Transport Association said on Wednesday that growth in demand had softened in January due in part to the impact of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

But supply chain disruptions that surfaced at the start of the pandemic recovery and stoked air cargo demand are still present.

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Boeing has dominated the air freight market for years through its 767, 777 and 747 cargo jets and has been galvanizing support for the new twin-engined 777X freighter.

This celebration would have caused bashing by pro govt carpetbagger YouTubers and harassment by Addis Abana police.

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This celebration would have caused bashing by pro govt carpetbagger YouTubers and harassment by  Addis Abana  police.

This celebration would have caused bashing by pro govt carpetbagger YouTubers and harassment by Addis Abana police.

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TPLF Forces Destroy Churches in Amhara, Obliterate Paleontological Sites in Afar: Authority

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TPLF Forces Destroy Churches in Amhara, Obliterate Paleontological Sites in Afar: Authority

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zehabesha Picture 1 2 2TPLF forces have damaged and looted historic churches in some parts of the Amhara Region, obliterating paleontological sites in the Afar Region, during its invasions, Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Deputy Director-General, Abebaw Ayalew told ENA.

Though Lalibela, a UNESCO heritage site that comprised of 11 caved rock-hewn churches which had been fallen under the control of TPLF forces during the conflict is safe, important historic churches in the Amhara region were destroyed and looted, the Deputy Director General said, adding Paleontological sites in the Afar region were also destroyed.

Abebaw told ENA over the phone that “on UNESCO heritage sites so far, we have made an assessment in one place that is Lalibela. In Lalibela, there is no such damage that was inflicted due to the war by the TPLF invading forces.”

The deputy director-general, however, pointed out that TPLF forces have deliberately targeted, shelled, damaged and looted historic churches in some parts of the Amhara Region and obliterated paleontological sites in the Afar region.

“In the Amhara region, there is a great deal of destruction and looting. In south Gondar, for example, important historic churches were targeted by the TPLF forces, and then they were shelled. In Northern Wollo also on several churches, there were  looting and a deliberate shelling by the TPLF forces. In Dessie, historical objects were looted by TPLF forces. In the northern parts of Showa also in some historical sites, there have been damage and looting,” Abebaw pointed out.

In Afar region, on some important paleontological sites, there has been an obliteration of sites, which were reserved for paleontological research, he stated, adding that TPLF forces have obliterated research sites that should have been preserved, and some historic graveyards and thump sites were also destroyed.

“Regarding Axum, we don’t have any kind of information since last year,” he said, indicating that “what we know about Tigray is that there are some damages on heritages like the Al Nejashi Mosque and some historic churches. But on the principal UNESCO site that is the Axum stale and then the Axum church, we don’t have any information.”

UNESCO International Institute for Capacity-Building in Africa and Addis Ababa Liaison Office Director, Yumiko Yakozeki told ENA that her organization is supporting Ethiopia, especially in capacity-building to improve the protection of heritage stating that heritage sites shouldn’t be targeted.

She further said UNESCO is supporting Ethiopia’s capacity-building of relevant bodies to protect heritages that are very important to Ethiopia, Africa, UNESCO and the world.

The Deputy Director-General for his part stated that UNESCO is supporting Ethiopia’s cause because Ethiopia is an important member of the UNESCO and then Ethiopia has world heritage sites.

Regarding UNISCOS’s involvement in protecting the Lalibela heritage, Abebaw said UNESCO has been informing the international community so that the TPLF forces should not inflict any kind of damage, and then they should respect the integrity of the site.

“UNESCO is our important partner. It gives us various kinds of training in terms of registration, conservation and heritage site management. They have been giving us capacity building for the staff of the Ethiopian heritage conservation authority as well as regional cultural and tourism conservation bureau offices, ” he pointed out.

He further stated that the governmental institutions are also closely working to control illicit trafficking of heritage materials.

Yumiko said that “We are working with the government and other related bodies to bring the awareness and then bring the capacity building in Ethiopia,” adding that it is providing capacity-building training to the police and other concerned bodies to protect heritage sites and prevent the smuggling of heritage materials.

“I have to do the assessment and analysis on what has been done,” she responded when asked about the extent of alleged damages.

Ethiopia is one of the most important countries in Africa for UNESCO because the heritage sites, namely Lalibela and the Semien Mountains, were inscribed in 1978, the very first heritage sites. That is why Ethiopia is the first runner for heritages, she added.

20 people killed in latest attack by armed men in Benishagul Gumuz state

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20 people killed in latest attack by armed men in Benishagul Gumuz state
Members of ENDFEthiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) members on patrol in Metekel zone, Benishangul Gumuz regional state. Picture: ENDF/archive

Addis Abeba – A local official in Binishangul Gumz regional state told the BBC Amharic service that latest attack by militants claimed the lives of at least 20 civilians. The attack was carried on a public bus traveling from Metekel to Guba on Wednesday, 02 March, in which dozens more were also injured. The ambush near the area called Africa Agricultural Development.

The official blamed the attack on “anti-peace forces” infiltrating through Sudan, and added the militants had carried out similar attacks on civilians in the past. The attack comes in the backdrop of growing insecurity in the region which has left more than 500, 000 people internally displaced, according to the latest UN report.

Growing insecurity and displacement

In September last year, regional Special Forces from Gambella, Sidama and Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR) were deployed to Bulan woreda of the Metekel Zone following the deployment earlier of Amhara Special Forces.

However, the latest UN report says that “growing insecurity in Benishangul-Gumuz Region’s Metekel Zone expanded to the region’s Assosa and Kamashi zones as well as the Mau Komo Special woreda, or district, in early 2022, leading deteriorating humanitarian conditions and prompting the secondary displacement of tens of thousands of refugees from Sudan and South Sudan.”

“In Mau Komo, conflict between armed group actors and Ethiopian National Defense Force-aligned elements broke out near Tongo village on January 18 and subsequently led to the looting and destruction of a refugee camp where more than 10,000 people were sheltering. Events in Tongo followed the looting of the woreda’s nearby Gure-Shimbola refugee camp by armed actors in late December,” the report said.

As of December, many parts of Benishangul-Gumuz’s Metekel and Kemashi zones remained inaccessible to relief actors due to insecurity

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The UN report said that the two incidents prevented relief actors from reaching affected populations and prompted the displacement of approximately 20,000 refugees to areas of the region surrounding Benishangul-Gumuz’s capital city of Assosa. “Relief actors were coordinating with regional authorities to provide food, water, and health services to the secondarily displaced refugees as of early February. Regional authorities also established a new site adjacent to the Tsore refugee camp, where approximately 17,000 of the affected refugees were sheltering as of late February.

Recent armed group attacks across the region have severely limited the ability of crisis-affected populations to access humanitarian assistance and basic services, according to the UN. As of December, many parts of Benishangul-Gumuz’s Metekel and Kemashi zones remained inaccessible to relief actors due to insecurity.

In October last year, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has called on the federal government and the local command post “to take immediate action” to strengthen the security situation in Metekel and Kamashi zones of the Benishangul-Gumuz regional state.

“Overall, more than 500,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 70,000 refugees from Sudan and South Sudan were sheltering in Benishangul-Gumuz as of January.”

The Commission’s statement came despite repeated pledges from the federal Command Post in Benishangul-Gumuz state that federal and special forces deployed in the region from five different regional states were putting the security crisis under control.

According to the latest UN report, in particular, armed attacks in 2021 prompted the displacement of thousands of members of the Gumuz community to isolated rural areas of Metekel that are inaccessible to relief actors. “Regional authorities have suspended public services in many rural parts of Benishangul-Gumuz, while armed groups have damaged or destroyed health centers and public infrastructure across the region,” the report said. “Overall, more than 500,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 70,000 refugees from Sudan and South Sudan were sheltering in Benishangul-Gumuz as of January.”

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The Weeknd announces stadium tour dates, launches global hunger fund

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The Weeknd announces stadium tour dates, launches global hunger fund

World tour will kick off in Toronto
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Thu., March 5, 2022

b3c5d2535325481f82ca7de5a8206d34 b3c5d2535325481f82ca7de5a8206d3The Weeknd will kick off a world tour in his hometown of Toronto this summer with a portion of ticket sales going towards a United Nations humanitarian fund he’s created to fight the global hunger crisis.

The “Blinding Lights” pop superstar marked July 8 at Rogers Centre as the launch date for the “first leg” of his massive After Hours Til Dawn stadium tour, which rolls into Vancouver’s BC Place on Aug. 25.

Other announced dates cover U.S. cities with further legs of the tour to be announced in the coming weeks, including stops in Mexico, Europe, Asia and additional regions.

The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, will also donate US$1 from each ticket sold to the XO Humanitarian Fund, which he formed in partnership with the United Nation’s World Food Programme.

The UN agency says Tesfaye made an initial donation of $500,000 to launch the fund and it estimates the tour could draw another $3.5 million by the end of next year.

Money raised will support communities facing hunger in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen and Ethiopia, the country where both of Tesfaye’s parents lived before they immigrated to Canada.

Hunger crises have intensified around the world as conflict and climate change, compounded by COVID-19 and rising expenses, are “driving millions of people closer to starvation — threatening to increase migration and instability globally,” the humanitarian group said Thursday in a release.

The UN said more than 44 million people are facing famine, while another 276 million face severe hunger.

Patriarch Of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church His Holiness Abune Merkorios Passes Away

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Patriarch Of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church His Holiness Abune Merkorios Passes Away

Polish 20220304 073527336 750x430 1 1The 4th Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church, His Holiness Abune Merkorios has passed away at age of while receiving treatment at a hospital.

His Holiness Abune Merkorios was in exile due to forced exile orchestrated by theTPLF, and he came home following the announcement of the current reform.

Abune Merkorios taught the highest religious teachings including ‘Digua’ in monasteries and served the church at several positions with strong spiritual devotion for several decades at home and abroad.

His Holiness Abune Merkorios was consecrated as a Bishop in 1979 while he was enthralled as a Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church in 1988.

His Holiness was receiving treatment at a hospital where he was visited by senior government officials and public figures.

By: Wondesen Aregahegn

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Selam Ethiopia celebrates March 8th in nine cities in Ethiopia!

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Selam Ethiopia celebrates March 8th in nine cities in Ethiopia!

Selam Ethiopia celebrates March 8th – International Women’s Day!

“Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”

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International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people.

The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2022 is #BreakTheBias. Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Knowing that bias exists isn’t enough. Action is needed to level the playing field.

Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can break the bias in our communities, workplaces, Schools, colleges and universities. Together, we can all break the bias – on International Women’s Day (IWD) and beyond.

Selam Ethiopia and a number of partners stand behind the belief of gender equality for a sustainable future and we are ready to take action.

Between 4th and 9th of March 2022 Selam Ethiopia and a number of partners will host events in 9 regions of Ethiopia to raise awareness about women’s equality and increase visibility of women’s achievements. We are a team of both men and women arranging and performing circus, music, drama and literature in parks, malls, hotels, culture centres and concert venues.

Let us celebrate together!

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