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  • Over 10 thousand Mekele City residents to get land for housing

    (by Andegna) Mekele City Administration is to give land for over ten thousand residents to house construction.

    Fana BC said in a report that 10,400 Mekele city residents who have no house for living will be given the land while over 1700 teachers and 740 handicap military veterans will be given priority. According to the report each individual will be given 70 meter square land.   

    Image: Mekele City    

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  • Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry reshuffles officials

    (by Andegna) Foreign Affairs Ministry of Ethiopia reshuffled officials within departments. Sources have said that the Ministry sacked Spokesperson Tewolde Mulugeta and appointed Meles Alem. Meles has served as Director for Neighboring Countries and before joining the Ministry he also had worked as head of different media houses in the country.

    European Affairs Director-General, Kassa Gebreyohannes has been replaced by Ambassador Tesfaye Yilma. Ambassador Tesfaye has served as Deputy Ambassador of Ethiopia in China.

    The then Bahir Dar University President and former Ethiopia’s Ambassador in South Africa and Côte d'Ivoire, Dr. Yeshimeber Mebrat has also been appointed as Human Resource Directorate General of the Ministry. Lulit Zewdie has been appointed as in African Affairs Directorate- General replacing of Metasebia Tadesse.

    Former Ethiopia’s Ambassador in Uganda Degife Bula appointed as Planning Director-General while Ambassador Lelalem Gebre-Yohannes from Ireland has been appointed as Purchasing Director-General. Ambassador Mohammud Drir also returned from Egypt and appointed as advisor to the Minister in Addis.      

    IGAD Affairs Director, Berhan Fisseha was also appointed as Director for Neighboring Countries while former director of the department has been appointed Ambassador to Côte d'Ivoire.

    Image: Tewolde Mulugeta, Former Ministry Spokesperson    

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  • Gatoch may seal deal in Europe

    (by Andegna) Walias skipper Gatoch Panom may seal new deal with European club this year, said sources, as he set for an April exit at the end of his current contract with Ethiopian Coffee Football Club.

    According to a media report, Gatoch is believed to have signed a pre-contract agreement with undisclosed club in Europe and hence the unwillingness to commit to a longer contract now with Coffee FC. However his agent hinted that Gatoch could move to Greece at the end of his contract.

    The midfielder’s agent David Beshah disclosed the parties could not agree on a new deal. While David and his client were pushing for a contract extension till the end of the current 2016/17 season, the club insisted on at least a 2-year-stay. “We could not agree on a contract until the end of the season. They wanted us to sign a contract of two years and three months, with a release clause if a foreign club comes knocking,” David said. According to him, they had wanted to pen a longer deal since last year November but the club was unwilling to play ball.

    “Gatoch and I are very disappointed that Bunna is unable to negotiate reasonably. We offered them many chances since November 2016 but they rejected them,” David added.

    Image: Gatoch Panom 

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  • Happiness report: Norway is the happiest place on Earth, Ethiopia eighteenth in Africa

    (by Andegna) Norway is the happiest place on Earth while Ethiopia is 18th in Africa alone, according to a United Nations agency new World Happiness Report which measures "subjective well-being" - how happy the people are, and why.

    Algeria leads the rest of Africa in happiness, followed by Mauritius. Strife-torn Libya is surprisingly ranked third, ahead of Morocco. And even a bigger surprise, another crisis-torn nation, Somalia is Africa’s fifth happiest country ahead of Nigeria and South Africa, ranked 7th. Tunisia is eighth and Egypt ninth, while Sierra Leone is tenth.

    At the bottom ten are Benin, Madagascar, South Sudan, Liberia, Guinea, Togo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and the worst of them, Central African Republic.

    Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Finland round out the top five, while the Central African Republic came last. Western Europe and North America dominated the top of table, with the US and UK at 14th and 19th, respectively.

    Countries in sub-Saharan Africa and those hit by conflict have predictably low scores. Syria placed 152 of 155 countries - Yemen and South Sudan, which are facing impending famine, came in at 146 and 147. The World Happiness Report was released to coincide with the United Nations' International Day of Happiness on 20 March.

    Image: Rural girl in Ethiopia 

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  • Ethiopian Restaurant Owner Killed In Targeted Shooting

    Gitem Demissie, 41, was killed by a masked gunman as he was preparing to shut down the Ibex Ethiopian Bar & Restaurant around midnight, according to police. A witness said the gunman, clad in a long-sleeved black shirt and black jeans, approached Gitem and shot him multiple times.

    The shooter then fled. Police are investigating what they described as the targeted killing of the owner of an Ethiopian restaurant on Murfreesboro Pike in south Nashville. He was first transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The witness added the man had light skin and a thin build, and he stood around 5’7’’ tall.

    "We were really broken," said Father Mesfin Tesemma, who leads the Ethiopian church where Gitem was an active member. "We didn't expect this to happen to him. He doesn't deserve to die like this. He is a very nice person," according to News Chanel 5.

    Mesfin said Demissie was a hard-working businessman who was well-known in the area. Mesfin said he sometimes put in 16 or 17 hours a day at his businesses.

    Demissie had lived in Nashville for more than ten years. He first opened Ibex Mart on Bell Road, selling Ethiopian groceries, including spices, fresh meat, and vegetables. According to Mesfin, Ibex Mart was the only Ethiopian grocery store in Nashville, meaning a lot of people knew Demissie and relied on his business.

    In January 2015, Gitem opened a second business, the restaurant and bar, where he was shot and killed early Sunday morning. Friends said Gitem had been working hard to sell his bar in hopes of taking time to travel home to Ethiopia to see his parents. His death has left many in the Ethiopian community fearing for their safety.

    "What happened to him means a lot for everybody. So are we safe here?" Mesfin said. "Those are the kinds of questions it raises in the minds of a lot of Ethiopians."

    Detectives remained on scene until sunrise collecting interviews and evidence. Anyone with information on this fatal shooting has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

     

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