Ethiopian News

  • 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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  • Death toll in Koshe landfill collapse up sharply to 113

    (by Andegna) The death toll from a collapse at a landfill in Addis Ababa has risen to 113. Victims were mostly women and children. Hopes are waning for survivors as the country began three days of mourning and relatives have been waiting for missing ones.

    Saturday's collapse of a mountain of garbage buried makeshift mud-and-stick homes inside the Koshe landfill in the capital. Excavators and rescuers have been pulling bodies from the black mud since then. Meanwhile, residents from the capital are raising funds and collecting materials to support survivors and relatives of the victims. City Mayor Diriba Kuma told state broadcaster EBC the search-and-rescue effort soon would be completed and an investigation into the cause of the accident would begin.

    Dozens of homes of squatters who lived in the Koshe landfill site, in Addis Ababa, were flattened when the largest pile of rubbish collapsed on Saturday. It was not clear what caused Saturday night's collapse, though residents have said the dumping of trash had resumed there in recent months after protests at a newer Sendafa Sanitary Landfill.

    Officials said they have already relocated about 300 people from the landfill, where hundreds of waste-pickers salvaged items to make a living and others found inexpensive housing. The mayor said people whose family members died in the collapse have received money ranging from $430 to $650 each, and that they would be resettled permanently in the coming years.

    Image: Victims funeral 

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  • Neck cord (Mateb) row end-up in suicide

    Jimma University Teachers Training College student took his life after row over his neck cord (Mateb) with instructor.

    The argument over student’s neck cord began with the instructor when he told the student either to hide in or take out the neck cord while the student was standing in front of the class to present Psychology course assignment. However, the student refused to follow the order given by the instructor and the instructor also didn’t allow him to continue.

    After a while the two had quarreled over issue and mediated by other students and Academic Dean arrived to solve the issue however the problem between has continued for the remaining classes and end up in “No Grade” mark for the student and led him commit suicide by hanging himself at his residence compound, according to a local newspaper report.    

    Ethiopian Orthodox neck cord or Mateb is one of the most important and first sacraments of Christianity life as Ethiopian Tewahdo Christians is that of baptism.

    Image: Neck Cord (Mateb)

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