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  • Ethiopia suffer worst loss in Algeria

    (by Andegna.com) Ethiopia suffer worst loss against Algeria at Stade Mustapha Tchaker in Blida, this evening, as the two met on first-leg played for the Gabon 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers. Walias surrendered 7 goals for Desert Foxes with sweeping tactical incompetence.    

    Commentators at home dubbed the game ‘shameful’ questioning the exact tactical disciple of the Ethiopian side coach, while displayed, Walias were not allowed to play their natural game neither failed to defend their line which cost the nation seriously.

    Algeria opened goalless strike at the 6th minute, same Ethiopia seem to sustain ball possession on 4-1-4-1 tactical disciple. Algeria’s stiff strike position Sofiane Feghouli to score the first goal at 23rd minute.

    Algeria’s opening goal changed the game spirit while the British Premier League, Leicester City side star, Riyad Mahrez repeatedly broke into the Ethiopian defense line. The host have well benefited from the right wing and produced 6 more goals by Feghouli, Islam Slimani and Safir.

    Algeria could have been scored more if Brahimi was able to net the penalty awarded at 35th minute. Ethiopia’s goal keeper Tarik Getnet managed to abort best scoring opportunities made by Algerian attack, he however remain unlucky to hold as many as 7 goals at the post in a latest Ethiopia football history.  

    Ethiopia was once defeated by Egypt and Cote d’ivoire with 8 and 6 goals, respectively. Forward Getaneh netted a goal which was also the only attempt of the second half at 85th minute.

    Algeria coach Christian Gourcuff will be escorting his team for the second leg to be played coming Tuesday in Ethiopia while his job seems to be finished at the first leg.    

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  • Court grants bail to Ermias Amelga

    (by Andegna Tube) The Federal First Instance Court has granted bail to embattled founder of Access Real Estate Ermias T. Amelga, who was detained in mid-January over the longstanding dispute with real-estate homebuyers for having failed to deliver houses and tried over alleged breach of trust and aggravated fraud.

    The Judge granted bail to Ermias in the sum of 500 thousand Birr and stripped him of his right to go out of the country. 

    The court decision failed to satisfy police, again appealed for an extension to keep the suspect under custody for more ten days for further investigation so as Ermias could not veil hard evidence.  The police also claimed bail money was not big enough as compared to the 1.4 billion Birr he has allegedly taken from the 2500 clients of the real state.

    The presided judge however said the amount was decided based on their supposition as police failed to bring the exact amount of property owned by the accused.

    When asked what he has under his name, Ermias said, “It’s been three years since I have done any proper job and I have been living of off my family during that time.” He also told the judge that he has neither property nor the money left except for the share in Access Real Estate. If there is any possession found by the investigators, he said, “they can have it”, it was learnt. 

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  • Ethiopia installs air pollution monitor in Adama

    (by Andegna.com) Ethiopia’s National Meteorology Agency has installed instrument to regularly measure the amount of pollutant gases in the atmosphere in Adama city, to be the second air pollution monitoring device, which was inaugurated on Wednesday,

    “The new device would help measure the level of pollutant gases like carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and nitric oxide around areas susceptible to these gasses,” Dr. Diriba Koricha, Director of Meteorological Forecast and Early Warning Directorate with the Agency. “Adama is chosen because it is one of an ever-industrializing city,” he added.

    The device installment cost over 6 million Birr to help better decision making after data gathered. It will be also important to measure the threshold of pollutant gases and report to various ministry offices to take immediate actions backed by the air casting by the agency, according to the Agency.

    KOICA of Republic of Korea, CARE Ethiopia, DFID and Irish-Aid are among the international organizations that have provided both financial and technical assistance to the Agency. (Andegna.com)

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  • No fear, no joke: Ethiopia to play Algeria today

    (by Andegna Tube) Walias of Ethiopia stood with morale in a clash against Desert Foxes of Algeria at Stade Mustapha Tchaker in Blida for the Gabon 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier, this evening, despite forward Salahdin Said turned down coach’s call-up.

    Salahdin claims he is mentally not ready to play for the Walias after being without competitive action in almost two months.

    Meanwhile, assistant Coach Fasil Tekalign has returned to Addis yesterday due to the loss of his father.

     “This game is not a joke, it is a big national issue that will be decided within 90 minutes,” said Head Coach Yohannes Sahle on Monday, a few hours ahead of the team flight to Algeria. We respect the Algerian side but we have to not be afraid of them. We have to stand in morale for the two-legs,” he said.

    Ahead of the two-leg decisive matches, second leg to kick-off Tuesday 29 March, the unavailability of the experienced forward will serve a big blow to Ethiopia coach Yohannes after captain Seyoum Tesfaye, midfield Mulualem Tilahun and forward Tafese Tesfaye also withdraw from the squad due to injury.

    Asrat Megersa assume the new captaincy, while South Africa based forward, Getaneh Kebede shoulder to head the strike with the playmaker Shimelis Bekel at his back.  

    Ethiopia, placed second in Group J table next to Algeria on four points. Walias collected full three points with a 2-1 win over Lesotho in Bahir Dar Stadium and drown against Seychelles. Algeria had all 6 points from its two games played.

    Group J tabled AlgeriaEthiopiaLesotho, and Seychelles, one of the 13 groups to decide the teams which qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals tournament (Andegna Tube). 

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  • EU gives €3 mln to reach malnourished children in Ethiopia

    (by Andegna Tube) The European Commission announced a €3 million grant to the UN Agency UNICEF to improve the nutrition for severely malnourished children in the drought affected areas in Ethiopia in an aims to strengthen the current emergency response and reach an estimated 40,000 Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) children.

    The grand made on Monday is to help provide supplies of 40,000 boxes of Ready-to-use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) and 19,700 packs of amoxicillin. The funds will also support one round of Extended Outreach Strategy (EOS) screening which provides biannual vitamin A supplementation and de-worming to children under 5 years of age. Screening for acute malnutrition for children and pregnant and lactating women will also be covered, said UNICEF in statement. 

    “The El Niño phenomenon is impacting entire regions in Africa, notably Ethiopia. The EU support will help UNICEF provide life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable. It will help more than a million children suffering from malnutrition get treatment," said Jean-Louis De Brouwer, Director of Operations in the European Commission's Humanitarian and Civil Protection department (ECHO).

    “We are grateful to the EU for its continued support for life saving interventions addressing malnutrition in Ethiopia,” said Gillian Mellsop, UNICEF Representative to Ethiopia. “Children are always the most vulnerable group in emergencies but when support is made available, we can change their lives for the better,” added Gillian.

    The EU funding targets close to half a million children under the age of five along with nearly 140, 000 pregnant and lactating women in the Somali region. UNICEF, at the request of the Government, is responsible for the procurement of supplies for Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) management as a key input to the emergency nutrition responses throughout the country. It also provides technical and financial support to ensure programme quality and coverage.

    UNICEF said it is supporting the Government of Ethiopia in responding to the emergency by scaling up and strengthening the treatment of children with severe acute malnutrition, increasing the intensity and frequency of screening of children and pregnant and lactating women, and ensuring key preventative nutrition services are provided to prevent excess morbidity and mortality.

    According to the revised Humanitarian Requirement Document (HRD), over 10.2 million people in need of food aid and estimated 435,000 in need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition by the end of 2016. This has significantly devastated livelihoods and greatly compromised the health and wellbeing of children and women, through malnutrition and hygiene-related diseases across Ethiopia with six regions hit particularly hard. 

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