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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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  • Spanish, Indian sign road construction deal in Ethiopia

    (by Andegna Tube) The Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) has signed “design-build and maintain” road project contract worth over 5.7 billion Birr on Friday with two Indian and one Spanish construction companies. The construction consisting three projects that the Indian, IL and FS Transportation Networks Limited and JMC Project as well as Spanish’s Elsamex S.A will take the responsibility of construction on the three lots. 

    Elsamex S.A, IL and FS Transportation Networks Limited will join hands on the construction of two lots, which are, the 86.1km Nekemt-Anger-Gutin-Andobe road, and the 84.5 Agamsa-Bure asphalt roads. The two lots will cost 1.9 Billion Birr and two billion Birr, respectively. JMC Projects, will also operate on the construction of 87.6km long Andobe-Agamsa road at a cost of 1.8 billion Birr. 

    Nekemt to Bure road project an upgrade of the 257.2km road, which is going to be constructed between Amhara and Oromia regions on three different lots with a cost of over 5.7 billion Birr.

    The road project budget has been secured from the World Bank loan. The companies will complete the design and construction of the road projects within three years period and will also take management responsibility for five years. (Andegna Tube)

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  • New report ranks Ethiopia world’s 115th happiest country

    (by Andegna.com) New happiness report ranked Ethiopia 115th happiest nation from the total of 157 countries in the world reviewed by the report. 

    The UN-sanctioned World Happiness Report 2016 released in Rome on Wednesday ahead of March 20, World Happiness Day, placed Ethiopia top 15 among African countries, taking Ethiopia one stage upper to South Africa 116th.  

    The report ranks the countries on a variety of factors to happiness such as people's health and access to medical care, family relations, job security and social factors, including political freedom and degree of government corruption.

    The World Happiness Report 2016 placed many African countries at the bottom, 8 out of 10. Burundi bottoms the world unhappiest countries, while Denmark, with a population of 5.6 million, has topped the list twice since the report started measuring happiness around the world in 2012.

    The top ten happiest nations, according to the report, following Denmark are Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden.

    The World Happiness Report is written by a group of independent experts acting in their personal capacities sanctioned by the United Nations. (Andegna.com).

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