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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    European Affairs Director-General, Kassa Gebreyohannes has been replaced by Ambassador Tesfaye Yilma.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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  • 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 Airlines wins 2016 African Airline award

    (by Andegna.com) Ethiopian Airlines has won the 2016 African Airline of the year award in recognition of its financial performance, fleet modernization, route network expansion, in-flight service, overall customer care and its outstanding contribution to aviation development in Africa. 

    The award was presented to Ethiopian during the 25th Anniversary African Aviation Air Finance Africa Conference & Exhibition and African Aviation Summit held in Johannesburg.

    Ethiopian said they are pleased to win the award. “African Airline of the Year 2016 Award’ is a testimony of Ethiopian 70 years of commitment to bring Africa together and closer to the rest of the world,” said Mesfin Tassew, Chief Operating Officer of the airline.

    Presenting the award Nick Fadugba, Chief Executive Officer African Aviation, said the airline have become “a source of great pride to Africa”.

    “ET has also excelled in the provision of technical services to African and non-African airlines and has made an enormous contribution to the development of Aviation Human Resources for the African continent, particularly in the fields of aircraft maintenance, pilot and cabin crew training.” Fadugba added.

    Ethiopian currently commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 92 international destinations across five continents.  

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  • Ethiopian meat exporters free to go home

     

    (Andegna.com) Ethiopians meat exporters who were in detention for over two months by the United Arab Emirates Police have been sent free after Dubai’s public prosecutor Khalid Al-jassim has dropped the case. 

    The business group was detained as they landed in Dubai to participate in Dubai food trade expo, Gulfood. They were banned from travel until the case was settled. In the meantime, their association, Ethiopia’s Meat Exporters Union was considering possible measures to be taken against the act.

    The exporters were accused of exporting spoiled meat last September by Mubarak Abdallah, their former trading partner who arranged a legal mechanism in Dubai that would allow to arrest the Ethiopians. The partner, Mubarak, claim to have been duped in a deal he traded later on last year.

    Four of the six detained represented the abattoirs in Ethiopia, while the other two were not directly affiliated with the business travel. However later released they were refused exit from Dubai. One had accompanied her mother and another was Secretary General of the Ethiopian Meat Producer-Exporters Association.    

    (Image: Fresh Meat/wikimedia)

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  • Plane hijacker sentenced to psychiatric care

     

    The Federal Criminal Court has sentenced an Ethiopian pilot who hijacked an aeroplane in Geneva to mandatory supervised psychiatric treatment. He had previously been deemed mentally unsound during the incident.

    During Monday’s sentencing, the judge deemed the defendant’s risk of relapse to be high and so sentenced him to undergo therapy while under guard in canton Geneva. The pilot is already receiving treatment for paranoid schizophrenia and was not present at the sentencing hearing.
    The defence team had asked that the pilot be set free because he had not endangered the lives of any passengers aboard the aeroplane and the other pilot was able to safely land in Geneva. Lawyers for the 40-year-old Ethiopian reiterated that he had been seeking asylum in Switzerland.
    As soon as he is financially solvent, the defendant will have to pay fees for the trial totaling CHF3,000 ($3,092) as well as the costs for his defence team. His pilot’s license has been revoked. Read more
     

     

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