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  • Eritrea-Ethiopia border tensions persists due to US meddling - President Afwerki

    Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki has accused the United States of being the architects of the borderline tension between them and neighbouring Ethiopia.

    In a letter addressed to selected heads of states, Afwerki urged his peers to force the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to address what he called “injustices perpetrated against Eritrea.”

    “Washington feverishly worked at the time, through the State Department, to drive a wedge between the two peoples who have deep historical and strategic ties in order to foment a crisis and micro-manage the affairs of the Horn of Africa,” he is quoted by state-owned media to have said.

    Washington feverishly worked at the time, through the State Department, to drive a wedge between the two peoples who have deep historical and strategic ties in order to foment a crisis and micro-manage the affairs of the Horn of Africa.

    He further alleged that despite the border issue having been adjudicated as per the Algiers agreement of 2003, the US continued to interfere unduly with its implementation going as far as to use the UNSC in 2009 to impose sanctions on Eritrea under the pretext that it supported Somalia’s Al-Shabaab insurgents.

    On April 13, 2002, the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) communicated its decision to officially demarcate the border between the State of Eritrea and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

    The EEBC had been established as part of the Algiers peace agreement overseen by President Abdul Aziz Bouteflika and signed by the leaders of Eritrea, President Isaias Afwerki, and Ethiopia, late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, in Algiers, Algeria on 12 December 2000.

    The European Union (EU) signed as a witness alongside the host country, the United States of America, the United Nations and the African Union (then known as the Organisation of African Unity.)

    Eritrea got independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after decades of armed struggle. In 1998, the two neighbouring countries fought a two-year long war over their disputed border which claimed the lives of at least 70,000.

    The two countries have had tense relations as a peace deal signed in 2000 to end the war has never been fully implemented.

    Addis Ababa accuses Asmara of accommodating persons behind the Amhara and Oromia protests that have swept through the country since November 2015 through to much of 2016. Ethiopia is currently under a state of emergency which was imposed to quell the unrest.

    Eritrea often rubbishes claims by Ethiopia – the most recent being an accusation that rebels who set out to attack construction of a flagship dam in Ethiopia were backed by Eritrea.

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  • 46 killed, dozens missing in Ethiopia garbage dump landslide

     

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — A mountain of trash gave way in a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, killing at least 46 people and leaving several dozen missing, residents said, as officials vowed to relocate those who called the landfill home.

    Addis Ababa city spokeswoman Dagmawit Moges said most of the 46 dead were women and children, and more bodies were expected to be found in the coming hours.

    It was not immediately clear what caused Saturday night's collapse at the Koshe Garbage Landfill, which buried several makeshift homes and concrete buildings. The landfill has been a dumping ground for the capital's garbage for more than 50 years.

    About 150 people were there when the landslide occurred, resident Assefa Teklemahimanot told The Associated Press. Addis Ababa Mayor Diriba Kuma said 37 people had been rescued and were receiving medical treatment. Dagmawit said two had serious injuries.

    Many people at the landfill had been scavenging items to make a living, but others live there because renting homes, largely built of mud and sticks, is relatively inexpensive.

    An AP reporter saw four bodies taken away by ambulances after being pulled from the debris. Elderly women cried, and others stood anxiously waiting for news of loved ones. Six excavators dug through the ruins.

    "My house was right inside there," said a shaken Tebeju Asres, pointing to where one of the excavators was digging in deep, black mud. "My mother and three of my sisters were there when the landslide happened. Now I don't know the fate of all of them."

    The resumption of garbage dumping at the site in recent months likely caused the landslide, Assefa said. The dumping had stopped in recent years, but it resumed after farmers in a nearby restive region where a new garbage landfill complex was being built blocked dumping in their area.

    Smaller collapses have occurred at Koshe — or "dirty" in the local Amharic language — in the past two years but only two or three people were killed, Assefa said.

    "In the long run, we will conduct a resettling program to relocate people who live in and around the landfill," the Addis Ababa mayor said.

    Around 500 waste-pickers are believed to work at the landfill every day, sorting through the debris from the capital's estimated 4 million residents. City officials say close to 300,000 tons of waste are collected each year from the capital, most of it dumped at the landfill.

    Since 2010, city officials have warned that the landfill was running out of room and was being closed in by nearby housing and schools.

    City officials in recent years have been trying to turn the garbage into a source of clean energy with a $120 million investment. The Koshe waste-to-energy facility, which has been under construction since 2013, is expected to generate 50 megawatts of electricity upon completion.

    Ethiopia, which has one of Africa's fastest growing economies, is under a state of emergency imposed in October after several months of sometimes deadly protests demanding wider political freedoms.

    Source:The Associated Press

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  • New salary increment scale

     

    የመንግስት ሰራተኞች የደሞዝ ጭማሪ ስኬል ይህን ይመስላል

     

     

    በመንግስትና በግል ሰራተኞች ጡረተኝች የአበል ጭማሪ፣ የፌዴራል ቤቶች ኮርፖሬሽንን ለማቋቋም በተዘጋጀ ረቂቅ ደንብ እና ኢትዮጵያ ከተለያዩ አለም አቀፍ ድርጅቶች የተስማማችባቸው የብድር ስምምነቶችም በውሳኔው መካተታቸውን የሚንስትሮች ምክር ቤት ጽሕፈት ቤት አስታውቋል።

    Source news.et

     https://news.et/2017/02/23/%E1%8B%A8%E1%88%98%E1%8A%95%E1%8C%8D%E1%88%B5%E1%89%B5-%E1%88%B0%E1%88%AB%E1%89%B0%E1%8A%9E%E1%89%BD-%E1%8B%A8%E1%8B%B0%E1%88%9E%E1%8B%9D-%E1%8C%AD%E1%88%9B%E1%88%AA/ 

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  • 407 Birr for Single Cup of Ethiopian Coffee in New York City

    Extraction Lab Cafe in Brooklyn NYC serving up 400+ Birr cups of Ethiopian Arabica Coffee and was sold out last week. Image from their Youtube Channel.

     As Ethiopian coffee gains in prominence on the world stage, recent media reports have reached DireTube about an $18 USD cup of coffee at the Extraction Labcafe and tea shop in Brooklyn New York. The single cup of coffee is being hailed on world media as America's most Expensive Cup of Coffee   and has been appreciated by a customer for its aromatic fruitiness among other things.  

     Extraction Labs singles out coffee and tea as its primary focus and according to its website aim to give its customers "new and unparalleled cafe and tea shop experience." The brewing experience is a large part of what this cafe and tea shop offers, coffee is prepared using an expensive brewing machine called STEAMPUNK (price tag around $7000). New York media reported the coffee of Ethiopian origin as being sold out for the day last week. 

    As things are in America the average price of coffee is way lower than Extraction Lab's flagship Ethiopian coffee yet a significant rise is being reported. A National Coffee Drinking Trends report for America daily consumption is almost three times as much as it was in 2008,  and a statistic called past day gourmet coffee consumption has soared to 36% for young people from 13 percent in 2008. For comparison, the average retail price in the US for gourmet coffee is around $20 USD a kilogram and a single cup average at Starbucks averages $2.10

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  • 180 Dead in Saturday’s Migrant Boat Disaster in Med: Survivors

    180 are missing, presumed dead, after Saturday’s migrant ship capsize in the Mediterranean, officials said on Tuesday after interviewing a handful of survivors.

     

    Humanitarian workers from International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), recounted harrowing details of the latest major tragedy in waters off Libya after talking to four rescued passengerstwo Eritreans and two Ethiopians, who arrived on Monday evening in the Sicilian port of Trapani.

    The survivors, three men and one woman, were described as “traumatized and exhausted“. They said their two-tier, wooden boat had left Libya on Friday with more 180 people packed on board, all of them originally from East Africa.

    After five hours at sea, the engine cut out and the boat started to take on water. As it slowly sank, more and more of the people on board were submerged under water.

     

    One of the survivors described his desperate effort to find his wife, who had taken a spot in the centre of the ship.After hours in the water, the survivors were rescued on Saturday 30 nautical miles from the Libyan coast by a French boat operating as part of the European borders agency Frontex’s Operation Triton before being transferred to another Frontex ship, the Siem Pilot.Siem Pilot, provided by the Norwegian coastguard, arrived in Trapani on Monday evening with the four survivors, four recovered corpses and 34 people rescued from another stricken migrant boat.

     The latest deaths and rescues follow a record year for the number of migrants trying to reach Europe on the western Mediterranean route from north Africa to Italy.

     

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