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  • Google is showing an animated Doodle for the Lucy 41st Anniversary

     

     

    [Habesha2day] The Search Engine Google is showing an animated Doodle on 24th November, for the 41st Anniversary of the discovery of Lucy.Lucy is the common name of AL 288-1, several hundred pieces of bone fossils representing 40 percent of the skeleton of a female of the hominin species Australopithecus afarensis. In Ethiopia the assembly is also known as Dinkinesh, which means "you are marvelous" in the Amharic language.Lucy was discovered in 1974 near the village Hadar in the Awash Valley in Ethiopia by paleoanthropologist Donald JohansonThe Lucy specimen is dated to about 3.2 million years ago. With a mixture of ape and human features Lucy stood three and a half feet tall.

     

    Lucy acquired her name from the song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by the Beatles, which was played loudly and repeatedly in the expedition camp all evening after the excavation team's first day of work on the recovery site. After public announcement of the discovery, Lucy captured much public interest, becoming almost a household name at the time.



    Beginning in 2007, the fossil assembly and associated artifacts were exhibited publicly in an extended six- year tour of the United States; the exhibition was called Lucy’s Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia. Lucy became famous in the US and around the world, and was returned to Ethiopia in 2013.

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  • Sweden donates $16 mln to drought affected in Ethiopia

     

    The government of Sweden said it will contribute 16 million USD for food aid to people affected by the El Nino-induced drought in Ethiopia, Swedish Embassy in Addis Ababa said.The contribution is made through a grant to the World Food Program (WFP).

    "Through this contribution more than 1.5 million people in the Somali region will receive cereals, pulses and vegetable oil, helping to stabilize malnutrition rates, which have risen sharply in recent months since the drought took hold," a statement from the embassy reads.Sweden's contribution will also complement food distributions in other regions following the Government of Ethiopia's allocation of 4 billion Birr to relief efforts.

    At the signing of the agreement on Wednesday, Anneka Knutsson, Head of Sweden's Development Cooperation stressed the importance to act early in these types of crises.The WFP Representative and Country director, John Aylieff, on his part stated that Sweden was among the very first to step forward and respond to the current crisis.

    "Families across the Somali region, whose lives have been turned upside down by what is said to be the worst El Niño event in recorded history, will feed themselves and their children for the next month thanks to the generosity of Sweden".

    source ebc.et

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  • Irish Aid grants additional €2 million funding to drought relief efforts in Ethiopia

    Ireland's €2 million funding announcement brings the country's total contribution to meeting the urgent needs of those affected by drought to €5.5 million this year.The Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation Seán Sherlock has announced that the Irish Government will contribute an additional €2 million to the international response to the drought in Ethiopia.

    Ethiopia is currently facing a severe drought.According to the Ethiopian Government, an estimated 8.2 million people will need food aid this year.

     

     

    Ireland, through its development cooperation program Irish Aid, supports the Ethiopian government in building its humanitarian capacity and a social protection system capabilities. This enables Ethiopia to identify and respond to crises early, which saves lives and protects the livelihoods of those most affected by the impacts of severe drought and climate change.   In addition, Ireland is providing over €26 million through  bilateral aid program in Ethiopia to address poverty, vulnerability and hunger.Ireland is involved in many long term development programs aimed at helping vulnerable rural communities to adapt to the challenges posed by climate change.

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  • Ethio-Djibouti railway line begins carrying wheat from Port Djibouti

     

    Habesha2day.com The new Ethio-Djibouti railway line has begun carrying wheat from Port Djibouti to Adama town today.

    Additional wheat, which the government of Ethiopia had bought for people affected by the El Nino-driven drought, has reached at Port Djibouti.

    The Ethio-Djibouti railway project, linking Addis Ababa with the port of Djibouti, is being built in two sections in Ethiopia - the first segment extends from Sebeta–Meiso, while the second one extends from Meiso-Dewele.

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  • Ethiopian airlines conducted an all-women operated flight

    The first time in history Ethiopian Airlines conducted all-women operated flight on the from capital city of Addis Ababa to Bangkok route.The flight departed for Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday night.

     

    The flight was handled by women in every aspect from planning, to aircraft maintenance, and from the pilots to air traffic controllers.The Ethiopian airline says the main purpose of is to promote women’s empowerment and encourage more African girls to pursue aviation careers.

     

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