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  • Ethiopian Premier League: Getaneh Kebede Hat-trick sees Dedebit beat Ethiopia Bunna

    The 2016/17 Ethiopian Premier League kicked off on Saturday and continued on Sunday with seven more remaining fixture played across the country. Dedebit and Premier League rookies Addis Ababa Ketema and Woldia pulled off a huge win in week 1st with Sidama Bunna, Adama Ketema and Wolaitta Dicha came out victorious. Jimma Aba Bunna held Ethio-Electric to a goalless draw.

    Dedebit thumped 10 men Ethiopia Bunna 3-0 in the week’s biggest encounter in Addis Ababa Stadium. In a tie that saw a number of yellow cards, a red card and the season’s first hat-trick the home side Bunna started off brightly as Nigerian Samuel Sanumi’s shot hitting the right bottom post in the 14th minute. Nonetheless, Bunna’s Beninese goalie received his marching order in the 15th minute after handling the ball outside the penalty area. Getaneh Kebede stepped up and struck a superb the resultant free kick to hand the Blues the lead.

    Ethiopia Bunna tried to push forward with a more attacking spirit, but all their goal attempts were squandered. Meanwhile, Dedebit were threating to double their lead through countless counter attacks.

    Getaneh yet again doubled the lead seven minutes after the recess when he heads home from close range. The Ethiopian international grabbed a hat-trick on his home return 12 minutes from time with a clinical finish as his goal tally against Bunna raises.


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  • Foreigners angling for Ethiopia coaching Role sport news

    By Bonface Osano

    A number of foreign managers are salivating for vacant Ethiopia national team coach job, sources at Ethiopian Football Federation told Soka25east.com. They include 61-year-old West German-born Peter Neururer, who has “openly” expressed desire for the role.

    Neururer has no experience coaching in Africa, and has only worked at club level, with stints at Hannover 96, FC Schalke 04, VFL Bochum among others.

    Immediate former Togo coach Tom Saintfiet who is currently in charge at Bangladesh is also “strongly”s eying the job. The 43-year-old is not new to Ethiopia having worked with them for six months in 2011 before leaving for Yanga SC in Tanzania.

    “The Walia Ibex” are without a coach since the sacking of Yohannes Sahle in May this year; Gebremethin Haile who took charge on interim basis has seen through his contract, which ended October 11.

    EFF will however delay the process of recruiting a new coach till next year (2017) to save cost, and incase CECAFA Senior Challenge will be staged later this year then Haile shall be engaged for the assignment.

    The federation’s official kitting partner “Errea” is also keen on the process as part of technical support agreement they signed. They are believed to prefer Italian manager.

    A new coach’s immediate work will be to assemble a squad to deliver Kenya 2018 CHAN qualification. 

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  • PM Hailemariam briefs diplomats on current situations in Ethiopia

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn briefed diplomats on Thursday on current situations in Ethiopia, particularly on major progresses witnessed during the State of Emergency period and of the reforms being pursued by the government to fulfill the pledges it has made for the public.
    Given the appalling actions of the destructive forces on lives of people, hard-won investment projects and infrastructures, the Premier noted, the government was obliged to declare the State of Emergency.

    He underscored, since the first day of the authorization of the State of Emergency the country has been able to restore law and order and is now back to normalcy. The recently lifted restrictions on diplomats traveling in the country without permission clearly affirm this fact, noted the Premier. He re-affirmed that regular business can be conducted as usual.

    The Premier noted, in the first ten days of the State of Emergency, seventy percent of those who were involved in the violence had willfully given their hands to security forces and pardoned after being given the necessary training which he said would help them integrate with their communities successfully.

    Briefing on the key reform programs being carried out by the government, Hailemariam said, there are three major categories: shared and equitable economic growth, expansion of the democratic space and economic restructuring.

    Ethiopia has achieved seven of the eight Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations and witnessed a double digit growth. However, noted, the premier, significant number of the population, particularly the youth, has not been benefiting from the development as much as it should.

    He added, among those who were engaged in the violent activities, the youth accounted for 99 percent; and the youth aged 15 to 30 is fifty percent of the population. Hence, the government is working aggressively more than ever to provide additional job opportunities by allocating fund worth billions of Birr.
    Regarding opening up the democratic space, Hailemariam noted the government thoroughly understood the importance of enhancing civic participation, strengthening democratic institutions particularly on pertinent organs like Human Rights Commission, the Ombudsman, Office of the Federal Auditor General, Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, etc. Touching upon reforming the electoral system, the Premier said, “We felt that the coming parliament should also accommodate those who are not represented.”

    Prime Minister Hailemariam also said the economy of the country is performing well even at the times the country witnessed the violence where it has observed an eight percent growth in the previous Ethiopian calendar year. Albeit El-Nino, said the premier, the country has managed to overcome its dreadful effects where the agricultural sector was only affected in a certain controllable way. He stressed, the good news is the country would have a bumper harvest where the pre-harvest estimate showed that agriculture would come to normalcy and even score higher growth: 12 percent.

    The Foreign Direct Investment is still one of the best in the continent and the government is working hard that the current situations would not hamper the flow, according to Hailemariam. He called on diplomats to encourage their nationals to continue investing in the country. Hailemariam said, the twelve industrial parks that will be built in the country are expected to create job opportunities for more than 1.2 million people. He underlined that no slowdown was witnessed regarding the ongoing mega projects in the country.

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  • The Weeknd is helping University of Toronto resurrect a lost Ethiopian language

    University of Toronto launches a course in 2,000-year-old Ge’ez, part of its Ethiopian studies program—aided by a star

    Along with Greek, Hebrew and Arabic, Ethiopia’s Ge’ez is considered one of the world’s oldest Semitic languages—but you’ve probably never heard of it.
    Michael Gervers, a professor in the department of historical and cultural studies at the University of Toronto, believes it’s important to resurrect it. “The entire history of Ethiopia is in this language,” he says. “Everything written up until 1850 was written in Ge’ez, so we have 2,000 years of textual material that people don’t have access to.” It was replaced by Amharic as Ethiopia’s official language.

    In 2015, Gervers started a fund to create an Ethiopian studies program at U of T, setting a goal of $200,000 and donating $50,000 of his own money. The dean’s office matched that donation; and this year, so did Abel Tesfaye—the Toronto-born, Grammy-winning R&B singer professionally known as The Weeknd, whose parents immigrated to Canada from Ethiopia in the 1980s.

    Tesfaye promoted the cause to his more than four million Twitter followers. “Sharing our brilliant and ancient history of Ethiopia. Proud to support the studies in our homie town through @UofT and @bikilaaward,” he wrote.

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  • President Mulatu Teshome has appointed eight ambassadors

    President Mulatu Teshome has appointed eight ambassadors today.

    The newly appointed ambassadors are Redwan Hussien, Zenebu Tadesse, Tolossa Shagi, Tsegaye Berhe, Regassa Kefale, Taye Atskeselassie, Abdulaziz Ahmed, and Girma Temesgen.

    They will serve as plenipotentiaries in the country of their assignments, the President’s Office said.


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