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Olympic message from our staff in Ethiopia

By Ethiopian News

While the world’s eyes are on the opening of the London 2012, we at Link Ethiopia’s Offices in Gondar and Bishoftu would like to express our delight at the hosting of this round of the Olympic by London. For Link Ethiopia’s team, whose half side operates in London and the other half here in Ethiopia, the curiosity and excitement is much higher for the London Olympic games. The Olympics has always held a special meaning for Ethiopians, especially with the outstanding performance…

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African Olympic Champions

By Ethiopian News

With a week to go until the start of the London 2012 Olympics, the BBC has featured ten of Africa’s most significant Olympic champions, almost a third of whom are Ethiopian. The full article is here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18862683 and below are Ethiopia’s shining stars. Abebe Bikila “Abebe Bikila was the first black African to win Olympic gold – at Rome’s 1960 Olympics – and the man who inspired countless Ethiopians to pursue running as a career. Bikila famously ran the marathon…

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Link Ethiopia is praised for its outstanding work in Gondar!

By Ethiopian News

Link Ethiopia was recently awarded a certificate in ‘Recognition of Link Ethiopia’s Outstanding Work’ in Gondar at the Annual Education Festival. The Festival was held on 24th of June at the Gondar Cinema Hall. The recognition was presented to Link Ethiopia’s Country Director,  Belayneh Shewaye, with a standing ovation in the presence of the city’s mayor, heads of Zonal Departments, directors, parents, and other city officials. CONGRATULATIONS TO LINK ETHIOPIA GONDAR TEAM FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND COMMITMENT, WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!

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Ethiopia’s Millennium Development Goal 2 Progress

By Ethiopian News

Ethiopia is currently on track to reach Millenium Development Goal two (MDG2) of universal primary education for all by 2015 which is a real achievement.  However, this surge in school enrollment is pushing Ethopian schools beyond their capacity and as a result, the quality of education may be decreasing. Ethiopia is the 3rd most improved country in the world for primary enrolment rates since 2000 (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, September 2011).  Public spending on education has increased from 19.8% of the national budget…

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Our growing Ethiopian team

By Ethiopian News

We are very pleased to introduce two new members of our Ethiopian team who we recently recruited. Their names are Mulugeta Birhane, who will be managing our northern Ethiopian projects from our Gondar office, and Habtamu Dereje who is managing our southern Ethiopian school linking activities from our Bishoftu (Debre Zeit) office. They have already fitted in very well to these two hard-working teams! We are also really pleased to introduce Shree Mandke who has relocated from the UK to…

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Coffee

By Ethiopian News

More countries are recognising Ethiopia’s coffee specialities. The Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO) says four of Ethiopia’s coffee specialities have been registered in 26 countries as a trademark. The European Union, Japan, US, Canada and China are among those that recognise Ethiopian coffee specialities, which include Sidamo, Yirgachefe and another two Harar coffees. India has also recently recognised the four specialities and Ethiopian coffee will be sold there for the next eight years. The recognition of these trademarks will further…

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Railways

By Ethiopian News

Ethiopia has, at this moment, only one railway, stretching from Lagare in Addis Ababa to Djibouti. But this has fallen into disuse in recent years and the Ethiopian Government is very much considering the building of new railways in order to improve the country’s transportation infrastructure. Civil engineering and design work is being undertaken to build 2,516 km of railways in Ethiopia over the next five years, says Transport Minister Deriba Kuma. He said that a detailed study of the…

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Africa’s lone wolf: New species found in Ethiopia

By Ethiopian News

Genetic evidence shows that ‘Egyptian jackal’ isn’t really a jackal at all. During a field expedition to Ethiopia, a team of scientists noticed something odd: The golden jackals there looked more slender with a whiter coat than they do elsewhere. Now, genetic analyses suggest these oddities are not jackals at all but instead more closely related to gray wolves. In fact, until now these “highland jackals” were referred to as Egyptian jackals (Canis aureus lupaster), and had long been considered…

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Long-distance running

By Ethiopian News

Just what is there about the Ethiopian long-distance runners that makes them so successful in world competition? Hardly a month goes by without yet more successes being announced for Ethiopia’s amazing athletes. The Miami marathon Tesfaye Sendeku Alemayehu’s gap-toothed grin grew wider by the second. After all, the 5-8, 123-pound Ethiopian had a lot to smile about on a glorious Sunday in downtown Miami. He was so much faster than the other runners in the ING Miami Marathon that they…

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Chickens!

By Ethiopian News

An item of business news which Link Ethiopia staff noticed in the last few days is that a consignment of 16,000 day-old chicks are to be sent from India to Ethiopia as part of a programme to introduce and breed superior quality poultry in the African nation. The consignment from a Gurgaon-based poultry breeding company, Keggfarms, consists of a variety of chicken branded ‘Kuroiler’ that can live and thrive in resource-poor, foraging village environments and yet produce much more meat…

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Telecoms

By Ethiopian News

It has just been announced that France Telecom SA has started a two-year contract to manage Ethiopia’s state-owned Ethio Telecom, Communications and Information Technology. The Paris-based company will manage the utility, accounting systems will be modernised and new services introduced, also helping to boost the basic services at present in place and strengthen the infrastructure. An underwater fibre-optic cable link via Djibouti will increase capacity and lower broadband internet costs.

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Railway expansion

By Ethiopian News

From eTurboNews: “The Ethiopian government has released information about plans to construct a major new rail network across the country. In the process, links to neighbouring countries are being prepared sooner rather than later. “The Ethiopian Railway Corporation will be tasked to develop the new infrastructure, which will link remote parts of Ethiopia with the capital Addis Ababa and likely also with border posts to Kenya and the south of the Sudan. Nearly 5,000 kilometers of new railway lines will…

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Challenge!

By Ethiopian News

From the Nursing Times: Adventurous nurses and other professionals are singing up to a challenging five-day charity trek across the mountains of Ethiopia. Up to 20 participants will face the extreme daytime heat and freezing nights of the 4,000-metre peaks – dubbed the “Tibet of Africa” for five long days of challenging physical exertion at altitude, in a bid to raise over £100,000 through sponsorship. The money will be used by international development charity Transaid to provide Africans living in…

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International Short Films Festival and “When China met Africa”

By Ethiopian News

Two pieces of news from the film world came to our notice recently. One was the reporting of the first International Short Films Festival that took place in Addis Ababa, the first of its kind to be staged in East Africa. And the second, to which we would like to bring everyone’s notice, is that Nick Francis, ex-Link Ethiopia volunteer, and his brother Marc have at last completed their long-awaited film called “When China met Africa”. The film festival, as…

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Lucy

By Ethiopian News

While a number of countries in the world are keeping an eye on a certain football competition, there is another much more long-term competition that is a major focus for anthropologists at the moment. While the skeleton of ‘Lucy’, the petite Ethiopian lady now 3.2 million years old whom Ethiopians call Dinkenesh, is still touring the United States, another find has been announced from the Afar region of Ethiopia which challenges her supremacy. This is a male skeleton, decidedly bigger…

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