Ethiopian domestic workers stranded in crisis-hit LebanonAn Ethiopian domestic worker cries as she waits with dozens of others outside the Ethiopian consulate, some inquiring about flights home, others stranded after they were abandoned by employers who claimed they could no longer afford to pay their salaries, in Hazmieh, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Some 180,000 domestic workers in Lebanon, most of them female from Ethiopia, are growing more desperate as a crippling economic and financial crisis sets in, coupled with coronavirus restrictions. less An Ethiopian domestic worker cries as she waits with dozens of others outside the Ethiopian consulate, some inquiring about flights home, others stranded after they were abandoned by employers who claimed they ... more Photo: Hassan Ammar, AP Photo: Hassan Ammar, AP Image 1 of / 11 Caption Close Ethiopian domestic workers stranded in crisis-hit Lebanon 1 / 11 Back to GalleryBEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of domestic workers gathered outside the Ethiopian consulate in Beirut on Thursday, some inquiring about flights home, others stranded after they were abandoned by employers who claimed they could no longer afford to pay their salaries. Some 180,000 domestic workers in Lebanon, most of them female from Ethiopia, are growing more desperate as a crippling economic and financial crisis sets in, coupled with coronavirus restrictions. The Labor Ministry organized buses late Wednesday that transported about 35 women left stranded outside the consulate to a hotel in Beirut after they spent the day with their belongings, some of them crying.
June 04, 2020 12:56 UTC
Tens of Ethiopian domestic workers in Lebanon gathered in front of the Ethiopian consulate on Thursday after some of them were abandoned by their Lebanese employers, who said they could no longer afford to pay for their salaries. Some 180,000 domestic workers in Lebanon, most of them women from Ethiopia, are growing more desperate as a crippling economic and financial crisis sets in, coupled with coronavirus restrictions. On Wednesday night, dozens of Ethiopian workers abandoned by their employers were transported to a hotel by the Labor Ministry where they could stay until they could be flown out of the country, after chaotic scenes outside the consulate. Others have lost their jobs after employers dumped them on the streets or outside their embassies. Many of the workers are trapped and unable to go home because of the absence of flights or the lack of money to pay for tickets.
June 04, 2020 11:48 UTC
"We provided this shelter to get them off the street and we are now in touch with international agencies and the Ethiopian consulate to look for a long-term solution," ministry spokesman Hussein Zalghout told AFP. In recent weeks, dozens of Ethiopian women have camped outside their consulate in Beirut. Labour Minister Lamia Yammine Douaihy had on Wednesday condemned the "unfortunate scene" outside the consulate and pledged to take necessary measures against employers. He said the ministry would press employers to settle all outstanding payments they owe their domestic workers before they are repatriated, otherwise they will be punished by law. A quarter of a million migrants are employed as domestic workers in Lebanon, the large majority of them Ethiopian and many in conditions that have been condemned by human rights groups and their own governments.
June 04, 2020 10:52 UTC
Sudan calls on UN to urge Ethiopia, Egypt not to take unilateral measures on Renaissance DamDUBAI: Sudan called on the United Nations Security Council to urge Ethiopia and Egypt to refrain from taking any unilateral measures regarding the Renaissance Dam, the state news agency SUNA reported on Wednesday. He said Sudan was arranging to continue its bilateral meetings with the Egyptian and Ethiopian ministers to start negotiations on the Renaissance Dam, which has been stalled since last February. He said the video conference meetings would be held with each delegation separately. In the letter sent to the Security Council, Abdalla said Sudan was keen to resume the tripartite Renaissance Dam negotiations with Egypt and Ethiopia. Abdalla, who became Sudan’s first female Minister of Foreign Affairs last year in the transitional cabinet of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, said her country was ready “to reach a comprehensive and satisfactory settlement.”
June 04, 2020 10:41 UTC
Israel parliament scraps sessions after lawmaker gets coronavirusJERUSALEM: Israel’s parliament told employees to remain home and canceled lawmaker meetings on Thursday, after a member of the Arab-led Joint List tested positive for coronavirus. “In addition, until all the ramifications are examined, all committee meetings scheduled for today have been postponed,” it added. Abu Shahadeh said he was feeling well after receiving the positive test result on Wednesday evening. In recent days, 51 schools have closed their doors again after more than 260 pupils and staff tested positive for the coronavirus. Nearly 8,000 have been placed in isolation after being exposed to the virus, according to the education ministry.
June 04, 2020 09:33 UTC
An online design challenge on COVID-19 was launched today to provide Ethiopian youth an opportunity to come up with innovative solutions to tackle current and future challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The design challenge was originally launched by UNICEF and partners in Nigeria in May 2020 but is expanding now to other countries in Africa. In Ethiopia, UNICEF and UNDP are working together to addresses the most urgent challenges young people face across education, employment, and entrepreneurship. – Provide the youth the chance to develop skills that will enhance future employabilityAs innovative ideas are being sourced from Ethiopian youth, the challenge also seeks to build their design thinking skills. Interested youth can access the COVID-19 Design Challenge website here as of now until the deadline of 30 June 2020.
Source:News Business Ethiopia
June 04, 2020 08:15 UTC
Ethiopia: Diaspora Champions Digital Apps in Fight Against COVID-19 Thursday, 4 June 2020 ( 2 hours ago )[VOA] In Ethiopia, mobile applications are spreading fast to help health care workers and the public fight against COVID-19, which has claimed 12 lives in the country and affected about 1,100 people. Ethiopian web developers have designed seven apps that do everything from virus tracing to sharing data and patient information among health workers. But while the apps are spreading in cities, getting into remote and poor areas of Ethiopia remains a challenge. 👓 View full article0shares ShareTweetSavePostSendRelated videos from verified sources Three apps being used to stop COVID-19 in its tracksIn the fight against COVID-19, countries like South Korea, Singapore, and the UK are turning to apps to reduce the spread of the virus. Here's a look at how these apps work.
June 04, 2020 07:52 UTC
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June 04, 2020 07:52 UTC
Ethiopian government accuse “some forces” of planning protest in Oromo region of EthiopiaGoogle Map of Wollega region- where there has been repeated assassinations of government officials. But the government claims that “some political forces” are mobilizing for a protest which understood as a bid to grab power. In a news video shared by the state media, he encouraged residents in Oromo regional state of Ethiopia “not to be lured” by calls for a protest. Contending political forces whose stated political goal is to “struggle for the freedom of Oromo people,” are criticizing his government over human rights violations. The political resistance to it in Oromo region of Ethiopia seems to be taking a dangerous turn due to the activities of the armed group.
June 04, 2020 03:22 UTC
“COVID is one crisis and anti-black racism is another crisis, and they’re both happening at the same time. … I don’t see them as separate crises,” she told Washingtonian.com. “And I still believe that living in a capitalist society, the way we spend our money does matter.”The Bay Area is home to a rich tapestry of restaurants and other food-based enterprises owned by black chefs and entrepreneurs. Here’s a list by geographic area of many in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties that are open for takeout and/or delivery. Add them to the comment field at the end of the article, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add them to the list.
June 03, 2020 23:03 UTC
JOHANNESBURG - The novel coronavirus has complicated the election-year calendar for Africa, as elsewhere, prompting some polling delays, suspensions and uncertainties. At least nine African countries – including Nigeria, Kenya and Zimbabwe – have postponed elections at some level because of COVID-19 infection risks, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems reports. A handful of African countries – including Guinea, Cameroon, Mali, Benin and Burundi – already have held balloting since COVID emerged. Conflicting currentsEspecially in countries with upcoming elections, Fomunyoh says he sees two opposing currents. "The strongest arm of government, as we see right now, is the executive branch, in most countries," Fomunyoh says.
June 03, 2020 21:45 UTC
Historians and headlines label certain lynchings — say, Moore’s Ford or the 1981 Ku Klux Klan slaying of 19-year-old Michael Donald in Alabama — as the last. Lawyers for the men accused of killing Arbery say the video of his killing doesn’t tell the whole story.) She also sees links between today’s violence and the sharecroppers’ 1946 deaths known as the Moore’s Ford lynchings. (In 2007, an elderly white woman in Walton County told a CNN journalist reporting on Moore’s Ford to leave those “poor people” alone. “The fear and terror continues to stalk the land near where the four bodies were found near the Moore’s Ford bridge,” Bell said.
June 03, 2020 21:19 UTC
No Force Will Stop Tigray People from Holding Elections: TPLFBy Staff ReporterJune 3, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The central committee of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) announced the decision to conduct elections at the regional level during its meeting held from May 23-30, 2020. “The Tigray people will not bargain on their rights and there will not be any force on earth that will stop them from exercising their rights,” TPLF’s central committee said in a statement. It said the Prosperity Party is striving to meet its self-interest by ignoring the public demands and the scarifies made for the victory day of May 28. The central committee also called for joint efforts of the Tigray people to defend violence and anti-peace activities that it said are sponsored by the Prosperity Party. The central committee also called on other political parties that promote self-administration of regional states to work together for a common goals.
June 03, 2020 19:52 UTC
Sweden's chief epidemiologist Wednesday defended his country's controversial “soft” COVID-19 strategy, in which Sweden never totally shut down, but admitted the country could have done some things better. The strategy resulted in one of the highest per capita COVID-19 death rates in the world. It has made it possible to keep schools open, which he said was very important for their society. He acknowledged the “unfortunate” death toll, which he said was mainly in long-term care facilities. In a Swedish radio interview earlier in the day, Tegnell admitted the death toll had made him reconsider his approach to the pandemic.
June 03, 2020 18:45 UTC
Water ministers of Ethiopia and Sudan today discussed on the conditions how to restart the tripartite negations on Ethiopia’s Great Renaissance Dam (GERD) involving Egypt. During a webinar Engineer Seleshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity of Ethiopia and Sudan’s Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Professor Yasir A. Mohamed was appointed Minister of discussed issues related to Ethiopia’s GERD, which is contested by Egypt. In his tweet Engineer Seleshi stated that the video discussions with Professor Yasir and his colleague will continue every two days. One of the issues Egypt and Ethiopia have failed to reach agreement is water filling period of GERD, which Ethiopia plans to start next July rainy season and gradually finish filling the total 74 billion cubic water from the Nile River in four years period. Meanwhile, Egypt argued that GERD, which generates about 5,000 megawatts electricity, has to be filled water in a long period from 11 to 20 years.
Source:News Business Ethiopia
June 03, 2020 17:48 UTC