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  • Saddique Amba Monastery -Ethiopia’s ancient reserves

    Ethiopian ancient monasteries are usually located in remote places far from the easily accessible locations. Most are located up in the mountains. It takes determination and love of adventure to go and explore these magnificent ancient creations. The constructions are intentionally made far out from central and main cities so that it can create peace and solitude to the priests. 

    If you wish to explore these places it requires courage to climb through ropeways and climbing challenging rocks. Despite the hardship to climb up the ancient treasures you will see the churches paintings and treasures which makes it all well worth it.

    One destination which is a must go is Saddique Amba Monastery. It’s located in between the massive Simien Mountains. The all-inclusive monastery is far away from everything allowing travelers to enjoy a refreshing air, surrounding attractions and of course the wild lives up-close.

    It requires two hours of trekking from the famous land mark at the mountain, Simien Lodge. To date only few travelers have made it to the monastery due to fear of sheer drop rocks and challenging trekking to reach to the monastery.

    The monastery was erected back in 1640 by the monk named Welde Saddique who wanted to create solitude and peaceful prayer place. Legend has it that during the communist regime of Ethiopia most of the church precious treasures were stolen and never recovered. However it did not make the church any less important. The lifestyle of the Moncks, the church paintings and the surround attractions are breathtaking.   

    The inner temple is very restrictive the only one who has access to it is the highest priest.  But do not get disappointed because you have made it through to one of the temples which rarely host visitors. The priests are hospitable and charming telling you everything about the temple and its magnificent history. The mountain park is full of animals creating access to the wild lives who roam around freely at their natural habitat. The park is preserved as one of the national parks lodging several endemic wild lives that are only found in Ethiopia.

    If you just love to admire ancient architectures and churches there are several places to explore from near the mountain and it’s allowed to go inside. The ancient architectures of the country portrayed at Lalibela and Gondar churches hewn from gigantic rocks within the earth are few of globally registered heritages that will take your exploration to the next level. The best part is this one allows you to get inside and explore the UNESCO registered global treasures. 

    This spectacular region has been inhibited by farmer villagers since 2,000 years ago. They live near the spiky mountain peaks, deep valleys and sharp precipices. Travel to this historical place offers a rare opportunity to climb some of Africa’s highest peaks including at Ras Dashen (4620m), Buyit Ras (3250m), Bwahit (4430m) as well as explore the ground churches.  

    Source: fanabc.com 

     

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  • "Yifter the Shifter" passes away

    Miruts Yifter, one of the greatest long distance runners of all time, has died at the age of 72 in Toronto, Canada on Thursday, December 22, 2016.

    The Ethiopian was a double gold medallist at the Moscow Olympics in 1980, winning both the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters in the Russian capital. Often referred to as “Yifter the Shifter”, he died from respiratory problems in Toronto.

    He first came to international prominence at the Munich Olympics of 1972 when he won bronze medal in the 10,000 meters race.

    Miruts would have been one of the favorites for gold four years later – in both 5,000 and 10,000 – had his country not been one of 29 nations to boycott the Montreal Games in protest at the IOC's refusal to ban New Zealand.

    Many countries, mainly African countries, were unhappy that New Zealand's All Blacks rugby team had toured apartheid South Africa in 1976.

    Despite this setback, Miruts continued to be a dominant force in athletics, enjoying victories over both his main distances at the World Cup meetings of 1977 and 1979.

    He inspired a generation of African runners, including the great Haile Gebreselassie, who admitted: "Miruts has been everything to me and my athletics career.

    "When I started running, I just wanted to be like him. He is the reason for who I'm now and for what I have achieved.

    "For me, he is the best athlete Ethiopia ever had, after the great Abebe Bikila."

    Miruts is a double Olympic gold medalist, an Ethiopian national icon and one of the finest athletes to grace the running track. The effects of having suffered a collapsed lung, compounded by his old age led to his death.

    Miruts had been hospitalized for nearly a year, but was recently said to have been making progress in his recovery effort. But after having fought admirably, exhibiting the same resistance and endurance that made him a household name in international sports back in the seventies and eighties, Miruts has succumbed to illness.

     

    His numerous accolades, unforgivable punishing running style and longevity, his ability to maintain world class fitness for so long has earned him recognition as one of the greatest athletes to have graced the Olympic track venue.

    In Ethiopia, he was idolized, a hero of the people. His heroics inspired a generation of runners to follow in his footsteps. He contributed the lion’s share to establishing the Ethiopian long distance running dynasty that has made athletes from the country among the most feared competitors in the world. The likes of Haile and Derartu Tulu have previously named Miruts Yifter as their inspiration and guiding light.

    At Coamo Puerto Rico on February 6, 1977, Miruts ran a World Best for the half-marathon of 1:02:57.

    At the Moscow Olympics, part of the mystery surrounding Miruts was the question of his age, which was reported to be between 33 and 42. Miruts refused to give a definitive answer, telling reporters:

    "Men may steal my chickens; men may steal my sheep. But no man can steal my age."

    Due to his abrupt change in speed when executing his kick to the finish, Miruts acquired the nickname “Yifter the Shifter.”

    In more recent years he had been a team coach at major events but moved to Canada, where he spent his last days.

    Miruts is survived by his wife and seven children.

    Source:Ethiopian Reporter

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  • Ethiopia saves 2.6 billion birr form fertilizer purchase

    • Moroccan company to supply 70 percent of the fertilizer demand

    The Ethiopian Agricultural Business Corporation on Thursday announced that it saved 2.6 billion birr from fertilizer purchase for the 2017 harvest year.

    Briefing local reporters in his office CEO of Ethiopian Agricultural Business Corporation, Kefyalew Berhnau, said that the corporation, which was established a year ago amalgamating five state enterprises, has purchased 936,430,000 tons of fertilizer at a cost of 290 million dollars (6.4 billion birr). Compared to last year’s purchase the corporation saved 119 million dollars (2.6 billion birr). Kefyalew said the cost reduction was achieved by making amendments on the procurement procedure, increasing efficiency in procurement, bank procedures (letter of credit process) and bidding process.

    Kefyalew said previously the government used to buy different fertilizers through agents. However, the Ethiopian Agricultural Business Corporation amended the bid document and allowed fertilizer manufacturers to directly participate in the bid. “This has enabled us to get better or lower prices. We also floated the tender early. We hired transporters through open bid that haul the fertilizer from ports to different parts of the country. So, by allowing producers to participate in the bid and increasing our efficiency we managed to save 119 million dollars. The fuel price decline has also contributed to the cost reduction,” Kefyalew said.

    According to Kefylaew farmers would get the fertilizer with lower prices this year. “Farmers would have 250-300 birr discount per quintal of fertilizer. This is a big amount,” he said.

    Kefyalew pointed out the need to cut down the long supply chain in the fertilizer market to secure the products at lower prices.

    Eighty five percent of the Ethiopian 100 million population depend on farming. Last year the Ethiopian government purchased 852,400,000 tons of fertilizer valued at 385 million dollars. The price does not include transportation, bank and insurance costs.

    This year the Ethiopian Agricultural Business Corporation would buy a total of 1.2 million tons of fertilizer at a cost of 400 million dollars (nine billion birr). The fertilizer demand is on average growing at a rate of 20 percent. Out of the total 1.2 million tons of fertilizer required this year 935,430 tons has been already purchased through an open international tender.

    Urea (350,000 tons), NPs (193,000 tons), NPS Boron (338,000 tons) and NPS Zinc and Boron (54,430 tons) were purchased. The remaining amount will also be purchased once the corporation opened letter of credits.

    Kefyalew told The Reporter that the Moroccan fertilizer giant, OCP, would supply 70 percent of the country’s fertilizer demand. The remaining 30 percent is bought from various international fertilizer producers.

    Global leader in the phosphate industry, OCP Group, has partnered with the Ethiopian government aiming to build a 2.5-billion-dollar fertilizer plant in the eastern part of Ethiopia, near Dire Dawa town. Stretched on 100 acres of land, the plant would have an annual production capacity of 2.6 million tons of fertilizer.   

    Kefyalew said that at the moment two vessels are unloading fertilizer at the Port of Djibouti and the third Vessel carrying fertilizer will soon arrive in Djibouti. He said due to the congestion at Djibouti port the government of Ethiopia is looking at alternative ports. “We are looking at Port Berbera of Somaliland and Port Sudan. Particularly Port Sudan is viable to import fertilizer to the northern part of our country,” Kefyalew said.

    As part of this effort a vessel carrying 50,000 tons of fertilizer will arrive at Port Sudan in the coming few days.

    Kefyalew said that the country would continue importing fertilizer until it builds its own fertilizer plants. “The government is looking at various options. One of the options is attracting foreign fertilizer giants who have interest in investing in partnerships or by themselves. There is also an initiative to build fertilizer factories locally by the government,” Kefyalew said.

     The Ethiopian Chemicals Corporation is tasked with building five fertilizer plants. However, Kefyalew said the main contractor, the Ethiopian Metals and Engineering Corporation, did not advance the project as planned.

    Source:Ethiopian Reporter

     

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  • ADWA, where the unthinkable happened to bring Italy's war of conquest and dream of expanding their colony in Africa to an end!

    ADWA, where the unthinkable happened to bring Italy's war of conquest and dream of expanding their colony in Africa to an end! In an age of relentless European expansion, our Ethiopian heroes, led by Emperor Menelik, had successfully defended their independence as ONE PEOPLE! They also showcased that Africa will not continue to fall under the rule of Europeans. While the whole world GLORIFIES the battle of ADWA as the symbol of Africa's victory led by ETHIOPIA & HER heroic children, those who try to minimize it one bit are so delusional and they LOSE as a black person, as an Ethiopian, & ultimately as an African!

     

     

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