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  • Miruts Yifter, Ethiopian running legend, honoured at Toronto funeral

    Miruts Yifter, an Ethiopian running legend dubbed "Yifter the Shifter" for his ability to power away from rivals, was laid to rest at a packed funeral in Toronto on Tuesday.

    Yifter, a distance runner who won two gold medals in the 5,000- and 10,000-metre events at the 1980 Moscow Olympics and won bronze medals earlier at the 1972 Munich Games, died at 72 after battling respiratory problems.

    "He's a national icon," said Yonas Tadssa, a friend of Yifter's who also hails from Ethiopia.

    "He's our hero."

    His victories put Ethiopia on the map in terms of running, and he's still regarded as one of the country's greatest athletes. Haile Gebrselassie — who still holds one of the world's fastest marathon times — recently said he owes his entire career to Yifter,

    Yet during his career, Yifter was criticized by Ethiopia's former military regime for not winning gold medals at the Munich Games, and he was briefly jailed upon his return home. Tadssa said Yifter, who left Ethopia for Canada in 2000, wouldn't have been able to live comfortably in his home country, something he said was a shame.

    Instead, the great runner came to Toronto — a city that knows far more about hockey and baseball players than distance runners.

    Tadssa said Yifter was never one to brag about his success. "He was just a simple, low-key person."

    When his running days were done, Yifter changed his focus to coaching soccer. Several of his former players attended his funeral.

    Yifter's body will be returned to Ethiopia this week.

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  • “Ethiopia doesn’t detain journalists,” Negeri Lencho

    These days Negeri Lencho, Ethiopia Minister of the Government Communication Affairs Office, is making the rounds at various media houses: BBC, Deutsche Welle, VOA, foreign-based ruling party friendly media, EBC are just to mention but a few. 

    As the new kid on the block in the cabinet of PM Hailemariam Desalegn, Dr Negeri is creating an impression that he is open to all who seek his attention. In comparison to his combatant predecessor, Negeri is plain and soft spoken, devoid of party lingo, and above all professor of journalism at Addis Ababa University. What better preparation for the post!

    However, the one thing he lacks most is the information itself. He could barely come up with a conclusive answer about his former colleague at the AAU when he was arrested shortly after a trip to Brussels. Lawyers and activists fared far better, concerning Dr Merera Gudina’s arrest, than the central figure entrusted with communicating state information. At the VOA interview, he even dared to say the “government was protecting Dr. Merera.” It’s anybody’s knowledge who sought protection from whom.

    After hours of interviews given to the aforementioned media, there is hardly a revelation or some kind of breakthrough that is worth mentioning. Instead his understanding of the incarceration of journalists is clearly a cause for concern, if not outrage.

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  • Two Ethiopians Died in Beirut after a carbon monoxide poisoning

    The Ethiopian Embassy received the bodies of two of its nationals who died earlier in the day from carbon monoxide poisoning in north of Beirut, state media reported Saturday.

    Civil Defense medics earlier had taken the bodies to Bouar public hospital, but they were turned away. Private hospitals in the area also would not accept the women's bodies.

    A third worker was found alive but in critical condition, however, and was admitted to Notre Dame Maritime Hospital in Jbeil for treatment.

    Police and a forensic expert arrived at the scene to conduct an investigation. 

    The Daily Star

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  • Ethiopian Opposition Leader Arrested for trespassing state of emergency rulings

    Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) –Ethiopian security agents have arrested Merera Gudina  (PhD), chairman of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress today.  Merera was arrested at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport while returning back to his home country from abroad.

    Reliable sources disclosed to Awramba Times that the cause for Merera Gudina’s arrest is trespassing the state of emergency rulings.

    During his recent appearance at the European Union parliament, along with Dr. Berhanu Nega and athlete Feyissa Lelissa, Merera Gudina has requested the European union to put pressure on the government of Ethiopia.

    source: http://www.awrambatimes.com/?p=15722

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  • Liverpool's player Steven Gerrard retires

     

    "I feel lucky to have experienced so many wonderful highlights over the course of my career," said Gerrard.

    "I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy.

    "As a teenager I fulfilled my childhood dream by pulling on the famous red shirt of Liverpool, and when I made my debut against Blackburn Rovers in November 1998 I could never have imagined what would then follow over the next 18 years."

     

    Midfielder Gerrard was made Liverpool captain by Gerard Houllier in 2003 and led the side to the Champions League title in 2005, scoring the Reds' first goal as they recovered from being 3-0 down at half-time to beat Italian giants AC Milan on penalties in the Istanbul final.

    "At an international level, I feel privileged to have won 114 England caps and to have had the honour of captaining my country. I will always look back with great pride at every time I pulled on the England shirt."

    While the Champions League success is surely the highlight of Gerrard's Liverpool career, he also helped his boyhood club win two FA Cups, three League Cups, a Uefa Cup and a Uefa Super Cup.

    "I was lucky to play alongside some great players and under some fantastic managers during my time at Anfield and would like to thank each and every one of them, as well as all of the backroom staff at the club throughout my time there for the fantastic support they showed me," he added.

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  • BBC to launch 11 new language services, including Afaan Oromo, Amharic and Tigrigna

    The BBC World Service will launch 11 new language services, including Afaan Oromo, Amharic and Tigrigna, as part of its biggest expansion "since the 1940s", the corporation has announced.

    The expansion is a result of the funding boost announced by the UK government last year.

    The other new languages will be Gujarati, Igbo, Korean, Marathi, Pidgin, Punjabi, Telugu, and Yoruba.

    The first new services are expected to launch in 2017.

    Source: BBC

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