Haile Gebrselassie: From athletics to the boardroom
By Lerato Mbele Presenter, Africa Business Report
Haile Gebrselassie is the most famous man in Ethiopia. The double Olympic gold medallist and five-time world champion over 10,000m had a glittering athletics career and is now a successful and busy entrepreneur.
So when you manage to get an interview with him, you don't want to be late. Imagine our dismay then as we arrived at the Alem Building, affectionately named after Gebrselassie's wife, to be told that a power cut meant the lifts were not working and we had to lug our cameras and equipment up eight flights of stairs to the top of the complex.
Fortunately we got there before he did (he was also apparently delayed by the broken lifts).
When he does enter, wearing a charcoal grey suit and blue shirt, the 41-year-old smiles broadly and apologises for the power cut. He appears to be breathing normally, unaffected by the climb up the stairs.
He laughs it off and reminds us that he has lived most of his life in Addis Ababa, the highest city in Africa, and by now he's used to the high altitude and also the frequent power cuts.
Can farming in Ethiopia be successfully commercialised?
21 November 2014 Last updated at 12:37 GMT
There may be a property and infrastructure boom in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, but more than 70% of Ethiopians still live in rural areas - farming grain and livestock.
The government, with the help of international donors, is trying improve the country's farming sector, to boost production and put more farms onto a commercial footing - but there is still some way to go.
The BBC's Lerato Mbele reports from the Ethiopian town of Wonji, just south Addis Ababa, for Africa Business Report.
Man killed in hit and run moved from Ethiopia, was waiting for wife to join him
Authorities on Wednesday released the identity of the man who was fatally run over by one and possibly two vehicles that fled from a Brooklyn Park intersection.
Meshu B. Lamu, 61, of Brooklyn Park, was struck about 6:50 p.m. Tuesday in a southbound lane of Hwy. 252 near 73rd Avenue N., according to the State Patrol. He died at the scene.
“He walked that route a lot,” patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said of Lamu, who lived about three blocks northeast of where he was killed.
Lamu was walking west and crossing Hwy. 252 against a red light when he was struck, Roeske said. He was hit well after sunset and was wearing dark clothing, further diminishing his visability, the lieutenant added.
Lamu’s son, Abebe Bulto, said his father was nearly to his regular bus stop while heading to his food warehouse job in Minneapolis.
Lamu came from Ethiopia nearly three years ago and moved in with Bulto, his son’s wife and the couple’s four children, Bulto said. The family’s hope was for Lamu’s wife also to move from Ethiopia and join the others.
Ethiopian Airlines’ Sales Hit by Ebola Fears
Carrier Is Losing Around $8 Million a Month in Sales As Travelers Cut Back on Trips
ANTWERP, Belgium—Ethiopian Airlines is losing around $8 million a month in sales as travelers cut back on African trips as concern about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa affects far-afield airlines, the carrier’s chief executive said.
“The Ebola scare has caused weakness in demand,” Tewolde Gebremariam said in an interview Thursday. Ethiopian Airlines has been hit even though the airline’s main hub in Addis Ababa is several hours flight time from the Ebola-affected region in West Africa.
Flights across much of the continent have been affected by the regional outbreak, Mr. Gebremariam said. “This is a major concern for African airlines,” he said.
The World Health Organization said more than 5,000 people have died from Ebola. Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are the countries most affected.
The carrier has tried to cut back on capacity to help mitigate the effect, he said on the sidelines of the CAPA World Aviation Summit.
Eritreans 'fleeing conscription drive' for Ethiopia - UNHCR
Source: BBC News
A renewed conscription drive in Eritrea has led to a sharp increase in the number of youths fleeing to neighbouring Ethiopia, a UN refugee agency spokeswoman has told the BBC.
More than 6,000 Eritreans had claimed asylum in Ethiopia in the past 37 days, double the rate seen in previous months, Karin de Gruijl said.
There has also been a rise in the number of Eritreans reaching Italy.
Eritrea says conscription is needed because of tension with Ethiopia.
About 100,000 people died in the 1998-2000 border war between the two countries.
Eritrea became independent after breaking away from Ethiopia.
The refugees, most of whom were between 18 and 24 years old, reported an "intensification" of efforts to conscript them into the army, Ms De Gruijl told the BBC's Newsday programme.
"We know that officially national services are for about four and a half years but quite often they're open-ended," she said.
"This intensification of recruitment has sparked fear among young people in this age group who don't want to have this perspective of not knowing how long they will have to serve."
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