Portuguese coach Mariano Barreto takes charge of Ethiopia
By Betemariam Hailu BBC Sport, Addis Ababa
The Ethiopia Football Federation has confirmed the appointment of Mariano Barreto as the new coach of the national team.
The 57-year-old Portuguese signed a two-year contract on Tuesday to replace Sewnet Bishaw, who was sacked in February after a poor campaign at the African Nations Championship in South Africa.
Barreto's main task will be to lead the Walya Antelopes to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.
Ethiopia are one of 21 nations who have gone straight into the group stages of the Nations Cup qualifiers, which get underway in September.
Barreto told BBC Sport his success would "depend on the level of my work".
He added: "I know Ethiopian players have natural talent but most of the national team players are above the age of 26 and more so we have to look for the young boys if we want to qualify for tournaments, so we'll work to improve and change this situation.
"In all the countries I have worked I have produced top players, so I hope when I leave Ethiopia I'll see a top player on TV and he says I helped."
Barreto has experience of managing an African nation before, having taken over as Ghana coach in 2003. But he quit in September 2004 after just nine months in charge, citing problems in communications with the country's football association.
He went onto coach Portuguese side Maritimo and several other clubs in Europe including Russian sides Dynamo Moscow and Kuban Krasnador
Can the real St George please stand up?
EVERY YEAR on April 23, Englishmen and women come together to celebrate England’s patron saint.
Across the country, communities will gather to wave or raise the red and white flag of St George.
Since the 14th Century, when George replaced Edward the Confessor as England’s patron saint, he has symbolised national ideals of honour and bravery.
But a poll from think tank British Future found that just 61 per cent of people feel pride in the St George’s Flag, with a quarter thinking it holds ‘racist’ connotations.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, once called for St George’s Day to become a public holiday, advocating it has the potential to promote unity in England.
Perhaps he was on to something, as not only was St George not English, but a growing number of scholars say they have reason to believe that this great Christian soldier was, in fact, black.
But little is said about his connections to Africa, in particular Ethiopia – the oldest Christian country in the world – where St George is one of the most important saints.
Ethiopia: Acclaimed Novelist Dinaw Mengestu Reads in Jackson, Wyoming
When we first meet Helen, one of two protagonists in Dinaw Mengestu’s brilliant new novel, All Our Names, Helen describes herself first by invoking her mother.
“My mother was a whisperer. She spoke in soft tones, in case my father was upset or had entered one of his dark moods, a habit which she continued after he had left. We lived in a quiet, semi-rural Midwestern town, and decorum for her was everything.”
Character, and by extension identity, is a central investigation in Mengestu’s fiction. How much of who we are is informed by our surroundings? When we leave our hometown – or our homeland – do we cease in some way to be ourselves?
An award-winning author and current Eminent Writer in Residence at the University of Wyoming, Dinaw Mengestu will speak Saturday as part of Teton County Library’s “Writers at the Library” program. He will read from All Our Names and lead a discussion of the book’s themes.
Meb Keflezighi is American, and so am I
By Haimy Assefa, CNN
(CNN) -- I was born in Ethiopia, raised in Oklahoma and Colorado, and ended up in Brooklyn, New York.
Coming to America from Ethiopia, a place where black and white were only colors that had little to do with race, I had to learn English, and also the language of identity.
In America, I was black.
So when some online commenters questioned whether Boston Marathon winner and Eritrean-American Meb Keflezighi is truly "American," it reminded me of my own experience as an immigrant who became a naturalized American citizen and embraced a new identity.
My parents, two brothers and I had an incredible life in Ethiopia.
We always had the newest toys and clothes from my father's frequent work-related trips abroad.
There were lots of friends and just as much family. Life was very communal, much like our style of eating.
Ethiopia: Hearing ordered to determine if accused murderer fit to stand trial
A judge in Vancouver, Canada has ordered a hearing to determine whether a woman charged in the murder of a well-loved community worker is fit to stand trial.
The trial of Ayelech Ejigu, accused of the September 2011 second-degree murder of Bayush Hagos, 57, had been scheduled to get under way in Vancouver on Tuesday.
But Sarah Rauch, Ejigu’s lawyer, told B.C. Supreme Court Justice Barry Davies that she was applying for a fitness hearing for the mother of two
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