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  • PM Hailemariam expresses his deepest condolences over loss of life in recent conflicts

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has expressed his deepest condolences to families of victims who died due to the conflicts occurred recently in various parts of the country.

    In a statement he issued on current affairs yesterday, the Premier said conflicts which could affect the peace and stability of the country have occurred in various parts of the country, including in higher learning institutions.

    The conflicts resulted in loss of lives, displacement of people and also caused damages to public and private properties, he said.

    The renewed conflicts at the Oromia and Ethiopian-Somali regional states’ border areas, in particular,  has been causing death, displacement and property damages, he said.

    He described the atack committed on natives of Ethiopian Somali regional state sheltered at a police station at Gadle kebele in Dirolobi woreda (district) as a massacre.

    The government of Ethiopia denounces the atack, he said, adding a task force has been set up to investigate the cause of the atack.

    The government will take the necessary measure once the investigation is completed, he said.

    He further said the government will investigate the cause of the conflicts that occurred at Chelenko, Oromia regional state and make public the results of the investigation.

    The Premier said his government, in partnership with the public, will work determinedly to address the problem which could hamper the age-long culture of unison of the people of Ethiopia.

    The Prime Minister finally said that the government will do all it can to ensure the safety of its citizens and guarantee peace and security across the country.


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  • All-Female Flight Crew a First for Ethiopia Airlines

    Ethiopian Airlines is set to make history with an all-female crew for a trip within African. The Ethiopia national carrier has announced that the special crew will man a flight heading to Nigeria.

    The entire team managing the flight will comprise women, from the pilots and cabin crew to in flight ramp operations as well as flight dispatchers on the ground.

    The December 16 flight from the capital Addis Ababa will head to Lagos, the commercial capital of Africa’s most populous nation.

    “This flight shows us that if women get equal opportunities and work hard, I’m sure they can achieve whatever they want in all fields including the aviation industry,” one employee said.

    But Ethiopian has a history in offering all-female flights. In late 2015, a similar crew flew passengers from Addis Ababa to the Thai capital, Bangkok.

    At the time, Captain Amsale Gualu and co-pilot, Selam Tesfaye were handed the task of flying the crew and passengers. The historic nature of the mission lit up the face of Tesfaye who said she was happy to be part of the feat. ‘Its a legendary day for Ethiopian Airlines,’ she stressed.

    They are the first operators on the continent to take delivery of the Boeing 787-9 dreamliner. The airline currently flies to over 50 African cities in what is the largest network by a national carrier.

    Two major decisions made recently by the carrier include switching fully to digital processes in its operations and also the provision of free Wi-Fi access for travellers using its main hub, the Bole International Airport in the capital Addis Ababa.

    Ethiopian – a member of the Star Alliance group in its seven decades of operation has become one of the continent’s leading carriers in terms of efficiency and operational success.

    They command the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 95 international destinations across five continents.


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  • Carbon Dioxide Concentrations Surge to Highest Level in 800,000 years

    Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged in 2016 to the highest level in 800,000 years, World Meteorological Organization's Greenhouse Gas Bulletin disclosed.

    The abrupt changes at a record-breaking speed in the atmosphere witnessed in the past 70 years are without precedent, it added.

    Globally averaged concentrations of carbon dioxide reached 403.3 parts per million (ppm) in 2016, up from 400 ppm in 2015 because of a combination of human activities and a strong El Niño event.

    The concentrations of the gas are now 145 percent of pre-industrial (before 1750) levels, the bulletin elaborated.

    Rapidly increasing atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases have the potential to initiate unprecedented changes in climate systems, leading to “severe ecological and economic disruptions.

    The observations based on reports from WMO Global Atmosphere Watch Program help track the changing levels of greenhouse gases and serve as early warning system for changes in these key atmospheric drivers of climate change, the annual bulletin stated.

    Since 1990, there has been a 40 percent increase in total radiative forcing --- the warming effect on our climate --- by all long-lived greenhouse gases, and a 2.5 percent increase from 2015 to 2016 alone, according to figures from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration quoted in the bulletin.

    “Without rapid cuts in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, we will be heading for dangerous temperature increases by the end of this century, well above the target set by the Paris climate change agreement,” WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas was quoted as saying.

    “Future generations will inherit a much more inhospitable planet”, he warned.


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