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  • U.S Embassy in Addis Ababa issued a statement about some of the news that were circulating in social media

    We have seen questions on Facebook about a quota system for Ethiopian visa applicants.

    Last week, the President of the United States initiated a review of national security procedures which applies to visitors and potential immigrants from seven countries. Ethiopia is not among those seven countries and Ethiopian citizens are not addressed nor affected by the President’s executive order.

    The U.S. Government remains committed to facilitating legitimate travel for international visitors. In fact, in 2016, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa issued more than 18,000 non-immigrant visas, with the majority to Ethiopian applicants.

    For more information on the recent Executive Order or on the application process for U.S. visas: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html

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  • Meet the artist behind Beyonce's pregnancy photo

    Beyonce's pregnancy announcement portrait is now the most liked Instagram post of all time. But who is the artist behind the image?

    The photo of Beyonce wearing a veil and cradling her stomach has now been liked over eight million times.

    This might not be a big deal for the 35-year-old singer. But it's a huge accomplishment for Awol Erizku, the artist who took the famous photo - and the entire series of pregnancy photos that Beyonce has since uploaded to her website.

    Here are five things you should know about him

    Who is he?

    Born in Ethiopia, 28-year-old Awol grew up in the South Bronx area of New York.

    In 2014, he graduated from Yale University with a masters in fine art and his work often fuses photography, video installations and sculpture.

    And while he's now responsible for the most liked picture on Instagram, A

    He has a strange way of using social media to share his work

    If you've tried to find more of his work on Instagram after seeing his portrait of Beyonce, you probably know already that his page is closed for business.

    The 28-year-old treats his Instagram account like an art gallery, where he hosts Instagram-only art shows.

    For example, his account has detail about "gallery" opening hours: timings for when his feed is opened up for public viewing.

    He combines his art with music

    With each of his exhibitions, Awol has released what he calls a conceptual mixtape.

    Think of this as a kind of soundtrack to the artist's latest creations.

    One of Awol's most played mixes was released alongside a film and photo project called Serendipity, which was a response to the Black Lives Matter movement in America.

    wol has a humble following on his own social media accounts.

    Source : BBC

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  • 100 USA Visas per Year for Ethiopia. Donald Trump Signs Executive Order

    The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has signed an executive order placing a quota on the number of visas to be issued by the United States Embassy in Addis Ababa to Ethiopians.

    The executive order, which bans seven countries from visiting the United States granted Ethiopia only 100 visas per year. This means that the embassy is entitled to issue visas to only 100 lucky applicants yearly until may be a new government takes over to make changes to such laws.

    Also, Ethiopians who hold dual nationality will be banned from entering the United States if their other passport is from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen — the seven Muslim-majority countries “of concern”.
    A lot of attention has been on the temporary visa ban on citizens of the seven Muslim-majority countries, but the impact on Ethiopians is far more than previously thought.

    United States visas to the lucky 100 people would be valid for only three months as a clause in the order requires reciprocity.

    Section 9 of the Executive Order states: “The Secretary of State shall review all nonimmigrant visa reciprocity agreements to ensure that they are, with respect to each visa classification, truly reciprocal insofar as practicable with respect to validity period and fees, as required by sections 221(c) and 281 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1201(c) and 1351, and other treatment. If a country does not treat United States nationals seeking nonimmigrant visas in a reciprocal manner, the Secretary of State shall adjust the visa validity period, fee schedule, or other treatment to match the treatment of United States nationals by the foreign country, to the extent practicable…”

    Given that the Trump order takes immediate effect, Ethiopians holding valid long term US visa are most likely to be affected.

     Source: USA Television

     

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  • Ethiopia: Lonely Planet Names Ethiopia Among Top Ten Destinations

    The largest travel guide-book publisher, Lonely Planet, cataloged Ethiopia among the top ten 2017 world tourist destinations.

    The travel publisher indicated that visitors would be overwhelmed by the beauty of country's scenery. It also highlighted the rewarding attractions: "Whether they [tourists] are trekking in the Semien Mountains to watch wildlife that roams nowhere else on Earth, climbing to a church carved into a remote cliff face in Tigray or boating across the serene waters of Lake Tana to visit an age-old monastery.

    The launch of new airline links in 2017 would make the country more accessible than ever and urges tourists to be one of the first to hop on board, it said.

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  • Ethiopia Bunna Sack Nebojša Vučićević, Appoints Gezaghen Ketema as Interim Coach

    Ethiopian Premier League club Ethiopia Bunna have sacked Serbian manager Nebojša Vučićević after a dreadful start of the season. 

    The club confirmed the news on their official Facebook page by noting further details will be communicated in the coming days regarding Vučićević’s dismissal.

    Assistant trainer Gezaghen Ketema assumed the coaching role as former club captain Edelu Dereje become assistant coach.

    It has been a rocky road for the former Partizan Belgrade attacker Vučićević. His Ethiopia Bunna side managed to win only two ties out of the 9 league encounters. The trainer saw his side losing an away game against newly promoted side Woldia SC last Friday just days after beating arch rivals Kidus Giorgis in Sheger Derby. A series of unimpressive results are believed to trigger the Serbs dismissal.

    Read more at: SoccerEthiopia.net

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  • Yegna, Ethiopia's 'Spice Girls', lose UK funding

    British taxpayers' money will no longer be used to fund a five-member Ethiopian girl band, the government has said.

    International Development Secretary Priti Patel announced a review of the funding last month after reports that pop group Yegna received £5.2m.
    Girl Effect, the Ethiopian group which manages Yegna and promotes women's rights in the country, said its aims had been "wilfully misrepresented". But the government said there are "more effective ways" to invest UK aid.

    Yegna has been the subject of a long-running campaign by the Daily Mail. It dubbed the band "Ethiopia's Spice Girls" saying that grants to the group were a waste of money.

    The UK's Department for International Development said its partnership with Girl Effect has ended following the review, but insisted that "empowering women and girls around the world remains a priority". It said the decision had not been influenced by press coverage of Yegna.

    "We judge there are more effective ways to invest UK aid," a spokeswoman said, adding that the government will "deliver even better results for the world's poorest and value for taxpayers' money".

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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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