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  • CECAFA Cup: Ethiopia 1 Uganda 1

    The Walias of Ethiopia drew 1-1 with Uganda Cranes in their last Group B match of the CECAFA Championship on Sunday. 

    Walias were leading 1-0 thanks to a goal by Abubaker Sani 22 minutes into the first half but Derrick Nsibambi leveled the score when he scored just four minutes before regulation time. 

    So, after three matches Uganda leads the group with 5 points followed by Burundi and Ethiopia with 4 points each. However the lead could be temporary as Burundi, which has a game at hand, can easily collect three points on Monday when they face last-placed South Sudan. The latter has lost its first two games by much wider margins (3-0 against Ethiopia and 5-1 against Uganda). 

    Ethiopia's chance of advancing is virtually over as Burundi, which has a better goal difference (+3) than Ethiopia, needs to lose by 4 goals on Monday - an impossible task for South Sudan to achieve.


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  • arises how the cup winners president

    The environmental, social and financial crisesEthiopian Football Federation cancels the on 2012 Ethiopian knock out championship. Dedebit books CAF Cup place after a majority vote. Despite the cancellation of the event the federation plans two leg showdowns. Knock out cup for free and who may be lucky next season? The question arises among football fans.
    In a meeting called at Ghion Hotel to brainstorm ideas among the premier league sides the federation sailed through the not so disturbed water to safely dock home leaving football fans to shock surprise. The biggest shock is the cancellation of the long standing annual tournament that is a ticket to CAF Cup  international fixture. Although opposition rise from two sides mainly from Electric and Commercial Bank that the tournament should resume leaving out national team selectees, the federation decide for a vote after Coffee’s number one Lieutenant Fekade Mamo’s speech of acceptance on behalf of the national side a game away from booking a cup final place after three decades. Seven against two, Dedebit takes the knockout championship honor and take part at the confederation cup. A winners cup showdown also takes place between league champion Saint George and knock out winner Dedebit FC. Electric and Banks demand of why the event dosn’t take place without national teamers for every side has a registered 30 players no one appear to give consideration and the majority ruled the day. The question to have the chance to participate in CECAFA club cup likely Ethiopia the host present by Electric but to no avail for the federation president Ato Sahlu replayed it is to be seen in due times. When the question arises how the cup winners president replayed because the federation needs to collect money from the two leg events. Although it is hard to understand the bizarre situation, EFF gets away without a scratch and promised the participants the executive body is ready to perform better in the new season.


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  • The environmental, social and financial crises

    he International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) urge governments to invest in resilience, strengthen local control over natural resources, and apply realistic values to the environment and human wellbeing in order to steer societies onto a more secure path. 
    The call comes in a paper published by IIED’s director Camilla Toulmin, ahead of the Rio+20 conference in Brazil next month, when world leaders will meet to agree ways to tackle the environment and development challenges facing humanity. IIED recommends action in three areas areamong others; Local control: Evidence shows that local control of natural assets is the best way to ensure strong investment in and sustainable use of forests, water, soils and other resources, in ways that create jobs, profits and secure livelihoods in both rural and urban areas. “When governments recognise the rights and organisations of local communities, they encourage long-term decision-making, and sustainable management of key assets. It’s also a better option for outside investors, since returns need to be balanced to generate long term stable outcomes,” says Toulmin; Investing in Resilience: Environmental, economic and social shocks are becoming more common and include climatic extremes, volatile food and fuel prices, and financial instability. Governments can build resilience to such shocks with policies that prioritise long-term adaptive capacity, more diverse economic activities, and climate-resilient growth. “Decentralised energy supplies, new approaches to urban density, inclusive business models, and greater accountability in global institutions are among the building blocks of resilience to the shocks tend to hit the poorest and most vulnerable communities hardest,” says Toulmin; and Realistic valuation: Today, true environmental costs and benefits do not appear on balance sheets, and we use GDP to measure development despite knowing that it does not reflect human wellbeing and can mask the unsustainable aspects of growth. “We need to change the way we measure progress and address the market failures that today’s false environmental accounting allows to endure. The first and most urgent steps are a significant and rising price on carbon, and an end to fossil fuel subsidies.” says Toulmin.  The paper shows how the June meeting in Rio — the 20th anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit – is an opportunity for leaders to agree change in these three areas.
    “The environmental, social and financial crises that face us are interconnected, and so are their solutions,” says Toulmin. “After four decades of research on the links between the environment and development, IIED has identified three clear policy shifts that are realistic, achievable and effective ways to reshape our future and create a fair, greener and more secure world.”

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  • international standard golf course for Addis


    Addis Ababa, though a seat of many international organizations including the African Union, does not have a full golf course. During the competition held last Saturday, at the Golf Club the Ethiopian Golf Association President Nebyou Samuel indicated that Addis is shortly to have an 18-hole 72-par international standard golf course.

    The former Addis Ababa Golf Association President Abraham Abegaz, the General Manager of Nyala Motors told Capital that Addis Ababa currently only has a nine-hole golf course.

    “A full course, with 18 holes is under construction. The number of players is increasing day by day. In the past mostly foreigners played but now 80 percent of the players are Ethiopians,” he added. 

    The golf Club at the Old Airport area had full course at the time of Emperor Hailselassie. The military junta made it a half course with the belief that golf is a game played exclusively by the ruling bourgeoisie class. So a warehouse was built on half of the golf course to store some military equipment.

    After the fall of the Derg, the warehouse was demolished and the Ministry of Defense decided to construct the full course citing the games importance for young Ethiopians. The association said that the construction will help attract more participation.

    A single course takes between 800,000 to one million square meters of plot. Covering the full length of the pitch requires endurance. In this sense one could say that playing golf is a very important activity for a human body. So it is sad to understand that neighbouring Kenya has 40 golf courses. But Ethiopia with a population of over 80 million has only one half course.

    Meanwhile in the golf competition held at the Golf Club last Saturday, Abraham Abegaz came out an over all Addis Ababa golf winner. Abraham has played golf for the last 25 years. At the tournament that drew 70 contenders, Elias Wolde won the first place in Group A leaving behind Natty Fantahun and Berhane Negash to take the second and third places, respectively. The fourth place was won by General Samora Yunus, Chief of Staff of the Armed forces.

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