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  • Ethiopia launches its first geothermal well

    Ethiopia has launched its first geothermal well which was drilled and has successfully discharged steam. The project which was part of the Aluto Langano Geothermal Project supported by the Japanese government was started in 2010.

    Ethiopia’s Water, Irrigation and Energy Minister Alemayehu Tegenu and Japanese Ambassador Kazuhiro Suzuki were present to launch the geothermal well.

    According to the Japanese Embassy Press release, the project was launched in 2010 with financial assistance from the Government of Japan and the World Bank, and has been implemented jointly by the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), the Geological Survey of Ethiopia (GSE) and Japan International Cooperation System (JICS) and West Japan Engineering Consultants (West JEC).

    Source: constructionreviewonline.com

     

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  • St. Cloud woman wants to be Somalia’s first female president

    ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A St. Cloud woman is laying the groundwork to run for the presidency of Somalia.

    Anab Dahir, a medical clinic interpreter who has lived in St. Cloud since 2008, believes the time she has spent in the U.S., gaining experience and education, will aid in her goal of repairing her native country. She’s already spreading the word among friends, family and colleagues in anticipation of the elections next year.

    “I think the country needs me … and other people like me,” Dahir said.

    A few other women, including Fadumo Dayib of Finland, also are hoping to become the first female president of Somali, the St. Cloud Times  reported.

    “My goal is, I want to be the woman who is challenging the man,” Dahir said, adding that men haven’t succeeded in rebuilding the country over the past 25 years.

    “Now, it’s the turn of women,” she said.

    Dahir is confident that she has the qualities necessary for the job.

    Source: www.twincities.com

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  • Performance art in Addis

                    

    Performance art is an essentially contested concept: any single definition of it implies the recognition of rival uses.

    Like concepts regarding "democracy" or "art", it implies productive disagreement with itself. Performance may be either scripted or unscripted, random or carefully orchestrated, spontaneous or otherwise carefully planned with or without audience participation. Now, this art form is on its way to becoming popular in Ethiopia, writes Tibebeselassie Tigabu. 

    Many spectators who are used to mainstream media know the grandmother of performance art, Serbian Marina Abramovic, and her recent collaboration with the renowned rapper Jay-Z in a video entitled Picasso Baby.  

    Inspired by one of her projects, “The artist is present”, where the artist sits immobile and silent in a museum for three months, 736 hours and 30 minutes. Spectators were invited to take turns sitting opposite her.

    By far this is not her most bizarre performance art piece. The artist has tested the most visceral experiences of art. She has volunteered her body for a self-designed study on torture. In her famous 1974 installation, “Rhythm 0”, she laid out 72 items on a table and invited the audience to use them on her body in any way they want. 

    Among the objects were a feather, a rose, a braided whip, scissors, a nail, a scalpel and a gun with a single bullet. After six hours of passive acceptance to participants’ cutting her clothes, trying to mutilate her in increasing acts of cruelty, an audience member reached for the gun and shot her. Her blood spilling, the performance came to an end. She was quoted saying, “If you leave it up to the audience, they can kill you.” 

    Many other performance artists, like Abramovic, also pushed the limit; they were subjected to pain and torture; they were shot, burned, disfigured, and mutilated; they even ate parts of themselves. The Guardian’s list of the most shocking performance art works includes the Russian artist Petr Pavlensky, who nailed his scrotum to the cobblestone in Red Square to challenge “totalitarianism”.  Another gruesome performance art piece was by Japanese artist Mao Sugiyama, who, in 2012, had his genitals surgically removed to raise awareness of sexual rights and after keeping them in the fridge for a while, he cooked them and served his friends. 

    Looking at these gruesome deeds, one might raise the question of what performance art is. In the 21st century, experts say performance art is an essentially contested concept. There is no rule or guideline, but often challenge the audience to think in new and unconventional ways while breaking conventions of traditional arts. The performers use their body, space, and time and interact with the audience. Co-signing with post-modernism concepts, it challenges the orthodox art forms and cultural norms. The performance art borrows from music, theatre, fine arts, and any form of art to take it one step further by taking its art directly to a public forum. In this instance it eliminates the need for galleries and agents, and rather makes the audience the commentators of the art. 

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    Source: the Ethiopian Reporter

     

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  • “Ethiopia Rising”: High level event held in Addis Ababa

     

    Addis Ababa: July 15, 2015 (FBC) - A High-level Side Event entitled “Ethiopia Rising: Determined to become a Carbon Neutral Middle Income Manufacturing Hubby 2025” was held today (July 14) at Sheraton Addis Hotel, in Addis Ababa.

    The High Level event was one of the most important events held on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development and chaired by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. The High Level event was also attended by Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank. Private sector views from Mr. Zemedeneh Negatu, Ernst and Young Managing Partner for Ethiopia and Ms. Bethelehem Tilahun, Founder and Executive Director of Sole Rebels were presented on the business opportunities and environments in Ethiopia.

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, opening the event, said that the government strongly believes that the private sector is a fundamental partner in the post-2015 development agenda. He calls for the business community, both national and international, to partner and play a central role in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals and in Ethiopia’s vision of becoming a middle-income economy in about a decade’s time. He said achieving and sustaining economic development will fundamentally depend on the extent to which “we can effectively mobilize both domestic and external private sector investments.”

    The Prime Minister who contrasts Ethiopia’s past history of war and instability with its current growth trajectory said “Ethiopia fits naturally into the Africa Rising narrative.” He said Ethiopia’s growth has been inclusive and enabled it to make significant progress in human development.

    The Prime Minister reiterated the Government’s determination to do more in the years ahead as “Ethiopia has crafted a long-term vision of ensuring Ethiopian Renaissance, and a medium term vision of becoming a Carbon Neutral Middle-Income Manufacturing Hub by 2025.” Hence, he said, priority was given in the Second Growth and Transformation Plan to accelerate the process of industrialization and structural transformation, by focusing in particular on job creating manufacturing industries.

    President of the World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, appreciating Ethiopia’s commitment for Climate action, said it was leading the world for low-carbon and equitable growth. The President said Ethiopia’s Climate- Resilient Green Economy Strategy is a real demonstration of its commitment and expressed his confidence that it continues its leadership in climate negotiations.

    On the development achievements of Ethiopia, Dr. Jim Yong Kim noted that Ethiopia has achieved most of the Millennium Development Goals set by the UN fifteen years ago. He commended these achievements saying: with the poverty rate in the country, no one has predicted 15 years ago that Ethiopia would achieve the MDGs. “It is an enormous achievement,” he said.

    Mr. Zemedeneh Negatu, Ernst and Young Managing Partner for Ethiopia highlighted the ten most important reasons to invest in Ethiopia: its fastest economy, its demographic advantage, its rapid urbanization, its business environment to be manufacturing hub of Africa, its infrastructure development, its huge untapped resources, its agriculture, its tourism, its operating environment and its strategic location.

    Ms. Bethelehem Tilahun, Founder and Executive Director of Sole Rebels presented her experience of building climate friendly industry based on local resources and calls for foreign investors to use the opportunities in Ethiopia.

    Source: MoFA

     

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