Saturday, October 3, 2015

Russian Federation approved ground troops to be deployed in Syria

 According to the news from SPEISA Russian Duma (congress) approved ground troops to be deployed in Syria, and they will be fighting alongside Syrian government troops to eradicate ISIS in the country.
A surgical airstrike by Russian fighter jets has knocked out the battle headquarters of a jihadist group near Raqqa, according to Russian Defense Ministry. Operating from the Khmeimim airbase, the Russian Air Force continues to inflict pinpoint strikes on Islamic State installations, RT reports.

“Over the past 24 hours, Sukhoi Su-34 and Su-24M fighter jets have performed 20 sorties and hit nine Islamic State installations,” Igor Konashenkov, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman, reported.

Konashenkov added that yesterday evening Russian aircraft went on six sorties, inflicting strikes on three terrorist installations.

“A bunker-busting BETAB-500 air bomb dropped from a Sukhoi Su-34 bomber near Raqqa has eliminated the command post of one of the terror groups, together with an underground storage facility for explosives and munitions,” the spokesman said.

A terrorist command center was destroyed by Su-24-M and Su-25 attack aircrafts near the town of Khan Shaykhun in Idlib province.

In the Al-Latamna district of Hama Governorate, guided air bombs delivered from Su-34 bombers blew up a militant’s underground HQ, the Defense Ministry said.

Su-25 aircraft also targeted two bunkers in the same area which had been hosting Islamic State command centers and arm depots. According to the ministry, munitions at one of the depots detonated and caused a total destruction of the bunkers.

On Thursday, the Defense Ministry had to address concerns sounded by the Western politicians and media that Russian bombardment actually targeted democratic Syrian opposition forces, instead of IS, and led to civilian casualties.

The ministry stressed that it’s after IS in Syria, adding that all airstrikes are based on accurate intelligence data and take place away from residential areas.

Also the Syrian government is fed up with alleged lies from Washington:

"There isn’t a grain of truth in John Kerry’s statement the Assad government isn’t trying to stop ISIS; the Syrian army has been fighting terrorists, while the West watched the country being destroyed", says Syrian presidential adviser Bouthaina Shaaban.

Russian aviation has been carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State and other terrorist groups in Syria since Wednesday.

This week the Russian Duma also approved ground troops to be deployed in Syria, and they will be fighting alongside Syrian government troops to eradicate ISIS in the country. Source  ( SPEISA)

Ethiopia plans to export natural gas in 3 to 5 years

A government official in Ethiopia says his country will begin exporting natural gas in three to five years following the discovery of huge reserves in the country's Somali region.
Ethiopian Mines Minister Tolossa Shagi said Friday the country expects to make in excess of $1 billion in annual foreign exchange earnings from gas exports.
Tolossa said a Chinese company has discovered 4.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and that the country will start exporting gas after satisfying local demand.
He said security has been beefed up to avoid an attack similar to a 2007 incident in which 65 Ethiopian and nine Chinese oil and gas workers were killed by suspected rebels operating in the region.  Source ( AP)

Friday, October 2, 2015

El Nino affect 7.5 million Ethiopians and put them under immediate food need, says official

  The  number of hungry Ethiopians needing food aid has risen sharply due to poor rains and the El Nino weather phenomenon with around 7.5 million people now in need, aid officials said Friday. That number has nearly doubled since August, when the United Nations said 4.5 million were in need—with the UN now warning that without action some “15 million people will require food assistance” next year, more than inside war-torn Syria. “Without a robust response supported by the international community, there is a high probability of a significant food insecurity and nutrition disaster,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA, said in a report. The UN children’s agency, Unicef, warns over 300,000 children are severely malnourished. The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), which makes detailed technical assessments of hunger, predicted a harvest “well below average” in its latest report. “Unusual livestock deaths continue to be reported,” FEWS NET said. “With smaller herds, few sellable livestock, and almost no income other than charcoal and firewood sales, households are unable to afford adequate quantities of food.” Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous nation, borders the Horn of Africa nation of Somalia, where some 855,000 people face need “life-saving assistance”, according to the UN, warning that 2.3 million more people there are “highly vulnerable”. El Nino comes with a warming in sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific, and can cause unusually heavy rains in some parts of the world and drought elsewhere.
Hardest-hit areas are Ethiopia’s eastern Afar and southern Somali regions, while water supplies are also unusually low in central and eastern Oromo region. Food insecurity is a sensitive issue in Ethiopia, hit by famine in 1984-85 after extreme drought. Today, Ethiopia’s government would rather its reputation was its near-double-digit economic growth and huge infrastructure investment—making the country one of Africa’s top-performing economies and a magnet for foreign investment. Still, nearly 20 million Ethiopians live below the $1.25 poverty line set by the World Bank, with the poorest some of the most vulnerable to weather challenges. Ethiopia’s government has mobilised $33 million (30 million euros) in emergency aid, but the UN says it needs $237 million. Minster for Information Redwan Hussein told reporters at a recent press conference that Ethiopia is doing what it can. “The support from donor agencies has not yet arrived in time to let us cope with the increasing number of the needy population,” he said. Source ( Mail and Guardian Africa )

Thursday, October 1, 2015

International Coffee Day: Do you know what’s in your favorite cup?

ለኣቦል ቡና ወዳጆች ኦክቶበር  1, 2015   ባለም ኣቀፍ ደረጃ የቡና ቀን እንደሆነ ታውቃላችሁ??   በዚህ ቀንስ የቡና ፍሬ የተገኘባት የመጀመሪያዋ ኣገር ኢትዮጵያ እንደሆነች ባለም ኣቀፍ ደረጃ መጠቀሷንስ ያውቃሉ ?  

Thursday, 1 October is the first official International Coffee Day, as the world and YOUR AREA come together to celebrate our favourite - filtered or instant - hot brown drink.
Confusingly, in many countries, 29 September has been celebrated as an unofficial day or a ‘National Coffee Day’.
But now the International Coffee Organization has decided to make an official date, commenting, on the subject of multiple celebrations: “That’s ok - every day is a good day for coffee, after all.
“It is an opportunity for coffee lovers to share their love of the beverage and support the millions of farmers whose livelihoods depend on the aromatic crop.”
Coffee facts:
Coffee beans are actually the pit of a berry, making them a fruit.
Coffee is thought to have originated in Ethiopia, and was first cultivated by Arabs during the 14th century.
There are two types of coffee beans: Arabica and Robusta, seventy percent are Arabica, while Robusta is slightly bitterer and has twice as much caffeine. appuccino - A cappuccino is equal parts espresso, steamed milk and foamed milk (about 60 ml each).

But do you know exactly what’s in your favourite type of coffee? Here’s a guide to how each one is made:
Espresso - A small but strong shot of caffeine, usually about 30ml. Cappuccino - A cappuccino is equal parts espresso, steamed milk and foamed milk (about 60 ml each).
Ristretto - A ristretto is a very concentrated espresso shot, only 22ml.
Americano - If you like the taste of espresso, but are left wanting more, an Americano is a 30ml shot of espresso but with twice the amount of water (60ml).
Doppio - Doppio, meaning ‘double’ in Italian, gives you a 60ml shot rather than the regular 30ml.

Latte - The latte gets its name because it’s full of milk, generally a 60ml shot of espresso with 300ml steamed milk - and only 2ml foamed milk.  Source (Hartlepool Mail)