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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Search Results for "Waste Management In Hawassa"

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Inadequate management of healthcare waste is a serious concern in many developing countries due to the risks posed to human health and the environment. This study aimed to evaluate healthcare waste management in Hawassa city, Ethiopia. The study was conducted in nine healthcare facilities (HCFs) including hospitals (four), health centres (two) and higher clinics (three) in two phases, first to assess the waste management aspect and second to determine daily waste generation rate. The result showed that the ... 
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Today’s coffee was grown and harvested by smallholder farmers who belong to the Abela Galuko Cooperative, which falls under the Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (SCFCU).
Located in the Sidama region of southern Ethiopia, SCFCU began representing small-scale farmers in 2001 and has since grown to become the second largest coffee producing cooperative union in Ethiopia. The majority of its member coops are organic and Fair Trade certified and nearly all their coffee is grown in the shade of diverse, indigenous trees. Approximately 5,000 tons of sidamo coffee is produced per year, 95% of which is washed.
Harvest time occurs between September to December depending on the coffee’s altitude and rainfall. After the families harvest the cherries, they sell them to the primary cooperatives for wet processing. There are approximately 220 wet processing centers, 92 of which are owned by members of the coops. The dried parchment is sthen stored in a warehouse until delivery to the central market in Addis Ababa where the husk is removed and the clean beans are packaged for export.
Cooperative Coffees began importing unwashed Sidama coffee directly from Sidama Union in 2009.
Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Ethiopia Sidama SCFCU, from Higher Grounds Trading Company in Traverse City, Michigan. Feel free to pull up a chair.


region: Sidama, Ethiopia
farm: N/A
producer: smallholder farmers
association: Abela Galuko Cooperative
elevation: 1800 meters above sea level
cultivars: Ethiopia Heirloom
process: fully washed, patio dried
certifications: Fair Trade, Organic, Rainforest Alliance


method: Hario V60
grind: 18, Preciso
coffee: 28 g
water: 450 mL
bloom: 1:15
pour: 2:30 concentric pulse pour


The aroma of this Sidama is definitely that of a natural processed Ethiopian coffee. It is hugely bombastic, bright and lively, super fruity, and features floral nuances. Chocolate, blueberry, cherry, watermelon Jolly Rancher, rose, and violet.
Wow. Taking my first few sips of the cup immediately post-brew, I have to say—I wasn’t at all expecting the coffee that my palate is presented; it’s certainly not the same as the coffee my nose found. The aroma profile portrayed this coffee as bright and lively, but the flavor profile is deep, dark, bitter, full-bodied, and gritty with a heavy, syrupy texture that is characterized by bitter dark chocolate, soily earth, grape jelly, and a bit of roastiness.
There’s a roastiness that tastes of smoke and copper and flavors of earth all the way through this coffee and, unfortunately, it rests at the forefront of every sip. There is a huge surge of syrupy blueberry, cherry, candied watermelon, and a zesty citrus rind acidity that comes from under it and attempts to break through the dense upper crust, but they don’t have much luck. Which is weird, because the roastiness really isn’t even all that bad.
Full body; syrupy mouthfeel; citrus acidity; slightly dry finish.


I have to say, I was really disappointed in this coffee. Not because it was a bad coffee—it’s not a bad coffee at all; it’s just not as good as it could be.
Higher Grounds Trading Company’s Ethiopia Sidama SCFCU, as it is, provides a really solid, middle of the road cupping experience. That experience, though, isn’t reflective of the bean’s potential. If it weren’t for the “cooked” flavor of this coffee, it would have been a much different—a much better—tasting experience.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Large Industrial Zone to Be Built in Hawassa

A large industry zone is going to be constructed in the capital of Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples State, Hawassa City.
The industrial zone is going to be set up as a contribution to make Ethiopia, within the coming ten years, a leading light manufacturing country from the entire African continent.
Ethiopia is working to make urban areas centers of industries and to this effect it has active projects in Dire Dawa, Kombolcha, Addis Ababa and Hawassa.
Lemi Industrialized Zone, found in the nation’s capital city, is almost complete and space is being allocated for foreign investors.
According to the State Minister of Industry, Mebrhatu Meles, preliminary study to set up an industrial zone in Hawassa has been finalized.
Establishing an industrial zone in Hawassa is expected to facilitate the export of value added agricultural products in the locality. In addition to this it is said the industrial zone will enhance Hawassa’s service and tourism sector.

African Human Rights Need More Commitment

AFRICA has to make stronger commitments to human rights issues if the continent is to make economic and democratic advances and benefit from its positive spin-offs, says the President of the African Court for Human and Peoples' Rights (AfCHPR), Justice Augustino Ramadhani.
In his opening remarks at the national sensitisation seminar on the promotion of the African Court of Human and Peoples' Rights in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday, AfCHPR President added that the success of Africa's Agenda 2063 would depend largely on the importance given to the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human and peoples' rights on the continent.
"History teaches us that respect for human rights, the promotion of human development and the consolidation of peace, coupled with good political and economic governance are conditions sine qua non for any meaningful development," he told over 100 delegates drawn from various governments, Ambassadors, non-government organizations, lawyers, students, media and human rights organisations and activists, among others, according to AfCHPR press release availed to the Independent East African News Agency.
He called for continental support for the Arusha-based AfCHPR, the only judicial arm of the African Union (AU).
"The effectiveness of the Court requires the support of all stakeholders, in particular, member states of the AU," Justice Ramadhani empahsised.
He noted that since the Protocol establishing the Court was adopted in 1998, only 28 of the 54 AU member states have ratified it, adding that out of these, only seven countries have made declarations allowing individuals and NGOs to bring cases directly to the Court.
These are: Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Rwanda and hosts Tanzania. Director General, International Legal Affairs Ethiopia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Reta Alemu Nega stated that Africa has now stood up to its responsibilities in the promotion and protection of human rights.
"Steps have been taken over the last five decades to introduce legislative and institutional frameworks in relation to human rights. One of the achievements in this regard is the adoption of the African Charter on Human and People's Rights and the creation of the African Commission to follow up on the implementation," he said.
The increasing awareness of the African people on the African Human Rights System, he stressed, was a significant step in strengthening the protection mechanism put in place.
President of the Lawyers Association of Ethiopia, Mr Wendimagegnehu Gabre- Sellasie stressed that in order for the Court to achieve its objectives, it has to work hand in hand with member states, state parties to the Charter and the Protocol, professional associations, among other stakeholders.
He also noted that the success of the Court as a human rights protection mechanism would require a wider ratification of the Protocol, as well as acceptance of the competence of the Court, by making the Declaration.
Later on, Justice Gerald Niyungeko from Burundi, member and former President of the Court, made a detailed presentation on the Court and responded to myriad of questions in the one-day session which was chaired by the Vice- President of the Court, Lady Justice Elsie Thompson from Nigeria.
A delegation of the Court also paid courtesy calls on senior government officials of Ethiopia, including the Minister for Justice, the House of Representatives, Federal Supreme Court and Ethiopian Human Rights Commission to brief on the work of the Court and encourage the country to ratify the Protocol.
Source: allAfrica.com

Saturday, November 22, 2014

ሙስናን በክልሎች ለመከላከል መንግሥት የፖለቲካ ውሳኔ መስጠት አለበት ተባለ

‹‹በፌዴራል ሥርዓት ውስጥ ጣልቃ መግባት ሕገ መንግሥቱን መጣስ ነው››
አቶ አስመላሽ ወልደ ሥላሴ
በክልሎች፣ ብልሹ አሠራርና ሙስናን ለመከላከል፣ የክልል የሥነ ምግባርና የፀረ ሙስና ኮሚሽኖች በአመራሮች ተፅዕኖ በአግባቡ መሥራት ባለመቻላቸው የፌዴራል መንግሥት ፖለቲካዊ ውሳኔ እንደሚያስፈልግ የፌዴራል የሥነ ምግባር የፀረ ሙስና ኮሚሽን አሳሰበ፡፡
ኮሚሽኑ የአገር አቀፍ የፀረ ሙስና ጥምረት ሥራ አስፈጻሚ ኮሚቴ አሥረኛ መደበኛ ስብሰባውን ኅዳር 11 ቀን 2007 ዓ.ም. በሸራተን አዲስ ለግማሽ ቀን ባካሄደት ወቅት እንደገለጸው፣ በየክልሉ ያሉ የሥነ ምግባርና የፀረ ሙስና ተቋማት በነፃነት እንዳይሠሩ የክልሎቹ አመራሮች ተፅዕኖ እያደረሱባቸው መሆኑን አስታውቋል፡፡
በጠቅላይ ሚኒስትሩ የሕግና አስተዳደር ጉዳዮች አማካሪ ሚኒስትር ዴኤታ በአቶ አስመላሽ ወልደሥላሴ ሰብሳቢነት በተካሄደው አሥረኛ መደበኛ ስብሰባ ላይ የተወሰኑ ባለድርሻ አካላት ብቻ ተገኝተዋል፡፡
የአገር አቀፍ የፀረ ሙስና ጥምረትና የፌዴራልና የክልል የሥነ ምግባርና የፀረ ሙስና ኮሚሽኖች የ2006 በጀት ዓመት ሥራ አፈጻጸም ሪፖርት ካቀረቡ በኋላ፣ በተገኙት ጥቂት ባለድርሻ አካላት የተለያዩ ጥያቄዎች ተነስተዋል፡፡ በተለይ በአፋር፣ በቤኒሻንጉል ጉሙዝና በሶማሌ ክልሎች የፀረ ሙስና ተቋማት በነፃነት እየሠሩ እንዳልሆነና ያላቸውን ከፍተኛ ሀብት እንደ አገር መጠቀም አለመቻሉን ተሳታፊዎቹ ተናግረዋል፡፡ በክልል የሚገኙ አመራሮች እነሱ እንዲከሰስ የፈለጉትን የኮሚሽኑ ኃላፊዎች ካልከሰሱ ወይም መከሰስ የሌለባቸውን ከሰው ከተገኙ፣ ከኃላፊነታቸው እንደሚያነሷቸውና በፈለጉት ቦታ እንደሚመድቧቸው ጠቁመዋል፡፡
በአሁኑ ጊዜ የአፋር ክልል የሥነ ምግባርና የፀረ ሙና ኮሚሽን ኃላፊ እንደሌለው የጠቆሙት የስብሰባው ተሳታፊዎች፣ የሶማሌ ክልልም ኮሚሽነሩን በማንሳት ያለተቆጣጣሪ እንደሚገኝ አስረድተዋል፡፡ 
የፌዴራል የሥነ ምግባርና የፀረ ሙስና ኮሚሽን ክልሎች ማንን መሾምና  ማንን መሻር እንዳለባቸው የሚያዝ ሥልጣን እንደሌለው የገለጹት አስተያየት ሰጪዎቹ የፌዴራል ሥርዓቱ የፈቀደውን ዕድል በአግባቡ እየተጠቀሙበት አለመሆኑን ጠቁመዋል፡፡
ክልሎቹ በተለይ አፋርና ቤንሻንጉል ጉሙዝ ባለሀብቶችን የመሳብ ኃይል ቢኖራቸውም፣ ባለሀብቶቹ ተማምነው ሀብታቸውን ለማፍሰስ የተቸገሩበት ሁኔታ እንዳለም አክለዋል፡፡
በቤንሻንጉል ጉሙዝ በዕምነበረድ ማዕድን ሥራ የተሰማሩ ባለሀብቶች ሕጋዊ መንገድን ተከትለው ለመሥራት ቆርጠው የተነሱ ቢሆንም በዶማና ባካፋ የሚሠሩ የአካባቢው ነዋሪዎች ከሹማምንቱ ጋር ባላቸው የጥቅም ግንኙነት የማዕድን ቦታውን የወሰዱት በመሆኑ፣ ሀብቱን በአግባቡ ተጠቅሞ አገር የሚያስፈልገውን ገቢ እንዳያገኝ እየተደረገ መሆኑን አንድ የስብሳባው ተሳታፊ ገልጸዋል፡፡ 
ክልሉም ከማዕድን ማግኘት የሚገባውን ገቢ ማግኘት አለመቻሉንም አክለዋል፡፡ የክልሎቹ አመራሮች የፀረ ሙስና ኮሚሽነሮቹን ከማጠናከር ይልቅ በማዳከም ላይ በመሆናቸው፣ አፋጣኝ የፖለቲካ ውሳኔ ካልተሰጠበት በክልሉ የሚኖረው የሙስናና የብልሹ አሠራር ተባብሶ እንደሚቀጥል ሥጋታቸውን አስረድተዋል፡፡ ሌሎቹም ክልሎች አፈጻጸማቸው ከጊዜ ጊዜ የተለያየ መሆኑንና ከሦስቱ ክልሎች አንፃር ሲታይ የተሻሉ ቢሆኑም፣ በእነሱም ላይ ክትትል ማድረግና አመራር መስጠት ተገቢ መሆኑን ተሳታፊዎቹ ተናግረዋል፡፡
የጠቅላይ ሚኒስትሩ የሕግና አስተዳደር ጉዳዮች ሚኒስትር ዴኤታ አቶ አስመላሽ ወልደ ሥላሴ፣ ‹‹መንግሥት ፖለቲካዊ ውሳኔ መስጠት አለበት›› ለሚለው አስተያየት በሰጡት ምላሽ፣ ክልሎች የራሳቸውን ችግር በራሳቸው መፍታት አለባቸው፣ በፌዴራሊዝም ሥርዓት ውስጥ ፌደራል መንግሥት ጣልቃ መግባት አይችልም፤ ጣልቃ ከገባ ሕገ መንግሥቱን መጣስ ይሆናል፤›› ካሉ በኋላ ያለባቸው ችግር ተጠንቶ ለውይይት ከቀረበ በውይይት ላይ በማንሳት የሚስተካከልበትን ሁኔታ መፈለግ እንደሚቻል አስረድተዋል፡፡ 
የፌደራል የሥነ ምግባርና የፀረ ሙስና ኮሚሽን በተለይ በአገልግሎት ዘርፍ የሚታዩትን ብልሹ አሠራሮች እስከ ወረዳ ድረስ ወርዶ መከታተል እንዳለበትም አስተያየት ሰጪዎቹ ተናግረዋል፡፡ በፍርድ ቤቶች የተፋጠነ ፍትሕ የማግኘት መብት በተለያየ ምክንያቶች እየተጓተተና ሕዝቡ እየተማረረ እንደሚገኝ፣ መከሰስ የሌለበት ሰው ተከሶ ሲንገላታ ከከረመ በኋላ ነፃ መባሉ ደግሞ አግባብ አለመሆኑንም ጠቁመዋል፡፡ የኮሚሽኑ ዓቃቤ ሕግ የክስ አመሠራረት ብቃት እንደሚጎድለውና ሌሎችም ይታያሉ የተባሉ ችግሮች በውይይቱ ተነስተዋል፡፡ ውይይቱን ከአቶ አስመላሽ ጋር በመሆን የመሩት ኮሚሽነር ዓሊ ሱሌይማን ሲሆኑ፣ የኢትዮጵያ ሠራተኞች ማኅበራት ኮንፈደሬሽን ፕሬዚዳንት አቶ ካሳሁን ፎሎን ጨምሮ የተወሰኑ ተቋማት ተወካዮች በስብሰባው ታድመዋል፡፡ 

የውጭ እና የኣገር ውስጥ ባለሃብቶች በሲዳማ ዞኑ ውስጥ በተለያዩ የልማት መስኮች እንድሰማሩ በዞኑ ኣስተዳደር የሚደረገው ጥረት በቂ ነው ብለው ያምናሉ?