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Addis Ababa February 07/2018 Global experts produced a new comprehensive integrated pest management guide to fight the spread of Fall Armyworm (FAW), a critical food security threat in Africa, USAID said in a press release.

 The guide is expected to help scientists, plant protection organizations, extension agencies, research institutions and governments working with farmers tackle the spread of the pest in Africa.    

 FAW poses a serious threat to food security and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farm households in Africa, due to its rapid spread and distinctive ability to inflict widespread damage across multiple crops.

 FAW is an invasive crop pest that can feed on 80 different crop species including maize, a staple food consumed by more than 300 million farm families.

 The pest first confirmed in Africa in 2016.

 Experts warned that the emergence and rapid spread of the pest in Africa seriously threatens the food and income security of hundred millions of smallholder farmers.

 If proper control measures are not implemented, it could cause extensive maize yield losses, estimated between 3.6 billion and 6.2 billion USD per year across 12 maize producing African countries.

 Over the past couple of years, FAW has been spreading across many countries in Africa including Ethiopia.

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 14:00

OPDO Central Committee Replaces 14 MembersCouncil

Addis Ababa  February 07/ 2018 The Central Committee of the Oromo Peoples Democratic Organization (OPDO) has decided to replace 14 members of the Council of the OPDO/EPRDF.

 The Organization that has been engaged in a thorough discussion for ten days has also decided to suspend four members of the central committee until the next assembly.

 The Committee has also provided a warning to a member of the Central Committee, the Organization told ENA in a press statement.

 The Organization has passed the decision to ensure accountability, and sustaining the strength of the organization.

 In its ten days deliberations, OPDO has emphasized the need to work in an integrated manner to sustain the ongoing development and maintain peaceful coexistence among the people.

 It has discussed and put direction on the need to listen to the queries of the public and take rectifying measures. 

 The Organization has given emphasis during the discussions on the need to take measures on problems that challenge the federal system; ensure fair wealth distribution, participatory political system, and benefit of the public. 

 The Committee has also emphasized the need to strengthen the relationship with other national parties of the EPRDF thereby strive together to realize the common goal. 

 It emphasized THE need to fight practices that could endanger the federal system including corruption and corrupt practices, as well as maladministration, and abuse of power together with the public.

 Noting the loss of lives and property damage due to conflicts, the Committee emphasized the need to take the responsibility for the problems and appropriate rectifying measures.  

 Rehabilitating Ethnic Oromos who displaced from the Somali regional state due to conflicts, reducing youth unemployment and improving livelihoods, ensuring good governance and rule of law are among the priorities of the Organization. 

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Addis Ababa February 06/2018 Ethiopian Airlines Group and SKYTRAX certified Four Star Global Airlines have postponed the commencement of direct flight from Addis Ababa to Chicago by a week.

The direct flight which was to start from June 2, 2018 will be effective as of June 9, 2018, according to the amendment of Ethiopian Airlines sent to ENA today. 

West bound passengers from the entire continent of Africa will connect to Chicago and beyond through our Addis Ababa hub in the late evenings, Ethiopian press release said, adding that East bound travelers from USA will also connect to all over Africa in the morning through Addis.

In both cases, the connectivity is designed in such a way that we are able to avail one of the shortest total travel times for our customers, it stated.

The direct flight to Chicago will be filling a critical air connectivity vacuum as Ethiopian's flights will be the only direct service between Chicago and Africa. Besides, the release noted that Chicago is the main hub of Ethiopian's Star Alliance partner; United Airlines and the flight will be operated together with United to avail the best product for travelers from all over the US connecting to more than 55 destinations in Africa.

The flight will further boost the growing economic and people-to-people relations between the U.S. and Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular by enabling greater flow of trade, investment and tourism.

The route will be operated with a Boeing 787, one of the most technologically advanced aircraft in the carrier’s fleet family, featuring up-to-date amenities with redefined travel experiences.

Ethiopian is the pioneer African flag carrier that started service to the Americas in 1998.

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Addis Ababa February 06/2018 Ethiopian Airlines Group and SKYTRAX certified Four Star Global Airline will commence direct flight from Addis Ababa to Chicago effective June 2, 2018. 

West bound passengers from the entire continent of Africa will connect to Chicago and beyond through our Addis Ababa hub in the late evenings, Ethiopian press release said, adding that East bound travelers from USA will also connect to all over Africa in the morning through Addis.

In both cases, the connectivity is designed in such a way that we are able to avail one of the shortest total travel times for our customers, it stated.

The direct flight to Chicago will be filling a critical air connectivity vacuum as Ethiopian's flights will be the only direct service between Chicago and Africa. Besides, the release noted that Chicago is the main hub of Ethiopian's Star Alliance partner, United Airlines and the flight will be operated together with United to avail the best product for travelers from all over the US connecting to more than 55 destinations in Africa.

The flight will further boost the growing economic and people-to-people relations between the U.S. and Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular by enabling greater flow of trade, investment and tourism.

The route will be operated with a Boeing 787, one of the most technologically advanced aircraft in the carrier’s fleet family, featuring up-to-date amenities with redefined travel experiences.

Ethiopian is the pioneer African flag carrier starting service to the Americas in 1998.

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