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  • See China’s Newly Unveiled Maglev Train

    A new high-speed transportation system is taking shape in China.


    On Thursday, state-owned China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) unveiled a prototype for a new high-speed magnetic-levitation — better known as “maglev” — train that could dramatically cut travel times in the nation.

    “The prototype has already achieved static levitation and is in ideal condition,” CRCC Qingdao’s deputy chief engineer Ding Sansan said at a news conference, according to a report by China Daily. “We are building an experimental center and a trial production center for high-speed maglev trains and expect to put them into operation in the second half of the year.”

    Instead of using wheels and a track, a maglev train floats on a magnetically powered cushion of air. This reduces friction and allows the craft to reach incredibly fast speeds, like the 430 kilometers per hour (267 miles per hour) top speed of a maglev already in operation in Shanghai.

    This new design would be able to far exceed the speed of that maglev, reaching a top speed of 600 kilometers per hour (372 miles per hour). Ding used a theoretical journey between Beijing and Shanghai to show how this could dramatically decrease travel times.

    “It takes about four-and-a-half hours by plane including preparation time for the journey; about five-and-a-half hours by high-speed rail, and [would] only [take] about three-and-a-half hours by maglev,” he said, according to a South China Morning Post report.

    [China Daily]


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  • Ethiopia Water and Energy Week Opened by President

    President Sahle-Work Zewde opened the first ever Water and Energy Week in Ethiopia this morning.  In her opening remark, the President emphasized the need to have Cultural

    Revolution to deter problems related to hygiene and sanitation both in rural and urban areas. 
    To this effect, the president underlined the government’s efforts to increase the access to water and energy to foster the socio-economic development of the country.

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  • IOM - UN Migration Appealing for USD 50 Million to Provide to Over 1.5 Mil People in Need in Ethiopia

    IOM - UN Migration is appealing to the international community for USD 50 million to provide #humanitarian and development assistance to 1,504,905 people in need across #Ethiopia.

    The appeal covers IOM’s activities under the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), which include Displacement Tracking Matrix, Shelter/non-food items & Cluster Coordination, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Site Management Support, Rapid Response Fund, Protection, Mental Health & Psychosocial Support, Refugee Movements, Refugee Shelter and Wash and Durable Solutions.

    In accordance with the HRP, the Government of Ethiopia’s (GoE) National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) and the Humanitarian Coordinator estimates that a total of 8.86 million people will need humanitarian assistance throughout the country.

    Furthermore, Ethiopia continues to be the second largest refugee-hosting country in Africa. It is projected that Ethiopia will host 860,000 refugees by the end of 2020, mostly from South Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia. Transportation of newly arrived refugees from border entry points remains critical, as well as the provision of shelter, WASH and livelihood support. (IOM - International Organization for Migration SLO Ethiopia)

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  • Ethiopia expected to export a record-high 240,000 metric tons of coffee in 2019/20

    Ethiopia, Africa’s top coffee producer, is expected to export a record-high 240,000 metric tons of coffee in 2019/20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture attache in Addis Ababa said, as yields improve and the area dedicated to coffee farming increase.

    Production of coffee is expected to rise to 7.35 million tonnes in 2019/20, an 1.4% increase from the 2018/19 season, a USDA report quoted by Reuters noted.

    Exports account for just over half of overall production, and are forecast to grow 0.5% in 2019/20 from the previous year to reach 4 million 60-kg bags. Coffee is Ethiopia’s most important export.

    While supplies are greater this year thanks to higher yields due to better rains and the reduced prevalence of disease, the USDA’s forecasted yield of 0.82 tonnes per hectare comes in well below the government’s target of 1.1 tonnes per hectare, the report noted.

    Meanwhile, domestic demand in Africa’s top coffee consumer is expected to remain robust, with the USDA expecting Ethiopian consumption to rise by 2.4% in 2019/20 compared to 2018/19.

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  • Ethiopia apologises for map that erases Somalia

    (BBC) — “We sincerely regret any confusion and misunderstanding this incident might have caused,” the statement said.

    Somalia had been completely erased from the map, but the self-declared territory of Somaliland – which is not internationally recognised – was shown.

    The neighbours have long been rivals, fighting borders wars in the past.

    But relations between the two countries have improved since Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power last year as he has sought to defuse tensions in the region.

    The map has caused an uproar on social media, with Somalis saying it reveals a wider plan by Ethiopia to annex their country.

    Others hit back, with their own version of a map of Africa, incorporating Ethiopia into Somalia.

    Some have noticed other problems with the map published on the Ethiopian website, for example, it showed that the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo had become one country and it did not show South Sudan, which split from Sudan in 2011.

    There has been no official comment from the Somali government. Former Foreign Minister Yusuf Garaad welcomed the removal of the map, but queried how and why it was drawn in the first place.

    The Ethiopian foreign ministry’s statement said it was unsure how the “unacceptable” map had “crept in on the website”, which is currently offline, but said its technical team was working to ensure its security.


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