Schools Strive to Reach State Standards

Every few months schools have to undergo inspections to ensure that they are up to government standards. Educators have embraced the new standards as being forward thinking and student centered. However, there are some who say that private schools are being unfairly harshly graded on the inspections, while public schools are unable to fulfill even the most basic standards. The picture when trying to keep up with standards is not so rosy for either public or private schools as MENNA ASRAT, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, reports.

Tattoo Business Leaves Indelible Mark on City

Sometimes, older women go to tattoo shops to have their eyebrows tattooed, so as to cover up baldness and thinning. The young, on the other hand, have their idols and loved ones tattooed on their arms, necks, backs or chests. Many tattoo artists in the city use anesthesia only when they tattoo eyebrows, FORTUNE’S HAWAZ MERAWI reports.

Unlike Cubans, Ethiopian Emigres Remain Too Fragmented, Scattered to Impact US Politics

In a race that is too-close-to-call, Ethiopians are leaning towards their her adopted countries potential woman-president. A close look at the tight races, no one is certain, who the 45th resident is going to be. Would it be the Republican candidate, who looked down on American’s African immigrants, as sex addicted and lazy population or would it be the Hillary, that advocated a crimes bill, that helped populate the countries court system and jails, with black faces? Fortune Staff Writer Tamrat G.Giorgis explores the environment

Clinton-Trump Mud Fight Frazzles Ethiopian Americans

On a foggy and showery afternoon on Wednesday, Girma Wegderes, 53, was busy at his work place at Colonial Parking, on Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington D.C., attending vehicles coming and…

Old and New Taxis Battle for the Pockets of Addis Passengers

As newer and polished taxis compete for customers with the blue & white taxis, the public and the drivers seem to have made up their mind on the qualities of each, reports BEZAWIT ADMASU & SAMUEL GETACHEW, FORTUNE STAFF WRITERS

Cable Guys in Demand

As the number of private satellite TV stations has increased in Ethiopia,   the services of cable guys has also registered a rise. Despite the simplicity of installing some satellite TV stations, people still opt to pay an increasing service fee for cable guys, reports, TSGAB BIRHANE, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.  

Minimal Tech Transfer in Construction Industries

Though a number of large scale construction projects, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, are taking place with the primary involvement of foreign contractors, local companies are not benefiting in terms of the transfer of technology or knowhow, according to Samson Berhane, Fortune Staff Writer. This is despite the fact that such process is a key element of the government’s second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTPII).

Landscaping Takes Shape

Landscape gardening is a thriving industry worldwide, used to beautify and maximise the potential of outdoor space. In Ethiopia, however, the sector is still very much in its infancy, with no official standards and no direct qualifications. As the economy in Addis Abeba continues to grow, however, so too does the demand for quality landscaping services, reports Samson Berhane, Fortune Staff Writer.

Butchering – Colours Holiday Spirit

Although the New Year is a time for festive cheer, profiteering often shoves this aside. This is especially true of the butchers, whose living peaks on the mornings of holidays and often revolves around hustling and bargaining. Many of the younger butchers learn the trade as they go, which can lead to mistakes and conflict. Despite the troublesome nature of many of the butchers, they are an integral part of the festive season, reports Mikiyas Tesfaye, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.

Risk on the Road Hikes Up Cereal Prices

The regional disturbances in the Amhara and Oromia regional states has also now begun to affect the prices of grains and vegetables at the markets in the capital. This is influenced by two main factors – the disruption on the roads, with many trucks refusing to travel certain routes, and the shortage in supply that this has created. With the New Year’s festivities just around the corner, such price increments could be further exaggerated over the coming weeks, reports DAWIT ENDESHAW, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER.

Top Seven Talking Points of Ethiopia’s Rio Campaign

Ethiopia’s campaign at the Rio 2016 Olympics had everything a thriller movie screen writer could dream of – underdogs, activists, record breaking performances, clouds of suspicion and maladministration. Elshadai Negash…

Bright Future for Blossoming Interior Design Industry

All over the world, interior design, as a standalone industry, has exploded over the past few decades. Not only for aesthetics, but also to make the best use of space and light, interior design is an art from in its own right. Despite this, it is only recently that the sector in Ethiopia has really begun to take hold, in both the corporate and domestic sectors. With young, energetic and ambitious individuals leading the way, the future looks bright, reports TSGAB BIRHANE, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER

New Year’s Expo Leaves Visitors Feeling Shortchanged

Shopping is a major feature of the holiday seasons in Ethiopia, and in the capital, Addis Abeba, an early kicker of this trend has been exhibitions. Those organised at the city’s single centre designed for the purpose – the Addis Abeba Exhibition Centre – located at the heart of the city in Meskel square, have become a key landmark in heralding the approaching holidays. Organising one of these holiday events is become less and less inviting, with increased competition pushing up the price of the winning bids. On the contrary, both exhibitors and visitors are not so enthusiastic about the events of late. Fortune staff writer Samson Berhane chose to visit the New Year’s Exhibition, currently being held at the Exhibition Centre, while trying to understand the vibe and dynamics surrounding the event.

New Channels Abundance Increases Competition for TV Ad Revenues

Ethiopia was suddenly swarmed with new digital TV viewing options earlier this year, with four new private channels launching in close succession. Although incredibly popular, they have also received a mixed reaction, with many unhappy about the focus of some of the newcomers on dubbed foreign media. One issue that has not been given so much thought is advertising revenue. With new channels comes new options, with companies keen to take advantage of the new platforms they have to promote their businesses, according to Nardos Yoseph, STAFF WRITER

Driving Equality in Long Distance Travel Earnings

An outdated directive, which gives an unfair advantage to the private, or ‘special’, bus line companies above the cross country bus owners’ associations, is being addressed in a bid for enhanced equality, reports Nardos Yoseph, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER. The ability of these ‘special’ companies to determine their departure points, destinations and prices, gave them an unfair advantage in the market. With a huge increase in the number of companies operating in this sector, moves are now being made to enable fairer competition.

Wedding Windfall

All over the world, weddings are big money spinners for those involved in the industry, and Ethiopia is no different. One key element of all weddings, and Ethiopian weddings, in particular, is music. With the end of the Orthodox Christian Lenten fast signalling a surge in festivities, the demand for DJs and sound systems is on the rise. In addition to the huge increase in work, price increments are also witnessed at this time. With a slow period soon to follow, DJs and sound men work as much as physically possible to help them through the rest of the year.


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