July 15, 2012 |
Jeff Emerson missed his flight from Minneapolis to Washington. He didn't make his connection to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and didn't arrive as scheduled in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, where he was supposed to start work as a summer volunteer. The story of Emerson's delay is fascinating — maybe a little infuriating, too — for anyone flying this summer, particularly internationally. It raises an important question about who takes responsibility for delays that are beyond a passenger's control.
September 3, 2012 |
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Thousands of mourners gathered near a public square in Ethiopia's capital on Sunday to pay their final respects to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who was praised for lifting many out of poverty but vilified by some for restricting freedoms. Meles, who ruled for 21 years, died Aug. 20 of an undisclosed illness in a Belgian hospital. He was 57. During his rule, Ethiopia was a strong U.S. ally on counterterrorism issues, particularly in Somalia, and some saw him as Africa's intellectual leader in efforts to fight poverty.
February 18, 2011 |
Solomon Habtemicael, 65, an African immigrant who made good as the co-owner with his wife of a fleet of airport shuttle vans, died of heart disease Saturday, Feb. 12, at his home in Overbrook. Mr. Habtemicael arrived in the United States in 1971 and opened Lady Liberty Transportation in 1989. A 2009 Inquirer story reported that it operated "a fleet of 10-passenger vans from . . . hotels and residences to the Philadelphia airport. " The fleet now numbers 14. Born in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, Mr. Habtemicael graduated from high school in Mekele.
February 26, 1998 |
Ethiopian distance running sensation Haile Gebrselassie was presented the Jesse Owens International Trophy award in New York last night, becoming the first black African to receive the prestigious honor. Previous winners of the award - which honors outstanding sportsmanship in athletics - include Michael Johnson, Carl Lewis and distance runners Sebastian Coe of Britain and Wang Junxia of China. The only other African athlete to have received this distinction is 1986 recipient Said Aouita of Morocco.
July 28, 1988 |
An Armenian dissident, stripped of his citizenship by Soviet authorities for leading nationalist demonstrations, has been expelled to Ethiopia, where he has applied to the U.S. Embassy for residence in the United States, the dissident's family said yesterday. Paruir Airikyan was "transported by force" to Addis Ababa on July 21, one day after the Kremlin stripped him of his citizenship, his mother-in-law, Ninel Serotenko, said in an interview yesterday in Moscow. Ethiopia is a strong Kremlin ally and its president, Mengistu Haile Mariam, is currently on a state visit to Moscow.
August 6, 2011 |
Mae Goldstein Lutz, 85, of Center City, a former social worker in Philadelphia and press attache in Ethiopia who operated a jewelry store on Rittenhouse Square for more than 15 years, died of lung cancer Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Vitas Hospice at Methodist Hospital. Mrs. Lutz opened Repliqué in a beauty salon in 1977 and soon afterward moved the enterprise to the nearby Warwick Hotel at 17th and Locust Streets. A son, Barry Lutz, said Repliqué specialized in jewelry inspired by Tiffany, Cartier, and Van Cleef & Arpels, but sold at a fraction of the cost.
September 24, 2012
China cancels its Japan events TOKYO - China has canceled events to commemorate 40 years of diplomatic relations with Japan, further signaling its anger over a simmering territorial dispute. Japanese Foreign Ministry official Hiroaki Sakamoto confirmed that China has canceled events, planned for Thursday. China's Xinhua news agency, citing officials with the China-Japan Friendship Association and another government-affiliated group, reported Sunday that the events would be held "at a proper time.
May 29, 2000 |
On May 12 Ethiopia opened its latest offensive against its northern neighbor Eritrea, an assault that quickly reclaimed some of the territory lost along their ill-defined common border in May 1998. The new onslaught reignited battles on three fronts: around the towns of Badme in the west, Zalambesa in the central highlands, and Bure in the east. Ethiopia promised a speedy end to the conflict this time. They had set a tentative victory date for May 24. The disputes date back to 1962, when Eritrea's Red Sea ports of Assab and Massawa caught the eye Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie.
December 23, 2004 |
An immigrant family success: Almaz Kebede, now 50, is a single parent with three children who lived in a homeless shelter, but she has a home in Ardmore. She works at Strawbridge's. Her older daughter, Senayish Addis, 26, is a graduate student at Bryn Mawr College who works finding housing for the disabled. Her son, Alemayehu, 25, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania now serving in the Army in Afghanistan. Her daughter Bruktaweit, 15, is in high school. Their success comes despite a gaping hole, a sadness you can see in pictures on the wall that show three children, a mother and a father.