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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Famous Lucy Fossil Scanned in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Archaeologists at the University of Texas at Austin were given a top secret look at Lucy, one of the world's most famous fossils.

The 3.2 million-year-old hominid skeleton, found in Ethiopia in 1974, made a 10-day stop at UTA's High-Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography Facility in September after an eight-month exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences.

With guards standing close watch, UT scientists were allowed to make 35,000 computed tomography images of the ancient fossil. While U.S. researchers conducted a scan on the fossil in the 1970s, the new scans provide the first high-resolution data on the early human ancestor, the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman newspaper said Friday.

The fossil of a 3-foot-tall Australopithecus Francis is considered a national treasure in Ethiopia, where she is called Dinkenesh, which means "You are beautiful." Only her Ethiopian curator was allowed to touch any of the fossilized remains, the San Antonio Express-News said.

UT researchers said the scans allowed them to see inside the fossil without causing harm and should provide new information about human evolution.

Ethiopia: Bealu Girma Foundation Launched

Ethiopia: Bealu Girma Foundation Launched
17 February 2009


Addis Abeba — Baalu Girma Foundation has been founded by the daughter of the prominent author and journalist Baalu Girma twenty five years after he went missing during the Dergue Marxist regime.

According to Meskerem Bealu Girma, the Foundation will be based in Michigan in the US and would strive to empower creative writers and journalists underrepresented in East Africa.

She said the foundation-a non-profit organisation established to promote learning- intends to achieve its mission through long-term and short-term projects, workshops, and talent-based academic awards.

"It was 25 years ago today that the famous Ethiopian writer and journalist, Baalu Girma, was abducted by the military junta (Dergue) in Ethiopia. He hasn't been heard from since, but his legacy continues," Meskerem said in remarks about her slain father.

Bealu is widely known in Ethiopia for his brave and skillful criticism of prominent members of Ethiopia's former government in a famous book known as Oromai.

The book which was circulated underground after the socialist government put a ban on it, skillfully details the widespread corruption among top-government officials and Generals of the Army.

"Throughout his life, Baalu was a true pioneer in the field; he had a lifelong passion for journalism and writing. But, his fascinating personal life and his selfless contributions to Ethiopian journalism and literature deserve to be published on their own," the newly-formed foundation's official

Monday, September 29, 2008

Ethiopian breaks own world marathon mark

Sports Digest
September 29, 2008
Haile Gebrselassie smashed his marathon world record by 27 seconds, winning the Berlin Marathon in a city where he has had so much success. Gebrselassie, 35, of Ethiopia, took advantage of excellent conditions on a flat course to finish in 2hours, 3minutes, 59seconds. Despite an ailing calf, he shattered the mark he set in Berlin last year and became the first man to win this race three times. Gebrselassie thanked the crowd of about 1 million for helping him set his 26th world record. Gebrselassie first ran in Berlin in 2006 and clocked 2:05:56 before breaking the world record last year. In three years, he has improved nearly two minutes on his time. "Berlin is my lucky city," Gebrselassie said. In the women's race, Irina Mikitenko of Germany won in 2:19:19. She improved her personal best by more than four minutes to record the seventh-fastest time for a woman.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Meet Yohannes Gebregiorgis a CNN Hero at TouchStone Gallery!, in collaboration with Ethiopia Reads and Tsehai Publishers, is proud to host 'Cocktails for Reading' – an event that is in between a cocktail party and networking event among authors, publishers, readers and organizations involved with reading in Ethiopia and the Ethiopian diaspora community.

Our keynote speakers will be Yohannes Gebregeorgis, co-founder of Ethiopia Reads and recent CNN Hero, and Elias Wondimu, founder of Tsehai Publishers and Ambassador for Peace.

The Event will be held on:

October 11, 2008 beginning at 5:30 PM

Touchstone Gallery

406 7th Street NW – 2nd Floor

Washington, DC 20004

For more information, please contact Tsilat Petros with Ethiopia Reads at

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Frequently Asked Questions about Zethiopia Corporation

Frequently Asked Questions

How often is Zethiopia Newspaper published?

The Newspaper is published bi-monthly. In addition to the newspaper, one-page newsflash editions are published for special events.

Zethiopia has a number of blogs that are updated regularly with community events and news.

Zethiopia also has a weekly radio program – Sundays from 5:00-6:00p.m. Tune in to 1390 AM.

How many Ethiopian languages is Zethiopia published in?

At this time, Zethiopia is only published in Amharic and English.

Who is Zethiopia’s Audience?

Zethiopia Newspaper has a readership in excess of 10, 000 and ever growing. Zethiopia is distributed to over 40 retail locations in the Greater DC Metro area and is mailed to US and International subscribers.

The estimated radio audience is in excess of 20,000 listeners.

Our audience includes Ethiopian Americans, the adoptive community, the non-profit community and others interested in the welfare of Ethiopia and Ethiopians.

What are your advertising rates?

For current rates, please contact or call 202-518-0245.

Do you offer advertising packages?

We do! Zethiopia has a number of package options to include newspaper, radio and blog uploads.

What is your distribution program?

Zethiopia will distribute flyers/brochures/coupons to our audience – please contact Dereje for more information. or call 202-518-0245.

What is Zethiopia Club?

Zethiopia Club is a group that was formed to promote sharing ideas and nurture learning in the community. It is based in the Washington D.C. area and there are monthly meetings. For more information, please visit or contact Dereje.

What is the Zethiopia Annual Gala Event?

Historically held in November in the DC area, this event unites the community for an evening of entertainment and camaraderie.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Zethiopia Distribution Services

Zethiopia Distribution Services

Does your organization have flyers or brochures that need to be distributed?

For more information or a copy of the distribution contract, please contact Dereje at

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