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I Am Not Haile – Haile Gebreselassie

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 28, 2012

My note: Gebre Selassie is a common Christian name across Ethiopia. According to the German phone book registration, there are about 24 Gebre Selassies in Germany.

Like the vast majority of Ethiopian names, the origin of the name, Gebreselassie / Gebre Selassie has an Ethiopian Christian origin.

  • Gebreselassie is a composition of two words; Gebre and Selassie.
  • Gebre means Servant; Criado / Siervo (Spanish)
  • Selassie means Trinity; Trinidad (Spanish)

In the Spanish speaking world “Trinidad Criado” or “Siervo de Díos” are also widely used names.

  • Gebre Egziabher = Servant of God / Siervo de Díos (Spanish)
  • Gebre Mariam = Servant of Mary / Siervo de Maria (Spanish)
  • Haile Selassie = Power of The Trinity / Poder de la Trinidad (Spanish)
  • Haile Mariam = Power of Mary
  • Selassie = Trinity (as in the Holy Trinity)
    Haile = My Power
  • Haile Gebreselassie = My power, Servant of The Trinity

Now, back to Theodor Gebre Selassie:

Gebre Selassie out to establish himself

“I want to assert myself as soon as possible in the Bundesliga, which is one of the best leagues in the world,” said the 25-year-old at his official presentation on Tuesday.

Selassie: “I immediately accepted”

Selassie was a key player in his country’s participation at EURO 2012, nullifying the threat of Cristiano Ronaldo for large periods of their quarter-final tie last Thursday, before the Portuguese struck the winner late on. For Selassie, the chance to play in Germany’s top-flight was too good to resist: “I immediately and happily accepted Bremen’s offer,” said the defender, who will now take a two-week holiday before returning for pre-season training in mid-July.

The son of a Czech teacher and an Ethiopian doctor, Selassie insists his father did not name him after his compatriot and world renowned distance runner Haile Gebrselassie, as was widely reported during the European Championship. “That sounds nice, but it’s not true. Gebre Selassie is the name I was born with.”

 

Source: Bundesliga Germany

 

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Gigapixel Camera Offers Super Sharp Shots

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 28, 2012

A camera capable of creating images with “unprecedented detail” has been unveiled by US engineers.

The prototype machine – dubbed AWARE2 – has the potential to take pictures with resolutions of up to 50 gigapixels, equivalent to 50,000 megapixels, according to the team from Duke University in North Carolina.

It works by synchronising 98 tiny cameras in a single device.

The machine is likely to be used first for military surveillance.

In its current state the researchers say it can take one-gigapixel images at up to three frames per minute.

Undetected images

The camera was developed by a team led by engineer David Brady and Michael J. Fitzpatrick, professor of Electric Engineering at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, along with scientists from the University of Arizona, and the University of California.

They received funding from Darpa – the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

The prototype camera itself is two-and-half feet square (76.2cm by 76.2cm) and 20 inches deep (50.8cm).

“Each one of the microcameras captures information from a specific area of the field of view,” Mr Brady said.

“A computer processor essentially stitches all this information into a single highly detailed image. In many instances, the camera can capture images of things that photographers cannot see themselves but can then detect when the image is viewed later.”

Getting smaller

Most consumer cameras currently on the market are capable of taking photographs ranging from eight to 40 megapixels.

Pixels are basically individual “dots” of data – and the higher the number of pixels, the better resolution of the image.

The researchers believe that within five years, as the electronic components of the cameras become miniaturised and more efficient, the next generation of gigapixel cameras should be available to the general public.

“The camera is so large now because of the electronic control boards and the need to add components to keep it from overheating,” Mr Brady said.

“As more efficient and compact electronics are developed, the age of hand-held gigapixel photography should follow.”

 

Source: BBC

 

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What’s Happening To British Women?

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 27, 2012

My note: Western women, Feminist activists and the media are still silent and indifferent towards the plight of women in Muslim countries. It’s a puzzle to many that,some even go further by socializing and sympathizing with the enemies of women and humanity not wanting to face the reality, ignoring the obvious signs and warnings, This is a very sad story, but learning the hard way can be the best way.

The Islamist of Egypt are now in power, and their leader already are trumpeting loud barks: “Our Capital Shall Be Jerusalem”

That day is coming:

For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city.” (Zechariah 14:2)

British female journalist, 21, describes horrific sexual assault in Egypt’s Tahrir Square after election result

A British journalist was brutally sexually assaulted in Cairo’s Tahrir Square as thousands of Egyptians gathered to celebrate the nation’s presidential election results.

Natasha Smith, 21, has detailed how she was violently attacked by a ‘group of animals’ who stripped her naked, scratched and clenched her breasts and ‘forced their fingers inside her’.

She only escaped by donning men’s clothes and a burka and being whisked away to safety by two other men.

  • Natasha Smith attacked by a ‘group of animals’ who stripped her naked

  • Only escaped after she was handed a burka and men’s clothes

  • ‘I was tossed around like fresh meat among starving lions’

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7/7 ‘white widow’ is hunted for grenade attack on Kenyan resort bar that killed three, including young boy

Samantha Lewthwaite, whose husband Jermaine Lindsay blew up a Piccadilly Line train, has been on the run since December when police foiled a plot to blow up Western hotels in Mombasa.

And officers say the Home Counties mother of three was spotted near the nightclub targeted in the Indian Ocean resort on Sunday night.

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Genomics and African Queens: Diversity Within Ethiopian Genomes Reveals Imprints of Historical Events

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 21, 2012

Researchers have started to unveil the genetic heritage of Ethiopian populations, who are among the most diverse in the world, and lie at the gateway from Africa. They found that the genomes of some Ethiopian populations bear striking similarities to those of populations in Israel and Syria, a potential genetic legacy of the Queen of Sheba and her companions.

The team detected mixing between some Ethiopians and non-African populations dating to approximately 3,000 years ago. The origin and date of this genomic admixture, along with previous linguistic studies, is consistent with the legend of the Queen of Sheba, who according to the Ethiopian Kebra Nagast book had a child with King Solomon from Israel and is mentioned in both the Bible and the Qur’an.

Ethiopia is situated in the horn of Africa, and has often been regarded as one of the gateways from Africa to the rest of the world. The Ethiopian region itself has the longest fossil record of human history anywhere in the world. Studying population genetics within this diverse region could help us to understand the origin of the first humans.

“From their geographic location, it is logical to think that migration out of Africa 60,000 years ago began in either Ethiopia or Egypt. Little was previously known about the populations inhabiting the North-East African region from a genomic perspective. This is the first genome study on a representative panel of Ethiopian populations,” explains Luca Pagani, first author from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge. “We wanted to compare the genome of Ethiopians with other Africans to provide an essential piece to the African — and world — genetic jigsaw.”

They found that the Ethiopian genome is not as ancient as was previously thought and less ancient than the genomes of some Southern African populations. There were also links with other populations.

“We found that some Ethiopians have 40-50% of their genome closer to the genomes of populations outside of Africa, while the remaining half of their genome is closer to populations within the African continent,” says Dr Toomas Kivisild, co-author from the University of Cambridge. “We calculated genetic distances and found that these non-African regions of the genome are closest to populations in Egypt, Israel and Syria, rather than to the neighbouring Yemeni and Arabs.”

The team found that these two groups of African and non-African people mixed approximately 3,000 years ago, well before the historically-documented Islamic expansions and the colonial period of the last centuries.

An earlier study found that Ethio-Semitic, an Ethiopian language belonging to a linguistic family primarily spoken in the Middle East, split from the main Semitic group 3,000 years ago, around the same time as the non-African genomic component arrived in Ethiopia. All this evidence combined fits the time and locations of the legend of the Queen of Sheba, which describes the encounter of the Ethiopian Queen and King Solomon.

“None of this research would have been possible without the superb fieldwork of our Ethiopian colleagues Professor Endashaw Bekele and Dr Ayele Tarekegn over many years. The outstanding genetic diversity present within the peoples of Ethiopia is a rich resource that will contribute greatly, both to our understanding of human evolution and the development of personalised medicine.” says Dr Neil Bradman, co-lead author from UCL (University College London). “The Ethiopian Government has a practice of encouraging genetic research, a policy that bodes well for the future.”

“Our research gives insights into important evolutionary questions,” says Dr Chris Tyler-Smith, co-lead author from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. “We see imprints of historical events on top of much more ancient prehistoric ones that together create a region of rich culture and genetic diversity. The next step for our research has to be to sequence the entire genomes, rather than read individual letters, of both Ethiopian people and others to really understand human origins and the out-of-Africa migration.”

Source: ScienceDaily

Images: courtesy of artist Addis Gebru

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Media Bias Towards African Nations

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 21, 2012

The mainstream media’s negative portrayals of Africa, the level of its bias is mind-blowing. Do some ‘developed’ societies manufacture hypocrisy, double-standard and cynicism? Or may be evil individuals sit behind some organizations and mainstream media outlets? How long must people go on being bombarded with anti-Africa media reports of crime, disaster, war, conflict, corruption, scandal, anything dark and sensational enough to generate a headline? Even enviromental and humanrights terrorists do seem to care more on the fate of Africans than the BP Gulf oil-spill victims. Along with the ICC, the quality of their focus on Africa is simply exaggerated, biased and stereotypically ridiculous.

Two antagonistic tones of reporting on one subject, from the very same network. Bias is reflected in the composition of the headlines.

CNN, broadcasted the following two reports almost simultaneously.

Let’s look at the two cases:

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The Georgian Case:

Georgia’s High Hopes For Hydropower – EYE ON [Georgia] – CNN June 2012

“Georgia is updating its old Soviet-era dams with the aim of being an energy exporter.”

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The Ethiopian Case:

Ethiopia Powers On With Controversial Dam Project

“The International Monetary Fund, though, is ringing alarm bells. Given this region’s history of drought, the IMF is recommending that governments avoid dependency on hydropower as an engine of growth.”

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Solar Cars 100 Years Ago

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 19, 2012

100 years ago, at the turn of the century the planet already had the environmental friendly cars, trams and trolleybuses powered by batteries and electric. That is before the discovery of the dirty black gold, oil, when tens of thousands of electric cars buzzed around the cities of the world. Even afte the discovery and implementation of petroleum, many cities preferred the superior battery-cars to the stinking gasoline-powered ones, for the time being the dirty competition seemed to have no chance with the cars, but gradually gasoline destroyed the potentials of electocars in their infancy. Why? Is it for the cost-effective nature of Oil? No! Why then? It is because the devil had a mission, a mission to make oil-producing states rich — by making them rich he prepared them for the ultimate war against the Kingdom of God. Look around which counties are producing oil and you will be ab;e to identify the movement and spread of the unholy ghost.

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Diesel Fumes Cause Lung Cancer

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 19, 2012

ይህ ዜና እንደ አዲስ አበባ ያሉ ከተሞችን ይመለከታል። አዲስ አበባ ገና ብዙ መኪኖች የሏትም፡ ነገር ግን ከፍተኛ ቦታ ላይ ስለምትገኝና ብዙ የዲዘል ጭስ የሚያወጡ መኪኖች ስለሚንቀሳቀሱ ነዋሪዎቿ ለብዙ ዓይነት በሽታዎች የመጋለጥ እድሉ ይኖራቸዋል። ይህ እጅግ በጣም አሳሳቢ ጉዳይ ነው። 

Diesel fumes cause lung cancer, the World Health Organization declared Tuesday, and experts said they were more carcinogenic than secondhand cigarette smoke.

The W.H.O. decision, the first to elevate diesel to the “known carcinogen” level, may eventually affect some American workers who are heavily exposed to exhaust. It is particularly relevant to poor countries, where trucks, generators, and farm and factory machinery routinely belch clouds of sooty smoke and fill the air with sulfurous particulates.

The United States and other wealthy nations have less of a problem because they require modern diesel engines to burn much cleaner than they did even a decade ago. Most industries, like mining, already have limits on the amount of diesel fumes to which workers may be exposed.

 

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Must Egyptian History Be Rewritten?

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 19, 2012

Scanning electron microscope study of the blocks from which the Giza pyramid was constructed have shown that they are structurally different from natural limestone in the area.

The limestone blocks from which the Giza pyramid was constructed is amorphous unlike natural limestone. Material Scientist professor Michel Barsoum of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University concluded that the blocks could NOT have been cut from a quarry

 

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Euro 2012: New Racism Row As Czech Republic Star Theodor Gebre Selassie Is Targeted by Russia Fan

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 10, 2012

My note: It is a riddle to me why the skin color is still so important to many ‘white’ folks out there. Theodor Gebre Selassie was born to an Ethiopian father and a Czech mother, the Czech federation didn’t have any problem nominating him for the national side from the Czech champions, FC Slovan Liberec. Theodor was one of the few Czech players who sang the Czech National Anthem properly the other night, and he was one of the best Czech players on the opening match against Russia. Russia, of all the nations — as an Orthodox Christian country, and as the birthplace of her greatest poet of Ethiopian descent, Alexander Pushkin –  is supposed to use a culturally sensitive approach in dealing with Ethiopians and people of African origin.

The European Championship was hit by fresh allegations of racism on Saturday, as it was claimed Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie was abused by Russian supporters.

Officials from campaign group Football Against Racism in Europe claimed Gebre Selassie was subjected to racist insults as he went to take a corner during his side’s 4-1 defeat by Russia in the Polish city of Wroclaw on Friday.

Our observer reported descriptions of that nature and it was directed at the Czech Republic’s only black player,” Fare executive director Piara Powar said. “We are trying to get evidence, but it’s not always possible to capture it on film.”

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Ethiopian Christians Languishing in Saudi Jail

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 10, 2012

…everyone knows the truth but the Saudis continue lying…and their lie is always an excuse guarded

 

Over the past month, Saudi Arabian officials have been making conflicting statements about why a group of 35 Ethiopian Christians were arrested at a prayer service in a private home in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, last December.

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the statements were made over a period of several weeks after staff members from multiple Congressional offices began calling the Saudi embassy in Washington DC to inquire into the situation.

On 7 May, a Congressional office told ICC that a source close to the Saudi ambassador had indicated the Christians were arrested as part of an investigation into a large scale human smuggling ring.

ICC says this explanation contradicted the original rationale published by Human Rights Watch in January that the group had been accused of the “illicit mingling of genders”.

Three days later, Sarah Nezamuddin, a representative from the Embassy, told a separate Congressional office that the Christians had all been arrested for having issues with their work permits.

ICC proceeded to provide a list of the prisoners with legal work permit numbers to the Congressional office, and after some follow up, Ms Nezamuddin changed the explanation and said that the Christians were involved in both drug and human trafficking.

ICC goes on to report that finally, on 21 May, in a meeting with staff members from multiple Congressional offices, representatives from the Saudi government said that the 35 Christians had been arrested for visa issues, but that they were also involved in some form of smuggling ring.

ICC said: “When pressed for specifics, the Saudi officials reportedly demurred and changed the topic. At least one Congressional staff member left the meeting with the impression that neither Saudi official actually knew why the Christians were arrested in the first place.”

Speaking with ICC, one of the prisoners reported feeling “very sad, and very surprised” at the constantly changing allegations.

“Why haven’t they brought us to court? Why don’t they show us some evidence and bring charges against us?” said one of the prisoners. “[We feel like] the Saudis are trying to punish us for being Christians by keeping us in prison.”

ICC further states that soon after the 21 May meeting, the prisoners reported being taken to a processing centre for the first time since their arrest.

However, after two extended trips to the processing centre, the prisoners were returned to their cells without any new information as to when or if they will be released.

After speaking with some of the prison authorities, one of the prisoners reported being under the impression that orders had “come from higher up” for their release, but that the prison authorities may be reluctant to let them go.

Ryan Morgan, ICC’s Advocacy Officer, said: “I continue to be baffled by the inability of the Saudi government to explain exactly why 35 Christians attending a prayer service at a private home were suddenly arrested almost six months ago.

“The story keeps changing, and it is very troubling to think that a key US ally in the Middle East may be lying to US government officials about why they are arresting religious minorities.

“I strongly encourage interested individuals to call the Saudi Embassy and express their concern at this alarming turn of events.”

Source: Christiantoday

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” —2 Corinthians 12:10

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