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Thursday November 27th 2014

‘The Lounge’ Archives

A Fistula Surgeon’s Perspective on Strategies to Fight Fistula

A Fistula Surgeon’s Perspective on Strategies to Fight Fistula

From, Realitycheck.org: By Dr. Mulu Muleta, I grew up in rural Ethiopia.  I’ve seen first-hand the devastating impact of obstetric fistula on women bravely suffering with this preventable injury.  When I was completing post-graduate  school in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, I had the opportunity to train in fistula surgery.   I found [...]

COMING SOON: Ethiopian Pianist Samuel Yirga

COMING SOON: Ethiopian Pianist Samuel Yirga

From, AddisTunes: I like music.  I know, big surprise...right?  But do you ever have this aching feeling that music isn't really music any more?  Sometimes, it's kind of music-y...or music-esque...or music-like, but not exactly music.  Thankfully, there is a young pianist from Addis Ababa who is helping to preserve the rich musical history [...]

Kolby’s Kickers Building Soccer Fields in Ethiopia

Kolby’s Kickers Building Soccer Fields in Ethiopia

From, AddisTunes: I've met tons of great people on Twitter.  One real cool dude @nathanredd recently told me about this exciting new organization he's involved in - Kolby's Kickers Foundation.  According to their site, "Kolby’s Kickers Foundation is a non-profit organization which offers free soccer clinics to developmentally disabled and [...]

Ethiopia and the World’s Coffee Drinkers

Ethiopia and the World’s Coffee Drinkers

From, Stumbleupon.com:   A map of world's coffee-drinking habits locates the global epicenter far from tropical coffee plantations, in Scandinavia, where coffee consumption is well above the global average is 2.9 pounds (1.3 kilograms) per year. While you might think of coffee as merely a good caffeinated drink, the seeds of the Coffea plant [...]

Meet D.C.’s gas station titan, Joe Mamo

Meet D.C.’s gas station titan, Joe Mamo

By Elizabeth Flock, Washington Post: It's not often that District readers get to learn about a man who is so much a part of our daily lives without us ever having known anything about him. Washington City Paper did just that this morning in a five-page profile of Joe Mamo, a man who owns nearly half of the District's gas stations and has [...]

Embarking on an African adventure

Embarking on an African adventure

FROM, ESPN: ESPN staffer Fay Wells is blogging for W from Ethiopia, where she's currently traveling and casing out the lay of the sports land: Every day is an adventure. I love adventures, especially those that involve two of my favorite things -- sports and international travel. About three weeks ago, I decided to visit Ethiopia to see my [...]

Ethiopia’s paper landlords

Ethiopia’s paper landlords

From, Mail & Guardian Online: By, Mohammed Selman,  Despite an abundance of national and international newsmakers, Addis Ababa has relatively little in the way of newspapers -- no dailies of note -- or even newsstands to offer news consumers. But don't be fooled. This is a city of voracious readers where even the poor are indulged. In [...]

Alfa Demmellash: Transforming Lives and Communities Through Entrepreneurship

Alfa Demmellash: Transforming Lives and Communities Through Entrepreneurship

New York (Tadias) – After graduating from Harvard University, Alfa Demmellash launched Rising Tide Capital, a non-profit based in Jersey City that develops and implements entrepreneurship programs focusing on women, minorities, immigrants and other socio-economically underserved communities. Since its inception in 2004, Rising Tide Capital [...]

Africa’s Lone Wolf: New Species Found in Ethiopia

Africa’s Lone Wolf: New Species Found in Ethiopia

From, LiveScience.com: During a field expedition to Ethiopia, a team of scientists noticed something odd: The golden jackals there looked more slender with a whiter coat than they do elsewhere. Now, genetic analyses suggest these oddities are not jackals at all but instead more closely related to gray wolves. In fact, until now these "highland [...]

Ethiopian community gathers to celebrate Timket

Ethiopian community gathers to celebrate Timket

From, LA TIMES: Huddled beneath a large white tent, hundreds of people sang together in the early morning darkness. For hours, they repeated a single word: Hallelujah. They were gathered last Sunday to mark Timket, the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. For the faithful, the holiday commemorates Jesus' baptism in the River Jordan [...]

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