15 PhD grants for foreign students - The University of Padova, Italy

The University of Padova, through the funding of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo, offers research fellowships for foreign students to attend Doctoral Schools/International Courses. During the 3-year doctoral programme, successful candidates will be offered full board and lodging.

Notification of 15 PhD grants for foreign students (25th series)

Deadline: 3rd September 2009

Call for application
Instruction for filling in the application form
Application form

Info: Research Training Office
Via del Padovanino, 9 - 35123 Padova
phone +39 049 827 3754/3935 fax +39 049 827 3780
e-mail: [email protected]
Mail address: via 8 febbraio 2 - 35122 Padova

For more information and course list and curricula, conditions and related PhD research please use this link: http://www.unipd.it/en/doctorates/grants.htm

Watch: Grand Slam Wimbledon 2009 Ladies' Final - Venus vs Serena

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Day 12 - Ladies Singles Final, Men's Doubles Final and Ladies Doubles Final :: Grand Slam Wimbledon 2009 - Lawn Tennis Championships :: London, UK/England

Schedule - Center Court
Start - 14:00 (GMT/UTC)
Ladies' Singles - Finals: Venus Williams(USA)[3] v. Serena Williams(USA)[2]

Gentlemen's Doubles - Finals: Bob Bryan(USA)[1] / Mike Bryan(USA)[1] v. Daniel Nestor(CAN)[2] / Nenad Zimonjic(SRB)[2]

Ladies' Doubles - Finals: Serena Williams(USA)[4] / Venus Williams(USA)[4] v. Samantha Stosur(AUS)[3] / Rennae Stubbs(AUS)[3]

Click here for a Complete Schedule

African Union in rift with the ICC

Ukisikia kutishia nyau ndo huku. Ni kama vile wanatingisha kibiriti kuona ka' kimejaa au kimepwaya? We unamtishiaje mtu anayekulisha? Hawa wakiambiwa, 'msaada wangu kwenye bajeti yako basi sasa' utawaona watakavyogeukana na kulaumiana, 'ooh, mi sihusiki, ooh mi sikutaarifiwa vyema, ooh mwakilishi wangu alikosea, mara hatukumaanisha hivi na vile', alimradi tu watasalitiana, si ndo zao wenye njaa? kumkamata mwenye njaa, mwondoshee kibaba chake cha unga, mbona atakupigia goti mwenyewe. Ala, tunakufahamuni wakuu. Hamna lolote ninyi. Ni mbuzi mee isiyo meno.
Story from BBC NEWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/africa/8133925.stm

African Union in rift with court
The African Union says it will halt co-operation with the International Criminal Court over its decision to charge Sudan's leader with war crimes. President Omar al-Bashir was indicted over alleged atrocities in the Darfur region in March. But delegates to an AU meeting in Libya agreed a resolution saying they would not co-operate in his arrest.

Analysts say the move means the Sudanese leader can travel across the continent without fear of arrest. The Sudanese government has been fighting rebels in Darfur since 2003. The ICC has accused President Bashir of two counts of war crimes - intentionally directing attacks on civilians and pillage - as well as five counts of crimes against humanity, including murder, rape and torture, related to the conflict. He denies the allegations, saying the state has a responsibility to fight rebels. 'Very clear' In a statement, the AU pointed out that its request to the ICC to defer Mr Bashir's indictment had been ignored. It went on: "The AU member states shall not co-operate... relating to immunities for the arrest and surrender of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to the ICC." The statement was backed by many African leaders who, analysts say, see the ICC as an attempt by the West to interfere in their affairs. Sudanese Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Alsamani al-Wasila welcomed the move, describing the resolution as "very clear".

But, says BBC Africa analyst Martin Plaut, despite the Sudanese satisfaction a number of countries, including Chad and Benin, are reported to have expressed disquiet about the text. It is also limited in scope, our analyst adds. It does not ask the 30 African states that have signed up to the ICC to end their relationship with it. Indeed, on the day this resolution was being passed, Kenya agreed explicitly to continue co-operating with the ICC, to prosecute those suspected of taking part in the violence that followed the December 2007 election. The African Union decision is a blow to the court, but by no means a fatal one, our analyst says.

In a separate development, two female aid workers have been kidnapped in Darfur, reports say. The pair - from Uganda and Ireland - were both working for the Irish charity Goal. They were seized from their compound in Kutum in northern Darfur by unidentified men, officials said. It is the third time foreign aid workers have been kidnapped in Darfur since March. The UN says 300,000 people have died and more than two million fled their homes since fighting erupted in 2003 between black-African rebel groups and the Khartoum government.

War crimes:
  • Intentionally directing attacks against civilians
  • Pillaging
  • Crimes against humanity:
  • Murder
  • Extermination
  • Forcible transfer
  • Torture
  • Rape

Funny: Chagga Pastor and a Christian Dog

A Man lived alone in the countryside with only a pet dog for company. One day, the dog died, and the Man went to the parish pastor and said, 'Pastor, my dog is dead. Could there be a mass for the poor creature?' The Pastor replied, 'I'm afraid not. We cannot have services for an animal in the church. But there is a new church down the road, and there's no telling' what they believe. Maybe they'll do something for the animal; you can go and find out'.

Then the Man answered innocently, 'I'll go right away Pastor. But do you think $50,000 is enough to donate for the burial service?' The Pastor exclaimed, “Yesu Ruwaa!! (Swahili for 'Jesus Christ')

Why didn't you tell me the dog was a Christian?……….Chaaa lanyee! (KiChagga for 'after all') we definitely have services for all Christians!

Angalizo: Utani huu hauna maana wala nia la kuleta rabsha ya aina yoyote.
Note: This is for fun, no offence whatsoever intended.

PS: Chagga (tribe) Kichaga (language): is a Bantu language spoken by the Chaga in northern Tanzania
Compared to other Tanzanian tribes, Chagga's are known to be very dynamic in search for money.

You are invited to send SMS text msg to Obama’s Ghana visit

US Embassy officials announce:

The United States government is inviting all Africans to send questions by text to Obama during his Ghana visit July 10 to 11 2009.

To send a text message to Obama, text “English” or “French” and add your question to 31958.

The service is available in English and French. The SMS might be subject to local and internationals charges.

Questions and comments through text can be sent from July 3, 2009 so that President Obama can address it while he is in Ghana.

Those who respond early will receive SMS highlights of the speech he will deliver in Accra Saturday July 11.

Obama will be expected to answer selected questions through local radio broadcasts.

All local cellphone, mobile coverage, local and international operator mobile quality of service and charges, as well as other operational constraints and conditions, applied. “The SMS service is not a 100-percent guarantee of message delivery,” the official said.

Workers strip naked to boost business

We shall see how we slowly return to our earliest form - just without clothes and it was fine. Cloth industry will die but we will have formulated a new business.

Workers strip naked to boost business A GROUP of office staff have discovered they work better together when they are NAKED.

Workers at a design and marketing company onebestway in the UK stripped off at the encouragement of their boss, who thought the move would boost business.

The ailing company had seen six redundancies since the start of the credit crunch when business psychologist David Taylor was brought in to boost team spirit.
The event, dubbed Naked Friday, was deemed a huge success and is even credited with turning around the firm’s fortunes.

Front-of-house manager Sam Jackson, 23, told The Sun: ‘It was brilliant. Now that we’ve seen each other naked, there are no barriers.

‘We weren’t put under any pressure. If we wanted to come in clothed or in our underwear, we could. But I love my body and I wasn’t ashamed.’

During the week leading up to the strip-off, the workers were encouraged to photocopy parts of their bodies to make them more confident about themselves.

A nude model was also brought in for the workers to sketch and talk to.

Sam added: ‘It took a week of David being in the office for us to build up courage. The first few steps were very nerve-wracking, but once I got to my desk and got used to it, I felt totally comfortable.

‘It was emotional but we found we were much more able to talk to each other honestly – and have been since. The company has improved massively.

Source:  The Daily Telegraph - Australia.

Grants for foreign students at The University of Padova, Italy

The University of Padova, through the funding of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo, offers research fellowships for foreign students to attend Doctoral Schools/International Courses. During the 3-year doctoral programme, successful candidates will be offered full board and lodging.

Notification of 15 PhD grants for foreign students (25th series)

Deadline: 3rd September 2009
Annex 1 - List of School Curricula
Annex 2 - General terms and conditions for fellowships
Annex 3- Doctoral Schools and related research lines
Info: Research Training Office
Via del Padovanino, 9 - 35123 Padova
phone +39 049 827 3754/3935 fax +39 049 827 3780
e-mail: [email protected]
Mail address: via 8 febbraio 2 - 35122 Padova

PhD Research fellowship position - Norway

Location:Trondheim, Norway
Category:Faculty Positions
Application deadline:03 August 2009
Type:Full Time
Job title:PhD Student Position
Job description:PhD Research fellowship position- IME-038-2009

A PhD research fellowship position is offered Department of Electronics and Telecommunications (http://www.iet.ntnu.no/) in the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

The project is on the modelling and design of electromagnetic traps of Bose-Einstein condensate drops and their spatio-time dynamics.

The ideal applicant should have knowledge in electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, numerical simulations, and skills in the design of electronic circuitry.

Further information about this award can be obtained from Professor Guennadi A. Kouzaev, tel. 73 59 63 69, e-mail: [email protected]

Award holders at NTNU are normally appointed for 4 years with 25% of the time spent on specified work. This work is primarily linked to teaching and is usually divided so that a relatively large part is done in the first half of the period of the appointment.

The appointment is at code 1017, salary level 45-61 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK. 353.000- 468.500 per annum, of which 2% is deducted for the State Pension scheme.

The appointment will be made in accordance with current regulations with relevant parts of "Supplementary guidelines for employment as research fellow at NTNU".

The goal of the announced position is to obtain a PhD degree. Applicants must agree to participate in organised doctoral study programmes within the period of the appointment. The successful applicants must agree to the conditions laid down for public employees. A contract will be drawn up regarding the period of appointment and work-related duties for award holders.

See also the information about doctoral studies at NTNU at http://www.ime.ntnu.no/Dr.gradsstudier

The national labour force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent. It is therefore a major political objective to achieve a balance of gender and to recruit persons with an immigrant background. Immigrants are encouraged to apply for this post.

NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply.

The application must contain information about education, examinations and previous experience. Certified copies of certificates and documents must be attached.

Publications and any other work which the applicant wishes to be taken into account should also be enclosed. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to specify the input of the applicant in a joint work, a short summary should be attached outlining the applicant's input.

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

Applications are to be sent to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, N-7491 Trondheim, Norway, or by e-mail to: [email protected]. Application should be marked Jnr. IME-038-2009. Closing date: 3th of August 2009.

Application information:
Department: IET
Institution: NTNU
Street: OS Bragstads plass 2B, Gløshaugen
City: Trondheim
State: Trondheim
Zip: 7491
Country: Norway

Website: http://www.iet.ntnu.no/
e-mail: [email protected]

ContactOrganization: IET NTNU