Capacity Building for Regional Integration - SADC Secretariat - KE4, Botswana

Capacity Building for Regional Integration - SADC Secretariat - KE4
Organization(s):ECORYS (UK)
Country/Region:Botswana
Contract Length:Long-term consulting assignment
Apply by:01 August 2009

They need two personnel with more information via: http://tiny.cc/DevEx

If you are available and interested please send a full, up-to-date CV in EC format, highlighting your relevant experience to [email protected]. Please clearly mark your application with the title of the project and position you are applying for. The deadline for applications is 1st August, 2009.

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Mwalimu Mwakasege aonya udini chini

Habari imeandikwa na Charles Mwakipesile katika gazeti tando la Majira
Mhubiri wa Kimataifa, Mwalimu Christopher Mwakasege amewaonya Watanzania kuacha mawazo ya Tanzania kuongozwa kwa sheria za kidini.

Mwalimu Mwakasege alitoa rai hiyo juzi wakati akifundisha katika semina ya siku ya nane ya neno la Mungu katika viwanja vya Barafu Mjini Dodoma na kusema matatizo yanayoikabili nchi hayawezi kutatuliwa sheria pekee bali kumtanguliza Mungu.

Alisema wakati malumbano mbali mbali yakiwa yanaendelea ni vema Watanzania wakafahamu kuwa suluhisho la matatizo mbalimbali yanayoikabili nchi yanaweza kumalizwa kwa maombi.

Mwalimu Mwakasege alisema, tabia ya kufanya maombi ya zima moto kamwe hayawezi kuwa ukombozi wa matatizo maombi ya kuzama ndani zaidi.

Mtumishi huyo wa Mungu aliwataka Watanzania kuanza utaratibu wa kufanya maombi makubwa kuanzia ngazi ya kitongozi hati Taifa kuiombea Tanzania na mambo mabaya yanayoinyemelea.

Simu inaita toka Ubungo Maziwa, natumai ujumbe umefika!

Hii habari ya kukurupuka na kusema hili jema, ooh, hili zuri, ooh, hili lina faida bila ya kuwaelewesha wananchi na bila ya kujibu maswali yao, nasema ipo siku tutatafutana hapa nchini na vyanzo vya kutafutana vitakuwa hivi hivi mnavyovidharau.

Kila siku mna mkakati mpya na mbinu mpya za kutatua matatizo ya wananchi japo hamwashirikishi na mkiwashirikisha mnatumia shuruti ya kuwalazimisha wakubaliane na matakwa yenu. Kwa bahati mbaya sana, baadhi ya maamuzi mnayoyoyafikia na kuamua kuyatekeleza kabla ya kupima kwa kina faida na hasara, mmekuja kugundua kuwa yana madhara zaidi ya faida. Inapofika hatua kama hiyo, tayari uharibifu unakuwa umetendeka na inayobaki hapo tena ni kila mmoja wenu ninyi kushika njia yake na kubaki kuwaongopea wananchi kuwa, 'tunalishughulikia', hiyo kauli yenu hiyo siku moja wananchi wataitumia kwa vitendo kukuelekeeni ninyi, 'watawashughulikia'. Naomba siku hiyo isifike, mbona mtajuuuta!

beep tu -- triing, triing. alo, aloo!
Kero za wananchi wa Ubungo Maziwa
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Nurses say they are overwhelmed - Global Survey Results

News article from http://www.nursingtimes.net/5003802.article

I couldn't agree more! So, before you change career, don't think that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence! Trust me, no one knows better where the shoe pinches that s/he who wears it. Nevertheless, you are warmly welcome to join one of the most respectable profession - Nursing!

Nursing workloads a global problem

Heavy nursing workloads are having a detrimental effect on patient care and health outcomes across the world, a global survey suggests.

In a survey of over 2,000 nurses from 13 countries, conducted by the International Council of Nurses, 92% of respondents said they faced time constraints that prevented them from spending sufficient time with individual patients. Nearly half said their workload was worse today than it was five years ago.

Findings from the survey also showed that nursing was viewed as a worse career today than it was five years ago in the UK, Canada, the US and Taiwan.

The council’s chief executive David Benton said: ‘Nurses globally are thinking about leaving the profession, which will further impact on already burdened healthcare systems. It is urgent to respond to their needs with adequate staffing, greater independence and greater involvement in decision-making.

‘Nurses must be involved in crucial policy conversations as healthcare systems are growing, developing and changing,’ he added.

AWS Start-Up Challenge Announced

AWS Start-Up ChallengeWelcome to the third annual 2009 AWS Start-Up Challenge. We’re looking for the most promising start-ups that can grow into significant, meaningful, and lasting companies that leverage AWS to build its infrastructure and business.

Start-ups in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Israel are encouraged to apply for a chance to win $50,000 in cash, $50,000 in AWScredits, mentoring sessions from AWS technical experts, and AWS Premium Support Gold for one year.

Tell Us About It
To enter, tell us about your existing company or your start-up idea by completing the online application by August 26, 2009. The judges will review all applications and choose 5 finalists based on the following criteria: originality and creativity of the idea, likelihood of long-term success and scalability, how well it addresses a need in the marketplace, implementation of payments functionality, quality of presentation, and implementation of AWSinfrastructure services and/or other paid services.

The Final Event
In October, the finalists will be announced and we will post a video of each finalist on aws.amazon.com where the community can vote for their favorite start-up as they prepare for the final judging round.

For the final event, AWS will fly each of the finalists to San Jose, CA, USA to present their idea to a judges panel ofAWS executives. That evening, finalists will pitch their business to a live audience and a panel of leaders from the venture capital community then the grand prize winner will be announced.

Reap the Rewards
The grand prize winner will receive $50,000 in cash, $50,000 in AWS service credits, mentoring sessions from AWStechnical experts, and AWS Premium Support Gold for one year. The grand prize winner may also receive a possible investment offer from Amazon. All runner-up finalists will receive $5,000 in AWS service credits and all finalists will be included in various promotional activities.

Plus, all eligible entrants completing the application form will receive $25 in AWS service credits.

New Bonus Award for 2009
The AWS Start-Up Challenge finalist with the most creative monetization model using Amazon Flexible Payments Service (FPS) or Simple Pay from Amazon Payments will receive $5,000 in cash and $5,000 in Amazon Payments credits. Also, all finalists using these payment services will receive $2,500 in Amazon Payments credits and will be included in various promotional activities.

See the Official Rules and Prizes for more information.

Source: http://aws.amazon.com/startupchallenge/

One man eats 36bn/- Norwegian aid (that's one big Tanzanian man)

I remember it was not long time ago, in fact, it was just last week when I said, 'to hell with aid'. It doesn't help! How many years has Tanzania been receiving aid? Nearly 50! and what has come out of aid? More classes and gaps between the 'who haves' and 'who have not', but woe me when I say, 'to hell with aid' someone jumps up as high as a chihuahua would when scared, barking, 'foul, foul Subi, people will die' like they are living right now! Which nation progressed because of aid? Until when shall we keep on depending on aid? What is so difficult that's been hindering our progress? all I see, man, it's greedy, squandering public and aid money, stealing from left and right, improper management, lack of commitment and accountability, misappropriation of funds, fake and forged reports, I could go on but it's worthless. Man, I pray for the day when a common Mwananchi will decide enough is enough. I wouldn't want to be there to witness the chopping off of limbs. You are warned!

I just pray that the citizens of these developed countries (whose bled tax money is being sent as an 'aid' to developing countries), come to realize that in actuality, it's being squandered by 'a few corrupt' and not really helping the intended needy people. I hope they ask their governments to stop 'money for aid' madness all together. That would be really great! Oh sure, I mean it and am seriously hoping that it happens! This is not a joking matter. They really need to cut and stop 'aid' in terms of paper money.

Joyce Kisaka of IPPMedia's newspaper, The Guardian, reports:
Joint Norwegian-Tanzanian audit uncovered the scam

Over 36bn/- in Norwegian aid given to Tanzania between 1994 and 2006 was squandered by an individual who was awarded a procurement contract without following tendering procedures, it has come to light.
An audit into the aid money carried out jointly by Norway and Tanzania has established mismanagement on the Tanzania government side.

Norway gave the money to the Natural Resources and Tourism ministry to finance the Management of Natural Resources Programme (MNRP) in Tanzania from 1994 to 2006.

Speaking to ‘The Guardian’ this week in an exclusive interview, the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Shamsa Mwangunga said the audit has just been completed and they are yet to discuss the findings with Norwegian government officials.

“This person (without revealing the name) claimed to have made advance payment for the purchase of motorcycles which were meant to help increase efficiency among government officers in the ministry.

However no delivery was made whatsoever,” Mwangunga explained.

It was alleged that the person said to be at the centre of the controversial transaction that siphoned the aid money at the expense of the nation had bad record, having committed similar misdeeds in other ministries, but was nevertheless shifted to the ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism only to commit the offence. The man reportedly died last year.

“As I am talking to you now, legal action against those (ministry officials) who in one way or another are linked to the loss of the aid funds is underway,” said Mwangunga.

The minister added that her immediate plan was to hold a meeting with the Norwegian Ambassador to Tanzania to discuss the misappropriation uncovered by the auditors from both countries.

Reached to comment on the matter, the Norwegian Ambassador to Tanzania, Jon Lomoy said that the government of Tanzania had requested postponement of the planned meeting pending completion of the ongoing parliamentary budget meeting in Dodoma.

“We have accepted that request and I don’t think it’s proper to comment on the content of the discussion before we meet with the government representatives,” Lomoy briefly said.

The report compiled by Norwegian auditors revealed that some USD 30 million (over 36bn/-) given to Tanzania as grants over 12 years was misappropriated.

The official report by The Norwegian Anti-corruption Resources Centre entitled ‘Does Aid Work?”,” that focused on the challenges and effectiveness of Grants directed to major natural resources programmes indicated that a larger fraction of the funds received never reached the intended targets, but ended up in individual pockets.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN

Ph.D. position in mosquito ecology Spring 2010 - Univ. of Southern Mississippi

Ph.D. position in mosquito ecology Spring 2010
YEE LAB
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

Deadline for applications is 15 September 2009

Applicants are invited for one highly motivated Ph.D. student (start date Jan. 2010) in the lab of Donald Yee. This position will specifically focus on the ecology of mosquitoes and will contribute to on-going projects in the lab. Past research topics have emphasized larval competition, invasion ecology, species diversity, and life-history trade-offs. We use a combination of field sampling and field and laboratory experiments to understand what regulates populations and communities of mosquitoes in nature. We also use mosquitoes to answer basic ecological questions. Other research topics may be considered, although mosquitoes communities or populations should be a focus. More information concerning the Yee lab can be found here: http://www.usm.edu/biology/faculty/Faculty_Profile_Donald_Yee.htm

General requirements: Masters degree or equivalent experience. Prior field experience and coursework in ecology, entomology, and statistics is preferred. Preference will be given to applicants who have had experience with mosquitoes. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Funding: will be available through a combination of teaching and research assistantships. I also expect students to pursue other funding sources (NSF DDIG, EPA STAR, Sigma Xi, etc.). Full tuition grants are provided. Basic and major medical health coverage is provided to fulltime graduate students in good standing academically. Support for students will be provided to participate in scientific meetings.

Entrance requirements: Although the Department of Biological Sciences does not have a minimum set of scores to be eligible for entrance into the graduate program, potential applicants should expect to have a minimum GPA of 3.00 and have taken the GRE before application (verbal + quantitative scores should exceed 1000). For more information on admission visit this link: http://www.usm.edu/biology/graduate_faq.htm

USM: The University of Southern Mississippi, a Carnegie Research High Activity institution with 15,000 students, is located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, near the Gulf Coast and has abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. Hattiesburg is the medical, commercial, and cultural center of southern Mississippi and is ranked in the top five small metropolitan areas in the United States. The Department of Biological Sciences is comprised of about 30 faculty and offers baccalaureate, Master of Science, and Ph.D. degrees. Over 70 graduate students currently pursue masters and doctoral degrees. Further information about the department may be found at: http://www.usm.edu/biology/.

To inquire, submit (via e-mail)
- cover letter with a brief (~ one page) review of your research experience
- interests and goals
- CV
- contact for three academic references

Send to: [email protected]
Donald A. Yee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor