Tanzanian youths travel to China to witness economic progress

News as reported at XinhuaNet
Invited by Chinese President Hu Jintao during his state visit to Tanzania in February, the delegation of 50 Tanzanian youths from various sectors is due to leave on Sunday for starting an eight-day visit to three Chinese cities.

Tanzania and China have a long and old history of diplomatic relations, and that the volume of trade and investment, as well as people-to-people exchanges are increasing.

Delivering a speech, LP.R. Musaroche, Director of Secondary Education and Acting Commissioner for Education and head of the delegation, said that the trip to China would be an opportunity to Tanzanian youths to witness and learn high level of your development in various fields including education, technology, industry, trade, sports and culture among others. "It is expected that they will also be able to share new ideas from your country," Musaroche added, expressing his hope that the trip to be fruitful to strengthen the traditional friendship and enhance cooperation between the two countries.

To read the uncut story, please visit Xinhua at http://news.xinhuanet.com/english

70 Fellowship Program for Research in Japan

JSPS Invitation Fellowship Program for Research in Japan
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

The JSPS Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan (Long Term) is offered to promote international
scientific cooperation and exchange. It allows researchers employed at designated Japanese research
institutions to invite fellow researchers from other countries to Japan to participate in cooperative activities at
their research institutions.

FIELDS OF RESEARCH
All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are included under this program.

ELIGIBILITY
The candidate must be a researcher with a research background equivalent to that of a professor, assistant
professor or research associate in a Japanese university. As a rule, s/he should be employed full time in an
overseas research institution in a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. (JSPS treats Taiwanese
and Palestinian researchers in this manner.) Other researchers may be eligible if they have held a doctorate
degree for a period of more than six years prior to April 1, 2010. If the candidate is of Japanese nationality,
s/he must have lived abroad and been activity engaged in research for a period of over 10 years.

NUMBER OF FELLOWSHIPS AWARDED
Approximately 70 fellowships will be granted.

TERMS OF AWARD
The terms of the Awards indicated below are subject to change.

For fellows:
1) A round-trip air ticket
2) A monthly maintenance allowance of ¥369,000
3) Domestic research travel allowance of ¥100,000
4) Research expenses of ¥40,000
5) Overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage

For hosts:
Host’s cooperation allowance of ¥50,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE (FOR HOST INSTITUTION): September 4, 2009

Note: This deadline is for the head of the host institution to submit the application to JSPS; the time
frame for applicants (host researchers) to submit their applications is normally earlier.

Use the following link for application and full information: http://www.jsps.go.jp/j-inv/long22/data/youkou_e.pdf

The inside of your computer looks like this

Take note of this image of the various parts of your computers components so that next time the technician is on the line talking to you or walking you through your computer, you at least understand what they are referring to. It pays to even know where to plug in the mic, audio and screen wires.

If you are keen enough to know the functions of these various parts, say, you want to learn more about what a "Mac serial" is, they I suggest you just use any search engine (google, yahoo, wolframalpha, bing, ask etc) to type in the words "what is a mac serial?' and read through when the results page loads.

This image is not a property of this blog, it is a property of, and therefore belongs to http://imgur.com/rwhdj.jpg. I just put it here for a show off and attraction .
Click on the image, you will be re-directed to the original page where you can click it to enlarge for a better view.
Photo also avaliable at http://deviantart.com

Aim higher than rap or basketball, Obama urges young blacks

News article from TimesOnline.co.uk
To watch President Obama's speech, use this YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv6EAaoFNno
Barack Obama

(Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

The 45-minute address was Mr Obama's first big speech on race since he was forced to tackle the issue head on during his presidential campaign last year

James Bone in New York
In his first big speech on race since winning the White House, President Obama has exhorted young blacks to aspire to be more than basketballers and rap music stars.
In a historic address, America’s first black president told the country’s oldest civil rights group, celebrating its 100th anniversary, that it was time for “a new mindset” that did not internalise a sense of limitation.

He told a rapturous audience of 5,000 members of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) that the “pain of discrimination” was still felt in America but that black parents should teach their children that there were “no excuses” for underachieving.

“I believe that overall there probably has never been less discrimination in America than there is today,” he said.
Adopting the impassioned style of a black preacher, Mr Obama urged black children to embrace role models other than the basketball star LeBron James or the rapper Lil Wayne.

“They might think they’ve got a pretty good jump shot or a pretty good flow, but our kids can’t all aspire to be LeBron or Lil Wayne,” he said to applause. “I want them aspiring to be scientists and engineers, doctors and teachers — not just ballers and rappers. I want them aspiring to be a Supreme Court Justice. I want them aspiring to be the President of the United States of America.”

The 45-minute address was Mr Obama’s first big speech on race since he was forced to tackle the issue head on during his presidential campaign last year amid controversy over incendiary remarks by his former pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. White House aides said that he spent two weeks working on the speech and revised it just before he spoke.

Mr Obama, the son of a Kenyan goatherder and a white mother from Kansas, played down his racial heritage during his campaign. But he became unusually personal before the NAACP, with some in the audience shouting “Amen” as though they were in church.
“I was raised by a single mom. I didn’t come from a lot of wealth. I got into my share of trouble as a child. My life could have easily taken a turn for the worse,” he said.
“When I drive through Harlem or I drive through the South Side of Chicago and I see young men on the corners, I say, there but for the grace of God go I.” He credited his mother with saving him from that fate.

“That mother of mine, she gave me love. She pushed me. She cared about my education. She took no lip. She taught me right from wrong. Because of her I had a chance to make the most of my abilities,” he said.

Mr Obama urged other parents to raise their children just as well.
“We can’t tell our kids to do well in school and then fail to support them when they get home. You can’t just contract out parenting. It means attending those parent-teacher conferences and reading to our children and helping them with their homework.”

“And, by the way, it means we need to be there for our neighbours’ sons and daughters. We need to go back to the time, back to the day when we parents saw somebody, saw some kid fooling around and it wasn’t your child, but they’ll whup you anyway,” he said to laughter and applause. “Or at least they’ll tell your parents — the parents will.”
He said that his recent trip to a fort in Ghana from which slaves were shipped to the New World had reminded him of “all the pain and all the hardship” of America’s legacy of slavery.

“But I was also reminded of something else. I was reminded that no matter how bitter the rod or how stony the road, we have persevered.”
Mr Obama’s address to the NAACP came two days after Michael Steele, the first black chairman of the Republican Party, addressed the same conference. “Think about it this way,” Mr Steele told the sceptical audience, “if a black man can become chairman of the Republican National Committee, then anything is possible.”

Message for TP Fans from Tyler Perry

Hey, it's been a while, sorry I've been a little busy. I haven't had much time to write because I've been dealing with a whole lot lately. I barely finished I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF. For those of you who don't know,
that's the next movie with Gladys Knight, Taraji P. Henson, Adam Rodriguez, Marvin Winans, Mary J. Blige, and Madea. It's soooo good! It comes out September 11th. I went right from there into WHY DID I GET
MARRIED, TOO, and yes the entire original cast is back. And, if you liked the first one you're not ready for how good this one is! I kid you not. It is crazy amazing!

Just a couple of things. CNN is doing a special called BLACK IN AMERICA, and I'm interviewed for it. It is the first time anyone will really get to see a little bit of the studio. And it is also the first time I address the credits. I just touched on it a little bit here but on 60 MINUTES I really go into it in detail. 60 MINUTES comes on later in the year but BLACK IN AMERICA comes on July 22 and 23 on CNN. Check it out if you can. I found it very inspiring. Soledad O'Brien did such a great job.

I found out something about myself recently...Back in November when I got Aldo, my two-year old German Shepherd, I looked at him and he looked at me and I think we were both thinking, "What do we do now?"

I had major anxiety about taking care of a living creature for the rest of its life. The responsibility was overwhelming to me. I was like, "There is no way! I work 16 to 18 hours a day. I forget to eat. I don't take time
for myself. My friends complain that when I'm working I don't return phone calls for weeks. I'm constantly on a flight to somewhere!" I'm just the kind of guy that is focused. I love what I do, and with 2 TV shows and
doing 4 movies this year I don't have time to think, let alone take care of a living creature. That's why I'm single and have no kids. I know me, I don't want to stop what I'm doing when I'm on a roll for anything. Okay so
that's a snap shot of my life. It's the work first and everything else second. I know that's bad, but hear me out.

So something comes over me one day, and I got a dog. So Aldo (that's his name...he was already named, I didn't name him,..LOL) comes and it was really strange. I know this sounds crazy but I had night sweats because I was responsible for this living thing. The anxiety was so bad I thought that I should give him to someone who had the time for a dog. So, for the first month one of the guys who works for me helped me a great deal with Aldo. He fed him and walked him and played with him. He loves dogs. When I would go out of town he and his wife, who have two dogs of their own, would take him to their house. He would have so much fun with those dogs and I would come home and he would be back in the house with me. He'd be looking at me like, "Who are you?"

One Saturday morning the staff was off so it was just me and Aldo and I had worked late the night before. Now I'm usually up by 5:30am in the morning for my work out and have him fed and walked by 7am, but I decided
to sleep in. At 7am I heard knocking at my bedroom door. I sat up in the bed knowing that I live alone. The security alarm was set and no one could be in the house. I heard it again! I got up. It was Aldo knocking on my
door. I sat there shocked! This dog was knocking at my door! He was sitting there wagging his tail looking at me like, "WHATS UP?" So, as I went towards the bed to get my slippers to take him out, this dog, who
never gets on the furniture, jumps in my bed in the spot that I was sleeping as if to say, "You're not getting back in this bed!" I was laughing so hard. I took him out, walked him and played with him. From that day on he's been my best buddy. He has so much personality. He has really changed my life. Even though I have help, I find myself not working long hours so that I can rush home to walk him and feed him. It's so crazy! Who knew that me, Mr. Commitment Phob, could feel like this about any living creature? Maybe Aldo is God's way of preparing me to be a father. Who knows? When I come down the stairs in the morning he's there at the bottom of the stairs. He jumps up to hug me. It the craziest thing! Nobody believes it until they see it. He gets me up every morning to run the yard with him. I've been dealing with a lot with my mothers illness lately, so I've had a few rough days. Aldo would come put his head on my lap and look up at me, as if to say, "It's going to be okay." I'm telling you this dog is so great. He really changed my life. Because I have to take care of him it makes me take better care of myself.

All of that to say, I didn't know that a dog could change my life. I have officially become a dog lover. I went to the humane society yesterday. I wanted to adopt a dog for him to have a companion to run and play with. I
came home with three puppies, Peter, Paul and Mary (LOL). This time I may have gone a little to far (SMILE). Wish me luck.

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Women will understand this "Open Letter to ALWAYS" lol

I received this in an email, I laughed out so loud and  I thought I should share it with blog readers. Pretty much sums up everything! She has my vote!
I went ahead searching for this letter and stumbled upon the writer's blog, Wendi Aarons. By the time I read it on her blog (July 18, 2009) she already had 189 comments. Way to go Wendi! 
An Open Letter to James Thatcher, Brand Manager, Proctor and Gamble

Dear Mr. Thatcher,

I have been a loyal user of your Always maxi pads for over 20 years, and I appreciate many of their features. Why, without the LeakGuard Core™ or Dri-Weave™ absorbency, I'd probably never go horseback riding or salsa dancing, and I'd certainly steer clear of running up and down the beach in tight, white shorts. But my favorite feature has to be your revolutionary Flexi-Wings. Kudos on being the only company smart enough to realize how crucial it is that maxi pads be aerodynamic. I can't tell you how safe and secure I feel each month knowing there's a little F-16 in my pants.

Have you ever had a menstrual period, Mr. Thatcher? Ever suffered from "the curse"? I'm guessing you haven't. Well, my "time of the month" is starting right now. As I type, I can already feel hormonal forces violently surging through my body. Just a few minutes from now, my body will adjust and I'll be transformed into what my husband likes to call "an inbred hillbilly with knife skills." Isn't the human body amazing?

As brand manager in the feminine-hygiene division, you've no doubt seen quite a bit of research on what exactly happens during your customers' monthly visits from Aunt Flo. Therefore, you must know about the bloating, puffiness, and cramping we endure, and about our intense mood swings, crying jags, and out-of-control behavior. You surely realize it's a tough time for most women. In fact, only last week, my friend Jennifer fought the violent urge to shove her boyfriend's testicles into a George Foreman Grill just because he told her he thought Grey's Anatomy was written by drunken chimps. Crazy! The point is, sir, you of all people must realize that America is just crawling with homicidal maniacs in capri pants. Which brings me to the reason for my letter.

Last month, while in the throes of cramping so painful I wanted to reach inside my body and yank out my uterus, I opened an Always maxi pad, and there, printed on the adhesive backing, were these words: "Have a Happy Period."

Are you fucking kidding me?

What I mean is, does any part of your tiny middle-manager brain really think happiness—actual smiling, laughing happiness—is possible during a menstrual period? Did anything mentioned above sound the least bit pleasurable? Well, did it, James? FYI, unless you're some kind of sick S&M freak girl, there will never be anything "happy" about a day in which you have to jack yourself up on Motrin and KahlĂșa and lock yourself in your house just so you don't march down to the local Walgreens armed with a hunting rifle and a sketchy plan to end your life in a blaze of glory. For the love of God, pull your head out, man. If you just have to slap a moronic message on a maxi pad, wouldn't it make more sense to say something that's actually pertinent, like "Put Down the Hammer" or "Vehicular Manslaughter Is Wrong"? Or are you just picking on us?

Sir, please inform your accounting department that, effective immediately, there will be an $8 drop in monthly profits, for I have chosen to take my maxi-pad business elsewhere. And though I will certainly miss your Flexi-Wings, I will not for one minute miss your brand of condescending bullshit. And that's a promise I will keep. Always.

Best,

Wendi Aarons

Austin, TX

Job opp: Regional Program Development Manager (RPDM) - Africa

Organization(s): Relief International
Country/Region: Kenya
Apply by: 01 September 2009
For epplications, please email [email protected]


 
Position Summary: Relief International currently seeks full-time RPDMs to represent RI in all forums and to all donors and partner agencies in assigned region, with the objective of increasing visibility for RI's work, advocating for issues important to the RI mandate, identifying and pursuing funding and other opportunities for the organization. RPDMs may be based in Afghanistan/Pakistan, Nairobi, South Asia or other location. RPDMs report to the Vice President Program Development.
 
QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS:
  • This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel between field offices and to either LA or DC as needed
  • MA in international relations, business administration or other relevant field
  • 5 years' minimum experience INGO context, previous experience with USAID preferred
  • Proven success in grant writing, net-working and liaising with field and HQ staff when necessary

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

 
Application Procedure: To be considered for this recruitment, please submit a cover letter, resume, salary history, 3 professional supervisory references (whom we may contact after a second interview) with the date of availability to [email protected]. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 
***IMPORTANT: The email subject line MUST include the following: RPDM - AFRICA.

 
If you think you can qualify for this job or know anybody who would like to apply, read the description of job responsibilities at: http://www.devex.com/jobs/jul2009-relief-international-regional-program-development-manager-rpdm-africa