Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School

Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School offers a range of scholarships:

  • Academic Scholarships for entry to Year 5 and Year 7
  • Music Scholarships for entry to Years 5 through to Year 11
  • VCE Excellence Scholarships for entry to Year 10 and Year 11.
For further details of each scholarship see below.

All scholarship applications can be completed on line through the School website after November 2008.

Academic Scholarships for entry to Year 5 and Year 7
Year 7
The School offers Scholarships to students entering Year 7 in 2011. These Academic Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit. There is no age limit for entry, but a candidate must enter Year 7 in 2011 and therefore will be in Year 6 in 2010. The scholarship tenure is for the 6 years of secondary school at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School.
Year 5
The School offers Scholarships to students entering Year 5 in 2011. These Academic Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit. There is no age limit for entry, but a candidate must enter Year 5 in 2011 and therefore will be in Year 4 in 2010 The scholarship tenure is for the final two years of primary school and 6 years of secondary school at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School.
All applicants will be required to sit an academic scholarship test conducted by Robert Allwell and Associates
Applications open November 2009.
Applications close: to be confirmed.
Test Date: Saturday to be confirmed.
Music Scholarships
Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School also offers Music Scholarships to current students and new students entering Years 5-11, 2011.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of an audition (similar to AMEB exam). The minimum standard (AMEB Grade level or equivalent) suggested for audition selection is:
Students in Years 4 – 6 (2010)
An A grade pass in:
  • Grade 4 Piano
  • Grade 4 Strings
  • Grade 3 Wind/Brass/Percussion
Students in Year 7 – 10 (2010)
An A grade pass in:
  • Grade 5 Piano
  • Grade 5 Strings
  • Grade 4 Wind/Brass/Percussion
Applications open November 2009.
Applications close: to be confirmed.
Audition dates: to be confirmed.

22 Ph.D. positions: From Neuroscience to Neuro-Inspired Computing

22 Ph.D. Positions are available in the following scientific work areas: Neurobiology of Cells and Networks, Modelling of Neural Systems, Neuromorphic Hardware, Neuro-Electronic Interfaces, Computational Principles in Neural Architectures, Mechanisms of Learning and Plasticity.

This 'Marie-Curie Initial Training Network' (funded by the EU) involves 15 groups at European Research Universities, Research Centers and Industrial Partners in 6 countries.

Ph.D. students will participate in an exciting research programme and will receive a strongly interdisciplinary training in all scientific areas involved as well as in additional skills (planned training workshops). The program also includes extended stays in several partner laboratories (about 4 months in 2-3 different locations). Ph.D. degrees will be awarded by the universities of the partner groups. Each position is funded for up to 3 years.

Applicants with an excellent degree (Master of Science, Diploma, earned since September 2005) in Biology, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering or Mathematics and the strong wish to actively contribute to an interdisciplinary research activity are invited to apply.

Apply for one of the 22 available Ph.D. positions
Please see the How to apply page to apply.

Short version:
To apply use the web-based-application forms

The application deadline is 20 August 2009 and the work should start between October 2009 and July 2010
Conditions (details):
  • you are an 'early stage researcher', i.e. (a) you hold a degree which formally entitles you to embark on a doctorate and (b) the degree has been earned after October 2005 (=less than 4 years ago at selection time)
  • you have a nationality of a country other than the country of host group for which you apply
  • you have not lived in the country of the host group for more than 12 months between October 2006 and October 2009
Research Areas
Area I: Neurobiology of cells and networks
Area II: Modelling of Neural Systems
Area III a: Neuromorphic Hardware
Area III b: Neuro-Electronic Interfaces
Area IV: Computational Principles, Learning and Plasticity

While each thesis has a primary scientific area, it is explicitly envisaged that the thesis projects bridge the gap to at least one of the other work areas.

Vikosi vya Simba na Yanga: Ligi Kuu ya soka Tanzania 2009/10

SIMBA Sports Club - Wekundu wa Msimbazi
Makipa: Juma Kaseja, Ally Mustapha, Deogratius Mushi
Mabeki: Haruna Shamte, Salum Kanoni, Kelvin Yondani, Antony Matangalu, Meshack Abel, Juma Jabu, Juma Nyosso, David Naftal na Joseph Owino.
Viungo: Haruna Moshi, Nico Nyagawa, Hilary Echesa, Mohamed Banka, Ramadhan Chombo, Jabir Aziz na Amir Kiemba.
Viungo pembeni: Salim Aziz, Adam Kingwande, Uhuru Seleman na Ulimboka Mwakingwe
Washambuliaji: Danny Mrwanda, Mussa Mgosi, Mohamed Kijuso, George Nyanda na Emmanuel Okwi.

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Young Africans (YANGA) Sports Club - Wajangwani
Makipa: Steven Marash, Obren Curkovic na Nelson Kimath
Mabeki: Bakari Mohamed, Nadir Haroub, Wisdom Ndhlovu, Fred Mbuna, Amir Maftah, Joseph Shikokoti, John Njoroge, Shadrack Nsajigwa na Hamisi Yusuph.
Viungo: Athuman Idd, Nurdin Bakari, Geofrey Bonny, Abdi Kassim, Razak Khalfan na Steven Bengo.
Viungo pembeni: Mike Baraza, Mrisho Ngassa, Moses Odhiambo, Kigi Makasi, Shamte Ally, Vicent Barnabas na Kabongo Honore.
Washambuliaji: Ally Msigwa, Boniface Ambani, Jerry Tegete, Robert Jama Mba na Iddy Ally.

Kwa habari zaidi za kabumbu, tembelea tovuti za Tanzania na hasa gazeti la MwanaSpoti

Emanuel Okwi na Joseph Owino ruksa kusakata kabumbu Simba SC

The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has cleared two Ugandan players to play for Simba FC in the 2009/2010 Tanzanian Premier League season.African Cup ball
TFF information officer, Florian Kaijage, named Emanuel Okwi and Joseph Owino as the players who have been cleared to play for the Tanzania mainland giants, as they fight to snatch the title from their arch rivals, Yanga FC. Okwi signed for the Msimbazi Street giants from Uganda's SC Villa, while defender Owino switched from Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).

Meanwhile, Mtibwa Sugar's Uhuru Seleman is likely to face suspension after TFF found him guilty of signing for two clubs. Uhuru moved on to Simba recently, but the federation disclosed that his two-year contract with Mtibwa was still valid. However, Simba's registration committee chairman Kassim Dewji said his club had already sealed a deal with Coastal Union, the team Uhuru served before joining Mtibwa. He said Seleman was playing for the Morogoro based side on loan, which necessitated Simba to finalise the deal with Coast Union. Kaijage said Uhuru's case was complicated, but promised that it would be sorted out during a TFF meeting that would be held later this month.
Credit and Copyright notice: This sports news was written by James Momanyi of Goal.com

Sailesh Vithlani finally nailed by UK authorities

Sailesh Vithlani the man who has been hiding out in Switzerland for years to escape prosecution for brokering the BAE radar scam has finally been cornered by UK authorities.
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Vithlani fled Tanzania almost three years ago while out on bail for charges involving the trumped up $40million radar deal, and since then the Prevention and Combating Corruption Bureau (PCCB) has sought help from the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in getting Vithlani extradited back to the country to face the charges.

According to reliable information confirmed by sources within the SFO and the PCCB, Vithlani has been apprehended and will be extradited to Tanzania in the next few weeks.

Corruption Bureau (PCCB) has sought help from the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in getting Vithlani extradited back to the country to face the charges.

According to reliable information confirmed by sources within the SFO and the PCCB, Vithlani has been apprehended and will be extradited to Tanzania in the next few weeks.

The move by UK’s authority follows an official request made by PCCB chief Edward Hosea in April, which, among other things, asked the UK to assist in the extradition of all key officials accused of corruption in the controversial radar deal.

Apart from Vithlani, three UK citizens, including a former close aide to Tony Blair, have been implicated in the controversial radar deal, The Guardian on Sunday has established.

Vithlani organised the $40 million deal between the UK arms suppliers British Aerospace Engineering (BAE Systems) and the Tanzanian government, and allegedly received kickbacks amounting to $12 million that he shared with at least seven high-ranking officials from the previous Tanzanian administration.

Vithlani’s capture and subsequent extradition will put in motion the first prosecution involving the deal, in which BAE Systems peddled a watchman radar at about Sh16billion above the market price.

“We have him…he is under our watch and once everything is finalised we shall hand him over to the Tanzanian authority,” a senior SFO official told The Guardian on Sunday on Friday in a phone interview.

Vithlani cooperated with the SFO’s investigation of the deal in exchange for legal immunity in that country, but the UK official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the UK couldn’t shield Vithlani from the prosecutions in Tanzania.

“The UK can’t protect any individual proved to be implicated in corruption or any other forms of serious crimes,” said the official, who has been working on the BAE case with controller Mathew Cowie. “Vithlani is within our reach and once everything is ready he will be extradited to Tanzania.”

Vithlani’s arrest and prosecution will be a breakthrough for Dr Hosea and his team at the PCCB, which has faced growing public pressure to deliver on the case that it has been investigating for nearly four years.

But, if Vithlani serves jail time in Tanzania, it could complicate things for the SFO, which once described Vithlani as a potential witness after he admitted to receiving millions of dollars in kickbacks for brokering the radar deal.

His admission in 2007 that $12million was covertly moved to his Swiss bank account by BAE Systems angered some top government officials from the previous regime. He said BAE had made two parallel arrangements with the middlemen.

In the first, a conventional agency agreement was signed.

Under this, a 1-percent commission was to be paid if the $40m radar deal went through, to a Tanzania-registered firm, Merlin International Ltd.

Vithlani was the majority shareholder in Merlin, his partner Tanil Somaiya said, while he had a small token interest himself. BAE paid the $400,000 in installments, Somaiya said, as the radar equipment was delivered.

But under a second, more unusual agreement, BAE's secretly-owned offshore company Red Diamond deposited another $12million, representing 30 percent of the contract price, in Switzerland.

That money was under the personal control of Vithlani, Somaiya said, and this had been admitted to UK police.

The back-door payment represented 30 percent of the contract value. “They now see him as a betrayer and that’s why he needs strong protection,” an official close to the investigation told The Guardian on Sunday on condition of anonymity.

A tough task ahead The BAE case has put UK authorities in a tight position over the years, with one official diplomat from the British High Commission in Dar es Salaam trying to block the investigation at one point.

The official, who has since retired and returned to the UK, tried unsuccessfully to block PCCB officials from nailing two Britons believed to be close associates of former Prime Minister Blair.

In one incident, the diplomat wrote a very damning dossier asking for the protection for the Britons implicated in the case, to avoid what he described as a huge embarrassment to the UK and to Blair’s regime.

The diplomat wrote that it would be embarrassing for the world to know that some of Blair’s close associates connived to ‘steal’ from a poor country like Tanzania whose budget is in large part financed by foreign donors including the UK.

The dossier was intercepted by top officials within the SFO, who then leaked the information to the PCCB.

On June 12, 2007, Blair defended the government's 2006 decision to halt the SFO’s investigation into alleged bribery surrounding BAE Systems' contracts with Saudi Arabia.

The former prime minister told the House of Commons that continuing the investigation would have damaged the UK's relationship with the oil-rich country.

Since 1985, BAE Systems has signed $80billion worth of arms contracts with Saudi Arabia. But it was alleged these were agreed in return for payments totalling £1 billion to Prince Bander.

The government halted the SFO investigation in December 2006 and the case has since been investigated by the OECD.

Who is Vithlani?
Born on October 3, 1964, in Mwanza, Sailesh Vithlani grew up poor and was fixated at a young age on getting rich quickly.

In 1986, two years after graduating from Lake Secondary School, Vithlani secured $2,000 to start his first business, brokering gold from the Mwanza area.

“He established strong ties to the black market in Kenya…and after few months he bought two vehicles and formed a company to supply various services to the army,” a relative of Vithlani told The Guardian on Sunday recently.

After dealing with the army for about two years, Vithlani moved his base to the country’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, with his business associate and childhood friend, Tanil Somaiya.

He was tipped-off by close friends of the booming business of catering to the army in Dar es Salaam. Together the two friends relocated from Mwanza and opened a company, which they used to win lucrative military tenders.

According to reliable sources in Dar es Salaam, two controversial deals involving the purchase of a radar and the presidential jet earned Vithlani close to $25million.

In Dar, Vithlani has longstanding relationships with military and government figures, relationships he was able to milk when the opportunity to transact dubious deals with the government arose.

To those who knew him growing up, Vithlani was a very well bred person who has always been meticulous, if ruthless, in planning how he would earn his riches by his mid-30s.

His former secondary school teacher described Vithlani as “very polite, shy, humble, but very ambitious.”

“In class he was mainly interested in studying English language and commerce…he spent more time reading western literature novels, especially those focusing on crime,” the teacher told The Guardian on Sunday.

In the early 1990s, as he accrued greater wealth Vithlani relocated his mother and younger brother to South London.

He applied for a British passport five years later and qualified for one, despite holding onto his Tanzanian passport.

In 1992, Vithlani first proposed a $220m military radar tender to the government of Tanzania, but the deal didn’t mature due to lack of funds. If the deal had gone through, Vithlani would have earned a kickback amounting to $70m, according to a close friend.
News Credit and Copyright: http://www.thezimbabwean.co.uk
Photo credit: IssaMichuzi Blog

China signs with Tanzania to build cardiac treatment center

China signed a construction contract with the Tanzanian government to build a cardiac surgery treatment and training center in Dar es Salaam, capital of Tanzania.

At the signing ceremony, Blandina Nyoni, permanent secretary of the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, praised China as a long-term partner for supporting the country's medical service since 1968.

"China assisted Tanzania with medical equipment and training as well as the treatment of HIV/AIDS patients via traditional Chinese medicine," she was quoted by Xinhua as saying, adding the Tanzanian people will benefit from the project as they will no longer need to go abroad to receive the surgery in the future.

China has been showing its enormous interest in doing business in Africa in recent years, with obsession especially in energy, manufacturing and construction.

China's top construction companies, including Beijing-based China State Construction Engineering Corp and Shanghai-based Shanghai Construction Group, have all presented themselves in African countries like Tanzania, Angola and Kenya, for projects like infrastructure construction and real estate development.
Credit & Copyright of News report from GroundReport.com/World by Wang Fangqing July 19, 2009 and DigitalJournal.com/article (Click the links to read the full story)

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