Askofu Pengo asema, 'Nchi imeoza'

ASKOFU wa Jimbo Kuu Katoliki la Dar es Salaam, Muadhama Polycarp Kardinali Pengo ameibuka tena na kutangaza mapambano mapya dhidi ya mafisadi huku huku akidai nchi imeoza na kamwe kanisa halitakaa kimya na kulea hali hiyo.


“Sisi viongozi wa dini hatuwezi kunyamaza huku tukiona nchi inaendelea kuozeshwa na viongozi wasiozingatia maadili ya utawala bora. Lazima tukemee kwa nguvu zote! ”alisema.

Kiongozi huyo wa Kanisa Katoliki aliyasema hayo jana wakati wa Jubilee ya Miaka 75 ya Shirika la Masista wa Bibi Yetu Kilimanjaro iliyokwenda sambamba na harambee ya kuchangia Shule ya Sekondari Henry Gogat iliyopo wilayani Rombo.

Aliwataka wananchi kushirikiana na viongozi wa dini kuwafichukua mafisadi na kuwakemea popote pale walipo.

“Wananchi tusaidieni katika vita hii. Viongozi wa dini hawawezi kuwajua mafisadi wote, unaweza kumjua mmoja wapo lakini ninyi mnawajua wengi na wametapakaa nchini kote, hata hivyo tutapambana nao hata angekuwa nani, ”alisema Kardinali Pengo.

Kardinali Pengo alisema Kanisa Katoliki halina mgombea wa urais linayemwandaa kwa ajili ya Uchaguzi Mkuu wa mwaka 2010 kama ambavyo imekuwa ikidaiwa na baadhi ya watu nchini.

Alisema kanisa halina ugomvi na Rais Jakaya Kikwete katika uongozi wake bali lina ugomvi na mafisadi ambao hutumia nafasi zao kuiangamiza nchi.

Alisema ni jukumu la kanisa katika kuwaelemisha waumini wake na wananchi kwa ujumla kuhusu athari za ufisadi ambazo zimeendelea kulingamiza taifa.

Kardinali Pengo alisema Kanisa halitasita kukemea viongozi wanaotumia madaraka yao kuendeleza na kuwatetea mafisadi bali lipo tayari kuwasaidia watu wote wenye nia njema na nchi katika kuongoza vita ya kupinga vitendo hivyo.

Alisema nyaraka za kichungaji zipo na zinalenga kuamsha wananchi kwa ujumla kwa vile wananchi hao wanawajua mafisadi zaidi kwa sababu wanawatembelea mara kwa mara hususani wakati wa kampeni ili wawachague katika nafasi mbalimbali.

Kardinali Pengo alisema waraka wa Kanisa Katoliki haulengi kutangaza dini hiyo wala kuligawa taifa kwa misingi ya kidini bali unazingatia zaidi kuelimisha wananchi kuhusiana na athari za ufisadi na umuhimu wa kuwa na viongozi waaadilifu.

“Kanisa halina ugomvi na yeyote aliyepo madarakani wala dhehebu lolote la dini. Anayejijua ni msafi waraka wetu haumuhusu, lakini anayehusika na ufisadi hafai kuwa kiongozi wa wananchi,”alisema.

Alisema Kanisa Katoliki halina ugomvi na madhehebu ya dini yanayofuata mipango ya Mungu inavyoelekeza, lakini wasiofuata mipango ya Mungu lazima wakemewe na hawatafumbiwa macho.

Alisema vita dhidi ya ufisadi haichagua dhehebu la dini na kwamba hata kama fisadi huyo atakuwa mkatoliti lazima akemewe na kumueleza waziwazi kwamba kanisa haliko pamoja naye.

Akitoa salamu za serikali,Waziri wa Maliasili na Utalii, Bibi. Shamsa Mwangunga ambaye alimwakilisha Waziri Mkuu, Bw. Mizengo Pinda, alisema serikali itaendelea kushirikiana na taasisi zote kuendeleza sekta ya elimu.

Katika harambee hiyo Waziri Mwangunga alichangia shilingi milioni 11.5.
Chanzo cha habari Na Martha Fataely, Rombo akiliandikia gazeti la Majira.co.tz

Wasomi wa Tanzania waendelea kusererekea nje na kung'ara

vrac.JPG (275×206)Professor JOHN SEVERIN MSHANA was in July 2008 appointed by the government of Rwanda as Vice Rector responsible for academics at Kigali Institute of Science and Technology. Prior to this appointment, Professor Mshana held senior academic and administrative positions at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in Tanzania. Notably, in February 2001, he was appointed by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania as Chief Administrative Officer (equivalent to Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration) of the University of Dar es Salaam. He held this post until the end of his tenure in December 2006.

As Chief Administrative Officer, he was responsible to the Vice Chancellor for all administrative and financial matters pertaining to the UDSM.

Furthermore, he was Secretary of the Program Steering Committee (PSC), which was responsible for steering the Institutional Transformation Programme of the UDSM since 1994. It is on record that during this period the UDSM was transformed to be one of the best Universities in Africa (ranked 13th in 2006).

From July 2000 to January 2001, Prof. Mshana was the Principal of the University College of Lands and Architectural Studies. Further, Prof. Mshana held other administrative positions such as Director, Institute of Production Innovation, from 1994 to 1997 and Head of the department of Mechanical Engineering, from 1987 to 1994. In addition to these administrative assignments, Prof. Mshana was involved in teaching, research and consultancy activities. Therefore on the basis of his diverse and excellent academic profile, Prof. Mshana moved from the post of Tutorial Assistant in 1976 to full Professor in 1996.

Professor Mshana obtained his Doctorate degree from the University of Ottawa in May 1986, specializing in Solid Mechanics. Prior to the Ph.D programme, he had obtained his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the same University in 1979 and a Bachelors degree, also in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi in 1976.

On research, Prof. Mshana has managed to publish more than 32 articles in reputable regional and international journals. While the bulk of the research papers are in solid mechanics, Prof Mshana has also done research in other areas such as design optimization of internal combustion engines, industrial maintenance and engineering education.

Professionally, Prof. Mshana has been engaged in consultancy assignments relating to mechanical engineering in general, training and specialized studies. He is a registered consulting engineer and is also a member of the Institution of Engineers in Tanzania.
Source: http://www.kist.ac.rw/staff/vrac.html

Piga simu #... Andika email @.... Sept 9 Saa... muulize swali Rais wa Tz

DIRECTORATE OF PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS
UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA

Telephone: 255-22-2114512, 2116898
E-mail: [email protected]
Fax: 255-22-2113425

PRESIDENT’S OFFICE,
THE STATE HOUSE,
P.O. BOX 9120 ,
DAR ES SALAAM.
Tanzania.

TAARIFA KWA VYOMBO VYA HABARI

Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, Mheshimiwa Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, kesho, Jumatano, Septemba 9, 2009, atazungumza moja kwa moja na wananchi kupitia Shirika la Utangazaji Tanzania (TBC) na vyombo vingine vya utangazaji nchini kuanzia saa mbili na nusu usiku. Mbali na TBC, televisheni nyingine za ITV, TVZ, Mlimani TV, Tumaini TV na Channel Ten zinatarajia kuonyesha mazungumzo hayo.

Rais atatumia aina mpya ya kuwasiliana na wananchi kwa kusikiliza hoja zao, kwa kujibu maswali yao , kusikiliza ushauri wao na kupata maoni juu ya mambo yanayohusu mustakabali wa nchi yetu, Serikali yetu na maendeleo yetu.

Aidha, Rais atasikiliza matarajio ya wananchi katika jitihada zao za kuboresha maisha yao kwa kujiletea maendeleo.

Mazungumzo hayo yatakayochukua muda wa dakika 90 kuanzia saa mbili unusu usiku (saa 2:30 usiku) hadi saa nne kamili usiku.

Aidha mazungumzo hayo yatatangazwa kwenye redio za TBC-Taifa, Sauti ya Tanzania, Zanzibar, Radio Mlimani, Radio Clouds, Radio Tumaini, na Radio Uhuru.

Maswali, maoni, hoja, ushauri utapokelewa moja kwa moja na TBC kupitia simu nambari +255-22-2772448, +255-22-2772452 na +255-22-2772454.

Aidha, maswali, maoni, hoja ama ushauri unaweza kutumwa moja kwa moja TBC kupitia ujumbe mfupi wa SMS kwenye nambari 0788-500019, 0714-591589 na 0764-807683 ama kupitia kwenye barua pepe [email protected] kuanzia leo.

Kurugenzi ya Mawasiliano ya Rais inawashauri wananchi kutumia kikamilifu nafasi hiyo ya kuwasiliana moja kwa moja na Rais wao.

Imetolewa na:
Kurugenzi ya Mawasiliano ya Rais,
Ikulu,
DAR ES SALAAM.

08 Septemba, 2009

Men become stupid when talking & trying to impress pretty women

Trying to impress women can take up all the male brain's power

A recent experiment done by a group of Dutch psychologists to 40 heterosexual volunteers concluded that men literally lose their minds when talking to women they find attractive.

The study was inspired by one of the experimenters of this study after he forgot his address while talking to a pretty woman. They then went ahead and tested the memory skills of 40 heterosexual volunteers before and after they spoke to attractive women.

Results: Men's cognitive skills were seriously impaired after trying to impress the women.

The researchers of this study which was published in the Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology, think the reason may be that men use up so much of their brain function or 'cognitive resources' trying to impress beautiful women, they have little left for other tasks.

NOW get this: A similar experiment using female volunteers found that their memory skills were unaffected by talking to handsome men.

I have personally heard some women saying this isn't all true based on their personal experience. Listening to a radio talk show when this study was debated, some women admitted to have lost their mind when talking to a 'handsome' guy. So as it is with any other study, this too, IMHO, will vary at an individual level, some obvious some not. I am more inclined to agreeing with the idea that, women are less prone to 'loosing' their minds as compared to men, (don't ask me how true this is or where I got the results to back up my claim, I just said, this is what I would favor! Take it or leave it, my opinion, it's mine - no pun intended LOL).

For more on this study, read The Telegraph at: telegraph.co.uk/healthnews/Men-lose-their-minds-speaking-to-pretty-women


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Back to School Event: Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama

Text obtained from the Government of USA website: whitehouse.gov/PreparedSchoolRemarks
Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama
Back to School Event

Arlington, Virginia
September 8, 2009

The President: Hello everyone – how’s everybody doing today? I’m here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we’ve got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through twelfth grade. I’m glad you all could join us today.

I know that for many of you, today is the first day of school. And for those of you in kindergarten, or starting middle or high school, it’s your first day in a new school, so it’s understandable if you’re a little nervous. I imagine there are some seniors out there who are feeling pretty good right now, with just one more year to go. And no matter what grade you’re in, some of you are probably wishing it were still summer, and you could’ve stayed in bed just a little longer this morning.

I know that feeling. When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn’t have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday – at 4:30 in the morning.

Now I wasn’t too happy about getting up that early. A lot of times, I’d fall asleep right there at the kitchen table. But whenever I’d complain, my mother would just give me one of those looks and say, "This is no picnic for me either, buster."

So I know some of you are still adjusting to being back at school. But I’m here today because I have something important to discuss with you. I’m here because I want to talk with you about your education and what’s expected of all of you in this new school year.

Now I’ve given a lot of speeches about education. And I’ve talked a lot about responsibility.

I’ve talked about your teachers’ responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn.

I’ve talked about your parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox.

I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working where students aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve.

But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world – and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.

And that’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education. I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself.

Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide.
Maybe you could be a good writer – maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper – but you might not know it until you write a paper for your English class. Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor – maybe even good enough to come up with the next iPhone or a new medicine or vaccine – but you might not know it until you do a project for your science class. Maybe you could be a mayor or a Senator or a Supreme Court Justice, but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team.

And no matter what you want to do with your life – I guarantee that you’ll need an education to do it. You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.

And this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.

You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You’ll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.

We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems. If you don’t do that – if you quit on school – you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country.

Now I know it’s not always easy to do well in school. I know a lot of you have challenges in your lives right now that can make it hard to focus on your schoolwork.

I get it. I know what that’s like. My father left my family when I was two years old, and I was raised by a single mother who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn’t always able to give us things the other kids had. There were times when I missed having a father in my life. There were times when I was lonely and felt like I didn’t fit in.

So I wasn’t always as focused as I should have been. I did some things I’m not proud of, and got in more trouble than I should have. And my life could have easily taken a turn for the worse.

But I was fortunate. I got a lot of second chances and had the opportunity to go to college, and law school, and follow my dreams. My wife, our First Lady Michelle Obama, has a similar story. Neither of her parents had gone to college, and they didn’t have much. But they worked hard, and she worked hard, so that she could go to the best schools in this country.

Some of you might not have those advantages. Maybe you don’t have adults in your life who give you the support that you need. Maybe someone in your family has lost their job, and there’s not enough money to go around. Maybe you live in a neighborhood where you don’t feel safe, or have friends who are pressuring you to do things you know aren’t right.

But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life – what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you’ve got going on at home – that’s no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. That’s no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. That’s no excuse for not trying.

Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.

That’s what young people like you are doing every day, all across America.

Young people like Jazmin Perez, from Roma, Texas. Jazmin didn’t speak English when she first started school. Hardly anyone in her hometown went to college, and neither of her parents had gone either. But she worked hard, earned good grades, got a scholarship to Brown University, and is now in graduate school, studying public health, on her way to being Dr. Jazmin Perez.

I’m thinking about Andoni Schultz, from Los Altos, California, who’s fought brain cancer since he was three. He’s endured all sorts of treatments and surgeries, one of which affected his memory, so it took him much longer – hundreds of extra hours – to do his schoolwork. But he never fell behind, and he’s headed to college this fall.

And then there’s Shantell Steve, from my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Even when bouncing from foster home to foster home in the toughest neighborhoods, she managed to get a job at a local health center; start a program to keep young people out of gangs; and she’s on track to graduate high school with honors and go on to college.

Jazmin, Andoni and Shantell aren’t any different from any of you. They faced challenges in their lives just like you do. But they refused to give up. They chose to take responsibility for their education and set goals for themselves. And I expect all of you to do the same.

That’s why today, I’m calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education – and to do everything you can to meet them. Your goal can be something as simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending time each day reading a book. Maybe you’ll decide to get involved in an extracurricular activity, or volunteer in your community. Maybe you’ll decide to stand up for kids who are being teased or bullied because of who they are or how they look, because you believe, like I do, that all kids deserve a safe environment to study and learn. Maybe you’ll decide to take better care of yourself so you can be more ready to learn. And along those lines, I hope you’ll all wash your hands a lot, and stay home from school when you don’t feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter.

Whatever you resolve to do, I want you to commit to it. I want you to really work at it.

I know that sometimes, you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work -- that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star, when chances are, you’re not going to be any of those things.

But the truth is, being successful is hard. You won’t love every subject you study. You won’t click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.

That’s OK. Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who’ve had the most failures. JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected twelve times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and he lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, "I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

These people succeeded because they understand that you can’t let your failures define you – you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time. If you get in trouble, that doesn’t mean you’re a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to behave. If you get a bad grade, that doesn’t mean you’re stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying.

No one’s born being good at things, you become good at things through hard work. You’re not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don’t hit every note the first time you sing a song. You’ve got to practice. It’s the same with your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right, or read something a few times before you understand it, or do a few drafts of a paper before it’s good enough to hand in.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day.
Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new. So find an adult you trust – a parent, grandparent or teacher; a coach or counselor – and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals.

And even when you’re struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you – don’t ever give up on yourself. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.

The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.

It’s the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google, Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other.

So today, I want to ask you, what’s your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?

Your families, your teachers, and I are doing everything we can to make sure you have the education you need to answer these questions. I’m working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn. But you’ve got to do your part too. So I expect you to get serious this year. I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So don’t let us down – don’t let your family or your country or yourself down. Make us all proud. I know you can do it.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.

Swahili gains gear, welcome to the "Kutano" social media


makes it possible to discover and connect with others on Twitter through the webpages you browse. Alongside each webpage, read and respond to tweets and discussions about that page.

keeps a window open into the Twitterverse as you browse.
On each webpage you visit, discover...
...who tweeted about the page
...what they said about the page
...how popular the page is on Twitter
...which other pages on the website are being actively tweeted about by switching to the "Website" tab

makes it easy to instantly connect with other Twitter users interested in the same websites you are.
Directly from the webpage, instantly...
[email protected] to anyone
...start following someone who interests you
...retweet interesting tweets
...view someone's profile to find out more about them

helps you build up your connections and followings...
With discussions you can...
...engage multiple people simultaneously in easy-to-follow discussions directly on the webpage being discussed
...say more (&140) and in greater depth than Twitter allows
...leave your mark on websites for existing and potentially new followers to find

Read more about Kutano at: kutano.com

Tanzania Women of Achievement Awards - Nominate NOW

Criteria for Nominees
  • The nominee’s achievements should be evident before October 2009, and her most prominent work done in the 3 years preceding her nomination.
  • The nominee must have made a tangible difference in the category for which she has been nominated.
  • The nominee’s achievements and the changes she has brought about should have made a positive difference to the lives of the Tanzanian people.
  • The nominee’s work should have improved the social and economic situation of the community and Tanzania as a whole.
  • The nominee’s should be a capable leader and role model who influenced others to join in her efforts to make a difference.
  • The nominee must have been able to overcome obstacles and at the same time shown tenacity, creativity and drive.
  • The nominee should be driven by a desire to do something about the problems she encounters.
  • The nominee must be results-orientated.
  • The nominee must have a broader vision for the work she is doing, promote equality for women and campaign for a greater role for women in society.
  • The nominee must be able to inspire others and motivate them to join her in her particular endeavor.
THE FINALISTS AND WINNER MUST BE PREPARED TO BE INTERVIEWED BY THE MEDIA AND UNDERTAKE OTHER PUBLICITY WORK RELATED TO THE AWARD.

Categories
  • Arts and Culture: The nominee has developed or fostered one of the art forms and/or cultures in Tanzania. This could have been done through her own artistic or cultural creations, or her development of the work of others.
  • Business Entrepreneurs: The nominee has shown entrepreneurial skills by developing a viable, sustainable business or a group of enterprises that provides employment for others. She could also have enabled other Tanzanians to become entrepreneurs.
  • Information and Communication: The nominee has raised public awareness on important issues through the media. As well as her use of the media to contribute towards a better Tanzanian society.
  • Education: The nominee is an educator at primary, secondary or tertiary level, who has provided access to education (e.g. through libraries and schools) or who has enabled learners to benefit from a system or programme that she has developed and instituted.
  • Health: The nominee has contributed to the health of communities or special groups in Tanzania through the development of a programme or system, or through providing access to health care for communities.
  • Social Welfare: The nominee has contributed to the betterment of society through the provision or development of basic facilities (water, sanitation, housing, electricity etc), or through initiating or developing a support structure or programme that offers information, comfort and assistance and improves the lives of communities or special groups.
  • Science & Technology: The nominee is a scientist, mathematician, practitioner, researcher, technician or any other worker in this field, whose research, invention or participation in a project or programme has made a significant contribution to the progress and/or welfare of our society and/or environment.
  • Sport: The nominee is an internationally ranked sports woman, or someone who has played a key role in sports administration: either by bringing sport to disadvantaged communities, playing a key role in making sport representative and inclusive, or by developing a previously unknown sport in Tanzania.
  • Public Sector: The nominee is a civil servant whose service in the given field has brought about remarkable and positive impact within her community and Tanzania.
  • Young Achiever: The nominee is receiving an ovation for playing a remarkable role within her given field and achieving great results yet of a relatively young age. Below 30 years to be precise.
  • Agriculture: The nominee through agriculture has impacted the society by either paving the way, providing means or setting an example on how this sector that is the backbone of our economy can prosper and foster the society. 
More info at: womenofachievementawards.co.tz

Nominate NOW!
Nominations on all categories are openget a nomination form or nominate online.

African Locales: for completion THIS MONTH

The African Network for Localization (ANLoc) is seeking immediate help to create Locales for 100 African languages. You can view a description of the project at http://www.facebook.com/l/;www.it46.se/afrigen

You can help in one of three ways:
-> volunteer to work on a locale yourself (the project will help you every step of the way!)
-> play matchmaker - introduce someone who can volunteer for their language
-> spread the word - pass along this message to your networks, so that we increase the chances of finding volunteers for many different languages

THIS YEAR'S DEADLINE to get new languages into the CLDR (Common Locales Data Repository), the international system used to produce all major software on the planet, is OCTOBER 1. So, we need to connect with people who speak languages from all over Africa. And, we need to complete each locale THIS MONTH.

The full list of languages currently in the project is at http://www.facebook.com/l/;www.it46.se/afrigen/statistics.php . If your favorite language shows any red in any of the bars next to it, please volunteer to help complete the locale!

It's easy to volunteer - just send an email to [email protected]

The interface to build a locale in your favorite African language is available in English, French, and Swahili. Building a locale only takes a couple of hours. Please tell your friends, tell your colleagues, tell your networks!

A quick, true story - one Friday last month, someone in Nairobi took a couple of minutes to provide an introduction between the Locales project and a colleague of theirs working on the Kreole Morisyen language of Mauritius. A few emails were exchanged, and by Monday the Morisyen locale was 90% finished. By the end of that week, the locale was complete. On October 1, this locale will be submitted to CLDR. By early next year, Morisyen will be forevermore part of the universe of languages available for information technology development.

It just takes one person and a couple of hours to finish a locale for a language, but it takes a lot of villagers on the web to find that one person. Thanks in advance for volunteering, for introducing contacts, and/or for passing along this message!