Translation job opp: Interesting Swahili Project

Avant Assessment, partnered with the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) at the University of Oregon, is a world leader in web-based second-language assessment. Founded in 2001, Avant Assessment has established a strong presence in the field of online second-language assessment.

We are now working on a Reading project for which we need native speakers of Swahili to help with the collection of authentic written material in that language. This is a short term, part time project.

We need a large number of acceptable written passages for this project. After all passages have been collected, it is possible that we will have an opportunity for you to help us with the writing of the test questions for this project. Of course, this will depend upon how quickly you send us the passages, and on the quality of those passages. If you are interested, we can discuss this at that time.

We pay $40 to $125 (US) per accepted passage, depending on the difficulty level and length of the passage. We will provide training via the internet to help you understand the requirements and procedures you will follow. You will be paid for completing the training session(s).


Job place: US United States
APPLICATION details can be obtained at: http://translatorscafe.com/cafe/SelectedJob.asp?Job=63389

If you are interested in participating in this project, Please contact: Kim Goskie
 
Avant Assessment, LLC, United States Company

Hivi hii nchi ya kizazi cha walawiti na wabakaji ni aje?

Juzi aliripotiwa jamaa 'gonga gonga' wa Dodoma aliyekamatwa kwa kumdunga mwenzie ki'popo-bawa'. Kesho yake, yaani jana, akaripotiwa kijana wa Kinondoni kwa kulawiti kitoto kidogo. Leo anaripotiwa mwingine hapo hapo K'ndoni kwa kubaka. Tizama umri wa wanaohushiwa na matukio haya, wote ni vijana chini ya miaka 21, ndo kusema wameshamaliza shule hawana cha maana cha kuwaza zaidi ya ngono? Ndo kusema elimu waliyopata (kama walikwenda shule) haikuwasaidia kujiajiri? (nani anajali kurekebisha mitaala ya kufundishia) Ndo kukubali usemi 'akili tupu ni karakana ya shetani' (tafsiri ya msemo wa Kiingereza, 'an empty mind is a devil's workshop'). Fikiri nchi ambayo vijana wake ni vibaka na walawiti itakavyokuwa hapo baadaye... halafu tunaendelea kubishana kuhusu maambukizi ya VVU? Tuna laana nawe (ndiyo kisingizio changu) kama si laana kwa nini hali hii?
MSHITAKIWA Issa Juma (20), mkazi wa Kinondoni, amefikishwa katika Mahakama ya Wilaya Kinondoni kujibu shitaka la kubaka. Mbele ya Hakimu Richard Kabate imedaiwa na mwendesha mashitaka Inspekta wa Polisi Boniface Edwin kuwa mshitakiwa alitenda kosa hilo Septemba 16, mwaka huu. Imedaiwa mahakamani hapo kuwa mshitakiwa alimbaka Neema Joshua mwenye umri wa miaka 15 huku akijua na kosa kisheria. Mshitakiwa amekana shitaka hilo na kesi itatajwa tena Oktoba 6, mwaka huu.
Dorothy Meshack, darleo.co.tz  Kinondoni

Eti, mikoa 15 Tanzania ina upungufu wa chakula, kibo!

Nchi yangu ina watendaji wa Serikali ambao naapa nikiamua kuwasikiliza kucha kutwa naweza kupatwa na ugonjwa wa moyo ghafla! Si muda mrefu walisema kipo chakula cha kutosha, lakini sasa kiitikio cha wimbo ni 'chakula hakitoshi', wala si utani, njoo kwetu Ko'gwe uone songombingo ambayo imeshaanza kujionesha wazi wazi. Sijui mikoa mingine, sijafika huko maana nauli sina. Eniwei, wakuu wanazungumza kuwa tatizo ni ukame, halafu mi najiuliza kama wasomi na wenye madaraka walipewa dhamana ya nyadhifa hizo ili waweze kutafuta njia ya kukabiliana na matatizo haya kungali mapema, na hawakufanya hivyo, leo wanakuja kuripoti mambo ambayo wakulima walishayaona tangu mwezi wa nne, utofauti gani kati yao na wakulima? Utaalamu wao wote umeishia kuketi na kuomba Mungu mvua inyeshe, sasa haijanyesha wanakuja kutangaza rasmi kuwa iko njaa? Mwe! njaa? Acheni kejeli jamani. Yaani Aliyesoma na Asiyesoma wote 'vishoiya'. Oi!
SERIKALI inafanya tathmini katika wilaya 65 za mikoa 15 yenye upungufu wa chakula nchini, Waziri wa Kilimo, Chakula na Ushirika, Bw. Stephen Wasira amesema. Mikoa inayofanyiwa tathmini kuanzia mwanzoni mwa mwezi huu ni pamoja na Arusha, Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Tanga, Pwani, Morogoro, Dodoma, Singida, Tabora, Shinyanga, Mwanza, Mara, Mbeya, Lindi na Mtwara.

Ili kukabiliana na tatizo hilo Serikali imetenga tani 65, 160. 5 katika maeneo yenye upungufu na hadi Septemba 17 mwaka huu tani 50, 003. 035 zilikuwa zimeshasambazwa kwa walengwa katika maeneo yaliyokumbwa na njaa.

Hali hiyo ya upungufu wa chakula ilitangazwa jana na Bw. Wasira alipozungumza na waandishi wa habari kuelezea maandalizi ya kilimo kwa msimu wa 2009/10 na kutumia nafasi hiyo kutangaza kuendelea kutoa msaada wa chakula kwa wananchi wanakabiliwa na upungufu huo. "Serikali itaendelea kutoa chakula kwa wananchi watakaothibitika kuwa wanaendelea kukabiliwa na upungufu wa chakula," alisema Bw. Wasira.

Ili kukabiliana na tatizo hilo, Bw. Wasira alisema Wakala wa Hifadhi ya Chakula ya Taifa (NFRA) itauza sehemu ya chakula katika soko kwa lengo la kupunguza makali katika maeneo ya nchi yatakayoonesha kuwa na bei kubwa ya chakula. Vile vile wizara inatoa wito kwa mikoa kuwahamasisha wafanyabiashara kununua chakula katika mikoa na maeneo yenye ziada na kukiuza katika maeneo yenye upungufu. Waziri huyo alisema serikali itaendelea kusitisha biashara ya uuzaji wa mazao ya chakula nchi za nje hadi hapo hali itakapokuwa nzuri.

Bw. Wasira alitoa wito kwa wakulima waliopata mavuno ya ziada wahifadhi chakula cha kutosha kwa mahitaji ya kaya zao na kuuza ziada tu katika soko la ndani. Kwa upande mwingine katika msimu wa mwaka 2008/09 hali ya uzalishaji wa mazao ya chakula haikuwa nzuri kutokana na sehemu kubwa ya nchi kukabiliwa na ukame, hali iliyosababisha bei za vyakula nchini kuwa juu na kufanya watu wa kipato cha chini kuwa na hali ngumu.
Godfrida Jola na Prosper Mosha, http://majira.co.tz,Tanzania.

CSE International Scholarship Program

The International Scholarship Program of the Council of Science Editors provides support for editors from developing nations to attend the CSE Annual Meeting. Several scholarships to attend CSE's 53rd Annual Meeting, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on 14-18 May 2010 will be offered. The scholarships are intended for editors in developing countries who contribute to the editorial content of journals in the sciences, medicine, or health care. Applications from others who work in the field of scientific publications will also be considered. Each funded scholar will receive free registration to the conference (including hotel stay and all meals) and partial reimbursement for travel expenses. Recipients of the 2010 CSE International Scholarships will participate in a session during the annual meeting and may be asked to write a summary of their experience for possible publication in the CSE journal Science Editor.

Eligibility.
CSE defines "developing nations" as those countries that are eligible for free or low-cost access to biomedical literature through the World Health Organization's Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI). Lists of countries eligible for free access (Band 1) or low-cost access (Band 2) are available on the HINARI Web site. Only applicants from countries listed in either Band 1 or Band 2 are eligible to receive a CSE International Scholarship. Therefore, persons interested in applying should first check their eligibility by referring to the Band 1 and Band 2 lists.

Applications. 
 The CSE International Scholarship application can be found by clicking here.

Applications must be received online by Friday, October 2, 2009. No mailed, e-mailed, or faxed applications will be accepted.

Selection Process. Scholarships will be awarded based on applicants' responses to several questions. Their reasons for seeking to attend the CSE Annual Meeting, clarity of expression, and a thoughtful discussion of how they plan to use, apply, and share the knowledge gained at the meeting will reflect positively on the candidates' applications.

Notification.

Scholarship winners will be notified by e-mail in November of 2009.

Online application linkt:
http://www.councilscienceeditors.org/events/annualmeeting10/scholarship_appform.cfm

University of Hohenheim’s Food Security Center (FSC) seeks a Visiting Researcher

The Food Security Center (FSC) is a newly established university center of excellence in development collaboration at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. FSC is one of five excellence centers of the program “exceed – Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation,” which is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany. FSC’s mission is to make effective and innovative scientific contributions in research, teaching, and policy advice to eradicate hunger and achieve food security in collaboration with partner Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and national and international development organizations. Thematically, FSC’s activities deal with issues of (sustainable) food availability, (economic) food access, food use, and food utilization. More information is available from www.foodsecurity.de.

Job summary
FSC seeks a visiting researcher from a developing country for a fixed-term appointment of three to twelve month, starting November 2009. The center wishes to attract a young innovative professional. The successful candidate will collaborate with the research staff of one of Hohenheim’s departments being a FSC member to conduct a specific research project contributing to FSC’s mission. Objective of the collaboration is at least one joint, peer-reviewed publication. Research proposal and results should be presented in the center’s seminar and/or lecture series. She/He is also expected to engage in FSC’s teaching and training activities at graduate and postgraduate level within the center’s Young Excellence School (YES) on a limited scale. Furthermore, FSC aims at establishing an active, long-lasting collaboration with the researcher and her/his home institution. The position is based in Stuttgart (Germany). The monthly grant equals a net amount of 1840 Euros in 2009 and 1990 Euros in 2010. Travel costs to/from Hohenheim will be covered. Health insurance and other potential costs must be paid privately.


Required skills
- PhD degree in agricultural, nutritional, natural, social, economic, or political sciences or related
disciplines with specification on food security related issues
- Nationality of a developing country according to DAC list
- Excellence in oral and written English language
- Ability to conduct innovative research
- Excellent interpersonal skills and team spirit
- Ability to work well in an interdisciplinary, multicultural environment and with individuals fromdifferent scientific, societal, and cultural backgrounds and organizations from the public, private,and civil society sector

Application
Please submit cover letter (specifying your preferred duration of stay in Hohenheim and the collaborating department at Hohenheim), detailed resume, proposal (maximum 1000 words)specifying your planned research and teaching activities during your stay (including type of publications to be completed and possible workshop/lecture/short course topics), summary of PhD thesis (maximum 1000 words), and two letters of references to [email protected]. Research proposal must be developed in collaboration with and formally agreed by the supervisingHohenheim professor.

Deadline for application is October 15, 2009 (12 pm CET).

Download the full brochure (pdf) at:
http://aaae-africa.org/careers/VisitingResearcher_UHOH_2009.pdf

Breaking News: Mabomu yalipuka tena Mbagala

Kwa mujibu wa blogu ya Basil Msongo, http://simulizi.blogspot.com

MABOMU yamelipuka Mbagala muda mfupi uliopita.
Kuna taarifa zinazodai kuwa watu wawili wamekufa, wengine kadhaa wamejeruhiwa.
Taarifa zaidi baadae.

Takribani saa 11:40as (majira ya Tanzania) Blogu ya Michuzi, http://issamichuzi.blogspot.com inatanabahisha kuwa mabomu yamelipuka...
...Mbagala Kizuiani karibu na kambi ya jeshi,wilaya ya Temake, jijini Dar.
Watoto waliofariki ni Reginal (6) Rajab Said (6), aidha katika mlipuko huo pia kulikukuwepo na majeruhi watatu ambao ni mtoto Sada Seleman (2) Asha Seleman (5) pamoja na Stella Christian Chawala ambaye amejeruhiwa vibaya na kukimbizwa hospitali ya Muhimbili kitengo cha wagonjwa mahututi.

Chanzo cha Mlipuko huo umeshwa na baadhi ya mabaki ya mabomu yaliyokuwa yamebaki,hivyo familia hiyo ilipokuwa inafanya usafi katika nyumba yao na kuchoma moto baadhi ya taka taka, ukapelekea mabaki ya mabomu hayo kulipuka

Aidha Mkuu wa mkoa Mh Lukuvi pamoja na kamanda Kova wameiambia Globu ya jamii kuwa ni kweli tukio hilo limetokea na ni bahati mbaya kwa kilichotokea,hata hivyo taratibu mbambali za tukio hilo zinaendelea kufanyika.

Fellowships-Women from Emerging Economies in Physical Sciences

Schlumberger Foundation - 2010 Faculty for the Future Fellowships-Women from Emerging Economies in Physical Sciences

Synopsis:
The Schlumberger Foundation, a philanthropic program of oilfield services provider Schlumberger, accepts applications for the 2010 Faculty for the Future fellowships. Fellowships will be awarded to women from developing and emerging economies who are preparing for Ph.D. or postdoctoral study in the physical sciences, engineering, and related disciplines to pursue advanced graduate study at top universities in their disciplines abroad.

 
The official announcement and description of this opportunity may be found on the funding agency's website:
http://www.slb.com/content/about/foundation/facultyfuture.asp

 
Disciplinary Category:
International Opportunities; Physical Sciences & Engineering.

 
Applicant Type:
  • Applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • be a citizen of a developing or emerging country
  • be preparing for PhD or post-doctoral study in the physical sciences or related disciplines
  • have a proven track record of teaching experience
  • can demonstrate active participation in faculty life and outreach work to encourage young women into the sciences
  • hold an excellent academic record.
  • Faculty for the Future fellows are expected to return to their home countries to continue their academic careers after their study abroad. Faculty for the Future grants are based on actual expenses to be incurred and can be up to USD 50,000 per year.
Award Amount:
Faculty for the Future grants are in the range of $25,000 to $50,000 each per year, and may be renewed through to completion of studies subject to performance, self-evaluation, and recommendations from supervisors. The amount of the grant depends on the actual costs of study and living in the chosen location.
Numerical value: $50,000

 
Deadline: 11/30/2009

Old is Gold: Spoiled Under 30 crowd!

My aunt Julie sent me this, and I thought it would be just fine to share it with blog readers. I do not take ownership in it, all due credits goes to the original person who wrote or modified it (whom I don't know).
Photo credit: myself.

The SPOILED UNDER-30 CROWD!!!
If you are 30 or older you will think this is hilarious!!!!

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking Twenty-five miles to school every morning.... Uphill... barefoot.... BOTH ways yadda, yadda, yadda.

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on my kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it! But now that... I'm over the ripe old age of thirty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a damn Utopia!

And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't know how good you've got it! I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have The Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalogue!!

There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter - with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox and it would take, like, a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!

Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our ass! Nowhere was safe!

There were no MP3' s or Napsters! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the damn record store and shoplift it yourself! Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished and the tape would come undone. Cause - that's how we rolled, dig?

We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal, that's it! And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your mom, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, a collections agent, you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances,
mister!

We didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. Your guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination!! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen... forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!

You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your ass and walk over to the TV to change the channel! NO REMOTES!!!

There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little rat-bastards!

And we didn't have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up we had to use the stove! Imagine that!

That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled. You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1980 or before!

Regards,
The Over 30 Crowd