Kenyan universities warned of pending al-Shabaab attack


The University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University and the United States International University - Kenya had all issued security memos days before the attack on Garissa University claimed by Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabaab.

The memos informed students and staff of new security measures while cautioning people within their campuses to be extra vigilant.

In a note dated 25 March, the University of Nairobi warned "intelligence reports indicate that the al-Shabaab terror group is planning retaliatory attacks on (...) a major university".

The universities had informed students and staff of new security measures while cautioning people within their campuses to be extra vigilant.

According to the university in the capital, "the information [was] already being processed by the relevant government agencies with an objective of putting necessary measures in place to fail any such attempts".Students asked to co-operate with security personnel

Professor Paul Wainaina, deputy vice chancellor of administration at Kenyatta University, sent out a memo on 1 April requesting students cooperate with the security personnel.

"In view of the potential risks, our security system has become extra vigilant and as a result screening of all persons entering Kenyatta University premises has been intensified, among other measures," the memo said.

Grace Kai, a student at Garissa Teachers Training College next to the campus that was attacked, told Reuters there had been warnings an attack could be imminent.

"Some strangers had been spotted in Garissa town and were suspected to be terrorists," she said.

"Then on Monday our college principal told us... that strangers had been spotted in our college... On Tuesday we were released to go home, and our college closed, but the campus remained in session, and now they have been attacked."
April fools

Unfortunately, students who were warned of potential attacks thought the warnings were April Fools pranks.

A student survivor of the Garissa attack told Akasha Opato Daawah, a trading company director based in Mombasa, that warning notices were put up, "but as it was April 1, we thought that it was fooling".

Mapitio ya magazeti katika Tv mbalimbali Machi 3, 2015



The launch of new train wagon to Kigoma from Dar es Salaam

THE Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Dr Shaaban Mwinjaka, waves a flag to launch the new train wagon to
Kigoma at the Dar es Salaam Railway Station on Wednesday. Looking on and ready to board the train is Tanzania Railways Limited Managing Director, Engineer Kipallo Kisamfu and other officials.
- Robert Okanda/DAILY NEWS

10 Paid PhD positions in Urban Studies at Gran Sasso Science Institute

10 PAID PHD POSITIONS IN URBAN STUDIES AT THE GRAN SASSO SCIENCE INSTITUTE 

(l'Aquila, Italy)


The position is full-time, for three years, starting in November 2015.

GENERAL INFORMATION: www.gssi.infn.it/phd

APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 15, 2015

APPLICATION. Applicants must fill out the online application form at www.gssi.infn.it/phd and attach the required documents (among them: Curriculum Vitae, Master Thesis in the original language, a summary of the Master Thesis in English).

SCHOLARSHIP. The gross amount of a single scholarship is 16,160 €/year. All PhD students will have free accommodation. Meals expenses will be partly covered with luncheon vouchers and other recreational and cultural services will be offered.

PHD PROGRAMME IN URBAN STUDIES. For information on the GSSI doctoral programme in Urban Studies, please visit: www.gssi.infn.it/index.php/en/doctoral-programme

CONTACTS. For further information: www.gssi.infn.it[email protected]

Post-Doc position in ATREE- Political Ecology of Market-based Instruments in Conservation

An interesting PhD opportunity has emerged out of some nascent cross-disciplinary partnerships being developed at Birkbeck around the theme of ‘sustainability’, understood in a very broad sense. That is, not just the ‘green’ meaning of sustainability associated with biological systems or ecological environments, but a much wider range of systems and environments (from societal health and wellbeing to computational networks to democratic political cultures) which are growing in complexity and interdependence. The full call for proposals is below. While I am happy to discuss any PhD proposals, enquiries about the funding more generally should be sent to Tim Markham (see below) in the first instance.

Note that there is a quick turnaround on this – applications (both for an MPhil/PhD place at Birkbeck as well as for the funding) must be submitted by 20 April 2015.

Technologies of Sustainability – PhD Scholarship
The Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies in conjunction with the Centre for Sustainable Working Life at Birkbeck, University of London invites applications for a doctoral scholarship on the theme of Technologies of Sustainability, broadly defined.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

* Smart cities and sustainability

* Resilience, suffering and conflict

* Social media cultures

* Health and well-being communication

* Media cultures of risk and resilience

We encourage applications from a broad range of academic backgrounds, and are receptive to proposals for practice-based research.

We are particularly interested in receiving proposals that relate to one or more of the following themes:

* Technology studies

* Media and cultural studies

* Organisational psychology

* Health communication

* Public policy

* Conflict research

* Critical studies

The deadline for applications is 20th April, and any enquiries should be directed to Dr Tim Markham ([email protected]), director of graduate studies in FMACS.

Eligibility

The scholarship is open to Home/EU and International students who are applying for a full-time MPhil/PhD place within the School of Arts, starting in the 2015/16 academic year. Applications from Home/EU students for part-time study will also be considered (at an appropriate pro rata rate and extended duration).

Please note that in order to apply for funding you must also complete an MPhil/PhD programme application within the School of Arts. Your programme application must be submitted either before (strongly encouraged) or at the same time as applying for funding.

Funding


The scholarship award will include a full fee waiver capped at the value of the full-time Home/EU rate for MPhil/PhD degrees (currently £3,996), in addition to an annual stipend set at Research Council rates (currently £15,863; pro rata in the case of a part-time award)

Duration of Awards


Scholarships will be tenable for upto three years (subject to satisfactory academic progress) for full-time students, and at an appropriate pro rata rate and extended duration for part-time students.

How to Apply

Please consult the general guidance on applying for an MPhil/PhD place. You can find a School of Arts Guide for Applicants:
http://www.bbk.ac.uk/arts/research/research-bursaries-studentships-funding/SoA_Research_Students_Guide_for_Applicants_1516.pdf

Departmental online pages are full of information about staff and the research environment at Birkbeck that will help you develop your application. All prospective students are strongly advised to first make informal contact with a potential supervisor, and you are also welcome to contact the director of postgraduate studies (listed in the guide) in your chosen programme/department for advice.

Once you have applied for an MPhil/PhD place, please download the Technologies of Sustainability Application form:
http://www.bbk.ac.uk/arts/research/research-bursaries-studentships-funding/Technologies_of_Sustainability_Funding_Application_Form_15_16_April.doc

The completed form should be returned to [email protected] by 20th April 2015.

The Swedish entrepreneur who saw potential for cosmetics in Tanzania


Marie Englesson
Marie Englesson
In 2011, when Swedish entrepreneur Marie Englesson approached global cosmetics brands to distribute their products in Tanzania, many indicated they were not interested in the market.

“Getting suppliers on board was much harder than I thought. They felt it was a little too early,” she recalls.

Undaunted, she opened the first outlet of her business Atsoko in May 2012 in Dar es Salaam, stocking products of the UK brand Sleek MakeUP. A year later Atsoko also began selling the Swedish nail-care label Depend Cosmetic.

The tide is gradually changing and more international brands are now eyeing Tanzania.

“One advantage I have now is being three years ahead of everyone else,” says Englesson.

By the end of the second quarter of 2015 she will stock products of Revlon and Maybelline. And Atsoko will also be doubling the stores it operates to four.

Demand from urban women

Englesson attributes the entry of more global brands to rising demand for high-quality make-up and beauty products among urban women. She notes global brands were initially hesitant to enter the market because there were few formal retailers. But this too is changing with the entry of Kenyan supermarket chains Uchumi and Nakumatt, and construction of more shopping malls. She notes that Mlimani City mall, one of the oldest in Dar es Salaam, is being expanded, while a new facility, called Mkuki House Shopping Mall, is under construction close to the city centre.

“Dar es Salaam is still three or maybe five years behind Nairobi, but urban Tanzanian women are trendy and have an eye of fashion. They are a very into cosmetics.”

“The average spend per client is about US$15 to $20 per occasion for one or two products. But then we have sometimes women who come in and buy a whole kit for $100 or even $150,” she says.

Englesson attributes the success of Atsoko to the fact that its products are sold at the same prices as offered in Europe. The stores also have make-up artists who advise and help clients pick the right products. In fact, one of the critical roles for Atsoko staff is educating customers.

“There is not much knowledge on cosmetics and make-up, so we need to educate customers on what’s a genuine or a fake product. We have to teach them the benefits of buying real brands and not going to the Kariakoo [informal] market to buy something they don’t know what its origins are.”

But, she adds, it’s hard to find staff who have the necessary experience because the formal retail sectoris undeveloped.

And another challenge is registering new products with the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) – a process that can take six to nine months.

It’s never boring

Englesson was inspired to start the business after working for telecommunications company Tigo in Tanzania and Rwanda.

“I had a number of female colleagues at Tigo and whenever I went to Europe they’d ask me to bring them products they couldn’t get hold off,” she recalls.

But she notes that it would probably have been easier to start a business in Sweden because she knew how things work there compared with Tanzania, and as a result progress has taken much longer than she expected.

“You need to consider five to 10 years before you have a steady stable business. I am in my third, and only now am seeing things fall to place. In the first two years we had to formulate the business model and one needs to understand it takes time to find the right concept.

“It has been stressful but I don’t think I can go back to being an employee after this. It is a very creative process and you constantly see new opportunities and try to solve challenges. The one thing I can say for sure: it is never boring.”

Chef Issa azindua mgahawa mkubwa Ulaya

Mgeni rasmi Balozi wa Tanzania nchini Sweden, Mh. Dora Msechu (wa tatu kushoto) akiwa na mwenyeji wake Meya wa Trollhattan, Paul Akerlund (wa tatu kulia), Afisa kutoka Wizara ya Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa nchini Tanzania, Tagie Daisy Mwakawago (kulia), Mmiliki wa mgahawa unaotoa huduma za chakula cha kitanzania unaofahamika kama "Lunch by Chef Issa" (The house of Tanzanian food) uliopo katika mji wa Trollhattan, Sweden unaomilikiwa na mtanzania Chef Issa Kapande (wa pili kulia) katika picha ya pamoja na wadau mara baada ya kuwasili kwenye mnuso wa uzinduzi wa mgahawa huo.
- Zainul Mzige/modewjiblog

MGAHAWA mkubwa unaotoa huduma za chakula cha Kitanzania unaomilikiwa na mpishi maarufu duniani, Mtanzania. Issa Kapande `Chef Issa’, umefunguliwa nchini Sweden na kuvunja rekodi ya dunia.

Mgahawa huo ulizinduliwa na balozi wa Tanzania nchini Sweden, Mh. Dora Msechu.

Balozi Msechu alimpongeza Issa Kapande na mkewe kwa kufanikisha kuwapo kwa mgahawa huo ambao umeweka rekodi kuwa mgahawa mkubwa kuliko yote ya Kiafrika katika nchi za Ulaya.

Aidha, alimshukuru Torvald Brahm mwenyeji wa mji huo kwa kumuunga mkono Issa hadi kufanikisha ndoto yake ya kuwa na mgahawa wa kwanza wa Kiafrika katika mji wa Trollhattan utakatoa huduma ya chakula cha kitanzania.

Katika uzinduzi huo ambapo wenyeji wa manispaa hiyo akiwemo Meya na mwenyekiti wa Trollhattan, Paul Akerlund na msaidizi wake Peter Eriksson walikuwepo, balozi ambaye ndio kwanza ameanza kazi alielezea kufurahishwa na juhudi za Kapande.

Alisema Issa ameonesha njia kwamba inawezekana kwa watu waliopo Ughaibuni sio tu kuajiriwa, bali kujiajiri katika nyanja mbalimbali.

Alisema hilo linawezekana kutokana na kufuatilia kwa karibu taratibu za wenyeji na kisha kutumia mafunzo yaliyopo kukamilisha ndoto.

"Ni dhahiri kuwa, Chef Issa kwa kupitia taaluma yake ya upishi amewezeshwa kumiliki mgahawa huu hapa Trollhattan, Sweden kwa hilo, napenda tuishangilie na kuipigia makofi Sweden na Trollhattan."

Alisema akimpongeza kijana huyo ambaye pia amewekeza mkoani Mtwara.

Katika mahojiano, Mpishi Mkuu Issa Kapande alisema mafanikio yake yanatokana na juhudi kubwa na nia aliyoiweka katika kujifunza na kufundisha wengine katika mitandao ya wapishi wakuu.

Kapande ambaye mwaka jana alitwaa tuzo ya dhahabu katika upishi akiwa na timu ya Sweden magharibi alisema kuna umuhimu mkubwa kwa wapishi wa nyumbani kukubali kubadilika na kufanya kazi kwa pamoja kwa lengo la kujifunza na kufunza ili kuwa na aina nyingine ya mapishi katika kuendeleza sekta.

Alisema akiwa amefanyakazi katika nchi 17 na tayari akiwa na vitega uchumi nchini alianzia nia ya kuwekeza Sweden mwaka 2009 wakati alipohamia nchini humo akitokea Uswisi. Alisema alianza kwa kuomba vibali, lakini mchakato kamili ulianza mwaka 2013.

"Tulilazimika kufanya utafiti kidogo" alisema na kuongeza kuwa katika utafiti huo walihoji watu 300 na kujua mwelekeo hasa wa shughuli yao unastahili kuwaje.

Kapande ambaye ni mhitimu wa chuo kikuu cha Manchester Metropolitan na Chuo kikuu cha kimataifa cha menejimenti ya hoteli cha Uswis amesema amepambana vikali na mkewe hadi kufikia hatua ya kuanzisha mgahawa huo ambao upo katika eneo la ukubwa wa skwea mita 810.

Ndani ya mgahawa huo pia watu mbalimbali watapatiwa taarifa za utalii Tanzania.

Katika kazi yake ya upishi, amebahatika kuwapikia watu mashuhuri duniani, baadhi wakiwa Andrew Young, Mchungaji Jesse Jackson, Robert Mugabe (Rais wa Zimbabwe), Paul Kagame (Rais wa Rwanda), Benjamini Mkapa (Rais mstaafu wa Tanzania), Raila Odinga (Waziri Mkuu wa zamani wa Kenya), Daniel Arap Moi (Rais Mstaafu wa Kenya), Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje wa Marekani Bi. Hillary Clinton na mumewe Bill Clinton, Mke wa Rais wa zamani wa Marekani Laura Bush.

Wengine ni Rais wa Zanzibar Dk. Ali Mohamed Shein, mwigizaji Chris Tucker, Rais wa zamani wa Afrika Kusini hayati Mzee Nelson Mandela, Koffie Olomide, Youssour ndour, Arsene Wenger (Kocha wa Arsenal ya England), Gianluca Vialli (nyota wa zamani wa Italia aliyewahi kuichezea na kuinoa Chelsea ya England), Rais wa Congo DRC, Joseph Kabila, Billy Gates na wengine wengi.



Wadau wakiwa nje ya ukumbi tayari kuhudhuria hafla ya uzinduzi wa mgahawa huo.



Mgeni rasmi Balozi wa Tanzania nchini Sweden, Mh. Dora Msechu akiwa na mwenyeji wake Meya wa Trollhattan, Paul Akerlund (kushoto) pamoja na Chef Issa Kapande (kulia) wakielekea kwenye eneo la tukio.


Mgeni rasmi Balozi wa Tanzania nchini Sweden, Mh. Dora Msechu na Afisa kutoka Wizara ya Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa nchini Tanzania, Tagie Daisy Mwakawago (kulia) wakielekea eneo la tukio.



Mgeni rasmi Balozi wa Tanzania nchini Sweden, Mh. Dora Msechu (wa pili kushoto) akikata utepe kuzindua rasmi mgahawa unaotoa huduma za chakula cha kitanzania unaofahamika kama "Lunch by Chef Issa" (The house of Tanzanian food) uliopo katika mji wa Trollhattan, Sweden unaomilikiwa na mtanzania Chef Issa Kapande (wa pili kulia). Wanaoshuhudia tukio hilo ni Meya wa Trollhattan, Paul Akerlund (kushoto), Makamu mwenyekiti wa kamati ya elimu wa Halmashauri ya Manispaa ya Trollhattans Stad, Fahime Nordborg (katikati).








Mgeni rasmi Balozi wa Tanzania nchini Sweden, Mh. Dora Msechu akiongozana na Mmiliki wa mgahawa unaotoa huduma za chakula cha kitanzania unaofahamika kama "Lunch by Chef Issa" (The house of Tanzanian food) uliopo katika mji wa Trollhattan, Sweden unaomilikiwa na mtanzania Chef Issa Kapande kwenye sehemu maalum aliyoandaliwa.



Pichani juu na chini ni wadau kutoka kila kona ya dunia waishio nchini Sweden walihudhuria.













Bw. Per R. Bostrom akisalimiana na Meya wa Trollhattan, Paul Akerlund (aliyeketi). Kulia ni Mgeni rasmi Balozi wa Tanzania nchini Sweden, Mh. Dora Msechu.



Mgeni rasmi Balozi wa Tanzania nchini Sweden, Mh. Dora Msechu na mwenyeji wake Meya wa Trollhattan, Paul Akerlund wakiwa meza kuu.



Meza kuu.



Mwenyekiti wa awali wa Chama cha Watanzania waishio Sweden (TANRIKS), Tengo Kilumanga (katikati) akisalimiana na baadhi ya wageni waalikwa kwenye uzinduzi wa mgahawa huo.



Mmiliki wa mgahawa unaotoa huduma za chakula cha kitanzania unaofahamika kama "Lunch by Chef Issa" (The house of Tanzanian food) uliopo katika mji wa Trollhattan, Sweden unaomilikiwa na mtanzania Chef Issa Kapande akizungumza machache na wageni waalikwa kabla ya kumkaribisha mgeni rasmi kutoa risala ya ufunguzi.





Meza kuu wakifuatilia historia ya Chef Issa Kapande (hayupo pichani) wakati akizungumza na wageni waalikwa.



Mgeni rasmi Balozi wa Tanzania nchini Sweden, Mh. Dora Msechu akisoma risala mara baada ya kuzindua mgahawa unaotoa huduma za chakula cha kitanzania unaofahamika kama "Lunch by Chef Issa" (The house of Tanzanian food) uliopo katika mji wa Trollhattan, Sweden unaomilikiwa na mtanzania Chef Issa Kapande.


Afisa kutoka Wizara ya Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa nchini Tanzania, Tagie Daisy Mwakawago akitambulishwa kwa wageni waalikwa.



Baadhi wageni waalikwa wakisikiliza historia ya Chef Issa Kapande kabla ya mgeni rasmi kusoma risala ya ufunguzi.



Ukumbi mzima ulionekana kuvutiwa na historia ya maisha na mafanikio ya Mtanzania Chef Issa Kapande (hayupo pichani).



Meya wa Trollhattan, Paul Akerlund (kushoto) akimkabidhi zawadi ya picha Chef Issa Kapande ambapo alimuomba aitafutie nafasi ndani ya mgahawa wake kama kumbukumbu.



Mgeni rasmi Balozi wa Tanzania nchini Sweden, Mh. Dora Msechu (kushoto) na mwenyeji wake Meya na mwenyekiti wa Trollhattan, Paul Akerlund pamoja na Makamu mwenyekiti wa kamati ya elimu wa Halmashauri ya Manispaa ya Trollhattans Stad, Fahime Nordborg (kulia) wakiongoza wageni waalikwa 300 kushiriki chakula cha jioni kilichoandaliwa na Mmiliki wa mgahawa huo Chef, Issa Kapande.





Chef Issa Kapande akikata nyama ya Mbuzi kwa ajili ya mgeni rasmi, Mh, Balozi Dora Msechu.



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Mgeni rasmi Balozi wa Tanzania nchini Sweden, Mh. Dora Msechu akifurahi jambo na Meneja Mwendeshaji wa Kampuni ya Shamy Tours and Travel Agent Zanzibar, Khamis Mwinjuma Simba (kushoto).



Meya wa Trollhattan, Paul Akerlund akijisevia minofu ya nyama ya Mbuzi wakati wa uzinduzi wa mgahawa huo.



Wageni wakiendelea kupakua chakula.













Mwenyekiti wa awali wa Chama cha Watanzania waishio Sweden (TANRIKS), Tengo Kilumanga (kulia) na mkewe wakishiriki chakula cha jioni kwenye mgahawa wa Mtanzania mwezao.



Katibu wa Chama cha Watanzania Sweden (TANRIKS), Mathias Pembe (kushoto) pamoja na Mhasibu wa chama hicho, Bw. Emmanuel Ntundu ni miongoni kati ya wageni waalikwa 300 waliohudhuria uzinduzi huo.





Katibu wa Chama cha Watanzania Sweden (TANRIKS), Mathias Pembe (kulia), Mhasibu wa chama hicho, Bw. Emmanuel Ntundu (kushoto) pamoja na mtoto wa Mwenyekiti wa chama hicho, Grace Saulli wakijichana msosi uliondaliwa na Chef Issa Kapande.



Wageni waalikwa wakiendelea kupiga msosi uliofurahiwa na wengi ambao utakuwa unapatikana kwa chakula cha mchana kwa kipindi cha mwezi mmoja na hapo baadae itakuwa mpaka chakula cha usiku ndani ya mgahawa wa "Lunch by Chef Issa" (The house of Tanzanian food).



Mh. Balozi Dora Msechu na mwenyeji wake Meya wa Trollhattan, Paul Akerlund.



Mgeni rasmi Mh. Balozi Dora Msechu kwenye picha ya pamoja na baadhi ya wageni waalikwa.



Mgeni rasmi Balozi wa Sweden nchini Tanzania, Mh. Dora Msechu (wa pili kushoto) katika picha ya pamoja na Mwenyekiti wa chama cha Watanzania waishio Sweden (TANRIKS), Daniel Saulli (kushoto), Mhasibu wa chama hicho, Emmanuel Ntundu (kulia), Katibu wa chama hicho, Mathias Pembe (wa pili kulia) pamoja na Afisa kutoka Wizara ya Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa nchini Tanzania, Tagie Daisy Mwakawago.



Mgeni rasmi Balozi wa Sweden nchini Tanzania, Mh. Dora Msechu (wa pili kulia) na Mtanzania ambaye ni mmiliki wa mgahawa unaotoa huduma za chakula cha kitanzania unaofahamika kama "Lunch by Chef Issa" (The house of Tanzanian food) uliopo katika mji wa Trollhattan, Sweden, Chef Issa Kapande katika picha ya pamoja kikundi cha burudani.........



Mtanzania ambaye ni mmiliki wa mgahawa unaotoa huduma za chakula cha kitanzania unaofahamika kama "Lunch by Chef Issa" (The house of Tanzanian food) uliopo katika mji wa Trollhattan, Sweden, Chef Issa Kapande katika picha ya kumbukumbu na Afisa kutoka Wizara ya Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa nchini Tanzania, Tagie Daisy Mwakawago.



Afisa kutoka Wizara ya Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa nchini Tanzania, Tagie Daisy Mwakawago, Chef Issa Kapande katika picha ya pamoja na timu yake kwenye mgahawa huo.


Abraham Juma Ndwatta wa Ubalozi wa Tanzania nchini Sweden akiwa na Grace Saulli kwenye hafla ya uzinduzi wa mgahawa huo.



Wadau wakiendelea kupiga picha na Mh. Balozi Dora Msechu.


Mh. Balozi Dora Msechu akisakata rhumba kwenye uzinduzi huo.



Chef Issa Kapande akicheza muziki na wageni waalikwa.



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