An easier and less dangerous alternative to clean your ears

NYU Otologist Erich Voigt explains the proper way to clean wax out of your ears. Many people think Q-tips can help keep ears clean, but this isn't the case. Learn how Q-tips are making things worse and how you should actually be cleaning your ears.

An easy way to tell if your batteries are dead or not...

If you don't have time to find a battery meter, there another way to help you quickly see which batteries are good and which ones are duds.

Watch the video below to find out.

Project Co-Manager and Advisor on NRM/LED - TANZANIA

In view of the the further development of its activities the BTC is currently looking for an international expert (m/f): Project Co-Manager and Advisor on NRM/LED - TANZANIA

For the project "Natural Resource Management for Local Economic Development in Kigoma Region"

Ref.: TAN/13/029-1B

Location: Kigoma, Tanzania. The Technical Assistant will be based in the Regional Secretariat of the Kigoma region.
Duration of the contract: 32 months
Probable starting date: January 2017
Monthly salary package: between 5.633,37 euros and 7.980,52 euros (this includes the gross monthly salary and the expat benefits: hardship allowance and expat allowance). The salary is calculated, depending on the composition of the family and the number of years of relevant experience.

  • This project is part of the Indicative Development Cooperation Programme (IDCP) between Belgium and Tanzania signed on 26th October 2009. Under this Programme Natural Resource Management (NRM) is one of the focus sectors for the Belgian Cooperation.
  • Within the recent policy framework, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT) requested the support of a project for the development of a coherent bottom-up approach for decentralized NRM for LED to be executed in Kigoma region.
  • The specific objective of the project is "An improved enabling environment and strengthened capacities for sustainable management of Natural Resources linked to an equitable Local Economic Development result in increased benefits for the communities of selected landscapes in Kigoma Region".
  • The direct beneficiaries of the project are the local users of Natural Resources organized in Community Based Organizations, Local, and Regional Government Authorities, non-state service providers and the private sector for those who associate themselves with the project implementation through partnerships in order to improve the management of Natural Resources in interaction with community partners.

Under the BTC Resident Representative, the International Technical Assistant will represent BTC in the co-management of the project. He will advise and assist the National Project Manager with technical and strategic guidance. In addition, the Project Co-Manager is supervising, coordinating and guiding the staff of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) and the work executed through contracted service providers or in partnership with other partners. This in cooperation with the partner structure as agreed in the project technical and financial file (TFF).

Main duties and responsibilities:
  • Represent BTC in relation to project planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting;
  • Ensure, with the support of the International Finance Advisor (based in Kigoma), proper financial management and execution of the project as described in the TFF including the monitoring of expenditures and use of BTC contribution and assets;
  • Ensure the implementation of a M&E system which is oriented toward achieving results and supports strategic and operational management, evidence based learning and accountability for the results achieved;
  • In collaboration with the National Project Manager, give guidance to the National Technical Advisors of the PIU and those in charge of assisting the District Facilitation Teams for the project implementation;
  • In collaboration with the National Project Manager, plan and coordinate the intervention with development partners, develop ToR, tender documents and openly advertise and evaluate proposals for Service Provider contracts, and monitor the contract performance;
  • Liaise with other relevant regional or national institutions for sharing of information, experiences and lessons learned;
  • Ensure that capacity assessments are undertaken and that adequate training programs and skill development are put into place for PIU, Local Government Authorities, NGO's and implementation partners;
  • Make sure the crosscutting themes of the Belgian Cooperation are taken into account as described in the TFF, with special attention for gender and aids & HIV;
  • In collaboration with the National Project Manager, ensure that annual and periodical consolidated budgets, work plans and reports are produced and submitted in time to the Joint Local Partner Committee (JLPC), Government of Tanzania (through MNRT) and BTC-Brussels (through the BTC Resident Representative);
  • In collaboration with the National Project Manager, serve as secretary to the JLPC meetings;
  • Any other function related to the project that may arise.

  • Master Degree in Natural Resources Management, Agronomy, Economics, Environmental science and related fields;
  • A minimum of 10 years relevant professional experience, of which at least 5 years with Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) and/or, landscape approach related to Local Economic Development ;
  • A minimum of 7 years professional experience as a project manager and team leader of multidisciplinary teams;
  • Proven experience with financial management of donor funded projects;
  • Proven expertise in the development, implementation and monitoring of projects on NRM and LED, preferably in East Africa;
  • Knowledge of and experience with the governance dimension of decentralization of natural resource management;
  • Proven expertise in institutional strengthening and capacity building of related stakeholders (State & Non-state actors)
  • Proven experience with deriving sustainable economic benefits from natural resources
  • Experience in participatory and multi-stakeholder processes;
  • Experience with Land Use Planning would be an additional asset;
  • Experience with an important gender component will be an asset;
  • An excellent and inspiring team manager;
  • A good communicator, skilled in capacity assessment and capacity development and in facilitating multi-stakeholder processes and team working;
  • Positive and open attitude towards gender issues
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, knowledge of Swahili would be an asset;
  • Knowledge of MS Windows, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Demonstrated experience with GIS software would be a definite advantage.
  • Willing and able to be based permanently in Kigoma, travel extensively with extended stays in remote and rural locations.

Please apply no later than November 8th 2016, through our website
If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us at +32 (0)2/505 18 65.

New call for CARIBU Master exchange students!

An extra call is opened from October 17 to October 31, 2016 for Master exchange students!

Only candidate from full partner universities are eligible to apply. The application is done by email and shall be sent before October 31 to the CARIBU local coordinator at your home institution.

The mobility period will start on December 2016 until July 2017.

More info and application instructions at:

INSEAD Scholarships for various MBA programmes

INSEAD Scholarships are the most sought-after source of financial assistance. They are limited in number and there is significant competition for each award. These scholarships are granted under various criteria and essentially there are two basic categories of scholarships:
  • Need-based: demonstrate financial need
  • Non-need based: based on either merit, nationality, gender, professional background, leadership abilities, field of previous studies etc.
For all INSEAD scholarships we require applicants to provide accurate details of their financial situation.

The INSEAD scholarships listed below are available for both the Fontainebleau and Singapore campuses, unless specifically mentioned. All our scholarship applications are on-line except where mentioned in the scholarship description. To submit an application, first follow the Scholarship Application Guide and register yourself.

UNU-IIGH PhD Fellowship Programme 2017

The PhD Fellowship Programme is open to candidates who are enrolled in PhD programmes in educational institutions around the world, and who could benefit from a period of up to 12 months at UNU-IIGH. With a view to strengthening capacity building, doctoral students from educational institutions in developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply.

The deadline for application submissions will be 4:00 p.m. (Malaysian local time) on 4 November 2016.

More info:

Richard Rogers Fellowship 2017

Open to accomplished professionals and scholars working in any field related to the built environment, the Richard Rogers Fellowship is dedicated to advancing research on a wide range of issues—social, economic, technological, political, environmental—that are critical to shaping the contemporary city.


  • Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree, though advanced degrees are preferred.
  • There is no age restriction but preference will be given to applicants with substantial professional or academic credentials.
  • The Fellowship is open to applicants residing anywhere in the world.
  • Applicants must demonstrate professional or research experience in a field related to the built environment.
  • Winners are expected to secure their own travel and visitor’s documents; UK requirements differ depending on the country of origin and length of stay.
Deadline: 28 NOVEMBER 2016

Use this IoT scanner to checks for Vulnerabilities in your connected devices

Last week’s DDoS attack on Dyn that shut down portions of the internet was fueled by bots created from hacked connected devices, like internet-connected cameras and DVRs, but can also theoretically include connected routers, printers, and more. While there’s not exactly a fix for this problem, IoT Scanner is a tool that can at least tell you if a device in your house is creating a vulnerability.

Access the tool using the following link:

Future Global Leaders Scholarship - Undergraduate

5 awards each totalling a maxiumum of £10,000 are available in this category. Payments will be £3,000 per year towards tuition fees, with a further £1,000 being awarded to students who go on to achieve a first class degree.


  • In order to be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:
  • Be an international fee paying student
  • Be a self-funded student
  • Have been offered a place to study at one of Coventry University’s full-time undergraduate courses
  • Hold at least two of three A-levels at grade A (or hold equivalent qualifications).
  • Submit a scholarship application including a statement of support which should not exceed 500 words prior to the application deadline of 30th November 2016.

Scholarships will be awarded to the 5 most ambitious students who are able to demonstrate true leadership skills prior to coming to Coventry University as well as their global leadership aspirations for the future.

Members of the International Office will consider each application on its merits to create a shortlist. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by Deputy Vice Chancellor International, Professor David Pilsbury.

Only applications made through the application process detailed above will be considered.