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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Monday, September 27, 2004

Nigeria Technology website wins award: "Technology Times,, a Nigerian website on information and communications technologies (ICTs) was today named First Prize winner in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) African Media Awards 2004."

WiFi in Africa: " In order to assess the opportunities for license-exempt transmission in Africa, we have surveyed every country on the continent regarding their regulation and use of the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. Responses were received from 47 African countries, accounting for 95% of the continent's population."

Sunday, September 26, 2004

UK-London-Deputy Director, African Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project (AfriMAP): "The AfriMAP Project is an initiative of the Open Society Institute (OSI), estab in 2004 to monitor the compliance of African states w/standards of good governance, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law undertaken by member states of the African Union."

Friday, September 24, 2004

Thuraya: "Thuraya's new value added service is the 'Prayer Time' information. The service, which is available through the Thuraya phone provides you with Islamic 'Prayer Timings' and the direction of the Kaaba using the GPS coordinates."

Conference: The Media and Political Change in the Arab World
: "Arab governments, well aware of this dual nature of transterritorial broadcasting for venting anger and thus preserving immobilisation, have shown unusual tolerance towards TV broadcasting that is bashing many of them with unprecedented vociferousness. It is, in fact, an involuntary tolerance built on stalemate - the result of both the ineffectiveness of these governments to curb this transterritorial broadcasting coupled with the desirability of making some show of gradual openness. More importantly, the continuous rifts that persist between Arab states leave satellite broadcasters with a great deal of stretch and manoeuvrability."

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Vacancy Announcement - UN Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: "Geographic Information Systems Officer, P-4 "

Vacancy Announcement Nairobi UNEP: "Head, Science & Technical Information Systems, P-5 "

Edit African Issues: "The ASA seeks creative proposals from individuals interested not only in
editing African Issues, but also in re-envisioning the focus, broadening
the scope, and re-imagining the layout (including on-line publication)of
this important biannual journal. Our aim is to assure that African
Issues remains responsive to and at the forefront of debate on the most
critical topics concerning the continent in the coming decade. "

Soul Beat Africa - Events Calendar - SANGONeT ICTs and Civil Society Conference (Mar 2-4 2005) - March 02, 2005: "
Event Details: This conference is organised by the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT). The conference will focus specifically on Information Communication Technology challenges facing the Civil Society Organisation (CSO) sector, highlighting and promoting practical benefits, opportunities and lessons learned to date. It will provide an opportunity to both CSOs that are already ICT-enabled or still considering introducing ICT solutions to their work, to discuss critical issues of common concern and learn from one another's experiences."

Short stories about Nairobi wanted

Hot Sun Films is calling for 3,000-6,000 word stories set in the slums of modern-day Nairobi for their next film. The story must follow a specific plot as prescribed by Hot Sun Films. The story must incorporate human interest and drama, be original and real, raw and rough and have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Deadline: Sept 30 2004.
Please contact for more information.

Don't try calling 999 in Nairobi: "For some time now the police emergency lines 112 and 999 have not been operational. They went dead sometime last week for reasons that even the police cannot explain. At a time when insecurity is worrying many people, it will no doubt come as a surprise to many that in case of an emergency you cannot call 999 or 112. These are toll free numbers operated by Telkom and Safaricom respectively. "

Monday, September 20, 2004

Think Pictures :: 20 Random Images from Think Pictures A new small photo agency with Nairobi roots.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Information Technology and Indigenous People

Oil: Global Pacific & Partners: Scramble for Africa: Strategy Briefing: "the Annual Scramble for Africa Strategy Briefing " * OneWorld/Staying Alive World AIDS Day 2004 Competition: "A video and audio competition for those aged between 15 and 34. If you feel you have something to say about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls using a microphone or a camera - this is the perfect opportunity to show your potential. "

ReliefWeb: Humanitarian VacanciesConsultant (Web usability assessment)

gpgNet: the global network on global public goods: "OPEN-ACCESS SCHOLARLY JOURNALS - The discussion forum on this issue will be open from 20 September through 4 October 2004. "

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Networking Evening 1st October 2004 (Nairobi)
: "An event for people working in development and relief to share experiences and learning
Organised by members of Aid Workers Network in Kenya"

Monday, September 13, 2004

Friday, September 10, 2004

Job Vacancy UNON|The United Nations Office at Nairobi //: "Thank you for your interest in the United Nations System Workplace HIV/AIDS Coordinator (Consultant)position.
Below are links to the Terms of Reference for the position and the application form. You must complete a standard UN application form to apply for the post. If you have already completed the standard generic UN application form for any UN agency, this can be submitted instead of the one provided. Forms completed by hand rather being typed will also be accepted as scanned attachments. Completed application forms should be sent to the following email address: . Only applications sent by email will be accepted."

Thursday, September 09, 2004

NewsIsFree: Top News Newsmaps from scraping pioneers newsisfree.

They say: "NewsKnowledge and The Hive Group have joined forces to bring you News
Maps, visual maps of the NewsIsFree headline database. News Maps allow
you to quickly scan dozens of news articles and instantly understand
what's being reported all over the world. Each square in the News Map is
an article. You can obtain additional detail on each article by moving
your mouse over it. You can read an article by clicking on it. "

Emergency Cash: "Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures, written by current and former UN peacekeeping mission employees Heidi Postlewait, Andrew Thomson and Kenneth Cain, will be developed and produced as a dramatic series by Miramax Television."

Review: Nokia 9300 Communicator (MobileBurn) Yes please...

Wednesday, September 08, 2004 Kenya: How I Escaped From Kuwait: "With most drivers earning a salary equivalent to about Sh19,000". The Kenyan hostages driving in Iraq earned $240 per month.

Monday, September 06, 2004

Global Knowledge Partnership: "The inaugural ?Yeomans Award for Local Content?, aims to encourage and bring to international recognition projects and experiences which demonstrate the transformative nature of local content, and the methodologies which are used to achieve this in different contexts. Local content is the expression of the locally owned and adapted knowledge of a community ? where the community is defined by its location, culture, language, or area of interest1. The award is given jointly by the Global Knowledge Partnership and the Open Knowledge Network, "

Item Details: "An Evaluation of Humanitarian Information Centers (HICs) including Case Studies of HICs for Iraq, Afghanistan, and Liberia"

Friday, September 03, 2004

Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia Agree Fibre Links over Power Lines | PwC "As part of a project to interconnect the national power grids of Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and East Africa Community (EAC) have agreed to include the roll-out of fibre-optic cable in the specification of the project."

Thursday, September 02, 2004

A tribute to Tom Heaton: "Tom Heaton was cremated and his ashes scattered on his beloved Ngong hills on Saturday 7th August.
These pages contain some photos of the cremation and the celebration held at Tom's house in Nairobi.

And memories, reminiscences, thoughts and images of some of the people and animals whose lives he touched along the way.
Here's to you bloke."

Wednesday, September 01, 2004 Roasted clay

A Kenyan traditional dietary supplement. Buy online!