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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Bird flu: we're all going to die | The Register: "Too bad - the latest results (reported by New Scientist; limited-time free access) suggest that Tamiflu isn't effective against H5N1. And anyway, New Scientist reports, the UK's order for 14.6 million five-day courses of Tamiflu treatment will take its patent owners Roche two years to fulfil. The company is still trying to develop ways to synthesise it from scratch."

United Nations - OCHA IRIN | Vacancies: "IRIN, the news and information service of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is seeking a dynamic managing editor to head up its West Africa service. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 10 years professional experience in international journalism, previous experience of Africa, a keen interest in humanitarian issues, be an effective communicator and manager, and be fluent in English and French. Knowledge of Portuguese would be an advantage."

IPDC/UNESCO Prize for Rural Communication: Call for Nominations: UNESCO-CI: "Nominations are now open for the IPDC-UNESCO Prize for Rural Communication, which is to be awarded for the tenth time. The IPDC-UNESCO Prize, consisting of a sum of US $20,000 is awarded every two years. This year deadline for submission is 1 October 2005.
The Prize is intended to recognize a meritorious and innovative activity in improving communication in rural communities, mainly in developing countries. "

Monday, June 20, 2005

Safaricom boss on Sambaza service: "

The following article appeared in Face the Facts on Wednesday June 8, 2005 : 'There is a new thing in Safaricom called Sambaza and it is a good thing but it is also a dangerous one. It allows people to share credit the way you would share a piece of bread. These days, beware who you lend your phone to 'To just send a message.' You might find your entire airtime gone. "

Sambaza is the future of banking and seems to have instantly entered the nairobi re-purposed vocabulary...

Jobs: Nairobi-Division Finance Director (East & Central Africa)

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Waether Insurance in Ethiopia: "So why shouldn?t Africa?s subsistence farmers protect themselves from the weather in the same way as an energy company, which takes out insurance against mild winters when demand for heating falls?"

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Body parts fall from SA aeroplane: "'The remains of a human body was discovered upon landing in New York. We presume this person got on board in Dakar,' said SAA's Onkgopotse Tabane.
The body parts fell onto Pam Hearne's garage and then landed on the grass. "

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Kenya Jobs: Regional Media and Communications Officer Nairobi: "Are you ready to act with poor people as a force for change in addressing the causes of poverty, suffering and injustice, and alleviating their symptoms? We are looking for someone like you to fill the position of Regional Media & Communication Officer

Working together with the Regional Media and Advocacy Coordinator, you will support the development and delivery of media and advocacy strategies within Horn East and Central Africa through media work. Your role will also include writing press releases and stories for Oxfam?s programme, advocacy and campaigning work. You will follow a diverse range of issues from conflicts in Uganda, DRC and Sudan, trade policies in East Africa and campaigns to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals. "