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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

"FilmAid International (FilmAid) is looking for a qualified Kenyan to fill the position of Project Officer – Repatriation for its Kenya program. The position is responsible for collecting information on conditions in South Sudan to be disseminated among refugees in Kakuma, and for providing support to the repatriation project and overall programs. FilmAid is seeking a committed individual who can ensure the efficient collection and organization of information on South Sudan. "

Monday, September 18, 2006

"Western Union, one of the world's leading money transfer companies, helps businesses and consumers to send and receive money by transferring their funds within minutes among 250 000 locations in 200 countries. As part of our aggressive growth plans over the next five years we are seeking to grow our UK business and have an exciting career opportunity for an Assistant Marketing Manager — Africa Diaspora, based in Hammersmith, London."

Friday, September 15, 2006

"Leading professors worldwide will be invited to contribute chapters that will then be compiled into up-to-date texts using the software behind Wikipedia, the popular free-access online encyclopaedia.

An international advisory board drawn from universities in Colombia, Egypt, Malaysia, South Africa, Uganda and the United Kingdom has been set up to oversee the books' creation."

[Is this another fabulous way to save Africa? And the reference to oh-so-hot wiki software is worrying. These could have been done at any point since the invention of WordPerfect (or WordStar) and the floppy disk. What has wiki-ness got to do with anything?]

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Jobs: Knight International Journalism Fellowship
The International Center for Journalists and The Knight International Journalism Fellowships program are pleased to announce that the program is now accepting applications from qualified media professionals of any nationality.

Friday, September 08, 2006

An American private security company, Select Armor, has been planning military operations in support of President Abdullahi Yusuf's Transitional Federal Government in Somalia and raising questions about an attack on Mogadishu, according to documents obtained by Africa Confidential. The documents refer to Uganda's willingness to secure arms supplies using its own end-user certificates (in contravention of the UN arms embargo) and makes disparaging remarks about 'the fucks' in the United Nations who have been 'snooping around' Select Armor's personnel.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

[While trying to figure out what TED is... I came to this. Impressive animation of World Bank data.]

TED Africa will be in 2007. Apply for the 100 scholarships that will be available to attendees from Africa.

Last moments of Steve Irwin, Crocodile Hunter

REPORTER: How close would he have been to the ray at the time?

JOHN STAINTON: Umm, probably, a metre maybe? Coming over the top of it.

REPORTER: Did Steve say anything before died?

JOHN STAINTON: He was underwater.