Saturday, May 29, 2010

Alicia Keys pregnant.

Alicia Keys is in a motherhood state of mind: She's pregnant with her first child.
The Grammy Award-winning R&B singer has been dating producer Swizz Beatz, who has written hits for Beyonce (bee-AHN'-say), Jay-Z and others. They're engaged to be married at a private ceremony later this year.

Representatives for the couple confirmed the news Thursday night.
Keys last year teamed up with Jay-Z for a hit song about New York called "Empire State of Mind." She's among a string of international artists slated to perform at a June 10 concert to mark the start of the World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa.
Beatz has been married before and has two sons.

Friday, May 21, 2010

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ROME – Catholic Church officials said Friday the recent creation by researchers of the first synthetic cell can be a positive development if correctly used, but warned scientists that only God can create life.

Vatican and Italian church officials were mostly cautious in their first reaction to the announcement from the United States that researchers had produced a living cell powered by manmade DNA. They warned scientists of the ethical responsibility of scientific progress and said that the manner in which the innovation is applied in the future will be crucial.
"If it is used toward the good, to treat pathologies, we can only be positive" in our assessment, Monsignor Rino Fisichella, the Vatican's top bioethics official, told state-run TV. "If it turns out not to be ... useful to respect the dignity of the person, then our judgment would change."
"We look at science with great interest. But we think above all about the meaning that must be given to life," said Fisichella, who heads Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life. "We can only reach the conclusion that we need God, the origin of life."
Catholic Church teaching holds that human life is God's gift, created through natural procreation between a man and woman.
The inventors said the world's first synthetic cell is more a re-creation of existing life — changing one simple type of bacterium into another — than a built-from-scratch kind. But genome-mapping pioneer J. Craig Venter said his team's project paves the way for designing organisms that work differently from the way nature intended for a wide range of uses.
A top Italian cardinal, Angelo Bagnasco, said the invention is "further sign of intelligence, God's gift to understand creation and be able to better govern it," according to Apcom and ANSA news agencies.
"On the other hand, intelligence can never be without responsibility," said Bagnasco, the head of the Italian bishops' conference. "Any form of intelligence and any scientific acquisition ... must always be measured against the ethical dimension, which has at its heart the true dignity of every person."
Another official with the Italian bishops' conference, Bishop Domenico Mogavero, expressed concern that scientists might be tempted to play God.
"Pretending to be God and parroting his power of creation is an enormous risk that can plunge men into a barbarity," Mogavero told newspaper La Stampa in an interview. Scientists "should never forget that there is only one creator: God."
"In the wrong hands, today's development can lead tomorrow to a devastating leap in the dark," said Mogavero, who heads the conference's legal affairs department.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

New vacancies ant Aga Khan University

The Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development, Eastern Africa, invites applications for the following position, based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Reporting to the Director, AKU-IED EA, the appointee will be responsible for providing effective and efficient administrative and secretarial support to the Director’s Office at AKU-IED EA. His or her specific duties will include • Ensure effective and efficient functioning of the office of the Director. • Provide briefing materials to the Director, management of information flow (email, verbal, written) and follow-up on deadlines and commitments made. • Coordinate social and operational aspects of visits from official visitors to IED, and events hosted by IED (Graduation, Conferences, Seminars, Workshops) by: • Maintain liaison with external agencies (e.g. donors, visiting faculty, partners, stakeholders) to ensure efficient follow-up and information-flow. • Act as secretary to the Management Advisory Group and other committees where the Director is represented and may require assistance (note taking and transcribing, ensuring decisions made are implemented, circulation of notes and scheduling meetings). • Liaise with the Administrative Assistant Director’s office in organisation and logistics of Director’s travel. • Maintain office library and database of official contacts. • Any other duties as requested by the Director. The ideal candidate should posses a first degree in Public Administration or other related field from a recognised university and at least 3 years of secretarial experience at a senior level especially in an education setting. Other requirements include proficiency in Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, and Access) and ability to communicate effectively in both English and Kiswahili. The candidate must have excellent interpersonal and team building skills, evidence of taking initiative and a record of providing a friendly, efficient and supportive service. A diploma in secretarial skills will be an added advantage.

Reporting to the Associate Director, Administration or nominee, the appointee will be responsible for providing effective and efficient administrative and secretarial support to the Associate Director, Administration and to Faculty at AKU-IED, EA. His or her specific duties will include.
· Scheduling of appointments and providing support on the daily tasks of supervisors (including organising documentation and resources for meetings or classes)
· Carrying out general office administration functions, which include maintaining and operating appropriate and efficient communications systems such as telephone, fax, email, mail and courier service and attending to day-to-day administrative issues
· Maintaining efficient systems to ensure all incoming and outgoing correspondence is properly received, recorded and distributed
· Maintaining efficient filing systems
· Taking minutes during meetings outlining recommendations and tasks assigned
· Liaising with the Administrative Assistants in general administration to follow-up on relevant arrangements e.g. transport or travel
· Ensuring proper travel arrangements and itineraries are made
· Maintaining task lists
· Assist with web-based and library research
· Any other duty as may be assigned by the Supervisor
The ideal candidate should hold a Bachelor’s degree in Secretarial Studies or equivalent and should have at least two years of related work experience. S/he should demonstrate initiative, strong interpersonal skills and should be proficient in the use of all MS Office applications as well as good communication skills.

Reporting to the Manager, Registrarial Services and Academic Administration the incumbent will coordinate student admissions, provide general students support as well as provide support in the coordination of research activities. The following are specific duties for this position:
· Developing a data base and maintaining student records
· Coordinating students’ related visa processing activities
· Coordinating student seminars and practicum in liaison with the Programme Coordinator and collaborating schools
· In liaison with the administration office coordinating student medical as well as accommodation activities
· Participating in the planning of graduation ceremonies
· Coordinating provision of approved general stationeries, transport and other administrative support
· Assisting in the development of budgets for research, developing work plans for the same and ensuring timeliness in the completion of research activities
· Assisting in the dissemination of research and providing support to research-related committees including ERC and RAC.
· Assisting faculty members in obtaining materials/equipment related to research
· Regularly reviewing research support needs and organising support workshops e.g. writing of research proposals
· Performing any other duty that may be assigned by the supervisor
To qualify
The ideal candidate should possess a Bachelors degree in Public Administration or equivalent from a recognised university, two (2) years experience in administration especially in an education setting, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, Microsoft computer application and ability to communicate effectively in both English and in Kiswahili. Knowledge of SPSS research application will be a definite advantage.

Reporting to the Head of Administration and the Director IED, EA, the Communications Officer will play a key role in helping to develop the communications activities so as to provide effective and creative support to AKU - TIHE’s media, fundraising, advocacy and campaigning objectives, with a special remit to communicate the effectiveness and efficiency of the University’s programmes.His or her specific duties will include;
 Implementing a communications strategy and work towards raising the communications profile of AKU-TIHE
· Establishing a team that would work with other sections of the university to provide support in maintaining the intranet; and development of the AKU-TIHE website and relevant links to the general website;
· Representing the Institution in the capacity of Communications Officer in order to work towards raising the communications profile of the University in a manner that effectively positions and maintains a positive public understanding of AKU- TIHE
· Monitor and research on IEDs programmes and the main issues in which IED is engaged in order to develop high quality written and audio visual information and materials designed to maximize communication coverage.
· Work with relevant AKU personnel to develop unit-level communications strategies and implement these strategies through a number of channels, including maximising the level of media coverage and engagement.
· Develop and maintain relations with members of the media in Tanzania order to promote IEDs work as well as for other programmes in order to prepare Staff for potential media interviews as required.
· Develop and maintain relationships with staff including assisting them with the preparation of internal communication materials, presentations including materials for internal and external events such as donor visits.
· Respond in a timely and appropriate manner to media queries in Tanzania and contribute to the monitoring of media coverage relevant to the programmes operations and advocacy positions.
· Liaise with relevant AKU personnel to write effective and timely press releases on the programmes.
· Ensure the website content is up to date.
· Gather stories and case studies and reflect these in a text and/or audio visual and/or still photography formats for use in media coverage and AKU newsletters.
· Develop and manage an effective system for the programmes audio visual content.
· Assist the Regional office on ad hoc project work as agreed.
· Establish and maintain relationships with relevant stakeholders
· Any other duty as may be assigned to the Supervisor.

The ideal candidate should possess a Bachelors degree in Public Relations or other related field from a recognised University with at least 3 years working experience in a related field at a senior level, preferably in an education setting. S/he should be proficient in Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, and Access) with ability to communicate effectively in both English and Kiswahili. The candidate must have excellent interpersonal and team building skills.
Please send your application, an updated CV and testimonials, including the names, postal and e-mail addresses, telephone/fax numbers of two professional references, addressed to the Human Resources Coordinator, AKU - TIHE P.O. Box 125, Dar es Salaam; Fax (+255) (0)22 2150875 or email by May 21, 2010. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. For further information, please visit

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The Worst Words to Say at Work

9 common words and phrases that will make you sound noncommittal, undependable, and untrustworthy

Some words and phrases are often used to buy time, avoid giving answers, and escape commitment. If you use these words and phrases yourself, take a scalpel and cut them out of your thinking, speaking, and writing.
"Try" is a weasel word. "Well, I'll try," some people say. It's a cop-out. They're just giving you lip service, when they probably have no real intention of doing what you ask. Remember what Yoda says to Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars": "Do or do not--there is no try." Take Yoda's advice. Give it your all when you do something. And if it doesn't work, start over.
Put passion into your work, and give it your best effort, so you can know that you did all you could to make it happen. So if the outcome you were expecting didn't come to fruition, it's not because you didn't do everything you could to make it happen. It just wasn't the right time for it or it wasn't meant to be.
This word is a trusted favorite of people who want to dismiss you, diminish what you say, or get rid of you quickly. "Whatever," they will say as an all-purpose response to your earnest request. It's an insult and a verbal slap in the face. It's a way to respond to a person without actually responding. When you say "whatever" after another person has said his or her piece, you have essentially put up a wall between the two of you and halted any progress in communicating. It's a word to avoid.
"Maybe" and "I don't know"
People will sometimes avoid making a decision--and hide behind words and phrases like "maybe" and "I don't know." There's a difference between legitimately not knowing something and using words like these as excuses. Sometimes during a confrontation, people will claim not to know something or offer the noncommittal response "maybe," just to avoid being put on the spot. If that seems to be the case, ask, "When do you think you will know?" or "How can you find out?" Don't let the person off the hook so easily.
"I'll get back to you"
When people need to buy time or avoid revealing a project's status, they will say, "I'll get back to you," and they usually never do. If people say they will get back to you, always clarify. Ask them when they will get back to you, and make sure they specify the day and time. If they don't, then pin them down to a day and time and hold them to it. If they won't give you a day or time, tell them you'll call in a day or week and follow up. Make sure you call and get the information you need.
Projects depend on everyone doing his or her part. People who use "if" are usually playing the blame game and betting against themselves. They like to set conditions, rather than assuming a successful outcome. People who rely on conditional responses are fortifying themselves against potential failure. They will say, "If Bob finishes his part, then I can do my part." They're laying the groundwork for a "no fault" excuse and for not finishing their work.
There are always alternatives, other routes, and ways to get the job done. Excuse makers usually have the energy of a slug and the spine of a jellyfish. You don't want them on your team when you're trying to climb Mt. Everest.
"Yes, but . . ."
This is another excuse. You might give your team members suggestions or solutions, and they come back to you with "Yes, but . . ." as a response. They don't really want answers, help, or solutions. You need to call the "Yes, but . . ." people out on their avoidance tactic by saying something like "You know, Jackie, every time I offer you a suggestion you say, 'Yes, but . . . ,' which makes me think you don't really want to solve this problem. That's not going to work. If you want to play the victim, go right ahead, but I'm not going to allow you to keep this up." After a response like that, you can be assured that the next words you hear will not be "Yes, but . . ."!
"I guess . . ."
This is usually said in a weak, soft-spoken, shoulder-shrugging manner. It's another attempt to shirk responsibility--a phrase that is muttered only when people half agree with you but want to leave enough leeway to say, "Well, I didn't really know. . . . I was only guessing." If you use this phrase, cut it out of your vocabulary.
"We'll see . . ."
How many times did we hear our parents say this? We knew they were buying time, avoiding a fight or confrontation, or really saying no. It's better to be decisive and honest by saying, "I need more information. Please present your case or send me the data--both pro and con--so I can make an informed decision." That way, the interested parties will contribute to an in-depth, well-researched "verdict."

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Vacancy in Finance and Administration

Dear All,

I represent an IT Company called Techno Brain Ltd ( Currently we are looking for a Project admin to join our office at Dar Es Salaam with experience in Finance and administration area. Please find the details below. If interested, request you to send the CVs to on or before 20th May 2010. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted within 7 days of apllication.

Position :
Project Admin – Back Office Operations
Job Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Job Code/ Email Contact :
Responsibility :

• Project and Resource Tracking on a day-to-day basis
• Reporting – Internal & External and managing alerts for slippage or any delivery issues.
• Experience in Maintaining track of Project expenses & Cost, payment etc
• On time Billing on rendered services
• Reviewing and approving timesheets
• Documentation & filing of all customer meetings, project deliverables
• Internal Quality Audits

Requirement :
CPA/ Bcom or any Graduate with 3 – 5 years of experience in an administrative role, preferably in IT industry.
Experience :
3 – 5 years of administrative experience in IT industry with exposure to various monitoring tools.
Desired skills :
Proficiency in using Microsoft Office Products.