Pontica Magna Fellowship Program 2017-2018 in Bucharest

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Apply for IWMF’s 2017 Reporting Fellowship to Zanzibar! → Tweet April 26, 2017 Published by emaj ← Future Earth Request for Proposals Reddit Deadline: 4 June 2017Open to: applicants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine (other post-Soviet countries may also be considered) and TurkeyFellowship: a monthly stipend of EUR 750 plus accommodation and travel expensesDescriptionNew Europe College, an institute for advanced study in the humanities and social sciences in Bucharest, Romania, is offering through competition Fellowships in its Pontica Magna Program. This funding opportunity targets young researchers, media professionals, writers and artists from the countries around the Black Sea (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine), but also beyond it. Candidates are welcome to apply with projects on topics of their choice, for in-residence fellowships of one or two terms at the NEC.NEC makes the best of its location to provide an attractive meeting and working place for scholars from East and West, from North and South, from the countries of the EU and outside it, who wish to pursue a meaningful project of their own while also meeting with peers from other disciplines. It supports its fellows by providing excellent conditions for their work and by establishing a strong and productive network among academics and intellectuals in the country and beyond. The institute has acquired a unique position in the region and has established itself as a research center of international reputation.Candidates can apply for one academic year (10 months, starting with October 2017), or one term (5 months, starting with October 2017 or with March 2018). Once chosen, Fellows are expected to take part in the weekly seminars at the institute together with all the other Romanian and international scholars present at NEC, and in other scientific events organized by the institute. Fellows have the opportunity to benefit from NEC’s widespread international research network and its high-quality guest lecturers program. Fellows are assisted in all practical matters concerning travel, residence, and research in Bucharest. Toward the end of their stay, they are required to document the outcomes of their work in a scholarly paper (in English, French, or German), or a different output, in accordance with their profile.EligibilityPontica Magna Fellowships are earmarked for applicants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine (other post-Soviet countries may also be considered) and Turkey;Candidates must be doctoral students at an advanced stage of their research, or hold a PhD title;Journalists, media professionals, writers and artists are also eligible;PhD is not compulsory in such cases, but it is a plus;In its absence, a CV presenting their achievements so far in their chosen activity will be taken into account (see the guidelines for details);The institute’s working languages are English, French, and German; a good command of English is required;Preference is given to candidates below the age of 40.FellowshipFellows are granted a monthly stipend of EUR 750 plus accommodation and travel expenses;In addition to their residence period in Bucharest, they are offered a one-month research trip abroad to an institution of their choice.How to apply?Applications have to be submitted following the guidelines and using the form available here:Application form;Application guidelines;Call for applications.Applications will be submitted, in electronic format only, to the address: [email protected] are asked to enter in the Subject field of their e-mail message “Pontica Magna Fellowship”.We will acknowledge the receipt of an application and confirm that the application requirements have been met within 10 days after the deadline.For more information please visit the official web-page or contact the Pontica Magna Coordinator at NEC: Dr. Constantin Ardeleanu ([email protected]). Pocket New Europe College (NEC) Fellowship Program 2021-2022 for Postdoctoral Scholarscenter_img Similar Stories Pontica Magna Fellowship Program in Bucharest Share 0 Pontica Magna Fellowship Program 2017-2018 in Bucharest Call for Applications New Europe College Fellowships LinkedIn 0 +1last_img read more

New drone task force investigating mysterious sightings across Colorado, Nebraska

first_imgFile photo. aerogondo/iStock(BRUSH, Co) —  A multi-agency task force has been set up to investigate mysterious reported drone sightings across remote parts of northeast Colorado and southwest Nebraska, following a meeting of more than 70 local, state, federal and military officials Monday in Brush, Colorado.“People are concerned and we’re going to try to get to the bottom if it,” Morgan County Sheriff David Martin told ABC News.  The drone task force is made up of roughly 10 to 15 law enforcement agencies, along with the FBI and Federal Aviation Administration, according to Martin.Martin said his deputies have seen the drones and tried to track them without success. He said one of his biggest worries is that people will try to shoot down the drones and accidentally injure someone when the bullets fall back to the ground.Reports of mystery drone sightings began about two weeks ago, but Martin said those reports have tapered off in the last few days.Martin said members of the Air Force attended Monday’s meeting and assured the attendees that the military is not behind the drones. But Martin admitted “I don’t know” when asked if he believes that.The sheriff said law enforcement agencies are also spending time and resources chasing leads — many posted online — that have turned out to be false.“The rumor mill is rampant; social media helps that,” Martin said. “But they have to be vetted.”The FAA also sent representatives to Monday’s meeting.“We’re taking every report we get seriously,” said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor.The agency has contacted multiple drone companies and operators, but have been “unable to determine that any of these entities was the source of these reported flights,” Gregor said.last_img read more

‘Reconciler, Not a Weakling’

first_imgThe President Pro-tempore of the Senate, Armah Z. Jallah, has described as incomprehensible the recent outburst by Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee, describing him as inefficient and weak with regard to the way he is running the Senate. The Nimba County Senator who chairs the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs, Good Governance and Reconciliation, on September 27, 2016, during the 65th day sitting of the Senate caused an uproar in the Chamber when he accused the Pro Temp’s administration of sheer weakness and efficiency, and compromising issues at the Senate and allowing himself to be used by others. But in a strongly worded statement through his office, Pro Temp Jallah said he finds it incomprehensible Senator Grupee’s statement of weakness and inefficiency attributed to his administration.“Senator Grupee chairs the Committee on Internal Affairs, Good Governance and Reconciliation; we are yet to see a proposal from his committee on how the objectives of this committee can be achieved, especially when it comes to good governance at the Senate. It is unthinkable and disappointing that the Senator would choose to be severely critical of a body that he is an integral part of and should be highly involved in making it proactiveand efficient.”The outburst of the Nimba lawmaker, who until that Tuesday morning was considered one of the strong confidantes of Jallah, came about after he realized that a communication written by him and two other Senators, asking the Senate Plenary to invite Education Minister George Werner and the President of the National Teachers Association to speak on the ongoing strike actions by public school students and teachers, was not mentioned on the day’s agenda. The Pro Temp’s statement clarifies that Senator Grupee’s communication was received at 5:48 p.m. on Monday when the agenda had already been approved by the 27th Senate Session and the Pro Temp was already on his way home. What makes Senator Grupee’s utterance even more convoluting, Pro Temp Jallah noted, is his perception that when a leader is accommodating and respects democratic principles, then he/she is considered weak and or a failure.“Perhaps we all need a concise definition and/or interpretation of the clause ‘allowed to be used by others’ and delineate weakness and failure in the context of the work at the Senate and a clarification on whether achievements are accomplished at the Senate by the Pro-temp alone or jointly by the leadership and the entire Senate,” the Pro Temp’s statement continued. It then went on to recall the success story of the Pro Temp uniting a fragmented Senate among three candidates vying for the Pro Temp post and how, with the help of his colleagues, he endeavored to keep the independence of the Senate and made it a dignified body.Jallah recalled approving the first ever Senate Staff Association to be established in the Senate to seek the welfare of staffers and gave out of his personal budget US$100,000 to raise staffers’ salaries and has been giving motivations both in cash and kind on holidays to staffers.On the diplomatic scene, the Pro Temp’s statement recalled his talks with heads of diplomatic missions accredited near Monrovia, including those from the United States, Israel, Cuba, Sweden and Cote d’Ivoire, “to lift Liberia’s plight and encourage more aid to help Liberia in the areas of infrastructure… and investment in the Liberian economy, accentuating the need for collaboration with the Senate.”Meanwhile, the Gbarpolu County lawmaker has disclosed that under his administration, the Senate is now working with the Internal Audit Agency (IAA) to set up an accounting system at the Senate that will ensure internal controls are followed and respected, something that is unprecedented. “Already the IAA has conducted risk analysis to determine the strength and weakness of the financial system of the Senate, while at the same time the Chamber of the Senate has received the first electronic voting system installation,” said the Pro Temp.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The business of making tea

first_imgRay Maota The Sapekoe Tea Estate on the hills of Magoebaskloof in Limpopo comprises two estates, Middelkop and Grenshoek, on 1 000 hectares of land. The managerial staff at Sapekoe,including Francis Mnisi, assistant GM (4th from the right), and Kwena Maphoto, the CEO of the Greater Tzaneen Economic Development Agency (2nd from right).(Images: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS• Kwena MaphotoGteda: CEO+27 15 307 3296RELATED ARTICLES• Skills drive needed for auto industry• Imbizo boost for entrepreneurs• Brics development bank underway?• Power sector ripe for innovationThe Magoebaskloof community in the Tzaneen area of Limpopo province will be reaping the fruits of enterprise, when an abandoned tea tree plantation is revitalised into a project that will create over 500 new jobs in 2013.The plantation was operated by international tea maker Lipton since the 1960s, but the company left in 2006 when the land was returned to the people, through the Mamphoku Makgoba Community Trust, as part of South Africa’s land redistribution programme.Lipton had been supported in its efforts by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), a state-owned finance institution that was set up in the 1940s to encourage industry development and promote economic growth.Although it is yet to yield monetary value, the Sapekoe Tea Estate project will see a majority of the people in the community – which has a high unemployment and illiteracy rate – secure jobs, with profits from the business going towards the trust. The IDC is also involved in the Sapekoe community project.The estate’s revamp was spearheaded by the Greater Tzaneen Economic Development Agency (Gteda), which is owned by the Greater Tzaneen Municipality and was established in 2007 with a focus on development work and job creation in the area.“With the initial funding of R15-million (US$1.7-million) from the Limpopo Department of Agriculture,” explained Gteda CEO Kwena Maphoto, “we started with the pruning of the trees and are now rehabilitating them.”A majority of the work will be in the fields, while an additional six managerial positions will become available.Gteda, said Maphoto, involved the community from the early stages of the project, when feasibility studies were being done.“This is going to be their project once it takes off, so they need to know exactly what’s going on,” he said. A pot full of opportunitiesAgriculture is a key economic driver for the Tzaneen region, and thus has the most potential for job creation.The 1 000-hectare Sapekoe property consists of the Middelkop and Grenshoek tea estates. In addition to funding from the provincial government, the project also received another R9-million ($1-million) through the Limpopo Agri-business Development Corporation in 2012 to improve the condition of the existing tea trees.Maphoto said the company, once in operation, has a number of possible offshoots that include producing organic tea and iced tea, as well as the processing and packaging of various brands of tea.“There is also the possibility of tea garden tourism, and the diversification of the estate into forestry and avocado production,” he said.Nothing had been produced on the estate for over six years before the revamp of the area started in 2011.The goal for the Makgoba community is to develop appropriate, viable and sustainable business plans for the two tea estates with the assistance of an external investor.“This is to generate sustainable income, create jobs, and facilitate economic growth and capital investment that will address the problems of poverty, low absorption rate of labour force into the economy,” said Maphoto.To date Gteda has provided equipment worth just under R5-million (US$571 000) for the people of Makgoba to get the operation off the ground so that the transition will be easy when they take over the running of the establishment next year.The gesture also gave the community a sense of ownership over the production process. A feasible ventureThrough the feasibility study undertaken before the revitalisation of the tea estates, it was discovered that the phytonutrient extraction technology for the production of high purity bioavailable green tea extract was the most appropriate to pursue.These extracts are used in juice drinks, iced teas, isotonic drinks and yoghurts.According to Maphoto, the technical and financial assessments of the green tea extraction technology at both Middelkop and Grenshoek indicate a very high profit margin which could be realised in the first year following the rehabilitation of the tea estates.“The Makgoba Trust can receive financial benefit of up to R30-million (US$3.4-million) per year when the business is in full production,” he said.last_img read more

Genetec Inc. and Axis Communications Collaborate to Offer End-to-End Secure Real-time Transport Protocol

first_imgGenetec Inc., a leading provider of open-architecture, unified IP security solutions today announced a new level of secure integration with cameras from Axis Communications based on Secure Real-time Transport Protocol (SRTP) as a means of hardening surveillance content against cyber-attacks and unauthorized interception.Since early 2016 Genetec™ Security Center has offered full SRTP encryption for content archiving, as well as content transmission between the Genetec servers and their clients, and is announcing a secure end-to-end integration with Axis cameras. At ISC West 2016, both Genetec (booth #26057) and Axis (booth # #14059) will present this security collaboration designed to protect the integrity and privacy of surveillance content starting at the camera or ‘edge’ and extending all the way to the Archiver and the Security Desk.“We’re excited about this strategic collaboration with Genetec and look forward to working with them to advance the ‘Security of Security’,” said Scott Dunn, Senior Director, Business Development Solutions & Services, Axis Communications, Inc. “SRTP is a strong technology that will enhance our industry and continue to push cyber security to the next level in the physical surveillance world.”- Sponsor – “Genetec and Axis Communications have always collaborated to provide their end-users the highest quality integration of video capture at the edge with analysis, management, and storage in Security Center—from a single camera to a large number of cameras in a multicast configuration,” said Francis Lachance, Director of Product Management, Genetec Inc. “At ISC West 2016, we will show an important advancement in the ‘Security of Security’ with a secure camera to archiver solution for Axis cameras and Genetec Security Center.”End-to-end encryption will be applicable to select models from the latest generation of Axis security cameras, and will work in any type of deployment: from single-camera to a multicast environment, feeding multiple archivers or a combination of Archiver servers and Security Desk stations in Security Center. Both companies plan to offer full camera-to-archiver encryption benefits starting summer 2016. For more information about the Genetec ‘Security of Security’ initiative and the company’s ongoing commitment to encryption and authentication visit: http://www.genetec.com/solutions/all-products/security-center. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Cloud Computing: Uncovering the Hidden Costs of the Cloud

first_imgCloud Computing can offer significant advantages over traditional on-premise computing, but those benefits don’t always come as cheaply as they might appear on the surface.Some ‘hidden’ or unanticipated cloud computing costs include the following:Bandwidth costs and limitations – Successful cloud computing relies on fast, reliable and cheap broadband communication.  Slow response times from applications mean that employees aren’t as productive as they could be.  You’ll need to consider what you need to pay your ISP for broadband usage.  You’ll also want to check fees related to  transfer data to and from the cloud — SaaS applications sometimes charge more once  data transmissions exceed a specified threshold.   High-activity applications will be most affected by these costs.Data Storage Costs – You’ll need to pay for the storage space occupied by your data in the cloud, whether or not that data is being actively used.  For SaaS applications, very often data storage costs will be charged in addition to standard application usage fees.  If you don’t have that much data, there may be no additional charge, or the charge may be very minimal, but if you have a lot of data, you’ll most likely see monthly billings for the storage of that data.Lost Depreciation Write-Offs – Companies with on-premise hardware are able to claim hardware depreciation, something which you can’t do when the applications run in the cloud.  That’s an extra reduction in the cost of running in-house applications that is often overlooked when comparing the costs of in-house versus cloud computing.Customization Costs – Maybe this cost is not that hidden, but remember that once your data is in the cloud, any plan to retrofit or customize the application to better fit the way your business works can be expensive.One-time Migration Costs – Moving an application to the cloud means that your existing data will need to be migrated and uploaded into the target destination.   The costs involved in migration can vary dramatically depending on how easy it is to map the data from the existing repository to the new one.Integration Costs – If you want or need to be able to integrate your new cloud applications with other applications, you may need to pay for the integration between those applications.  Costs to do this will vary widely depending on the extent of the integration which you plan to do.Backups – Don’t forget backups and disaster recovery planning.  There may be additional costs involved in getting your cloud data backed up on a regular basis.Exit Plan – Spend the time to know how you would be able to migrate from a cloud service if it doesn’t work out for you.  Make sure that an exit strategy is possible.last_img read more

Cartoon: Optimized!

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… There seem to be two poles of opinion in the SEO world around content. At one pole, you optimize everything you do within an inch of its life: writing headlines and structuring copy to engage search engine algorithms rather than human imaginations. You frame your content and choose your topics with a view to linkbait instead of what really charges your passions, and you track metrics and prune away less productive activity ruthlessly.On the other pole, you may be no less attuned to metrics than your counterparts at the other end of the spectrum, but you direct your focus to creating great, engaging content and building a community around it. Here, you’re counting less on talking directly to search engines and more on creating the kind of traffic and organic linking activity that will drive up your rankings.And then, of course, there are points in between where you do some of each. But there’s no question that there’s a tension between writing for search engines and creating a distinctive, authentic voice of your own.Now, I can find advice anywhere along that spectrum with no difficulty. (It’s no surprise that people who do SEO for a living don’t find it hard to make their content visible.) And I can find vocal, often heated arguments and very strong opinions.What I can’t find is hard data on which approach works better, and where the sweet spot lies. I imagine apples-to-apples comparisons would be hard to do, but that information would be pretty valuable. I have my preferences – I like a Web of communities and genuine voices, and I’d find pushing the ruthless-linkbait-and-keyword approach soul-destroying – and my instincts about what I’d like to believe works better, but that’s just me.Anyone out there find anything tangible?More Noise to Signal. rob cottingham Tags:#Cartoons#web center_img Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Beautiful Data Visualization Special Coming to BBC, Too Bad It’s UK Only (Video Preview)

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market I think this video also points to arguments similar to those I make in favor of aggregate social web user data being made available for programmatic access and analysis: data about our world offers new opportunities to unearth injustices, shine light on opportunities and gain a new level of social self-awareness. Let’s set that data free! Tags:#news#web marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The BBC will broadcast an hour-long special next Tuesday called The Joy of Stats and it looks great. Hosted by Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute and Director of the Gapminder Foundation, the show will use some beautiful computer generated graphics to demonstrate the importance of data and data visualization.Unfortunately, the show is expected to be shown only in the UK, due to BBC licensing practices. (It’s on BBC 4, UK only.) That’s a real shame, because as is so amply demonstrated by the preview video of the show – statistics, data and data visualization are matters of global importance. As the world produces more and more data than ever before, every day, that will only grow more true.Thanks to Nathan Yau, author of the great blog Flowing Data, for posting this video in the first place we saw it. See also Rosling’s widely acclaimed TED Talk video and Emily Cunningham’s in-depth review of Gapminder’s DIY data desktop data visualization tool here at ReadWriteWeb from August. Related Posts last_img read more

Its still hot outside Heat Warning continued for Northeast BC and Northwest

first_imgResidents and visitors are advised to take precautions to protect themselves from the elevated temperatures, such as rescheduling outdoor activities to the cooler hours of the day; taking frequent breaks from the heat; spending time outdoors at home or in air-conditioned public buildings; and drinking plenty of water and other non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated beverages to stay hydrated. People or pets should not be left inside a closed vehicle for any length of time.Residents should also monitor for symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, such as high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting, and unconsciousness. Particular vigilance is urged for vulnerable individuals, including children, seniors, individuals with pre-existing lung, heart, kidney, nervous system, mental health or diabetic conditions, outdoor workers, as well as those who are socially isolated.The risks of developing heat-related illnesses are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.Environment Canada issues heat warnings when very high temperatures or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.For more information on heat-related illness, call HealthLinkBC at 811. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Heat Warning that was issued by Environment Canada for the B.C. Peace River and Fort Nelson regions remains in effect this morning.Meteorologists say that a ridge of high pressure that has moved over most of B.C. will be causing maximum daily temperatures to reach at least 29 degrees, with overnight low temperatures near 14 degrees. The ridge is forecast to persist until at least Wednesday.The heat warning has also been issued for nearly all of Northwest Alberta, including the regions surrounding Grande Prairie, Peace River, and High Level.last_img read more

On Our Way Home Animal Rescue is in need of foster homes

first_imgOnce applications are received, the board reviews prospective fosters to help make a good placement for the foster animal.The restriction for fostering cats is that the cat must remain inside the home and fosters for dogs must have a fenced yard. The rescue does do a home check before placement of a foster animal.On Our Way Home does try to provide pet essentials to foster homes such as litter box and food from donations given to the rescue.If you are unable to foster an animal yet would still like to contribute to the help and care of these rescued animals the rescue is currently in need of kitten food and cat litter.To view the FB page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local, On Our Way Home Animal Rescue is in need of foster homes to support the rescue with the many cats and kittens that are waiting for their forever homes.Lani Belcher, Board member of On our Way Home Animal Rescue shares they are seeking Foster’s to facilitate in-home care of cats and kittens, as well they are in need of a very special foster home that has no other pets to care for a dog that must be the only animal in the home.People that are wanting to help foster animals can fill out an application; CLICK HERE  last_img read more