Cottonwood student 7th in region for rodeo at Mesalands Community College

first_imgTUCUMCARI, New Mexico >> Mesalands Community College is announce Wednesday that Kasy Baker from Cottonwood is seventh in the Grand Canyon Region in the bull riding event. The Mesalands Rodeo Team hosted the 9th Annual Mesalands Grand Canyon Region Intercollegiate Fall Rodeo in October, which was the last rodeo of the fall semester.Baker is a recipient of the Stampede Rodeo Scholarship and majors in Artistic Silversmithing at Mesalands.The Mesalands Rodeo Team will kick off the spring season …last_img

South African student loans and bursaries

first_imgSouth Africa is home to many world-class universities and colleges. But tertiary education is expensive. How are you going to pay for your studies?Students at the University of Cape Town, one of South Africa’s most prestigious – and expensive – higher education institutions. (Image: Brand South Africa)South Africa also has a wide range of private colleges, where tuition fees can be higher than at the subsidised public institutions.Be sure to consider your options before deciding how to pay for your studies, and apply for any award or bursary for which you’re eligible.University financial aidNational financial aidExternal bursariesStudent loansBursaries for teachersPaying your own wayWebsites with bursary informationUniversity financial aidIf you have already enrolled at a university, or are considering doing so, their financial aid office should be your first stop. (See the list of university websites on the right.)Most universities offer bursaries or grants to students that have excelled in their previous studies, or on the sports field.Check with your university’s financial aid office whether you are eligible for any of these bursaries or awards, and make sure that you apply before the closing date, which is usually in October of the year preceding the start of your studies. Some can be as early as March, so it’s worth checking the date.The NSFAS website carries a comprehensive list of the contact details of South African educational institutionsNational financial aidIf you are a South African citizen you may be eligible for a National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) loan for study at one of the country’s public higher education institutions.The NSFAS, a statutory body funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training, provides study loans to academically able but financially needy students.Much of an NSFAS loan can be converted into a bursary, which does not then need to be repaid, depending on one’s academic progress. A 100% pass rate would result in a 40% bursary rebate on an NSFAS loan.External bursariesMany South African companies as well as provincial government departments offer bursaries to promising students.The terms of these bursaries vary tremendously. Contract bursaries require you to “pay back’ the bursary by working at the company once you’ve completed your degree – giving you a job and work experience immediately after your graduation. Many mining and engineering companies, in particular, provide contract bursaries.A booklet known as the Bursary Register is published every year and includes a full list of bursaries available in your particular field. Copies are available at most high schools and university financial aid officesStudent loansAll of South Africa’s major banks offer student loans, both to South Africans and to non-South Africans with valid study permits. Bank loans, unlike NSFAS loans, will also cover studies at a private institution.When applying for a bank loan, you will have to show proof of registration at an educational institution. You’ll also need somebody, such as a parent or guardian, to sign surety for you.Although you will only need to start repaying your bank loan once you’ve completed your studies, you will need to keep up the interest payments throughout the term of the loan.Bursaries for teachersFunza Lushaka is a government-funded bursary scheme aimed at promoting teaching in public schools.Students planning to complete a teaching qualification (in a subject area identified as a national priority by the Department of Basic Education) can apply for full-cost bursaries – which cover the cost of tuition, books as well as living expenses.Recipients of these bursaries have to be South African citizens and will be required to teach at a public school for the same number of years that they receive the bursary. While recipients may request to be placed at a school in a particular province, they cannot choose the school.Note that you need a student number to apply for a bursary and you can apply for a Funza Lushaka bursary through your university.See the Funza Lushaka website for more information.Considering social work as a career? Apply for a full-service bursary from the Department of Social Development.Paying your own wayYou can also choose to pay your own way. By taking a year off to work before studying, or by working part-time while pursuing your studies, you can gain valuable work experience while earning to finance your degree.You’ll have to be disciplined, however, to make sure that you set aside enough time for both your studies and your work, and to make sure that you don’t fall behind in either.Websites with bursary informationGoStudy SA: lists bursaries according to field of study and includes bursary values, as well as a link to specific sites.Funding opportunities from the National Research Foundation, which is one of the Department of Science and Technology’s key science councils.Brand South Africa reporterUpdated: 16 April 2012Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

South Africa’s plant life

first_imgSouth Africa’s large areas of semi-desert scrub and grassland might suggest a certain poverty of plant life. Aside from the fact that a tract of pristine grassland can hold up to 60 grass species, nothing could be further from the truth.Namaqualand is dry, rocky and desert-like for the most of the year except for a few weeks during spring when it yields its floral wealth in dazzling sheets of colour. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThere are eight major terrestrial biomes in South Africa:Nama Karoosucculent Karoofynbosforestthicketsavannagrassland, anddesert.These biomes, or ecological life zones, have distinct environmental conditions and related sets of plant and animal life.Around 10% of the world’s flowering species are found in South Africa, the only country in the world with an entire plant kingdom inside its borders: the Cape Floral Kingdom. While it represents less than 0.5% of the area of Africa, it is home to nearly 20% of the continent’s flora.Also called the Cape Floristic Kingdom, it contains 9 000 species, 69% of them endemic – and 1 435 identified as threatened. It is a World Heritage site and a biodiversity hotspot.The Cape Peninsula alone boasts more plant species than the whole of Great Britain.FynbosThis southwestern area of South Africa is the home of the fynbos (an Afrikaans word meaning “fine bush”), which is composed of ericas (heathers), proteas and the grass-like restios.Most spectacular in flower are the proteas (Proteaceae), which include the king protea – the national flower – and others of broadly similar shape, the pincushion leucospermum types, and spiky leucadendrons. The colour range is vast.The ericas (Ericaceae), the largest genus of flowering plants in South Africa, are more delicate, repaying close examination of their almost infinite variety of colour and form. One or other of these species will be found in bloom at almost any time of the year.These share their Cape home with such beauties as the red disa orchid, one of South Africa’s 479 wild orchids, which grows in the mountains, as well as numerous irises, pelargoniums and many more.South Africa’s pelargoniums, in particular, have contributed greatly to gardens all over the world, as have the arum lilies – the classic white species is from this area, the yellow and pink from elsewhere in the country.The world’s gardens also have South Africa to thank for the agapanthus, gladiolus, Barberton daisy and Gardenia thunbergia, to name a few.Carpet of flowersThe Cape in the spring is a breathtaking sight, but even more astonishing is Namaqualand. Dry, rocky and desert-like for the rest of the year, it yields its floral wealth for a short few weeks in the spring in dazzling sheets of colour.The golden yellow and orange Namaqualand daisies are predominant, but in between them are a wide variety of flowers, including the iridescent succulent mesembryanthemums.Colours here are particularly intense, although there is also much fascination in less colourful species such as the quiver tree (the San, or Bushmen, used to make quivers from its fibrous stem) and the bizarre-looking tall succulent known as the halfmens (half human).And anyone interested in plants’ abilities to adapt to harsh circumstances in a myriad different ways (not all are succulents) need not wait for spring to visit the area.ForestsAlthough South Africa has more than a thousand indigenous trees, large species are relatively scarce in many parts of the country.But they are very much at home in some areas, such as the Knysna-Tsitsikamma forest with its tall stinkwoods, black ironwoods and yellowwoods, and the northeastern region in Mpumalanga and Limpopo, home to the ancient cycads and Lowveld species such as the “fever tree”, so called because of its association with malaria areas.It is also in the north that one finds the famous thick-stemmed baobab, which according to African myth was accidentally planted upside down, accounting for the odd shape of its branches.Then there are the forests of KwaZulu-Natal, where the beautiful shade-loving orange Clivia miniata, a now much cultivated member of the amaryllis family, is found.Another popular orange (and purple) garden flower, now the emblem of the US city of Los Angeles, originates in the Eastern Cape: the strelitzia. In much the same colour range, South Africa’s winters are marked by the flowering of some of the country’s 125 species of aloes.The Eastern Cape’s Greater Addo National Park, which stretches across 180 000 hectares from the coast to the Karoo, includes samples of five of the eight South African biomes mentioned above.Medicinal plants and thorn treesThere is virtually no area of South Africa without its particular floral treasure or species of special beauty or interest.These include succulents that look almost exactly like stones (lithops), mangroves, tree ferns, traditional food plants and those that would kill you if you took a bite, and – one of the most promising fields of study in South Africa – a large number of plants of medicinal value.Some of these, such as the Aloe ferox, a purgative, were discovered to be medicinally useful by the early European colonists; many more have long been known and used by indigenous African people.Yet for all the spectacular plants to be found, perhaps the landscape that most eloquently conjures up the spirit of South African flora is the typical savannah, with its (often dry) grasses and more-or-less thickly scattered shrubs and thorn trees.Lingering images may vary widely, from fynbos field to subtropical forest, but for many South Africans the thorn tree is the nesting place of their hearts.Reviewed 17 May 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Uddhav Thackeray to visit Ayodhya on Nov. 24

first_imgIn a bid to push for Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will be visiting the city on November 24 and 25, a statement released by Shiv Sena on Tuesday said. As per Mr Thackeray’s schedule, he will reach Faizabad airport at 2 pm on November 24 and will head straight for Shri Vidhwant Sant Pujan. He will perform ‘Sarayu Aarati’ (offer prayers to River Sarayu) on the same evening.The next day, Mr Thackeray will arrive at the disputed site to offer prayers to Lord Ram, followed by a press conference and a public meeting in Ayodhya.The Sena chief has been targetting the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and specifically Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not being able to construct the Ram temple despite having promised for the same during the 2014 General Elections campaign. Mr Thackeray, in his party’s annual dussehra rally last month, had announced that he will be visiting Ayodhya to reinitiate a movement to build the temple.last_img read more

UN Official Lauds Child Diversion Act

first_imgStory Highlights “That is certainly a positive development. Diversion at every stage of the criminal justice system is best for juvenile offenders,” the UN official said. Independent Expert for the United Nations (UN) Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, Manfred Nowak, is lauding Jamaica’s soon-to-be-implemented Child Diversion Act as a step in the right direction.“That is certainly a positive development. Diversion at every stage of the criminal justice system is best for juvenile offenders,” the UN official said.Mr. Nowak was speaking with journalists at the second Regional Conference of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St. James, on Monday (December 3).He is also recommending that key stakeholders be involved in the rehabilitation of troubled children. “Having courts with child-friendly justice, psychologists and social workers should be included, so that the child will be rehabilitated, ” he said.Mr. Nowak also underscored that restorative justice must be key in the child diversion process to prevent reversion. As such, he is suggesting that juvenile offenders meet with victims of the crimes they committed, as this approach is among the best practices of many other countries that practise community-based mediation.“This is much more effective to avoid recidivism than putting them in prison, and then they come out and commit another crime,” he said.Child diversion is the process of implementing measures to deal with children who are alleged, accused or recognised to have infringed the penal law, without resorting to formal judicial proceedings.The main objectives of the Child Diversion Act are ensuring that every child in conflict with the law is treated in a manner that recognises and upholds human dignity and worth; diverting the child away from engaging in deviant and delinquent behaviours; and instilling in the child respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.Mr. Nowak is among the key presenters at the ISPCAN Conference, which ends on December 5.The ISPCAN Conference is being held in partnership with the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA), under the theme ‘Child Protection Realities within a Changing Caribbean and World’.Participants include child advocates from the United States (US), United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Barbados and Switzerland. Mr. Nowak was speaking with journalists at the second Regional Conference of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St. James, on Monday (December 3). Independent Expert for the United Nations (UN) Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, Manfred Nowak, is lauding Jamaica’s soon-to-be-implemented Child Diversion Act as a step in the right direction. last_img read more

WestJet bans staff in safetysensitive jobs from offduty cannabis use

first_imgCALGARY – WestJet Airlines Ltd. says it will follow the lead of rival Air Canada in banning marijuana use for staff in certain “safety-sensitive positions” even when they aren’t at work.The company says it updated its alcohol and drug policy in preparation for legalization of recreational cannabis use next week.Spokeswoman Morgan Bell says employees were notified of the changes on Tuesday morning.She says marijuana is being treated differently than alcohol, which is banned for certain staff members within 12 hours of coming on duty.Bell said WestJet’s list of affected positions would be similar to Air Canada’s, which includes flight and cabin crew members, flight dispatchers, aircraft maintenance engineers and station attendants.The new WestJet policy also includes a prohibition on possession or distribution of cannabis on company property while on duty or attending a company social function.“We believe these changes reflect our reputation as an industry leader in safety and our expectations that all employees report fit for duty and remain fit for duty at work,” said Bell.last_img read more

TIFF 2017 Catching up with three emerging Canadian filmmakers

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement While the film world’s attention will focus on the 11 days of TIFF, the cinematic event is only a starting point for the films screened. We caught up with three emerging Canadian filmmakers – Matt Johnson, Anne Émond and Kevan Funk – whose films won cheers at TIFF in 2016. We spoke to them about their year since.Matt JohnsonHis 2016 feature was Operation Avalanche, a mockumentary about a NASA conspiracy to fake the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. The film, distributed by Lionsgate, was one small step in Canadian filmmaking, but one giant leap for Johnson and his production company Zapruder Films. Film maker Matt Johnson’s Captain Avalanche, a mockumentary about NASA faking the moon landing, was a big hit at TIFF last year. – Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “The success of Operation Avalanche was a big boost for us,” says the Toronto-based Johnson, whose whose 2016 festival experience involved the premiere of Nirvanna the Band the Show, a small-screen series he created with Jay McCarrol. “Among other things, it helped us to establish a grant program to help female first-time filmmakers.”With the Women First screenwriting competition, Johnson and Zapruder Films address the gender gap in the feature film industry. Shortly after last year’s TIFF, it was announced that Chandler Levack’s feature film Anglophone was the first winner of the competition. (Levack’s short film We Forgot to Break Up will be screened at TIFF this year.)Toronto’s Johnson has been an outspoken critic of TIFF and Canadian film funding agency Telefilm. Johnson chose to premiere Operation Avalanche at Sundance in 2016 rather than at TIFF a year earlier. “I don’t think TIFF is the platform or stepping stone young Canadian filmmakers expect it to be,” says Johnson, who believes that Canadian features are slotted as sidebars, compared to American and international films. “At Sundance, Venice and Berlin, Canadian films are treated as equals to all the others. But TIFF doesn’t integrate them.”Season two of Nirvanna the Band the Show airs on Viceland beginning in November. Johnson’s next feature film is a time-travel story involving a plot to go back in time to assassinate Hitler. Where Operation Avalanche was demanding to film, Johnson seeks to make more straightforward features in the future.“Hopefully, our future films will be more broad,” Johnson says. “Now that I’m older, I’ll be making less-complicated films.”We’ll believe that when we see it.Anne ÉmondDo not dismiss the popcorn-fuelled lady in her sleepwear at TIFF Bell Lightbox this fall. She’s the Montreal filmmaker Anne Émond – and she belongs. Twitterlast_img read more

Bumblebee now on Digital HD Every way to watch the Transformers movie

first_img 0 20 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Tags Post a comment Share your voice Hailee Steinfeld stars alongside Bumblebee in the latest Transformers movie. Jaimie Trueblood Bumblebee, the latest Transformers movie, got high praise during its box office run. Its Metacritic score of 66 with generally favorable reviews placed it way higher than 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight, which had a score of 27 for generally negative reviews.CNET’s review called it “the Transformers movie we’ve been waiting for,” and now it’s playing at home on Digital HD.Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.The film — starring Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. — is now on digital stores including iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Amazon, Fandango Now, Microsoft Movies & TV and the PlayStation Store. Take note that Bumblebee is not available through the Disney-owned Movies Anywhere service as of this writing, so be sure the digital store you choose is available on all of the devices you want to watch it on. If you would like a physical copy of Bumblebee, you’ll have to wait until April 2 to grab it on 4K Blu-ray, standard Blu-ray and DVD.See Bumblebee at Best Buy 1:34 Bumblebee transforms from action-packed to adorable ’90s sci-fi movies that still hold up TV and Movieslast_img read more

Sevenhugs dumber cheaper Smart Remote U takes on Logitech

first_img Share your voice $299 Best Buy TVs Smart Home Mentioned Above Sevenhugs Smart Remote (Black) The Smart Remote U and X. Sevenhugs One could argue that remote controls are in the process of going away thanks to voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa. Logitech, the industry leader in universal remote controls, has noted this and even incorporates Alexa into its latest Harmony Express.For those who still hold affection for the venerable, no-voice clicker there are still some options out there. One of the wackiest is the Sevenhugs Smart Remote which uses “contextual awareness,” via a series of stick-on sensors, to tell what you’re pointing the remote at and then controlling it.A spokesperson for Sevenhugs has clarified that while the products don’t currently support Alexa or Google Assistant “the Sevenhugs remotes are voice enabled for future integrations with home systems”.I haven’t used the Smart Remote but it’s still unclear how the system would control components stacked on top of one another in an AV rack. If you a) don’t want to stick sensors on your walls or b) want to save a little bit of money, the newest version could be for you.The original Smart Remote is now the Smart Remote X ($299) and this makes way for the Smart Remote U ($199), which is more akin to the Logitech universal remotes. It doesn’t have the sensors, but the remote lets you swipe through your devices and control the one you want.The Smart Remote prototype my colleagues saw at CES 2016 only controlled three devices, but now the number of devices has grown to 650,000. Both devices have a touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and can learn new devices via infrared. Set up the Sevenhugs Smart Remotes via the Smart Remote app for iOS and Android. Preview • Sevenhugs’ Smart Remote aims to master all of your smart devices Tags Sevenhugs Smart Remotecenter_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Post a comment 0 $265 See it Logitechlast_img read more

Kapil Sharma Show Kapil Sharmas new avatar Ustaad Medium Begam Ali Khan

first_imgTwitterThere is no dearth of humour and laughter on the Kapil Sharma Show. Right when we thought the show couldn’t get any better, Kapil Sharma is back to tickle our funny bones with his new avatar of Ustaad Medium Begam Ali Khan. Kapil shared a teaser of the same on his Instagram account and had us in splits. In a black pathani suit, Nehru jacket and red scarf wrapped around his arms and neck, Kapil totally justifies this new character of Ustaad Medium Begam Ali Khan.While sharing the video, Kapil wrote, “Hope u will like this new character “Ustaad medium begam ali khan” #thekapilsharmashow #tkss stay tuned.” While netizens hailed Kapil’s new look, rapper Badshah too could not stop himself from commenting on the post. He wrote, “Paaaji khatam character.” Kappu Sharma, Chappu Sharma and Rajesh Arora are some of the other roles and characters Kapil Sharma dons for his show.In last week’s episode of The Kapil Sharma Show, viewers were given a double treat in the form of Chinky Minky, the twin sisters, who have entered into the show as Kapil Sharma’s new neighbours. Chinky and Minky made a fantastic entrance and stole the show even with their short presence. Even Archana Puran Singh had given them a standing ovation for their brilliant performance on stage while talking in unison. And now, Kapil Sharma seems all set to surprise his audience with this new avatar.Kapil Sharma is going to become a father to his first child with his wife Ginni Chatrath who has entered into her second trimester. And now Kapil has decided to take a break from The Kapil Sharma Show to spend some quality time with Ginni before the baby comes into the world.last_img read more