The Antarctic ozone hole during 2013

first_imgWe review the 2013 Antarctic ozone hole, making use of various ground-based, in-situ and remotely-sensed ozone measurements, ground-based measurements of ultraviolet radiation and meteorological reanalyses. Based on analysis of 34 years of satellite records spanning 1979-2013 (which excludes 1995), we find that in terms of maximum area, minimum ozone level and total ozone deficit, the ozone hole in 2013 was typical of other years of moderate ozone loss. The estimated integrated ozone mass effectively depleted within the ozone hole of 2013 was approximately 1037 Mt, which was the 17th largest deficit on record and 41% of the peak deficit observed in 2006. Anomalously cold winter temper-atures in the lower stratosphere over Antarctica and concurrent strong and stable vortex conditions favoured the potential for strong ozone depletion in 2013. However, anomalous warming of the polar vortex that occurred from late Au-gust limited the overall severity of ozone depletion during spring, and resulted in the relatively early breakup of the ozone hole in mid-November.last_img read more

Guyana’s Hetmyer to lead Young West Indies at World Cup

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Guyana left-hander Shimron Hetmyer has been appointed captain of the West Indies Under-19 squad which will do battle in the ICC Youth World Cup starting this month in Bangladesh. Hetmyer, who has played six first class matches for Guyana Jaguars, is one of two players in the squad with first class experience – the other being Leeward Islands Hurricanes fast bowler Alzarri Joseph. Three Jamaicans are in the squad. They are batsman Shahid Crooks, spinner Michael Frew and fast bowler Odean Smith. Selection chief Clive Lloyd said he was confident the squad would do the Caribbean proud among international opposition. “We have put together a group of players we believe will perform for the West Indies,” the legendary former West Indies captain said. Hetmyer, a free-scoring top order batsman, will be making his second appearance in the Under-19 World Cup after also campaigning in the 2014 tournament in the United Arab Emirates. Joseph, meanwhile, has been viewed by selectors as a fabulous prospect. He made his debut for Hurricanes a year ago and has so far captured 17 wickets in five first class matches, with best figures of seven for 46 against Windward Islands Volcanoes last month. Prior to the start of the Under-19 World Cup, the Young Windies will take on Bangladesh in a three-match 50-over series in Dhaka, which will form part of their preparation. The Under-19 World Cup runs from January 22 to February 14. SQUAD – Shimron Hetmyer (captain), Keemo Paul (vice captain), Kacey Carty, Shahid Crooks, Michael Frew, Jyd Goolie, Tevin Imlach, Ryan John, Alzarri Joseph, Kirstan Kallicharan, Obed McCoy, Gidron Pope, Odean Smith, Shamar Springer, Emmanuel Stewart.last_img read more

President Sirleaf Returns Today

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf arrives home today from Durban, South Africa after participating in the 10th General Assembly of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf will upon arrival attend a thanksgiving service at the United Methodist Church on Ashmun Street, Monrovia. Today is the eve of her 78th birthday,President Sirleaf left the country last Tuesday to attend the IAPB, a global alliance of civil society organizations, corporate and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.The theme of the 10th General Assembly was ‘stronger together.’The Minister of Justice Frederick Cherue served as Coordinator of the Cabinet in consultation with Vice President Joseph Boakai while the President was out of the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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

Homeowners’ Insurance, Part 2: Ways to Save

first_imgBy Carol ChurchIn part 1 of this series, we discussed the basics of homeowners’ insurances and special considerations for service members. In this section, we’ll list some strategies for saving money on your policy.Homeowners’ insurance costs vary quite a bit from state to state and policy to policy. While there isn’t much you can do about living in a state with higher costs, there are many strategies to reduce premiums. Here are some ways it may be possible to reduce this cost.MonkeyBusiness Images/PhotospinShop aroundThis is always good advice for any purchase, but it can be easy to get in a rut with one company, even if they keep raising your rates year after year. If your rates seem unreasonable, start asking around and see who you know who’s happy with their coverage. Make sure you compare policies carefully, however, especially exclusions.It’s easiest to switch companies at policy renewal time, but if it’s not that time of the year, don’t despair; you can still change carriers, though the process will be a bit more involved. Just be sure that you don’t accidentally go without coverage during the switch. The new company should be able to help with the process. Insurance.com has some more details on switching carriers.Carry more than one policy with the same companyMany companies will offer a discount if you carry more than one type of insurance (for example, car and life insurance) with them. However, be sure that this is still worth it and that both types of insurance meet your needs.Improve your homeFind out what type of discounts your company offers for safety and security improvements, and consider making them. For instance, you may save some money by installing simple things like an alarm system, smoke detectors, or deadbolt locks. Other changes, such as installing new wiring or a more weather-resistant roof, may cost more, but offer other benefits.Think carefully about “risky” choicesYou may pay more for owning a pool, a dog breed deemed dangerous, a trampoline, etc. (And don’t consider lying—if you do, coverage is unlikely for any accidents associated with these items.) These are personal choices, but if cost is important, think about it.Ask about discountsSome companies offer discounts for belong to alumni organizations, professional organizations, credit unions, etc. Retirees may also pay less.Maintain a good credit ratingYour credit score can affect what you pay for homeowners’ insurance, so keep it in good condition.Increase your deductibleWhile a $250-$500 deductible may sound like the right choice (after all, that’s still a pretty significant chunk of money), experts say it’s probably wise to raise the deductible to $1000. The accumulated savings you’ll achieve in premiums is likely to be worth it. After all, you know you’ll be paying premiums; you may NEVER pay your deductible.Don’t include the land value when insuringDon’t confuse the actual value of your house with the price you paid for the house—it can lead to over-insuring. Even if your home is leveled to the ground, you won’t actually have to re-buy the land it stands (or stood) on. You should only be insured for the value of the building itself.Stay with the same insurer long-termYou may receive a loyalty discount for staying with the same company for years at a time. If this isn’t showing up for you, ask!Document your belongingsWhile this won’t decrease your premiums, it may make a big difference if you ever need to make a claim. You need to maintain a list of your valuables, complete with photos, serial number, brand, date of purchase, and value. Keep a copy of this somewhere safe that isn’t in your house!For RentersMany service members choose to rent rather than own, sometimes for many years. This can be a very financially savvy decision. However, just because you live in a rental, that doesn’t mean you should go without insurance. While damage to the building isn’t our responsibility, your own valuable belongings could still be stolen or destroyed. The military does not cover these losses, even if they occur in barracks or military housing. Moving from place to place also puts your belongings at risk (and while a moving company takes some responsibility, it’s probably less than you think). Renters and those living in military housing should purchase renter’s insurance. It’s inexpensive, covers losses during moves, and provides important security and peace of mind.last_img read more

Tajh Boyd Leads No 3 Clemson over NC State

Quarterback Tajh Boyd and the Clemson Tigers football squad was victorious over N.C. State Thursday night.In his first Atlantic Coast Conference game of the year, the star QB threw three touchdowns for 244 yards to help his team beat the Wolfpack 26-14.Clemson’s offense has been on fire since the beginning of the football season. The Tigers came in averaging 45 points and 490 yards a game, but didn’t manage to score a TD until the end of the second quarter.“We had two or three scoring opportunities that we didn’t convert on and just missed them. Just that simple,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “I thought we had a good game plan. I was pleased with how we were able to run the ball but disappointed with some execution in the first half. … But we cleaned it up, we battled hard and got it to the second half and we ended up coming alive.”Boyd praised his teammates for overcoming earlier struggles to still win the game.“I think for the offense we always go and find a way to make a play when it’s needed,” Boyd said. “When we really need it, we go get it done. … It was huge. We had to make sure we got something out of it.” read more

Estimated 80M savings through Bahamas Govt employee verification

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#80milliontobesavedinemployeeverification, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 4, 2017 – Nassau – The government’s public sector employee verification of workers which begins next Tuesday could lead to a cost saving of $80M per year in recurrent revenue on salaries; so says John Pinder, the President of the Bahamas Public Services Union.   Pinder is reporting that he supports the move by Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, explaining that the process will weed out phantom workers and end other unethical practices which are costing the Bahamian people.The figure of $80.1M comes from a belief, by John Pinder, that Government could save 3% of the $2.67B national budget .   Pinder said that dead, incarcerated and missing people are all still being paid by Government and in some cases families are collecting the money.   Pinder added that there is even more room to cut back by reviewing those who continue to be employed by Government despite being unfit or unsuitable for their jobs.The Union President recommended that more attention be given to what he called, ‘succession training’.    The verification programme, explained the Minister of Finance and DPM, Peter Turnquest is to clean up and see where there can be cuts to the over $650M government current pays per year in public workers salaries.#MagneticMediaNews#80milliontobesavedinemployeeverificationlast_img read more

Spreading Gandhis message of peace

first_imgCommemorating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and highlighting his principles of non-violence and peace, the Lalit Kala Akademi(LKA) has been organising various theme-based art events since October 2018. And recently, it organised an art show titled ‘Mahatma Gandhi and World Peace’.The show will be on view for the public until February 12 at the Lalit Kala Akademi Art Galleries of Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi. Artists participating in the art show include Deepak Shinde, Anil Nayak, Chandrakant Change, Paul Koli and Srikant Jadhav, to name a few. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDr Mahesh Sharma, Cultural Minister, who was invited as the chief guest, inaugurated the show in the gracious presence of Uttam Pacharne, Lalit Kala Akademi Chairman; Nirupama Kotru, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture along with Rajan Shripad Fulari, Secretary, LKA. Dean Vishwanath Sabale, Professor Mariti Shelke; Professor Shashikant Gorakhe from Sir JJ School of Arts, art lovers and critics. In the program, Chairman Uttam Pacharne talked about Ram V Sutar’s statues of Gandhi and also, felicitated him with a shawl. The show has been organised in association with Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai. Over 75 artworks by the same number of artists have been put on display in this exhibition. The artists have shown their creative perspectives and thoughts about Gandhiji and World Peace. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveInaugurating the exhibition, Dr Mahesh Sharma appreciated the initiatives of the Akademi in conveying the message of peace among new generation. “Gandhiji has contributed a lot in the upliftment of the people throughout the world and has influenced a lot in each and every perspective. We will keep on celebrating many such inspirational personalities. I congratulate Lalit Kala Akademi for organising such a beautiful exhibition on Gandhiji.” Addressing the audience at the event, Uttam Pacharne, Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi, reiterated the glorious journey of Mahatma Gandhi towards his strong principles of non-violence and his teachings of achieving world peace. He said, “We’ve all known the struggle of Independence of the great men who spent their whole lives conveying the message of peace. Let’s remember them and follow on with their ideologies.” Ram V Sutar, who was the Guest of Honour said that he has always been inspired by Gandhiji’s principles, in 1948 he got his first chance to sculpt his statue. After that, he made many statues of the national figure. Congratulating LKA for the initiative, he said: “I congratulate Lalit Kala Akademi for organising such an exhibition.” On this occasion, the catalogue of Winter Show which was organised by the Akademi was also launched. Many art lovers attended the event.”last_img read more