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New Era Newspaper - 16/06/2017 - Vol22 No216

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Friday, June 16 2017 | NEW ERA WORLD 35 Dams could ‘permanently damage Amazon’ The Amazon basin could suffer significant and irreversible damage if an extensive dam building programme goes ahead, scientists say. Currently, 428 hydroelectric dams are planned, with 140 already built or under construction. Researchers warn that this could affect the dynamics of the complex river system and put thousands of unique species at risk. The study is published in the journal Nature. “The world is going to lose the most diverse wetland on the planet,” said lead author Prof Edgargo Latrubesse, from the University of Texas at Austin, US. The Amazon basin covers more than 6.1 million sq km, and is the largest and most complex river system on the planet. It has become a key area for hydroelectric dam construction. But this study suggests that the push for renewable energy along the Amazon’s waterways could lead to profound problems. The international team of researchers who carried out the research is particularly concerned about any disruption to the natural movement of sediment in the rivers. This sediment provides a vital source of nutrients for wildlife in the Amazon’s wetlands. It also affects the way the waterways meander and flow. “[The sediment is] how the rivers work, how they move, how they regenerate new land, and how they keep refreshing the ecosystems,” said Prof Latrubesse. The Texas researcher said that at present environmental assessments were being carried out for each dam in isolation, looking at their impact on the local area. But he argued a wider approach was needed for the Amazon. “The problem is nobody is assessing the whole package: the cascade of effects the dams produce on the whole system.” The researchers have highlighted the Madeira, Maranon and Ucayali rivers - all tributaries of the Amazon River - as areas of great concern. These rivers are home to many unique species, and the scientists say these would be under threat if even a fraction of the planned dams go ahead. Prof Latrubesse said: “All of these rivers hold huge diversity, with many species that are endemic. Thousands of species could be affected, maybe even go extinct.“ The researchers warn that any damage could be irreversible, and say any risks must be considered before the dams are allowed to go ahead. – BBC VACANCIES The National Commission on Research Science and Technology (NCRST), a State-Owned Enterprise established in terms of the Research, Science and Technology Act, 2004 (Act no. 23 of 2004) with a primary role of promotion, coordination and development of research, science, technology and innovation in Namibia, has the following vacancies for vibrant and innovative candidates aspiring to join a progressive team: 1. SENIOR INSPECTOR: BIOSAFETY Job Grading: Paterson C3 Primary Purpose of the Position: To plan, co-ordinate, and monitor inspections of facilities, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and GMO products to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Bio-safety Act. Minimum requirements: A Bachelor of Science degree (NQF Level 7), in Food Technology or Biochemistry/ Biotechnology or Environmental Science and at least five (5) years’ relevant working experience in inspections. 2. LABORATORY TECHNICIAN: BIOTECHNOLOGY Job Grading: Paterson B2 Primary Purpose of the Position: To plan and execute all Biotechnology laboratory tests, assess the integrity of test results against set standards and assist the Scientists in all related duties in order to improve productivity of the laboratory. Minimum requirements: A relevant Science National Diploma (NQF Level 6), and at least two (2) years relevant laboratory working experience. 3. PROCUREMENT OFFICER Job Grading: Paterson B2 Primary Purpose of the Position: To ensure cost efficient quoting and procurement of goods and services as well as the management of the stock. Minimum requirements: A Higher Certificate in Accounting (NQF Level 5), Economics or Logistics, and at least three (3) years relevant working experience in purchasing or procurement environment. 4. CREDITORS’ CLERK Job Grading: Paterson B1 Primary Purpose of the Position: To prepare all payment requisitions for all cash suppliers, payment of allowances and performs petty cash reconciliations. The incumbent will further be accountable for the maintenance of all cash payments records. Minimum requirements: A National Diploma (NQF Level 6) in Accounting and at least two (2) years relevant working experience. EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS: These are permanent appointments with performance agreements. Visit as well as our Facebook page for the full job advertisements. Enquiries should be directed to: Ms. Naimhwaka at Office Tel. No.: +264 61 431 7000. Applications supported by a detailed CV and certified documents can be hand delivered at the NCRST Head Office, Erf 490, Platinum Street, Prosperita, Windhoek, or posted to The Human Resource Officer, NCRST, Private Bag 13253, Windhoek. Please note that no electronic applications will be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and no applications will be returned. Shortlisted candidates will be subjected to various assessments including psychometric testing. Closing Date: Wednesday, 28 June 2017 at 17h00 @NCRST_Namibia

36 ADVERT Friday, June 16 2017 | NEW ERA AIRWAVES Weekly nbc CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL ARCHIVES DAY The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (nbc) alongside the International Council on Archives and the rest of the world celebrated the International Archives Day on Friday 9 June 2017. The International Archives Day was held under the theme Archives, Citizenship and Interculturalism. Celebrations are set to take place in Mexico from 27 to 29 November. Organizations around the world were tasked with noting the global event by archivists and records managers distributing information to make known the role of archives and by sharing their experiences and the importance of their work. The nbc celebrated the day by showcasing television and sound archives preserves as well as hours of valuable multimedia content. nbc Principal Archivist, Himee Kamburona stated that all these materials should be preserved for future generations as they have an irreplaceable historical, social and cultural importance to Namibia. The broadcaster invited staff members and members of the public to an open day at the archives to showcase the importance of Archives within nbc. Staff members and invited guests marked the special occasion and experienced and viewed the archival holdings at the national broadcaster. Kamburona added: “Besides preservation of materials, the Libraries and Record Management Department of the nbc also carries out the function of issuing and booking in material daily, making packaged programmes (local and purchased) available to the Final Control Centre for broadcasting, ensuring that locally-produced programmes are accessible and available according to certain guidelines and procedures, assisting users in obtaining relevant information or required material on computer (render user service), wipe- audio and audio visuals tapes for redistribution and reuse, and distribute tapes to the regional services and contribution centres according to user demands, transfer older visuals materials to the National Archives of Namibia (as per the National Archives Act No 12 of 1992) after a fixed preservation period as well as cataloguing of News, Masters and Programs audio-visual materials and the transferring of audio-visual video clips preserving them on (DVCam) tape format. The catalogued audio-visual material is used by NBC users (Reporters and Producers) and the public at large through external dubbings.” MISS NAMIBIA LIVE ON nbc1 Miss Namibia Public Choice AWARD The 37th Miss Namibia beauty pageant will be broadcast on nbc1, Saturday, 1 st July 2017 at 20H30. Tickets are on sale at the Lana Dry Cleaning outlets at Maerua Mall and Wernhill Park, as well as at Biosculpture Namibia, which is situated on the corner for Feld Street and Lazareth Street in Windhoek. Tickets cost N$ 400.00 per person with the ticket number doubling up as the seat number. Limited VIP tickets are available at N0.00. Guests are urged to arrive between 19h30 and 20h00 as doors will strictly close at 20h00 to prepare for countdown, for the live broadcast. The Miss Namibia Public Choice voting lines are open. Simply SMS the keyword of your favourite finalist to 33033. SMS costs N.00 and voting lines close 28 June 2017. All votes are automatically entered into a competition to win one of two free tickets to attend the Miss Namibia beauty pageant. Vote now to stand a chance to win. Karen Beukes Windhoek Keyword: Kar Liandre Claasen Gochas Keyword: Lia Elizabeth Ipinge Windhoek Keyword: Eli Suné January Rehoboth Keyword: Sun FRENZY SPECIAL, JUST TEENZ & SUNSHINE CLUB PRESENTER AUDITIONS Are you a fun-loving, easily excited and between the ages of 8-16? Have you ever imagined being the next face of a television kiddies and youth programme? If you are confident and articulate, then make your way to the nbc studios or if you are from the regions, you can alternatively inbox us your video not longer than 2 minutes on our Facebook page, FRENZY SPECIAL NBC. Auditions will take place at the nbc Headquarters, Cullinan Street; Northern Industrial Area in Windhoek on the 24 June 2017 at 9 a.m. Your video must reach us before the 30th June 2017. For more information, contact Jackzee Tsaraeb on 061 291 3162 or email Martha Kamati Ohangwena Region Keyword: Mar Delsie Somaës Walvis Bay Keyword: Del Romilly Mouton Swakopmund Keyword: Rom Zandria Swart Aranos Keyword: Zan Tessia Mutwamezi Rundu Keyword: Tes Leone Van Jaarsveld Swakopmund Keyword: Leo Sabina Samuel Okalongo Keyword: Sab Sunet Van Schalkwyk Leonardville Keyword: Sch TV CENTER Tel: 061 291 3111 RADIO CENTER Tel: 061 291 9111 SALES Tel: (061) 291 3125/3214 TV LICENSING Tel: 061 291 3393/4/5 DTT CALL CENTER Tel: 061 291 3026/3025

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