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14 YOUTH CORNER Wednesday, January 31 2018 | NEW ERA Wit: the ability to use words in a funny and clever way, usually without having to think about what you are going to say. Activity 1 Before you read, match the word to a definition. 1. caviar 2. marmalade 3. original 4. playwright 5. poll 6. treat a. lots of people being asked what they think b. a luxury food made of fish eggs c. new; something nobody has thought of before d. a person who writes plays for the theatre e. something special for yourself or someone else f. a spread made of oranges to put on toast Britain’s Wittiest Person By Julie Mason What is wit? ‘An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them.’ This was said by British actor and writer Stephen Fry. It’s funny because if an idea can be found in a library, then obviously it is not original. Clever and original ideas that also make us laugh are known as ‘wit’. It is a type of humour for which individuals often become famous. A famous wit One such individual was Noël Coward, the British writer, composer and actor. ‘I like long walks,’ he said, ‘especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.’ On the subject of wit itself, Coward commented, ‘Wit ought to be a glorious treat like caviar. Never spread it about like marmalade.’ Churchill’s wit It would be wrong to suggest, however, that wits are always actors or writers. Sir Winston Churchill was one of Britain’s most famous prime ministers, but he was also known for his witty comments. Once, a female politician called Nancy Astor said to him, ‘If I were married to you, I’d put poison in your coffee’. Churchill immediately replied, ‘If I were married to you, I’d drink it!’ On another occasion, a famous playwright invited him to the first night of a play he had just written. ‘Bring a friend, if you have one,’ said the playwright, to which Churchill wrote back, ‘Impossible to be present for the first performance. Will attend the second – if there is one!’ So who is Britain’s wittiest person? But who is Britain’s wittiest person? A poll by a British television channel found that the wittiest person is not actually British at all, but Irish (although the Republic of Ireland was part of Britain when he was alive). He said such memorable lines as, ‘I’m not young enough to know everything’ and ‘I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.’ On another occasion he commented, ‘There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.’ Fortunately, we do still talk about him – he’s the Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. Activity 2 Now complete the sentences using words from the text. 1. William Shakespeare is the most famous (..........) in the English language – he wrote 38 plays. 2. My father has the same thing for breakfast every morning – a cup of tea and two pieces of toast with (..........), which my mother makes with fruit from the tree in the garden. 3. The (..........) idea for the project was by Phil Peters, and that is why it is called the ‘Peters project’. 4. Yes, children, you’ve been very good today so I am going to buy you all a (..........) – any ice cream that you would like. 5. The best (..........) is made from the roe (eggs) of the beluga sturgeon, a fish that lives in the Caspian Sea. 6. They had a (..........) at work to see where we wanted to have the Christmas party. 72% of us voted for the same restaurant we went to last year, so we’re going there again. Activity 3 Decide if the following statements are true or false, according to the text. Can you correct the false ones? 1. Noël Coward was happy when people who annoyed him went for long walks. 2. Noël Coward said wit should be used all the time. 3. Winston Churchill didn’t want to marry Nancy Astor. 4. Winston Churchill could not go to the first night of his friend’s play. 5. Oscar Wilde didn’t like people to talk about him. Activity 4 In the superlative form, the adjective ‘witty’ becomes ‘wittiest’. Look at the adjectives below ending in consonant + ‘y’: busy dry easy pretty unhappy Put them into the superlative form and use them to complete the sentences below. 1. In a recent poll, Angelina Jolie was voted the world’s (..........) woman. 2. In the Atacama Desert in South America, it rains once every four years – it’s the (..........) place in the world. 3. On Saturday, she plays tennis in the morning, golf in the afternoon and football in the evening; it’s her (..........) day of the week. 4. The day I failed my driving test was the (..........) day of my life. 5. Which do you think is the (..........) language to learn, English or Spanish? Activity 5 Is there anyone who is famously witty in your country? Can you translate any of the witty things they have said into English? Answers Activity 1 1. b; 2. f; 3. c; 4. d; 5. a; 6. e Activity 2 1. playwright; 2. marmalade; 3. original; 4. treat; 5. caviar; 6. poll Activity 3 1. True (T); 2. False (F) – ‘Wit ought to be a glorious treat like caviar. Never spread it about like marmalade.’; 3. T; 4. T; 5. F – ‘There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.’ Activity 4 1. prettiest; 2. driest; 3. busiest; 4. unhappiest; 5. easiest For more fun activities to help you learn English visit www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish Send your feedback to learnenglishprint@britishcouncil.org © British Council 2016

Wednesday, January 31 2018 | NEW ERA ADVERT 15 VACANCIES NB: FEmAlE CANdIdAtES ArE ENCourAgEd to Apply. oNly ShortlIStEd CANdIdAtES wIll bE CoNtACtEd ANd No pErSoNAl doCumENtS wIll bE rEturNEd. The Namibia Institute of Pathology Limited is a State Owned entity that was established under the NIP Act 15 of 1999. It started its operations on 1 December 2000 with the objective of providing medical laboratory services to both state and private health facilities. The NIP currently has 40 laboratories countrywide which provide a comprehensive pathology service of high quality to public and private clients. To be the medical laboratory service provider of choice in Africa NamPower (Pty) Ltd, an equal opportunity employer, invites candidates who are passionate about the Electricity Supply, Industry and with an uncompromising standard of excellence, to a career in the industry. ONE ENgINEEr: CSP, BIOmaSS aNd rENEwaBLE ENErgy aNd ENErgy EffICIENCy PrOjECtS Primary Purpose of the Position: the incumbent is responsible for the implementation of projects managed by the pSd business unit and reporting to the relevant Senior Engineer. Successful candidates will become part of Nampower’s permanent workforce and upon completion of their initial project allocation, will be utilised on other projects managed by the pSd business unit. Engineers with project management experience are encouraged to apply. draughtSPErSON – ENgINEErINg SuPPOrt Primary Purpose of the Position: the incumbent is responsible for drafting and updating all technical drawings (civil, electrical and mechanical) on substations (both new and existing) upon receipt of the Single line diagram and Scope of work, for the distribution and transmission Networks. If this is appealing to you, please visit our website www.nampower.com.na for more information, and to submit your application. Alternatively you can also email hr.recruitment@nampower.com.na In return for your skills, Nampower offers a generous remuneration position. Closing date: 13 february 2018 NIP Acredit 3 Labs To medical provide diagnoses. accessible, Quality affordable of laboratory and excellent service medical is the major laboratory factor services. which directly affects the quality of health care. The medical laboratory as a whole therefore has to provide the best patient care. As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility drive, the Namibia Institute of Pathology Limited recently medical donated laboratory computers services to and the printers physician/clinician to three different is therefore Schools. critical The in any total health value care of the delivery items is estimated system. Namibia Accreditation, to be Institute which is of the Pathology process of independently Limited evaluating competency, is the strategy for most medical laboratories to achieve this. (A public enterprise tasked with the responsibility of providing medical laboratory services. It operates more The recipients of the computers and printers were: than 40 medical laboratories and patient service centres across the country). entitled 1. Eden ‘‘Medical Primary laboratories School in –Requirements Okahandja (Otjozondjupa for quality and Region), competence’’, Gammams is widely Primary accepted School in in the Windhoek medical laboratory (Khomas community. Region) VACANCIES and Many the Ngone laboratories Combined are working School on situated its implementation, 25km from Rundu and in request the accreditation Kavango Region. of their The service Primary to be School judged with according over 1000 to this learners, standard. of which 147 learners are Orphans and Vulnerable Children only had two outdated computers in its school computer following One of the strategic laboratory vacant objectives and received positions: related to quality in the Corporate Strategy of the Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP), is to become the 10 pivotal computers hub for and quality 2 printers. improvement in the company by achieving accreditation 2. Gammams for all Primary major laboratories School with across over 1300 the country. learners Therefore,NIP received 15 embarked computers upon and the three 1 x Medical printers. Before Technologist the donation, : the School Communicable only had two (2) outdated Diseases: computers. Quality International 3. The Ngone Standard Combined with the School aim to accredit with 544 its Assurance learners laboratories, out of thus Division, which providing 11 learners Windhoek objective have evidence disabilities, that 93 the laboratories are competent to provide medical diagnostic services to its customers, including learners are vulnerable and 80 learners are orphans received 15 computers and 3 printers. healthcare staff and patients. 1 x Medical Below is the Technologist value of the full : donation. Communicable Diseases: Quality te owned TheSwamed, company tasked Katutura with the and responsibility Rundu private of providing laboratories Assurance medical were laboratory Division, subjected services to Ongwediva to external the public assessments and private sectors. It es more than 40 medical laboratories and patient service centres all over the country.) responsible 1. Eden Primary to provide School internationally recognised 10 accreditation 2 services,granted N$ 46,611.00 international is The recruiting above mentioned 2. Gammams Primary for positions School following are 15 position: funded by PEPFAR. The accreditation status to these all three laboratories. 3 N$ 69,917.10 successful 3. Ngone Combined candidates School will be employed 15 on a contract 3 basis, N$ 69,917.10 which is esult renewable The accreditation depending of these laboratories on performance represents and a great the value availability to our clients. Enquiries Clerk: Windhoek Central Reference Laboratory of funds. Achieving this milestone means our laboratories are internationally recognised. This also indicates that we Interested? maintaining high standards of services for our clients; essentially providing an effective mechanism During her handover remarks, Ms. Jennifer Kauapirura, the Chief Strategy and Business rested? Visit the website of Namibia Institute of Pathology Limited under Development sustainability Officer of public of health the Namibia programs. Institute of Pathology Limited encouraged learners to work Opportunities to apply online: www.nip.com.na the hard NIP and website become what under they Opportunities aspire to be, especially to apply now that online: they have www.nip.com.na computers at their disposal. This achievement came as a result of notable through hard, joint efforts and unifying team spirit and-delivered, computers No prevailing hand-delivered, at NIP. faxed or faxed emailed or emailed applications will be put applications to good will use be and considered. will play be considered. a major role in shaping This milestone inspires us to continue improving the quality systems within our network of ing the Closing laboratories. date: 16 Date March 2016 : 02 need February for other 2018 SOE to emulate the gesture of NIP by strengthening public-private partnerships and creating more symbiotic relationships. CALL for Abstracts IGU COMMISSION ON AFRICAN STUDIES INAUGURAL CONFERENCE Theme: What is Africa’s response on global challenges: Understanding drivers of poverty and reducing inequality? Date: 17 – 18 May 2018 Venue: University of Namibia, Namibia BACKGROUND The International Geographical Union (IGU), recently approved the formation of the IGU Commission on African Studies, whose overarching aim is the promotion of African and Africanist scholarship on issues around and in Africa, ranging from social sciences to natural sciences, but informed in the main by geographical, multi and interdisciplinary perspectives. This materialises in the form of inter alia, Thematic Conferences run under the IGU Commission of African Studies. In pursuit of this mandate, the IGU and the University of Namibia (UNAM), therefore, brings you the Launch of the IGU’s Commission on African Studies and the inaugural Conference in May 2018. This means that the IGU Commission on African Studies will hold its first ever Annual Conference following a decision of the IGU to create a platform for African and experts on Africa to examine African challenges and attempt to provide African responses. This is pertinent given the recent global developments ranging from climate change, terrorism, migration and mobility, inequality, poverty and hunger as well as political upsurges and reconfigurations, which all call for a (re)consideration and/or response, hence the question “What is Africa’s response to global challenges?” comes to the fore. In this respect, the theme of the conference is: What is Africa’s Response to Global Challenges: Understanding drivers of poverty and reducing inequality? UNAM and IGU hope delegates will be enthused to converge on Windhoek to explore and play a part in identifying how Africa can respond to global challenges now and in the future. Consequently, the following are the objectives of the conference: To examine Africa`s response to a myriad of challenges afflicting the continent To bridge the gap between research outputs and policy implementation To strengthen the partnership and scholarship between African geographers and scholars on Africa To explore the impact of geography and its role to planning and achievement of national development plans UNs SDGs To increase IGU research and scientific activities and programmes in Africa In pursuit of these objectives, we therefore invite participants from all fields of geography and cognate disciplines to submit papers that respond and interrogate, but are not limited to the following: Sustainable development and investment Marginality and migration Higher education and mobility Climate change adaptation and mitigation Technology and innovation diffusion Rural and Urban Poverty reduction Biotechnology, Agro-processing and food security Oceans and economic development Economic and political integration of Africa Future geographies SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: The Conference will be composed of paper sessions as well as organised parallel sessions. Panel discussions can also be arranged. The format for paper presentations will be 15mins + 5mins for Q&A. Please submit an abstract of not more than 250 words to: skamati@unam.na or mekimaro@unam.na Deadline for abstract submission: 16 February 2018 Notification of abstract acceptance: 02 March 2018 Deadline for submission of full papers: 06 April 2018 REGISTRATION FEES: Post graduate students: N0. 00 Standard: N00.00 Gala dinner: N00.00 Your Abstract must follow the ensuing format: Title Abstract (250 words) Key words (not more than 6) Full name(s) and institutional affiliations of the author(s) www.unam.edu.na

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