South African wins Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa

first_img6 May 2016South African writer Faraaz Mahomed has been selected the Africa Regional winner for his short story The Pigeon for the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.“I am an unseasoned writer, who continues to struggle with the insecurities and anxieties of inexperience,” said Mahomed. “Winning the Commonwealth Prize for the African region is more than an accolade, it’s a prompting to continue down this path.”Based on Johannesburg, Mahomed is a clinical psychologist and human rights researcher. His previous writing has been largely academic, reads the Commonwealth Writers website. Mahomed has published articles in journals relating to issues of human rights.He also has fellowships from the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg; and is a former Fulbright scholar. Mahomed would like to write a novel and obtain a PhD on mental health and human rights.“The Africa region included stories on almost every conceivable theme, accentuating the endless complexity and beauty of the continent; a testament to the inexhaustible talent that abounds there,” said Africa region judge Helon Habila.“The Pigeon is a carefully and patiently woven tale about love, lust, guilt, and escape. It illustrates just how, as humans, we will always come short of our ideals, and we must learn to live with that.”The other winners include:Pacific Regional Winner: Tina Makereti for Black Milk from New ZealandAsia Regional Winner: Parashar Kulkarni for Cow and Company from IndiaCanada and Europe Regional Winner: Stefanie Seddon for Eel from the UKCaribbean Regional Winner: Lance Dowrich for Ethelbert and the Free Cheese from Trinidad and TobagoChair of judges, South African novelist and playwright Gillian Slovo, said the winners were all worthy of their award and they “show how well the short story is flourishing in the Commonwealth”.Read short excerpt from The Pigeon: Each morning, for about four months now, I am woken by the same foul, fat pigeon. I am certain that he’s the same one, even though I have no means to prove it. In truth, I have no way to be sure he is a he either. It used to occur to me that maybe he had left something at the window, or inside and was hoping that being here to retrieve it would allow him some release. On most Saturdays, I leave the window open. It makes me feel kind, because I am easing his spirit into the next phase or something of that nature.The Commonwealth Short Story Prize aims to “bring stories from new and emerging voices, often from countries with little or no publishing infrastructure, to the attention of an international audience”.The five winners selected each win £2 500 (about R53 000) each. The overall winner will be announced at the Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica on 5 June, and will walk away with £5 000 (about R106 000) in prize money.The 2016 #CWPrize #regional #winners have been announced!Congratulations to the 5 writers.https://t.co/Er1s2Cuuob pic.twitter.com/g38zsfcAuy— Commonwealth Writers (@cwwriters) May 4, 2016 Source: Commonwealth Writerslast_img read more

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Rajnath calls on Mongolia PM; holds bilateral talks

first_imgUlaanbaatar, Jun 23 (PTI) Home Minister Rajnath Singh today called on Prime Minister of Mongolia Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh and discussed with him a wide range of bilateral issues including border management, disaster management and cyber security.The home minister is on a three-day visit to Mongolia to further strengthen bilateral relations and security cooperation.”Had a wonderful meeting with Prime Minister of Mongolia Mr. @UKhurelsukh today. We discussed a wide range of issues including border management, disaster management & cyber security. Hope these deliberations add to our efforts in deepening India-Mongolia bilateral relations,” Singh said in a tweet.Earlier today, Singh attended the ‘Mini Naadam’ festival organised in the rural areas of Ulaanbaatar.”It was an impressive show of traditional sports and culture in Mongolia,” he said.He also visited the ‘Ger’ of a Nomadic Tribe family in Mongolia.”These people are extremely hospitable in nature. I’m thankful to their warmth and hospitality,” Singh said in another tweet.Yesterday, Mongolia broke ground for the construction of the landlocked country’s first oil refinery with the help of a USD 1 billion loan from India which Singh described as an important milestone in the bilateral ties.Mongolia is seen as an important strategic partner of India and New Delhi wants to realise the huge potential of bilateral relations with Ulaanbaatar.Modi had in 2015 visited Mongolia, the first-ever visit by an Indian prime minister.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was also in Mongolia in April this year where she discussed economic cooperation in infrastructure development, energy, services and information technology with her Mongolian counterpart. PTI CPS CPSadvertisementlast_img read more

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a month agoBarkley insists Chelsea have proven they can beat Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Barkley insists Chelsea have proven they can beat Liverpoolby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoss Barkley believes Chelsea have already shown they can beat Liverpool.The two clubs will meet at Stamford Bridge this Sunday for their second meeting of the season after Liverpool defeated the Blues on penalties in the Super Cup final last month.”Every side is beatable on the day. It just goes down to hard work, putting extra yards in, being clinical as well and a bit of luck. The big games bring the best out of all players,” Barkley told reporters.”As you have seen in the Super Cup final and how well we performed in that game, and we can perform to those levels again on Sunday and hopefully it goes our way.”We are joint-third [in the league on points]. We’re not doing badly. We won at the weekend, scoring goals. We have got a confident bunch of lads in the team. We have got a big game on Sunday and we are confident we can win the game.” last_img read more

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Klopp indifferent about taking a break from league action

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp seemed less concerned when asked about taking a break from Premier League action to play in the FA Cup.The Reds travel to the Molineux to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday, on the back of their 2–1 loss to Manchester City in the league last Thursday.Speaking about the lack of opportunity to get an immediate response to the City loss in the league, Klopp said, according to the club’s official website:“I don’t think about things I can’t change too much.”“I don’t know, it’s OK, it’s like it is, we’ve known it for a while, so it’s not that I feel we have to react immediately in the league because that would feel a little bit like we are insecure about ourselves. We don’t know exactly how it will happen.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“When the draw came up and we saw Wolves it was like, ‘wow, thank you very much’ and it’s away. Then we played there and it was really difficult. Now we have to go there again and so it’s a really tough draw and nobody was looking forward to it and saying at the moment of the draw, ‘nice game, let’s go there and win’.”“We have Brighton to come after and it is always a tough place to go, they’ve had a fantastic season. Do I want play Brighton directly after Man City? I don’t know, I didn’t think about it.”“We have now between the Premier League games nine days or so, and in between is a very, very tough FA Cup game. I didn’t think about it, it’s OK like it is.”last_img read more

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Cooper Landing Property Inventory Signs

first_imgCooper Landing remains in a SET status due to fire activity. All residents should be SET to evacuate if the situation warrants. If you feel uncomfortable or need additional time, consider leaving before an evacuation notice. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Cooper Landing residents may notice new signs and flagging up around the community. The Incident Command Team has been placing paper plate signs around some properties in the community. All firefighters in Cooper Landing are working to bolster defensible space around structures, to set up water sprinklers, and to improve contingency lines along the power line corridor. Prioritization of the properties arrange them in order of importance relative to each other based on how at risk they are to the fire.center_img Matt Bowers with the Incident Command Team: “They are numbering all of the houses. That numbering system is to help identify houses on map so that as resources go around they’ve got specific locations. So, if you paper plates hanging up that’s what it’s for, it’s an identification of locations.”  The plates are the structure protection crew’s method of identifying specific locations on their maps and not a prioritization of properties. They are asking residents to leave the signs in place to assist crews with their work.last_img read more

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MSLO Bolsters Biz Dev Team with New Hires

first_imgMartha Stewart Living Omnimedia is bolstering its business development team with four new executive hires, to be focused mostly in merchandising, partnerships, finance and the digital space. Charlie Tiersch and Colleen Nowers both join the company from NBCUniversal to take on the roles of VP and AVP of business development, respectively. Tiersch will aim at expanding MSLO’s digital presence and international growth, while Nowers is charged with developing new affiliations for the company’s media properties.Claudio Goldbarg, formerly of DreamWorks SKG, will oversee all financial operations of the company’s publishing business as SVP of publishing and digital media operations while working to identify new business and incremental revenue opportunities. Russell Brown, formerly of Marvel Entertainment and Iconix Brand Group, is now the company’s SVP of consumer products licensing, tasked with developing and negotiating new merchandising opportunities for all of the company’s brands. These new hires follow last month’s news of J.C. Penney’s $38.5 million investment in the company, which resulted in the retailer’s acquisition of a 16.6 percent stake. The deal was the result of a six-month search for investors and potential partners, conducted with Blackstone Advisory Partners. The search was rumored to be an effort to sell the company, which president and CEO Lisa Gersh denied. Of the J.C. Penney partnership, Gersh told FOLIO: last month, “I’m glad we did it, and I’m sorry it got taken for the fact that the company was for sale, because we sure spent a lot of time answering that question. And now the question’s answered.” In the previous month, MSLO also announced a partnership with e-commerce site OpenSky.last_img read more

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Sierra Vista Continues to Struggle following Cutbacks at Ft Huachuca

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The impact of the loss of thousands of military and civilian personnel at Fort Huachuca in southeastern Arizona over the past several years continues to hobble the city of Sierra Vista, according to a presentation at the annual Sierra Vista Economic Outlook luncheon.Including the employment of defense contractors, the area lost about 4,000 jobs over the last five years stemming from cutbacks at the installation.“In recent years, Fort Huachuca has been the primary reason for the county-wide economic downturn, and that’s due to cuts in defense and war-related spending,” Robert Carreira, director of the Center for Economic Research at Cochise College, said last week.The region’s shrinking population and the sharp rise in the number of foreclosed homes are a primary factor in the bleak economic outlook for Sierra Vista and Cochise County, according to Carreira.“We haven’t really seen any signs of sustained job growth in the last seven, eight years,” he said, reported the Sierra Vista Herald.And with the Pentagon still grappling with stringent spending caps for the remainder of the decade, local officials are preparing for additional cuts at Fort Huachuca.“That’s something we need to brace ourselves for,” said Chuck Potucek, city manager for Sierra Vista.Of course, the installation remains one of the city’s best opportunities for economic growth and officials plan an initiative to attract new missions there.“We’re going to try to take a more offensive stance at the city in working with our partners to identify those missions and try to bring more growth to Fort Huachuca, as opposed to just circling the wagons just to save what we have,” Potucek said.last_img read more

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GRAMMY Festival China To Feature Pharrell Williams Macy Gray OneRepublic

first_img Facebook Email Some of music’s biggest stars are set to help launch the inaugural GRAMMY Festival China Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Mar 21, 2018 – 11:07 am From American jazz to the British Invasion, reggae of Jamaica and Korean pop, music’s rich and diverse history has built today’s audience to be truly global. And with the emergence of the music festival to showcase music and culture, the time could not be better for the inaugural GRAMMY Festival China.On April 30, some of the world’s biggest music stars will convene at Beijing’s ChangYang Music Theme Music Park for an eight-hour live music experience featuring the likes of 11-time GRAMMY winner Pharrell Williams, GRAMMY winners Macy Gray, Phoenix and Daya plus GRAMMY nominees James Bay, Carly Rae Jepsen, OneRepublic, and more. Pharrell, Macy Gray To Play GRAMMY Festival China grammy-festival-china-feature-pharrell-williams-macy-gray-onerepublic GRAMMY Festival China To Feature Pharrell Williams, Macy Gray, OneRepublic center_img Twitter News As the Recording Academy’s latest exciting initiative, GRAMMY Festival China arrives with a bang this year as a partnership with Bravo Entertainment and China Music Vision Ltd. The new festival will expose GRAMMY-winning artists to the extraordinary Chinese culture and provide audiences with a unique, unrivaled live music experience.”We are proud and excited to host the debut of GRAMMY Festival China in 2018,” said Blues JIANG, chairman of Bravo. “It will be a monumental moment gathering GRAMMY-nominated and -winning artists during the festival and the production of live performances integrated with Chinese culture in demonstrating an unprecedented high-quality showcase. GRAMMY Festival will become a breakthrough for traditional music festivals in Asia, elevating not only the music industry, but also in engaging other industries to create a powerful, global intellectual property.” The outstanding lineup for the inaugural GRAMMY Festival China isn’t the only reason for music fans in the world’s most populated country to be excited; last year, the GRAMMY Museum announced its plans to develop the first-ever GRAMMY Museum in China. The 40,000 square feet of exhibit space, which will include a temporary exhibit gallery and a theater, is expected to open within the next three years. Presale tickets for GRAMMY Festival China on Apr. 30 in Beijing are available for purchase now at www.damai.cn.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

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Amid mounting tension Pakistan halts import of cotton vegetables from India

first_imgDue to rising tension between India and Paksitan along the Line of Control (LoC), Pakistan has suspended the import of agricultural products such as cotton and vegetables. According to a report in the Dawn, the officials of Department of Plant Production (DPP) said that the import of agricultural products from India at the Wagah border crossing and Karachi port and issuing permits for future has currently been halted. Cotton importers said that the customs clearing agents had stopped the import without a warning or written order. “We have stopped import of tomatoes and other fresh vegetables in order to protect our farmers. We have enough tomatoes and other vegetable stocks, which we import from India only in case of shortages in the domestic market,” Imran Shamim chief of DPP, which is the subordinate department of the national food security and research ministry was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India. However, the official differed on the reason behind the suspension of cotton imports. “We have not stopped cotton imports from India. It has just been halted over reports that the Indian exporters are not meeting our bio-security conditions. We’re looking into these reports and will lift restriction on cotton imports if our apprehensions are proved wrong,” Shamin further added. The cotton consignments will be allowed to enter Pakistan through surface or sea routes where importers had already secured permits.A Pakistani textile factory owner told Dawn that the suspension of cotton import from India is bound to create problems for the textile exporters in India’s neighbour country, where meeting the demand of 11.25 million bales of locally produced cotton will be difficult. “The industry requires 14 million bales of cotton. We will still be short by three million bales of cotton even if the crop target is achieved,” the textile factory owner was quoted as saying by the publication.The shortage will lead to increase in prices. Last year, Pakistan imported 2.7 million bales of cotton, which is roughly 40 percent of India’s total cotton exports. [1 bale= 170 kg]last_img read more

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NSE CEO Chitra Ramkrishna quits stuns investors

first_imgIndia’s largest bourse, the National Stock Exchange (NSE), witnessed a big churn in its leadership position on Friday as chief executive officer Chitra Ramkrishna put in her papers, just days before the exchange readies for public listing.The exchange said in a note that the board of NSE met on Friday and accepted her resignation. According to the notification, Ramakrishna tendered her resignation owing to personal reasons and expressed her desire to step down with immediate effect.Meantime, the board has set up a selection committee to search for replacement for Ramkrishna and has appointed group president J Ravichandran as interim CEO.The abrupt departure of Ramakrishna, whose tenure is scheduled to end in March 2018, has stunned many investors and market watchers as the exchange is all set for public listing early next year.Reports suggested that she had differences with the board over timing of listing and a Sebi-monitored investigation into alleged irregularities on NSE platform.A chartered accountant by training, Ramkrishna was one of the five people hand-picked by SS Nadkarni, ex-chairman of IDBI, to set up NSE in 1992. She was elevated to the post of managing director and chief executive officer in April 2013.Under her leadership, NSE became India’s largest bourse, with average daily volumes of about Rs 3.6 trillion in equity derivatives and Rs 214 billion in equities, way ahead of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).The exchange reported a net profit of Rs 1,026 crore and revenues of Rs 2,222 crore during last financial year. Currently, NSE holds 80 percent market share in overall trading space and has clear dominance in derivatives trading segment.The board of the company had given a go-ahead for listing in June this year with a deadline for filing draft prospectus for domestic listing by January 2017 and for listing abroad by April 2017.last_img read more

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