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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

Swine flu found at Clinton Co. Fair

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A case of H3N2 Swine Flu has been lab confirmed in one hog at the Clinton County Fair. There are no human cases at this time. The Clinton County Fair Board is working with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Clinton County Agricultural Society along with local and state health officials to stop further spread of this virus in the animal population. By Friday morning, July 14, 2017, all swine will have been removed from the Clinton County Fairgrounds.“July 12, a pig at the Clinton County fair tested positive for H3N2, a zoonotic disease that can be transferred between animals and humans,” said Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Spokesman Mark Bruce. “July 13th, additional animals in the barn showed clinical signs of illness and out of an abundance of caution to the general public and Ohio’s livestock population, ODA placed a quarantine on the hog barn. Only exhibitors and their parents were allowed into the building.”Swine Flu, like any flu virus can be spread, although rare, from pigs to people. Spread of swine flu viruses from pigs to people is thought to happen the same way that human flu viruses are spread, mainly through droplets when infected pigs cough or sneeze.“If you have been in contact with swine and are experiencing signs and symptoms of flu-like illness, please consult your medical provider,” said Dr. Terry Holten, Clinton County Health District Medical Director. “Especially if you are high risk which includes children under 5 years, those with long term health conditions, like asthma and other lung diseases, diabetes, heart disease, weakened immune systems, as well as pregnant women and people 65 years and older.”The Clinton County Fair remains open to the public. As with any pet or livestock contact, visitors should continue to wash their hands after petting animals and before eating. Sanitizing stations are available throughout the Clinton County Fairgrounds.The swine show was deemed a terminal show, meaning all animals will now be sent to a slaughter facility and not be allowed to return to their home farm, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.last_img read more

Using a Map to Find the Right Cloud Service

first_imgThe cloud computing service is a new one for Data Center Map, which has historically provided a service that offers the locations for co-location and carrier services across 1,800 data centers around the world.Data Center Map launched the new features to help people with the complex task of finding a service. They cite a recent study by IDG Research on behalf of Savvis that shows that 75% of companies will use enterprise-class cloud computing within the next five years. About 60% of those surveyed find it a daunting task to find the right cloud computing solution for their companies.The service allows people to search across specific criteria such as geographic location or specific features. Companies may compare the services as well at a later point to other services. The real challenge for the customer is exemplified in the features that Data Center Maps looks for from providers: Physical data center locationsHigh availability / full redundancyMinimum billing periodProviders selling model (whether resources are bundled or sold separately)Scalability of server instancesGuaranteed minimum CPU resourcesSAS 70 auditAPI accessAvailability of CDN servicesAvailability of managed servicesAvailability of free trialAvailability of phone supportIntegrated backup/snapshot functionalityIntegrated load balancerIntegrated firewallOperative systems supported (Linux, Windows and custom image installation)Technology: Cloud Management PlatformTechnology: Hypervisor (KVM, Xen, Hyper-V, VMware etc.)Technology: Storage type (Central SAN, local disk storage, distributed storage system etc.)But overall, the service looks helpful. Would you use it? alex williams Tags:#cloud#news#Products Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Cloud computing is most effective when it can be applied when needed. It’s like getting water from the faucet. You get the water when you want to. It flows when you turn the knob.The hard part is finding the right cloud computing service. It’s not like at home. You have to go out and find the service. How you do that can be a task.Data Center Map is a service that reminds us of Spotcloud, the new service from Enomaly, which we will be writing more about next week. Data Center Map offers a way to visually see where data centers are located that offer cloud computing services. It is financed primarily through advertising and commissions from brokering deals. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The end of dadagiri

first_imgMinutes before Sourav Ganguly’s name was to be called on the rebound during the Indian Premier League (IPL) bidding process at Bangalore, Sahara India chairman Subrata Roy requested his son Seemanto to make one last effort to include the former Indian captain in the Pune Warriors team. “Then you should,Minutes before Sourav Ganguly’s name was to be called on the rebound during the Indian Premier League (IPL) bidding process at Bangalore, Sahara India chairman Subrata Roy requested his son Seemanto to make one last effort to include the former Indian captain in the Pune Warriors team. “Then you should leave me out mate,” quipped coach Geoff Marsh who sat next to Roy Jr at the table.Sourav GangulyWhy Ganguly was droppedPlayed very little competitive cricket since 2008Often argues with coach over team selectionOften involved in dressing room politicsRarely cared about the brand image of KKRHigh base price of Rs 1.86 croreSeconds later, auctioneer Richard Madeley threw a white cricket ball into the basket, declaring Ganguly unsold, having failed to attract a single bid from any of the 10 franchises, including Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) that he had fondly shaped four years ago with filmstar Shah Rukh Khan and his investors.Ganguly, watching the proceedings on television at his home, did not react on his Black Sunday. He later played a game of basketball with his daughter Sana and her friends and switched off his handset to avoid repeated calls from prying reporters who had gate-crashed his south Kolkata home.Almost 48 hours later, a crestfallen Ganguly told the owner of a sports channel, “I was dropped unceremoniously. It is sad and should not have happened; it is humiliating.” He was one of the icon players when Lalit Modi started the cash-rich league and held his usual, celebrity-infested reality auctions for low-brow television. Now, the same Ganguly was among the three of the 48 capped Indian players up for auction but who remained unsold, the others being Wasim Jaffer and VRV Singh. Worse for him and his supporters was the selection of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, both members of the 35-plus brigade.advertisementShah Rukh KhanAs the two-day bidding process got over, it was clear that Ganguly will not be playing in the fourth edition of the world’s richest cricket league. Subrata Roy made one last effort on January 12, faxing Ganguly an offer letter to join the board of directors of Sahara Adventure Sports that owns the Pune Warriors team.It seemed like a backdoor call to get Ganguly into the IPL and many wondered whether it would be wise for Ganguly to accept such an offer at a time when KKR remains non-committal. “The decision was purely professional, our focus is on young players,” said KKR director Joy Bhattacharya. Agrees former Indian captain Bishen Singh Bedi, “How can Ganguly handle the Twenty20 pressures? He has not played competitive cricket for the last two years.” The veteran spinner found support from Anil Kumble, chief decision maker of Royal Challengers Bangalore, “It is the new reality of modern cricket. The franchises are looking at three years and not one year.”KKR owner Shah Rukh Khan, who flew to South Africa a day before the start of the auction, merely told reporters in Durban that he would meet Ganguly on his return to ease tensions in Kolkata where fans threatened boycott of KKR matches. Though Ganguly’s supporters argued that the former Indian captain had immensely enhanced KKR’s brand value, the professional management brought in by the owners thought exactly the opposite. Come to think of it, wasn’t KKR the only franchise that didn’t have any of its owners at the auction?Subrata Roy has now requested Ganguly to join the board of directors of Sahara Adventure Sports that owns Pune Warriors. Yet, speculation continued as to why everyone ignored Ganguly. Members of some of the IPL teams confirmed that the former Indian captain’s backroom politics often created serious problems, both on and off the field. “He is a dangerous person to have in the dressing room, often instigating one player against another. And such politicking is routine with him.He comes with a lot of baggage,” remarked a KKR insider, adding, “Age was never an issue for dropping him. It was his attitude. Everyone in Indian cricket is aware of his dressing room politics.” Incidents of such tension between Ganguly and other players were evident during the previous IPL editions when Shah Rukh Khan had to replace him as the captain of the side with New Zealander Brendon McCullum.There were other reasons as well. Ganguly, despite being an integral part of KKR, had started discussing a possible shift to Pune Warriors months before IPL 4 was being planned. “He was being told by the KKR bosses that they would like to have him in a mentor’s role and groom the side but he would not play. He said nothing to that offer,” 66 INDIA TODAY . JANUARY 24, 2011 Cricket IPL said Bhattacharya. Immediately after the weekend auction, KKR CEO Venky Mysore said: “It’s something he will have to think about and if he is interested, I couldn’t be happier.” A sulking Ganguly did not respond.advertisementFor Pune Warriors, the issue was even trickier. Ganguly, long associated with the group, had played the Bengali card well enough with the Roys and was almost guaranteed a place in the side till Marsh played spoilsport and raised serious fitness and man-management issues. The coach, it is reliably learnt, also touched upon the issue of the fees that Ganguly, for reasons known best to him, suddenly raised to Rs 1.86 crore. But nothing was put on paper.Even the Sahara Group, which Ganguly till recently considered his safest batting ground, remained neutral in the blame game. “How can we take him when the chief coach and his juniors are totally against him? It is not as if all 10 franchises had gone to the auction with a mindset that the likes of Ganguly, Chris Gayle, Mark Boucher and Brian Lara were not to be touched. The coach is the best person to pick the side,” said Abhijit Sarkar of the Lucknow-based group.No one disputes Sarkar. The fourth auction round, minus the glitz and glamour that accompanied the previous ones, predictably demolished all existing myths about the sport and business. Any sentimental value of legends up for auction was drowned within the first hour. There was a growing realisation that it is safer to invest in Indians than chase overseas mirages. Even Delhi’s Gautam Gambhir did not think he would lead the pack of multi-millionaires with a whopping $2.4 million (Rs 11.04 crore), followed by Yusuf Pathan and Robin Uthappa $2.1 million (Rs 9.66 crore) and Rohit Sharma $2 million (Rs 9.20 crore).Three others – Irfan Pathan, Yuvraj Singh and Saurabh Tiwari – are also not very far from the $2-million mark. “Contrasting these figures with the highest paid overseas player, Mahela Jayawardene ($1.5 million), and the other two foreigners, David Hussey and Dale Steyn, in the $1-million bracket, will give you an instant insight into the mindset of the moneybags controlling the franchises,” said Alan Wilkins, veteran cricket commentator with ESPN Star Sports, the world’s largest sport broadcaster, adding, “Remember Mahendra Singh Dhoni got $1.5 million in 2008 and Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen’s price tag was $1.55 million the following year.Now you have a clutch of brash young kids bought for over $2 million each. This trend will continue in coming years as well, as this league is meant for youngsters.” Wilkins knows his IPL. The league is no longer an audacious and untested experiment where the portfolio concentration was on a high-risk, high-return strategy with teams built around a few stars. With the proportion of the budget used to buy the five most expensive players falling sharply, the IPL 4 auction was more about building winning selections than thirsting for marquee crowd-pullers. “It is like a mutual fund manager designing his equity portfolio.advertisementIt’s obvious that IPL team owners will behave like venture capitalists,” said noted cricket analyst Harsha Bhogle. “Forget the stars and let’s focus on the unknowns whose valuations have soared in successive IPL auctions.” Bhogle pointed out that 20 players had seen a 10-time salary hike, eight saw their valuations increase between 500 and 1,000 per cent and 21 saw their valuations increase between 100 and 500 per cent since the cashhappy IPL started.Expectedly, the upshot in the new list of stars has forced some dropouts: Ganguly is one of them. Spare a teardrop for his farewell. No wonder, Kolkata’s widely circulated Ananda Bazar Patrika cryptically commented: “There’s no life after death.”last_img read more

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