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South African author shares lessons after winning Caine Prize

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first_imgListening is important and reading is essential. These are just a few lessons Lidudumalingani Mqombothi gained on his journey as a writer. He won the 17th annual Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story Memories We Lost earlier this month.Mqombothi believes he is a vessel, an instrument to tell precious stories. When he was asked if Memories We Lost is an African story, he replies: “I do not know what that [African story] even means. It is important to tell stories that might appear African or even South African. We should not make the mistake of thinking our experiences are uniquely South African.”Mqombothi received his prize, £10 000 (about R188 000) at a ceremony at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. He told BBC Africa that a conversation with a South African friend inspired him to write Memories We Lost.“My friend was trying to write a series of poems about her father who has Alzheimer’s. That was two years ago. Since then I would find myself either reading or watching something about mental illness.” Shortly thereafter he says the opportunity came to write a story about the illness.Memories We Lost“The winning story explores a difficult subject – how traditional beliefs in a rural community are used to tackle schizophrenia,” said chair of judges Delia Jarrett-Macauley. “Multi-layered, and gracefully narrated, this short story leaves the reader full of sympathy and wonder at the plight of its protagonists”.Memories We Lost details the heart wrenching story of two sisters and how they deal with the mental anguish one endures. The narrator speaks of “This Thing” that sometimes transforms her sister, making her do bad things, and causes her physical and emotional pain. She remembers her sister dropping out of school. The reader also finds out about the false impressions villagers have about “This Thing”.This short story is published in the Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You by the Burnet Media, South Africa, 2015 edition.Listen to Mqombothi’s story here:Mqombothi grew up in the Zikhovane Village in Transkei in the Eastern Cape. He was in his early twenties when he started writing poetry. “I attended a poetry session and felt I could write better poems. I could not, but I continued writing and now here we are.”He is also a photographer and a filmmaker. On 7 July, a few his images featured in the Real City of Cape Town Group Exhibition held in the Bo-Kaap.Mqombothi says his influences include poets, novelists, essayists, photographers, filmmakers, and the everyday man.“To narrow it down to a few would be an impossible and an unfair task. To amuse you, I will give you a few names: Ben Okri, Bessie Head, Dambudzo Marechera, Lewis Nkosi, Anne Michaels, Michael Ondaatje, Teju Cole, Junot Diaz, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Rachel Zadok and Zoe Wicomb.”Watch Mqombothi talk about his experience as a writer in South Africa:More about Caine Prize winnerThe Caine Prize for African Writing is awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. The prize encourages and highlights the richness and diversity of African writing by bringing it to a wider international audience. The focus on the short story reflects the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition.The other authors on the shortlist were:Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria) for What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky,Tope Folarin (Nigeria) for Genesis,Bongani Kona (Zimbabwe) for At Your Requiem, published in Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You,and;Abdul Adan (Somalia/Kenya) for The Lifebloom Gift, published in The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2014.last_img read more

Rahul questions Nitish over tragedy

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first_imgCongress president Rahul Gandhi questioned his one time ally and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the death of nine school children who were crushed by a speeding Bolero vehicle that was allegedly being driven by a drunk BJP functionary. Tweeting in Hindi, Mr. Gandhi said, “In alcohol- free Bihar, a drunk BJP leader killed nine school children. Nitishji, what happened to the voice of your inner conscience? Is this the truth of your ban on alcoholism? Is your conscience protecting the BJP leader or the reality of the alcohol free Bihar?”last_img read more

Meghalaya, Mizoram Chief Ministers register protest against Citizenship Bill

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first_imgThe allies of the BJP in Meghalaya, led by Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma, called on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday to convey their opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.Meghalaya and the other north-eastern States are opposing the Bill that seeks to legitimise the stay of non-Muslims from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who came to India till December 31, 2014, because of religious persecution.Mr. Sangma, accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, told Mr. Singh that all the six coalition partners in the State felt that the Bill would affect Meghalaya’s social fabric and cause a serious law and order problem in the region. “Everybody in Meghalaya is opposed to the Bill. I urge your good office to reconsider the decision..,” BJP leader and Health Minister Alexander L. Hek told Mr. Singh. Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga too voiced concern over the Bill.last_img read more

9 months agoMan City boss Guardiola says Danilo deserves his place

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola says Danilo deserves his placeby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Danilo deserves his place at right-back.The manager has started Kyle Walker on the bench for City’s last two league games as he went with Danilo.“I think they know that already, but maybe you realise more on the bench,” said the Catalan. “They know it.“From the beginning of the season, we spoke about that. We can imagine a different starting XI and not everyone can play.“When we don’t win, it’s always ‘Why didn’t we play this guy?’ When we win, people don’t think about the players who don’t play. But the players who don’t play know they have to be at a high level, because the other ones, if they’re injured, they can play.”Guardiola claimed Brazilian Danilo earned his chance.“There’s no doubt about how important Kyle is for us, so we need him,” he said. “We need the best Kyle.“But one day I decided to put Danilo in and he played top, so I gave him more minutes because he also said he’d arrived here from Real Madrid and I’d never given him four or five games in a row.“You can’t judge a player when he plays once and then has three or four games beside me [on the bench]. The players need time.“The winter time was so demanding, I decided to put Danilo in for a game and he played well. So I said I wanted him for one or two more games.” last_img read more

Eagle Bulk Welcomes Second of Six Ultramaxes to Its Fleet

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first_imgOnce it takes delivery of the four remaining units, Eagle Bulk Shipping, one of the world’s largest owner-operators within the Supramax/Ultramax segment, will have a fleet of 50 ships, including 20 Ultramax drybulk vessels acquired over the last 36 months.,Four of the six bulkers, acquired earlier through two separate deals, would be delivered with scrubbers. The additions are part of Eagle Bulk Shipping’s fleet renewal strategy.,Once it takes delivery of the four remaining units, Eagle Bulk Shipping, one of the world’s largest owner-operators within the Supramax/Ultramax segment, will have a fleet of 50 ships, including 20 Ultramax drybulk vessels acquired over the last 36 months. zoomIllustration; Source: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license U.S.-based ship owner and operator Eagle Bulk Shipping has taken delivery of the second of six recently acquired Ultramax drybulk vessels.The ship, that has been renamed the M/V Sydney Eagle, is a 2015-built, high specification scrubber-fitted SDARI-64 bulker built at Jiangsu New Hantong Ship Heavy Industry Co., Ltd.The first unit from the batch, that has been renamed the M/V Dublin Eagle, was delivered to its new owner less than a week earlier.Four of the six bulkers, acquired earlier through two separate deals, would be delivered with scrubbers. The additions are part of Eagle Bulk Shipping’s fleet renewal strategy.last_img read more

Jimmy Carter Steps Down From The Elders

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first_imgJimmy Carter is stepping down from his front-line role as a member of The Elders, the organisation said today.The former President of the United States, 91, will hold the title of honorary (“Emeritus”) Elder as of 1 June 2016.The Elders wish to pay tribute to Jimmy Carter’s inspiring and tireless work for the organisation since it was founded in 2007.He has brought his immense experience and expertise to bear on the complex geopolitical issues at the heart of the organisation’s work, and has also been a passionate advocate for women’s rights, social justice, action on climate change and other core Elders’ values.A forthright and principled advocate for human rights and democracy, Jimmy Carter took part in the very first Elders’ mission to Sudan in October 2007, highlighting atrocities and the displacement of millions of people in Darfur.He has also played a key role in every Elders’ delegation to the Middle East, most recently in May 2015 when he led a delegation to Israel and Palestine to draw attention to the humanitarian disaster in Gaza and support those on both sides who favour peace and a two-state solution. This came straight after Jimmy Carter’s participation in an Elders’ meeting with President Putin in Moscow, aimed at securing greater engagement on the Syrian crisis.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said:“From the Middle East to climate change, women’s rights to superpower diplomacy, Jimmy has brought the gravitas of his Presidential office but also the passion of an activist who believes the world can, and must, be changed for the better. The Elders would not be the organisation it is today without his drive and vision, and he will stay an inspiration for all of us for many years ahead.”last_img read more

QUEBECOR MAKES 100000 DONATION TO MAISON RENÉLÉVESQUE

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first_img“In addition to his vitally important contribution to the development of modern Québec, René Lévesque played a prominent role as a Journal de Montréal columnist from 1970 to 1976,” noted Pierre Karl Péladeau, President and CEO of Quebecor. “It was therefore natural for us to support the Fondation de la Maison René-Lévesque and pay tribute to this man, an exemplar of self-affirmation who was proud of his language and his roots. We hope that Espace René-Lévesque will long inspire future generations.”Quebecor has been supporting the Fondation René-Lévesque for more than 10 years. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twittercenter_img Advertisement Facebook About QuebecorQuebecor, a Canadian leader in telecommunications, entertainment, news media and culture, is one of the best-performing integrated communications companies in the industry. Driven by their determination to deliver the best possible customer experience, all of Quebecor’s subsidiaries and brands are differentiated by their high-quality, multiplatform, convergent products and services.Québec-based Quebecor (TSX: QBR.A, QBR.B) employs more than 10,000 people in Canada.A family business founded in 1950, Quebecor is strongly committed to the community. Every year, it actively supports more than 400 organizations in the vital fields of culture, health, education, the environment and entrepreneurship.Visit our website: www.quebecor.comFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/Quebecor MONTRÉAL, June 26, 2018 – In keeping with its commitment to protecting and presenting Québec’s historical heritage, Quebecor today announced a major $100,000 donation to the Fondation de la Maison René-Lévesque, an organization dedicated to supporting the Espace René-Lévesque site in René Lévesque’s home town of New Carlisle, Québec. Starting today, visitors to the facility can tour a pavilion and follow an outdoor trail celebrating René Lévesque’s life, his political legacy and his imprint on Québec’s history.last_img read more

StatCan October GDP flat compared with September up from 2016

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first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s economy took a pause in October, with gross domestic product unchanged from the previous month.Analysts had estimated that Canada’s GDP would grow 0.2 per cent from September, based on some of the recent October economic data released earlier this week by Statistics Canada.Goods-producing industries were down 0.4 per cent from September figures and service-producing industries were up 0.2 per cent, it said.CIBC economist Nick Exarhos said “the mood was running high” ahead of Friday’s report, but said strong wholesale and retail trade volumes reported earlier this week didn’t translate into the same degree of value-added growth.Statistics Canada said the value of wholesale trade was up 1.4 per cent from September, and the value of retail trade was up 1.1 per cent.“Collectively, they contributed a bit more than one tick to GDP, roughly half of what we would have expected heading into the release,” Exarhos wrote in a note to clients.Exarhos added that the mining, oil and gas sector was also softer than expected despite reports of strong production.Statistics Canada said that mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction declined 1.1 per cent.The agency reported that nine of the 20 industrial sectors that it monitors expanded in October, including manufacturing, which was up 0.1 per cent.“Except manufacturing, output in all goods-producing industries fell,” noted Arlene Kish, director for Canadian economics at IHS Markit.Statistics Canada said the mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction sector was down 1.1 per cent.“The drag from the oil and gas and mining industry was mostly related to maintenance operations within non-conventional oil activity . . . However, it should be noted that mining and quarrying activity as well as support activities for the entire sector were also down in the month,” Kish wrote.There were also contractions in the construction sector (down 0.1 per cent) and utilities (down 1.3 per cent)last_img read more

HBC stock climbs after exec purchases about 18 million of the retailers

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first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:HBC) The Canadian Press TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Co.’s stock is up about 12 per cent after an entity controlled by HBC executive chairman Richard Baker announced it picked up another eight per cent stake in the department store company.Baker and his Rupert of the Rhine LLC say they have acquired almost 18 million shares from a subsidiary of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board for $9.45 a share.Baker and Rupert of the Rhine already have a controlling stake in the company and the purchased shares represent about 9.76 per cent of the issued or outstanding common shares on a non-diluted basis.The purchase has caused HBC’s stock to climb to about $8.26 in early trading and comes a month after HBC announced it had a third-quarter net loss of $164 million or 69 cents per share.Baker and HBC previously caught flak from a handful of investors, including Teachers’, which voted in June against the company’s remuneration practices that included a $54.8-million pay package for Baker.At the same time, it faced criticism from activist investor Jonathan Litt for failing to take advantage of its real estate to create more value for shareholders. last_img read more

Travel advisory issued for Highway 97 from Taylor to Chetwynd

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first_img#BCHwy97 Travel advisory in effect due to limited visibility with blowing snow from #TaylorBC to North of the Junction with #BCHwy29 in #ChetwyndBC.https://t.co/tOSNtObrti— DriveBC NE (@DriveBC_NE) March 2, 2018In the North Peace, Yellowhead Road and Bridge’s Greg McNeil says, the snowfall with persistent blowing snow has caused large amounts of drifting in the area. Six to ten centimetres of snow and winds of 30 km/m with gusts to 50 km/h are expected between now and Friday night.The arctic front that brought the winter storm warning will stick around until Friday with some areas receiving up to 25 cm of snow. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A travel advisory has been issued for Highway 97 from Taylor to Dawson Creek and from Dawson Creek to Chetwynd.A winter storm warning remains in place for the B.C. Peace.  The heavy snow and strong winds have caused dangerous road conditions.Caribou Road Services says the storm has now extended throughout the whole South Peace area. The highways have limited visibility from blowing snow so please use caution in your travels this evening and into tomorrow. CRS crews and hired equipment are going to continue working hard to clear the snow.last_img read more