HJ Golakai One of Africa’s Top 39 Writers under 40

first_imgHawa Jande Golakai, Liberia’s award-winning crime fiction writer and author of The Lazarus Effect (Kwela Books, 2011), has been selected as one of Africa’s top 39 writers under the age of 40 from Africa and the Diaspora.  The selection was made at the London Book Fair (LBF) breakfast press conference in London on Tuesday April 8th.The ‘Africa 39’, as the select group is called, is an initiative of the UK-Based Hay Festival which it carries out with World Book Capitals – with Bogota in 2007 and Beirut in 2010. This project comprises the selection and celebration of 39 writers under the age of 40 who have the potential to define the literature of an area or language. ‘Africa 39’ features writers from Africa, South of the Sahara.The list of the 39 was unveiled at the Port Harcourt World Book Capital stand at the London Book Fair (8th April) and would be announced again during the opening ceremonies of the Port Harcourt World Book Capital programme (22 to 26 April).Golakai, who made her debut as an author just three years ago with The Lazarus Effect, wowed the industry when she scored the coveted Sunday Times (South Africa) 2012 Literary Award for outstanding suspense and best fiction novel of the year. The Lazarus Effect was also shortlisted for the 2012 University of Johannesburg Debut Prize for Creative Writing as well as the prestigious Wole Soyinka African Fiction prize.By profession, Golakai is a clinical immunologist and holds a BSc in Molecular and Cell Biology (2004-2005) from the University of Cape Town with honors.  However, the success of her first novel has clearly infused confidence to continue in her literary pursuits.  Her 2nd title – yet undisclosed – is almost complete. “It means a lot to me because that’s what most authors look out for: recognition,” says Golakai. “It adds up to your credentials and I think that’s a good start for me especially with The Lazarus Effect being my first novel, that’s where your fame comes in. So for me, I’m very excited as an author and also a Liberian knowing that I was able to make my country proud. I’m also very humbled about all this, I’m not going to let it get to my head and I’m really looking forward to networking with other writers in Port Harcourt.”The 39 writers have been commissioned to write for an anthology to be published by Bloomsbury with foreword by Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka. Ellah Allfree will edit the Africa 39 anthology.The research to arrive at the names of the authors was carried out by Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainana. A long list of about 100 names emerged from screening of the over 200 entries from Africa and the diaspora responded to a call that drew participation from authors, publishers, academics, libraries, readers, etc. around Africa and the diaspora. The panel of judges, who selected the final 39 were- Elechi Amadi, Margaret Busby and Tess Onwueme.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Knights of Columbus Flyers set to drop the puck on weekend tournament

first_imgMaking the trip to Fort St. John next weekend will be teams from Williams Lake, Whitehorse, St. Albert, Peace River, and Southside Edmonton.All games will be played at the Pomeroy Sport Centre. Below are the round robin games for the KOC Flyers:November 29: KOC Flyers v.s. Whitehorse 9 p.m.- Advertisement -November 30: KOC Flyers v.s. Williams Lake 11:45 a.m.November 30: KOC Flyers v.s. Southside Edmonton 7:15 p.m.The playoff round will begin on Sunday starting at 9:45 a.m.Advertisementlast_img


first_imgTo celebrate International Credit Union day, Letterkenny Credit Union is giving one lucky member the chance to win an Apple Ipad with Retina Display. Letterkenny Credit Union joins 57,000 other Credit Unions around the world to celebrate International Credit Union Day this Thursday.Letterkenny Credit Union has been committed to the local commumity it has supported for the last 52 years. On Thursday, Letterkenny Credit Union will join other Credit Unions from around the world to celebrate International Credit Union Day, an annual event which celebrates the role financial cooperatives play in improving the communities they serve and the lives of their members the world over.In Honour of this special day, Letterkenny Credut Union is giving one lucky credit union member the chance to win an Apple Ipad.All you have to do is call to the office on International Credit Union Day and carry out a transaction on your account.Since 1948, International Credit Union Day has been celebrated annually in October. Each year, the international event affords the opportunity to remember credit unions’ proud history and promote awareness of and support for the credit union difference.This year’s theme, “Local Service, Global Good” encapsulates what has long been credit unions’ philosophical principles – service to members and social responsibility.Speaking about International Credit Union Day, Gordon Randles, Manager at Letterkenny Credit Union told Donegal Daily, “The Credit Union movement only came to Ireland in 1958 but it tapped into the co-operative spirit in communities all over the country.“It’s a worldwide phenomenon that just keeps on growing, which is a real cause for international celebration!“It is a unique people-centred service to meet the unique needs of ordinary people. “Anyone can join a credit union – one of the differences from opening a bank account is that you become a member – and not just a number.“Yes, we’re changing to meet member’s needs, like introducing new electronic payment services, online access to accounts, new Travel and Car Insurances through www.coveru.ie and a raft of other services like bill pay and foreign exchange.“But our ethos remains the same and change will not be allowed to compromise what we stand for, or how we serve members’ best interests.Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives that provide an effective and viable alternative to for-profit financial institutions for almost 203 million members in 103 countries worldwide. The Irish credit union movement is one of the most popular in the world with over 3.3 million members across the 32 counties.Letterkenny Credit Union like all credit unions exists to serve its members, providing a great place to save money and access affordable loans.Established in 1962, Letterkenny Credit Union has been serving the people of Letterkenny area for 52 yearsGordon concluded by saying; “Letterkenny Credit Union is embedded in the community.“Because of our members, we are able to play a vital role in the development and financial stability of the community.“Our strength lies in our difference and we are very proud of this fact.LETTERKENNY CREDIT UNION GIVING MEMBERS THE CHANCE TO WIN A FREE APPLE IPAD was last modified: October 15th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesLetterkenny Credit Unionnewslast_img


first_imgPairc na nGael was buzzing with children last week as Letterkenny Gaels held their annual Kellogg’s Cúl Camp.Scores of children enjoyed the GAA activities including Football, Hurling, Camogie & Rounders. The week was topped off with the arrival of 2 special visitors – The Anglo Celt & Fr. Murray cups.Thanks to all the children for taking part and to the club coaches for attending and passing on their experience and skill.Special thanks to Oisin Cannon for organising.PICTURE SPECIAL – LETTERKENNY GAELS KELLOGG’S CÚL CAMP was last modified: August 6th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cul CampGAALetterkenny GaelsNoticesSportlast_img


first_imgGAA: MICKEY HARTE has admitted that Tyrone have moved training venue to avoid outsiders from neighbouring counties from ‘spying’ on their training sessions.Tyrone manager Mickey Harte.Tyrone face Donegal in the Ulster SFC on Sunday and preparations have intensified in both camps ahead of their eagerly awaited clash.Rory Gallagher took his Donegal squad to Lough Erne last weekend, while Tyrone headed to Carton House. However, closer to home Harte has decided to move their training venue to alleviate the chances of being spied on.Harte has moved their sessions from their main training base at Garvaghey to Drumragh just outside Omagh.Harte told The Irish Sun, “We have an open door policy in Garvaghey and the public are welcome to see the facilities.“But you never know when people from neighbouring counties are around and might be watching in on your final bit of training. “In the interests of not letting that happen, we have moved facilities.Donegal were embroiled in a ‘spy scandal’ last year in the run-up to their All-Ireland final with Kerry.A man from Glenties was spotted in a tree overlooking their training session at Fitzgerald Stadium.Donegal distanced themselves from the accusations and rubbished the claims but the allegation has stuck.Harte cheekily added, “There are no trees around Garvaghey. MICKEY HARTE ADMITS MOVING TYRONE TRAINING SESSIONS BECAUSE OF DONEGAL ‘SPIES’ was last modified: May 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGAAnewsSportTyroneUlster SFClast_img

New Westpark work begins

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The board at Wednesday’s meeting approved awarding the building contract for the additional wing and two restrooms to Stevens Construction. The work is expected to be done by early August and will bring the total number of classrooms to 32. The school’s construction is being paid for in part with funds from a bond measure approved by voters in November 2002 after four failed attempts in the 1980s and 1990s. In the late 1990s, the district had secured $6.2 million in state matching funds for the project. With the passage of time, the school’s cost outpaced the amount of money the district had set aside for the project. By the time the project went out to bid, there wasn’t enough money to build the entire school, and the eight-room wing was put on hold, district officials said. The $12 million bond measure approved in 2002 was also used to pay off about half of $10.3 million in high-interest debt incurred to build and improve schools to meet demands of a booming enrollment in the early 1990s. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSAMOND – Construction has begun on a $2.43 million eight-classroom addition to Westpark Elementary School, Southern Kern Unified School District’s first new school in more than 40 years. The wing of classrooms was omitted when school construction started in 2003 because there was not enough tax revenue to pay for it, but a rise in property values and higher tax assessments led to the selling of additional construction bonds earlier than expected. “The board voted unanimously to continue and build the last phase of Westpark Elementary School,” Superintendent Rod Van Norman said. Westpark, which cost about $11.3 million to build, did not open as scheduled in August because a shortage of construction workers delayed its completion, school officials said. The school is finished now and will open in August 2006. last_img

Arcata wins ‘ugly’ game over Eureka in Big 5 opener

first_imgEureka >> It was by no means a masterpiece, but the Tigers will take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day of the week.The Arcata High School girls basketball team held the Eureka Loggers under eight points in three of four quarters during a 47-32 Tigers victory on Friday at Eureka High School. In a game that both head coaches described as “ugly,” it was Arcata’s defense, combined with the cold-shooting of Eureka, that was the difference.“There was a lid on the basket,” said Eureka head …last_img

49ers training camp: Highlights from Sunday’s practice

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo turned to his right and fired a completion to running back Tevin Coleman near the right sideline. Instantly, linebacker Kwon Alexander arrived on the scene. Alexander celebrated, and rightfully so.While so much attention is on Garoppolo’s comeback from an anterior cruciate ligament tear, Alexander is on his own ACL comeback, one that started a month after the quarterback’s.How is Alexander feeling?“I feel legendary,” he replied. “Just getting back out there with …last_img

SA to spend R136bn on trains, stations

first_img15 February 2012 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is to spend R136-billion to acquire about 7 000 new trains and upgrade and modernise the country’s train stations, creating around 65 000 new jobs in the process. Of the total amount, R13-billion will be spent on infrastructure development and about R3-billion will be spent on the construction of new depots in Cape Town and Gauteng. According to Prasa Group CEO Lucky Montana, the first new trains are expected as early as in 2015. He said they were expecting to receive in the region of 500 to 600 coaches a year until 2032. Addressing the media in Pretoria on Tuesday, Montana said the current fleet was ageing and there was a need to acquire new trains to improve services. Most of the current trains are about 40 years old. “The people of South Africa must have a mode of transport that they will be proud of,” he said.Modern rail technology According to Montana, the trains will look completely different from the current ones – they will be fitted with public announcement systems and information screens indicating the name of the station that the train is approaching. Montana continued to say that with the current fleet, the level of reliability was deteriorating. “We also need to reduce travel times as part of improving on our service,” Montana said, adding that travel time from Pretoria to Johannesburg needed to be reduced. The roll-out of the programme is expected to create about 65 000 job opportunities. The project would include the introduction of modern rail technology using less energy. Montana explained that the new trains would be lighter and more energy efficient. Most components to be used in building the trains would be made in South Africa, he said. Source: BuaNewslast_img

Pro/Con: Vinyl is Lethal

first_imgFrom Cradle to Grave, It’s the Worst ChoiceThe environmental, health, and social equity impacts of vinyl throughout its life cycle – from production to use to disposal – make it the worst plastic for the environment and the antithesis of a green building material. UseIn its pure form, PVC is rigid and brittle. To make flexible vinyl products, such as roofing materials, floor tiles, and wall coverings, plasticizers must be added to PVC in large quantities. These plasticizers may constitute up to 60 percent of the final product by weight. The dominant group of plasticizers used in vinyl is a class of compounds called phthalates – esters of phthalic acid that pose considerable health and environmental hazards, including increased risk of cancer, asthma, reproductive damage, and obesity.Vinyl is the only major building material in which phthalates are used extensively, and it accounts for about 90 percent of total phthalate consumption. Phthalates are not chemically bonded to the plastic but are merely mixed with the polymer during formulation. They therefore migrate out of the plastic over time into air, water, or other substances with which vinyl comes in contact. Phthalate levels in indoor air in buildings with PVC are typically many times higher than in outdoor air. Phthalate accumulation in suspended and sedimented indoor dusts is particularly high, with concentrations in dust as high as 1,000 parts per million.Because phthalates are semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), not volatile organic compounds (VOCs), they are not accounted for in most indoor air quality (IAQ) tests, which focus only on VOCs. Thus, vinyl products can obtain IAQ certifications even though they leach phthalates, whose contributions to reproductive-system impairment include infertility, testicular damage, reduced sperm count, suppressed ovulation, and abnormal development and function of the testes and male reproductive tract in laboratory animals. They are known carcinogens in laboratory animals.Finally, large quantities of vinyl are burned in accidental building fires, which release significant amounts of dioxin into the air and into whatever water is used by emergency services to contain the fire. Obviously unintentional fires release many chemicals and gases. But the dioxins they release could be drastically reduced by the replacement of vinyl building products with non-chlorinated materials. ProductionVinyl is the only plastic, and the only major building material, made from high volumes of chlorine – chlorine gas, that is. Thus there is an unfortunate domino effect tied to vinyl’s chlorine content (which in final products can exceed 50% by weight) that is not present in the life cycles of alternative materials. In fact, vinyl production requires consuming in excess of 40% of the chlorine gas produced in this country. That is the largest use of the gas in the world. By comparison, 5% of the nation’s chlorine gas is used to disinfect water – and that includes sewage treatment.By itself, the extensive use of chlorine gas raises myriad concerns. Antiterrorism experts cited in an article published in 2002 by The Washington Post say there is “little doubt that [production] plants storing large amounts of chlorine and other toxic chemicals are potential terrorist targets.” These chemicals are even bigger liabilities while in transit, as the Wall Street Journal showed by following graffiti artists as they “tagged” chlorine tank cars within sight of the U.S. Capitol building, long after 9-11.Vinyl production generates another set of issues. Among the most important by-products of the PVC life cycle are dioxin, ethylene dichloride (EDC), and vinyl chloride monomer(VCM). The formation of dioxin – a nondegradable organic compound that is one of the most potent carcinogens known to science (there is no “safe” dose) and one to which every American is exposed – is a direct consequence of vinyl’s chlorine content. Dioxin compounds are never manufactured intentionally but are produced accidentally whenever chlorine gas is used or chlorine-based organic chemicals are burned or processed under reactive conditions. RELATED ARTICLES Vinyl Is GreenVinyl Windows and Vinyl SidingGBA Encyclopedia: Vinyl Siding Study Linking Autism to Vinyl Flooring Stokes Phthalate DebateLife-Cycle Assessment is a Tool, Not a Silver BulletAssessment of Technical Basis for a PVC-Related Materials Credit for LEED Should We Phase Out PVC? DisposalMost PVC products eventually end up in landfills. Given that there are an estimated 8,000 landfill fires every year, the chances of PVC products burning after disposal are higher than you might think. The worst dioxin releases, it turns out, are from these uncontrolled fires, making them one of the largest contributors of carcinogenic dioxin to our environment, and making PVC the largest factor in those releases. After an exhaustive analysis, the U.S. Green Building Council concluded, read more