Dear Editor,Paloma Mohamed is now highly successful and recognised. But she was once a local dramatist and poet who had not yet achieved any international accolades when she won her first Guyana Prize for the play Duenne. She progressed from there to win more Guyana Prizes for Best Book of Drama, including for Anansi’s Way (2006).A local unknown, unpublished writer, with his first collection of short stories, became the youngest winner of the Guyana Prize to date. Ruel Johnson emerged as a significant talent, recognised by the judges as outstanding for his Ariadne and Other Stories, in 2002. He won the Best First Book of Fiction, having entered an unpublished manuscript to defeat two published shortlisted books. His other first-time manuscript was a collection of poems: The Enormous Night, which was shortlisted for the First Book of Poetry.It was against foreign competition that the second youngest writer to win the Guyana Prize emerged from the local writing community. Subraj Singh also won the Guyana Prize for the Best First Book of Fiction in 2014, for Rebell and Other Stories. Once again, a first time local writer was identified by the Guyana Prize judges as a major talent when there were on the shortlist established intellectuals with published books living overseas. So-called hallowed and chosen overseas based writers must have been once more overlooked by the clique of judges, who must have bypassed their friends to award the prize to an unknown, disadvantaged local.Increasing belief in themselves must have been among the gains for local Guyanese writers when yet another one of them beat the overseas competition in 2012. Dramatist Mosa Telford, a local writer with no previous publication or international achievement, won the Guyana Prize for Drama with Sauda. This time among the vanquished was a successful three-time Prize winner named Bascom, who was by then resident overseas.Neither must it be forgotten that Cassia Alphonso, an entirely new poet writing verse in Creolese, also won as a first-timer living in Guyana. Very significantly, she shared the Poetry Prize with the very established writer Ian McDonald, who, as a local resident, became a multiple winner of the Prize for Poetry.Another distinguished local resident won the Best First Book of Poetry with an unpublished manuscript when Dennis Craig was awarded for On The Seashore. Although a veteran writer, it was his first collection.Among that significant list of Guyana Prize winners are works which were entered as unpublished manuscripts. They had to compete against published books entered by publishers from abroad. It has been a consistent policy of the juries that these manuscripts had to be of publishable quality to be awarded a Prize.It ought to be obvious by now that the Guyana Prize created opportunities for local writers who were previously unknown to gain recognition and to emerge.Surely, the Prize has helped to create an environment in which a number of local developing writers are motivated to write and to improve. The list of examples provided above is evidence that many of them have achieved; some have gone on to become more successful, more accomplished, and to join the corps of established writers.Those examples prove the accusations against the Prize to be false, ultra vires, and without merit.Yours faithfully,Al CreightonSecretary, GuyanaPrize
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation with members of the NP3 group and various other groups in Fort St. John are looking to provide training to those in the non-profit sector locally.The groups would like to deliver a high level governance training to increase participation in non-profit groups.Executive Director of the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, Jennifer Moore, has asked the District of Taylor for a letter of support to apply for NDIT’s BC Hydro Go Fund.- Advertisement -Moore says that by applying for the grant and training locally, they can provide training for close to 5o people compared to less than 10 if they sent people away to learn.“The capacity of the governance for not-for-profits in the region will be significantly elevated,” Moore said in her letter to the District of Taylor.
CALGARY, A.B. – Cenovus Energy Inc. reported a $1.36-billion loss in its latest quarter as it faced deep discounts for Western Canadian Select oil.The company says the loss amounted to $1.10 per share for the quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a profit of $620 million or 50 cents per share in the last three months of 2017 when its results were boosted by the sale of assets in Alberta and Saskatchewan.Cenovus had an operating loss from continuing operations of $1.67 billion or $1.36 per share for the quarter compared with an operating loss of $533 million or 43 cents per share a year ago.- Advertisement -The discount on Western Canadian Select has eased in recent weeks following production cuts that were mandated by the Alberta government, which reduced the size of the mandatory reductions at the end of January.Taking into account the government-mandated cuts, Cenovus says it expects its first-quarter bitumen and crude oil production will be a maximum of 348,000 barrels per day.It says the financial impact of its curtailed volumes will be more than offset by an expected improvement in prices.Advertisement
1 Michael Keane on the ball for Burnley Michael Keane’s suitors have been warned by Sean Dyche that Burnley hold all the cards when it comes to the defender’s future.Dyche insists nothing has changed in relation to the 24-year-old England international, despite a report earlier this week suggesting he would be moving on from Turf Moor this summer.Everton’s interest in the centre-back, whose deal runs out in 2018, was made public by Ronald Koeman during January and Dyche has already stated he is prepared for other admirers to step forward once the window reopens. Yet Dyche insists the notion it is a certainty that he will be depart this summer is alien to him and he believes Burnley will approach any negotiating table with a strong hand given their financial situation.“I actually got told via a TV screen apparently that he will be leaving, that was news to me as a manager. The reality is that nothing’s changed,” he said.“If there was (interest from other clubs), it would only be something that we control. We’re a different animal than what we were a few years ago, we’re in a very strong situation now – the club financially, the way the business side is run.“We can make those decisions when it’s appropriate to do so. We’re certainly not under any consideration of our players leaving at this moment in time.“We’re in control. He’s under contract, people do forget that. It’s a strange situation now, there’s no two ways about it, players and other clubs have become more powerful because of finance.“He’s officially under contract. He equally knows the appropriate time when we will speak about his future. He knows that, he’s well in the loop.“It didn’t need someone through the TV to tell me apparently he will be leaving, I don’t know where that came from. A source, apparently. I’m always a good source, as manager. I’m pretty reliable as well.”Burnley rebuffed Leicester’s approaches for Keane last summer and the former Manchester United trainee has developed under Dyche’s watch this season, playing in each of England’s last two fixtures.“He’s learned a lot,” Dyche added of his defender.“He knows the information that I gave him at the beginning of the season. He bought into it.“For all parties, even the team, it’s proved to be right, he’s delivered a very good season and he’s been recognised internationally, which I felt he would do“He’s been an important part of the team. That’s an ongoing thing until we decide it changes.”
1 Celtic midfielders Stuart Armstrong and Scott Brown will miss Scotland’s World Cup qualifying deciders.Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed at his pre-match media conference on Friday that the pair would not recover from injury in time to face Slovakia and Slovenia next month.Brown limped off against Anderlecht on Wednesday with a tight hamstring while Armstrong sat out the Champions League game in Brussels.Speaking a day ahead of Celtic’s Ladbrokes Premiership encounter with Hibernian, Rodgers said: “Scott has had a scan so him and Stuart Armstrong will not be available for a few weeks.“It is unfortunate, just a slight strain of top of the hamstring and calf.“It is unfortunate for both, unfortunate for us and obviously for Scotland.”Armstrong was named among the substitutes for Celtic’s 3-0 win over Anderlecht and Rodgers revealed the 25-year-old pulled up before the game.He said: “He actually did it in the warm-up and it was only midway through the half that one of the medical team had said that he had hurt it.“He went out to warm-up after it had happened but he still felt the pain there.“He has played a lot of games and it has been the case of trying to manage the squad, hence the reason why he wasn’t starting the game the other night. He has had issues with his calves before.“It is not so serious but it is the timing of it which is unfortunate for him, us and Scotland.”The news is a major blow to Scotland boss Gordon Strachan, whose decision to build his team around Rodgers’ successful side has helped rejuvenate the country’s hopes of reaching next summer’s finals in Russia.Brown returned from a brief international retirement after missing the first three qualifiers while Strachan hailed Armstrong’s performance against Slovenia as the best Scotland debut he could remember after the former Dundee United player set up Chris Martin’s late winner.Scotland go into their final two games knowing that victory in each would secure second spot and a potential play-off place.Strachan will now have to rejig his central midfield and could add reinforcements before his side meet up on Sunday ahead of Thursday’s Hampden clash against Slovakia.Darren Fletcher is back in the squad after missing the victories over Lithuania and Malta through injury, while both James Morrison and James McArthur featured in those games. He could also utilise Barry Bannan and John McGinn in the middle.Rodgers will now hope both players recover in time for Celtic’s third Champions League group game against Bayern Munich in Germany on October 18.The Celtic manager said: “We don’t think it is obviously serious. There are various gradings on these types of injuries and it is something that is probably a few weeks.“So it puts them out of the game tomorrow and the international games.” Stuart Armstrong is facing a spell on the sidelines
Besiktas have snubbed an offer in the region of £18million from Crystal Palace for star striker Cenk Tosun, according to reports.The Turkey international, 26, is enjoying a magnificent season in front of goal, netting 14 times in just 25 appearances for club and country.His blistering form has attracted the interest of four Premier League clubs with Newcastle, Tottenham, Everton and Crystal Palace all keen.And Palace were first to show their hand, reportedly making an offer for Tosun believed to be around £18m.However, Besiktas quickly dismissed their opening bid and vice president Ahmet Nur Cebi has since spoken of the club’s desire to keep the in-form striker at the Turkish giants.He told TRT Spor: “We are not sure Cenk will go. We want Cenk to stay.“€20m [£18m] is a very small figure for him.” 1 Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun is wanted by Crystal Palace
“So we need help. We have been chasing our tails a bit this time. We need a database so that come January if we want to strengthen, we have a wee list we can choose from rather than running about crazy 24 hours a day taking calls, looking on Wyscout, looking at games.” “You wouldn’t believe the number of hours that have been put into recruitment. It’s been extensive. “So I’m delighted with the guys we’ve brought in. The offer us something we didn’t have. We have two different types now in a lot of key positions.”He added: “But I have to admit the process of identifying guys has been hard, because the club really doesn’t have any recruitment system behind it. “It’s something I’ll be speaking to our managing director John Nelms about it because it’s so important. If you ask any manager, he’ll tell you that recruitment is top of the list of priorities. Neil McCann plans to speak to Dundee managing director John Nelms to ensure he has additional help for his next recruitment drive.The Dens Park club have brought in seven players this summer including Celtic midfielder Scott Allan.The former TV pundit says he wants to avoid another period of frantic additions by adding to Dundee’s limited scouting team.He said: “It’s been a real team effort between the staff this summer. We’ve all mucked in and done our homework.
R&B crooner Mary J.Blige performs atthe Grand Arena in Cape Town during her2007 tour.(Image: Celeb woohoo) Goo Goo Dolls lead singer John Rzeznikat the 46664 Aids concert held at Ellis ParkStadium in 2007.(Image: Daylife)Tamara O’ReillySouth Africans were culturally isolated under apartheid, but the advent of democracy has seen the who’s who of entertainment beating a path to the country’s door.During apartheid, the United Nations Cultural Boycott Resolution meant that virtually no country in the world would do cultural business with South Africa. No artist or musician from a member state could perform in the country, and white South African artists were banned from performing elsewhere in the world.During the early 1990s, with smell of democracy in the air, arts organisations and companies prepared for the lifting of the ban. One of them was BIG Concerts, the company that brought US folk-rock singer Paul Simon to South Africa for the country’s first post-apartheid international music tour. It has since earned the reputation of being South Africa’s premier concert organiser.At first, BIG Concerts’ BIG Birthday bashes at Ellis Park Stadium promoted the best in South African music talent, crossing all racial boundaries. They have since brought more than 100 artists and more than 1 000 tours to South African audiences – names like Bryan Adams, Simply Red, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, U2 and REM – with some doing return tours.What goes into it?In the honeymoon period after the end of the apartheid and the lifting of the cultural boycott many big-name artists were eager to appear on local stages and share their solidarity with the new South Africa. But according to BIG Concerts chief operating officer John Langford, the industry has matured significantly since then and the company now competes for tours on the same basis as any other.“Nowadays it’s obviously a financial decision on whether or not the tour will generate sufficient profits,” he says. “Provided that the rand does not weaken substantially, and consumers have a degree of disposable income, there will always be a healthy market for tours. Unlike the recorded music industry, the concert business is showing good growth around the world.“Concerts seem to survive economic challenges quite well. In times of difficulty, people still look for entertainment, possibly as a way to forget their day to day challenges. However, during tough times you only attract core fans of an artist and not those people on the periphery, and therefore our choice of who we tour is critical.”The artistsInternationally, BIG Concerts have earned a reputation with artists as Africa’s premier concert organiser. Many artists are confident their demands for a venue, accommodation security and other logistics will be properly met.Probably the biggest factor for organisers to consider is the concert venue. Most major performances in Johannesburg are held at the Coca Cola Dome, an indoor venue with a standing and seating capacity of 19 000 people. In Cape Town the Bellville Velodrome, with a capacity of 10 000, is popular for major concerts.“We have a much better choice in venues than a few years back – including great new purpose options like the Grand Arena at Grandwest and the Teatro at Montecasino,” says Langford. “In most cases we do not have to rearrange the site to accommodate our specific needs because these have been taken into account during the construction of venue. Other than the purpose-built arenas, we are always looking for suitable, large outdoor festival sites where we can host concerts.”A lot takes place behind the scenes before the promoter announces the arrival of an artist. Before approaching the artist, BIG Concerts undertakes research, which includes the reading of international and local trade magazines, communicating with record companies and radio stations, and monitoring the artist’s profile in South Africa. Other factors influencing their approach to artists include suggestions from the general public, as well as suggestions or requests from potential sponsors.“We have waited more than five years for some tours – so clearly having patience is a critical personality attribute. In most cases there is a reasonable degree of waiting, and negotiating, but the only time we ever draw the line is when it comes to budget parameters or deadlines that cannot be shifted.”One of the artists the company wishes to see on our shores is Madonna. “She is probably the greatest female performer of all time, and yet she has not performed in Africa yet,” says Langford.AwardsRecently BIG Concerts was the only African promoter – coming in at 21 – to be included in the list of the World’s Top 100 Promoters. Pollstar is the world’s largest resource for international concert tour information which collates and publishes information on concert ticket sales and artist tour schedules.Locally, the promoter was also voted The Star newspaper’s People’s Choice as South Africa’s top event company.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly at email@example.com.Useful linksBIG Concerts Coca Cola Dome Pollstar
15 January 2015The high-level South African delegation of cabinet ministers and business leaders attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, from 20 to 25 January will be headed up by the President Jacob Zuma, the Presidency said in a statement on Wednesday.The flagship event of the Swiss non-profit takes place every year at the end of January, and is attended by global leaders from across business, government, international organisations, academia and civil society – brought together to discuss the global economy.The theme of this year’s conference, which runs from 21 to 24 January, is “The New Global Context”. WEF says on its website that this reflects the “profound” political, economic, social and technological transformations that confront the world today – changes that affect global decision-making and ones that are bringing “the era of economic integration and international partnership that began in 1989” to an end.Watch an introduction to this year’s Davos programme:The Presidency said South Africa planned to use the opportunity to market South Africa as an attractive and reliable investment destination as well as a development partner.The gathering gives South Africa the opportunity to tell the country’s story of economic competitiveness, represented by the National Development Plan (NDP), the country’s policy framework for reducing unemployment, inequality and poverty by 2030.The South African delegation will also share the story of its “achievements scored since the dawn of freedom in 1994, which brought about a better life for millions more citizens who had been excluded during the period of apartheid colonialism”, the Presidency said.The areas of investment that South Africa plans to market include:Mining and beneficiation;Agro-processing;Industrial infrastructure, including telecommunications, energy, water, sanitation and transport;Tourism (primarily hotel and resort development);Health care;Manufacturing;Information and communication technology; andForestry and related products.Zuma will be accompanied by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene; Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies; Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Jeff Radebe; Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi; Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane; Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel; and the South African Brand Ambassador, Dr Zweli Mkhize.Support Team SA at Davos on social media by using the hashtag #SAinDavos.SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov
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