Liverpool beat Watford, lose Coutinho

first_imgWATFORD, England (AP): Liverpool improved its bid to secure a Champions League spot by beating Watford 1-0 in a largely forgettable English Premier League match yesterday. Only Emre Can made this one memorable, by meeting a Lucas Leiva cross with a bicycle-kick scored in first-half stoppage time. League rivals Manchester City, Manchester United, and Arsenal dropped points in the race for a top four position, so a win was vital for Liverpool, which has struggled against teams in the bottom half. The Reds, with 69 points, moved four points clear of fifth-placed United, though they have played an extra game. The victory came at a cost, as forward Philippe Coutinho lasted less than 10 minutes.last_img read more

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La Salle books UAAP finals return, ousts Adamson

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. After trailing 63-54 at the end of the third, La Salle mounted a 14-0 run with Aljun Melecio capping it off with a rebound put-back that gave the Green Archers a 68-63 lead with 6:03 left in the game.La Salle’s lead then ballooned to eight with 52 seconds remaining after Melecio replicated his earlier play that gave the Green Archers a 78-70 buffer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“We were focused,” said Green Archers head coach Aldin Ayo. “I always tell my players that there are situations that they should do on their own accord. If you want to win, you have to do things that are not asked of you.”Adamson fizzled in the second half after a strong start, going without a field goal for more than five minutes into the payoff period that allowed La Salle to take over. Reyes: Gilas prepared to play without Blatche Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion De La Salle returned to the Finals after upending third seed Adamson University, 82-75, in the Final Four Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The no. 2 Green Archers, who had a twice-to-beat advantage, await the winner of the series between Ateneo and Far Eastern University.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next When the Falcons finally got their bearings back late in the game, the Green Archers were already hard to stop. La Salle made a living from the free throw line, making 26 out of 39 attempts off 33 fouls called on Adamson. The Falcons, on the other end, went 2-of-5 from the charity stripe on the Green Archers’ 12 fouls.Ben Mbala led La Salle with 27 points, 11 of which came from the free throw line, to go along 14 boards while Santi Santillan added 15 points and eight rebounds.Jerrick Ahanmisi had 17 points to lead Adamson while Robbie Manalang added 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

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Jagdeo meets with eminent ACP decision-makers

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo met with influential leaders and eminent decision-makers from the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU) to discuss the legacy and future prospects of the ACP-EU Partnership, among other issues.Jagdeo meets with eminent ACP decision-makersUnder the theme ‘From Lomé to Cotonou Post-2020: a changing perspective in the ACP-EU relationship’, the High Level event aimed for a fruitful exchange of views in order to evaluate experience and debate options for ACP-EU relations beyond 2020, when the current Cotonou Partnership Agreement is due to come to an end.Jagdeo, a former President of Guyana and a member of the ACP Eminent Persons Group, was part of a panel debate that included a number of influential figures.He addressed the valuable nature of the partnership between EU and ACP, as underpinned by the Lomé Convention and the Cotonou Agreement.The Lomé Convention is a trade and aid agreement between the European Economic Community (EEC) and 71 ACP countries, first signed in February 1975 in Lomé, Togo.The Cotonou Agreement is a treaty between the European Union and the ACP countries. It was signed in June 2000 in Cotonou, Benin’s largest city, by 78 ACP countries (Cuba did not sign), and the then fifteen Member States of the European Union.Jagdeo pointed out that for many ACP countries the EU had been the largest source of development funding. However, he stressed that many elements of that partnership did not work because they were asymmetrically determined by the EU without a full understanding of the realities of many member states of the ACP, particularly the island states.At the meeting, the Opposition Leader also explored the evolving challenges to any future partnership beyond 2020 when the Cotonou agreement ends.He outlined too the key elements of the work of the Eminent Persons Group of which he is the Vice Chairman. Jagdeo stressed the necessity of the Heads of State and Government examining the report in their upcoming meeting in Papua New Guinea so as to approve the key framework to guide the negotiations with the EU for the post-2020 relationship.The longstanding partnership brings together 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and the 28 Member States of the EU under a comprehensive cooperation agreement, covering trade, political dialogue and development cooperation.The event was co-organised by the ACP Secretariat and the European Commission. It represents a first opportunity to jointly discuss the ACP-EU relationship at this level since internal processes for reflection on the topic were launched by both sides.last_img read more

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Timehri Panthers, Riddim Squad, Samatta Point/Kaneville, Agricola win

first_imgFourth EBFA/Ralph Green U-11 League: Day 5Defending champions Timehri Panthers, led by a double from their leading goal-scorer Jaden Tasher (5 goals), have clipped the wings of the Eagles Football Club of Stewartville to cement their place in the final four of the East Bank Football Association’s (EBFA’s) Under-11 League sponsored by USA-based Guyanese Ralph Green.Samatta Point/Kaneville’s Mark Blackman (left) celebrating after scoring the winning goal against Fruta ConquerorsPlaying at the Guyana Football Federation’s National Training Facility at Providence, East Bank Demerara on Saturday last, the youthful Panthers rebounded from losing their first game against the Vurlon Mills Academy to register three wins and a draw to thus secure their place in the final four, along with Mills Academy which still has a match in hand. Tasher netted in the 2nd and 7th minutes to secure the win for Timehri.Riddim Squad, the first Group ‘B’ team to qualify for the semis, continued their flawless run by closing out the group stage with a 3-1 win over Swan Football Club of the Linden-Soesdyke Highway.The rhythm of the Riddim Squad lads in posting their third win also kept their unbeaten record intact. Leading the victory charge was Matthew Murray with a double, scored in the 2nd and 20th minutes; while Riddim Squad’s leading goal-scorer Jahean Lewis tucked in the other goal in the 11th minute.Swan got their consolation goal from Anderson Webber in the 16th minute.The other two matches on the day also produced positive results: similar 1-0 wins for Samatta Point/Kaneville and Agricola Red Triangle against Fruta Conquerors and Grove Hi Tech respectively.Samatta Point closed out their campaign on a high, obtaining their first victory in the fifth and final match compliments of a Mark Blackman 28th minute strike. Agricola Red Triangle sealed full points by closing out their group campaign with their second win. the result also kept their unbeaten record intact, but they still have not secured a place in the semis.Their nine (9) points have them perched in the second place, but they can be overtaken by Kuru Kururu Warriors, who have 7 points and a game in hand this Saturday against their highway neighbours Swan FC.A loss for the Warriors will see Agricola going through as the second team from Group ‘B’, along with Riddim Squad.last_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: McLAUGHLIN IN FINE FORM AT BALLYLIFFIN

first_imgBallyliffin Golf Club resultsSunday 4th Oct 2015 Confined on The Old Links1st David McLaughlin (15) 40pts2nd Jim Porter (7) 40pts3rd Gerard O’Donnell (12) 38pts4th Jim Monagle (11) 38ptsGross: Seamus Doherty (C) (4) 34 grossCSS: 71Saturday 3rd Oct 2015 Men’s Cancer Alliance and Donegal Cancer Bus Glashedy Links1st Patrick Farren (11) 38pts1st Lady: Roisin Rooney (18) 37pts2nd Des Kemmy (6) 37pts3rd Brendan Devlin (1) 37pts4th Anne McLaughlin (18) 37ptsGross: Bryan Northey (5) 29ptsCongratulations to Thomas Duddy on his hole in one on the 7th with a 7 iron.CSS 72Friday Scramble 2 October 20151st P.Logue, R.Logue, N.Carlin, A. McEeney 22.52nd P. Toland, M.Hackett, J.Doherty, P.N Grant 24.83rd C.Gibbons, T.Gill, P.Quigley, P.Davenport 26.7Final Scramble Saturday 10th Oct on The Old Links Ladies:Sunday 4th October 2015 Glashedy No.2 (9 holes Stableford)0-181st Margaret Doherty (O) 20pts2nd Roisin Rooney 19pts19-281st Sadie Grant 20pts2nd Sadie Grant (N) 17pts29-361st Elaine McLaughlin 18pts2nd Fiona Fagan 15ptsForthcoming Events & Fixtures7th, 8th, 9th October Great North Links Challenge on Glashedy LinksSat 10th October Final Scramble on The Old LinksSat 10th October GUI Open on Glashedy LinksSunday 11th October Confined on The Old LinksGOLF NEWS: McLAUGHLIN IN FINE FORM AT BALLYLIFFIN was last modified: October 5th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

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Grossmont again rallies to stun Chaffey College

first_imgRANCHO CUCAMONGA – A funny thing happened on the way to Chaffey College’s Foothill Conference laugher against Grossmont College on Saturday night. Grossmont had the last laugh, roaring from behind to post a 38-31 victory over the stunned Panthers, who let a halftime lead get away for the second time this season. The Griffins have not lost to Chaffey in the four meetings since a 43-35 triple overtime loss in 2002. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 It was all part of a wild fourth quarter that featured eight turnovers, five by Chaffey that stymied comeback opportunities. “It must be the character of this team,” Chaffey coach Carl Beach said said. “It’s the second time (losing a 21-7 halftime lead to El Camino in a 35-24 loss). Until we can change that, we’re just an average team.” As far as Grossmont coach Dave Jordan is concerned, the Griffins are a second-half squad. “We haven’t been that good in the first half, and I don’t know why,” Jordan said. “But we didn’t give up, none of my teams have ever given up. We just made the plays when we had to.” Specifically in the third quarter. Grossmont scored on all three possessions to get back in the game. Behind Murphy, Grossmont drove 78, 42 and 62 yards to get even. Murphy went 10 yards on an option on the 18th play of the first drive and then threw a 42-yard bomb to a wide-open Andrew Hernandez. Four minutes later, Murphy and Daniel Imoesirl connected on an 8-yard score. Chaffey (2-3, 1-1) jumped out to a 24-3 halftime and appeared to be in control. But the Griffins, who have beaten the Panthers for the conference title by one game the past two seasons, rallied for 21 third-quarter points to tie the game. Then with 12:20 remaining, Carter Hallock blocked a Fortino Amanico punt and Lee Paleafei returned it 23 yards for the go-ahead score. Grossmont added to its onslaught wth 4:02 left when Reilly Murphy hit Chris Johnson for a 75-yard bomb on third-and-2. center_img In all, Murphy was 22-of-45 for 332 yards and four touchdowns. “I think playing against the wind in the third quarter took its toll on us,” said Beach. “It seemed like we were going against the wind forever. It hurt our kicking game, to be sure.” Amanico shanked a 16-yard punt that gave the Griffins great field position that led to the 62-yard, six-play drive and the Murphy-to-Imoesirl TD. But the Panthers had their chances in the fourth and couldn’t capitalize. Myles Mason intercepted two Murphy passes, but Chaffey immediately turned one over on a fumbled snap and the other on one of three Casey Hansen interceptions. Deyon McElroy also stole a Murphy pass with under three minutes to play, but the Panthers also gave that opportunity back. Hansen was 14-of-34 for 259 yards, including a 12-yard score to Donald Brown. Hansen also scrambled 12 yards for the game’s final score. Bernard Payton gained 140 yards for Chaffey on the ground and scored on runs of 3 and 5 yards, the latter which capped an impressive 80-yard, 5-play drive to open the third quarter. But from there, it was all Grossmont. VICTOR VALLEY 27, ANTELOPE VALLEY 0: The Rams limited the visitors to 136 yards in total offense and two returned a pair of fumbles for touchdowns, ending a four-game losing streak and sending AVC to its 12th consecutive loss. Jonathan Carraway scooted 62 yards and Richard DeShawn went 89 yards for the scoring returns for the Rams (2-4, 1-3). It was the first shutout for VVC since a 45-0 win over Los Angeles Pierce in 2001, and only the second since Dave Hoover took ovewr in 2000. Antelope Valley (0-6, 0-4) was blanked in a game for the second consecutive week, the first time that’s happened to the Marauders since 1957. Rams running back Antoine Randolph paced VVC with 122 yards rushing on 23 carries and caught a 34-yard TD pass from quarterback Mark Moore with 7:49 left in the first half. Theodore Snodgrass added 120 yards rushing with 16 carries, one of them a 15-yard TD run with 1:42 left in the first half. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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DeGale to take on American Davis

first_imgAmerican Dyah Davis has been named as James DeGale’s opponent for his fight at Glow, Bluewater, on 16 November.DeGale will be aiming to stay on course for a world title shot when he defends his WBC Silver super-middleweight belt against the 32-year-old from Florida, who has a record of 22-3-1.One of Davis’ three defeats came against world champion Sakio Bika, who holds the WBC title, when they met for the WBO Inter-Continental championship last year.“I see Davis as a really good test and I want to get in there and stick on a great performance for all the fans and do a good job on him,” said DeGale.“I’m going to go in there full of confidence. I’m going to be super fit and I’m basically going to go in there and try to get him out of there.“I know I’m only a couple of fights away from a world title, so I want to go in there and do a good job on him.“But, that said, I’m not looking past him. I give everyone I face respect and this is no different.“Let’s be fair, he’s been in with some top fighters. He’s faced Bika, so if I get in there and do it better than him, I think I’m making a statement and it will show that I am world-class.”But Davis, a former North American Boxing Federation champion, fancies his chances against Harlesden’s Olympic gold medallist.DeGale could face Groves again“I’m very excited to be facing DeGale,” he said.“I know what I’m up against going into his backyard. I’ve been in this position before and I’m going to do everything I can to come out victorious.“I’m looking at going home with everything that this man contains right now, including his championship belt and all his positions in the world rankings and sanctioning bodies.”Next month’s fight will be DeGale’s third of 2013 and will mean a return to the same Kent venue where he easily beat Stjepan Bozic in June – three weeks after he had knocked out Sebastien Demers in Canada.His longer-term goal is to face the winner of the forthcoming world title clash between Carl Froch and George Groves.DeGale, 27, told West London Sport in June that he wants a rematch with arch-rival and fellow West Londoner Groves to take place at QPR’s Loftus Road ground.Groves won a close points decision when the pair faced each other in May 2011.“I think Davis is a quality test for James and this match will show us just how good James is,” said DeGale’s promoter Mick Hennessy.“James is a world-class fighter and this will be a perfect opportunity to give the fans what they want – excitement, skills and proof that James is ready for anyone in the division.”Tickets are priced from £40 and are available from the Hennessy Sports Box Office on 01925 755 222, at http://hennessy.ticketline.co.uk or alternatively by contacting Tickeline.co.uk or by phone on 0844 888 4402 or via Ticketmaster.co.uk or by phone on 0844 847 2500. See also:DeGale to make title defence next monthDeGale out to prove a point against DavisInjury-free DeGale determined to impressDeGale given warning by opponent Davis American Davis arrives for DeGale clashConfident DeGale predicts ‘explosive’ winDeGale must prove he is ready for world title shot, says promoterDeGale weighs in ahead of Davis clashUnderdog Davis is determined to cause an upset against DeGaleJames DeGale v Dyah Davis as it 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Evolutionary Ethics Ruins Families

first_imgTeach children they are accidents of nature, and what will you get? Family breakdown. But the evidence goes against the evolutionary view.Here are samples of what scientists under the spell of secular materialism are doing to the world. It’s not good.Suicide. A tragic article on Medical Xpress, filled with anecdotes of young people who took their own lives, leaves the reader empty except for the obvious truism that “need some help.” But what help is Darwinism? Should a teen learn that he or she is a result of a long chain of accidents, with no purpose?Children as animals. An article on Science Daily, “Comparing children and bonobos” (a variety of chimpanzee), opens with a cute picture of daughter imitating dad. The scientific evidence clearly shows that children exhibit behaviors that are “uniquely human” and far superior to monkeys. But the ruling paradigm of our society says they are just a form of primate, different in degree but not in kind, resulting from the same process.Crime. Consider this headline on Phys.org, “Teen brains may not be as hard-wired for crime as previously thought.” The very question is suspect. Why even start there, that humans of any age come hard-wired? While nice to know teen brains are not as hard-wired for crime as previously thought, who thought that previously anyway?Abortion. Oregon now requires insurance companies to cover abortions, and Medical Xpress sounds just fine with that. Why do political leaders come to such radical positions on right to life? Have they not been told that a ‘fetus’ is not really human, but just a clump of cells recapitulating its evolutionary history? Evolutionists and pro-abortionists go hand in hand ideologically, but nothing could be more destructive of the concept of family than killing one’s own children.Biological cognition. An example of biological determinism in secular journals is apparent in Steven David’s piece on Nature News, “Cognition: Neurons couple up to make decisions.” To evolutionists, neurons make decisions, not you. There is no “you” in there. All that is an illusion. Nice thing for parents to teach their children. Does science support that view?Although Runyan and co-workers’ results are compelling, it remains to be proved whether coupling has a causal role in decision-making, or whether the phenomenon is generalizable across brain regions, species or behaviours. Readily available tools to manipulate neuronal activity and record subsequent activity changes in large neuronal populations provide a clear path to resolving these issues.Marx of societal destruction. What the world needs now is love, sweet love – NOT sentimentality about the father of communism, Karl Marx. Yet Nature gives a positive new look at Marx’s demonic book, Das Kapital, that launched the bloodiest century in history. Reviewer Gareth Jones says nothing of genocide and the losses of liberty suffered in communist regimes. He doesn’t mention thousands of pastors shot in the head by Stalin’s goons. He doesn’t mention thousands of families broken up as fathers were hauled off to the Gulags in the middle of the night. He soft-pedals the relationship between Darwinism and Marxism, even though the two were ideological buddies who praised each other’s works.Genetic tinkering with families. Big in the science news is the onward rush to tinkering with human genomes with the new gene editing tool, CRISPR/Cas9. As usual, the technology starts with noble motives, helping children with genetic diseases. Everybody knows the downside: designer babies, and new genetic divide between the haves and have-nots that could unleash a flood of discrimination and even eugenics. As usual, too, it’s technology first, ethics later.In US first, scientists edit genes of human embryos (Phys.org)First results from US CRISPR gene editing on human embryos (New Scientist)Scientists Edit Human Embryo: This Is Why Designer Babies Are a Ways Off (Live Science)Scientists edit human embryos to safely remove disease for the first time – here’s how they did it (Harper and O’Neill at The Conversation)Human embryo CRISPR advances science but let’s focus on ethics, not world firsts (Hannah Brown at The Conversation)Editing human embryos with CRISPR is moving ahead – now’s the time to work out the ethics (Jessica Berg, Phys.org)Attitudes on human genome editing vary, but all agree conversation is necessary (Medical Xpress)11 organizations urge cautious but proactive approach to gene editing (Medical Xpress)Everybody is worried, but nobody knows what to do, because evolution provides no ethics. Western civilization used to have a solid foundation: The Ten Commandments, and the Hippocratic Oath (do no harm). What foundation can Darwinism provide? Stuff happens?We need to keep reminding everyone that the Creation-Evolution issue is not just a matter of science. It is an all-encompassing worldview that affects education, law, government, and even the family inside the walls of a private home. It also affects the church.Jesus warned of the evil tree that produces evil fruit, saying, “You will know them by their fruits.” A good place to learn about that is Jerry Bergman’s new book, How Darwinism Corrodes Morality. Share this book with people who think origins is a side issue that doesn’t matter to the church or society. (Visited 511 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Local author gets top sci-fi award

first_imgCape Town-based author Lauren Beukesis the pride of the nation after becomingthe first South African to win the ArthurC Clarke award for science fiction.(Image: Jacana Media)The award-winning UK cover of Zoo City.(Image: Joey Hi-Fi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Marc Gascoigne Publishing director, Angry Robot+44 115 933 8456• Jacana Media+ 27 11 628 3200 RELATED ARTICLES • Arts festival with an edge • Crime lit in SA – a new phenomenon • SA remembers Es’kia Mphahlele • Author, 16, is SA’s youngest • Words come to life at book fairMark ReidSouth African writer Lauren Beukes has made literary history by becoming the first local author to capture the prestigious Arthur C Clarke Award in its 25-year history.She received the honour for her second novel Zoo City at a glittering ceremony on 27 April 2011, held at London’s Apollo cinema in Piccadilly.The Arthur C Clarke Award is the UK’s most prestigious award for a science fiction novel. Established in 1987 with a grant from the famous author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, it is awarded to the best novel first published in the UK during the previous year. The year and the prize money are the same, so Beukes will receive £2011 (R22 000).With submissions this year among the highest ever, the six shortlisted titles were chosen from a long list of 54 titles submitted by 22 publishing houses.The judging panel for the 2011 award comprised Jon Courtenay Grimwood and Martin Lewis from the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA); Phil Nanson and Liz Williams from the Science Fiction Foundation; and Paul Skevington, from web portal SFCrowsnest.com. Paul Billinger chaired the panel.Beukes joins a list of previous winners that includes Margaret Atwood, Rachel Pollack, and sci-fi writing sensation China Miéville, a three-time winner.“It’s a really special day because it’s the 17th anniversary of democratic South Africa today,” said Beukes in her acceptance speech. “I think South Africa is an incredible place to live, it’s an incredible place to write about.”Zoo City, published in South Africa by Jacana Media and released internationally by Osprey Publishing’s Angry Robot imprint, was shortlisted with five other works – The Dervish House by Ian McDonald; Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness; Generosity by Richard Powers; Declare by Tim Powers; and Lightborn by Tricia Sullivan.Zoo City also won the BSFA’s award for best artwork for 2010 for the remarkable cover design by Cape Town-based artist Dale Halvorsen, better known as Joey Hi-Fi. The book also made it to the shortlist for best novel at the same ceremony, but lost out to The Dervish House.Zoo City previously scooped the Kitschies Red Tentacle for 2010, given to the book that, according to the award organisers, “best elevates the tone of geek culture” and is progressive, intelligent and entertaining.Joburg as we never knew itRe-imagine Johannesburg in the 1990s, gripped by the Zoo Plague, which causes criminals, at the moment of their crime, to gain an animal familiar and a magical talent. Dependent on each other, neither the criminal nor the familiar can stand to be apart.The familiars are the visible evidence of a criminal deed, and the perpetrators are known as Zoos. Ostracised and rejected, they are banished to the fringe of society, the ghetto – Zoo City.Although she comes from a privileged background, Zinzi December’s nasty drug habit causes her to lose her way. Her parents throw her out and her life spirals out of control until one night her brother dies by her own hand. Zinzi lands up in prison, accompanied by her familiar, a sloth.She’s soon released on parole but is now forced to live in Zoo City. Zinzi tries to live on the straight and narrow and pay off her drug debt – she does this by using her mashavi, or magical talent at finding lost items, although she draws the line at missing persons. She also runs 419 scams for the criminal syndicate that holds much of her debt.Zinzi is presented with a lucrative offer she can’t refuse when a music producer hires her to locate a pop star. If she succeeds she could say goodbye to the dangerous Zoo City. Her adventure takes her from affluent suburbs to the Johannesburg sewers, from the rich and famous to a traditional healer.Local talentLauren Beukes was born in Johannesburg and is now a resident of Cape Town, with her husband and daughter.Zoo City is her second science fiction novel, following the successful Moxyland, set in a futuristic Cape Town. Moxyland has also spawned a range of so-called Moxy Mutants – plush toys hand-made by an impoverished women’s group in the Karoo. Almost 70% of the proceeds are given back to the group.Beukes’s first book was the non-fiction Maverick: Extraordinary Women From South Africa’s Past, which profiled the lives of outstanding South African women through the ages, from Dolly Rathebe, Africa’s first black movie star and Drum cover girl, to exotic dancer Glenda Kemp, controversial singer Brenda Fassie, murderess Daisy de Melker, Khoikhoi slave Sarah Bartmann, and many more.As a journalist Beukes has been published in various publications both locally and internationally, including Marie Claire, Elle, Cosmopolitan, The Hollywood Reporter, and Nature Medicine. She has also published her short stories in various anthologies such as Open: Erotic Stories from South African Women Writers (2008) and African Road: New Writing from Southern Africa (2005).As a TV script writer she has held the position of head writer for animation studio Clockwork Zoo, and was part of the development team for Urbo: The Adventures of Pax Afrika, a groundbreaking animated series shown on local television back in 2006. She also wrote 12 episodes of the Disney Playhouse show Florries Dragons, and worked on the pilot of the irreverent ZA News, which features puppets of prominent South African figures, especially politicians.Tweeters can follow Beukes on http://twitter.com/#!/laurenbeukes, and she also has a Facebook page.Zoo City is available online at Jacana’s website, Kalahari.net and Amazon UK, among others.http://laurenbeukes.book.co.za/last_img read more

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ASA Corteva Young Leaders explore issues, participates in leadership training

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Adam Vance, from Hillsboro, was part of the 35th class of American Soybean Association (ASA) Corteva Agriscience Young Leaders to complete their training, Feb. 26 – March 1, 2019 in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.“The ASA Corteva Young Leader Program provides the soybean industry and all of agriculture with strong and forward-thinking grower leaders,” said ASA President Davie Stephens. “With an emphasis on leadership skills development and collaboration, the Young Leader program provides us with growers who are working together to amplify the voice of the farmer. We are grateful to Corteva for their longstanding support of this program and for helping to secure the future of the soybean industry.”While in Orlando, the Young Leaders participated in training focused on leadership development, industry issue updates and outreach. The Young Leaders were also recognized at ASA’s annual awards banquet.“Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, has been a proud sponsor of the ASA Corteva Young Leaders Program for 35 years. The program recognizes and develops top soybean growers from across the country,” said Mike Dillon, Global Portfolio Leader for Soybeans. “I have interacted with this year’s class of ASA Corteva Young Leaders, and am impressed with their commitment to strengthening their leadership skills and building their network in the agriculture industry. I am excited about the positive impact these leaders will make will make on agriculture for generations to come.”The 2019 class of Young Leaders also includes: Stuart and Suzie Sanderson (AL); Kyle and Stacie Schlenker (AR); Austin and Katelynn Baer (IL); Miranda Biddle (IL); Tim and Brittany Gueldener (IL); Eric and Megan Scheller (IN); Reed Burres (IA); Tyler Cvitkovic (KY); Anna Reding and Jason Putt (KY); Kody Beavers (KY); Mark and Vanessa Senk (MI); Chris and Debra Schmidt (MI); Wes Miller and Amanda Heilman (MD); Haley Ammann (MN); Mitchell and Andrea Rice (MO); Nathan White (MO); Clint and Katie Hostler (NE); Simeon Williams (NC); Joshua Askew (ND); Joshua Stutrud (ND); Brent and Mollie Greenway (SD); Derek Giffin (TN); Zac Soltvedt and Amber Bellows (WI); Donald Thomas (VA); and Aaron McQueen (Ontario, Canada).last_img read more

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