A cash-crop farmer is now nursing gunshot wounds after he was shot several times about his body on Sunday morning.According to information, at about 09:00h on Sunday, Cicel Todd, 56, of Moblissa, Soesdyke/Linden Highway, was shot to his left arm, left leg and along his pelvic region.According to Todd, he left home about 08:30h on and went to Moblissa Hilltop where he collected wood shavings for his chicken pen.The man recalled that while returning home, he heard a series of explosions and subsequently felt a burning sensation to his left side. He fell but raised an alarm, resulting in his daughter Deslyn Cornelius coming to his rescue.The daughter rushed Todd to the Linden Hospital Complex where he was admitted. He has been listed as stable.A 36-year-old man also a farmer of Moblissa is currently in police custody assisting with investigations.
Chairman of the Mon Repos/La Reconnaissance Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Ayube Mohammed is urging vendors to comply with the instructions to relocate from the Lusignan market place.Chairman of the Mon Repos/La Reconnaissance Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) Ayube MohammedThe NDC Chairman, during a telephone interview with this newspaper on Monday, pleaded with the vendors to adhere and cooperate with the authorities since the shift is merely temporary.The Chairman explained that the NDC does not have the authority to move vendors from their respective vending location but asserted that it is the Government of Guyana’s decision to temporarily do so.“The NDC is not the one that is moving them, it is the Government…. I’ve noticed that there is some space there and we would’ve approached the Government to see if we can have them rehoused right there, which I am hoping will happen because it’s a Lusignan market and I don’t want it to go to Annandale,” he stated.Mohammed added that facilitating road works along the East Coast of Demerara is a key factor that was taken into consideration during the decision-making process, which he outlined would be hindered if persons continue to sell close by.When asked about the alleged threats issued by the NDC to have the vendors’ possessions dismantled, Mohammed refuted such claims made by vendors, “That is one of the things that they always keep saying ‘the NDC issuing threats,’ why would we threaten them? If we want to move their stalls, we would’ve moved them, their stalls are all there”.Nevertheless, the NDC Chairman is assuring vendors that they will return to their original vending spots once the road works are completed. They have since expressed extreme reluctance to move to the temporary location which is in Annandale.Calls to Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan for a comment on the matter went unanswered.Over 300 Lusignan vendors were given until January 2019 to relocate to a new vending site situated in Annandale but up to date they have refused to comply, strongly believing that they will suffer significant losses at the new location.
Seasoned golfer Nazeem “Papo” Haniff walked away winner of the inaugural El Dorado Golf Championship after storming the Greens during last Saturday’s invitational.Winners: Aleem Hussain (second from left); Balgobin Ragnauth and Richard Haniff (fifth & sixth from left respectively); Nazeem Haniff (eighth from left); and Avinash Persaud (fifth from right and partly hidden). Also in photo are DDL’s Sales Manager, Mark Chinapen (second from right) and former Sport Minister, Dr Frank Anthony (seventh from right)The hugely attended pre-Father’s Day El Dorado Annual Golf Championship saw the former coach emerging winner, with a Net 68 as well as the Nearest to the Pin award.Best Gross went to reigning eight-time Open champ Avinash Persaud (75), with other Net score winners being: in 4th place – Richard Haniff 69/11; 3rd place – Aleem Hussain 69/11; and 2nd place – Balgobin Ragnauth 69/21.Haniff, a former Guyana Open Men’s Champion some eight years ago, said “My game is coming back good,” as he signalled intentions ahead of the Guyana Open Champion set for November 2018.In addition to the tie of Net 69 for 2nd, 3rd and 4th places, the Net scores up to 72 showed just how keenly contested the tournament was, despite the fact that’s the grounds while payable, were not completely dry.Close Net scores were returned by Patanjalee “Pur” Persaud 70/18; Munaf Arjune 71/9; Kassim Khan 71/9; Patrick Prashad 72/9; Troy Cadogan 72/25; Avinash Persaud 73/2; Lekhnarine Shivraj 73/18; and Brian Hackett 73/19.Meanwhile, Eldorado Brand Manager, Maria Munro, who officially opened the tournament, wished the golfers a great game while expressing the company’s pleasure at being involved with the Lusignan Golf Club and their commitment to continued support in the Club’s development.Also, the five finalists of the Miss World Guyana pageant, just concluded on May 26, 2018, including winner Ambika Ramraj, first runner-up Tracy Smith and second runner-up Joylyn Conway, were on hand to help distribute prizes and hampers.
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Unless you have been living under a rock this year, you will undoubtedly have heard of the Cuilcagh Boardwalk in Co Fermanagh.Nicknamed the ‘Stairway To Heaven’ it had become one of the most visited tourist attractions in Ireland this year. Contrary to popular belief, the trail is still open to the public.The number of visitors got so great this year, that the landowner closed off the carpark due to the volume of traffic and the inability of the carpark to cope. But you can now park in the Marble Arch Caves carpark which is just under a km away from the walk.The boardwalk, which cost over £250,000 stretches over 1.5Kms to the top of Co. Fermanagh’s highest point – Cuilcagh Mountain.Its popularity grew this year due to several videos that circulated on social media which showcased the beauty of the views and the ingenuity of the boardwalk itself. The ‘Stairway to Heaven’ tag came after an article in the Irish Independent which showed the walk in all its glory.Last weekend we took 33 of the Rushe Fitness members up to see what all the fuss was about.It takes around two hours in a bus, so around an hour and 45 mins by car should leave you at the carpark.The first thing you should know about the walk, and something that we did not, is that there is a 3.75km walk up to the boardwalk.This is quite hilly and if you aren’t very active, expect it to be a bit tough on your legs.It is rated as ‘difficult’ in the mountain walk guides, so be prepared for a good hike whenever you get there. You will cross 5 fences on the road up to the boardwalk, which has stiles to the side of them for ease of access. While the walk is a bit tough, once you reach the boardwalk it is all worth it.The boardwalk is a great piece of construction and is just under 2km long in total. When you are halfway up the boardwalk you get to an area that is exposed to the wind that blows down the valley, so be prepared for a gust or two that could send you off balance.Once you pass this, It is a steady climb all the way to the stairs.There are 450 steps which stretch over 36 flights of stairs in total. Some of the flights are quite steep and you will have to use the handrail on the way up for safety.All the steps and the boardwalk also have chicken wire fixed to the boards, so there is no fear of slipping on the way up or down.When you reach the top, the views are fantastic and really live up to all the videos and pictures that you have seen.One thing that I should add, is that all the pictures are from the top of the boardwalk, which is also the end of it, and it literally ends.The top leads onto marsh land at the top of Cuilcagh Mountain, and if you want there is another short walk to the highest point, which is the same as Muckish at 666ft.The complete walk, from start to finish and a 20 min stop at the top for some refreshments, took 3 hours. This was allowing for all levels of fitness of the group and some of you may do it faster, but it is something that you should do, if you have the notion.The total walk from the carpark was 5.5km each way, so 11km in total, so be prepared for some stiff legs the next day. Lol#TrainSmartA few tips for you are;> Weather conditions on Cuilcagh Mountain can be quick to change & inhospitable all year round making way finding difficult in poor visibility at any time of the year.> Equip yourself for walking in a mountainous area, waterproof clothing, boots, spare clothing, map, compass, first aid, food, drink etc.> More information can be found here:http://www.marblearchcavesgeopark.com/2015/07/cuilcagh-mountain- trail-open/If you would like to join our Rushe Fitness community, our next Fit in 42 Program starts on August 27 th. If you would like more information on this, please contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/rushefitness/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessDD Fitness: Climbing the Cuilcagh Steps was last modified: August 12th, 2017 by Emmet RusheShare 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:CUILCAGH STEPSemmet rusherushe fitness
A Letterkenny man will appear in court today in connection with the stabbing of four people including a Garda outside a local nightclub.John Boyle of Leck Cottages, Oldtown, Letterkenny, was released on bail at a previous sitting to appear at Letterkenny District Court this morning.Garda Inspector Kevin Gately told a previous sitting of the court that a file on the matter is being prepared and is almost complete. The 46 year old is charged with four different counts of assault causing harm. He was also charged with the illegal possession of a knife.The attack happened outside the Voodoo Nightclub on Lower Main Street around 1am on August 14th last.As a result of the attack, a Garda Sergeant and three nightclub doormen were stabbed and had to receive treatment at Letterkenny General Hospital.The owners of the nightclub, Jason and Sharon Black, condemned the attack on their employees and on the Garda Sergeant who was named locally as Aidan Doherty from Buncrana.The court was also told there may be other charges arising out of the incident.The tree nightclub doormen and Sgt Doherty were all treated at Letterkenny General Hospital and have made a full recovery.LETTERKENNY MAN TO APPEAR IN COURT ON NIGHTCLUB STABBING CHARGES was last modified: November 17th, 2011 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) Tags:John BoyleLetterkenny District CourtVOODOO NIGHTCLUB
SANTA CLARA — A stream of 49ers players rushed Friday to both request and provide relief for the Camp Fire victims in Paradise, the hometown of their assistant strength coach Shane Wallen.“He took my extra bed and drove it up to his dad last night, because his dad’s house burned down,” tight end George Kittle said. “He left at the drop of a hat, so you can tell how much his family and his town mean to him.”“This place was home for me growing up, and until yesterday, it’s where my dad called …
Mass immunisation campaigns in Kenyahave helped to halve measles deaths insub-Saharan Africa since 1999.(Image: Unicef)Janine ErasmusThe Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IIDMM) at the University of Cape Town has launched Vaccines for Africa, an immunisation advocacy programme. The programme’s mission is to work towards a continent free of vaccine-preventable bacterial and viral diseases such as tuberculosis, meningitis, pneumonia, and diarrhoeal disease caused by the rotavirus.The initiative is the brainchild of Professor Gregory Hussey, director of the IIDMM as well as the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (Satvi). Renowned paediatric infectious diseases specialist Hussey also serves on the World Health Organisation’s global advisory committee on vaccine safety.Hussey is firmly of the opinion that immunisation, with both new and established vaccines, is the key to beating highly communicable and deadly diseases in Africa. He maintains that Vaccines for Africa’s (Vacfa) vision will be more efficiently realised through a co-ordinated effort across the continent, with a focus on greater access to information.“Africa lags behind other continents in the uptake of life-saving vaccines,” writes Hussey on the Satvi website, “even though vaccine-preventable diseases are causing avoidable deaths in Africa.”Vacfa also works to advance the United Nations’ fourth Millennium Development Goal, which stipulates a two-thirds reduction of mortality in children under five by 2015.Driving forceWith the support of a number of individual and corporate partners, the Vacfa website went live at the end of March 2009. It aims to be a driving force behind vaccination awareness, fostering a lively exchange of current, accurate, and empirical information applicable to Africa.The site provides comprehensive information for health professionals, researchers, policymakers, parents and the public at large regarding immunisation practice and vaccine development.Health practitioners can furnish themselves with the latest developments regarding vaccine-preventable diseases and their corresponding vaccines. Parents can read about common childhood diseases, their causes and symptoms, treatment, and prevention by immunisation.The site also provides links to relevant organisations and vaccine initiatives, pharmaceutical companies, and published scientific papers. Finally, there is a discussion forum for the sharing of ideas.Good information practiceThe Vacfa website is currently under evaluation for good information practice by the World Health Organisation, which demands compliance in four categories, namely credibility, content, accessibility and design. Websites that meet the standard are admitted to the Vaccine Safety Net, a network of sites providing information on vaccine safety.According to the world health body, inaccurate and unbalanced information can lead to unwarranted fear among the public, and the unnecessary proliferation of rumours. This is especially dangerous in the health sector, as lives may be at stake.Preventing child deathsVacfa’s site is initially focusing on the rotavirus, which causes serious diarrhoea and dehydration in children around the world and is responsible for the deaths of over 500 African children every day. It is so widespread that every child on earth will have contracted a rotavirus infection before the age of five, says the World Health Organisation.The virus is transmitted mainly through close contact, but can also spread through contaminated water or food sources and possibly via the air, as it has been found in the respiratory tracts of infected children. Outbreaks in facilities harbouring vulnerable patients, such as daycare centres and nursing homes, are common.The good news is that rotavirus is almost completely preventable with the orally-administered vaccine, which is estimated to be up to 98% effective against severe rotavirus disease.According to Hussey, the choice of rotavirus was based on the fact that many African countries now include the rotavirus vaccine and others such as hepatitis B in their national expanded programme on immunisation. This is a schedule set out by the World Health Organisation for vaccination against common infectious diseases such as measles, polio, whooping cough, diphtheria and tuberculosis.The United Nations Children’s Fund reports that the programme has been a resounding success. At least 20-million lives have been saved in the past 20 years, and nearly 80% of the world’s children now receive the life-saving vaccines. However, there are still 27-million children who do not have access to routine vaccination.Expert advisersAn advisory board of immunisation and vaccine experts from across Africa will share their combined expertise and knowledge on the Vacfa site, and will also guide its development and expansion.The board is made up of 12 members from nine sub-Saharan countries. All are experts in their respective vaccine-related fields and are drawn from the academic and research community as well as medical practice. Three hail from South Africa, two from Uganda, and one each from Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Malawi, Ethiopia, Gambia, Senegal, and Ghana.Together they represent the interests of millions of Africans, especially children, who still succumb every year to diseases that are easily preventable.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at email@example.com.Related articlesTB vaccine in SA clinical trial“The end of meningitis in Africa”Booster for child health in SAUseful linksVaccines for AfricaSouth African Vaccine Tuberculosis Vaccine InitiativeInstitute of Infectious Disease and Molecular MedicineWorld Health Organisation – vaccinesDepartment of HealthRotavirus vaccine programme
Prof Alice Walker, who’s currently in SouthAfrica to deliver the annual Steve BikoMemorial Lecture, is best known for heraward-winning novel The Colour Purple.(Image: Nicky Rehbock) Portraits of individuals who have deliveredpast lectures hang in hall of fame at theSteve Biko Foundation in Johannesburg.Artworks of former presidents NelsonMandela and Thabo Mbeki are amongthem.(Image: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Steve Biko Foundation +27 11 403 0310RELATED ARTICLES• Biko’s legacy lives on • Canada, asylum and the sprinkler salesman• Food security starts at home • South African literatureNicky RehbockProf Alice Walker has arrived in South Africa to deliver the 11th annual lecture honouring the late Stephen Bantu Biko, an anti-apartheid activist and leader who founded the Black Consciousness Movement.Walker, best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Colour Purple, was invited to the country by the Steve Biko Foundation, which was set up in his memory. Biko died while in police custody on 12 September 1977.“The Steve Biko Foundation is honoured to be hosting Professor Alice Walker on her first visit to South Africa. In short, she embodies everything that Bantu Stephen Biko stood for during his life,” said Nkosinathi Biko, CEO of the foundation, and son of Stephen.This will be the first time the lecture is delivered by someone from outside Africa, and only the second time it’s been delivered by a woman – the first being Dr Mamphela Ramphele, an internationally respected South African activist, academic, author, businesswoman and medical doctor. Ramphele and Biko had two children, although he was married to someone else at the time.“It’s because of Professor Walker’s eloquent articulation of the link between identity, activism and social change that the foundation asked her to deliver the Steve Biko Memorial Lecture this year,” said the younger Biko.The lecture will take place at the University of Cape Town on 9 September 2010 and is titled Coming to see you since I was five years old: An American Poet’s Connection to the South African soul.According to the foundation, the Steve Biko Memorial Lecture was initiated to examine the relationship between individuals and society, to explore triumphs over inequality, and to speak to challenges and opportunities facing people of African descent.Ties that bindWhen asked at a recent press conference what South Africans can expect from the lecture, Walker said: “You perhaps know my poem, Expect Nothing – Live Frugally on Surprise. I prefer to be spontaneous and live in the moment.”Although this response is cryptic, the author did disclose that she would “address issues of my life and how Steve Biko and I are definitely sister and brother in our love for people”.She added, “For me this journey is an exploration of how close I feel to Steve Biko in his legacy of caring.”Walker explained that her link with Biko is based on a “determination to always tell the truth” and the fact that both lived during times of intense political turmoil in the mid-1960s and 1970s.“Biko lived in dangerous places – and so did I. In the 1960s I was living in Mississippi state, after graduating from college in New York city, and I was trying to bring literacy to people who had little or none. There were fire-bombings, and people were lynched and killed. It was bloody and dangerous in the way that South Africans lived for a very long time during apartheid.“I will talk about the legacy of Steve Biko and connect our struggles, the paths we’ve crossed and the desire for freedom and growth.“It boils down to humanity – Biko had a joy of life. It’s my love, respect and admiration for Stephen Biko that drew me here to South Africa.”At the conference a member of the press asked Walker how it felt to be the first non-African to deliver the lecture. “I take the long view in that there are no non-Africans,” she said.“Everyone has been inspired by his life over the decades. There are places where I feel called to because of sincere work, and I am honoured to go wherever that may be.“I love Biko’s fearlessness. He was someone with such integrity – he was a whole being. He fought for his existence with the very last of his energy.“In this love of people and hope for humanity’s advancement we must acknowledge we have it all within us – it’s just a matter of how we use it,” she added.Warrior for peaceWalker is also a poet, short-story writer, essayist, anthologist, teacher, editor, publisher and activist, with a deep interest in race and gender. She was born in 1944 in Georgia, US.She’s a self-described “daughter of rural peasantry”, growing up in the American south in the wake of the Great Depression of the 1930s.After completing high school in 1961 she became involved in the civil rights movement, taking depositions from black Americans who had been evicted from their homes for attempting to register to vote.Published in 1982, The Colour Purple focuses on the struggle of black American women in rural Georgia in the first half of the 20th century, particularly the life of Celie, who writes a series of unburdening letters to God after being repeatedly raped and beaten by her father.The book became a bestseller and was soon made into a critically acclaimed film directed by Steven Spielberg. The stellar cast included Oprah Winfrey as well as Hollywood greats like Danny Glover and Whoopi Goldberg. In 2005 it was adapted into a Broadway musical play.The Colour Purple won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1983, making Walker the first black American woman to receive such an honour.Her writings have been have been translated into more than 24 languages and her books have sold over 10-million copies.
The international prize differs from the Man Booker Prize in that it honours a writer’s body of work and achievement and contribution to international fiction, as opposed to focusing on a single work. (Image: Janie Airey, Man Booker Prize)• Man Booker International PrizeTruda SpruytMedia Liaison+44 (0)20 3697 4248Truda.Spruyt@fourcolmangetty.comMelissa Jane CookCape Town, this year’s World Design Capital, has been named as the host city for the announcement of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize finalists list next March.Planning of the event is already beginning, with the Man Booker International Prize organisers in partnership with the University of Cape Town. The list of finalists has traditionally been published in a city other than London, home of the Booker Prize Foundation; it has previously taken place in Toronto, Washington DC, New York City, Sydney and Jaipur.The international prize differs from the Man Booker Prize in that it honours a writer’s body of work and achievement and contribution to international fiction, as opposed to focusing on a single work. The £60 000 (R1 094 730) prize is awarded every second year, to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in English.The last prize, in 2013, was won by American author Lydia Davis. Other winners include Philip Roth (2011), Alice Munro (2009), the late Nigerian author Chinua Achebe (2007), and Ismail Kadare (2005). In addition, there is a separate award for translation and, if applicable, the winner can choose a translator of his or her work into English to receive a prize of £15 000.Judging panelA diverse array of people makes up the judging panel for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize. It is chaired by Marina Warner CBE, the British writer and academic, and consists of British-Pakistani novelist Nadeem Aslam; British-South African novelist, critic and professor of English at Oxford University, Elleke Boehmer; editorial director of the New York Review Classics series, Edwin Frank, and American; and professor of Arabic and comparative literature at Soas, University of London, Wen-chin Ouyang, who was born in Taiwan, raised in Libya and is now based in the United Kingdom.Fiammetta Rocco, the administrator of the international prize, said: “We are in conversation with a number of potential partners in Cape Town, including the University of Cape Town, to firm up plans for an announcement in March 2015. We’re delighted to be bringing the announcement to the continent of Africa for the first time.”The prize is sponsored by Man Group, the British investment management business. It also sponsors the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction.Fast factsThe Booker Prize for Fiction is in its 46th year. It became the Man Booker Prize in 2002 when the Man Group came on board as sponsor. That year, Yann Martel won the award with Life of Pi.Since 1969, 30 men and 16 women have won the prize. The Booker Prize initially awarded £5 000 to its winners. The prize money doubled in 1978, and today the winner receives £60 000.In 1974, eyebrows were raised when Kingsley Amis’s Ending Up appeared on the shortlist chosen by a judging panel that included his wife, the novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard. In the end, the prize was split between Nadine Gordimer and Stanley Middleton.The following year, there was a shortlist of only two books out of 83 submissions. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala won with Heat and Dust. In 1977, the judging panel chair, poet Philip Larkin, threatened to jump out of the window if Paul Scott’s Staying On didn’t win. It did.At 132 pages, the shortest novel to have won the Booker was Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald, in 1979. Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach and Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending were just slightly longer. In terms of length of eligible books, the rules simply state that the judges must be of the opinion that a book is a unified and substantial work.Twice, two members of the same family have been recognised: Anita Desai has been shortlisted three times since 1980 but has never won; however, her daughter, Kiran, won in 2006. Martin Amis has been shortlisted and longlisted, in 1991 and 2003, respectively; his father, Kingsley Amis, won the Booker in 1986.Jonathan Cape is the publisher with the highest number of winning titles, with eight winners: The Sense of An Ending by Barnes in 2011, The Gathering by Anne Enright in 2007, Amsterdam by Ian McEwan in 1998, The Famished Road by Ben Okri in 1991, Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner in 1984, Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie in 1981, Saville by David Storey in 1976 and The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer in 1974. Faber & Faber follows with six winning titles.One of the bestselling Booker winners is Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally, which was adapted into the box office hit Schindler’s List. The film by Steven Spielberg won seven Academy Awards.Two authors have won the prize with their first and, so far, only novels: Keri Hulme with The Bone People in 1985, and Arundhati Roy with The God of Small Things in 1997.Over the years, winners have admitted to what they planned to do with their prize money. In 1990, AS Byatt famously announced she would use her money to buy a swimming pool for her house in Provence, while McEwan said he would probably spend the money on “something perfectly useless” rather than fritter it away on things like “bus fairs and linoleum”. When Howard Jacobson won in 2010, he promised to buy his wife a new handbag.A number of Booker and Man Booker winning novels have been adapted into film. Some of the best-known are Kazuo Ishiguro’s 1989 novel Remains of the Day and Michael Ondaatje’s 1992 novel The English Patient. Other adaptations include Midnight’s Children, Life of Pi and Byatt’s Possession.Hilary Mantel was the first woman and the first British author to win the prize twice. JM Coetzee was the first person to win twice, in 1983 and again in 1999, when he described the Booker as “the ultimate prize to win in the English-speaking world”. Peter Carey first won in 1988 and then again in 2001. Mantel was the first person to win the prize for two novels in a trilogy.In 2013, Eleanor Catton made Man Booker Prize history twice – as the youngest winner at 28, with the longest winning novel at 832 pages. Catton began writing The Luminaries when she was 25 and was just the second New Zealander to win. In September that year, the organisers announced the global expansion of the Man Booker Prize to include novels originally written in English and published in the United Kingdom, regardless of the nationality of the author.