BUILDING PERMITS: April 4 – April 6

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness BUILDING PERMITS: April 4 – April 6 Facebook New City of Odessa logo April 4 – April 6, 2018NEW RESIDENTIALSDR Horton, 7017 Spur Ranch Road, $161,680; DR Horton/Eric Weisbrod, 7007 Kate Reed Road, $161,680; Betenbough, 1021 90th St., $222,150; Betenbough, 925 E. 90th St., $158,150; Betenbough, 923 E. 90th St., $191,950; Betenbough, 921 E. 90th St., $205,950; Betenbough, 919 E. 90th St., $212,050; Betenbough, 1004 Evans Blvd., $294,950; Betenbough, 1028 E. 90th St., $156,300; Betenbough, 1026 E. 90th St., $201,950; Betenbough, 1024 E. 90th St., $148,950; Betenbough, 1032 E. 90th St., $187,950; Betenbough, 1030 E. 90th St., $187,950; Betenbough, 1022 E. 90th St., $149,950; Betenbough, 1020 E. 90th St., $207,950; Betenbough, 926 E. 90th St., $184,950; Betenbough, 924 E. 90th St., $171,950; Permian Homes Inc., 2012 Boise Desert Ridge, $154,440; Permian Homes Inc., 2024 Boise Desert Ridge, $154,440; Morrison Group, 2707 Tom Morris Road, $300,000; Silverleaf Communities, 6006 Socorro Ave., $261,300; Silverleaf Communities, 6008 Socorro Ave., $234,900; Silverleaf Communities, 5907 Socorro Ave., $239,900; Permian Homes Inc., 27 Devon Court, $139,050; Permian Homes Inc., 33 Devon Court, $140,670; Permian Homes Inc., 29 Devon Court, $140,940; Permian Homes Inc., 31 Devon Court, $140,670; Permian Homes Inc., 35 Devon Court, $140,940.Total: 28 permits, $5,253,710RESIDENTIAL ADDITIONS ALTERATIONS & CONVERSIONSJesus & Christine Quinonez, 2709 Cumberland Road, $5,000; Phillip Lopez, 921 Hendley Ave., $1,000; Johnny Ybarra, 1507 E. 43rd St., $1,300; Adam Lujan, 5402 N. Everglade Ave., $3,000; Joe Solis, 221 S. Hancock Ave., $15,000; Julio Juarez, 3139 N. Tom Green Ave., $4,800; Ochino Kokumu, 817 W. 22nd “B” St., $10,000; Derek Mendoza, 308 E. 99th St., $3,500; Michael Castelo/Amanda Acosta, 419 San Jacinto St., $3,000; Stephene Construction & Irrigation LLC/ James & Terresia Weaver, 3901 E. 30th St., $70,000; Peggy Jimenez, 1720 Hemphill Ave., $600; American Home Improvement/Gene Abney, 22 San Juan Court, $22,000; Jeff Newby, 4602 Sandra Lane, $3,000; R & G Metal Buildings Inc./Darren Thurman, 9902 Dublin Ave., $17,000; Adan Briones, 1708 Hemphill Ave., $3,500; Oscar Tercero, 1202 Terrace Circle, $1,500; Alberta Rodriguez, 2920 Hancock Ave., $1,000; Serrano Pools/Derick Damiguez, 3 Durham St. swimming pool, $60,000; Elite Drillers Corp./Stephen R Stewart, 3864 Lyndale Ave., $7,000; Benjamin Cano, 511Carolyn Drive, $4,000; Alberta Rodriguez, 2920 Hancock Ave., $1,000; Maria Mondragon, 1010 Dwayne St., $300.Total: 22 permits, $237,500COMMERCIAL ADDITIONS ALTERATIONS & CONVERSIONSFremin General Contractors, 7900 E. I-20, $508,000; Shane Gonzales, 519 Jefferson Ave.; Whitetail General Contractors, 7211 Eastridge Road, $150,000; Carlos Pineda, 2000 W. Second St., $3,200; Samson Corporation, 1810 N. Texas Ave., $20,000; Wheeler Drilling, 5030 E. University Blvd. water well, $4,000.Total: 6 permits, $685,200CHANGE OF USEEliseo Bello, 947 N. Grandview Ave.; Joshua Reyes, 504 N. Sam Houston Ave.; Amy Glover, 1171 E. 42nd St.; Melissa Burns/Esther Marquez, 818 N. County Road West; Stormy McGarity, 3506 E. University Blvd.; Cesar Luna/Alfredo Ccorz, 521 W. Murphy St.; Wen Yin, 1904 E. 42nd St.; Paul Miller, 3654 N. Dixie Blvd.Total: 8 permits Total permits: 64Total value: $6,176,41Total permits (2018 year to date): 587Total value (2018 year to date): $94,671,679.76Total permits (2017): 1,759Total value (2017): $311,109,404.04 By admin – April 15, 2018 Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleHART: When ‘Deep State’ swamp rats fight — corruption showsNext articleJP candidates gearing up for runoff adminlast_img read more

HMNZS Canterbury Stops in Sydney, Australia

first_img View post tag: Sydney View post tag: Navy View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMNZS Canterbury View post tag: Australia July 10, 2015 Share this article HMNZS Canterbury Stops in Sydney, Australia View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today HMNZS Canterbury Stops in Sydney, Australia Royal New Zealand Navy’s amphibious sealift ship HMNZS Canterbury paid a visit to Sydney, Australia.The vessel was escorted into port by the Royal Australian Navy guided missile frigate HMAS Darwin and a new RAN Sikorsky MR-60R Seahawk helicopter.HMNZS Canterbury has been exercising with the RAN off the Australian east coast after dropping off NZ Army trucks, personnel and two RNZAF NH90 helicopters in Queensland last month for Exercise Talisman Sabre.[mappress mapid=”16449″]Image: RNZN Authoritieslast_img read more

Judge approves divorce for ex-cop charged in Floyd’s death

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge has approved a divorce settlement between the former Minneapolis police officer who placed his knee on George Floyd’s neck and his wife. The divorce of Derek Chauvin and Kellie Chauvin was finalized Tuesday and redacted documents were made public Thursday. The approval comes months after Washington County District Judge Juanita Freeman rejected a prior agreement that transferred most of the couple’s assets to Kellie Chauvin. The judge wrote at the time that transfer of most of the assets to one party could be a “badge of fraud.”  The terms of the finalized settlement have been heavily redacted. Derek Chauvin is charged with murder in Floyd’s death and faces trial in March.last_img read more

Get a Grip: Water Shoes

first_img5. KEEN Owyhee This shoe-sandal hybrid can handle rugged river adventures as well as tough trails. The Owyhee was super-grippy on slick river rocks, but its traction was even more impressive on a riverside trail run. The webbing and laces were secure and snug, and the sandals shed water quickly. $90The WringerYou Stink, Your Shirt Doesn’tI’m a stinky dude, so there’s no better test for the anti-microbial properties of a garment than my body. I wore Icebreaker’s new GT Run shirt for a month of workouts. It was on my body for Monday afternoon yoga, Tuesday morning trail runs, and the Wednesday evening group bike ride. And I never washed the thing. And each day I asked my cohorts to smell me.Their verdict? While I personally still stink, the shirt doesn’t. One month, no washing, no stink.And how did the shirt perform otherwise? Beautifully, up to a point. The GT Run wicks sweat well, dries quickly after pulling it off, and has that patented soft feel of merino wool that makes you want to hug a sheep. The only drawback of the GT Run line is one of the characteristics that will attract runners to the shirt in the first place: it’s ultra thin. This is a bonus while running, but it also makes the shirt unusually delicate. I ripped it on two separate occasions while taking it off.There’s no telling how well the GT Run’s odor-fighting capabilities will hold up after a year of abuse. Both merino and polyester baselayers tend to acquire a signature odor over time, even with regular washing. A silver-based solution like Agion Active is worth considering to fight odor over the long haul. You add this treatment to your clothing during the wash and the natural silver ions continue to battle odor, regenerating with each wash. I tested a shirt that was pre-treated with Agion Active and found it to be refreshing, even after months of use and wash cycles. $60 4. The North Face Hydroshock This ultra-light shoe looks and feels more like a traditional river bootie, but the sticky rubber outsole and synthetic suede upper provide much more support in and out of the water. It’s a low profile shoe, perfect for the boat where space and a snug fit are priorities. $90 Sandals are out. Stylish kicks that shed water are in. Here’s a roundup of the new breed of water shoe. 1. TEVA Gnarkosi The day-glo Gnarkosi was built for wakeskating, a hybrid sport that combines wakeboarding and skateboarding. The shoe has holes placed throughout the body and sole to drain water and the materials shed water brilliantly so it doesn’t get heavy like a soaked tennis shoe. The flat outsole and proprietary rubber are designed to give wakeskaters more purchase on their boards in the water. What all this means for river junkies is you’ve got a legitimate shoe that offers solid purchase in wet conditions but doesn’t get waterlogged. And the Gnarkosi delivers something that sandals can’t: street cred. $100 2. Sperry SON-R Ping The most sandal-esque of the lot we tested, the SON-R Ping, is Sperry Top-Sider’s foray into an adventure shoe. The kicks have solid water-shedding capabilities and are much more comfortable than your typical sandal, but they also tap into the “barefoot shoe” movement. The Ping has an extra flexible outsole, similar to a minimalist running shoe, and a textured insole, a combo meant to mimic the sensation of walking in a river barefoot, only without the stubbed toe syndrome. $903. Columbia Drain Maker Much like the Gnarkosi, the Drain Maker is a fully “drainable” shoe with tiny holes scattered throughout the mid-sole, while the upper is built from an open cell mesh that dries surprisingly fast. The lugged outsole performs well on slick river beds, so you’ve got a solid-performing river shoe for a variety of activities. Even more impressive is the overall feel of the Drain Maker, which is by far the most comfortable water shoe we’ve tested in years. And the understated design means you can go straight from the river to the pub without changing your kicks. $80last_img read more

Syracuse women’s sports garner attention after lacrosse team’s appearance in national title game

first_imgSarah Holden’s game-winning, double-overtime goal in the NCAA tournament semifinal wasn’t just important for the women’s lacrosse team, but for women’s sports at Syracuse as a whole.The Orange ultimately fell to Northwestern in the national championship, but the reaction to the game from the SU fan base alone was proof of just how far this team had taken women’s sports at Syracuse.“It really puts a spotlight on women’s sports right now at the school,” SU attack Michelle Tumolo said.The Orange has never won a national championship in a women’s sport, but Syracuse got as close as it ever had last season. After capping an incredible seven-goal comeback in the semifinal, the Orange captured the attention of Syracuse fans.During the 8-6 loss to the Wildcats, hordes of SU fans took to Twitter to complain about NU’s stall tactics — something that would have been unheard of for a women’s sport before the national-championship run.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It put us on the map,” Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. “A lot of people last year really looked at us as, ‘Hey, wow, this women’s lacrosse team is really good and improved.’ The goal is to win and we’re getting close. So I think they recognize that.”But one season of success isn’t enough for the Orange. With pretty much the entire offense returning from last season’s run, SU will likely boast a lofty preseason ranking. But it still needs to prove itself on the field.“The key was to get there, but now I think you need to show that you belong there year in and year out, and I think that makes this year really important to show that we’re not just lucky to get there and we’re not an every-other-year team,” Gait said. “We need to be consistent year in and year out.”But Tumolo doesn’t think all the attention should be reserved for the women’s lacrosse team. Women’s sports at Syracuse are playing at an all-time high level, and people are starting to take notice.“It’s not just us that’s doing well; field hockey’s No. 1 right now, so we’re doing good,” Tumolo said. “It’s not just us — women’s lacrosse — that are making a name for ourselves; I think a lot of the women’s sports here are. Maybe we’ll get more recognition and respect.”Fellow attack Alyssa Murray said the success last season already has proven that the team is on the same level as some of the men’s teams. The reception players got in Syracuse after the season was proof of that.But she’s not satisfied with that. The only way to top last season is to win a national championship, she said.“After the final four, we were packing up our apartments and our houses and stuff and people would come up to us and say, ‘Hey, that was a great season,’” Murray said. “So everyone knows what’s going on and that we’re on the brink of something really special. So it’s really exciting to be a part of.” Comments Published on October 3, 2012 at 2:03 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories Recognition, significance of 1995 Title IX lawsuit filed by eight women against SU forgotten over timeCulture of resistance: Early women’s teams at Syracuse struggled in fight for equalityA lasting effect: Title IX opens career opportunities in sports for women in last 40 yearslast_img read more

Vaccines for a healthier Africa

first_imgMass 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 protected] 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 programmelast_img read more

Boeing may end 747 production

first_imgVideo: First flight of the latest model of the 747 the -8.The weakness in the global economy and air freight markets has also reduced demand for 747-8 freighters.Boeing is currently making a 747 every month but had previously announced plans to reduce the rate to one every two months from September. It said in its filing it had also shelved plans to return to a production rate of one aircraft per month from 2019.The announcement came as Boeing reported its first quarterly loss in seven years due to the 747 write-down and charges of $US1.23 billion on the 787 program and $US354 million on KC-46 tanker program.The second quarter net loss of $US234 million came despite a 1 per cent rise in revenue to $US24.8 billion.Chief executive Dennis Muilenburg said the underlying performance of Boeing remained “solid’’ and its commercial and defence teams had again delivered strong revenues and operating cash flow.“As we look forward to the second half of the year, we anticipate continued strong operating performance across our production and services programs on generally healthy demand for our broad portfolio of market-leading offerings,’’ he said.“Our commercial airplane development programs remain on track and we have successfully completed the flight testing required for customer approval of key KC-46 production milestones.”Meanwhile, Airbus Group reported a 15 percent increase in the first- half net profit to 1.76 billion euros but also took charges of more than 1.7  billion euros, including in its A350 and troubled A400M programs.The profit was boosted by gains of 868 million euro from the sale of shares in Dassault Aviation and $1.14 billion euros from the creation of a rocket launching joint venture with Safran.Revenue remained flat at 28.8 billion euros and orders fell by 27 per cent  to 39 billion euros, although group chief executive Tom Enders pointed to the “brisk order intake’’ at the recent Farnborough Airshow.Mr  Enders said the first-half underlying performance reflected the manufacturer’s back-loaded delivery schedule and good demand for its products.“Our operational focus remains squarely on the A320 and A350 ramp-ups and transition to the new engine version of the A320,’’ he said.Airbus expects to deliver more than 650 aircraft this year after delivering 298 in the first half. The first flight of the Boeing 747. Photo: Boeing BOEING has hinted that the Queen of the Skies may be forced to abdicate if it fails to receive more orders for its lagging Boeing 747 program.The US aerospace giant attempted to breathe new life into the iconic airliner with a redesign but a filing with its second quarter financial figures suggests the 747-8 may become a victim  of its makers predictions of a dwindling market for very large aircraft.Read: 45 Years YoungThe plane-maker noted that lower-than-expected demand for large commercial passenger and freighter aircraft and slower-than-expected growth of global freight traffic had  continued to drive market uncertainties and  pricing pressures while resulting in “fewer orders than anticipated’’. It took a $US1.19 billion pre-tax charge on the program for the quarter.“We continue to have a number of completed aircraft in inventory as well as unsold production positions and we remain focused on obtaining additional orders and implementing cost-reduction efforts,’’ it said.“If we are unable to obtain sufficient orders and/or market, production and other risks cannot be mitigated, we could record additional losses that may be material, and it is reasonably possible that we could decide to end production of the 747.’’The 747, affectionately known as the jumbo jet, played a key role in allowing passengers worldwide to travel more cheaply by lowering the cost per seat.But even equipped with more efficient engines, the four-engine Boeing has struggled against increasingly efficient twin-engine aircraft and tendency for travellers to want to fly point-to-point.last_img read more

Cape Town gets a literary nod

first_imgThe 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 [email protected] 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.last_img read more

Press release: South Africa’s reputation has improved as perceived by “G8” countries and South Africans

first_imgAccording to the G8 countries, some of the factors driving South Africa’s reputation and improvement in the rankings come as a result of advancements in areas of progressive social and economic policies and the country’s friendly and welcoming people. (Image: Brand South Africa)Johannesburg, Friday 21 July 2017 – Brand South Africa welcomes the news that South Africa is ranked 45th out of the 71 countries measured in the 2017 Country RepTrak® study conducted by Reputation House. This year the country moves 4 places up, scoring 55.1 points (out of a possible 100), versus the 49.2 points in 2016, which gave it a rank of 49th.The Reptrak study measures South Africa’s reputation from both an internal and external perspective, meaning that the survey is conducted in South Africa, as well as in “G8” countries. This year’s results show an improvement both in terms of how respondents in the G8, and South Africans perceive the country in terms of its reputation.Amongst the BRICS countries, the country is positioned 3rd place with Brazil and India in first and second places respectively. Interestingly enough, the 2017 results show that the United States of America’s perceived reputation has fallen behind South Africa’s, placing it at 47th out of the 71 countries measured.The study evaluates country reputations amongst the general population of the “G8” countries (UK, Italy, France, Canada, US, Japan, Germany and Russia), while also providing an internal assessment from the perceptive of South Africans.Brand South Africa’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said: “South Africa’s performance in such indices encourages national efforts by government, business, civil society and South African’s in general – to strengthen recovery strategies that’ll ensure that we improve our economy, and global competitiveness.”According to the G8 countries, factors driving South Africa’s reputation and improvement in the rankings come as a result of advancements in areas of: progressive social and economic policies, a well-educated and reliable workforce, production of high quality products and services, that the country values education, beautiful landscape, and it’s friendly and welcoming people.Other reputation attributes that impact on G8 perceptions about the country are that the country is an important contributor to the global culture, is a responsible participant in the global community, and offers an appealing lifestyle.South Africans, on the other hand – scored South Africa 43.3 points, which is 14.0 points more than last year’s score of 29.3. However, it should be noted that South Africans are much more critical of the country than international respondents to the study. The two areas in which South Africans and the “G8” general public agree, and hence rate the country highly, is that it is a beautiful country, and that her people are warm and friendly.A new development in the attitude of South Africans towards their own country is the emphasis on valuing education which international respondents admire.“This also reinforces perceptions about South Africans, from other studies such as the Nation Brand Index, as hardworking and resilient people. Importantly, a reputation is not a fixed once off outcome of an action, or set of actions. The nation brand and our global competitiveness is built by all citizens through their pride and patriotism, and improvements in our global reputation is a testament to the work that we are all doing to make South Africa a winning nation.“This is a continuous process that needs to be refined based on the challenges and opportunities presented to our nation. Despite challenges, South Africa stands ready to contribute to inspire new ways of creating significant opportunities for growth and greater prospects for its citizens,” concluded Dr Makhubela.Follow the conversation on #CompetitiveSA.Notes to the Editor:About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Join the conversation:Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SATell us how you Play Your Part: @PlayYourPartSA.Follow us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email: [email protected]: www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

AmEx Facebook Contest Offers Small Businesses a Social Boost

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… A new contest sponsored by OPEN, American Express’s small business division, is offering five small businesses a $20,000 check $2,500 in Facebook ad credits and a trip to the social networking giant’s Palo Alto headquarters to learn more about social marketing. The “Big Break for Small Businesses” contest is open to the owners of U.S.-based small businesses with $10 million in annual revenue or less. Business owners can enter the contest from the OPEN Facebook page between now and May 20, at which point a panel of judges including Guy Kawasaki and Federated Media’s John Battelle, will begin poring through the entries. Ten finalists will receive $2,500 in Facebook ad credits and then be whittled down to five winners. The judges will pick the winners based on the level of “commitment to his/her own business and growth” as well as the degree to which a ramped-up Facebook marketing effort would aid in that growth. Small businesses interested in entering can check out the details and then head over to the OPEN Facebook page to submit their entry. Related Posts Tags:#biz#tips Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img john paul titlow Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more