22 October 2015 This year’s Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award has gone to Athol Williams for his poem Streetclass Diseases.Portrait of a Mother and Indiscretion by Sindiswa Busku-Mathese was awarded second place, with Baleka, What do you Know by Jim Pascual Agustin coming in third place.The winners were presented with their awards by the head judge and chairperson of the Jacana Literary Foundation, Mongane Wally Serote, and the EU ambassador designate, Marcus Cornaro, at a ceremony hosted by Poetry Africa on 17 October, in [email protected] Am feeling so much love from my @WordNSound family, thank you— Athol Williams (@athol_williams) October 17, [email protected] Thank you SO MUCH Toni, I am overjoyed!!— Athol Williams (@athol_williams) October 17, 2015The awardThe award is handed out annually and is in its fifth year. It is named after South African journalist, linguist and writer Solomon (Sol) Tshekisho Plaatje (1876-1932) to recognise his life and vision as a social and political activist.Poems that made it on to the long list were published in an anthology. “Like Plaatje’s works did in his time, these poems reveal the political and social attitudes of our time,” reads the Jacana website.The works are written in numerous South African languages, including English, Afrikaans, Sepedi, Sesotho, Xitsonga and isiZulu.Watch this to find out more about Plaatje:Winner profileWilliams grew up in Mitchells Plain in Cape Town, but has lived in Johannesburg, Boston and London. He holds five degrees from local and international universities such as Harvard, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of the Witwatersrand. He is currently reading political philosophy at Oxford University in the UK.He said he loved to experiment and learn. “My poetry leads my pursuit of understanding just as imagination leads my efforts in social development,” Williams states on his website.“My work seeks to explore new structural processes and social institutions that may put humanity on a path to greater harmony and I delve deeply into the prospects of a new (or renewed) human consciousness that might make us all evolve to live larger, fuller lives.”He has published three collections of poems – Bumper Cars, Talking to a Tree and Heap of Stones – and two children’s books – Oaky, the Happy Tree and Oaky and the Sun.“I have a passion for reading and education personally, and I recognise the vital role education plays in the pursuit of freedom and human development, hence my involvement in social change through education,” he said. “I co-founded Read to Rise, an NGO that promotes youth literacy.”Watch this to learn more about Read to Rise:The organisation offers children suitable reading material fitting for their age groups, in an attempt to instil a love of reading early on in life.SouthAfrica.info reporter
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Canon’s new DSLR cameras are here to disappoint video shooters — again.Cover image via Canon.Canon continues to make minor updates to their DSLR bodies to play catch-up with their competitors. The video features are still lacking, and again the announcement comes with bizarre videos.Canon 6D Mark IIThe Canon 6D Mark II is a much-anticipated camera with some pretty sweet upgrades for photographers, but once again, this roll-out lacks good video updates.This is the first full-frame Canon EOS camera with a vari-angle LCD monitor with touchscreen. It includes video features like Movie Servo AF, which tracks moving objects and keeps them in focus. The camera also includes Movie Digital image stabilization and HDR movie modes.Here is the short Canon produced, shot on the 6D Mark II.Canon 6D Mark II Specs: 26.2MP full-frame CMOS sensorHD video up to 60 fpsDigital IS3″ Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCDDual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AFNative ISO 40000, Expanded to ISO 1024006.5 fps shooting; time-lapse and HDR movieBuilt-in GPS, bluetooth and Wi-Fi with NFCDust and water ResistantSD card slot$1,999 USD (body only)Shipping July 2017 Canon Rebel SL2The Canon Rebel series has always been a pretty solid entry-level DSLR for photographers and videographers alike. The new SL2 continues to add some more power to this little body.Here is a look at a video shot on the new Canon Rebel SL2.Canon Rebel SL2 Specs:24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor3″ Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCDHD 1080p video up to 60 fpsCanon EF, EF-S Mount9-Point AF System; Dual Pixel CMOS AFNative ISO 25600, Extended to ISO 51200Up to 5 fps Continuous ShootingFeature AssistantMicrophone InputBuilt-In Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth$549 USD (Body Only)Shipping July 2017 What are your thoughts on the latest cameras from Canon? Let us know in the comments.
It’s one event that gives fitness-conscious citizens of the Capital a chance to showcase their love for healthy living. The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, now in its seventh edition, has been pushed back by almost a month and will be held on November 23.Last year, it was held in mid-December and attracted more than 31,000 entries from all over the world.For the 2014 edition, the organisers are expecting even more competitors. The entry fee has been kept at Rs 1300 for the half marathon (for professionals) and Rs 600 for the Great Delhi Run (for amateurs).Bipasha Basu, the face of the event, said that she expected bigger participation of women.”The last edition saw a 28 per cent rise as far as female participation is concerned. This year I expect an even more enthusiastic response from women,” Bipasha said at the official launch of the 2014 edition. “If women are fit, we will have a fit household and if we have a fit household, we will have a fit country.”Last year, Ethiopia’s Atsedu Tsegay set a meet record of 59.12 minutes for the 21.097km course. The registration for this year’s event has opened and can be done at www.adhm.procamrunning. in.The organisers Procam International also launched India’s first running loyalty club ‘Endurunz Club’ where members will get rewarded for the activity.If they carry on running on a daily basis, they will get Runz (points) and can win awards like invites to Procam events.
Urgent reply from Philippine football chief View comments Westbrook followed by hitting a 3-pointer to give the Thunder its first lead since early in the first half.Denver, though, fought back, retaking the lead on a 3-pointer by Murray.The game remained tight down the stretch. Murray hit another 3-pointer and Jokic put in a layup around a Westbrook layup for a 112-106 Denver lead with 1:36 remaining. Jokic helped Denver solidify its lead and quash Oklahoma City’s comeback in the final moments by making five of six free throws to boost the Nuggets’ advantage to 117-108 with 44 seconds remaining.“We had some things that we were able to control that we didn’t do a good enough job of, and that part of it was disappointing,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “Because the guys, I thought, battled and worked so hard to get back in the game to give ourselves a chance.”Trailing by 13 at the half, the Thunder scored the first eight points of the third quarter, including 3-pointers by Westbrook and George to equal the number of 3s Oklahoma City had in the first half. But the Nuggets’ got going on offense again and pulled in front by as many as 18 points before George hit a 3-pointer from the half-court line as the Thunder pulled to 91-78 going into the fourth quarter.Jokic connected on successive 3-pointers in the last 56 seconds of the second quarter, and Denver moved in front 64-51 at the half.KEY CONTRIBUTORJokic wasn’t the only one with impact plays down the stretch. Paul Millsap, who had 12 points and 10 rebounds, delivered a huge block in the fourth quarter to help blunt Oklahoma City’s comeback and in the late going grabbed an offensive rebound and put back a key layup. “I just thought all his hustle plays down the stretch were tremendous for us,” Malone said.TIP-INSThunder: G/F Andre Roberson, who has yet to play this season because of a left patellar tendon injury, has resumed light basketball activities and the Thunder remain hopeful he can return this season. “We’re all optimistic that maybe at some point, we can get him back,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “He’s working really hard. He’s making strides. How that progresses, we’ll have to wait and see, but to me it’s encouraging to see he is kind of jogging around a little bit out there and he is shooting the ball.” Nuggets: F Trey Lyles missed a third consecutive game with a left hamstring strain.UP NEXTThunder: Return home to play the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 76ers center Boban Marjanovic out with bone bruise, sprain Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town FILE – Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets drives against Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the fourth quarter at the Pepsi Center on February 26, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPDENVER— Nikola Jokic is making his presence felt down the stretch, and that’s the way the Denver Nuggets want it.Jokic scored 36 points, including five free throws in the final moments, and the Nuggets fended off Oklahoma City’s late rally for a 121-112 victory Tuesday night in a matchup between two of the top three teams in the Western Conference standings.ADVERTISEMENT “When the game’s on the line, we’re going to one guy: Nikola Jokic,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “He’s been able to score in the post against single coverage, double teams. We’ve won so many close games … and a lot of those you can attribute to Nikola being effective and efficient in the post and score, make the right play or go to the foul line and make a free throw.”Jokic said he’s getting to the point where he’s looking for the ball and anticipating it will come his way at crunch time, and it’s a role he is embracing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Even if I don’t score, I think I can bring something. I can make a good pass,” Jokic said. “I think the coaches are comfortable to call plays for me and I think the team trusts me.”Jokic added 10 assists and nine rebounds to finish just shy of his 13th triple-double this season for the Nuggets who won their fifth straight and ninth in a row at home. 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I don’t even think we’ve played our best basketball yet,” Malone said.Will Barton added 23 points and Jamal Murray 20 for Denver, which extended its division lead over the Thunder to four games.Paul George had 25 points to lead Oklahoma City which fought back from an 18-point deficit in the second half but could not sustain its rally in the late going.Russell Westbrook finish an assist shy of a triple-double with 22 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. Jerami Grant added 21 points.Oklahoma City got back into the game by turning up its defense, forcing five turnovers in six Denver possessions in one stretch, to pull into a 97-all tie on a 3-pointer by Dennis Schroder with 6:02 left to play.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte