Athol Williams wins Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award

first_img22 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 Durban.@Qhakaza Am feeling so much love from my @WordNSound family, thank you— Athol Williams (@athol_williams) October 17, 2015@nomadpoet 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 reporterlast_img read more

Hidden Creatures FAQ

first_imgUncover a new world of geocaching! Recently, 13 sightings of magical creatures and otherworldly beings have been reported. Your challenge is to find these creatures in their natural habitats and confirm the existence of as many as you can.How do I play?From June 27 through July 25, earn up to 13 mythical creature souvenirs by finding geocaches and attending events. How do I participate?Go geocaching and attend events! Earn a point for every cache or event you log. Each Hidden Creature souvenir is valued at a certain number of points. Once you reach that amount, earn the associated souvenir. View your Hidden Creatures progress in the Geocaching® app or on the Hidden Creatures site.Is Hidden Creatures in the Geocaching® app?Yes! Visit your profile in the app and select “Hidden Creatures” to view your progress.Can I join Hidden Creatures at any time?Of course! You can earn all 13 souvenirs as long as you log caches and attend events before July 25.How can I earn points?Log a cache or attend an event, receive one point per log.Do I get points for attending a CITO, Mega or Giga-Event?Yes. Attending any event earns you one point.Are the points cumulative?Yes! If you find one geocache or attend one event you earn the Bigfoot souvenir. When you find two more caches you earn the Fairy souvenir.Does Hidden Creatures incorporate the Friend League?Hidden Creatures does not incorporate the Friend League, but you can still use Friend League to keep track of friends’ geocaching activity. Friend League will return and be used for other gameplay purposes in the future.Where can I see my souvenirs?As soon as you collect a certain number of points, the associated souvenir will automatically be awarded to your profile. Souvenirs appear on your profile under the Souvenir tab and also in the Souvenir section in the app. For iOS users, access your souvenirs from the Profile tab in the Geocaching® app. For Android users, access your souvenirs from the More menu in the upper left hand corner.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedUncover a new world of Hidden CreaturesJune 5, 2018In “News”The world wide search for Hidden Creatures continuesJuly 10, 2018In “News”Last chance! Collect all 13 Hidden CreaturesJuly 17, 2018In “News”last_img read more

Additional beds available for homeless due to rainy weather in San Diego

first_imgAdditional beds available for homeless due to rainy weather in San Diego KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 26, 2018 February 26, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Inclement Weather Shelter Program at Father Joe’s Villages and Connections Housing Downtown for homeless San Diegans has been activated by the San Diego Housing Commission in partnership with the City of San Diego.Shelter nights are provided when the temperature is 50 degrees or below and there is a 40 percent chance of rain, or in exceptional weather conditions, such as one or more inches of rain within 24 hours and sustained winds of over 25 MPH.The date(s) is listed below:Monday, February 26Father Joe’s Villages Shelter — up to 250 individualsCheck-In: 4 p.m. — Throughout the nightCheck-Out: 5 a.m.Meal provided1501 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92101The City of San Diego funds the Inclement Weather Shelter Program at Father Joe’s Villages.PATH San Diego/Connections Housing Downtown Shelter – Up to 30 individualsCheck-In: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.Check-Out: 7 a.m.Meal provided1250 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101The San Diego Housing Commission funds the Inclement Weather Shelter Program at PATH San Diego/Connections Housing.Inclement Weather Shelter Program–Downtown San Diego Area The Inclement Weather Shelter Program in the city’s downtown area is a partnership of the San Diego Housing Commission, City of San Diego, Father Joe’s Villages, PATH San Diego/Connections Housing Downtown and 2-1-1 San Diego. For more information about this shelter program or other county-wide shelter programs, dial 2-1-1, or visit www.211sandiego.org KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Father Joe’s Villages, Weather FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Mural remembers two children killed in Rancho Bernardo apartment fire

first_img Posted: June 11, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News RANCHO BERNARDO (KUSI) — A mural dedicated to two children killed in an apartment fire last October was unveiled Monday at Sunset Hills Elementary School.The mural is dedicated to the memories of 7-year-old Isabella Lopez and 10-year-old Cristos Lopez, who died in a fire that burned through their Bernardo Terrace condo.The children’s father, Henry Lopez, was charged with child endangerment causing death, reckless fire starting causing great bodily injury and involuntary manslaughter.Witnesses spotted flames coming from the second-story of a condominium on Bernardo Terrace about 3:20 a.m. on the morning of Oct. 28 and dialed 911.Firefighters arrived within minutes and found 7-year-old Isabella and 10-year-old Cristos upstairs with their father. Both children died later at a hospital.Lopez was legally separated from his wife but the estranged couple owned the home together.According to court documents, Lopez threatened to burn the residence down during a conversation about selling the condo and finalizing their divorce. Prosecutors claimed Lopez fell asleep with a cigarette in his hand, which started the fire, ultimately taking the lives of the two children.Their mother, Nikia Lopez, stood in front of the mural, teary and thankful for those who have helped her through the past several months.“Those children would not have been buried the way that they did had it not been for the community. I had nothing,” she said. “I have been in bed for three days. I have women coming to my house peeling me off the floor and getting me dressed. They feed me, I sleep on their couches. They have moved mountains for me. They say I don’t know why your babies are gone but they are special, they are not forgotten.”According to their GoFundMe page, Cristos was a 5th grader and Isabella was a 2nd grader at Sunset Hills Elementary school.“He loved playing basketball and was the MVP of his basketball team. He dreamed of playing professionally. But he also thought about being a banker because he was so good at math. And whenever you saw Cristos, he always had the biggest, warmest and most infectious smile for you. Even at just 10 years old, he always asked how you were doing with a quirky shyness that matched his caring personality. His family adored him. So did his friends and classmates.”“Isabella was the family firecracker. She had a spark that proved she could do anything. And she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. Even though she was the baby sister, she acted like Cristos’ big sister, as she liked to watch over him … She loved reading and wanted to become a doctor. She loved helping people. Most knew her as ‘Bella.’ And if she saw you from across the room, she would go out of her way just to say hello.” Mural remembers two children killed in Rancho Bernardo apartment fire , June 11, 2018 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Product Specialist at Scully Signal CompanyPart-Time Nanny For 1 Wilmington ChildPart-Time Security Guard at Allied UniversalPart-Time Yard Person at Garrick-Santo Landscape Co.Full-Time/Part-Time Delivery Courier Driver at OptimaPart-Time Cargo Van Delivery Driver at OptimaFull-Time Mill Metal Worker at TecometFull-Time CNC Machinist at TecometFull-Time Mechanical Engineering Technician at SymboticFull-Time Staff Accountant at UniFirst(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more