first_imgEMER Gallagher from Tirargus, Churchill.Emer wins a lovely meal for two at the Dexter’s Restaurant at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny where chefs use the Josper Charcoal Grill to cook the finest foods.The answer to our question on where the Dexter’s Chefs sources their scallops was Mulroy Bay. But we have some good news for all of you who entered.Everyone will received a 10% discount voucher for the next time you are in Dexter’s. This will be emailed to you. AND THE WINNER OF A ROMANTIC MEAL FOR TWO IS… was last modified: August 18th, 2013 by John2Share 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

Seed of success: South African writer shortlisted for literary award

first_imgThe pan-African literary prize, the Etisalat Prize for Literature, has shortlisted three authors for the 2016 award. A South African and two Nigerian writers have made the cut. The winner will be announced in March.The Etisalat Prize for Literature shortlists three authors for the 2016 award, including South African writer Jacqui L’Ange for The Seed Thief. (Image: Etisalat Prize, via Twitter)Priya PitamberIn the South African book The Seed Thief, Maddy Bellani is a passionate and petite botanist who also loves to run. “She has good knees,” said Cape Town author Jacqui L’Ange, speaking to SABC’s Morning Live, as a way of differentiating the character from herself.L’Ange and two Nigerian writers have been shortlisted for the 2016 edition of the pan-African literary prize, the Etisalat Prize for Literature.They are:L’Ange from South Africa for The Seed Thief (Umuzi Publishers, South Africa),Jowhor Ile from Nigeria for And After Many Days (Kachifo Limited, Nigeria), and;Julie Iromuanya from Nigeria for Mr & Mrs Doctor (Coffee House Press, USA).L’Ange congratulated Ile and Iromuanya on her website. “I am beyond honoured to be on this list with you,” she wrote.“In addition to originality of voice and literary excellence, our purpose was to also select a work that portrays an ‘African sensibility,’” said chair of the judges Helon Habila, the Nigerian poet and novelist.Etisalat Prize for LiteratureThe literary award is given by the telecommunications company, Etisalat Nigeria.“At Etisalat, we have found the nexus between innovation and creativity,” said CEO Matthew Willsher.“This is why we give people the opportunity to express their individuality and ingenuity so they can be the best in whatever they choose to do.”The winner will be announced in March during a grand finale in Lagos.The prize includes:A monetary component of £15,000 (about R251,000),An engraved Montblanc Meisterstück pen,Mentorship from Professor Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland, and;A sponsored multi-city book tour.The telecommunications company would also buy a thousand copies of the book and distribute them to schools, libraries and book clubs across the continent to promote “a reading culture and the publishing industry at large”, Etisalat said.Watch:The synopsisL’Ange described her character Maddy in The Seed Thief as being similar to fynbos, the small belt of endemic shrubland in the Western Cape.“She is kind of hardy but delicate, intricate and there’s a lot more than what you see on the surface,” the author said. “I think the fynbos kingdom is a lot like that too.”Watch:Maddy works at a seed bank in Cape Town. She reluctantly travels to Brazil for work to find a rare seed from a plant that could potentially cure cancer. But she faces personal demons and other challenges along the way.Judging and previous winnersIn addition to Habila, the judges on the panel include South African writer Elinor Sisulu and Ivorian writer and Africa39 laureate Edwige Renée Dro.Past winners of the Etisalat Prize for Literature are Fiston Mwanza Mujila from the Democratic Republic of Congo for Tram 83; South African novelist Songeziwe Mahlangu for Penumbra; and Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo for We Need New Names.Source: EtisalatWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Maharashtra political leaders pay tributes to Sheila Dikshit

first_imgCutting across party lines senior political leaders from Maharashtra paid tributes to veteran Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit who passed away in New Delhi on Saturday.Among those to offer condolences were Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, Union Railway and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, who was in Mumbai on Saturday, former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, and Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat.“There is some tragic news coming in. Our beloved social worker and politician who had dedicated life to the nation, Sheila Dikshit has passed away. I offer my condolences to her family,” said Mr. Goyal in Mumbai. Mr. Fadnavis also tweeted his condolence message to the 81-year-old leader: “Extremely sad to learn about sudden demise of Smt Sheila Dikshit. My deepest condolences to her family & followers.” Mr. Pawar, who has known Ms. Dikshit from his time in the Congress said the party and country has lost an able administrator. “Her tenure as CM of our capital city will always be remembered. We have lost a senior Congress leader and an able administrator. My sincere condolences to her family members,” Mr. Pawar said. Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat termed Ms. Dikshit’s demise as “very painful”, and said she was a very loyal follower of the well-cultured tradition of the Congress.The Twitter handle of Maharashtra Congress also said, “Extremely sad to learn about sudden demise of Smt #SheilaDixit. An affectionate & accessible leader, she leaves behind a rich legacy. India can never forget her contribution for the transformation National capital. Our deepest condolences to her family & followers.” “Deeply anguished on learning about the death of veteran leader Sheila Dikshit ji. It is an immeasurable loss to the country. May her soul Rest In Peace,” Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil said on Twitter.last_img read more

Initiative taken to beautify strengthen roads near Nabanna

first_imgKolkata: Several projects have been taken up to beautify and strengthen roads near the state secretariat, Nabanna.Hundreds of people visit Nabanna every day, as it houses the office of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and senior officials of the state government, including the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Director General of Police.People from different parts of the country and delegates from foreign countries keep visiting the state secretariat. Though many of the roads around the state secretariat have already been beautified, a step has now been taken up to do the same in the remaining roads and it includes Grand Foreshore Road. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to a senior official of the state Public Works Department (PWD), a stretch of around 1.55 km of the Grand Foreshore Road will be beautified. It may be mentioned that both sides of the road leading to Nabanna are well decorated.At the same time, the task has been taken up to ensure strengthening of Santragachi-Howrah Homes Road and Sankrail-Manikpur-Hirapur Road.The official said, work will be carried out for restoration of the concrete surface near Nabanna and protection work of a flank at Andul Feeder Road will also be done. Moreover, restoration of culverts on a stretch of Sankrail-Manikpur-Hirapur Road will also be carried out. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe work of the project will be started soon and all necessary steps will be taken up to complete the task as early as possible.It may be mentioned that Vidyasagar Setu, which someone usually takes to reach Nabanna. It is situated in Howrah on the other side of river Hooghly. Plants in tubs have been placed in a row on both sides of the flanks that lead to the bridge. It makes the journey along the bridge more pleasant.After the change of guard in the state in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken several steps to beautify the city and other urban parts of the state. Road medians with flower bearing herbs on them was something new to the city dwellers, along with trident lights on both sides of the road.last_img read more

Xmas tree made out of discarded CDs

first_imgLe Méridien, New Delhi reaffirmed its commitment to creating a balance between economy and ecology by putting up a unique Christmas tree made of waste materials.The 25-feet tall Christmas tree has been expertly made out of discarded CDs which have been collected from the several departments of the hotel and also contributions from conscientious guests who care about the environment. Fashioned out of about 3000 CDs, this special tree is a strong symbol of the hotel’s motto of managing e-waste and also adhering to the principle of ‘Reuse, Reduce and Recycle.’ Together with the joys of ushering in the Christmas spirit with the lighting of the Christmas tree, guests were taken on a fascinating adventure into the world of chocolates with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, inspired by the 1971 American classic musical fantasy film. Master Chefs engaged children with chocolate making and chocolate decorations at the Chocolate Factory.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Children were also given an opportunity to put down their wish list on specially designed post cards which they could write to Santa Claus and  drop in a red coloured post box made especially for  this purpose. All letters will be sent to the Santa Claus’ village in Rovaniemi, Lapland in Finland. With mulled wine, special Christmas cake, a unique tree and Willy Wonka’s chocolate adventures, Le Meridien New Delhi kick starts the Christmas festivities with elan.last_img read more