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WICB rejects Holder bid for NOC Certificate – Decision rules out West Indies captain from Pakistan Super League T20

first_img These include non-contracted West Indies players Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, AndrÈ Russell, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, and Samuel Badree. Meanwhile, the West Indies, in a response to a query by The Gleaner as to the official reason behind the non-issuance of a NOC to Holder, said it was based on an organisational policy. “The WICB has created the window for its retained players to participate in the Indian Premier League, and the Caribbean Premier League,” said WICB marketing and communications manager Carole Beckford. “The captain is among the retained players and has an obligation to participate in the domestic competitions.” The PSL, on behalf of Quetta, one of five teams down to participate in the tournament, also issued a statement on the matter. “Holder was an important part of our plans, but what can we do now,” a PSL official told The Express Tribune. “We wish him good luck for his assignment, while we’re delighted to sign such a brilliant replacement in the form of (Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara) Perera, who is a clever bowler and a big hitter.” The PSL is the latest among a flurry of national Twenty20 tournaments that has emerged worldwide since the early 2000s. Among these are the Indian Premier League, Australia Big Bash, Caribbean Premier League, South Africa Ram Slam, and England NatWest T20 Blast. NON-CONTRACTED PLAYERS Captain of the West Indies cricket team, Jason Holder, despite being drafted, will not participate in the upcoming inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) Twenty20 tournament as he has been denied a No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). In a comment posted on Twitter recently, Holder thanked franchise team Quetta Gladiators for selecting him, but expressed that he has not been granted permission to take up the offer. “Thanks @TeamQuetta for the opportunity,” stated Holder. “I was not granted a NOC by @westindies and won’t be able to join. Best wishes #maybeoneday.” Holder, one of 15 players with central-retained WICB contracts, would have joined several of the world’s leading players for the February 4-23 championship in the United Arab Emirates.last_img read more

FC Fassel Mourn the Death of Joseph Broh

first_img– Advertisement – Late defender Joseph Broh Following their 1-0 win over Jubilee FC on Monday, the management, players, and supporters of FC Fassel were yesterday shocked by the death of one of their central defenders, Joseph Broh.According to the management, defender Broh died on June 19, following a long period of illness.“Today is a sad day for Liberian football for the loss of such an extraordinary and friendly character. Our condolences and sympathy go to the bereaved family,” the club said in a release.‘JB’- as the late defender was commonly called, joined Fassell in 2014 and helped in their double championship victories in the 2014 season. Following his departure to Asia in 2015, Broh returned home and rejoined the Soccer Missionaries for the 2016 league season, the club said.Since the news of his death, several clubs and football followers have taken to social media expressing their condolences to his surviving family and the club.“On behalf of the CEO, the Executive Committee, technical staff and the playing team of BYC Inc, we extend deepest sympathy to FC Fassell and Broh families for the loss of JB. We have fond memories of him lifting our first FA Cup as the captain of B2. Rest in perfect peace, Dante,” BYC President Sekou Konneh posted on social media.“The family of Nimba United Football Club extends her deepest condolences to FC Fassell and the Broh family for the irreplaceable loss of defender Joseph Broh. Liberian football followers will really miss the gigantic center back whose presence always threatened attackers,” Nimba United FC said in a release.The mortal remains of Broh have been taken to the Abraham Roberts Funeral Parlors in Stephen Tolbert Estate.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bonding with baby bison in SCV

first_img“There are mountain lions up here, bears and bobcats … it was about survival.” Rick Wallen, wildlife biologist and bison team leader at Yellowstone National Park, said the rarity of bison bearing twins could have led to the mother bison not bonding with her firstborn. “It very well could be because of the rarity that she didn’t know how to react,” Wallen said. Working with the 3,500 bison that roam in the park, Wallen said in his five years he has never seen bison twins. But Wallen said the rare occurrence could be attributed to the favorable conditions the bison have in Southern California. At Yellowstone, where the largest herd of bison roams in the United States, winters are harsh and starvation periods can be rough. But in warmer areas, such as Oklahoma and California, food is more accessible. And at Hart Park – where animal caretakers make sure the bison have plenty of alfalfa, hay, water, salt blocks, mineral supplements, and grain if needed – the bison are in a prime environment to breed. “The fact that a female had twin bison is an indication of how well this group of animals is being cared for in that reserve,” Wallen said. “They have the energy to produce twins.” While it may seem to some that baby Merry could be at a disadvantage because of her domesticated upbringing, Wallen doubts she will have a problem when getting back with the herd. “Bison are very gregarious and accepting of new young animals,” Wallen said. “As long as they don’t have to care for a baby, they will be interested in having social encounters with her.” And no other female bison will have to take on those mothering tasks with Merry – feeding, protection, and comfort are now being taken care of by Pepe. She argues that for her it is difficult to see it with such a human perspective. “People tend to want to put human characteristics on animals but that can be unhealthy for them,” Pepe said. “When you get to the professional level you understand the differences.” Pepe explained that Merry has simply imprinted on her. Imprinting, mostly recognized in birds, is the associations formed during critical periods in an animal’s life. The first 36 hours tend to be the most important for young creatures, when they learn who is meeting all their needs. The energetic wag of Merry’s mahogany tail when she sees Pepe approaching and the kind nuzzles that she offers her as she holds the bottle are examples of the bond these two have formed. “I went through hours of training to learn how to feed her,” said Eric Reifman, a recreation supervisor who works with Pepe. “(Pepe) had to make sure I knew the right temperature for the milk, how to hold the bottle at the right angle, everything,” Reifman added. But Pepe’s special connection with Merry was on full display on the light blue walls of her office. Laced with pictures of this 25-year veteran animal caregiver in action, there seems to be an apparent majority of pictures of Pepe with Merry. “I work hard not to have emotional attachments,” Pepe said. But, she’ll admit that Merry has been a first for her on many levels. “It sounds like I’m her mother,” she said with laugh. “I’ll give you that.” (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – She warms the bottle just right, making sure it’s not so hot that her young charge burns its mouth or so cold that the little one refuses it. Shaking it fervently to ensure it’s smooth, Debbie Pepe gets splashed with formula. She wipes it quickly. Pepe knows better than to keep this young one waiting. “I never thought, in my entire life, I would be bottle-feeding a bison,” Pepe said. Bison, often confused with buffalo, are the largest mammals in North America, growing up to 1 ton. They run as fast as 40 mph and even jump fences. At Hart Park in Newhall, the small herd of bison, donated by Walt Disney in 1962, is a staple. Ten adult bison roam on 25 acres of protected land. Then four months ago, one female bison produced something quite unexpected for her species. Bison No. 25, or Buffy as she is known, had twins. It was December. The boy was coined Happy and the girl Merry. While the animal caretakers were thrilled to see one in their herd give birth to two new additions, they quickly noticed that momma bison seemed close to just one of her young. Buffy had given birth to Merry on a hillside, nursed her, and left her to sleep. What caretakers think is that she must have begun to feel a second set of labor pains when she had Happy – and forgot about her firstborn. “We didn’t want to remove her but it was survival,” Pepe said. As animal keeper at Hart Park, the decision fell on Pepe’s shoulders. last_img read more

Watch again as Ter Stegen keeps out Lewandowski

first_img1 Marc-Andre Ter Stegen keeps Robert Lewandowski’s shot out He may have conceded three, but Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen still produced vital stops to stop Bayern scoring more in their 3-2 Champions League semi-final win.The 23-year-old dived to tip Bastian Schweinsteiger’s header over the bar, though the pick of the saves was from Robert Lewandowski’s fierce shot where a solid hand kept out the initial effort and quick reactions stopped the ball rolling across the line.The tie could easily have gone the other way…ANCELOTTI MUST WIN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TO KEEP HIS JOBReal Madrid v Juventus is live on talkSPORT from 7pm – who will join Barca in the final?last_img read more


first_imgImages of Ian Harkin (Lottie Dolls MD) and Katrina mcBride (Digital Marketing Lottie Dolls) both Ballybofey, at Google HQ (attached).Arklu, the Donegal company behind Lottie Dolls have made it to the final eight in Google’s ‘Adopt a Start Up’ Competition. An incredible achievement for MD Ian Harkin and the company, who are based in Letterkenny, and have travelled to Google’s European Headquarters fortnightly as part of the 12-week Adopt a Startup Programme.Google’s Adopt a Startup mentorship programme aims to support the selected start-ups in order to develop their business strategies and provide them with hands-on support and advice on how they might be able to take their enterprises even further. Arklu were initially chosen from 150 business applicants, and progressed from 30 semi-finalists to become one of the final eight competing in the national competition.Arklu were appointed a team of three dedicated Google mentors to help the North West toy start-up to create a digital marketing strategy and to provide a road-map for the company to reach their online marketing goals.The Googlers which joined Arklu included Jennifer McGann – Associate Manager, Project Management, Molle de Jong – Senior Strategist, and Matan Erez – Associate Account Strategist, the team have a wealth of experience and a unique combination of skills which helped to maximise the Arklu (Lottie Dolls’) online potential, the company also attended an exclusive lecture series in Google’s European Head Quarters.The Grand Final will take place in Google’s Foundry on Tuesday the 12th of July, winners will take up a prize of €10,000 in AdWords credit, along with eligibility to the Google Cloud Platform for Startups Program, worth €20,000 in cloud credits. Lottie Dolls are in the final alongside a diverse range of Irish start ups; Beutifi, Cool Beans, Little Vista, Newslinn, Nuwave Sensors, Truck Science and Oxymem.The Donegal company will pitch their refined business plan and findings to members of Google Ireland’s leadership team, as well as prominent figures from the Irish start-up community, at a finals next week.The Lottie doll line was launched in 2012 by Arklu cofounders MD Ian Harkin and Creative Director Lucie Follett, and has won over thirty industry awards on account of its innovative focus on being a doll with a realistic body shape, emphasis on childhood, and activities that stimulate imaginative play. Lottie is now on sale in 30 countries.DONEGAL COMPANY REACHES FINAL OF GOOGLE’S ‘ADOPT A START-UP’ COMPETITION was last modified: July 8th, 2016 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:donegalGoogleLottielast_img read more

VAR to be used in multiple games during Carabao Cup second round

first_img possible standings ALTERED Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack silverware 2 MONEY VAR was implemented reasonably successfully during the World Cup, but in the build-up to the tournament Premier League clubs voted to delay the technology’s use.A statement in April read: “Premier League clubs have today agreed to continue advanced testing of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) throughout season 2018/19.“The decision came after comprehensive discussions regarding the progress made in VAR trials in English football, and key learnings from the many competitions using it elsewhere.“The clubs recognised and are grateful for the substantial developments made by PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) managing director Mike Riley and his team.” Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Latest Football News How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures The system was used during the Carabao Cup semi-finals last season The competition organisers have now confirmed the technology will be used in four second-round matches, beginning with three fixtures on Tuesday.Brighton v Southampton, Fulham v Exeter and Leicester v Fleetwood will all have the technology available on August 28, with Stuart Attwell, Michael Oliver and Jon Moss acting as VARs respectively.Kevin Friend will then be the VAR for Everton’s home match against Rotherham the following night.The EFL said: “Three matches taking place on Tuesday 28 August will utilise VAR – the first time that the technology will feature in multiple matches at the same time in this country – as the EFL continues its commitment to support English football’s contribution to the live trial currently taking place.” highlights Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener The second round of the Carabao Cup will see English football experience its first taste of VAR being used in multiple games at the same time.It was announced this summer by the EFL that video assistant referees could be used at all Carabao Cup fixtures played at a Premier League stadium this season. 2 smart causal Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes gameday England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won VAR was also used at the World Cup this summer impact VAR technology will again be used in selected FA Cup fixtures from the third round onwards, as it was last season. The system was also used in this month’s Community Shield.last_img read more

Santa Clarita Things To Do

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Arts & Crafts Fair will feature artists and crafts people selling their unique wares, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Nicki Voss Stern at (661) 286-4079. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Thom Teresi & The Street Smart Band will perform holiday jazz, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today at the Santa Clarita Open Air Market at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission: $1.50 for adults; children under 11 are free. Call (661) 259-3886. Winter choral concert will feature the mixed choir, women’s chamber and show choir, 6 p.m. Monday in the auxiliary gym at Golden Valley High School, 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, Canyon Country. Admission: $5. Call (661) 298-8140. Winter concert will feature the Placerita Junior High orchestra and chorus, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Hart High auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-1551. Winter band concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the small gym at Golden Valley High School, 27051 Robert E. Lee Parkway, Canyon Country. Admission is free. Call (661) 298-8140. Winter concert will feature Canyon High School, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at La Mesa Junior High, 26623 May Way, Canyon Country. Admission: $6. Call (661) 252-6110. Saugus High Winter Concert, 7 p.m. Thursday in the Hart Auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $7. Call (661) 297-3900. Canyon High Winter Dinner Concert, 7 p.m. Thursday at La Mesa Junior High, 26623 May Way, Canyon Country. Tickets: $10. Call (661) 252-6110. West Ranch Winter Concert will feature the orchestra, jazz and symphonic bands, 7 p.m. Thursday at Rancho Pico Junior High, 26250 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Tickets: $5. Call (661) 222-1220. Winter Concert, 7 p.m. Thursday at Sierra Vista Junior High, 19425 W. Stillmore St., Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-3113. Dessert Carol Night silent auction and performance, 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the multipurpose room at Valencia High School, 27801 N. Dickason Drive, Valencia. Tickets: $12. Call (661) 294-1188. “Curtain Going Up” will be presented, 7 p.m. Thursday at Arroyo Seco Junior High, 27171 N. Vista Delgado Drive, Valencia. Tickets: $5. Call (661) 296-0991. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Holiday Art Exhibition and Sale, through Saturday in the Art Gallery at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-3612. “The Little Prince” will be performed, 5 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Black Box Theatre at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Call (661) 362-5304 or visit “A Christmas Carol” will be presented, at 2 p.m. today and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $13-$17 for adults and $10-$13 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. last_img read more

No. 35 Men’s Tennis Opens Spring Season Against No. 70 Utah State

first_imgDES MOINES, IOWA – The Drake University men’s tennis team, defending Missouri Valley champions, will open its defense of that title this weekend as the Bulldogs host No. 70 Utah State on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Head coach Davidson Kozlowski is in his fourth season leading the Bulldogs and has been named MVC Coach of the Year and guided Drake to the NCAA Tournament the last three seasons. This year’s squad is very young with just one upperclassman and seven underclassmen, including four sophomores and three freshmen. The lone upperclassman is senior Ben Lott, who is ranked No. 18 in the ITA Central Region, played in the main singles draw at the ITA All-American Championship and made a run to the quarterfinals of the ITA Central Region Championship this fall. Last year, Lott tallied 21 wins and posted a 5-5 recorded against nationally ranked opponents to end the season ranked No. 71. The Bulldogs will likely see all seven underclassmen rotate into the lineup this year. Sophomores Calum MacGeoch, Bayo Philips and Ben Stride earned valuable experience last year as they were key to the Bulldogs’ run to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. MacGeoch, joined the squad last January and made an immediate impact as he went 14-7 in singles, including seven wins that helped the Bulldogs beat No. 22 Harvard, No. 29 N.C. State, No. 38 San Diego State, No. 52 North Florida, No. 52 Wichita State, No. 57 Iowa and No. 73 VCU. Philips saw limited time in the singles lineup but was a regular in the doubles lineup last year and will be looked upon to make an impact in the singles lineup and continue his strong play in the doubles lineup this season. Stride rotated in and out of the lineup last season and will also be looked upon to make an impact in both the singles and doubles lineup this year. Sophomore Ben Wood saw limited time on the court last year and will look to get into the lineup on a regular basis this spring. The Bulldogs welcome three freshmen, Ben Clark, Vinny Gillespie and Tom Hands, who will a be asked to make an immediate impact after losing four experienced seniors from last year’s squad. Next on the Bulldogs slate will be a trip to Chapel Hill, N.C. for the ITA Kickoff Weekend, where they will open play against No. 40 N.C. State on Saturday, Jan. 23 and then square off against either No. 47 Indiana or host No. 9 North Carolina on Sunday, Jan. 24.   Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Golden ball for World Cup final

first_img21 April 2010 When the final match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ takes place at Soccer City in Johannesburg on 11 July, the coveted Fifa World Cup trophy will not be the only glittering golden object on show. The Adidas Jo’bulani, a gold-coloured version of the Adidas Jabulani, the official match ball of the 2010 Fifa, was unveiled as the official match ball for the final game of South Africa 2010 on Tuesday. The name Jo’bulani is a tribute to host city Johannesburg, commonly known both as the “City of Gold” and as Jo’burg. While the ball still features the iconic South African-inspired design of the Jabulani, the main colour of the Jo’bulani is gold. Jabulani mean “to celebrate” in isiZulu, one of South Africa’s 11 official languages. This is the second time that Adidas has designed a special ball for a Fifa World Cup final, following the golden Teamgeist Berlin ball that was used on 9 July 2006. The Jo’bulani became available in retail outlets on Tuesday. Both the Jabulani and the Jo’bulani feature Adidas’ newly developed “Grip’n’Groove” profile, which provides the best players in the world with a ball allowing an exceptionally stable flight and perfect grip. Comprising only eight, completely new, thermally bonded 3-D panels, which for the first time are spherically moulded, the ball is perfectly round and, according to Adidas, even more accurate than before. Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more

Beukes has a head for hoarding

first_imgBeukes says that when she writes, it’s “like taking a road trip at night. You know where you’re leaving from and where you’re going to, and some of the major landmarks along the way. The rest of the time, it’s pitch black. You can see 20 feet ahead of you in the headlights and you just have to figure it out. And sometimes getting lost or taking a detour from your intended route turns out more interesting.” (Image: Lauren Beukes)• Brand South Africa+ 27 11 483 0122info@brandsouthafrica.comMelissa Jane CookA woman of many talents, Lauren Beukes is an award-winning, bestselling novelist who also writes comics, screenplays, TV shows and, occasionally, journalism.Playing her part for South Africa, she is raising the profile of the nation internationally through her novels. Beukes has been described as South Africa’s most inspired new literary voice, writing imaginative fiction with a crazy twist. But her fantastical stories also shine a light on real issues with which people grapple. Beukes’ work is wildly entertaining, and richly nuanced. She says: “I like cute. I like dark. I like rugby-tackling social issues through fiction.”Her ideas develop like Polaroids in her head, she explains. “I always know my beginnings and my endings.”Beukes was born in Johannesburg on 5 June 1976 and lives in Cape Town with her husband and daughter. She graduated with a Master’s degree in creative writing in 2006 from the University of Cape Town, spending the first decade of her writing career as a freelance journalist, including two years in New York and Chicago. It was during these years that she got her real education, meeting interesting people and having out-of-the-ordinary experiences, from diving with sharks to hanging out with wannabe teen vampires and township vigilantes.It was a time that set her on a path to award-winning fiction. She gets her ideas for her work “from stuff I’ve read or seen or overheard, or a news story or an advertising billboard or something half-glanced from the car windows – and I use that as a jumping-off point. The inside of my head looks like a crazy person hoarder house. Full of useless things that sometimes, if I’m lucky, come together in interesting and surprising ways.”Beukes says that when she writes, it’s “like taking a road trip at night. You know where you’re leaving from and where you’re going to, and some of the major landmarks along the way. The rest of the time, it’s pitch black. You can see 20 feet ahead of you in the headlights and you just have to figure it out. And sometimes getting lost or taking a detour from your intended route turns out more interesting.”AwardsIn 2010, Beukes won the Kitschies Red Tentacle Award, followed by the prestigious Arthur C Clarke Award the following year for her energetic, phantasmagorical Zoo City, a hardboiled thriller about crime, magic, the music industry, refugees and redemption, set in a re-imagined Johannesburg. The latter award is for the best science fiction novel and is bestowed annually on a book that has been published in the United Kingdom. The award is presented at a ceremony at the Royal Society in London, in front of an audience of science fiction writers, publishers, academics and fans.The Red Tentacle is awarded annually to the novel containing speculative or fantastic elements that best fulfils the criteria of intelligent, progressive and entertaining. The winner receives a £1 000 (R17 982) prize, a hand-crafted tentacular trophy and a bottle of the Kraken’s finest black rum.Zoo City was also long-listed for the Impac Award. The International Impac Dublin Literary Award is an international literary award for a work of fiction, jointly sponsored by the city of Dublin, Ireland and the company Impac. In South Africa, the novel was short-listed for several prizes, including the 2010-2011 University of Johannesburg Creative Writing Prize, the 2011 M-Net Literary Awards and the Nielsen’s Booksellers’ Choice Award 2011. It was also long-listed for the 2011 Sunday Times Fiction Prize and nominated for the 2011 World Fantasy Award for best novel.The novel was also been short-listed for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire in France for best foreign novel, best translation by Laurent Philibert-Caillat and best cover by Joey Hi-Fi. The cover artwork received the 2010 British Science Fiction Association Award for best art. The film rights have been optioned by the South African producer, Helena Spring.The Shining Girls by Lauren BeukesWriting the fantasticAmong Beukes’s works are Moxyland, Maverick: Extraordinary Women from South Africa’s Past, the graphic novel, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom, with Inaki Miranda and most recently, The Shining Girls, which was short-listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize in May. The winner will be announced on 28 June.The Shining Girls is about a time-travelling serial killer and the survivor who turns the hunt around. The novel is set to become a TV series, thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio. The Hollywood star bought the rights to Beukes’ novel through his Appian Way Production company with MCR. The group is looking to adapt the novel for television.Harper, a serial killer in 1932 Chicago, finds a house that lets him travel to various points in history, where he kills women of talent and potential. Kirby, the one girl who got away, is an intern at a Chicago newspaper in 1992, attempting to find the man who nearly killed her. As Harper jumps in and out of history, Kirby starts to realise that she’s not dealing with an ordinary monster.Moxyland is a cyberpunk novel set in a future Cape Town. It is a dystopian, corporate-apartheid political thriller in which cellphones are used for social control. Her first book, published in 2005, Maverick: Extraordinary Women From South Africa’s Past, is a non-fiction work of short biographies of remarkable raconteurs, renegades and rebels. It was long-listed for the 2006 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award.Her graphic novel with artist Inaki Miranda, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom, is a dark Tokyo twist on the fairy tale legend of Rapunzel, set in Bill Willingham’s multi-award-winning Fables series universe. It debuted at number two on The New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller List in August 2013.Children’s writerAs a TV writer, Beukes has written for various children’s shows, including Florrie’s Dragons (Disney UK) and Mouk (Millimages); and as head-writer, she co-created South Africa’s first half-hour animated show, The Adventures of Pax Afrika, which ran for three years on SABC3; she wrote the pilot episode for the political satire puppet show, Z News, and episodes of the Desmond Tutu travel show, The South African Story.She has directed episodes of Pax Afrika and her debut documentary, Glitterboys & Ganglands, about South Africa’s biggest female impersonation beauty pageant, has shown at festivals internationally. It won Best LGBT Film at the San Diego Black Film Festival in 2012. It is irreverent, fun, glamorous, hard-hitting and ultimately a feel-good film about acceptance and tolerance.Comic shorts under her belt are All the Pretty Ponies, with Inaki Miranda in Vertigo’s Strange Adventures, and Birdie with Gerhard Human in The Witching Hour. She has also published short stories in several anthologies and as a journalist, her articles have been published in a wide range of local and international magazines, including The Hollywood Reporter, Nature Medicine and Colors as well as The Sunday Times Lifestyle, Marie Claire, Elle, Cosmopolitan and SL Magazine. She won Best Columnist Western Cape in the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards in 2007 and 2008.last_img read more