Share Share Share 98 Views no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! Michelle Allyshia BelleThe Orlando Palmer Prose Prize 2019 for the best selected prose has been awarded to our very own Ms. Michelle Allyshia Belle, a Newtown-born Dominican native, for her submission: “Rude Awakening”, published in Interviewing the Caribbean literary magazine, spring edition, 2019 in Volume 4, Issue Number 2. At present, Michelle studies Psychology in China.The Spring issue of the magazine was centered around the theme “Caribbean Femininity and Masculinity: Gender Justice”. Michelle’s story is based on a young boy who has had to move from his home in a rural village in Dominica to town, and his vicarious experience with domestic violence in the home. It also touches on the way domestic violence is received by the larger society, and its effect.“Upon receiving the news that I had won the story, I was ecstatic of course but still a bit surprised because I still mostly write for fun. It has been one of hobbies for a long time, and it’s something that I thoroughly enjoy doing but without much thought,” she shares.“Sometimes there’s just a story or a poem or something bubbling in my head and I have to get it out and so sometimes I just share it with friends or I never share it at all. It’s just something I’m passionate about, something you do for fun but for a long time I never tried capitalizing off that,” Belle explained.Belle’s love for reading, which she did avidly from a young age, spiraled into an equal love for writing. Her work mainly focuses on themes such as Caribbean living, African roots and issues unique to the black community. She has also won Dominica’s Independence Short Story competition in 2014 and 2015, and placed third in 2013, 2017 and 2019 respectively.Her win inspires her to encourage others who are also talented to share their talents and abilities with the world, like she did.“I’m really encouraging everyone; there’s no need to hide your light, or to even be shy, it’s your talent, it’s art. Whatever it is you should try sharing with the world. There is really no limit to our potential, no limit to what we can do and the things we can reach. A lot of the limits that we think are there are really in our minds,” she believes.Belle continued, “Talent can’t fit into a box, so whatever yours may be, young and old people out there, I’m just encouraging us to shine and not be limited. Our island may be small but that doesn’t mean our mentality should be small as well. So go for it!”Michelle hopes that this award will give her more opportunities to share her literary works with the wider public and inspire other Dominicans to put out more of their literary products. She intends to seek an even wider audience by submitting works to more international avenues, and has hope for publishing her own book some time in the future. She recently had a poem published on a platform which shares experiences and achievements of black people in China. It can be read at the following link: https://blacklivitychina.com/2020/01/18/why-the-black-nod-exists-in-china-too/Copies of Interviewing the Caribbean magazine which features Michelle’s story, Rude Awakening, may be purchased at:https://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1606908?__r=619948&s=w EntertainmentLifestyleLocalNews Dominican Writer Wins Regional Writers Prize by: – January 28, 2020
Victor Goosens, Team LiquidSAP has today announced its entrance into esports via a sponsorship deal with European organisation Team Liquid.This sponsorship of Team Liquid marks the first collaboration of SAP with a professional esports organisation, and notably a three year agreement has been signed. As official innovation partner, SAP will work with Team Liquid on ‘co-developing software based on in-game data’, which is intended to help Team Liquid better analyse performance and ‘achieve greater precision in areas like team and player performance and scouting new talent’.SAP has been around since 1972. The German company boasts customers in over 180 countries and had a reported revenue of €22bn (£15.5bn) in 2016. They are already well versed in sporting partnerships, and maintain them with the likes of the City Group, Bayern Munich, the NBA, McLaren, the NHL, the New York Yankees and many more. SAP, unsurprisingly, has a multitude of services and tools but it’s the SAP HANA® platform which will serve as the core technology for co-development for the Liquid partnership. Additional components such as SAP®Cloud Platform, the SAP Leonardo digital innovation system as well as the Internet of Things (IoT), predictive and machine learning functionalities will be evaluated as part of the co-innovation process. Performance tracking is of course as key in esports as any other competitive pursuit, and SAP is looking to participate as a global and sustainable player in the esports ecosystem.Stefan Ries, Chief Human Resources Officer, SAP commented: “After deciding to become a sponsor in the field of esports, SAP took time to observe and analyze the market and its ecosystem before finally deciding to partner with Team Liquid – one of the most successful teams in the business.“For SAP, esports opens us up to a tech-savvy and highly skilled young audience and potential new talent for SAP. As a global, innovative and forward-looking technology company, SAP provides a high brand fit to the esports ecosystem.”“There is a strong demand for meaningful data and analytics software in esports,” said Victor Goossens, co-CEO, Team Liquid. “For Team Liquid, competitive performance is key – and smart technology and data give us the best possible tools to analyze and improve. As a technology company at the cutting edge of innovation and with sponsorship experience across sports and entertainment, SAP is the perfect partner to collaborate with Team Liquid to create tools and solutions to fuel our competitive journey.”Lars Lamadé, Head of Sponsorships, Europe & Asia, SAP added: “Esports is a highly interesting field for SAP. With a team sponsorship, SAP will be able to activate its full potential by working closely together with Team Liquid to understand their needs and apply innovative technology solutions to address them.“SAP as an innovation-driven company is interested in esports as a 100% digital sport with a high speed of development. The partnership with Team Liquid, with a true and authentic co-innovation mind-set at its core, will become a great use case for SAP technology.”Esports Insider says: This is the biggest entrance in esports in some time. SAP is a huge company and this is a massive boost to both Team Liquid, and the industry at large. SAP’s tools and services are well regarded and used by some of the top sporting organisations in the world (the NBA, Bayern Munich, the NHL, McLaren etc.) and so Liquid are sure to reap some rewards from this arrangement.
MOVES THEY COULD MAKEGreg Holland is the only experienced closer left on the free agent market, coming off a season in which he had 41 saves for the Rockies. General Manager Billy Eppler’s success in getting quality relievers for nothing would seem to indicate that he’s not going to spend big money for any reliever, though. Expect Eppler to be looking for values as spring training approaches. The Angels also need one or two relievers with options. As their staff stands at the moment, Middleton is the only reliever with options who is expected to make the team. As the Angels head toward the first workout of spring training on Feb. 14, we are providing a breakdown of how they stand with their roster by looking at different position groups. Players acquired this winter include the method of their acquisition in parentheses. This week, the bullpen:2017 RECAPThe Angels’ bullpen outperformed expectations, posting a 3.92 ERA, which was good for fifth in the American League. They did this thanks mostly to a group of pitchers who came out of nowhere to have outstanding seasons. Bud Norris (19 saves), Blake Parker (2.54 ERA), Yusmeiro Petit (2.76) and David Hernandez (2.23 ERA before a trade) were arguably the four best relievers, and the Angels acquired all four for essentially nothing. Keynan Middleton (3.86) also came up for his big league debut and at times looked like a long-term piece of the late-inning bullpen mix.HOW IT LOOKS RIGHT NOWNorris and Petit left as free agents and Hernandez was traded midseason, leaving Parker as the best returning reliever. The closer when the season ended last year, Parker looks to be first in line for that job heading into 2018. Cam Bedrosian, who looked like a closer-in-waiting a year ago, missed most of 2017 with a groin injury, but the Angels hope if he’s healthy he can return to his 2016 form. The Angels still have Middleton and lefty Jose Alvarez, who had his third straight season with an ERA under 4.00. Late in the season the Angels acquired Noe Ramirez and Blake Wood on waivers, and they each made an impression in limited action, mostly because of high strikeout rates. JC Ramirez could also find himself in the bullpen mix, particularly as a multi-inning reliever, if he’s not in the rotation. To that mix they’ve added Jim Johnson (trade with Braves). Johnson, a former All-Star who had back-to-back 50-save seasons with the Orioles, was effective as recently as 2016. The Angels believe they’ve uncovered some ideas to help him regain his form after a 5.56 ERA in 2017.THE NEXT LAYEREduardo Paredes made his major league debut last year, showing the stuff and durability to potentially become a Petit-like multi-inning reliever. The Angels also believe Felix Pena (trade with Cubs) could work into that role. Dayan Diaz, who the Angels claimed on waivers from the Astros in September 2017, has a career 2.41 ERA in the minors. All three of them have options, so they are each likely to shuttle between the majors and minors this season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Dear Editor,Now that a conversation has begun regarding the need for affirmative action to be undertaken at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), I believe that a careful look should also be taken at the Georgetown municipality to see whether there is employment equity there.Just a casual look at that entity such as in the City Constabulary, Town Clerk’s, City Treasurer’s, City Engineer’s, Markets, Human Resource, Solid Waste and Public Health Departments indicates an urgent need for the bridging of inequalities in employment and pay and in addressing apparent past wrongs, harm and hindrances.A good idea would be for the City Council to carry out an independent human resources audit to ascertain whether there was any bias with regard to race, creed or colour in the process of hiring. This audit should check to see whether there is any nepotism, favouritism, or cronyism in the hiring process; to see what is the justification in elevating of some persons on the salary scale, and it should review the application process to determine whether the best candidates were selected from those who applied.The City Council collects property rates from citizens of every class, colour, and religion, why then doesn’t employment spread reflect the same diversity? The laws of Guyana are clear on protecting citizens from all forms of discrimination as fundamental human rights. Our labour laws, in particular, the Prevention of Discrimination Act, Chapter 99:09 (No 26 of 1997), provides for the elimination of discrimination in employment, training, recruitment, and membership of professional bodies.There should also be an examination of the various contracts that are given out by the Council, not just for financial probity but to see whether any persons or groups are marginalised.Perception is reality. If you are perceived to be something or to be doing something, you might as well be it or be doing it, because that’s the truth in people’s minds.Best regards,Deodarie Putulall
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