Ja’s women delighted with championship record

first_img “We knew we had a solid team so it was all about arranging the team the right way. We went out as a team, we did wonderfully. I don’t think we could ask for anything else,” added Fraser-Pryce, who also commented on Jamaica’s win in the men’s 4x100m. Only Beverly McDonald, with six, has won more medals in the 4x100m at the World Championships, while this was Jamaica’s 13th medal in this event at the World Championships. Campbell-Brown was also thankful for the result. “I think it was good. We are happy for the result. This is my second time running the first leg. I ran it way back while competing at the World Junior Championships a long time ago. It felt okay. The objective was to come out here, get the baton around, and ensure we got the win,” said Campbell-Brown, who played down her leg and applauded Morrison’s and Thompson’s efforts. –  André Lowe SOLID TEAM BEIJING, China: Jamaica’s women went into their 4x100m final at the IAAF World Championships yesterday hunting the world record, but are certainly not complaining about what they left with – another gold medal and the fastest time ever recorded at the event. After a bullet-start from Veronica Campbell-Brown, who was starting a relay for the first time since the 2000 World Junior Championships in Santiago Chile, the Jamaicans consolidated in the middle legs with youngsters Natasha Morrison and Elaine Thompson holding the advantage before releasing Fraser-Pryce on anchor. The 100m gold medallist raced across the line in 41.07 seconds, two hundredths of a second faster than the old championships record that they themselves set at the last installment of the championships in Moscow, Russia. The United States were second in 41.68, while Trinidad and Tobago claimed their first medal in this event in 42.03 – a national record. “I feel good! We ran a championship record and it’s just wonderful that we came out here as a team and were able to accomplish this. We are really excited! Yes! We thought about the world record but it didn’t happen. Maybe next time; however, we are satisfied with what we got tonight and look forward to more,” said Fraser-Pryce.last_img read more

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Charlie set to go on goal spree

first_img Today’s games Group A St Catherine vs Calabar Clan Carthy vs Tivoli Group D Charlie Smith vs Penwood St Andrew Technical vs St Mary’s College Group E St Jago vs Wolmer’s Kingston High vs Mona Group G Kingston College vs Jose Marti Waterford vs Campion College (Home teams named first and all games start at 3:30 p.m.) Charlie Smith High will look to maintain their perfect run when they face lowly Penwood High in the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Manning Cup Group D, today at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, starting at 3:30 p.m. The Charlie Smith team has won all four games in the first phase and will now start the return round. Having beaten Penwood 5-0 in the first game, ‘Charlie’ should have little problem in winning at home today. A win for Charlie would push them a step closer to the next stage, and they are fully aware of that. Charlie Smith lead the group on 12 points from four games ahead of Holy Trinity (8), St Andrew Technical (7), St Mary’s College (7) and Penwood – without a point. Coach of Charlie Smith Jerome Waite said his team would be looking to notch another victory. “Well, the game means a lot as winning would put us one step away from a spot in the second round,” Waite told The Gleaner yesterday. “Making the next round is the test for the team to see where we are. The team is not playing badly, but decision-making and other things need to improve,” the veteran coach who guided Charlie Smith to the final last year said. In another crucial game today, Calabar High, lying in second position on eight points, travel away to third-place St Catherine (7). Jamaica College, who are idle, lead Group A with 13 points from five games.last_img read more

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Silva aspires to give Giga hitters a win

first_img“But her main goal is give us a victory,” added Dulay, who served as one of assistant coaches of Foton before taking on the job to mentor the low-key, inexperienced Giga Hitters.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For a team that has yet to win a single game in the league, Smart Prepaid sure has a lot of people wanting to see it play.That’s because of scoring beast Gyselle Silva who just scored a league-best 56 points when the Giga Hitters dropped a five-set decision to the Cocolife Asset Managers.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But for Smart coach Ronald Dulay, Silva’s job is not complete until they win a game in the Chooks-To-Go Philippine Superliga Grand Prix.The Cuban spiker, whose 56 points in a single game ranked her among the best players who saw action in the country, gets the chance to do that when Smart takes on Sta. Lucia Realty on Thursday at FilOil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I want to inspire my team to win and I will do whatever it takes to lead my team,” the shy 26-year-old Spanish-speaking open hitter said through Dulay.Dulay added: “She’s very focused in training and actual games so I’m not discounting the possibility that she can either match it (56 points) or even surpass it in the new few games.” Pons wary of struggling NU as FEU chases no. 2 spot Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIEScenter_img Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View commentslast_img read more

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Agricultural Economist Presents Benefits of Warehouse Receipt System

first_imgDr. Gideon Onumah, an agricultural economist and rural finance specialist has presented a research conducted on the applicability and benefits of the use of warehouse receipts systems in Liberia. Warehouse Receipts Systems help to modernize and enhance the efficiency of agricultural marketing systems and enable farmers to store commodities. This allows them to sell commodities when the price is attractive, rather than be forced to act as “price takers” right after harvest.Dr. Onumah was hired by GROW Liberia to conduct a Market Systems Assessment of warehouse receipts systems in Liberia.GROW is a private sector development initiative operating in Liberia to promote pro-poor economic growth and stability through partnerships with Government and private companies.They (GROW) also work in the cocoa, oil palm, rubber, vegetable and fruits and aquaculture sectors to improve and strengthen value chains.His research identified the positive impacts of introducing the program and how the system can improve the efficiency of commodity trading and access to inventory backed financing for small farmers and cooperatives.During his research, he visited stakeholders at the Ministry of Agriculture, the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC), the Cooperative Development Agency (CDA), banks, micro-financing institutions and cooperatives in Nimba and Lofa counties to obtain vital information about those sectors.Making the presentation last Friday, July 24, Dr. Onumah said the warehouse receipts system will help to improve the performance of the agricultural sector in Liberia as critical for driving economic growth and poverty reduction in the country.His presentation was aimed at improving the performance of the agriculture sector in Liberia, which he said is critical for driving economic growth and poverty reduction.Currently, there is no warehouse receipt system in the country. As a result, farmers sell their goods for little money to avoid their products getting rotten. In Liberia and other parts of Africa, smallholder farmers have very limited access to markets and lack facilities to store their produce. Based on that, they are forced to sell their surplus produce during the harvest season, when farm gate prices are low.Traders who can afford adequate storage sites often take advantage of smallholders’ constraints: they collect agricultural products at very low prices and sell them during the most profitable market conditions. In addition, farmers face enormous difficulty in obtaining credit for their agricultural activities because of the lack of financial services in rural areas.The banks require collateral that farmers cannot provide; as agricultural productivity is uncertain due to weather conditions and other external factors, farm produce cannot be used as safe collateral to obtain a loan. But at a one day stakeholders meeting held at the offices of GROW Liberia, stakeholders in Liberia have seen the need to introduce the system in Liberia, saying it will help to bring relief to farmers wanting to sell their products to bigger companies.Dr. Onumah indicated that due to non-maintenance, large portions of farms and very low yields do not have access to warehouses; while affordability and skills to apply yield-enhancing inputs are limited.Outreach of replanting programmes, he said, appear limited because farmers started nurseries but their uncertainty remains about quality of planting materials, inadequate physical infrastructure; lack of modern fermentation, drying and facilities (weather during harvest) as well as poor rural road network, which increases cost of evacuation of beans to the portHe believes that centralized warehouses are important at county level. The warehouses, he said, can be run by independent collateral management companies due to scale economies.In related development, Dr. Tillekeratne, a well-known international rubber expert who was formerly the Executive Director of the Sri Lanka Rubber Research Institute, was contracted by GROW in April of 2015 to provide technical assistance to introduce Ribbed Smoked Sheets (RSS), a value-added, processed form of rubber, in Liberia.Dr. Tillekeratne has spent the last two months preparing training manuals, training rubber farmers in the production of quality RSS and the improved exploitation of latex, and farm management. He will provide an exit debriefing for all interested stakeholders about his findings, observations and activities.While in Liberia he met with a broad representation of rubber sector stakeholders, including the Government, banks, the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL), Business Cluster Developers (anchor businesses) and smallholder rubber farmers.It is estimated that a GROW-sponsored pilot Warehouse Receipts System will be started in key commodity producing areas for both cocoa and rubber in Nimba or Lofa toward the end of 2015. The program is a 5-year Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)-funded market development initiative that employs the ‘Making Markets Work for the Poor’ (M4P) approach. In addition to promoting the increased profitability of smallholder farm operations, the program seeks to contribute to sustainable growth and stability, with a particular emphasis on women and youth and the environment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Aubameyang chasing Arsenal move

first_imgBild says Aubameyang’s father and agent Pierre is in London discussing a possible transfer with Arsenal with the Gunners reportedly considering selling Chile striker Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.Bild also claim Dortmund are closely monitoring Belgian forward Batshuayi, who has failed to impress Antonio Conte at Chelsea, starting just two of his 11 Premier League appearances this season.Aubameyang seems determined to force a move from Bundesliga side Dortmund.He was dropped for Sunday’s goalless draw at home to Wolfsburg after failing to attend a team meeting — the third time he has been disciplined by the club in the last two seasons.“I don’t know what is going through his head. I don’t know him any more,” said Dortmund’s clearly exasperated director of sport Michael Zorc.“He used to be always professional, I have never experienced such behavior before and it can not go on like this – it’s intolerable.”The Gabon hot-shot has scored 21 goals in 23 games in all competitions this season, but Dortmund’s head coach Peter Stoeger, who stepped in last December after Peter Bosz was sacked, has said Aubameyang is currently a disruptive influence in the squad.It remains to be seen whether Stoeger will select Aubameyang for Friday’s Bundesliga match away to Hertha Berlin.“Disappointment is the wrong expression, rather incomprehension, because I can not really understand his behaviour, but I’m not the only one,” Stoeger told Sport Bild magazine.The Austrian head coach said he is assuming that Aubameyang, who has a contract until 2021, will stay, but if so, the player has bridges to rebuild with the club.“‘Auba’ must make it clear to the coach whether or not be is prepared to give everything for Borussia Dortmund,” echoed Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 31 goals © AFP/File / John MACDOUGALLBERLIN, Germany, Jan 17 – Borussia Dortmund want-away star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly close to signing for Premier League side Arsenal — with the German club in turn hoping to recruit Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea.German daily Bild says Dortmund want 70 million euros ($85.6m) for Aubameyang, the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 31 goals.last_img read more

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Things To Do

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “Oklahoma” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 30 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. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Healthy Kids Day will feature games, activities for children and home safety demonstrations, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Lowe’s, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Sponsored by the Santa Clarita Valley YMCA. Call (661) 253-3593. Compassionate Kids Day will feature animal feeding, face painting, sampling healthy food choices and pitching in with farm chores to help children learn to be kind to all animals, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Animal Acres Farm Sanctuary, 5200 Escondido Canyon Road, Acton. Call (661) 269-0986. 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. SCV Monopoly Mania will raise money for the Santa Clarita Valley School & Business Alliance, 6 p.m. Saturday at the Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Call Ann KerWalking For Hope 5K will benefit Circle of Hope, 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Castaic Lake, 32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic. Parking: $5. Call (661) 254-5218.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Easter Bunny will be available for photos with children, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through April 15 at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 287-9050. “Chasing Open Spaces,” an exhibit of oil paintings documenting natural spaces in and surrounding the Santa Clarita Valley, will be on display through April 30 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call Laura Wambsgans at (661) 259-0696. Placerita Junior High dance show, 7 p.m. today and Thursday at the Valencia High School Theater, 27801 N. Dickason Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 259-1551. “The Foreigner” will be presented, 7:30 p.m. today-Friday and April 1, 5 and 7 at the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. last_img read more

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PERSONAL DEBT CRISIS: FROST.IE WELCOMES PROPOSED REFORMS

first_imgThere may be good news for homeowners and overindebted households in the near future, as proposals made by the Law Reform Commission are now being taken forward at Leinster House, says website www.frost.ie.The proposals offer a radical overhaul of personal insolvency legislation and bankruptcy laws, and will offer a lifeline to individuals and families struggling to cope with debt.The first solid proposal so far has come from Fianna Fail, which offers a firm endorsement of the proposals, in the form of the Family Home Bill, and also in conjunction with this, the Debt Management Advisors Bill. Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Public Expenditure Michael McGrath has described Fianna Fáil’s plan to help families stay in their homes and bring about greater control on debt management service providers as a “comprehensive and realistic strategy that should be adopted by the Government.”He added: “These proposals will give the courts a range of options as an alternative to granting a repossession order, including extending the period of mortgages by up to twenty years, imposing debt for equity swaps on lenders and in certain cases rescinding mortgage agreements. Fianna Fáil will also introduce new legislation to properly regulate the Debt Management Advisers industry.”Welcoming the proposals on debt relief, and for regulation of debt management companies, Ryan Stewart, a director at Frost Debt Solutions, spells out why regulation is so important.“Insolvency laws in the state at present offer little hope for those in debt. Bankruptcy is simply not an option and recent moves to reduce the term of bankruptcy to five years are welcome, but more work has to be done,” said Mr Stewart. “The possibility of an introduction of legislation similar to the UK such as Debt Relief Orders and Individual Voluntary Arrangements as outlined on the Bills being put forward are welcome news for those who, at present, have no way of recovering from debt because their circumstances have changed so dramatically over the last five years.”“It is also good news for the economy, as it means people will have more confidence that their homes are safe and their debt is being serviced. In the meantime, those guilty of reckless lending over the years will also be forced to take responsibility as some unsecured debt will have to be written off. Money can begin to flow again and the debt burden on ordinary people will ease.“Of concern is the responsibility of handling this is put firmly on MABS, which at present is struggling to cope. To make this work it must be done on a case by case basis, and there is no way that 50 MABS offices can cope with 50000 mortgages in arrears, never mind deal with thosae with unsecured debts.“Solutions such as payment holidays or extending mortgages for up to 20 years is way over the top and unrealisitic. We have to be careful that we are not simply ‘kicking the can’ further down the road, as this will only add to the interest and final amount repayable.”Mr Stewart went on: “We believe the only real solution is commercial debt management, which works so well in the UK. While the document outlines a role for debt management companies, there are flaws in how the document intends to make companies like ourselves part of the solution, and this is down to a lack of understanding of how the process works. “We have been calling for regulation in the industry, and with this regulation, we can offer the support which MABS will struggle to provide.”“Regulation in the debt advisory industry is long overdue. Although it is a relatively new industry, there are of course companies who will flout the lack of regulation for financial gain. We know of companies who charge extremely high initial fees from €500 upwards, which in some cases are required to be paid over several months.“We also know of companies who are guilty of seriously misleading advertising, who offer large debt write-offs as part of a debt management plan by quoting a new government Insolvency Act, an Act which does not exist. The penalties proposed in the bill for rogue debt management companies do not go far enough.”“These excessive fees are of no benefit to the person in debt as it may be months before their creditors receive a payment, putting the customer further into arrears, and offering no protection from legal action from creditors. Any debt advisory company who do not clearly outline their fees and fully explain how their debt management proposals work should really be given a wide berth. Ultimately it is a commercial business, however any advice we offer is free of charge. We will only charge a fee when a customer engages us to undertake the management of their financial recovery. Until the legislation is adopted, we advise anyone who is looking to solve their debt problems to look very closely at the small print before they enter any agreement. FOR MORE INFORMATION go to www.frost.iePERSONAL DEBT CRISIS: FROST.IE WELCOMES PROPOSED REFORMS was last modified: July 14th, 2011 by gregShare 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:debt solutionswww.frost.ielast_img read more

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Cope slams Government’s treatment of seasonal workers

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has lambasted the Government for what he claims is their complete failure to address the needs and rights of the thousands of seasonal and part time workers.The West Donegal TD said the workers annually find it impossible to obtain social protection entitlements, when their seasonal or part time work ceases.He said an absolute commitment was given by the former Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar in the budget debate 2017 – that a full review and report would be compiled and completed by February / March. He said “This has been long fingered and buffed over by numerous Government representatives since and absolutely no action has followed on their part.“This report has been reneged by the Government despite the firm commitment given in the Dáil on 22nd November 2016 during a debate on the matter which I addressed personally on the matter.“Numerous Dáil questions on the matter and topical debates highlighting the workers concerns since were raised by me since but to no avail, the Government simply are not listening to the plight of the workers or if they are they are failing completely to take any action.“This entire process of reviewing seasonal workers’ rights has been nothing more than an empty promise given for cynical political purposes by a Minister who simply does not understand the ordinary people’s needs – there is a complete failure by this Government to understand the problems and difficulties facing seasonal and part time workers on a daily basis especially in west and south west Donegal. “It is a further example of how out of touch this Government is with rural matters and the struggle ordinary families have on a daily basis as a result of their policy decisions,” he fumed.Pat the Cope added not alone is the report going to be 8 months late but understands the report will not address the matters which directly affect the part time workers’ rights.He said these matters include the requirement to make 13 new contributions within the last 78 days of your existing claim, the need to maintain 117 contribution over a three year period to mention a few.“It appears that only the subsidiary income threshold which will be addressed and adjusted, this is very disappointing news but it is clear the Government just do not understand the problems and hardships facing seasonal workers.“The lack of knowledge of the ongoing problems and hardships by the various rule changes for seasonal workers is truly shocking; it is increditable that after years of highlighting the issues the Government still simply does not understand the problems which face seasonal and part time workers.“They continue to fail to take any action or to alleviate the problems and what is shocking is that the average annual income for these seasonal and part time workers could be as low as €5,000 to €7,000 on average and that social protection payments would top up their employment income.” He said he is now calling on the Government to wake up to the crises in the livelihoods of seasonal and part time workers and their families, which if not addressed will lead to a skills shortage in certain employment sectors notwithstanding the difficulties it is causing in households right through out Donegal and the west of Ireland.He added “The Government must honour their commitment to the Dáil and complete the review of workers’ rights as requested by me and outlined in great detail during the budget debates in November 2016 – nothing less will be tolerated and the seasonal and part time workers are entitled to their rights. Sufficient time has elapsed in order for the relevant Department and Minister to have dealt with this and provided a solution which would have helped seasonal and part time workers.”Cope slams Government’s treatment of seasonal workers was last modified: August 9th, 2017 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:donegalGovernmentPat The Cope Gallagherseasonal workerslast_img read more

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Round-up: Jokanovic wants Martin, Bees eye Palace winger, Bendtner, Solanke injury

first_imgSlavisa Jokanovic wants to sign Derby striker Chris Martin.Fulham head coach Jokanovic is keen to sign at least one forward before Wednesday’s transfer deadline and is hoping the Whites pursue a deal for the 27-year-old Martin.Brentford are keen to bring in a winger and, having had an approach for Chesterfield’s Gboly Ariyibi rejected, are now showing an interest in Crystal Palace’s Sulley Kaikai.Dominic Solanke picked up an injury while playing for Chelsea’s Under-23 side, who drew 1-1 at Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.Solanke could be facing a spell on the sidelinesChelsea, who are looking to sign a centre-back, have again been told that AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli is not for sale. Speaking on Italian television, Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani reiterated that his club have no intention of letting him go, describing Romagnoli as “untransferable.”Meanwhile, in a post on Instagram, Cesc Fabregas has hit back at reports he has been told he can leave Chelsea. QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has refused to comment on whether the club are likely to go through with a deal to sign former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner.And Chelsea Ladies kept in touch with WSL leaders Manchester City by thrashing Birmingham 4-0.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Meet Ngozi, Marvel Comics’ first truly African superhero

first_imgThe US comic book publisher and creator of some of the most popular superheroes, Marvel, has unveiled its newest project: a Nigerian female superhero called Ngozi, created by acclaimed science fiction writer Nnedi Okorafor.A panel from the forthcoming Blessing In Disguise Marvel comic book, featuring Ngozi, a Nigerian girl coming to grips with her new superpowers. The title was written by acclaimed science fiction writer Nnedi Okorafor. (Image: Marvel Comics)CD AndersonNgozi will headline in a new title in September 2017, Blessing in Disguise, with its story, written by Okorafor, set in Lagos. It will feature appearances by Black Panther and Spider-Man villain Venom.The character Ngozi, Okorafor told the BBC, was a teenager with a disability whose life changed “in an instant” when she encountered elements of the supernatural Venom-verse (universe) and acquired superpowers. Ngozi’s look and personality is based on the Chibok schoolgirls who were kidnapped by the Boko Haram militant Islamist group in 2014. Okorafor said it was an important detail to the character design to draw attention to the incident.She worked closely with artist Tana Ford to recreate an accurate representation of Nigeria and its capital Lagos. “I wanted to capture the action and vibrancy of the city. It is an awesome city with great people, with lots of potential for adventure and backstory. The city helps the story almost write itself.”The story itself uses both the tropes of the Marvel Universe – the hero’s journey, good versus evil and redemption – and elements of Afro-futurism that blend ancient African mythology with technology.The cover of Nnedi Okorafor’s 2010 sci-fi novel Who Fears Death? which will be turned into a TV series by US cable network HBO in 2018. (Image: Nnedi Okorafor)Okorafor is familiar with these concepts, having written more than 20 novels and short stories in the young adult science fiction genre, including the critically acclaimed Binti, which won the Nebula and the Hugo science fiction novella awards. She also won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa award for her debut novel, Zahrah The WIndseeker.Her 2010 novel Who Fears Death? has recently been optioned for a series at US cable network HBO, with Okorafor fan and Game of Thrones author George RR Martin acting as executive producer.The author hopes the Ngozi character will inspire the creation of more African comic book characters in the world of superhero fiction. “Nigeria, as well as other parts of Africa, has a very strong fan base for comics and science fiction, and a growing artist and writer community exploring elements of the genre with a distinctive African feel.”For more information on the Marvel title Blessing In Disguise, visit the Marvel website. Source: Marvel, BBCWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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