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Nobel Prize winner VS Naipaul dies

first_imgTrinidad-born author Sir VS Naipaul has died at his home in London, his family said in a statement on Saturday.Mrs Nadira Naipaul said her 85-year-old husband, Sir Vidiadhar “Vidia” Surajprasad Naipaul, “…was a giant in all that he achieved, and he died surrounded by those he loved, having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour.” The British laureate has had a decorated career, winning both the Nobel and Booker Prizes for his work, which ranged from comics earlier on to post-colonial life. He had published over 30 books, both of fiction and nonfiction, over the past 50-plus years.His most celebrated novel, “A House for Mr Biswas”, was based on the life of his late father, Seepersad, who wrote for the Trinidad Guardian newspaper. The late VS Naipaul was also well known for his work on Islamic fundamentalism and travel writings.Sir Naipaul was born in Trinidad, which was the setting for most of his earlier work, and went to study in the United Kingdom after winning a Government scholarship to study at a university in any country of the British Commonwealth. He chose Oxford’s University College, where he suffered a nervous breakdown while studying. However, he had met his first wife, Patricia Hale, prior to this, and she helped him recover, also encouraging him to start writing.The two then got married in 1955, one year after he moved to London and two years after they graduated. However, Hale died in 1996, and Naipaul, who was knighted in 1989, went on to marry Lady Nadira.Among his earliest books are: The Mystic Masseur (1957); The Suffrage of Elvira (1958); Miguel Street (1959); In a Free State (1971), which won Britain’s Booker Prize; Guerrillas (1975); A Bend in the River (1979); A Way in the World (1994); The Mimic Men (1967); and The Enigma of Arrival (1987).Sir Naipaul’s nonfiction works include: An Area of Darkness (1965); India: A Wounded Civilization (1977); India: A Million Mutinies Now (1990); The Five Societies—British, French, and Dutch—in the West Indies (1963); and Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey (1981).Some of his most recent work were: Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples (1998); Half a Life (2001); The Writer and the World (2002) and Literary Occasions (2003); Magic Seeds (2004); and In The Masque of Africa (2010).Naipaul won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001 “for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories”.last_img read more

Neuer running out of time to prove World Cup fitness

first_imgGermany boss Joachim Loew unveils his provisional World Cup squad on May 15 leaving Neuer with only the final league game of the season, at home to Stuttgart on May 12, as a chance to prove he is fit.“You always have to be careful. This is an injury that has been fractured two or three times, so you can not make another mistake,” warned Heynckes.Loew has said he plans to take Neuer, 32, to Germany’s pre-World Cup camp in north Italy at the end of the month, but time is running out.“There is no deadline as to when he has to play,” Germany team boss Oliver Bierhoff told magazine Kicker.“The real deadline is June 4, when we have to finalise our 23-man squad.”Germany play pre-World Cup friendlies away to Austria in Klagenfurt on June 2 and at home to Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen on June 8.Heynckes says that with an eye on Russia, where Germany begin their World Cup defence on June 17 against Mexico, Neuer has “great ambitions”.“It looks very positive, but he must not take a risk, it is a sensitive injury.”After the Cologne and Stuttgart league games, Bayern’s final match of the season is the German Cup final on May 19 when Bayern play Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin.“Wait,” replied Heynckes when reporters asked when, or even if, Neuer will play for Bayern again this season.Neuer’s workload will be “accelerated” in training next week and “also in practice games, then we will have to see if he can play”, added the Bayern boss.Nevertheless, Heynckes is happy with Neuer’s progress and his replacement Sven Ulreich is again set to deputise at Cologne.Just pride is at stake when top play bottom on Saturday as Cologne are already relegated while champions Bayern wrapped up a sixth straight Bundesliga title last month.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manuel Neuer has been sidelined since mid-September with a foot injury © AFP/File / GUENTER SCHIFFMANNBERLIN, Germany, May 4 – Manuel Neuer has just one possible match left to prove his fitness following a foot fracture before Germany name their World Cup squad in a fortnight.The Germany goalkeeper has been sidelined since September and although he is back in training with Bayern Munich, head coach Jupp Heynckes has again left him out for Saturday’s Bundesliga match at bottom side Cologne.last_img read more

How Valley companies are giving back for the season

first_img There are 26 bins spread across the Thousand Oaks campus of biotech giant Amgen. For weeks, employees have been loading them up with canned goods destined for Food Share, a food bank in Ventura County that serves more than 38,000 each month and distributes goods to other pantries. Employees hope to surpass the 2,000 pounds of creamed corn, chicken soup and beans collected last year, the first time Amgen organized a drive to support Food Share. “It’s important at this time of year to ensure that these food banks have enough food to get them through the season,” spokeswoman Sarah Rockwell said. Dentist does his part Dentist Barry Leonard learned the importance of giving back from his parents. He continues their tradition by supporting Mid Valley Jeopardy, a nonprofit that serves at-risk kids. As part of the Jeopardy program, students receive after-school homework help, pledge to be good, and take day trips to museums and theme parks. Leonard is president of the Van Nuys Jeopardy chapter. His dental office on Chase Street in Panorama City is one of a dozen businesses that hosted a dinner for the youths who participate in the Jeopardy program. Each child who attended received a present. Leonard solicited so many donations that serving dinner to about 150 people cost just $1,000. “If everybody would do a little bit,” Leonard said, “it all adds up.” Teaching financial literacy Once a week, Patty Marcoux breaks up her workday at the Telesis Community Credit Union in Van Nuys to teach orphaned teenagers how to manage money. Marcoux, the senior business service officer at the credit union, tells residents of Penny Lane how to balance a checkbook, get a car loan, and what to look for in a credit card. The credit union also chips in for the holiday party employees at the North Hills treatment center throw for residents. This year, they are giving each of the 33 residents a $25 gift card to Target. “It goes hand in hand with what we believe in,” Marcoux said. “It allows us to teach the kids financial literacy, and that is something Telesis is big on.” Disney’s toy story It only seems fitting that employees at Disney – a company that is famous for entertaining children – devote themselves to collecting playthings for the Los Angeles chapter of Toys for Tots. Workers at their Burbank headquarters amassed 8,000 toys, spokeswoman Andrea Rausa said. Cast members and employees at Disneyland collected more than 10,000 toys, and those at Walt Disney World gathered 23,000 toys. The company is donating $50,000 to Toys for Tots, Rausa said. Disney has been collecting toys for the not-for-profit organization since its inception in 1947. In the past two years, the company has collected more than $40 million worth of toys. [email protected] 818-713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe celebration began in 1992 as a replacement for an employee party, and it has served almost 20,000 children living in shelters or foster homes ever since, Health Net spokesman Brad Kieffer said. “It was something employees could channel their love and compassion to,” Kieffer said. Children had their faces painted, played ring toss and musical chairs, and swung at pi atas. Stephen Lynch, president of Health Net’s health plan division, dressed up as Santa and took pictures with children. Employees staffed the party and donated gifts so each child could take one home. Extra presents were donated to Spark of Love, a toy drive started by the Los Angeles Fire Department. Biotech giant collects food Many local businesses are embracing the season of giving by making a difference in our community. Here are just five companies – from world renowned Disney with thousands of employees to a dental office in Panorama City with four staff members – that made a special effort during the holidays to help those in need. Needy kids get to party Last week, about 400 youths and their chaperones took buses to the Hilton Hotel in Woodland Hills for a carnival-themed lunch party courtesy of Health Net. last_img read more