first_imgMEDIA CONTACTS • +27 11 656 6349 +27 71 236 2118 info@nollybooks.co.za info@mmepublishing.co.za RELATED ARTICLES • Crime lit in SA – a new phenomenon • Praise for new isiZulu paper • New website for rural community • Using theatre to educate • Godot a hit with SA audiencesMary Alexander“Chris Rock, the American comedian, jokes that if you want to hide something from a black person, put it in a book. Let’s prove him wrong and let’s get reading, sistas!” That call to action comes from Sis’ Nolly, the face of Nollybooks, a new South African romance imprint aiming to make readers out of young black women.Nollybooks takes the British Mills & Boon model of chick-lit romance written to a formula and adapts it for the urban South African context, with recognisable – if aspirational – characters, settings, language and culture. But it further adapts the model for a less literate society with the “bookazines” format, with a letter from the editor – Sis’ Nolly – in the front and word games, quizzes, a glossary, book club talking points and celebrity news included at the back.The series, launched in October 2010, is an imprint of MME Media and the brainchild of Nigeria-born Moky Makura, a writer, TV presenter and producer, PR pioneer and, now, publisher.Makura, who has an Honours degree in politics, economics and law from Buckingham University in the UK, is on a mission to get “aliterate” young South Africans – particularly girls and young women aged 16 to 24 – back to books.“For many young people in this country, the last books they read were probably at school,” she told City Press a few months before the Nollybooks launch last year. “It is likely the books were not books they would have chosen to read, so it may also have been a negative experience – so they stop when they leave school.”Makura points to the fact that more than 3-million South Africans are illiterate, 8-million functionally illiterate, and many millions more aliterate – they can read books, but don’t. It’s this last, vast market that Nollybooks targets.“We’ve identified a big gap in the market and the time it takes before young people can afford to buy at Exclusive Books,” Makura said. “It’s pricey and intimidating.”Creating an entirely new market of readers out of ordinary, aliterate South Africans has been done before – to huge success. The country’s first tabloid newspaper Daily Sun revolutionised the local publishing industry by tapping into the market of working-class readers, people who had never bothered with newspapers before. Launched in 2002, Daily Sun is by far South Africa’s largest paper, with daily sales of some 500 000 – three times that of its nearest rivals – and a readership of over 3-million people.Like Daily Sun, Nollybooks seeks to attract readers with a low price – R50 a book, between half and a third of the cost of a conventional novel – and content that speaks to their lives.“I named this company Nollybooks because we must write our own stories and make them accessible,” Makura told City Press. “The best way to get people to enjoy books is to give them content they enjoy.”The name of the imprint reflects her inspiration from the success of local storytelling in the film industry of Nigeria, her home country. “I believe we Africans want to see ourselves reflected in the content that we consume,” she said. “Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry, was created by Nigerians telling their own stories to themselves. It’s an incredibly successful, self-sustaining industry. It shows that despite questionable production values, people want to see themselves.”The bookazine format is also an attempt to fit with the readers’ lives, being smaller than most books and so easier to fit in a handbag and read on a bus or taxi to and from work. The glossary of more difficult words included with each book will be useful to members of an aspirational generation, young second-language English speakers keen to improve their language. And dictionaries are rarely found in homes, let alone on public transport.Nollybooks have so far published 11 titles, including The Perfect Holiday Romance, The Spy Who Loved Him, A Man Worth Knowing and More than Friends. Most were written by first-time authors. The Nollybooks team see nurturing new writing talent as part of their goal to spread literacy in South Africa, so they encourage new writers, offer writing tips on the website and recently held a writing workshop at the National Book Week in Johannesburg.The plots of the books are fun, upbeat and very local. In The Spy Who Loved Him, journalist Thuli Mabena takes on a job as domestic worker for wealthy businessman Luasi Nkosi, all the while spying on him and reporting back to her readers on how the rich and famous treat their employees.In Looking for Mr Right, Cassandra is fed up with making wedding gowns for other women while she stays single. Online dating seems a good idea – “until she realises that what glitters in cyberspace isn’t gold in the flesh”. Neo in More Than Just Friends is excitedly awaiting her childhood friend Nceba’s return to South Africa, expecting the awkward-looking boy she grew up with. She is “stunned to see a devastatingly handsome man, and the two immediately rekindle their friendship …”Like the hugely successful international franchise Mills & Boon, all Nollybooks are put together according to a formula that dictates plots, character and writing style.“Formulaic writing works,” Makura told The Times. “It captures readers. It gives them a guarantee. They know what to expect. It’s like watching a soap opera. There is a little bit of the same in each book, and this is like what Enid Blyton does for young readers, too – helping to creating reading habits.”But unlike Mills & Boon, and despite many lines given to the protagonist’s attractions – “How did he keep his body so trim and rugged with all the time he spent in court; settlement after settlement?” – there is no sex.“We are sensitive to the reality of South Africa, to Aids and to young girls,” Makura said.“The sex happens after the story finishes.”last_img read more

first_imgAfter a 2-year wait for the next generation of the URSA mini series, Blackmagic has finally released the successor to the indie filmmaking favorite.Out of nowhere, Blackmagic Design (in true Blackmagic form) decided to quietly release the camera that many of us have been waiting for — the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2.The announcement initially looked like a typical software update release video, wherein Blackmagic introduce some new features for their Pocket Cinema camera (including a Blackmagic RAW update) and a few updates to their Duplicator stacks.But then, out of nowhere, we get “one more thing” — reminiscent of Nintendo’s old tricks — and he just pulls the camera out from under his desk! It was there the whole time. And he knew. This man’s composure is astounding.What the New URSA G2 Brings to the TableWith an arsenal of side buttons and controls, the G2 URSA has just about the same body as its predecessor. It’s not a very big cosmetic update; the true innovation is within the camera — with new features such as an updated Super 35mm 4.6K image sensor with 15 stops of dynamic range that can record up to 120fps at full-frame 4.6K, and even up to 300fps in 1080 HD. This allows you to record gorgeous slow motion video without sacrificing video quality — other cameras in this league that will downgrade footage quality to 1080HD when rising up to 120fps. The G2 also comes with the ability to record in Blackmagic RAW, making it one of the cheapest cameras on the market that you can scale for use in both feature films and commercials alike.Blackmagic is well known for the color science in its sensors, and the G2 continues the Blackmagic tradition of extremely accurate skin tones and extremely lifelike colors. The Blackmagic Design Generation 4 Color Science in their recent Pocket Cinema camera has been added to the 4.6K G2, and when coupled with RAW capabilites, it can produce feature-worthy dynamic range and color data.There’s also a brand new USB-C port for reliable recording onto flash disks that use the same port. A new feature actually allows you to edit directly off the SSD that you use for media storage.Full Specs Digital film camera with 15 stops of dynamic range.Super 35mm 4.6K sensor with Blackmagic Design Generation 4 Color Science.Supports project frame rates up to 60 fps and off-speed slow motion recording up to 120 fps in 4.6K, 150 fps in 4K DCI and 300 fps in HD Blackmagic RAW.Interchangeable lens mount with EF mount included as standard. Optional PL, B4 and F lens mounts available separately.High quality 2, 4 and 6 stop neutral density (ND) filters with IR compensation designed to specifically match the colorimetry and color science of Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2.Fully redundant controls, including external controls that allow direct access to the most important camera settings such as external power switch, ND filter wheel, ISO, shutter, white balance, record button, audio gain controls, lens and transport control, high frame rate button, and more.Built-in dual C-Fast 2.0 recorders and dual SD/UHS-II card recorders allow unlimited duration recording in high quality.High speed USB-C expansion port for recording directly to an external SSD or flash disk.Lightweight and durable magnesium alloy body.LCD status display for quickly checking timecode, shutter, and lens settings as well as battery, recording status, and audio levels.Support for Blackmagic RAW files in Constant Bitrate 3:1, 5:1, 8:1 and 12:1 or Constant Quality Q0 and Q5 as well as ProRes 4444 XQ, ProRes 4444, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 Proxy recording at 4.6K, 4K, Ultra HD and HD resolutions.Supports recording of up to 300 frames per second in HD, 150 frames per second in 4K DCI, and 120 frames per second at full frame 4.6K.Features all standard connections, including dual XLR mic/line audio inputs with phantom power, 12G-SDI output for monitoring with camera status graphic overlay and separate XLR 4 pin power output for viewfinder power, headphone jack, LANC remote control and standard 4 pin 12V DC power connection.Built-in high quality stereo microphones for recording sound.4-inch foldout touchscreen for on-set monitoring and menu settings.Includes full copy of DaVinci Resolve software color grading and editing software.Price: $5,995Our ThoughtsIf you already own the URSA Pro 4.6K G1, you may be thinking, “This is not the total design overhaul that I was expecting.” But I don’t think a re-design was even warranted. The G1 4.6K camera was close to perfect — it had everything you needed to record ultra-high quality video without breaking the bank. It was a solid camera to begin with, so a redesign would just be a moot point.The G2 URSA Pro 4.6K has enough new features to get us excited (300fps? Come on). Think of how cool that slow-mo would look), but it’s probably not enough to get people who just bought G1 Pros to go selling their cameras. However, if you’re on the market for a cinema camera that will last a very long time and produce extremely reliable results, you probably can’t go wrong with this new G2 URSA.The Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 is now available from Blackmagic retailers worldwide.All images via Blackmagic Design.last_img read more

first_imgKamal Nath waives farm loans up to ₹2 lakh after assuming office as M.P. Chief Minister Congress leader Kamal Nath (72) was sworn in as the 18th Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh in Bhopal on Monday.Governor Anandiben Patel administered the oath of office to him.On Friday, the Governor invited Mr. Nath to form a government.The Congress on Thursday named Mr. Nath, the nine-time Lok Sabha member from Chhindwara, to head the State Congress Legislature Party, after hours of hectic parleys held by party president Rahul Gandhi with senior party leaders.Mr. Nath, who has held several portfolios in the Union Cabinet, was appointed the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president on April 26 and was at the forefront in steering the party to a win in the November 28 Assembly polls.Also Read  The results were declared on December 11.The Congress, which won 114 seats, has the support of one Samajwadi Party legislator, two Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs and four independents, to cross the majority mark of 116 seats in the 230-member Assembly.The BJP, which ruled the State for 15 years, got 109 seats in this elections. Its Shivraj Singh Chouhan was the State’s longest serving Chief Minister since taking charge in 2005.Those present at the swearing-in ceremony included Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, AICC general secretary Mallikarjun Kharge, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, his deputy Sachin Pilot, MP Jyotiraditya Scindia, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s M.K. Stalin, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav and Mr. Chouhan were also present.last_img read more

first_imgA team from Bihar Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), aided by Pune ATS, has arrested a Bangladeshi national, alleged to be a terror suspect, from Pune’s Chakan industrial area in connection with the Pulwama terror strike.According to sources, the man, identified as Shariat Mandal, is believed to be an associate of the two Bangladeshis — Khairul Mandal and Abu Sultan — arrested on Monday by the Bihar ATS in Patna. Their interrogation led them to Mandal.All three are alleged to have affiliations with terror outfits like the banned Jama’at-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and the Islamic State in Bangladesh.Mandal, who was reportedly working as a construction worker in Chakan, was produced before the sessions court and later taken to Bihar for further questioning on a transit remand. Bihar ATS, acting on inputs from Intelligence Bureau (IB), had earlier seized from Khairul and Abu Sultan photocopies of letters pertaining to troop deployment of central forces in Jammu and Kashmir after the Pulwama strike, besides bogus PAN cards and ISIS posters.The duo allegedly entered the country illegally without valid documents, and had travelled to a number of States in a bid to recruit youngsters into proscribed terror outfits.last_img read more

first_imgMOST READ Then, less than 24 hours after that one concluded, Thiem needed to step on court for the fourth consecutive day to try to deal with Nadal and everything that entails. For the final’s opening two sets, Thiem was able to hang with the man known as the King of Clay. And then?“I had a little drop, which is, against most of the players, not that bad,” Thiem said, “but he took the chance and stepped right on me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNadal reeled off 16 of the initial 17 points in the third set on the way to taking 12 of the last 14 games in a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Thiem. That gave Nadal his 12th French Open title and 18th Grand Slam trophy overall, while denying Thiem what would have been his first major championship.There was no doubt for Thiem what played a role. View comments After all, he was trying to do something only three men have in the professional era, which began in 1968: beat the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds at Roland Garros.“Beating Novak over two days, with all the interruption,” said Thiem, a 25-year-old Austrian who was seeded No. 4, “it leaves traces on the body and also on the mind.”That, especially, is not an ideal way to face Nadal on the red clay of Paris, where the guy has won 93 of 95 career matches.Still, Thiem gave it a go over the first 100 minutes, hanging with Nadal on exciting exchanges from the baseline that seemingly wouldn’t end, just because both men are so adept at covering the court so well. By match’s end, there were 46 points that lasted at least 10 strokes, and Nadal and Thiem both won 23.Only one of them was able to sustain the high level of focus and stamina for the third and fourth sets, though.ADVERTISEMENT “Maybe,” acknowledged Thiem’s physical trainer, Alex Stober, “he was running out of fuel a little at the end.”During the trophy ceremony, Nadal repeatedly praised his opponent, saying that he expects — and hopes — that Thiem will one day hoist aloft that silver symbol of excellence.So, too, of course, does Thiem himself.He kept talking about next year.And he shouldn’t feel too bad about losing back-to-back finals at Roland Garros to Nadal. Thiem is in good company: Roger Federer (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011) and Djokovic (2012, 2014) also each lost multiple French Open finals to the guy.“I’m on the right way. And I failed today, but my goal and my dream is still to win this tournament or to win a Grand Slam tournament. I will try my best next year again,” Thiem said. “I gave everything I had in these two weeks.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Spain’s Rafael Nadal, right, hugs Austria’s Dominic Thiem after their men’s final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. Nadal won 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)PARIS — It all took a toll on Dominic Thiem, both physically and mentally, and that left him in no condition to do what it would take to beat Rafael Nadal in the French Open final.Just to earn the right to face Nadal for the title at Roland Garros for the second year in a row Sunday, Thiem needed to end No. 1 Novak Djokovic’s 26-match Grand Slam winning streak. That took five sets over 4 hours, 13 minutes spread over two rain-interrupted days.ADVERTISEMENT Bruins force Stanley Cup Game 7 with 5-1 win over Blues Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment PLAY LIST 04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment03:41PDEA chief: Albayalde asked me not to implement dismissal order vs Pampanga cops04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_img The Arizona Cardinals signed former Detroit Lions tackle Storm Norton to the practice squad and released offensive lineman Javarius Leamon, the team announced Monday.Norton was signed by the Lions in May as an undrafted rookie free agent from Toledo. The 6-foot-8, 311-pound lineman appeared in 46 games for the Rockets during his career. He earned a first-team All-MAC selection his junior season in 2015.Norton split time between the practice squad and active roster before he was released by the Lions on Oct. 30. He did not appear in any games while active. Detroit Lions offensive tackle Storm Norton (65) defends the line during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the New England Patriots, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Leamon was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted rookie free agent in May. The 6-foot-7, 332-pound South Carolina State product was released on Sept. 2 and signed by the Cardinals Oct. 30.Leamon’s stint with the Cardinals lasted just one week. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more