NBA analyst and former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson is selling his Calabasas, Calif. mansion for $4.375 million, reports the L.A. Times.Click here if viewing a mobile device.The four-bedroom, eight-bath Mediterranean-style home spans 10,000 square feet. It features five en suite bedrooms, a custom theater, billiard room, pool and many more luxe amenities.Dee Crawford with Keller Williams Beverly Hills and Marc Shevin with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties are …
Nal’ibali is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign. (Image: Nal’ibali)Nal’ibali invited all South Africans, young and old, to tell their favourite family-friendly story in their home languages and now has a shortlist for its Story Bosso storytelling competition.A national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, Nal’ibali has been running the competition since September and received over 2 000 entries from a full-cross section of South African society. These have been whittled down to just 15 candidates.Story Bosso has been designed as a nationwide talent search to excite people about reading and telling stories. It identifies undiscovered storytellers across the country and connects members of the public with a range of South African stories as well as tips and ideas on how to become better storytellers.It also favours the avid reader as people can access and enjoy all 15 shortlisted stories in the form of audio and video clips on the Nal’ibali website during November.These include original stories, retold stories and stories that have been read aloud by some of South Africa’s most animated storytellers between the ages of five and 51.“As people living in South Africa, we have a deep history of storytelling which reflects our diversity and our common cultural heritage. And, reading and storytelling are, of course, keys that unlock children’s literacy learning potential,” said Carole Bloch, the executive director of The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa, which drives the Nal’ibali campaign.Celebrity judges will help Nal’ibali literacy activists decide South Africa’s first Story Bosso and two runners-up.The judges include: actress and writer Lebogang Mashile; author and retired teacher Sindiwe Magona; social activist and writer Shaka Sisulu; comedian and author Nik Rabinowitz; actress and author Bonnie Henna; children’s author Alan Glass; new-age performance poet and singer Busiswa; and, TV presenter and radio personality Elana Afrika.The winner will be announced on 30 November and will – along with the title Story Bosso – take home a R5 000 cash prize, a R1 000 Ackermans voucher and a home library courtesy of Bargain Books, Exclusive Books and local publishers. The winner will also receive a visit from one of the celebrity judges.The runners-up will each receive R2 500 in cash, a R500 Ackermans voucher and a home library.THE SHORTLISTThe contenders for the title of Story Bosso are:Lisa Gebe: Story title: The Lion and the Mouse. Category: Read aloud. Language: English. Age: 11Chiara Dover: Story title: Probleme in die Droombos. Category: Read aloud. Language: Afrikaans. Age: 9Atang Makgata: Story title: A Dream about the Enchanted Forest. Category: Original. Language: English. Age: 12Busisiwe Smith: Story title: Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Category: Retelling. Language: isiZulu. Age: 30Edith Makola: Story title: Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Category: Retelling. Language: EnglishOlwethu Peter: Story title: The Hyena and the Seven Little Kids. Category: Read aloud. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 9Sihle Mncwabe: Story title: Everything is Rosy. Category: Read aloud. Language: EnglishNozipho Tshabalala: Story title: The Lion and the Mouse. Category: Retelling. Language: isiZulu. Age: 5Athandiwe Skade: Story title: Umboleki. Category: Retelling. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 7Kholeka Gwendolien Nojilawa: Story title: The Granny with her Grandchildren Living in the Big Forest. Category: Retelling. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 51Nyameka Combi: Story title: Lisa’s First Day at Harare Library. Category: Original. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 33The Bright Sparks Dancing Pencils Writing Club (team entry): Story title: The Golden Thread by Aaliyah Monga (club member). Category: Read aloud. Language: EnglishKerrin Kokot and Jayne Batzofin (team entry): Story title: The Lonely Frog. Category: Original. Language: English and Sign. Age: 33 and 31Funeka Soga: Story title: Lucy Learns her ABCs. Category: Original. Language: English Age: 24Horacio Ngovene: Story title: The Lion and the Little Mouse. Category: Re-telling. Language: English. Age: 21
The daylight murder of a 50-year-old woman in the district courts complex in Rajasthan’s Dausa town on Wednesday has brought the focus on security arrangements in the courts, for which the High Court had recently given directions to the State government. The woman was stabbed by her estranged husband just before a sessions court was to pass the judgment in a case related to their missing daughter.Stabbed to deathThe accused, Amar Chand, was overpowered by the lawyers and court officials and handed over to the police. While the accused was arrested on charges of murder, the victim, Sheela Devi, was rushed to the district hospital where she was declared dead.Shocked by the incident, laywers in the town, situated 57 km away from here, boycotted the court work and demanded strict measures for security of advocates, judges and the court staff as well the people visiting the courts. Lawyers said the situation in which anyone could come with weapons to the court warranted immediate action.A Division Bench of the High Court had in July this year directed the State government to take suitable steps for safety in the court complexes. The High Court’s directions came after a series of “surprise inspections” of lower courts in several districts by the Chief Justice.
Archie Schiller, a six-year-old from Barossa Valley in South Australia, trained with the Australian squad at the Adelaide Oval, days ahead of the much-anticipated Test series between the hosts and India. The kid has been promised that he will be a part of the Australian squad for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, which comes four days after his seventh birthday.Archie has a long-term heart condition but that hasn’t stopped him from training in his backyard for the Melbourne Test. The kid claims he is a leg-spinner and a fan of ‘Garry’ [Nathan] Lyon. His dream is to skipper the senior national team. And he believes he can get world-beater Virat Kohli out, easily.In a heartwarming gesture, Australia coach Justin Langer had told Archie and his parents about his inclusion in the Test squad via a video call from the United Arab Emirates during the team’s tour of Pakistan in October.Thanks to Make a Wish Foundation, Archie met his heroes on Monday at the Adelaide Oval and even posed for photographs with skipper Tim Paine and Lyon. The cricket-loving kid was presented his Australia kit during the training session. Oh Boy, Archie was looking dapper!Australia’s newest Test squad member, 6-year-old Archie Schiller, in his kit and ready for action at Adelaide Oval nets #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/puSo1bZIbPAndrew Ramsey (@ARamseyCricket) December 4, 2018Archie was three months old when it was diagnosed he had faulty heart valves and his heartbeat had irregular rhythms. He had needed an urgent surgery that lasted more than seven hours. Six months later, the kid had to undergo a second surgery, while in December 2017, he had his third open-heart surgery, according to cricket.com.au.advertisementArchie bowls no-ball during training, ask mother not to tell LangerDespite all the adversity, Archie continues to be a fun-loving kid. The report says Archie has abandoned daily television viewing sessions at home to focus on the preparation in the lead up to the Melbourne Test even as Langer did not promise a spot in the playing XI.Australia’s newest Test squad member has his whites and is warming up with the rest of the Aussie squad at training. Learn his full story HERE: https://t.co/ctXeVwWwOL pic.twitter.com/4s2EFarMoNcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 3, 2018Archie bowled a no-ball during a training session at his backyard but he has told his mother, Sarah not to reveal it to Langer, who is looking forward to having the kid in the Australian dressing room.”I reckon he’ll be treated like (uncapped opener) Marcus Harris – come in for the first time in the changerooms, meet all the boys and like always when you come into that inner sanctum of the Baggy Green, it’s like joining the brotherhood,” Langer was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”Archie will be joining the brotherhood. He’s been through some tough times spent a lot of time in a hospital bed, so anyway that we can help to put a smile on his face, it’s the very least we can do for him,” he added.”Just being out on Adelaide Oval, in the sunshine, under a nice blue sky and running around with his heroes – who, to a man, were all really moved by his story – it should be terrific for everyone.”Also Read | Fan in Adelaide predicts India will win 3-0. Rohit Sharma responds: Why not 4-0?Also Read | Earning respect as important as winning vs India: Tim PaineAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s Adelaide memories: Two hundreds and a heartbreaking defeat