Giants active in Rule 5 draft, add two players to major league roster

first_imgLAS VEGAS–Farhan Zaidi didn’t stick around for the final day of the Winter Meetings.But that didn’t stop the Giants from remaining active.The Giants selected a pair of players in Major League Baseball’s Rule 5 draft, adding left-handed pitcher Travis Bergen out of the Toronto Blue Jays organization and Andrew Ferguson from the Houston Astros on Thursday.Though Zaidi flew out of Las Vegas early Thursday morning, assistant general manager Jeremy Shelley represented the club on the final day of …last_img

Bringing African children’s stories to a new generation

first_imgWhat do you do if the bookstore doesn’t have books in your language, or they’re just too expensive? Sadly, this is often the case in Africa, a continent that is home to more than 2 000 languages.On a continent with over 2000 languages, finding mother tongue children’s books is a challenge. (Image: African Storybook)Brand South Africa reporterHolidays are a great occasion for reading, whether children are reading quietly to themselves or are sitting with their families with a book. But what do you do if the bookstore doesn’t have books in your language, or they’re just too expensive? Sadly, this is often the case in Africa, a continent that is home to more than 2 000 languages.To read “Maguru gives out legs” click the link below. Illustration by Wiehan de Jager— (@africastorybook) December 7, 2015The African Storybook project may hold some solutions for families who want to read African stories with their children. It started in Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Lesotho, and has spread to Niger, Ghana, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Mozambique.In this time, it has collected more than 2 300 stories in 62 African languages. They are all free for download or printing, with some highlighted stories available in video format on the project’s YouTube channel. All the tales offer fascinating insights into how people on the continent tell stories that explore sometimes tough themes and ideas.Read more on “Adun, the beautiful” Story also available in #Yoruba— (@africastorybook) November 2, 2015“Children’s books can tackle big themes in the simplest ways,” says African Storybook artist Catherine Groenewald. The stories deal with real issues faced by children in Africa today in a compassionate, realistic yet humorous manner. Death, urbanisation, respect for elders, and many more moral lessons are taught using the story format, accompanied by vibrant art.Here are some stories from the project’s website that children of all ages can enjoy during the long school holiday and once they’re back in class:Tselane and the giantAfter Tselane’s father dies her mother wants them to move to another village to start a new life. But Tselane does not want to go; her mother agrees to let her stay on her own. They make a pact that Tselane must only open the door when she hears her mother sing. But a giant is listening to their conversation and plans to catch Tselane.Nozibele, Meriri and MeraroThree young girls go to the forest to gather some wood on a hot day. There is enough, they think, and they can swim until it gets cooler. But by the time they finish swimming, it is already late and they have to rush back home.KhayangaKhayanga, a 10-year-old-girl, is taken in by a distant, poor and frail relative after the death of her parents. Her loss and pain lead her to seek guidance and comfort from her parents’ graves.Other stories include Leaving One Home for Another, about spending the holidays with grandmother in the countryside. Exploring the effects of a rapidly urbanised Africa, this is a familiar theme for many. And the story’s moral of strong family ties and teaching respect for elders is a universal one, ringing true in any culture and language.The African Storybook series also features more traditional African stories that often convey a moral lesson or caution against greed and other vices, such as the Ghanaian story Anansi and Turtle. In this story, Anansi the spider greedily eats all the food before his dinner guest Turtle gets a chance. But what can Anansi do when Turtle invites him over to her place for dinner – under water?Other stories are far more serious, such as Tingi and the Cows. Based on real events, the story is about soldiers entering a village as seen from the perspective of a young herd boy. It is an excellent starting point for a conversation about fear and brutality that has affected people across the continent, including many children. It’s a reminder that not all children are lucky enough to fully enjoy the holidays.This week’s #StorybookFriday is of Lekishon and his cows, an #earlyreading story about a Maasai boy. #Literature— (@africastorybook) August 14, 2015While teaching important life lessons, children also get a chance to develop their love of reading and language. Sometimes the tone of the books is also a little more nonsensical, funny and interactive. In Mr Fly and Mr Bighead, two whimsical characters want to cross a river. But Mr Bighead’s head is so big that he sinks. Mr Fly, on the other hand, “laughed so much that his mouth tore in two from one side to the other”.Naughty Hare is up to his tricks again. What will Elephant do to become a fast runner?— (@africastorybook) September 14, 2015Going globalThe African Storybook caters, as the name indicates, to African languages. But sharing traditional and contemporary African stories is also important, not least for children from elsewhere to partake in the rich oral tradition and experience a positive picture of the continent.The creation of the Global African Storybook Project has made this possible. Stories have been translated into Cantonese, German, Hindi, Jamaican Creole, Norwegian and many more – 16 languages in total, and growing.This gives children from all over the world the chance to read stories from and about Africa.Telling your own storiesThe best stories are the ones you make up yourself. This is not only possible with the African Storybook, it is encouraged. Many of the stories on the website are adaptations of stories that others have written. The picture database has thousands of pictures that can be used to make a new story, or added to an existing story.Stories can serve many purposes, and with the African Storybook and Global African Storybook Project, African children’s stories are more accessible than ever before, in African and non-African languages alike.There are over 100 stories to read from on the #AfricanStorybook website.— (@africastorybook) April 16, 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Sergio Aguero scores record-equalling hat-trick as Manchester City rout Chelsea 6-0

first_imgSergio Aguero was the chief architect as Manchester City proved to be a class apart and made Chelsea look like minnows at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. In what looked like an absolute statement made by Pep Guardiola’s men, they ran rout on Chelsea 6-0 to lead the Premier League table once again.Liverpool had produced a solid performance against Bournemouth on Saturday, registering a 3-0 win to take the top spot in the league table but City on Sunday snatched it back in style.Sergio Aguero scored his second hat-trick in the month of February and his 11th Premier League hat-trick overall to equal the league record set by Alan Shearer.Even Shearer took to Twitter to celebrate Aguero feat and sang his name along.Sergio.. Sergio.. Sergio @aguerosergiokun another hat-trick #MCICHEAlan Shearer (@alanshearer) February 10, 2019Apart from Aguero, Raheem Sterling scored a brace while Ilkay Gundogan also got his name on the scoreboard in a massive victory for Manchester City.City came in a deadly mode to the match as Sterling found the back of the net in just the fourth minute of the match. Considering City’s recent first scoring, even that looked late. Such has been City’s power.City were playing the football they are known for — incisive, passing and delicate and putting massive number of bodies in the box when on attack and that reaped all the benefits as they tore apart Chelsea.Aguero missed a glorious chance early on, an open goal but post that there was no stopping him. In the 13th minute, Aguero unleashed a sumptuous strike to shake the back of Chelsea’s net.advertisementJust six minutes later, Aguero was at the forefront again. During a struggle for Chelsea in the box, Luiz headed out the ball towards Ross Barkley, who absent-mindedly headed it back in front of the goal. Aguero was right there and made no mistake in scoring off the opportunity.In the 25th minute of the match, Gundogan also snuck through the Chelsea defence, that looked scattered, scared and lacking in confidence and found the goal.And just like that, City were 4-0 up in 25 minutes.The story did not change after half time. Cesar Azpilicueta took down Sterling in the box and Aguero stepped up for the penalty. With utmost calm, he found the back of the net to record his hat-trick.The torture did not end for Chelsea there, Sterling found his second goal in the 80th minute after a beautiful passing game from City.If not for a couple of solid saves from Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, the scoreline would have been even more embarrasing for Chelsea even as they faced their worst league defeat since 1991.Also Read | Tottenham earn dramatic win over Leicester as Jamie Vardy misses penaltyAlso Read | Liverpool and Arsenal register routine wins, Cardiff beat Southampton on emotional dayAlso Read | Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial fire Manchester United into top fourlast_img read more