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LONDON — South African writer Damon Galgut won the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction on Wednesday with "The Promise," a novel about one white family's reckoning with South Africa's racist history.
Galgut had been British bookmakers' runaway favorite to win the 50,000-pound ($69,000) prize with his story of a troubled Afrikaner family and its broken promise to a Black employee — a tale that reflects bigger themes in South Africa's transition from apartheid.
Galgut took the prize on his third time as a finalist, for a book the judges called a tour de force. He was previously shortlisted for "The Good Doctor" in 2003 and "In a Strange Room" in 2010.
Despite his status as favorite, Galgut said he was stunned to win.
Galgut said he was accepting the prize "on behalf of all the stories told and untold, the writers heard and unheard, from the remarkable continent that I'm part of."
"Please keep listening to us — more to come," he added.
Historian Maya Jasanoff, who chaired the judging panel, said "The Promise" was a profound, forceful and succinct book that "combines an extraordinary story, rich themes — the history of the last 40 years in South Africa — in an incredibly well-wrought package."
Galgut's ninth novel traces members of the Swart family — the word is Afrikaans for black — haunted by an unkept promise to give their Black maid, Salome, her own house. The book is structured around a series of funerals over several decades; Galgut has said he wanted to make readers fill in the narrative gaps themselves.
He is the third South African novelist to win the Booker Prize, after Nadine Gordimer in 1974 and J.M. Coetzee, who won twice, in 1983 and 1999.
"The Promise" was selected over five other novels, including three by U.S. writers: Richard Powers' "Bewilderment," the story of an astrobiologist trying to care for his neurodivergent son; Patricia Lockwood's social media-steeped novel "No One is Talking About This"; and Maggie Shipstead's aviator saga "Great Circle."
Booker Prize shortlisted fiction authors Patricia Lockwood, Richard Powers, Nadifa Mohamed, Damon Galgut, Maggie Shipstead and Anuk Arudpragasam pose with their books, during a photo-call in London, Britain, October 31, 2021 Photo credit: VOA
The other finalists were Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam's aftermath-of-war story "A Passage North" and British/Somali writer Nadifa Mohamed's "The Fortune Men," about a Somali man falsely accused of murder in 1950s Wales.
Jasanoff said many of the shortlisted novels, including Galgut's, reflected on the relationship between past and present.
"This is a book that's very much about inheritance and legacy," she said of the winner. "It's about change over a period of decades. And I think it's a book that invites reflection over the decades and invites and repays rereading."
Founded in 1969, the Booker Prize has a reputation for transforming writers' careers and was originally open to British, Irish and Commonwealth writers. Eligibility was expanded in 2014 to all novels in English published in the U.K.
The judging panel winnowed their list from 158 novels submitted by publishers. Only one British writer, Mohamed, made the final six, a fact has renewed debate in the U.K. about whether the prize is becoming U.S.-dominated.
Last year there also was only one British writer on a U.S.-dominated list of finalists, Scotland's Douglas Stuart. He won the prize for "Shuggie Bain," a gritty and lyrical novel about a boy coming of age in hardscrabble 1980s Glasgow.
For a second year, the coronavirus pandemic has scuttled the prize's usual black-tie dinner ceremony at London's medieval Guildhall. The winner was announced in a ceremony broadcast live on BBC radio and television. (VOA/RN)
Keywords: Booker Prize, Damon Galgut, The Promise, Britain
By- Laxman Balagani
Remote working has grown to be a dominant trend in the post-pandemic world. Gartner anticipates that 41% of employees will work at least some of the time remotely once the coronavirus is in the rear-view mirror. Such a lasting change in the workplace culture has had the biggest impact on cybersecurity.
Many businesses struggle with how to secure remote workers or if it's even worth trying at all due to fears about security risks for those who aren't physically present on-site at any given time. What they need is insightful, practical, and useful visibility across all communication vectors as they support vast, remote workforces. To obtain this level of visibility, organizations should reconsider their data and user protection techniques and strive to get meaningful insights into what's going on behind the scenes.
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There are cyber risk management solutions available today that can help ensure your business stays safe and productive without sacrificing flexibility for your employees.
To guarantee a safe and secure working environment, enterprises must rethink their approach to security and privacy when dealing with a dispersed workforce. This article explores how business leaders should approach cybersecurity risk management in the era of remote working.
A behavior-centric approach based on a human-centric viewpoint on cybersecurity
The growing usage of smartphones, cloud-based apps, and social media in both work and personal has made it clear that people are the new perimeter. To contain these changes, the new cybersecurity risk management strategy, which aims to protect people, places, and things, works on a behavior-centric approach.
This approach centers on understanding users' behaviors using critical data and intellectual property across worldwide IT systems. This strategy is designed to identify problematic employee behaviors and prevent them from escalating. It's a new way of defending against threats that complements the traditional cyber risk management approach of stopping the bad guys.
It has become essential for businesses to integrate edge security, cloud security, and network security into a single, cohesive format. Here are a few steps businesses can take to enhance cybersecurity when working remotely -
To guarantee a safe and secure working environment, enterprises must rethink their approach to security and privacy when dealing with a dispersed workforce.Unsplash
Providing cyber security training to employees who work remotely can help minimize cyber threats. Ideally, employees should be able to spot a cyber scam in action and know how to avoid it in the future so they stay one step ahead of cyber threats. Providing cyber security training through video modules or cyber security e-learning is a great way to help remote employees retain cyber threat prevention techniques, cyber-hygiene standards, and cyber safety procedures.
There is an absence of a true security perimeter in a remote workplace. Thus, organizations must adopt the mentality of zero trust. All systems must be properly secured and require verified access, whether internal or external. Adding a layer of multi-factor authentication is a crucial step that will protect data from unauthorized access.
Ironically, cloud-based security systems offer better cybersecurity risk management than on-premise servers. Cloud systems are built from the ground up to be safe even when exposed to the public internet. This gives them an edge over regular file servers, which are only lightly secured with sensitive data.
The use of collaboration tools and videoconferencing platforms to allow for business interactions while away has increased significantly. Most of these were quickly integrated, with resiliency taking precedence over any security concerns. The recent Zoom-bombing is the poster child for the risks that come with adopting technologies fast. Teams in the CXO suite need to get defensive and audit all tools and platforms for security flaws before integrating them.
We've already seen software-defined networks (SDNs) emerge to define and protect networks, allowing businesses to use a single, holistic approach for all edge computing. Now that remote networks have taken center stage, IT leaders must apply the same strategy across the network and into the cloud to ensure consistency, cohesion, and security.
Remote working makes it imperative to rely on digital connections, making it critical to ensure that they're secure, fast, scalable, and robust across all networks.
Some companies may not embrace working remotely as their modus operandi, while some organizations might cling to an outdated network model. Anyhow, businesses must consider the long-term impacts of technological disruption and look at them as opportunities. With a distributed workforce, organizations must reconsider how they secure and protect their data.
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By- Devakinanda Ji!
ॐ त्रिकालसन्ध्यानुष्ठितभूम्यै नमः
(Ṫrikāla: Three periods of the day; Sandhya: Obeisance to Sun god; Anuṣthiṫa: Practice, performance)
The word sandhya refers to those times, when night passes into day and day passes into night. They are dawn and dusk. The ritual of one's obeisance to God during these periods is known as sandhyāvandanam. Doing the ritual thrice at dawn (prātah sandhyā), at midday when the sun is right above our head (madhyāhna sandhyā); and dusk (sāyantrah sandhyā) is known as trikāla.
A person who has undergone the upanayana ceremony, as also house-holders (except the working class), are expected to perform this sandhyā ritual three times a day, as a sacred duty. These three rituals have many steps in common. However, in practice, only the first and the last have survived. The scriptures have provided for this modification.
After taking a bath and wearing the traditional religious dress (dhoṫi and chadar or uttarīya) one should apply the religious marks on the forehead (like the vibhūti or the ūrdhva puṇḍra as per one's family traditions), and sit on the seat (kept aside and used only for such religious purposes). Though there are differences in the procedure and the various steps to be followed, the six steps common to all and the detailed procedure has to be learnt from the family priest or the elders in the family.
These six steps are: 1) Āchamanam- is the ceremonial sipping of water from the right hand cupped in the shape of the ear of a cow (gokarṇam) to the appropriate mantras. This āchamanam is a general purification act that precedes every religious undertaking. 2) Prāṇāyāmam- is the control of the prāṇic energy through the regulation of the breathing process as detailed in the works of yoga. Prāṇayāmam helps in the control of the mind also. 3) Mārjanam- is literally means cleansing or purifying. It consists of sprinkling water on specified parts of the body with a mantra. This process will make the body ceremonially pure and fit the ritualistic act. 4) Arghyapradāna-is the offering of water taken in the two hands cupped together, by repeating the Gāyatrī mantra and addressing the Sun-god. This is just to show our gratitude to the Sun-god who is our primary life-support. 5) Gāyatrī japa-is for the goddess Gāyatrī within the orb of the sun. 6) Sūryopasṭhāna- is repeating the prayer addressed to the deity Gāyatrī in the standing posture, facing the sun. This is the last rite of bidding farewell to the goddess after having invoked her and satiated her through japa.
Hence, our land which worships the Sun-god who is our primary life-support, three times a day is known to be 'Trikālasandhyāvandānuṣthiṫa Bhūmi'.
By- Leby Sport
Parimatch bookmaker has managed to establish itself well all over the world, including India. Sophisticated software and extensive functionality make life easier for players and give an unforgettable betting experience. There is also a huge number of sports events, both regional and global. In particular, Indians can make predictions on horse racing, soccer, virtual sports and so on. Learn more useful information from our Parimatch review.
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Advantages of betting at Parimatch
Let us highlight the key advantages of this betting site:
- The company works honestly and legally, which is confirmed by a Curacao license.
- Almost all sports disciplines are available for predictions, many of which are popular in India.
- There is a lucrative welcome bonus and loyalty program.
- The user interface is user-friendly and has many features.
- Availability of live streaming for important events.
- Several ways to access the platform: web client, mobile version, apps for iOS/Android.
- High odds and the ability to cancel bets before the start of events.
- A lot of payment methods and fast payouts.
- Operational work of the support team.
Parimatch Official site in India is a really high-quality and modern betting platform, which allows not only to play, but also to win. The main thing to remember is that in order to play successfully, you need to carefully analyze sporting events, treat betting in a cold-blooded manner and without emotions, as well as react calmly to losses, not trying to win back money immediately and without preparation.
Parimatch registration and verification
Parimatch step by step instructions
It won't take you long to create a personal account. The main thing is to follow clearly the step-by-step instruction and enter true data:
- Visit the official website of the bookmaker and click on the yellow button in the right corner of the screen - "Register".
- Enter a valid phone number and come up with a strong password.
- Read the Terms and Conditions and confirm your age of majority.
- Complete the registration.
Now you can login and make bets. But we strongly recommend you to pass the verification right after registration, which is a mandatory step if you wish to withdraw your winnings. It should be noted that the availability of account verification positively characterizes the bookmaker, because they care about the maximum protection of customers from the actions of fraudsters.
To verify your profile, find the "Personal information" on the website and select "Account verification". For verification, you can use one of your identity documents: military ID, ID card, passport and so on.
You also need to verify your email. Specify the actual e-mail address and wait for the letter from Parimatch for the confirmation. You will be able to use the services of the bookmaker without restrictions only after your personal and payment details will be checked and approved.
Note also that you can use three methods of authorization on Parimatch India in the future. You can choose from a phone number, a gaming account number and an email address.
Parimatch User Interface
Players from India can choose the best deposit method from a wide list. Here are just some of the suitable options:
- Astropay Card.
The choice of a financial instrument is influenced by the preferences of a particular user. Those who prefer maximum anonymity often choose Crypto, and security lovers prefer UPI. For instant deposits, Paytm is popular.
But in any case you can deposit money to your account in the local currency, which is very convenient. Often the minimum deposit amount is 300 rupees, although sometimes the minimum deposit is influenced by the conditions of a particular sporting event.
Withdrawal at Parimatch
The good news: the platform allows you to withdraw winnings in rupees, using the same financial tools that are available for deposits. No conversions and overpayments, as well as a high degree of security are all about Parimatch.
But the conditions for cashout are very different depending on the selected payment method. For example, if you use Skrill, you can cash out from 700 rupees and it takes no more than 24 hours. A wire transfer, on the other hand, requires you to wait up to two days for a cashout and the minimum amount is 1,000 rupees. Remember, you can't cash out your winnings without prior verification.
Our Parimatch review India couldn't do without a review of the support team. Players often turn to the company with questions about registration, bonuses, financial tools. That's why the bookmaker offers several ways of communication at once for uninterrupted support of its customers:
- Email. If you don't have any urgent questions, but, for example, want to get an in-depth consultation or make a suggestion on how to upgrade the platform, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Live Chat. An ideal solution for urgent questions and consultations. You can find the chat window on the site. To start a dialog, fill out the request form and wait for an employee of the bookie to get in touch.
- Phone number. If you prefer live communication rather than correspondence, contact the Parimatch representatives on this number: +38-050-806-22-04.
You can also get advice via popular instant messengers. Use the number +38-068-551-83-24 for communication on WhatsApp. If you want to "chat" via Telegram, find this bot: @ParimatchINDIA_bot.
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