Man Booker Prize: 2007 winner Anne Enright makes longlist

The 13 books longlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize have been announced, with previous winner Anne Enright among those in contention.
The Irish author, who won the £50,000 prize in 2007, is longlisted for her sixth novel, The Green Road.
Three Britons – Tom McCarthy, Andrew O’Hagan and Sunjeev Sahota – make the longlist alongside five Americans.
Novelists from India, Jamaica, New Zealand and Nigeria round out this year’s list of candidates.
A shortlist of six will be unveiled on 15 September, with the overall winner to be announced on 13 October.
Australian author Richard Flanagan won last year’s prize for his wartime novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
The longlist of authors and titles is as follows:
Bill Clegg (US), Did You Ever Have a Family
Anne Enright (Ireland), The Green Road
Marlon James (Jamaica), A Brief History of Seven Killings
Laila Lalami (US), The Moor’s Account
Tom McCarthy (UK), Satin Island
Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria), The Fishermen
Andrew O’Hagan (UK), The Illuminations
Marilynne Robinson (US), Lila
Anuradha Roy (India), Sleeping on Jupiter
Sunjeev Sahota (UK), The Year of the Runaways
Anna Smaill (New Zealand), The Chimes
Anne Tyler (US), A Spool of Blue Thread
Hanya Yanagihara (US), A Little Life
Clegg, Obioma and Smaill have all been longlisted for their debut novels, while McCarthy and O’Hagan have both been shortlisted before.
This year’s prize continues the policy introduced last year of allowing all authors writing in English, regardless of nationality, to be considered for the award.
Before 2014, the prize – first presented in 1969 – was only open to authors from the UK and the Commonwealth, the Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe.
Marlon James is the first Jamaican-born author to be nominated for the prize, while Laila Lalami is the first longlisted author to be born in Morocco.
Both writers are currently based in the US, the former in Minneapolis and the latter in Santa Monica.
Author and broadcaster Michael Wood, chair of this year’s judges, said submissions were so “extraordinary… the longlist could have been twice as long”.
“The range of different performances and forms of these novels is amazing,” he continued. “All of them do something exciting with the language they have chosen to use.”
Dublin-born Enright was considered an outsider when The Gathering, her fourth novel, won the 2007 prize, beating such titles as Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach and Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

96-floor tribute to Sri Lanka’s cricket world cup winners

India’s Shreepati Edifice (Pvt) Ltd, a real estate developer will build a 96-floor tower, the tallest building in Sri Lanka, with an investment of 330 million rupees which will be a tribute to the Sri Lankan Cricket Team who won the World Cup in 1996.

The Tubular structured state-of-the-art iconic tower will be constructed on a 2 acre land at Rajagiriya which has been leased out to the M/s Wills Relators (Pvt) Ltd by the Urban Development Authority.

The Tower will comprise of Ground +96 Floors with an approximate height of 363 meters and will have 376 residential apartments, 92 Penthouses and modern amenities like Entertainment Desk, Business Center, Swimming Pool, Gymnasium, Spa, Outdoor Yoga and Sky Decks.

It is anticipated that the tower will be completed within 48 months.

The company signed an agreement with the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka on Wednesday (29) to construct a Mixed Development Hybrid project of 1996 Iconic Tower.

Sri Lanka exporters urged to be focused and add value

Sri Lanka’s exporters should focus and export more value added goods and services with a target of surpassing Gross domestic product (GDP), Deputy Economic Policy Minister Harsha de Silva said.

“I would like to see exports to GDP surpassing, that means more than 100 percent of GDP,” Silva said.

“So that is what our aim should be, not 20 billion or 30 billion,”

“Also we should forcus on creating value and export value.”

Silva says Singapore’s exports is about 200 percent of GDP while Hong Kong is 300 percent of GDP.

“We do not need to get there right away,”

“But let’s have a target, think about it and then we can think about a completely different way of looking at exports. Completely out of the box.”

Sri Lanka’s export earnings recorded a marginal decline of 0.1 per cent, year-on-year, to 883 million US dollars in May 2015, led by lower performance in tea, sea food, gem, diamond and jewellery exports, data showed.

Exports fell from 10.55 billion dollars in 2011 to 9.77 billion dollars following depreciation of the rupee in 2012 and grew back to 1.39 billion dollars in 2013. The 2011 figures was exceeded only in 2014 in dollar terms amid falls in dollar commodity prices.

“So that is a lack of focus and vision and that is why you need people to think differently,” de Silva said.

“I have told the former President Mahinda Rajapakse number of times that his focus was not appropriate and I had number of arguments with former governor and with the secretary to the treasury that focus was misplaced,”

“I continuously asked the former president about this and in that occasion the governor or the secretary jump and say “no no Mr MP we have other things to do as well , exports is only one part but we have to do this and that,”

“Wrong. Completely wrong. That is the wrong thing that they did. The forcus must be on exports,”

“We must understand that we have no future without exports.”

He said the recently launched United National Party’s (UNP) manifesto clearly says that the party wants Sri Lanka to become most competivie economy in this part of the world.

“So we are not looking at Sri lanka as an Island nation of 20 million people. We are looking at Sri Lanka as a dynamic player in the global beat,”

“That is the difference.”

De Silva said that Sri Lanka cannot be considered in isolation but must be considered with countires who has taken advantage of emerging dynamic of global trade.

“So export export and export.” De Silva said.

Happy Birthday Paul Anka!

Teen singer-songwriter who released hits like “Put Your Head on my Shoulder” and “Diana.” He wrote music for Tom Jones like “She’s a Lady.”

He wrote a love song about his babysitter that shot him to fame, although he later admitted that it was just a song.

He and Michael Jackson co-wrote “I Never Heard.”

He married Anne de Zogheb on February 16, 1963; after their divorce on October 2, 2000, he married Anna Anka on July 26, 2008. He has five daughters named Amanda, Anthea, Alexandra, Amelia and Alicia and a son named Ethan.

He has collaborated with Celine Dion.

Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore aim for double Oscar success

Oscar-winning actors Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore will launch their effort to become double Oscar winners at this year’s Toronto Film Festival.
The pair, who collected Academy Awards in February, each have films screening at the festival which is seen as the launch pad for awards season.
Redmayne appears as a transgender pioneer in The Danish Girl, while Moore stars in gay rights drama Freeheld.
Jake Gyllenhaal drama Demolition will open the festival on 10 September.
Directed by Canadian Jean-Marc Vallee – who previously directed Dallas Buyers Club and Wild – Gyllenhaal stars as an investment banker whose life unravels after his wife dies in a car crash.
Oscar buzz for both Redmayne and Moore began last year after their films The Theory of Everything and Still Alice premiered at Toronto.
Redmayne went on to collect the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking, while Moore won best actress for her role as a college professor with Alzheimer’s.
This year, the actress stars in the real life story of New Jersey police detective Laurel Hester, who after being diagnosed with cancer fights to leave her pension to her partner, Stacie Andree.
Freeheld also stars Ellen Page and Steve Carell as a gay rights activist.
Moore also has a second film premiering at the festival – Maggie’s Plan – a romantic comedy also starring Greta Gerwig and Ethan Hawke.
Redmayne stars in Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, playing another real life character – artist Lili Elbe, one of the first recipients of sex reassignment surgery.
The film is listed as being a North American premiere, which suggests it will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival at the beginning of September.
Other films receiving their world premieres at the festival include Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong film The Program, Ridley Scott’s sci-fi The Martian starring Matt Damon and biopic Trumbo, about US screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (played by Bryan Cranston) who is blacklisted from Hollywood for his political beliefs.
Johnny Depp film Black Mass, Jason Bateman’s second directorial effort The Family Fang, western Forsaken – starring Donald and Kiefer Sutherland – and Afghan war film Hyena Road will also premiere.
Among the other British stars who have films screening at the festival who will likely attend include Dame Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Emma Watson, Idris Elba, Kate Winslet and Jeremy Irvine.
Tom Hardy film Legend, in which he plays the notorious Kray twins, will also receive its international premiere following its UK premiere on 9 September.
A full list of film premieres announced on Thursday is available on the Toronto Film Festival website.