‘The perfect package’ – Anzac book wins top prizeTVNZ One News 8 August 2016An illustrated book detailing the triumphs and tragedies of ANZAC heroes serving in both world wars, has won the top prize at the prestigious New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.ANZAC Heroes by Maria Gill was awarded the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year prize, as well as taking out the best non-fiction category, at a ceremony in Wellington this evening.The book covers the front line experiences of 30 New Zealand and Australian personnel, from soldiers and pilots, to nurses and spies, including their accomplishments in the war, and their post-war lives.Judges praised the collaboration with illustrator Marco Ivancic, with the book including lifelike illustrations with maps, timelines and pop out boxes.“There’s carefully chosen material, near overwhelming the reader, but not skimping on detail either. The meticulous research brings these heroes to life creating the perfect book package,” judge Fiona Mackie said.Patricia Grace’s Whiti te ra! based on the history of the famous Ka Mate haka, won the award for best book in te reo Maori.While a tale of a battle between France and England using dinosaurs as weaponry, Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo by Brian Faulkner, was the winner of Young Adult Fiction.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/entertainment/perfect-package-anzac-book-wins-top-prize
The football world was thrown into mourning Wednesday as news broke of the death of former Chelsea, Manchester United and England great Ray Wilkins, 61.Wilkins, who was also one-time assistant manager at Chelsea, died after suffering cardiac arrest.Wilkinsâ€™ death was confirmed by his former clubs Manchester United and Chelsea on their verified Twitter handles on Wednesday. The former midfielder was placed in an induced coma at St Georgeâ€™s Hospital in London, on Friday night after suffering a heart attack.â€œThe thoughts and prayers of everyone at Manchester United are with the family, friends and colleagues of our former midfielder Ray Wilkins, following his tragic passing,â€ United wrote on their handle.Chelsea added: â€œEverybody associated with Chelsea Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of our former player, captain and assistant coach, Ray Wilkins. Rest in peace, Ray, you will be dreadfully missed.â€As a player with United, Wilkins won the FA Cup and Community Shield both in 1983.He was Chelsea Player of the Year in 1976 and 1977 and was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2013.And as assistant manager at Chelsea, under Carlos Ancelotti, the Blues won the Premier League and the FA Cup in the 2009/2010 season.Wilkins won 84 caps for England between 1976 and 1986, playing in both the European Championships and the World Cup.The English FA, numerous English clubs and football personalities have expressed their grief at the passing of Wilkins.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Members of the Ghana Football Association led by President Kwesi Nyantakyi have arrived in Equatorial Guinea ahead of Wednesday’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals draw. The contingent includes the Communications Director of the GFA, Ibrahim Saanie Daara, former Black Stars Management Committee member, Felix Ansong, Protocol officer, Alex Asante and Deputy Black Stars Coach, Maxwell Konadu.The team will also inspect facilities by the four host cities ahead of next month’s finals which will be played from 17 January to 08 February.Protocol officer Alex Asante also travelled with the team to look at hotels and other facilities which will enable the Black Stars have a comfortable stay.The contingent will also represent the nation during the draw.Ghana is in Pot 1 alongside Zambia, Cote D’Ivoire, and hosts Equatorial Guinea. Pot 2 includes Burkina Faso, Mali, Algeria and Tunisia.Cape Verde, South Africa, Gabon and DR Congo are in Pot 3.Pot 4 has Cameroon, Senegal, Guinea and Congo.
The national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina defeated Switzerland with the result of 2:0 in a friendly match played in Zurich.BiH dominated during the entire match at Letzigrund stadium. Already in the first eight minutes, the Dragons performed eight corner kicks. However, the Sommer’s net did not shake.In the 14th minute, Džeko took BiH into advantage. Another opportunity to increase the result occurred in the 24th minute. Pjanić made a great center shot from the corner, Zukanović was all free and he shot right into Sommer from nine meters of distance. The Swiss national team had an opportunity to tie, but Seferović sent the ball to the center of the goal, which was an easy catch for Begović. Until the end of the first half, there were no greater chances.In the 51st minute, Zukanović shot the ball that Sommer easily defended. On the other side, Steffen came to Begović’s left all alone, but Begović fantastically defended his shot.In the 57th minute, Miralem Pjanić scored an amazing goal from some 20 meters of distance, for the advantage of the BiH national team with a result of 2:0.Haris Seferović had a one hundred percent chance in the 83rd minute. He was one on one with Burić who substituted Begović 20 minutes earlier. Seferović sent the ball over the goal.Four minutes before the end of the match, Daniel Graovac debuted for the Dragons. He replaced Zukanović.Muhamed Bešić had the last chance in the match. He approached Sommer all by himself, but Sommer defended and the ball ended in the corner.This was the seventh victory for Mehmed Baždarević on the bench of the BiH national team in the 11th match. The popular Meša recorded two draws and two defeats on the bench of the Dragons.(Source: klix.ba/ photo sportsport)