George Saunders is bookies’ favorite for Man Booker prize

George Saunders
Updated 17 October 2017
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George Saunders is bookies’ favorite for Man Booker prize

LONDON: American author George Saunders is the bookmakers’ favorite to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction with his novel of the afterlife, “Lincoln in the Bardo.”
Six novels are contending for the 50,000 pound ($66,000) prize, including Saunders’ tale of Abraham Lincoln and his dead son and US novelist Paul Auster’s quadruple coming-of-age story “4321.”
The other finalists are US writer Emily Fridlund’s story of a Midwest teenager, “History of Wolves;” Scottish novelist Ali Smith’s Brexit-themed “Autumn;” British-Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid’s migration saga “Exit West;” and “Elmet,” debut British novelist Fiona Mozley’s story of a fiercely independent family under threat.
The prize, subject to intense speculation, usually brings the victor a huge boost in sales and profile.
The winner will be announced Tuesday in London.


Lionel Messi’s brother Matias sentenced for illegal gun possession

Updated 16 August 2018
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Lionel Messi’s brother Matias sentenced for illegal gun possession

BUENOS AIRES: Matias Messi, brother of Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi, has been sentenced for illegally possessing a firearm.
Messi received a 2 ½-year prison sentence on Thursday but will not go to jail. He was instead ordered to perform community service. La Capital newspaper in the Argentine city of Rosario says that the decision was reached under a deal with investigating prosecutors.
The weapon was found late last year inside a blood-stained boat which Messi crashed in the Parana River.
The 35-year-old Messi was held under preventive arrest and later released while he recovered from a fractured jaw and other injuries at a hospital in Argentina’s Santa Fe province.
Messi’s attorney has originally said his client crashed into a sandbank and denied that he owned the gun.