Valley Region Receives Recreation Funding

first_imgImprovements to the Glooscap District Arena in Canning is one of 10 projects in the Valley region receiving grants totalling $270,000 to help Nova Scotians stay fit and have fun. The region’s grants were announced today, June 18, through the Recreation Facility Development Program. “Community organizations and recreation facilities like this arena offer Nova Scotians a wide variety of ways to get active and lead healthier lives,” said Kings North MLA Jim Morton, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “The province is providing nearly $2 million for 59 projects provincewide so children, youth, and families can stay fit and have fun.” The Canning and District Recreation Commission is getting $40,000 to replace the chiller for making ice at the arena. “This funding could not have come at a better time,” said Dave Morton, chair of the arena improvement project. “With this grant, we’ll be able to get the new chiller installed and open the arena in the fall for everyone in the community to enjoy.” The grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Examples include renovations to buildings, developing and maintaining walking trails, and building and upgrading fields used for sport and recreation. The grants support Thrive!, the province’s plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. The plan has 34 actions to create supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity. Learn more at .last_img read more

Technology Provider Named

first_imgEvents East, operators of the Halifax Convention Centre, Scotiabank Centre and Ticket Atlantic, announced today, Oct. 24, they have secured Rogers Communications Canada to provide information and communications technology (ICT) services to support its operations. Rogers will provide Internet, mobile, voice and networking connectivity services between the Halifax Convention Centre, Scotiabank Centre and Events East’s corporate offices. They will also provide the system to manage public and client Internet access. “Rogers provides a state-of-the-art technology solution that meets the evolving needs of our business as we transition to our new Halifax Convention Centre,” said Carrie Cussons, president and CEO of Events East. ”They play a key role in ensuring that our team remains integrated through daily operations, helping to provide a seamless event experience for our guests.” “Customers like Events East depend on our quality business solutions and reliable, worry-free network to increase productivity and provide a truly connected experience for all guests in their facilities,” said Bruce MacDougall, Atlantic vice-president, Rogers. “That’s why we are committed to supporting the region’s business community through investments in our mobile network and with technology services that support how our customers work.” Rogers was selected following a competitive procurement process that included an evaluation by members of the Events East team with expertise in networking solutions, event technology and operations. The estimated value of the contract is $825,000 over a five-year period. The Halifax Convention Centre is part of the Nova Centre, a one-million square-foot, mixed-used development including a hotel, financial tower and retail space. It is the largest integrated development project in the province’s history. The funding of the convention centre is shared between three levels of government, totaling $169.2 million. For more information, visit read more

Harassment policy governing public servants does not apply to the PMO

first_imgOTTAWA – The Prime Minister’s Office has called in an independent investigator to look into unspecified allegations against a senior staffer, but the workplace harassment policy that governs all federal public servants does not technically apply to PMO employees.“That said, we are absolutely informed by it,” Kate Purchase, communications director for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said Thursday.News of the policy vacuum comes after Claude-Eric Gagne, Trudeau’s deputy director of operations, confirmed he is on a leave of absence during an independent investigation regarding allegations that came to the attention of the PMO.In a statement late Wednesday, Gagne said he challenges the veracity of the allegations but is co-operating fully with the third-party investigator, who has given him the opportunity to explain his side.“I hope that the process will succeed as soon as possible.”Gagne said he would not comment any further to avoid undermining the process he has agreed to participate in.He has been on leave since Nov. 1, within a day of the PMO becoming aware of the allegations.Purchase also said she could not comment on the nature of the allegations.Calling in a third party to examine allegations of workplace harassment is one of the steps that can come into play under the policy governing those who work for the federal government — including ministerial staff.The accompanying guidelines spell out in great detail what happens next, including the need for an independent investigator to be provided with a written mandate, assess the credibility of witnesses and submit a final report.The policy also allows for the occasional need to hire an investigator from outside the public service, which is what Purchase said the PMO has done.At the moment, that Treasury Board policy does not officially apply to those who work in the PMO. But that is about to change.The Liberal government introduced legislation last month aimed at giving workers and their employers a clear course of action to better deal with allegations of bullying, harassment and sexual harassment.Purchase confirmed the legislation proposed in Bill C-65, which has yet to be debated in the House of Commons, would apply to PMO staffers too.Departmental officials have said it could take at least a year before all the rules come into effect.For now, Purchase said that in addition to modelling their response on the Treasury Board policy, the PMO tells all its employees the minute they are offered a job that they need to follow the open and accountable government document Trudeau issued when the Liberals took office in 2015.That document does not specifically mention workplace harassment, but does spell out the conduct expected of his ministers and their staff.“As public office holders, exempt staff members are expected to act with honesty and uphold the highest ethical standards so that public trust in integrity, objectivity and impartiality of the government is conserved and enhanced,” the 107-page document said.“Specifically, exempt staff members must . . . in the conduct of their personal affairs, including their use of social media, conduct themselves in a manner that does not bring the Minister’s office into disrepute,” it said.TVA, the French-language television network which first reported news of the investigation into Gagne, said the allegations involve inappropriate behaviour.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

Parents of teen killed in Florida Tesla crash sue company

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The parents of a Florida teenager killed when a Telsa sedan crashed and caught fire last year are suing the company, alleging that the battery pack on its Model S is defective and can erupt into intense fires.They allege in the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Broward County Circuit Court that the car’s battery was inadequately protected, making the vehicle defective.Their son, 18-year-old Edgar Monserratt (MAHN-sur-ott) Martinez, was a passenger in the May 2018 crash in Fort Lauderdale that also killed the driver, 18-year-old Barrett Riley.Messages were left Tuesday seeking comment from Palo Alto, California-based Tesla.Chicago attorney Philip Corboy Jr. says the Model S had inadequate measures to prevent and contain a fire after a crash.The Associated Presslast_img read more

MoroccoAfrica air traffic up 11 in December 2014

Casablanca – Air traffic between Morocco and African countries posted a year-on-year increase of 11.33% last December, the National Airport Office (ONDA) said.This performance is ascribed to an increase in the number of African passengers transiting through Moroccan airports which stood at 99,836 travelers up from 98,679 in December 2013.Despite this increase, air traffic with Africa accounts only for 7.65 of Morocco’s international air traffic which registered by December 1,302,261 passengers. In 2014, 17,294,871 passengers transited to African countries through Moroccan ports, that is an annual growth of 4.84% compared to 2013. read more

Fewer than half of 26000 recalled IRS staff report to work

WASHINGTON — Fewer than half of 26,000 furloughed IRS employees who have been recalled to work during the government shutdown to handle tax returns and taxpayers’ questions have returned to their jobs as of Tuesday, congressional and government aides say.The official start of the tax filing season is Monday, and the Trump administration had said that taxpayers owed refunds would receive them on time. But about 14,000 recalled employees haven’t reported to work, IRS officials told House committee staffers Thursday. Around 5,000 of them have sought permission under their union contract to be absent because of financial hardship. The remaining 9,000 couldn’t be reached by IRS managers.The administration had planned to eventually send about 46,000 furloughed IRS employees back to work — nearly 60 per cent of the IRS workforce.Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press read more

Earls Restaurant to use Certified Humane Beef will import from Kansas

by News Staff Posted Apr 27, 2016 6:14 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 28, 2016 at 7:13 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Earls Restaurant to use Certified Humane Beef; will import from Kansas It appears many Canadians have a beef with Earls Restaurant.The Canadian chain has announced it is now only using Certified Humane Beef and will be importing those products from Kansas, instead of Canadian producers.Earls will however still use Canadian eggs, pork and chicken.The company has an extensive page on its website about the decision.“Animals that are raised on Certified Humane® farms are treated with care, respect and dignity. These ranches are continually audited to ensure animals are humanely treated and ethically cared for from birth to pasture to pen,” the company says, adding why it’s moving away from Canadian beef.“After months of trying, we were unable to source a federally inspected, Certified Humane producer that could consistently meet our large supply needs,” the company said. “We travelled to see the ranches and abattoirs in the US, met with Dr. Temple Grandin…and in this case, Certified Humane was more important to us than origin, so we chose a US supplier for our beef.”The move drew a ton of reaction on Twitter, including Wildrose Leader Brian Jean.Disappointed to see @earlsrestaurant move away from Alberta Beef. Alberta farmers work hard to produce the best beef in the World. #ableg— Brian Jean (@BrianJeanWRP) April 27, 2016Canadian Cattlemen’s Association General Manager Rob McNabb feels the same way.“Basically disappointment that they didn’t discuss or consult with us on what we might be able to offer relative to certification or verification of these type of practices,” he said. “I don’t think that we’re second to anyone in the world as far as the level of care that our producers take in both raising their animals and ensuring a healthy and high quality product.”McNabb added his organization is currently implementing an animal care and sustainable production documentation program.“Certainly our door is open for us to present the type of program that we’re developing and I don’t doubt in the future that discussion will take place,” he said. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,450.69, down 52.98 points):Newmarket Gold Inc. (TSX:NMI). Miner. Up five cents, or 1.19 per cent, to $4.25 on 36.9-million shares.Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TSX:IVN). Miner. Down 13 cents, or 6.53 per cent, to $1.86 on 28.9-million shares.Teranga Gold Corp. (TSX:TGZ). Miner. Down four cents, or 2.94 per cent, to $1.32 on 25.9-million shares.Spartan Energy Corp. (TSX:SPE). Oil and gas. Down seven cents, or 2.13 per cent, to $3.21 on 14.9-million shares.Argonaut Gold Inc. (TSX:AR). Miner. Down 18 cents, or 4.69 per cent, to $3.66 on 12.8-million shares.Centerra Gold Inc. (TSX:CG). Miner. Up 25 cents, or 3.50 per cent, to $7.39 on 12.3-million shares.Companies reporting major news:BlackPearl Resources Inc. (TSX:PXX). Oil and gas. Up nine cents, or 7.26 per cent, to $1.33 on 696,848 shares. The developer of a multi-billion dollar oilsands project says approval announced Thursday by the Alberta government is critical to raising money or finding a partner with deep pockets to go ahead with construction. CEO John Festival of BlackPearl Resources says he is relieved after receiving official endorsement for the 80,000-barrel-per-day Blackrod project more than four years after filing an application in May 2012. Analysts estimate the first 20,000-barrel-per-day phase at Blackrod will cost about $800 million to build and Festival says that number is in the ballpark. Detailed estimates will come if the project is approved in future. by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 16, 2016 3:05 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

Lundin Mining and Euro Sun submit proposal to acquire Nevsun Resources

first_imgLundin Mining Corporation and Euro Sun Mining Inc have announced that they have submitted a proposal to Nevsun Resources Ltd to acquire all of Nevsun’s outstanding common shares for approximately C$1.5 billion. This proposal has been rejected by Nevsun. Lundin Mining says its numerous attempts to engage Nevsun and propose a mutually beneficial transaction have been unsuccessful. Nevsun’s key assets are the Timok copper-gold project in Serbia and the Bisha copper-zinc mine in Eritrea.“Working together, Lundin Mining and Euro Sun have identified a way to create significant value. Under the terms of the proposal, dated April 30, 2018, Nevsun shareholders would receive total consideration of C$5.00 per Nevsun share consisting of: (i) C$2.00 in cash funded by Lundin Mining; (ii) C$2.00 in shares of Lundin Mining; plus (iii) C$1.00 in shares of Euro Sun. The proposal would result in Lundin Mining owning the European assets of Nevsun including the Timok project and Euro Sun owning the remainder of Nevsun including the Bisha mine and Nevsun’s cash balance.”“Lundin Mining and Euro Sun believe strongly that the Proposal should be shared with all Nevsun shareholders. Lundin Mining and Euro Sun believe that the Proposal is extremely compelling for all Nevsun shareholders and represents a fully valued offer for Nevsun. The C$5.00 per share value of the total consideration represents a 40% premium to Nevsun’s closing price on April 30, 2018 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, a 54% premium to Nevsun’s 30-day volume weighted average price on the TSX for the period ended April 30, 2018, and a 92% premium to Nevsun’s closing price of C$2.61 on the TSX on February 6, 2018, the day prior to Lundin Mining’s initial offer.”Paul Conibear, President and CEO of Lundin Mining commented: “We believe our proposal is extremely compelling and in the best interests of Nevsun shareholders. Our significant experience in underground construction and mining, and track record of operating in Europe demonstrate our ability to be a strong and reputable developer of the Timok project in Serbia. Given the significant near-term financing needs of the Timok project and our strong balance sheet, the timing is ideal for Lundin Mining to acquire the Timok project and bring it into production as soon as possible. Our inclusion of cash and Lundin Mining shares will allow Nevsun shareholders to both crystallise value now and continue to share in the future growth of not only the Timok project, but benefit from the success of Lundin Mining’s operations, while participating in Lundin Mining’s future dividends.”Conibear continued: “After months of attempting to reach an agreement, we are disappointed that Nevsun has prevented its shareholders from considering our premium proposals and at this point in time, we believe that all Nevsun shareholders should be made aware of this opportunity. We remain fully committed to negotiating a transaction with Nevsun under the very attractive terms proposed.”Scott Moore, President & Chief Executive Officer of Euro Sun commented: “The acquisition of Bisha represents a unique value creation opportunity for both current Euro Sun shareholders and to our prospective new Nevsun shareholders. The addition of an operating asset will substantially de-risk the development of the Rovina Valley gold-copper porphyry project in Romania and we will look to add value at the Bisha mine through an aggressive exploration program. The Board and management of Euro Sun have a demonstrated track record of generating outstanding shareholder returns, including through their prior involvement with Avion Gold, and the purchase of Nevsun’s Tabakoto assets in Mali, which was subsequently sold at a significant premium. We strongly believe the potential of Bisha is well beyond its current mine life and Rovina represents an opportunity for all stakeholders to participate in the second largest gold project in Europe. We look forward to the opportunity to deliver increased value at Bisha and Rovina Valley to all the stakeholders of Nevsun as Euro Sun shareholders.”last_img read more

Pogba explains World Cup look

first_imgManchester United midfielder has explained his understated look for France at the World Cup, according to Mirror Football.The Frenchman caught the eye with his performances on the pitch rather with his flashy hairstyles during France’s successful World Cup campaign.Pogba was a key man for Les Bleus as they won the World Cup for only the second time in their history, putting in a top performance against Belgium in the semis and scoring their third goal in their 4-2 final win over Croatia.The United star performances in the latter stages of the tournament silenced his critics who criticize him for his flashy hairdos rather performances on the pitch.But the former Juventus star made sure that wouldn’t be the case in Russia.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Pogba took part in a Q&A session with fans on Instagram over the weekend, and one fan asked:“Why didn’t you paint your hair during the World Cup?”The 25-year-old replied: “Because I wanted the focus to be only on performance and not on my looks. So there was no excuse and they look only criticize the football part.”It remains to be seen if the World Cup winner will adopt a similar approach with United for the upcoming season.last_img read more

Vancouver man charged with robbery sexual assault

first_imgA 64-year-old Vancouver man is charged with sexually assaulting a Portland convenience store clerk Monday morning, authorities said.Ronald Steven Pickett allegedly forced the 20-year-old female clerk at Plaid Pantry, 735 S.E. 12th Ave., into a back room at knifepoint around 4:30 a.m., then sexually assaulted her. The alleged victim escaped when a customer came into the store, authorities said. A witness who called 911 followed Pickett on foot and provided location updates. Police eventually caught the suspect at Southeast Eighth Avenue and Taylor Street. He had a knife at the time of his arrest, authorities said.Pickett is being held at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of sodomy in the first degree, sex abuse in the first degree, unlawful sexual penetration in the first degree, kidnapping in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, attempted assault in the first degree and coercion. Pickett’s bond is $1,525,000. He will appear in court on the charges Tuesday.Information was not immediately available about what items Pickett allegedly stole from the store to warrant the robbery charge. He is charged with kidnapping because he allegedly held the woman against her will inside the store’s back room, Portland police officials said.last_img read more

Procession rejects postponement of quota protests

first_imgA faction of quota protesters brought out a procession at the Dhaka University campus area on Tuesday. Photo: Mosabber HossainA faction of the students and job-seeking youth has rejected the decision to postpone the demonstration demanding reforms of the quota system in public service, following talks with the government.Apparently infuriated by the postponement of the campaign before any formal announcement, the protesters in  hundreds held a rallly on the Dhaka University campus on Tuesday.Some of the protesters requested others not to bring out any procession and to wait until the government scrutises the matter and gives its decision after 7 May.In fact, the road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, in a meeting with a delegation of 20 demonstrators, said they had agreed to postpone the programme until 7 May.Some protesters expressed their dissent on Monday evening. On Tuesday they brought out a procession, chanting slogans demanding reforms in the quota system in public service.The protagonists of the dialogue with the government requested all others to ignore the call to continue the campaign, reports UNB.Rashed Khan, joint convener of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council, came up with the request while briefing reporters in front of Dhaka University Central Library premises.He alleged that a faction, from the beginning of the movement, was trying to disrupt their programme.Rashed also said that they have suspended their movement until 7 May following the assurance from the prime minister on quota reformation.He requested journalists not to cover any programme of the ‘dissidents’ as that might create confusion among people.The protesters apologised for assaulting some journalists during the Monday protest.The leaders of the council demanded an apology from agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury for her comments in parliament on Monday night.The ‘dissidents’ are in favour of carrying out their movement on the university campus, demanding reforms in the quota system within one week.last_img read more

Man Who Died from Ebola Endured Treatment Delays

first_imgHealth workers in protective suits transport Dr. Martin Salia, a surgeon working in Sierra Leone who had been diagnosed with Ebola, from a jet that brought him from Sierra Leone to a waiting ambulance that will take him to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Dr. Salia is the third Ebola patient at the Omaha hospital and the 10th person with Ebola to be treated in the U.S. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone did not receive aggressive treatment until nearly two weeks after he first started showing symptoms — a delay that doctors said probably made it impossible for anyone to save his life.Dr. Martin Salia was in the 13th day of his illness when he reached Omaha on Saturday. He had waited three days to be formally diagnosed after an initial test for Ebola came back negative. He then waited five more days to be flown to the United States.By the time the 44-year-old Maryland man got to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the deadly virus had done too much damage, shutting down Salia’s kidneys and making breathing difficult, doctors said. He died Monday.“In the very advanced stages, even the modern techniques we have at our disposal are not enough to help these patients once they reach a critical threshold,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gold, chancellor of the medical center.The virus has already killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa.Salia, who chose to work in his homeland despite more lucrative opportunities elsewhere, was first tested for Ebola on Nov. 7, but the test was negative, and he was discharged from a treatment center in Sierre Leone.It’s not unusual to see false negative tests for Ebola in the early stages because the amount of the virus in the bloodstream is still low, said Dr. Phil Smith, the infectious-disease expert who leads the Nebraska Medical Center’s biocontainment unit.The U.S. government warns doctors to be wary of possible false negative tests for Ebola.Salia tested positive for the disease on Nov. 10 but did not arrive at an Omaha hospital until Saturday.Two other Ebola patients treated in Omaha this fall arrived at the hospital roughly a week earlier in their illnesses, before nausea, vomiting and more serious symptoms set in. Both of those men recovered.Government officials in Sierra Leone promised a full investigation into the treatment Salia received.“At this point, we can’t say for certain whether it was this misdiagnosis or not that led to his death,” Deputy Information Minister Theo Nicol said in a statement to The Associated Press. The government planned to request a full medical report from the hospital where he was last treated.In this April 2014 photo provided by the United Methodist News Service, Dr. Martin Salia poses for a photo at the United Methodist Church’s Kissy Hospital outside Freetown, Sierra Leone. Salia who was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday, landed at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2014, and was being transported to the Nebraska Medical Center. (AP Photo/United Methodist News Service, Mike DuBose)Salia, a permanent U.S. resident, was reportedly receiving blood from an Ebola survivor while in Sierra Leone, the government statement said. The treatment is believed to provide antibodies to fight the virus.The government statement questioned whether “the strain of the 16-hour trip could have had a negative impact on his recovery.”Doctors with an air-transport service assessed Salia in Sierra Leone last week before deciding he was stable enough for the long flight to Nebraska.In Omaha, Salia was placed on kidney dialysis and a ventilator and was given several medications, the hospital said. He was given the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp and received another plasma transfusion from an Ebola survivor.“I know that we gave him every possible chance to survive. I think that his family feels confident in that as well,” Dr. Daniel Johnson said Monday at a news conference.Salia’s wife, Isatu Salia, who lives in New Carrollton, Maryland, said Monday that the family believed he was treated “in the best place possible.”But by the time her husband arrived in Omaha, he was already unresponsive, doctors said.In a Friday telephone interview, she said she had spoken to her husband and prayed with him. Although his voice sounded weak and shaky, she said he told her “I love you” in a steady voice.Salia graduated from the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons training program in 2008. He was free to practice anywhere he wanted, but he chose to stay in Sierra Leone, where the need for surgeons is immense.“He honestly believed that’s what God wanted him to do,” said Bruce Steffes, executive director of the academy.Salia was a member of a United Brethren Church congregation in Sierra Leone, and the church helped support his medical training.Jeff Bleijerveld, director of global ministries for the church, knew Salia through missionary work. He said Salia’s death is a testament to “his Christian faith, his willingness to, if necessary, lay down his life for others.”___Associated Press writers Nedra Pickler in Washington, D.C., Clarence Roy-Macaulay in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Nelson Lampe in Omaha, Nebraska, and Krista Larson in Dakar, Senegal, contributed to this report.last_img read more

Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys The Big Lie is Thrilling Must

first_imgStay on target “A Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery unlike any other you’ve ever read! When the teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are accused of the murder of their father – a detective in the small resort town of Bayport – they must team up with Nancy Drew to prove their innocence (and find the real guilty party in the process) in a twisting noir tale, complete with double-crosses, deceit, and dames. “NANCY DREW AND THE HARDY BOYS: THE BIG LIE TP (W): Anthony Del Col (A): Werther Dell’Edera (C): Stefano Simeone (L): Simon Bowland (CA): Fay DaltonThere’s so much to say about this comic, and I don’t even know where to start. I’m an absolute sucker for a good crime story, especially if it’s laced with noir film elements. They have to drip in mystery and curiosity to keep me hanging on to get to the whodunit of it all. Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie does this bigger and better than you’d expect.via DynamiteAnthony Del Col takes the original classic mystery solvers, The Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew and brings them into a new era, perfectly presenting them to this modern-era. However, he keeps their well-known personalities attached, with a bit of an upgrade. Del Col writes this mystery with a twist at every turn, a suspect hid in the dark and the only ones to trust are your three main characters. But what if they’re lying as well? Del Col gives a fantastic narrative wrapped in an unsolved enigma. His writing is intriguing and well-thought out. He brings all of these characters into one place making it dark and gritty with edgy silhouettes.Del Col also writes some powerful dynamics between the characters. He creates characters with tragedy and misery between with family and the three friends. With doing this, he truly makes this new vision of the classics his own. The sibling rivalry between the Hardy Boys is all too real, but Nancy acts as their saving grace. There’s no love story. But it’s tension between the three childhood friends that makes for this story to be even more fantastic than it already is. There’s a comparison of this to Riverdale, but I would almost disagree. I’d watch this as a True Detective type HBO story anytime if Anthony Del Col is at the helm for writing.via DynamiteWerther Dell’edera’s art makes this comic into the underbelly type beautiful mystique that it is. It’s awe-inspiring and breath-taking. Dell’edera’s art is 100% made for noir type comics. He creates an atmosphere with his pencils that are shrouded in mystery. They are leading you deeper into the narrative and trying to pick up clues to solve the mystery. One thing that Dell’edera does within the comic is create suspicion, doubt, and vulnerability with eyes alone. Each panel where it focuses on eyes leaves me spellbound because of how much emotion comes through, especially if they were Nancy Drew’s beautiful blues.Stefano Simeone comes with colors that almost resemble watercolors. The way he works with Dell’edera’s art and picks up that sense of secrecy and emotion within the comic sets the mood. Simeone’s colors shine the most as everything is sheltered in darkness. He knows where his light sources are and what he needs to make brighter or not. The coloring sets this comic in a direction that I’d love to see on film or television.via DynamiteThis team wouldn’t round out its brilliance without Simon Bowland. Bowland’s lettering gives you a distinct voice of who is telling the story and makes it clear. There’s never any frustrations about whose voice we’re listening to. Bowland makes the distinction for you. You never lose the uncertainty in the character or the secrecy that surrounds them. With Del Col’s script, he lays out the right kind of placement to make you genuinely feel for each of the characters. I think this may be my favorite comic of the year that does voice-overs so skillfully.Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie not only provides you with great characters and intense writing from start to finish, but with stunning visuals that will leave you pouring through its panels. It’ll feed the murder mystery and crime lovers with something new. It’ll also bring back those hardcore fans of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys and present them with something new. Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop. Variant Covers to Grab This Week (9/5/18)Variant Covers to Grab This Week (8/1/18) center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Literacy rate in state higher than natl average

first_imgKolkata: The state government will soon fill up the vacancies in the Mass Education Extension and Library Services department, Siddiqullah Chowdhury, Minister of State of the department said on Saturday.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Today is International Literacy Day. The issue of literacy is a key component of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Our Govt is committed to spreading the light of education among all.” He was addressing a gathering to celebrate the International Literacy Day at Rabindra Sadan on Saturday afternoon. He said as per the 2011 Census, the literacy rate in Bengal is 76 percent but has gone up by at least another 9-10 percent. According to 2011 Census, literacy rate in Bihar is 55 percent, Odisha is 69 percent, Assam is 62 percent and Jharkhand 60 percent. He said steps have already been taken to expedite the literacy drive in all the districts. In Bengal, West Midnapore has the highest literacy rate that is 92 percent while in Uttar Dinajpur and Purulia, the rates are 69 percent and 64 percent respectively. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSaugata Roy, the party’s MP, alleged that the Centre was not providing funds to carry out literacy drives whereas the national rate of literacy is 73 percent compared to Bengal’s 76 percent.Shashi Panja, state minister for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, added that mere literacy is not enough and the neo-literates should be included in the skill development schemes of the state government.Bratya Basu, state IT minister, assured that the department was ready to provide every cooperation to the Mass Education and Library Services department. The way Bengal has become the No. 1 state in the country in 100 days’ work, it is not very far off from becoming the No. 1 state in literacy in India, he hoped.State Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said in the past seven years, Bengal has made immense development in education. Literacy drives have been conducted in every Block.last_img read more

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