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Rocky of the Rovers: success of Roy’s sister a sign of changing times

first_imgWomen’s football Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Read more Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Comics and graphic novels features England women’s football team Rocky’s story has evolved in real time on the National Literacy Trust website. Photograph: Lizzie Coan/Lisa Henke The Roy of the Rovers strip made its debut in Tiger comic in 1954 and ended in 2001, with Roy as owner of Melchester Rovers. In 2016 Rebellion, the publishers of 2000AD, Britain’s long-running and most zarjaz comic, purchased the rights. They wanted to reboot the character and did so successfully in 2018 as a 16-year-old starting over in a series of graphic novels and books alternating between formats to tell one, flowing story.The books were written by Tom Palmer and the graphic novels by Rob Williams. Both writers were acutely aware the series had to be brought up to date. They wanted Roy to have a sister and for her to be a player and so Roxanne or Rocky of the Rovers was born.Palmer has been a successful, professional author of children’s fiction for 11 years and published 48 books. He has worked extensively with the National Literacy Trust using football-related fiction to promote reading.For the men’s World Cup in South Africa, he wrote a series of “live” stories with an instalment every day, published free by the Literacy Trust. It was hugely popular and this year, with Rocky already successful in the reboot, she has been the lead in a 10-part adventure, alongside Roy and coach Ffion as they follow the Lionesses, of which the final chapter will be released on Friday morning. “Spitting and elbowing people in the face was horrible. She knew that. But it was equally horrible if men did it as if women did it. This man. She loathed him now. Ladylike? Really?”Palmer admits the live concept sounds unusual but that kids have lapped it up. “It can be a bit bonkers but it works,” he says. “The children really love it, because they can’t believe that they can read a story that was written in the last 24 hours; they think all stories were written centuries ago.”Rocky, Palmer also hopes, may represent a fundamental shift in children’s fiction, similar to the one seen in the extraordinary rise in popularity of the World Cup. “As a father of a girl it was a real struggle to find anything for her that wasn’t about ballet or riding horses,” he says. Having also published an award-wining book about a girl fell-runner he sees it is a landscape that is slowly changing. Whatever happens to the Lionesses against Norway on Thursday night, a dramatic finale will follow for one Englishwoman at the World Cup – and thousands of young readers cannot wait to find out how she wraps up her adventures in France. On the 65th anniversary of Roy of the Rovers making his comic debut, the fictional adventures of his sister Rocky at the tournament in France are combining football and reading in a new, exciting narrative form which has encouraging literacy at its heart. The World Cup, the Lionesses and Rocky are riding a wave that is leaving football’s dinosaurs behind. “There is a definite momentum – it’s fantastic,” says Palmer. “You don’t hear those voices of scorn and dissent as much as you used to. For the young generation who are reading this story, seeing people involved in women’s sport, they will see it as normal.”Rocky will be at the heart of a new book in the Roy reboot series and there may be more to come from France. The story arc concludes on Friday but Palmer promises that if England make it through, two extra chapters will follow. A prospect which will delight fans of the Lionesses, and of Rocky, who will be ecstatic to find herself at least at a semi-final. Pinterest Topics Share on Twitter The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. This has been a labour of love for Palmer. “I struggled a lot with reading when I was younger,” he explains. “I was intimidated by it and my mum knew I struggled, so she got me reading match reports and magazines like Shoot and comics like Roy of the Rovers. Football made me a reader, which made me a writer.”What he has created for this World Cup and is free on the National Literacy Trust website is a splendid yarn that evolves in real time as the tournament progresses and one where, uniquely, children have had the chance to vote on where the story goes.What began then as an adventure of teens abroad following football has developed into one with a ghost/crime element as requested by the thousands of eight- to 14-year-olds who have devoured it. Being written live it also reflects real events and has a modern agenda old Roy would have found unrecognisable.As the villain of the piece reflects on the elbowing and spitting in the England-Cameroon game, he finds it distasteful only because it was not “ladylike”, which makes Rocky furious. Share on Facebook Read more Women’s World Cup 2019 power rankings: USA top, Germany rising Facebook Women’s World Cup 2019 Share on LinkedIn Women’s World Cup Twitter World Cup prompts unprecedented global explosion for women’s football Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Pressure on to get Barbuda people back home

first_img August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Barbuda, October 10, 2017 – Barbuda, which had to evacuate the entire island population following its decimation by Hurricane Irma is now faced with the 1,800 residents crying to go back home.    Reports online confirm that while these islanders are homesick, their island is still sick and in no shape to take them in.Residents say they are determined to rebuild their lives in #Barbuda but the Government says the return home is not advisable at this stage.   It was also reported in the update, that the healthcare, schools, and social services systems in Antigua are considerably overwhelmed by the addition of the Bardudians who had to move to their country’s main island after their bout with #HurricaneIrma in early September.#MagneticMediaNewsPhoto credit: UN Recommended for you FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing Related Items:#Barbud, #HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passedlast_img read more

TOWN NOTICE Next Portion Of Woburn St Water Main Improvement Project Now Underway

first_imgLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington DPW & Public Buildings Dept. Complete Dozens Of Projects To Get Schools Ready For Opening DayIn “Education”Wilmington Yardwaste Center Will Be Open Twice This SeptemberIn “Community”Wilmington Yardwaste Center Open This Week — August 7 & 10In “Government” WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a message from the Wilmington Department of Public Works:In late August, Joseph P. Cardillo & Son, Inc., a contractor working for the Town of Wilmington, began the installation of a new 12-inch cement lined ductile iron water main that starts at the Park Street/Woburn Street area (where the town is completing its portion of the project) and crosses over the I-93 overpass to the west side of the bridge.The I-93 bridge crossing portion of the work will occur during the over night hours.Once connected, this continuous line of new pipe will mark the final stage of water main replacement to be completed in this immediate vicinity.It is anticipated that the project will be completed prior to October 31, 2019.Please follow the directives of the police officers and any traffic advisory signs that may be in place.last_img read more

More Americans quitting jobs as labour market strengthens

first_imgUS job openings surged in December and the number of Americans voluntarily quitting work hit a nine-year high, pointing to labour market strength despite a slowdown in economic growth.The signs of a robust jobs market could ease concerns about the health of the economy, which were underscored by other reports on Tuesday showing a drop in small business confidence in January to a two-year low and further declines in wholesale inventories.”If the labour market is tightening, can the economy really be faltering?” said Joel Naroff, chief economist at Naroff Economic Advisors in Holland, Pennsylvania.Job openings, a measure of labour demand, increased 2,61,000 to a seasonally adjusted 5.61 million in December, the Labour Department said in its monthly Job Openings and Labour Turnover Survey (JOLTS). It was the second highest reading since the series started in 2001.The so-called JOLTS report is among the data watched by Federal Reserve officials to get a pulse on both the labour market and inflation.The increase lifted the jobs openings rate to 3.8 percent from 3.6 percent in November. The hiring rate was unchanged at 3.7 percent, indicating that employers were having trouble finding qualified workers for vacant positions.A total of 3.1 million Americans quit their jobs in December, the highest number since December 2006. That pushed the quits rate, which the Fed looks at as a measure of confidence in the jobs market, to 2.1 percent — the highest level since April 2008.The dollar pared losses against the yen after the data, while US stocks briefly reversed losses. Prices of long-dated US Treasuries were trading higher.The report came ahead of Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s testimony to Congress on Wednesday. A raft of weak economic reports, plummeting oil prices and a stock market sell-off have raised doubts as to whether the US central bank will hike interest rates this year.The Fed raised its overnight benchmark interest rate in December, its first hike in nearly a decade. The economy, however, has been undermined by a strong dollar, sluggish global demand and an effort by businesses to sell off inventory.Ongoing capital spending cuts by energy firms also are weighing on growth.SLACK BEING REDUCED”Skeptics may argue that these (JOLTS) numbers are backward looking, and that spillovers from tighter financial conditions or the energy slump will curb labour market dynamics in the months to come,” said Harm Bandholz, chief US economist at UniCredit Research in New York.”This is certainly a risk and one important reason why the Fed is currently sitting back and waiting. But why should this happen now when it hasn’t over the past several months? After all, oil prices started to fall in mid-2014, and most of the adjustment occurred in the first half of 2015.”The number of unemployed job seekers per open job, a measure of labour market slack, fell to 1.4 in December, the lowest level since March 2007 and down from 1.5 in November.”Diminishing labour market slack has led to a modest increase in wage growth, evident across several measures of worker compensation,” said Jesse Hurwitz, an economist at Barclays in New York. “We expect that wage growth will continue to move up gradually, helping core inflation return toward target once the headwinds from lower import prices subside.”While a separate report from the National Federation of Independent Business showed its Small Business Optimism Index fell 1.3 points to a two-year low of 93.9 in January, businesses continued to report tightening labor market conditions.Small businesses reported a shortage of qualified workers to fill job openings, prompting some to start raising wages to attract and retain them. The share of small businesses raising compensation increased to its highest level since 2007.”The combination of more job openings and more people quitting could result in pay increases, and we have seen a few other signs that wages have increased as the labour market has tightened,” said Daniel Silver, an economist at JPMorgan in New York.Wage growth, which has been frustratingly slow, picked up significantly in January. Still, growth in average hourly earnings is yet to break above 2.5 percent on a year-over-year basis. Economists say wages need to grow between 3 percent and 3.5 percent to lift inflation near the Fed’s 2 percent target.In a third report on Tuesday, the Commerce Department said wholesale inventories dipped 0.1 percent in December after dropping 0.4 percent in November.The weak inventory data added to soft December construction spending and factory orders reports in suggesting that fourth-quarter GDP growth could be revised down to an annual rate of about 0.4 percent from the 0.7 percent pace reported last month.The government will publish its second GDP growth estimate later this month.last_img read more

Trading high

first_imgThe 34th edition of India Trade Promotion Organisation is going to commence in the Capital. The event will be inaugurated by President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, on 14 November at Hamsadhwani Theatre, Pragati Maidan. The partner country this year is South Africa, Thailand is the focus country whereas Delhi is the focus state. The theme of the fair is ‘Women Entrepreneurs’. Over 25 women enterpreneurs from the partner country will be exhibiting their final products at the event. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Over 6500  participants  from India and abroad are taking part in the fair. Countries like – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bahrain, China, Cuba, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia,  Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Thailand,  Tibet, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam are taking part in this grand event this year.  There are 31 Central Government Ministries, Departments along with their agencies/PSUs, while all the States and  UTs apart from leading private sector companies will bring up the domestic sector.‘Committed to the new mantra of Make in India, the fair will also focus on the PM Modi’s cleanliness drive, Swachh Bharat Mission’, an official said during a press meet.Various cultural programmes have been organised all throughout the fair. The first five days of the fair i.e 14-18 November will be exclusively for the business visitors only.last_img read more