TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Update to Traffic Advisory, HalifaxRegional Municipality HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Continuing work at the Kearney Lake interchange on Highway 102northbound (outbound) will reduce traffic to one lane until 9a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20. A detour will be in place betweenmidnight tonight, Aug. 19, and 7 a.m. on Wednesday. Northboundtraffic will be directed to travel on the ramps at Exit 2 whilerepairs continue on the overpass. -30-
Mumbai: Siddhant Chaturvedi, who became an overnight sensation after his stellar debut in “Gully Boy”, will be next seen in an action and comedy films. Siddhant also said he is set to collaborate again with Excel Entertainment, who launched him in “Gully Boy”, for a film. “I have two films in my hand. One is an action film, (where I will be) trained in taekwondo. Another one is a proper comedy film,” the actor told PTI. “I am doing a film with Excel. But it is not my next film. The film with them is huge. It is a lead role,” Siddhant added. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography Asked if any of the upcoming films is with Yash Raj Films, as reported, he refused to comment on it. Speculations are rife about director Zoya Akhtar planning a prequel for Siddhant’s character MC Sher. But the actor dismissed reports and said he would not like to cash in on the popularity of the role. “I would rather not touch it as it is too scary. I don’t want to cash in on that character, I want to move on. If I had to repeat myself I would have done 9 am to 5pm job,” he said. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “Zoya Akhtar is interested in making ‘Gully Boy’ (sequel), maybe something on the Delhi chapter. There is a huge pop scene in Delhi as well so she may do a part two,” he added. Siddhant said he wants to prove himself as lead and is carefully choosing scripts. “I am not related to anyone in the film industry and I can’t afford to miss the flight. I am an outsider, there is nepotism and other things also happen. I am taking time to read scripts. I happen to read at least three to four scripts a week. “I want to prove myself in a lead role and that script has to be bang on, so I take time to choose the right one. I believe every film is your first film. I haven’t done much, I am yet to prove myself,” he said.
New Delhi: Actor Nushrat Bharucha says breaking an image is one of the biggest challenges for an actor. Nushrat rose to fame by playing the girl-next-door characters in Pyaar Ka Punchnama films and Sweety in Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. Does she want to break that image? “Breaking an image actually is one of the toughest fights an actor can fight. Also, it becomes one of the most challenging things for me,” Nushrat said. “For me, it sort of becomes one of the most challenging reasons to approach a film or to get to a film. It excites me more because I feel like ‘Yeah, this (role) people have not seen me do and they will really be able to see me in a different light’,” she added. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaNushrat will next be seen in Hurdang, a love story set in the 1990s, a time when the youth fought for their rights and spent a lot of time occupied with self-realisation. “I hope with my next few films I am able to give them something that they wouldn’t have imagined me doing,” she said, adding that her character in the film is “gritty” and “to-the-face”. Bharucha debuted in Hindi cinema in 2006 with the film Jai Santoshi Maa. She then starred alongside Jackky Bhagnani in the science fiction romantic drama Kal Kissne Dekha (2009) which was a commercial failure. The following year, she was paired with Rajkummar Rao and Anshuman Jha in Dibakar Banerjee’s experimental anthology drama Love Sex Aur Dhokha.
APTN National NewsWinnipeg Police stated that they will go ahead with the search of a local landfill site for the body of Tanya Nepinak.Because of the size of the area it will take a considerable amount of man-power.They have yet to issue an official call for volunteers but they’ve hinted that some may be needed.So how vital will volunteers be to this search?APTN’s Matt Thordarson explains.
New Delhi: As many as seven children were rescued from a placement agency in South East Delhi’s Govindpuri on Tuesday. The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) said that the rescue was the result of continuous surveillance on the agency. According to DCPCR, two girls, aged around 14, were rescued by Madhya Pradesh state commission in 2018 from Indore. The minors claimed that they were forced into child labour by a Delhi based placement agency. Later, the Madhya Pradesh state commission informed DCPCR. “After receiving the information we kept continuous surveillance on the agency,” said Roop Sudesh Vimal, member DCPCR. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsTo take action against the agency, Roop Sudesh Vimal on March 5 wrote to Delhi Police mentioning that the girls were working at a doctor’s house. “Therefore you are directed to take appropriate action and submit the detailed action taken report,” claimed the letter accessed by the Millennium Post newspaper. On Tuesday, DCPCR with Delhi Police reached the placement agency and rescued five girls aged (8-14) and two boys (aged 10-12) mostly from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”They were kept in two rooms. We have also seized several registers containing details of other children,” said Roop adding that they are verifying the license of the placement agency. DCPCR official further informed that before placing the minors, the agency used to give them health kits containing soaps and other items. “We suspect that in the register, the ages of children were changed. We have recovered several phones too,” said an official. He further said that the human trafficking angle is also being probed. NGO Mission Mukti Foundation helped the commission in the rescue operation. Delhi Police is further investigating the case.
Kolkata: An elderly woman reportedly committed suicide by setting herself on fire on Monday. The deceased identified as Lakshmi Mondal (90) lived with her grandson’s family at Phoolbagan.According to a source, Mondal lived with her grandson Babul and his family of three for long time in a shanty. It is alleged that Babul along with his wife and son resided in a room while the elderly woman stayed outside the room in an open space. Mondal was reportedly was suffering from acute pain in her waist since long time. On the wee hours of Monday she set herself on fire by pouring kerosene. Babul woke up after he started feeling hot due to the flames and experienced a burning smell. However, he couldn’t do anything as Mondal lied outside the room and was already in flames. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhen he and other family members screamed for help, the neighbours rushed and poured water on Mondal’s body to put out the flames. Babul’s son informed police about the incident. Police personnel from Phoolbagan police station arrived and recovered Mondal. She was rushed to the NRS Medical College and Hospital. While the doctors were attending her, Mondal reportedly said that she set herself on fire as she couldn’t bear the pain in her waist and back. In the afternoon, she succumbed to her burn injuries. Though no foul play could be detected, the police are investigating the case from all possible angles. An unnatural death case has been registered and no complaint has been lodged against anyone till Tuesday.
Rabat – The Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Rachid Belmokhtar, announced on Thursday in Rabat the launch of a professional baccalaureate, a new high school program designed to cover the shortfall of professionals in some fields.The Ministry of Education and Vocational Training aims at developing and training human resources in Morocco to fill the gap in industrial maintenance, mechanical industry, aircraft industry, and the management of agricultural labor.This project, which the Ministry has developed over several months, is aimed at responding to the necessities of Moroccan and foreign enterprises. However, as Belmokhtar has stated, the curriculum could be changed according to the enterprises and companies at anytime. By doing so, numerous students will not unnecessarily waste their time studying non-vocational subjects in math, science, or the humanities at the university.According to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Training, Lahsen Daoudi, the State will not waste precious expenses for graduate students in less sought-for branches at the university. In previous statements Daoudi has described literature students as a burden on both society and their parents.“If the students are not oriented since the primary school to the sciences subjects, we will suffer at the University,” he said.“Most people no longer opt for mathematics, in the light of the predominance of schools of literature and law, which became a refuge for those who do not find another way to study,” he added.In his turn, the Minister Delegate to the Minister of National Education in charge of Vocational Training, Abdeladim El Guerrouj, stated that creating such baccalaureate programs targets the combination between education and vocational training, both at the level of preparation programs and recruitment of human resources and equipment. El Guerrouj underlined the importance of vocational training in order to create more job opportunities for the youth.
A new wave of aggression and hostilities against humanitarian operations in Somalia is putting at risk the lives of the strife-torn nation’s children and women, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today. The agency cited in particular the take-over and month-long occupation of its compound in the Central Somali town of Jowhar by militiamen after the town came under the control of the Al-Shabaab group last month.The Jowhar compound is the biggest operational hub for UNICEF’s support to about 200 feeding centres, and the subsequent looting and destruction of vital humanitarian items during the attack on 17 May have seriously affected its ability to assist the most vulnerable children and women. “Perpetrators of these unacceptable and irresponsible actions must understand that their actions have serious consequences on their own children and women, their own communities and people,” said Hannan Suleiman, acting UNICEF Representative to Somalia.“We are talking about over a million children under five years of age. We’re talking about 40,000 children under three years old who are malnourished that will not be provided with feeding products. We are talking about over 700,000 women that will not be provided with tetanus shots, vaccinations and other services,” she said in an interview with UN Radio.UNICEF is demanding that its facilities in Jowhar town be vacated by the militiamen and that all of its looted supplies and equipment be returned.Fighting broke out in early May between Government troops and the opposition Al-Shabaab and Hisb-ul-Islam groups, driving around 100,000 people from their homes in the capital, Mogadishu. In a related development, the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned an attack in Mogadishu that left one journalist dead and another seriously injured.Two unidentified men opened fire on Muktar Mohamed Hirabe, the director of Radio Shabelle, and Ahmed Omar Hashi, Radio Shabelle’s news editor, as they were walking in Bakara Market on 7 June. UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said the killing of Mr. Hirabe and the wounding of Mr. Hashi constitute “an intolerable breach” of the basic human right of freedom of expression and of citizens’ right to be informed.“It is essential for the return of peace and democracy to Somalia that those in positions of authority do all they can to end these unacceptable attacks on media personnel. It is also essential that measures be taken to punish the culprits of these crimes,” he stated.The 48-year-old radio director is the fifth journalist assassinated in Somalia this year, according to UNESCO. 17 June 2009A new wave of aggression and hostilities against humanitarian operations in Somalia is putting at risk the lives of the strife-torn nation’s children and women, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today.
Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 3, 2012 6:40 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,359.47 down 31.76 points):Torex Gold Resources Inc. (TSX:TXG). Miner. Down four cents, or 2.06 per cent, at $1.90 on 7,542,004 shares. The stock has been trading heavily for the second day in a row. Torex released a technical report for its Morelos Gold project in Mexico earlier in the week.Sulliden Gold Corp. Ltd. (TSX:SUE). Gold exploration. Down 16 cents, or 14.68 per cent, at 93 cents on 6,613,850 shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down five cents, or 0.48 per cent, at $10.31 on 4,773,782 shares. The gold sector was one of the of the biggest decliners on the main TSX index, dropping 0.96 per cent to 345.91 points.Talison Lithium Ltd. (TSX:TLH). Miner. Up four cents, or 0.62 per cent, at $6.50 on 4,710,576 shares. The metals and mining sector rose 1.06 per cent to 903.83 points.Capstone Mining Corp. (TSX:CS). Miner. Up two cents, or 0.80 per cent, at $2.51 on 4,707,342 shares.Progress Energy Resources Corp. (TSX:PRQ). Oil and gas. Down five cents, or 0.23 per cent at $21.88 on 3,898,108 shares. The energy sector lost 1.08 per cent to 261.18 points, as crude price dropped at a level not seen since early August. The November contract plunged US$3.75 per cent to $88.14 per barrel.TSX Venture Exchange (1,325.22 down 6.56 points):Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSXV:PRY). Oil and gas. Down eight cents, or 4.73 per cent, at $1.61 on 9,969,761 shares.Route1 Inc. (TSX:ROI). Security and technology. Unchanged at four cents on 4,296,750 shares.Companies reporting major news:Argent Energy Trust (TSX:AET.UN). Up 10 cents, or 0.95 per cent, at $10.59 on 92,836 shares. The Calgary-based company is buying a group of producing properties in Texas and Oklahoma for US$132.5 million. The properties have total estimated gross reserves of approximately 3.9 million barrels of oil equivalent on a proved basis.Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B). Media. Down 42 cents, or 1.26 per cent, at $33 on 339,654 shares. The Montreal-based company is buying back 30.5 million shares in its operating arm from the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, in a transaction valued at $1.5 billion. The Caisse’s interest in Quebecor Media Inc. is being reduced to 24.6 per cent from 45.3 per cent.Thompson Creek Metals (TSX:TCM). Miner. Down two cents, or 0.76 per cent, at $2.61 on 1,769,774 shares. The diversified miner announced it is expected to save more than $100 million at its molybdenum mine in Idaho by cutting jobs and suspending stripping activity. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“Criminal prosecution for defamation has a chilling effect on freedom of the press,” said Ravina Shamdasani, the spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “International standards are clear that imprisonment is never an appropriate penalty for defamation.”Editor Alan Morison and reporter Chutima Sidasathian, who write for Phuketwan, a small English-language newspaper based on one of the Thai islands, cited a Reuters investigative report alleging the involvement of Thai naval security forces in smuggling Rohingya asylum-seekers fleeing Myanmar, where ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims have been clashing since last year. Mr. Morison and Ms. Sidasathian have also been charged for breaching the Computer Crimes Act for publishing the 17 July online article.Ms. Shamdasani stressed the essential role media plays in imparting information and promoting transparency and accountability on this important issue. “The criminal charges against Mr. Morison and Ms. Chutima could have serious implications on Phuketwan’s future operations, possibly compromising its ability to report on issues related to Rohingya asylum-seekers to the public,” she noted.If convicted, they face up to two years’ imprisonment on the criminal defamation charges and five years in prison for breaching the Computer Crimes Act, as well as fines equivalent to $3,125.The Computer Crimes Act, which came into force in Thailand in 2007, seeks to bar the spread of material believed to threaten national security or create panic. The Act has been criticized by Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression Frank La Rue, an independent UN expert, for being “vague and overly broad, and the harsh criminal sanctions are neither necessary nor proportionate to protect the monarchy or national security.”
GARDAÍ HAVE ISSUED a renewed appeal for information as part of their investigation into the suspected murder of Michael Gannon at his home in Skerries last night.The 55-year-old man, originally from Finglas, had been babysitting his two grandchildren at his home in Mourne Park when he answered the front door and was attacked and stabbed to death.A post mortem examination was carried out and completed this afternoon but gardaí said they will not be releasing the results for operational reasons.A man in his 20s is being questioned in connection with the investigation following his arrest earlier.In a renewed appeal for information tonight, gardaí in Balbriggan are seeking information from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area between 5pm and 6pm yesterday to contact them.Gardaí can be reached on 01 802 0511, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.Read: Man in his 20s questioned over Skerries death
Fans of Pokemon are equal parts egg-cited (wait for it) and egg-splosive (a little longer) in their comments about the reveal of Exeggutor’s (there we go) new Alola form, debuting in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. I’m sorry I’m not sorry for all the puns, you guys.This Pokemon starts as a bunch of eggs called Exeggcute that evolves into Exeggutor. The eggs turn into coconut heads and the body is a rotund palm tree. While not making a lot of sense, it’s still pretty cute. However, in the new reveal by Nintendo, Exeggutor looks like it will be getting a tall-order makeover in its Alola form.In the new game, there are multiple tropical islands for you to explore to find new Pokemon. The Alola forms don’t necessarily mean the new Pokemon forms are island-themed, but just different than their original. In Exeggutor’s case, the new form is a golden goose for internet memes. I mean, just look at the extra coconut by its tail!Fans find the evolution pretty ridiculous, and the memes that popped up in the last week prove it. Here are some of the best we’ve rounded up from around the web.This is to scale, right? Pic by Twitter user @Pokari288Alola Exeggutor is just another hurdle to overcome. Like this damn flagpole from Mario Bros. Pic from KnowYourMeme.comWhen the Titans attack! Pic from KnowYourMeme.comToo tall for just one cup of latte art. Make it two! Pic by Twitter user @george_10g.Don’t forget the derpy tail! Stare into the soul of the unknown.Looks like Exeggutor makes a handy weapon too! Pic fromKnowYourMeme.comSephiroth is getting in on the Exeggutor-wielding fun. Pic from Kupoo via Reddit.Ryu knows what’s up. Gif by Bartsool via Reddit.Even Pikachu wants to get in on the fun. Pic from KnowYourMeme.comAnother confusing change is that Exeggutor changed from grass/psychic type to grass/dragon.In response, it looks like Charizard, who is somehow not a dragon-type, is a little jealous. Pic by Twitter user @NotStardyAnd finally, we leave you with the best image we’ve found so far: An Exeggutor that truly pierces the heavens. Get ready to scroll a ton.Pic by RaiRu64 via Reddit.
It wasn’t an easy book to write, they said. Every word serves as a reminder of the son they lost and their fight for justice. “The hardest thing to write in that book was the initial call that I made to Sybrina,” Tracy said.“The most hurtful part to me of this book was the funeral, knowing that he transitioned from this earth to heaven,” Fulton said.The novel contains intimate moments, they hope, will keep their son’s legacy alive.“Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin” will be released on Jan. 31.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SANFORD, Fla. (WSVN) — Trayvon Martin’s parents are hoping to share their story of pain to inspire others through a book detailing their experience after the loss of their son.“There are so many parents that are experiencing some of the same things that we were going through, as far as emotions and struggling with the loss, that we decided to put it in writing,” said Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother.It’s been nearly five years since Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida, by George Zimmerman, who was acquitted for the shooting. Half a decade later, his parents are sharing their story in a book titled, “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.”“Reliving the story, reliving what we went through at the trial, reliving what went through after the trial, everyday, it’s tough to sit down and just continuously go over that,” said Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin.In spite of the pain, the couple continue to re-tell their story, making sure to reach as many people as they can.During the 2016 presidential election, Fulton even campaigned for Hillary Clinton, and spoke at the Democratic National Convention.Just last week, she marched with hundreds of thousands of women in Washington D.C. “The women’s march in Washington has left an impact,” she said. “It has reenergized me to come back to my community and want to do a lot more than what I was doing.”
MIAMI (WSVN) – A missing Miami elderly man has been found safe and in good health.Officials said 82-year-old Isidro Crucet disappeared from the area of Southwest 12th Avenue and Third Street on Monday evening. He was found in good health at around 6:45 p.m., Tuesday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Isidro Crucet has been located in good health. Thanks to all who assisted in locating him. https://t.co/UorpWdbf6z— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) July 30, 2019
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Visakhapatnam: President of AP Chambers of Commerce and Industry Federation G Sambasiva Rao met Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and Industry minister Mekapati Goutham Reddy, along with core committee members at Diplomatic Outreach event on Economic and Investment opportunities in Andhra Pradesh organised by the state government in association with ministry of external affairs on Friday in Vijayawada. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us Federation president Sambasiva Rao thanked the Chief Minister for appointing exclusive managing director for Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Ltd (APIIC). Rao requested the Chief Minister for a quarterly interactive meet with trade and industry to know the ground realities enable them to create conducive atmosphere and retain the investors’ confidence. The Chief Minister responded positively for the proposal and assured help.
Style sheets. A style sheet is a list of choices you made while writing, which you keep track of so you can ensure consistency. If you’re writing fantasy or science fiction, your characters may have unique or oddly spelled names—all of them should be in your style sheet. Reading aloud. Reading your work aloud brings your ears into the mix and can help you catch typos, missing words, and flawed syntax. It also gives you a sense of how the words flow.After you’ve used all these tools to QC your work, you should hire an editor. Every manuscript should have a second pair of eyes on it so that it will be clean before you move to the next step, publication.Do you need to pay for an editor? Well, if you know a competent editor who is willing to work for flowers, a bottle of wine, or your undying affection, you might not have to pay them cash money. However, editing requires skill and training, like being an auto mechanic or a plumber. Sure, lots of people can tinker around and change a washer or a spark plug, but if you want your car to stop leaking oil and your toilet to stop flooding your bathroom, hire a professional. It’s the same for editing: hire a professional and pay them appropriately, or you risk a job not done right.What I DoI use all the tips outlined above, and I still hire an editor. I have worked as a professional editor, and I write clean, but editors still find things to fix in my work—my last novel underwent review by a substantive editor, and her work uncovered more problems beyond my beta reader’s pass. After she and I had finalized it, another editor copyedited it (which is a light editorial pass focused on grammar and spelling), and it underwent a third round of proofreading before publication. I would never release a book to the public without a professional editor reviewing it first. A second pair of eyes is essential.5) Sub It or Pub It?Your manuscript is beta’d edited, and squeaky clean. You’re ready to publish! Now you must decide whether you’re going to strike out on your own like the maverick visionary you are, or if you’re going to shoot for a contract with Tor or Bantam. Are you going to submit it to agents and publishers, or will you self-publish?Before you decide, read Jane Friedman’s and Joel Friedlander’s blogs, which offer essential advice for both aspiring and established writers. In particular, I recommend starting with Jane’s blogs on How to Publish Your Book and How to Self-Publish Your Book.Sub It: Traditional PublishingPros: Credibility, low start-up costs, and bigger stage at launchCons: High potential for rejection from gatekeepers at all stages, long production schedules, lack of author control, lower royalty ratesIndie publishing may be the latest thing, but the fact remains that traditionally published books still carry a gloss of credibility that self-published works cannot match. For example, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), which gives out the Hugo and Nebula awards, won’t consider an author for membership unless he or she is published with an established press.Another benefit is that the publisher pays all the costs of editing, production, and distribution, getting your book into the big chain brick and mortar stores as well as online retailers. They might also spring for advertising and promotion. Thus at launch, your book’s visibility and discoverability are much, much greater than what indie authors can achieve, at least in the beginning.However, to be published by a traditional publisher means spending months or years submitting your manuscript to various gatekeepers at literary agencies and publishers. If you want to aim for a Big 5 publisher, you’ll need to submit to literary agents first, because your chances of being picked out of a major publisher’s slush pile are slim. (Yes, it does happen, but your odds of winning the lottery are better.) The independent publishers and small presses are more open to reviewing unsolicited work, but even with them, you’re more likely to secure a contract—a fair one—if you have an agent.Agents and publishers alike have one goal when choosing to represent or publish a book: making money. Their decisions will be subjective and market-driven. They’ll probably be chasing a trend. If you’re excellent at pitching your work, you might convince them that it’s going to start a trend, but be prepared for rejection.Once you secure a publishing contract, the publisher will retain control over all decisions related to the production of your work. They may insist on editorial changes, and they definitely will decide what your cover looks like, how your interior (your text) is laid out, whether the first printing will be paper or hardcover, and to whom the book should be marketed. Until you have a proven track record, they may not consult you on any of these decisions, and even if they do seek your opinion, the final choice will be theirs. Also, because the publisher bears the cost of production and marketing, they take the lion’s share of the profits. Typical author royalties run around 30% of net (i.e., the revenues after all the production costs are paid back), and if you have an agent, you’ll give him or her 15% of your earnings.Most traditionally published authors also end up doing a lot of the book’s marketing themselves. Agents and publishers often expect authors to have an established fan base before they offer a contract (it’s a notorious catch-22), and they always expect the author to work to grow that fan base. So if you’re traditionally published, you’ll likely spend as much time blogging and tweeting as your neighbor who chose to go the indie route. Your main advantage here is that the publisher may support you with advertising dollars (at least at the book’s launch).Pub It: Self-PublishingPros: total control over the book’s interior and exterior content, production schedule, and marketing and promotion efforts, plus a higher share of salesCons: total responsibility for the book’s interior and exterior content, production schedule, and marketing and promotion efforts, as well as all the associated costsThis Is What I DoI’m an indie author, which means I call all the shots with my books’ production, inside and out. I produced my first three publications myself—I hired an editor, commissioned a cover designer, and laid out the book’s text myself. In the case of my latest novel, A Wizard’s Forge, I collaborated with a team of publishing professionals at a hybrid publisher (Wise Ink Creative Publishing). Hybrids offer authors the high-quality editorial and production available from traditional publishers, but the author bears all the costs and keeps all the profits.As I said earlier, Jane Friedman and Joel Friedlander (The Book Designer) are the real gurus of the self-publishing world. Both offer online seminars, blog posts, and tons of information about everything from digital interior design to ISBNs (International Standard Book Numbers—your book will need one if you want to sell to libraries and brick and mortar bookstores) to marketing. You should check them out, but here are some of my tips for success:Hire an editor. Yes, again. You may want to have a substantive editor or book coach review your book (as I did), but at minimum, you should have the manuscript copyedited and the laid out text proofread. Hire a professional cover designer. You can go DIY on the cover, but most amateur-produced covers look that way. Guest writer A.M. Justice brings us her top tips in becoming a successful publisher author like her. Her recent work A Wizard’s Forge has been getting fantastic reviews. Here’s what the sci-fi/fantasy maven has to share with us on getting your writing out into the world.It’s 2 am. You’ve just wrapped up an RPG session, and you think, “that campaign would make an epic novel!” You invested hours into developing your characters’ backstory, quirks, and flaws. Their goals are clear and so are their obstacles, and lots of antagonists lurk in the shadows, ready to pounce. This is going to be a killer story.Swigging your favorite late-night beverage, you flip open the laptop and stare at a white screen and a blinking cursor. Now, what?November is National Novel Writing Month, and a lot of people are cracking open their laptops, teaming up with fellow writers, and typing like mad to meet their word count goals and finish a novel. Whether you’re racing to the finish line in this month’s NaNo, or intend on slow and steady progress, here are some tips, tricks, and decision points you’ll face on your quest to bring your work to the public.1)Pants It or Plot It?When fiction writers meet, one of the first questions they ask each other is, “are you a pantser or a plotter?” In other words, do you fly by the seat of your pants and let your imagination steer the broomstick (or airship, X-wing fighter, etc.), or do you carefully map out your novel’s plot before you write a word of the story itself?There’s no wrong answer to this question—creativity comes in all forms and what works for some, doesn’t work for others. But each method has its advantages and disadvantages.Pants ItPantsers have the freedom to let their wild unicorns of creativity run loose, kicking up trouble and having lots of fun along the way. Pantser authors will tell you their characters are always going rogue and taking the plot in unexpected directions, leading to surprising discoveries. Often those paths lead straight down a box canyon with no way out, and the only option is to backtrack and try another narrative path, tossing out thousands of words along the way. Pantsing lets you pursue any wild idea that pops into your head, and sometimes that leads to a story that is super cool and original. But you should expect to put a lot of time and effort into herding the wild unicorns into a compelling narrative—one other people besides your mom and your Wattpad followers will want to read.Plot ItPlotters write fiction the same way you write a term paper: they outline it. Some plotters just write a simple treatment—a rough, 400- or 500-word description of the book’s plot: Francine went here, met Frank there, this mentor character told them to go to this other place, where they found the talisman, fought the villain, and saved the world. Others write detailed chapter-by-chapter outlines with bullet points detailing each plot turn. By mapping out all the narrative paths before they write, plotters don’t spend time backtracking and rewriting like pantsers. On the other hand, when a cool idea pops into a plotter’s head, he has to decide whether to deviate from the outline and pursue the new idea or ignore a creative spark that could make the novel better. Plotters also have to deal with a potential challenge to character development—a character’s plot-driven actions may seem forced and artificial, rather than a natural outcome of the personality you’ve written.What I Do?Pants it! I love my wild unicorn ideas! It’s thrilling and fun when one of my characters does something unexpected! I feel like I’m the reader, and I sit back and watch avidly as my fingers fly across the keyboard. Of course, as the author, I’m the one really driving that character’s actions, but my subconscious is tossing curveballs at me, and I swing away with relish. It’s Fun.But…After I pants my way through a first draft, I take a BIG step back and look at the work. Sometimes it’s a freakin’ mess, or worse, it’s actually boring. Then, I might do an outline before I set off revising. As a result, I’m slow, which is why I don’t participate in NaNoWriMo. However slow I am, this turtle finishes the races she starts.2) Overcoming Writer’s BlockThe blinking cursor on the blank screen mocks you. Each time it disappears and reappears, you feel a greater sense of failure. After 5 minutes of staring, you go get a snack. Five more minutes sends you out for a walk. You play with your cat. You clean your house. You get up to get another muffin and end up in a Florida swamp. You run off to Paris and start taking tango lessons. You get drunk and wake up with a murdered woman in your bed. You start talking to ghosts and try to kill your wife and son.Writer’s block comes from many places, from self-doubt (which every writer knows), simple laziness, or even a misguided sense of artistic hubris (“I only write when the muse is upon me!”). A related malady is writer’s inertia, where you put other activities higher on your priority list and you simply never get around to writing. Whatever the source, the only way to overcome writer’s block (or inertia) is to write. Start typing (or scribbling if you write longhand), and just keep at it. Sometimes it takes me several paragraphs before I find the rhythm and tone, or even the purpose, of a scene, and I may end up deleting those paragraphs. You have to allow yourself to write stuff you’ll throw out later. It’s OK. It’s not wasted effort because it’s helping you find your way, and however bad it is, you can fix it later.NaNoWriMo and its off-season writing camps are extremely popular because they help writers overcome the inertia of not writing. Writing in teams also provides motivation, as every team has a word count goal, and of course, there’s the camaraderie of a shared experience, which itself is inspiring. Outside of NaNo, many authors set daily, weekly, or monthly word count goals for themselves that they strive to meet all year long. One writer friend writes a thousand words per day on any topic, just to exercise his creative muscles. This helps him work quickly and efficiently when he sits down to work on his fiction.What I Do?I’m more guilty of writer’s inertia than a sufferer of writer’s block, although when I was working on my second novel, the plot was so complex and I hit so many narrative dead ends that I felt stuck because the work was hard. Time and again, the only way I’ve pulled myself out of the morass is to sit down and force myself to write.I constantly remind myself that good writing habits are like good fitness habits. We feel better when we’re writing every day, just like we do when we eat healthy foods and exercise every day. But we all fall off the wagon, and sometimes we stay on the ground, binge-watching Luke Cage or playing Titanfall all night while cramming Cheetos in our mouths. I’ve spent months and months out of writing (and physical) shape. But I always remind myself, whatever I did or didn’t do yesterday, or last week, or the last five years, each morning is a new day and a chance to do right for myself. Eat a carrot, go for a walk, and pound out a thousand words on the keyboard, and you’ll be back on track to good habits.3) You Wrote “The End.” Congratulations! But You’re Not DoneYou pantsed it or plotted it, kept writer’s block at bay, and you finished your story! Hallelujah! You’re ready to publish, right? Wrong.Recently I watched a train wreck of a movie called The Black Cat. Produced in 1934, the film starred Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff as a pair of old enemies who duel over the fate of young newlyweds after the couple takes refuge in Karloff’s house during a storm. Each scene in the film is disconnected from the others, and the character’s actions within and between scenes make little sense. After we MS3TKed our way through the movie, I said to my husband, “it was as if a dozen different writers wrote this, and none of them knew what the others were doing.”You’re probably the only writer working on your novel, but major continuity problems can still creep in. Right after you type “the end,” tuck that manuscript away on your hard drive and go consume some celebratory chocolates and champagne (or, as I prefer, a nice Malbec). Let the novel rest for a few weeks while you catch up on backlogged Netflix series. When you’ve gained enough distance to be objective, open up the file and begin reading critically for plot holes, out-of-character behavior, and anything else that just doesn’t make sense, and fix those things.Now, you’ve revised the novel, and you’re certain it’s the best novel it can be. Do you release it to the world? No. Now is the time to send it out to beta readers. A beta reader does for fiction what a beta tester does for software. They use it (read it), and they report back on what doesn’t work. This is important: a good beta reader will tell you what is wrong with the novel. Their purpose is not to tell you how awesome the book is. Every author wants to hear they’ve written the world’s greatest book (I sure do!). Even so, the beta reader who only tells you want he or she likes about the book, and says nothing about what they perceive as its flaws, is doing you no favors.The tricky bit here is that unlike software, whether fiction “works” is a subjective judgment. You might be thinking, well, if they don’t like it, that’s their problem. It’s my work; it’s my vision.Yes, it is, but…when you read your beta reader’s comments, don’t think of them as a criticism of your story but rather as a reflection of how the reader viewed the story. In other words, if a reader disliked or misinterpreted something, can you make changes so that she’ll see it the way you intended her to see it? Did he understand why the hero chose to leave the sword in the stone instead of pulling it out? Did she get the heroine’s decision to go alone into the zombie-filled hotel? If your beta readers don’t like a plot point, it doesn’t mean you need to change the plot, but it does mean you need to set it up better, so it makes sense.What I DoMost people use multiple betas. I have one beta partner, and we are brutal with each other’s work. We write stuff like this in each other’s margins:You’ve got to be f—king kidding meBORINGDude, that is seriously out of left fieldNo way would anyone with half a brain fall for thatWe follow up on these blunt remarks with tons of notes for why we think the passage doesn’t work, and how we recommend fixing it. We also give each other an overall assessment of the book—and we do say what we liked, as well as what we didn’t like.Despite the way my beta and I beat each other up, I love getting her comments, because I love making my work better. Still, I often don’t follow her advice on how to fix the problems she sees. The novel is my work, my vision. Once I know what its flaws are, I fix them my way.4) Revisions Are Finished! But You’re Not Done: Quality ControlSpelling and grammar mistakes ruin a book. Your story might be totally gripping, but if every third word is misspelled or your nouns and verbs don’t match, no traditional publisher will buy your book—and if you self-publish it, few will buy it, and even fewer will give it a good review. Fortunately, writers have many tools to help them QC their manuscripts.Your word processor’s spell and grammar check. Use them. Search and replace routines. When you notice an inconsistency in a name or usage choice, use your word processor’s search function to find all occurrences and fix them. Don’t rely on your eyeballs to catch all the mistakes. Decide on your goals for the book. Do you want to play on the same field with traditionally published authors or are you happy going after a niche of mostly online fans? Do your homework on ISBNs (International Standard Book Number) and ASINs (Amazon Standard Identification Number) and what you need for your book.Finally, read and research as much as you can before diving into self-publishing. Self-publishers are either hobbyists or entrepreneurs. Either is OK, but you won’t hope to make money on your books if you approach self-publishing as a hobby rather than a business. In addition to Jane’s and Joel’s blogs, here are some other resources for people interested in self-publishing:Ingram-Spark—an international digital and print on demand (POD) distributor currently considered the place to list indie titles for market distributionAmazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) and Author Central—Amazon’s tools and resources for authors, where you can upload book data, track sales, and find useful informationCreatespace—the print on demand arm of AmazonBookLife—marketing resources for self-published authors; BookLife is the indie publishing outlet of Publisher’s Weekly, the publishing industry’s main trade magazineSmashwords—a digital distribution channel and eBook sales outletPredators and Editors—a website listing legitimate publishers, literary agents, and freelance editors and designers who can help aspiring authors, as well as the scam artists who prey on themThis article barely scratches the surface of how to write and publish a book. 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Kolkata: Four school students were injured after a crude bomb exploded at Paddapukur Park in Entally on Tuesday afternoon.Police said some of the students from a nearby school came to play in the area during the recess. One of the injured victims told the police that two unidentified persons came to the spot and handed over a crude bomb to one of them by asking him to dispose it. The victims are all teenagers and residents of nearby area.When one of the victims tried to dispose the bomb, it suddenly went off and this resulted in serious injuries on the children. The victims were playing at the park when the accident took place. The boy who received the bomb suffered serious injuries. Three others who were also there received injuries. The incident triggered tension among locals. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAfter hearing the sound of bomb blast, locals rushed to the spot. They rescued the injured victims and rushed them to a nearby hospital for treatment. According to police, one of the teenagers suffered splinter injuries on his neck and other parts of his body. The two accused who handed over the bomb to one of the victims fled the spot after the incident. Police are trying to identify the accused and conducting raids to nab the culprits.Cops are trying to ascertain the reason as to why the accused handed over the crude bomb to school students. They are probing if local miscreants are involved in the incident. In a few previous incidents, miscreants hurled bombs in the Entally area. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that some local criminals might have be involved in the incident. All the injured victims have been undergoing treatment at a hospital. Their health condition is stated to be stable now.