Annapolis Royal’s downtown area will get a visitor-friendly update as part of a $63,000 investment announced today, Nov. 1, by Premier Stephen McNeil. “Tourism is an important industry that employs Nova Scotians all across the province, and growing this sector benefits us all,” said Premier McNeil. “First impressions make lasting impressions on our visitors, so government and communities have to work together to make strategic investments that showcase our beautiful province and offer an enjoyable visitor experience.” The town is receiving $58,000 for an integrated downtown beautification plan that includes enhancements to George Street, the Kings Theatre boardwalk entry plaza, including seating, gateway signs along Route 8, interpretive panels along the boardwalk and trails, and upgrades to the public park. “This investment not only supports visitor-friendly initiatives, it will provide a safe and accessible place for families, children and seniors to come together and be physically active, and that is an important part of building healthy communities,” said Premier McNeil. Grant Potter Memorial Park will get $5,000 for improvements, including a new adventure hill with climbing and sliding activities, a grass play area and a series of trails that will encourage children to be more physically active. “The Town of Annapolis Royal council is thrilled with the support by the province towards the upgrades to downtown and the Grant Potter Memorial Park,” said Mayor Michael Tompkins. “The additions will create a sense of vibrancy in the downtown area which will appeal to visitors, and the park will promote physical activity among the community’s youth.” The funding is from two programs, First Impressions Program from the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, and the Community Recreation Capital Grant Program offered by the Department of Health and Wellness.
Kolkata: The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) is bringing in a change in the automatic evaluation process of answer scripts of candidates, with the objective to rule out disparity of marks scored by him/her.”The WBBSE wants to carry out proper evaluation of answer scripts to ensure that deserving candidates get their due marks in all the subjects. This system is already in place since 2013. The change is just a procedural one,” said Kalyanmoy Ganguly, president of WBBSE. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIn the existing process, if an examinee secures 90 percent or more marks that is an aggregate of 630 or more out of 700 and it is found that there is disparity of marks (low score) in one of the subjects, then the script goes for automatic evaluation. From next year, this aggregate will be 610 out of 700. If it is found that a candidate scores 610 or more and low marks in one of the subjects, then the answer script with low marks will automatically go for another round of checking. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA senior official of WBBSE said that this move will bring in more transparency in evaluation pattern and will also bring down the cases of review application on the part of candidates. “The review results are usually delayed, but with the new process in place, marks disparity will be sorted out before the publication of results,” the official added. The Madhyamik examination in 2020 will start from February 18 and end on February 27.