Linda Neilsen is the Literacy Outreach Coordinator for the North Peace Literacy Alliance. She says funding has gradually been declining and different programs will suffer if Finance Minister Peter Fassbender cuts all literacy funding.“Minister [Peter] Fassbender has indicated there will be none available with this next budget. We just received last year’s one million and what it breaks down to for the North Peace is at the two point five million we had $30,000 to work with within the community. At the one million that $30,000 has now dropped to $13,000 so we won’t be able to help as many programs or do as much as we did prior. Now if it’s gone completely then there’s a lot of different programs that it will be a loss for them.” Locally the biggest literacy challenges lie within teenagers and seniors.- Advertisement -Neilsen notes that Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm has been a supporter of local literacy programs in the past but it is not enough if the public is not aware of the cuts that have been taking place.“Now it’s a matter of bringing it to public awareness so that support for the programs can be put forward to Minister Fassbender because ultimately he’s the one that has the decision on to whether there’s going to be funding for the community literacy plans,” she says. “Locally MLA Pat Pimm is a great supporter for literacy within the community and has helped us previously but there needs to be the public awareness that these funds are being cut.”
Nigeria reached the knockout phase at the 2014 World Cup, but slipped to a 2-0 defeat in their Group D opener against Croatia in Kaliningrad, courtesy of an Oghenekaro Etebo own-goal and a Luka Modric penalty.Their side, including 19-year-old goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, were almost unrecognisable from the team beaten by France in the last 16 four years ago.“Sometimes we were a little bit naive on set pieces but we will work on it,” said Rohr.Iceland are buoyant after what their coach Heimir Hallgrimsson described as a “schoolbook example” of how to defend against Lionel Messi’s Argentina.Messi complained that “Iceland didn’t want to play” but the Nordic minnows, playing in their first-ever World Cup, were unimpressed by the criticism.“Maybe he would have been happier if we had played attacking football and lost 5-0. People can have their opinion about it but we really don’t care,” said goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson.The Nigeria game in Volgograd will be “a bit more open,” said the 34-year-old ‘keeper, whose string of saves, most notably from a Messi penalty, kept the 2014 finalists at bay.“Nigeria will be difficult to beat. They are fast and more direct than Argentina. It will be a different game in many ways,” he added.Rohr believes his team could still make it out of a highly competitive group.“We are only one point behind (Iceland) and all is in our hands, so let’s be positive. Let them learn from this defeat (against Croatia) and try to do better,” said the former Bordeaux coach.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nigeria train ahead of their match with Iceland © AFP / PIUS UTOMI EKPEIGELENDZHIK, Russian Federation, Jun 21 – Nigeria take on Iceland on Friday, seeking to salvage their faltering World Cup campaign but wary of the Nordic team’s capacity to go toe to toe with their supposed superiors.Coach Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles — who brought the youngest squad to Russia, with an average age of around 25 years of age — have now won just one of their past 13 games at World Cups.