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Trinidad and Tobago launches 50th anniversary celebrations

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first_imgNewsRegional Trinidad and Tobago launches 50th anniversary celebrations by: – April 3, 2012 8 Views   no discussions PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, April 3, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago Monday night launched activities to mark 50 years of political independence from Britain with Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar calling for a level of compromise as the country moves into the future.In her address, Prime Minister Persad Bissessar recalled the political differences that emerged during the negotiations leading to the country’s independence from Britain in 1961.“While the constitution negotiating process involved some resistance at home, in the end compromise in the interest of the greater national good triumphed,” she said, adding “compromise is not defeat nor is it surrender. In deciding the future of the people and of the country no one person or government can claim to have all the answers all the time. Compromise is a process of consultation.“What is also important in compromise is that those in power to make the final decision must possess the will to take that decision and see it through courageously,” Persad-Bissessar said as she paid tribute to her five predecessors.“Each prime minister faced their own challenges and each did what they felt was right,” she said, as she described following in the footsteps of the previous prime ministers as “standing on the shoulder of giants”.But she told the audience that the best is yet to come for the oil rich twin-island republic.“As we celebrate therefore we do so with confidence and renewed hope in the future. With the foundation we have and the dedication of all our citizens and renewed focus by all our people our nation now stands ready to lead by example.“Our nation’s best days are still to come and together we will usher those days in,” Persad-Bissessar said.A government statement said that Cabinet has approved a range of programmes and activities which will take place over the next four months through the Independence month of August and into December 2012.It said that a number of free concerts will be held at the National Performing Arts (NAPA) with performances by some of the country’s internationally known performers.Antigua Observer Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Batesville School Officials Discuss Make Up Days

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first_imgThe accumulated snow days were a topic of conversation at Monday’s BCSC School Board meeting.Administrators and school board members at Batesville Community School Corporation are continuing to review options to make up for the snow days that have occurred this winter.The severe weather has led to eleven closings and multiple delays, including a 2-hour delay on Tuesday. According to Dr. Jim Roberts, BCSC superintendent, there have been a total of 87 hours of missed time as of Monday night.School corporations that had snow days on Jan. 6 and 7 do not have to make those missed days up if they apply and are granted a waiver courtesy of State Superintendent Glenda Ritz. Schools have until June to apply for that waiver.“We have simply waited to file the waiver until we know the exact number of days we have to make up,” said BCSC Superintendent Dr. Roberts.BCSC has make up days assigned for each day missed due to the weather this year. The last student day at Batesville is currently scheduled for Tuesday, June 3. If the school would apply for the waiver, the final day would be Friday, May 30.School districts across the state are considering different options to subtract the number of days. Some corporations will utilize E-learning while others will extend certain school days by an hour or potentially be in session on a Saturday.Batesville students will most likely avoid having class on a Saturday, as long as there isn’t a major addition in snow days.With ISTEP testing right around the corner, teachers are hoping the snow days will not have an adverse impact on student scores. Last week, the State Board of Education extended the testing period from March 3-21. The previous deadline was March 12.School officials will continue reviewing different options for make up days if more snow days are accumulated.last_img read more

Edward Jones Named Firm of the Year by Money Management Institute

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first_imgFacebook39Tweet0Pin0Financial services firm Edward Jones was named the Advisory Solutions Firm of the Year by the Money Management Institute as the firm that most exemplified overall excellence and contributed to the long-term success and sustainability of the wealth management industry, according to Brent Conklin, a financial advisor in Yelm, WA.The award was presented at the Institute’s annual Gateway to Leadership Awards Dinner held recently in Chicago. The Money Management Institute is the national association for the managed investment solutions and the wealth management industry. This award recognizes the features and benefits of both of the firm’s advisory platforms.Edward Jones Advisory Solutions® is an asset allocation and advisory program that allows investors to select from research or custom models with an initial minimum investment of $50,000. The models use a combination of mutual funds, exchange traded funds and separately managed accounts in the construction of the portfolio and allow clients to delegate asset allocation, investment selection and portfolio rebalancing to Edward Jones.This program now offers 62 fully discretionary research models, in addition to custom models, which allow investors to design a model to match their unique investment needs. With the program’s custom models, clients retain discretion over the investment selection from the list of funds available in the program.Advisory Solutions has proved popular with Edward Jones clients. The program has grown to more than $75 billion in assets under management since its introduction in August 2008. Advisory Solutions now ranks as the country’s 4th largest mutual fund advisory program, according to MMI/Dover Research.In addition, Edward Jones offers a dual contract separately managed account program with more than $2 billion in assets under management.Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals — from college savings to retirement — and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today.In January 2012, for the 13th year, Edward Jones was named one of the best companies to work for by FORTUNE Magazine in its annual listing. The firm ranked No. 5 overall and No. 3 in Large Size Companies. These 13 FORTUNE rankings include top 10 finishes for nine years, consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003, and consecutive No. 2 rankings in 2009 and 2010. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones.Edward Jones is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com.Member SIPC.last_img read more