NewsRegional 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 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share
The 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.
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