Sunny autumn boosts sales for Wetherspoon’s

first_img Share Wednesday 5 November 2014 8:35 pm British pub chain JD Wetherspoon has recorded a like-for-like sales increase of 6.3 per cent in its first quarter of the year, with total sales up 11.3 per cent. The sales increase came despite October being a drag on the quarter’s figures, as like-for-like growth decreased over the month.JD Wetherspoon founder and chairman Tim Martin told City A.M. that Britain’s Indian summer this year played a strong role in the sales numbers: “We had exceptionally good weather in August and September, and when reality dawned in October, I think there was a natural slowdown.”There was less good news for the low-cost pub proprietor’s operating margin, which was down to 7.7 per cent from 8.3 per cent in the same period last year. The company pointed towards increased supplier costs, a four per cent utility costs increase and a five per cent pay rise for staff in October as reasons for the slump. Martin said: “Having had record year in the previous year, we decided to push ahead on staff wages a bit. And, certainly in the short term, that will have an impact on margins.”As a result of the sales slowdown in October, combined with the cost increases, the company said it was anticipating an operating margin in the range of 7.2 per cent to 7.8 per cent for the current financial year. Martin added: “It was a reasonably good quarter: sales were good and we got a lot of new pubs on site for the future. “It’s only a short period, so you can’t read to much into it, but a pretty good performance overall.” whatsapp More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her Ollie Gordon Sunny autumn boosts sales for Wetherspoon’s Tags: Company J D Wetherspoon Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tim Martin has scrapped the Wetherspoon interim dividend after Boris Johnson warned Brits to not visit pubs and restaurants Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoYahoo! SearchResearch Car Donation For CharitiesYahoo! SearchUndoThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramUndoNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndolast_img read more

Queen’s 62nd anniversary to be marked with two multiple-gun salutes on June 2

first_imgFriday 29 May 2015 7:29 am Tags: NULL Good news multiple-gun salute fans. Next week there will be not one but two such events, marking the 62nd year of Queen Elizabeth’s reign.  The first – a 41-gun-salute – will take place on June 2 in Green Park, near the King’s Toop Royal Horse Artillery on the southern edge of the park.  The second – an arguably more impressive 62-gun-salute – will take place just one hour later at Gun Wharf, near the Tower of London.  Both mark the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation in 1953. Apparently it is just a coincidence that the second one matches the number of years she has been on the throne, however.  If you miss them both, don’t worry – there will be another two on June 10 to commemorate Prince Philip’s 94th birthday. The Queen, who this week kept tradition alive with the state opening of parliament and the all-important speech, is just over one year off receiving a different crown – that of longest-reigning monarch of the UK.  Her predecessor Queen Victoria clocked up 63 years in the job.  Catherine Neilan Share whatsapp whatsapp Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Colin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Queen’s 62nd anniversary to be marked with two multiple-gun salutes on June 2 last_img read more

City Moves for 3 July 2015 | Who’s switching jobs

first_imgThursday 2 July 2015 8:11 pm Express KCS More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Deloitte Real EstateThe real estate firm has appointed Claire O’Shaughnessy as a director in real estate consulting, focusing on the public sector. She previously led the development of the footprint strategy in the strategic business partner team for the Ministry of Defence.Allianz Global InvestorsIain Cowell has been appointed head of solutions for UK and Ireland at the investment management firm. He was previously head of investment affairs at the National Association of Pension Funds. Cowell has nearly 20 years’ experience in investment management and has also held senior roles at BNY Mellon and Hermes Investment Management.EY The professional services firm has appointed Chris Brown as a partner and head of its business assurance practice in the UK and Ireland. He previously worked at PwC for 16 years in both its assurance and consulting businesses, and spent 11 years as a partner. Brown has also held roles at Deloitte and the National Audit Office.Lincoln PensionsNick Tinker has been appointed director at the UK specialist pensions advisory business. He joins in September from AlixPartners (formerly Zolfo Cooper), where he worked in its pensions advisory business.The UK P&I ClubStuart Edmonston has been appointed director of loss prevention at the shipping protection and indemnity mutual insurance firm. He joined in 2014 as loss prevention deputy director. Edmonston is a master mariner, and has also spent eight years at Holman Fenwick and Willan as a marine manager and casualty investigator.Inflexion Private EquityThe private equity firm has announced the appointment of Andrew Priest as director in its origination team. He previously spent 10 years as a partner at Skillcapital, an executive search firm focused on private equity.  Priest has also worked as a consultant at BCG and as news editor at Reuters.Interim PartnersThe interim managers provider has appointed Steve Rutherford as managing partner. He joins from Michael Page, where he was managing director of the technology, consultancy, strategy and change divisions.To appear in City Moves please email your career updates and pictures to [email protected] up to receive the new City Moves morning update if you haven’t already. whatsapp Sharecenter_img whatsapp City Moves for 3 July 2015 | Who’s switching jobs Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost Funzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorEliteSinglesThe Dating Site for Highly-Educated Singles in ScottsdaleEliteSinglesTotal Battle – Tactical Game OnlineThe Most Addictive Strategy Game of 2021Total Battle – Tactical Game OnlineTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestly Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Pharmalittle: Migraine medication sales look promising; will the U.S. import drugs?

first_img [email protected] What’s included? Pharmalittle: Migraine medication sales look promising; will the U.S. import drugs? General Assignment Reporter Liz focuses on cancer, biomedical engineering, and how patients feel the effects of Covid-19. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Pharmalot Log In | Learn More By Elizabeth Cooney Aug. 21, 2018 Reprints Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTEDcenter_img What is it? GET STARTED About the Author Reprints Elizabeth Cooney @cooney_liz Alex Hogan/STAT Good morning. It’s Elizabeth Cooney again, filling in for the vacationing Ed Silverman. Some food for thought to start the day. Comments, suggestions, tips welcome.A controversial Food and Drug Administration working group has begun discussing how to import drugs from other countries as a way to bring down prices for American patients, STAT says. “That work group has met and is outlining its plan of action,” Dan Best, Trump administration senior adviser on drug pricing, said on a phone call with reporters. “As more of that information becomes available, we’ll make it available to the market.” Tags drug developmentdrug pricingpharmaceuticalspharmalittleSTAT+last_img read more

Canadian domestic equity funds move forward in August

Related news IE Staff Thematic funds thrived during pandemic, but watch long-term performance: report Canadian domestic equities mutual funds saw gains in August compared to those focusing on foreign markets, according to performance numbers released by Toronto-based Morningstar Research Inc. on Wednesday. Morningstar reports that twelve of the 22 Morningstar Canada Fund Indices that measure the performance of equity fund categories increased in August. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Mutual fund sales dipped, but still outpaced ETF sales in April Keywords Mutual fundsCompanies Morningstar Research Inc. For the second consecutive month, the best-performing fund index was Morningstar Precious Metals Equity, which increased by 12.1% in August. Despite two solid months of performance, precious metals funds are still in negative territory for the year to date after a 46% decline in the first six months of 2013. “The precious metals equity category is sensitive to actions by central banks; any reduction in stimulus would have a negative impact on the price of gold because investors use the metal to hedge against inflationary risk arising from the stimulus,” said Vishal Mansukhani, Morningstar fund analyst, in a release. “Negative U.S. economic data reports would positively impact this category, as it would reduce the likelihood of central banks reducing stimulus.” Also among the top performers was the Morningstar Natural Resources Equity Fund Index with a 3.7% increase. “This is an asset class that can be significantly impacted by geopolitical happenings around the world,” said Mansukhani. “Oil prices hit a six-month high because of the possibility of western countries’ involvement in the Syrian conflict. Though Syria is not a major oil exporter, prices are affected by concerns that violence may spread to larger oil exporters and possibly disrupt transport routes.” A third sector-specific fund index, Financial Services Equity, was also a top-five performer with a 1.6% increase in August. With financials and natural resources (including gold) making up the bulk of the Canadian equity market, it is not surprising that diversified domestic equity funds also did well in August. The Morningstar Canadian Equity Fund Index increased by 1.2%, while the Morningstar Canadian Small/Mid Cap Equity Fund Index increased by 1%. For most foreign equity funds, market declines in the United States and many European and Asian countries were mitigated by the depreciation of the Canadian dollar against many of the world’s currencies in August. As a result, the European Equity fund and International Equity fund indices posted modest increases of 0.4% and 0.2%, respectively, while the Global Equity, U.S. Equity, and Asia Pacific Equity fund indices decreased by 0.1%, 0.7%, and 0.9%, respectively. One notable exception was the Morningstar Greater China Equity Fund Index, which was the second-best performer overall with a 4.1% increase, owing to a strong gain in the Shanghai Composite Index as well as favourable currency effects. Meanwhile, the Emerging Markets Equity, Japanese Equity and Real Estate Equity fund indices say the worst performance in August with decreases of 1.6%, 2.1%, and 3.3%, respectively. In a choppy year, fund sales, assets surge: IFIC Share this article and your comments with peers on social media read more

Industrial Alliance launches VRSP

first_img Keywords VRSPsCompanies Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services “Our VRSP solution aims to be simple and tailored to the needs and realities of small and medium enterprises,” stated Renée Laflamme, vice-president, group savings and retirement. Employers can apply for their VRSP in just a few minutes at or through their financial advisor. The plan is quick and easy to implement, and the employer receives step-by-step assistance throughout the process. The simplicity of Industrial Alliance’s VRSP lets employers spend their time on their business and still enjoy the benefits associated with offering their employees a group retirement plan. Since the very first discussions surrounding the VRSP, Industrial Alliance has supported the Quebec’s government’s efforts to improve retirement savings among workers. “We are happy that the VRSP has become a reality today and that we are able to offer two million Quebecers without a pension plan the opportunity to secure themselves a better financial future,” added Laflamme. IE Staff Sun Life Financial to offer VRSPs Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Manulife VRSP now available in Quebeccenter_img Quebec City-based Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. (TSX:IAG) announced Tuesday that it will be offering the voluntary retirement savings plan (VRSP), effective immediately. Last year, Quebec passed legislation creating VRSPs, which are province’s version of pooled registered pension plans (PRPPs). Related news Great-West Life launches VRSP product Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Four steps to keeping clients

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Losing a high net-worth client doesn’t just affect your book of business, according to Grant Shorten, director, strategic insights, Renaissance Investments, it can also affect you personally. “Everyone knows it’s more costly to acquire a new client than it is to keep an existing one,” said Shorten, who spoke at a Toronto event hosted by Renaissance Investments, a division of CIBC Asset Management on Monday, “[but] losing clients also has an emotional cost.” For example, when an advisor takes the loss of a client personally the situation could have negative affects on his or her self-esteem or self-confidence. BMO’s adviceDirect launches premium service Former RBC DS portfolio manager to helm new family office Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img CI launches new private markets product for HNW clients As such, advisors want to avoid deal breaker situations that generally trigger a client’s departure. These situations include poor service, meaning the advisor is never available, making repeated mistakes in the same area and an advisor displaying a lack of conviction around his or her own values, beliefs and investment recommendations. Advisors can avoid these deal breakers and keep more of their clients by offering a higher level of service with these four steps: > Make yourself available To keep affluent clients happy either yourself or a team member should always be available – within reason – when they are trying to contact you. “It’s not rocket science,” said Shorten, “but it’s incredibly powerful if [advisors] just do it.” > Create a transparent business Fee transparency is now a reality for advisors with the implementation of the client relationship model, said Shorten, but offering a higher level of service means making your entire business transparent. “It’s a see-through practice,” said Shorten. “It means being transparent about our service to our client, it’s about being transparent about our expectations of our clients and how often they should contact us with material changes in their universe.” > Show interest in your clients Get no know your clients beyond their investment goals. “Be interested in [your] clients’ lives,” said Shorten. “[This is] incredibly important with the affluent.” Ask clients about activities they are involved in, such as horseback riding, or talk to them about a favourite pet. > Manage expectations Advisors should be realistic about portfolio expectations right from the start of the client relationship, according to Shorten, and avoid constantly comparing returns to a benchmark. Keywords High net-worth clients Fiona Collie last_img read more

TD manager grapples with the “Trump effect”

first_img The Trump effect, driven by the new U.S. president’s campaign promises and subsequent pronouncements, has created winners and losers in the U.S. stock market. And as David Sykes, managing director and head of fundamental equities at Toronto-based TD Asset Management Inc., points out, it may pay off to raise exposure to some of the winners. But at the same time, it’s prudent to leave some cash in reserve in the event that markets are thrown off by the politically inexperienced U.S. president stumbling on the world stage. “If you look at equity markets before the election versus today, the S&P 500 Index is up roughly 6%. Some refer to that as the Trump effect. To me that’s a relatively modest move,” says Sykes. “But there has been a much more violent move at the sector level. We have had huge shifts away from the defensive sectors, such as consumer staples and telecom stocks. And there’s been a huge rotation into financials and industrials. That’s been the Trump effect.” Franklin Templeton renames funds with new managers Keywords Fund managersCompanies TD Asset Management Inc. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img Change to Counsel Global Small Cap Fund Michael Ryval NEO, Invesco launch four index PTFs President Donald Trump’s pro-economic growth and pro-inflation policies are the key drivers, says Sykes. “The market has said, ‘Wow, this is really good for industrial stocks, financials and technology.’ In my opinion, the question is, is the Trump effect sustainable? It will depend on legislation. Election campaigns are all about the politics of the possible. Governing the U.S. is all about the politics of the impossible. We will see how the system of checks and balances work out.” A 20-year industry veteran, who earned a master’s degree in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University in 1996 and a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics in 1997, Sykes argues that even though the Republicans control the Senate and House of Representatives it’s another challenge altogether to pass one’s legislative agenda. “Many other presidents have owned the Oval Office and had control of both houses of Congress, and have not been legislatively successful,” says Sykes, noting for example that former president Bill Clinton also encountered roadblocks. As for Trump’s promise to reduce corporate taxes from 35% to 15%, Sykes doubts that such a move would ever happen. “I would suggest that there is no way he can get corporate taxes from 35% to 15%. He may get them to 25%, or 20% or 22%, or some number. That will be an example where some of the rhetoric does not meet the reality.” In addition, Trump has talked about U.S. companies being able to repatriate their foreign profits, using 10% as a starting point. “That is a big stimulative move,” says Sykes. “But what happens if it’s 15%? Or if Trump puts conditions on repatriating these profits? We shall see. The frustrating thing is we have had a lot of bold statements, but not a lot of detail. That’s what we need to see: the details.” Sykes added that Trump must soon unveil the size of the infrastructure spending program, the reduction in corporate tax rates and the scale of financial-industry deregulation. Given all the uncertainty, Sykes does not spend much time predicting market behaviour over a one- to two-year time horizon. Rather, he focuses on finding 40 to 50 companies that generate income streams that grow steadily year in and year out. “I invest in companies that pay a dividend today and have a history of increasing that dividend year after year. I’m very much a bottom-up manager.” As a result, Sykes has not made wholesale changes to funds such as the 4-star rated TD North American Dividend Fund. He has increased the U.S. equity exposure slightly to about 76%, from 73% a year ago. There is about 24% in Canadian stocks, slightly less than 25% a year ago. Sykes has added to U.S. industrials and financials, and trimmed his exposure to some of the defensive stocks, such as consumer staples. For example, he raised the fund’s holdings in investment banker Goldman Sachs Group as well as money-centre bank JP Morgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo & Co., a leading retail and commercial bank. “They have very large competitive advantages, good growth and very good track records of increasing dividends and increasing shareholder returns through share buybacks. But the real attraction is that with higher interest rates, these companies stand to make a lot more money in the future.” On the industrials side, Sykes favours Lockheed Martin Corp., Boeing Co. and Honeywell International Inc. “They should benefit from increasing global growth,” says Sykes. “If you look at Honeywell or Boeing, you would see 10-year, 15-year, and in some cases 30-year track records of increased dividends.” Sykes also helms the $3.2-billion TD Tactical Monthly Fund, a tactical balanced fund with a 4-star Morningstar rating. He has reduced the fund’s fixed-income allocation to 35%, from 45% before the election. Conversely, he has increased the equity allocation to 60%, from about 55%. “The reason that I have not taken it to 65% is that I have left myself 5% cash,” he says.” And that’s because of the Trump effect.” Sykes raises concerns about Trump’s lack of foreign-policy experience and the possibility of growing geopolitical risks in the coming years. “Hopefully, this won’t come to bear. But if it did I suspect that equity markets would not do well under a conflict scenario in, say, the South China Sea, or a stand-off with the North Koreans,” he says. “If this did happen, I’d be happy to use the cash to take advantage of cheaper prices. Markets never move up steadily in lock-step. Something will happen.” In the meantime, and noting that the business cycle is getting long in the tooth, Sykes is calling for equity-market returns of 4% to 6% in the next 12 to 18 months. “That may be too low, or too high. It depends on the size of the infrastructure spend, whether it’s US$100 billion, or US$1 trillion, and whether the tax cut is 15% or 20%. Stock prices are driven by earnings and cash flow, which are driven in turn by economic policies, tax rates, spending and so on.”last_img read more

Picton Mahoney introduces three alternative funds

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Toronto-based Picton Mahoney Asset Management has added three alternative funds to its Fortified Fund family, the asset manager announced Friday.The Fortified Alternative Funds will give retail investors access to “the sophisticated hedging techniques and alternative investing strategies that Picton Mahoney has been offering since 2004,” the company says in a news release. “Today is an extremely exciting day for Picton Mahoney. We think the timing is excellent to be able to provide Canadian retail investors with more tools to better position their portfolios against the emerging headwinds of tomorrow’s markets,” David Picton, president and chief executive officer, says in a statement. “We are pleased to expand our family of Fortified Funds to offer new alternative fund strategies that are designed to help investors reach their long-term goals with less risk and more certainty.”The three new alternative funds are:> Picton Mahoney Fortified Active Extension Alternative Fund, designed to provide long-term capital appreciation and style diversification for equity portfolios;> Picton Mahoney Fortified Market Neutral Alternative Fund, designed to provide consistent long-term capital appreciation and an attractive risk-adjusted rate of return, with less volatility and low correlation to traditional equity markets; and> Picton Mahoney Fortified Multi-Strategy Alternative Fund, designed to provide consistent capital appreciation with an attractive risk-adjusted rate of return, with low correlation to traditional balanced or diversified strategies.The funds incorporate Picton Mahoney’s proprietary fortified investing method, the firm says. fortified investing is “a rules-based technique focused on managing risk by mitigating downside exposure while seeking to build long-term wealth, regardless of market conditions.” CI GAM launches Bitcoin mutual fund Horizons launches unhedged USD version of liquid alt bond fund James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Alternative investment fundsCompanies Picton Mahoney Asset Management usiness investment opportunities on a global scale kentoh/123RF Franklin Templeton launches new real asset fundlast_img read more

St. Catherine Comes Alive for Independence

first_imgRelatedSt. Catherine Comes Alive for Independence Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Several activities will be undertaken in Spanish Town, Portmore and Old Harbour in St. Catherine, to celebrate Emancipation and Independence.On Friday, August 1, a rally will be held at Emancipation Square in Spanish Town, beginning at 10:00 a.m. This will feature cultural presentations, and addresses by Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange; Senegal’s Ambassador, Her Excellency Nifassatou Diagne; Professor Barry Chevannes and Director of Culture in the Ministry, Sydney Bartley.For Independence Day, August 6, there will be a Thanksgiving Service, a flag-raising ceremony and a civic function in Emancipation Square, Spanish Town. This will be followed by a street gala, concert and dance on Burke Road in the town, beginning at 5: 00 p.m.Over in Portmore on August 1, the Portmore Municipal Council will host a Festival of the Arts concert at the Portmore HEART Academy. The concert will be to showcase Portmore’s gold medalists in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Festival Competition in the areas of Dance, Speech and Music.There will also be the presentation of the Mayor’s Award to the top performing arts school in Portmore.On Sunday, August 3, the Council will host an Independence Church Service at the Power of Faith Ministries Church, beginning at 10:45 a.m.There will be a flag-raising and civic ceremony on August 6 on the grounds of the Portmore Pines Plaza, starting at 10:00 a.m.In Old Harbour, a street dance will be held on August 6 in the square, beginning at 7:00 p.m. RelatedSt. Catherine Comes Alive for Independencecenter_img St. Catherine Comes Alive for Independence UncategorizedAugust 1, 2008 RelatedSt. Catherine Comes Alive for Independencelast_img read more