Republic Bank (Ghana) Limited (RBGH.gh) 2007 Annual Report

first_imgRepublic Bank (Ghana) Limited (RBGH.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2007 annual report.For more information about Republic Bank (Ghana) Limited (RBGH.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Republic Bank (Ghana) Limited (RBGH.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Republic Bank (Ghana) Limited (RBGH.gh)  2007 annual report.Company ProfileRepublic Bank (Ghana) Limited, formerly known as HFC Bank Limited, is a financial services institution in Ghana offering banking products and services for the investment, corporate, retail and mortgage sectors as well as solutions for asset management, property management and development services. The company is focused on 4 segments: consumer, mortgage, corporate and microfinance banking. Mortgage banking services include home equity, home purchase or improvement mortgages and public-sector home schemes. Investment banking services include asset management, financial advisory, brokerage and managed funds. The commercial division offers a full-service product and service offering including home, education, executive and business loans and foreign trade and document processing services. Private banking services include cash management, investment accounts, mortgage facilities and safe custody services. Republic Bank (Ghana) Limited also provides foreign currency, institutional finance and electronic and mobile banking services. Republic Bank (Ghana) Limited is a subsidiary of Republic Financial Holdings Limited. Republic Bank (Ghana) Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw) 2011 Abridged Report

first_imgHwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2011 abridged results.For more information about Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw)  2011 abridged results.Company ProfileHwange Colliery Company Limited extracts, processes and distributes raw coal and coal products in Zimbabwe and sub-Saharan Africa. The Hwange Coalfield and Chaba Mine are located in the north-western region of Zimbabwe; its head office is in the capital city, Harare. Hwange Colliery operates in three segments; mining, medical services and estate management. The Mining division operates in categories that include thermal coal, industrial coal and coking coal. The coke categories include foundry coke, metallurgical coke, coke peas and coke breeze. The by-products include benzole, tar naphthalene and coke oven gas. The Medical Services division manages a healthcare service for its employees and local communities in the mining areas. The estate management division provides and manages properties for rental and sells retail goods and services. Hwange Colliery Company Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

First Aluminium Nigeria (FIRSTA.ng) Q32015 Interim Report

first_imgFirst Aluminium Nigeria (FIRSTA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about First Aluminium Nigeria (FIRSTA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First Aluminium Nigeria (FIRSTA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First Aluminium Nigeria (FIRSTA.ng)  2015 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileFirst Aluminium Nigeria Plc manufactures and sells a range of aluminium products in Nigeria including aluminium coils and sheets and laminate, aluminum and seamless tubes. The company sells on its finished products to the secondary aluminum and packaging industries. The Manufacturing division produces collapsible aluminium tubes, plastic laminate and seamless tubes for the toothpaste, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and engineering sectors. First Aluminum Nigeria Plc also manufactures a range of continuous sheet painting products sold under the Colortek brand name; and supplies roofing sheets and executes roofing projects. It purchases and sells its aluminium products, building components and accessory items through its subsidiary company, Aluminium City Limited. Founded in 1960 and formerly known as First Aluminium Company (Nigeria) Limited, the company changed its name to First Aluminium Nigeria Plc in 1992. The company is a subsidiary of Alucon Holdings SA. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. First Aluminium Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) 2016 Annual Report

first_imgMauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu)  2016 annual report.Company ProfileMauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited offers general insurance for individuals and corporates. The company operates through Casualty, Property, Life, and Other segments, where the Casualty segment offers motor, liability and cash in transit, personal accident and health insurance products. The Property segment provides fire and allied perils, engineering, marine, and all risks insurance products. The Life segment offers life and pension insurance products. The Other segment provides stock-broking services. The company provides additional financial services as well, where housing, educational and vehicle loans are offered. Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited has four subsidiaries that work under it, Feber Associates Ltd, National Mutual Fund Ltd and Phoenix TransAfrica Holdings Ltd are fully owned subsidiaries. The Group also owns an 80% stake in Associated Brokers Ltd. Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Lasaco Assurance Plc (LASACO.ng) 2017 Annual Report

first_imgLasaco Assurance Plc (LASACO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Lasaco Assurance Plc (LASACO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lasaco Assurance Plc (LASACO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lasaco Assurance Plc (LASACO.ng)  2017 annual report.Company ProfileLasaco Assurance Plc is a composite insurance and financial services company in Nigeria licensed to underwrite business in major sectors of the economy. This includes the heavy engineering, construction, banking and finance, manufacturing, agriculture and tourism sectors. Lasaco Assurance Plc’s business portfolio includes leadership and a significant stake in key federal and state government insurance businesses, multinational and private companies. The company also offers life cover to high-tech, capital intensive and special risk sectors such as oil and gas and aerospace. Lasaco Assurance Plc has business interests in property development and management as well as shareholdings in numerous blue chip enterprises. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Lasaco Assurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

The FTSE 100 index is down 23%. Is now the time to buy shares?

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. The FTSE 100 index has traditionally been thought to contain the UK’s safest equity investments. But year-to-date, its value has fallen 23%. The coronavirus pandemic has created an unprecedented shift in global economies, initiating major volatility in financial markets.Increase stock exposure, limit riskSo does that mean Footsie investing is now a big risk? Well, one way to invest directly in the FTSE 100 index is to choose an index tracker fund. This allows you to own a basket of stocks, rather than just a few, creating diversification and lowering risk. Index funds are popular with beginners to stock market investing because they’re simple to understand and affordable.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…There are many funds to choose from, which invest in companies from a specific sector, market theme or index. The FTSE 100 index makes a popular choice for beginners because it gives investors access to ownership of the UK’s largest 100 companies with limited risk. The FTSE 100 is home to well-known British names such as BT, BAE Systems, Barclays, Tesco and Vodafone.Why choose a FTSE 100 index tracker fund?Sectors thriving in the lockdown are proving a popular choice for themed index fund investments. These include the FMCG, pharmaceutical and IT sectors. However, this also means they’re priced at a premium. I think a diversified fund is a better option for beginners. This includes a FTSE 100 index tracker fund.Index funds are subject to the ups and downs of the financial markets, but by being invested in multiple stocks, across a range of sectors, you dilute your risk. Is this a good time to buy shares?Among the market fluctuations, many leading-edge companies have shed a fortune from their market capitalisation. Some of these had over-inflated share prices that were due a correction. Others are now unfairly in bargain-basement territory.The trouble with some favourite companies in the FTSE 100 index is that their dividends were the main driving force behind shareholder investment. Particularly for long-term income investors. Many of these companies have cancelled their dividends for 2020, meaning they’re no longer as attractive to investors.However, many of them are still great companies and by cutting their dividends they’ll survive the pandemic.If you do your homework and look for companies that can survive and thrive, then this could be a great time to buy shares. Key points to look for include management integrity, a manageable level of debt, and the likelihood it will overcome the pandemic and grow.Billionaire investor Warren Buffett sometimes uses a price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) to gauge if a stock is priced fairly. The general rule is a P/E of less than 10 could be a value play. However, too low a P/E could mean the company carries risks. The P/E is not a deciding factor, but it’s a useful metric to check when evaluating a company’s stock price.The ups and downs of stock market investing can be nerve-wracking, particularly during periods of extreme volatility. Try to look at the bigger picture. Investing is a long-term game that benefits those that last the distance. Hold your nerve, stay calm, don’t panic and be confident in the shares you purchase.I think there are value stocks available just now, but if you’re nervous, then a FTSE 100 index fund is a great alternative investment for beginners. See all posts by Kirsteen Mackay Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. 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Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Kirsteen Mackay | Wednesday, 15th April, 2020 Image source: Getty Images. The FTSE 100 index is down 23%. Is now the time to buy shares?last_img read more

Wilcox withdraws from US Senate Race

first_img Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 4 COMMENTS June 24, 2016 at 2:54 pm Reply Reply If a candidate tries to get enough signatures in order to qualify to run, and he or she fails, and he or she doesn’t have the money to pay the qualifying filing fee, then that is different. I don’t fault those candidates, at all. However, these other wishy-washy people, that is a different story, as far as I am concerned. If you people are that wishy-washy about running, or then not running, what wishy-washy things can we expect, if you do get elected, concerning issues? Mama Mia It surprising that candidates who had already decided to run, and had committed to running, have now pulled out, to open the door for wishy-washy Rubio, who stated he was not going to run, then at the last minute decided to run, and who had one of the worst records ever of not even being there to vote. That is what I heard, if it was true. Why would any candidate cater to Rubio’s whims, thus eliminating their own selves out of the race? It certainly doesn’t mean Rubio has it in the bag. June 24, 2016 at 3:09 pm Reply People donate to campaigns, they volunteer, they get hyped about their candidate, then the candidates pull out, and change their minds. Another example is Val Demmings. She was running for Orange County Mayor, I believe, and then she pulled out. It doesn’t matter your politics, Republican, Democrat, or other, it lets supporters down. Often, the voters don’t forget it either, when the person runs again, for another seat later. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Let us see if the other guy on the Republican side is good for his word. The others haven’t been. The developer guy, Carlos something, the millionaire. Of course……center_img Wilcox now supports RubioThis morning Todd Wilcox released the following statement:“A year ago I decided to run for the United States Senate because I firmly believe that who we are as a nation is being challenged by evil threats around the world and, sometimes just as dangerously, by liberal influences here at home. I entered this race because I know in my gut that if we are to reverse course and preserve the liberties and freedoms so many brave men and women have laid down their lives in pursuit of, we must keep this seat in the Republican Party.“There is no doubt that Republican control of the Senate is the only way to preserve the Constitutional integrity of our Supreme Court, realign our military’s force structure and ensure the basic freedoms and liberties that make ours the greatest country in the world.“We must bring to an end this era of politics in Florida where deep pockets go to great lengths to buy elections – dismissing voters as nothing more than ratings points in a media buy, forsaking the grassroots advocates for whom the Republican Party exists and refusing to substantively debate the most important issues facing our state and nation.“Elections have consequences and eleven days ago an enemy I know all too well horrifically ended 49 lives and forever changed countless more just 15 miles from where I tucked my family in that night. It’s easy to get caught up in the ideological theater that unfolds in Washington DC, but Orlando should serve as a reminder that life and death decisions are being made each and every day by the people we elect.“While I support Donald Trump because he is the Republican nominee, I can’t predict who will win the White House in November. What I can do is impact who Florida sends to the United States Senate to challenge our next President should they try to dismantle our Constitution, put politics above principle or choose to ignore the needs of our service men and women, both past and present.“As a leader, I have always taught my team that changing course after devising a plan doesn’t mean you give up on the mission, it just means you have to find a new path. So today, with a clear understanding of the impact that recent changes have had in this race, that’s just what I’m going to do.“With all that is at stake, I have decided to end my campaign for the United Senate and support Marco Rubio in his bid to keep this seat in the Republican Party. Senator Rubio and I don’t agree on everything. We’ve travelled different paths, but I respect his grasp of the challenges we face and I appreciate the reality that he, as the incumbent, is best positioned to defeat either Patrick Murphy or Alan Grayson in November. We cannot allow either of these liberal Democrats to carry on the disastrous policies of the Obama administration – Floridians deserve better.“Unless you’ve experienced it, it’s hard to explain what traveling all over this great state for the last year has been like. I’ve talked to so many people who genuinely and thoughtfully want to share their ideas about how to make our country the best it can possibly be. I am grateful to each and every hardworking conservative I met along the way who took time away from their families, their work or their weekends to give me a chance to earn their support. I am humbled by the encouragement of my supporters and the depth of their faith and confidence in me. I don’t take any of this lightly and it is something I will never be able to thank them for enough.“To our volunteers and my team, I am forever grateful for your hard work, professionalism and commitment to the mission.“Finally, I want to thank my wife Christine and our girls, Tori, Danielle and Hayden for their patience, understanding and support over the last year. It has always been and will continue to be because of them that I fight for our great nation, whether on the battlefield, in my business or at the ballot box.” Please enter your comment! Mama Mia June 24, 2016 at 5:57 pm Mama Mia You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Mama Mia Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. June 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Previous articleSeven Tips for Take Your Dog to Work DayNext articleApopka Then and Now needs your help Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Mumia red alert!

first_imgStalwart Mumia Abu-Jamal supporters have again issued red alerts during the week of March 13 in the form of e-blasts to constituents urging them to call, fax or email messages demanding that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel and Mahanoy Superintendent Theresa DelBalso stop the state’s deliberate foot-dragging and begin treating the world-famous political prisoner.Mumia has a life-threatening hepatitis-C condition and needs a type of medication proven to have a 99 percent success rate. Deliberate delay continues to severely endanger this heroic freedom fighter’s life.Recent visits by movement leaders Pam Africa, Suzanne Ross and Johanna Fernandez of the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Free Mumia Coalition and the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, respectively, confirmed that his life-threatening condition has continued since its discovery last year. In fact, Mumia’s physical condition continues to dangerously decline daily.This is totally unacceptable! The MOVE Organization and Educators for Mumia have also mobilized and taken action. They sent out the following appeal:“We strenuously urge all people of goodwill to support the following demands:“1. Immediate provision to treat Mumia with the well-known and effective anti-viral medication. Liver damage, extreme weight gain and discomforting skin discoloration continues“2. Immediate release of all recent blood test results to Mumia’s attorneys“3. Vigilant monitoring of Mumia for signs of diabetes — especially his blood sugar, since an attack nearly killed him in the spring of 2015!“Call, fax or email the following persons:“Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf, phone 717-787-2500, fax 717-772- 8284, email [email protected]“Pa. DOC Secretary John Wetzel, phone 717-728-2573, email [email protected]“Mahanoy Prison Superintendent Theresa DelBalso, phone 570-773-2158 (expect sandbagging from personal secretary).“Keep the pressure on to treat Mumia and ultimately free him!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Opinion: Armenian Coalition Supports Chris Holden

first_img 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Reasons Why Selena Gomez Has Billions Of FansHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community Newscenter_img Top of the News Subscribe On Sunday, September 9, 2012, many Armenian community leaders and members gathered at Chris Chahinian’s residence in Pasadena to “meet and greet” Mr. Chris Holden. Mr. Holden has served the Pasadena community for over 20 years as a City Council member, Mayor, and in many other capacities. He is the leading candidate for the upcoming elections in November for the State assembly seat of the 41 district.The Armenian Community Coalition is committed to support and help Mr. Holden in his race to the State Senate seat. The Coalition believes that Chris Holden will continue pursuing the Pasadena community’s interests and that he is the right man to do it because of his integrity, knowledge, experience, and dedication.Roy Boulghourjian was the M.C. for the event and after a short introduction he invited Mr. Holden to speak to the audience. Mr. Holden shared his thoughts, plans, and his vision about the future. A few of the attendees asked some interesting questions and raised some concerns to which Mr. Holden responded in a very impressive fashion. The host of the evening and the Armenian Community Coalition chairman, Mr. Chahinian added a few words of encouragement and support. He asked everyone to actively support Mr. Holden’s election campaign by any means possible. All in all, it was a very successful event and everyone left very thrilled and pleased. Delicious food and refreshments were provided courtesy of Corfu restaurant of Sierra Madre.Mr. Holden truly deserves to be in this seat and the Armenian Community Coalition is confident that Pasadena and the neighboring cities will benefit greatly when he becomes a member of the state assembly. Community News Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Opinion & Columnists Opinion: Armenian Coalition Supports Chris Holden Opinion Piece by Chris Chahinian Published on Monday, September 24, 2012 | 1:14 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Area Policymakers Discuss Early Childhood Development Legislation

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Community News Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img More Cool Stuff On Friday morning legislators, parents, advocates and educators gathered together for the 30th annual Policymakers Breakfast hosted by Options to hear from officials about the legislation affecting early childhood development programs.“Collectively, we are all policy makers gathered here today. All of us advocate by writing letters, making phone calls and getting our situation known, but today we are hearing from the people in appointed positions who make the policy,” master of ceremonies Dolores Meade said to start off the morning.Councilmember Victor Gordo, Supervisor Michael Antonovich, Assemblymember Ed Chau, and Assemblymember Chris Holden provided a picture of the state of affairs for Los Angeles County’s subsidized early learning and child development services for low-income families. In honor of each of them speaking about this important issue and inviting anyone to speak to them about ideas for new bills, a children’s book will be placed in the library by Options.“It doesn’t matter how many merits you receive or how much money you have in the bank account when you die, but if you help one child you’ll leave a legacy,” Supervisor Michael Antonovich said.Key Note Speaker Kim Patillo Brownson, Director of Educational Equity at the Advancement Project spoke about the “Save My Seat” Project, a project of the Los Angeles Children’s Data Network advocating on behalf of low income families in need of early learning subsidies and spaces.The crucial issue is that parents are losing services due to all the budget cuts and alternative priorities at the state level. Early childhood legislation has had successive cuts for four years resulting in a loss of 110,000 seats in preschools. The May revise of the state budget is coming up in two weeks and the Save My Seat website has predictions of what would happen if additional cuts were added to the budget. If ten percent of the funding is cut, an additional 58% of the seats would be lost because so many services would be pushed over the line of operation. Currently the city of Pasadena is facing a $8.5 million cut for education.“Recently school board and city council adopted a three-year work plan that attempts to align resources and programs to ensure that the gaps that exist within our community are best addressed especially in light of all the state and federal take-aways,” Mercy Santoro, Director for Human Services and Recreation for the City of Pasadena said.“What’s particularly important in Pasadena is a greater focus on early childhood and after school programs and making sure that there’s an emphasis in re-investing in our early childhood programs to really focus on narrowing the achievement gap. Many of our elementary schools in the northwest have test scores of children initially coming into kindergarten not ready,” Santoro continued.Christina Saucedo is a parent who this directly impacts and has been given her life back by the services Options offers for her children. She battled substance abuse addiction for 19 years and had to go through a behavior modification program when she was released from prison.“Upon graduating I realized that I had a purpose and that was to give back and work with other women just like me to become productive members of society. Options has my back through all this. I’m gonna make it. I’ve come this far and I could not have made it without Options. I want to thank all of you and tell you these services, they help a lot,” Christina said, who was the only speaker to receive a standing ovation.Options also recognized exceptional individuals contributing to early education and development. Former Assemblymember Anthony Portantino was awarded the Marge Wyatt Advocacy Award. Portantino received this prestigious award based on his high level of commitment to children and families and his support of high quality early learning and child development while he served in office.Woodworkers of Whittier, or W.O.W. as they refer to themselves, received the community award for the excellent work they do carving 4,000+ wooden toys to give away at Christmas every year. They have a team of about 40 woodworkers who gather donated or scrap material from constructions sites and use it to make a child’s Christmas extra special by donating the toys to disadvantaged kids through 30 different social work agencies.“What we give is joy and we work hard at it,” President of W.O.W. John Rodgers said when he accepted the artwork done in their honor.State Senator Carol Lui is currently working a bill that will re-label childcare services as early learning and educational support system.“It’s important whether it’s at the Sacramento policymaker level or the community level and even staff working in our programs that we label the program properly and keep people focused on why we are here. We are not here to babysit children we are here for their learning and their development for their optimization of where they’re going in the future,” Options Chief Executive Officer Cliff MarcussenEveryone in the room felt inspired to leave the meetings and take action. The simplest thing that parents can do is to write to their legislators or call to the local office in their communities and share that quality educational child development programs are critical for my family and our community and we want to make sure that you are supporting resources for those programs. Marcussen says that parents are often more effective than advocates or anyone else because the legislators want to hear from people directly affected.“Its not enough simply to support what is good you must also oppose that which is bad. I know you are champions for children. I know you will continue to fight for what’s good and what’s right for our children and families and communities,” Marcussen said.For more information, please see http://optionscc.org/. center column 2 Area Policymakers Discuss Early Childhood Development Legislation Article and Photography by RACHEL YOUNG Published on Monday, April 29, 2013 | 1:33 pm 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more