Over the course of the past few months, the teachers that helped our kindergartners read their first books and readied our high schoolers to step out on their own as adults have seen unprecedented challenges.Educators’ roles dramatically adjusted as schools around the world shifted to remote learning. Many had to completely surrender expectations for the end of their school year, and most didn’t have the opportunity to give their students a proper send-off.Every day is teacher appreciation day, and now, more than ever, we realize we can’t possibly live up to the standards our teachers have instilled. On behalf of our team members from around the world, the millions touched by teachers each day, and the entire technology community, we’re offering our sincerest thanks to the teachers for continuing to better our community day after day.Thank you for providing a sense of normalcy to the otherwise uprooted daily schedules of our children. Thank you for remembering those in our communities with differing needs and providing solutions to keep them learning. Thank you for rising to the challenge and using this opportunity to build up your teams, communities and leaders. The impact of COVID-19 is changing the way communities live, work and stay healthy. We know educators are impacted, in both their professional and personal lives, but they haven’t let the challenges they’re facing show through when teaching our children. They refuse to quit, committed to reaching every student and making the most of the tough situation.All of us have benefited from a teacher at some point in our lives. We recognize how difficult it is for these incredible educators to teach our children, even under normal circumstances.While technology has helped define the human experience for centuries, what we have learned over the past few weeks is that technology is nothing without teachers’ passion and dedication. We are here to help you succeed and listen to your needs as we navigate what the future brings. We are recognizing the adjustments we need to make to ensure we continue to provide the best education to all children. And we promise to continue to partner with you to find new ways to leverage technology as transform the way we teach and learn.To all of our teachers around the world, thank you.Please visit here for Teacher Appreciation Week discounts.
Dermot Weld’s Chester Cup third Zafayan, who chased home the exciting Bachasson on the opening day of the meeting, went to the front two out, but even-money favourite Tigris River was in his slipstream. They jumped the last in unison but the market leader had more in the tank and surged clear under Barry Geraghty to triumph by nine lengths. Press Association Winning trainer Aidan O’Brien was represented by his son Joseph, who said: “It looked a match on paper and possibly Mr Weld’s horse was coming back quick enough. “It’s nice to get a win with him and we’ll see where we go now. His jumping needs to improve but hopefully he’ll come on a bit and the experience will help. “He jumped well the last time and possibly not quite as well today but it’s only his second run over hurdles. “He’s versatile ground-wise as long as it isn’t bottomless. He’s a grand horse, has a good attitude and I’d say there are plenty of good days in him.” Weld did manage to register his fourth success of the week when First Figaro justified 10-11 favouritism in the Ladbrokes “Your Sport Your Way” INH Flat Race. The betting suggested that Galway’s Ladbrokes Mobile Maiden Hurdle was a match and so it proved, with Tigris River inflicting a second defeat of the week on Zafayan.
Prime Minister Keith Rowley PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley says despite the loss of thousands of jobs over the past three and half years, his administration has been able to keep the nation out of the clutches of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and urged citizens never forget the atrocities of the previous government.In the second part of his “Mind Your Business” presentation on Monday night, Rowley told a television audience that “we did not use retrenchment in the public service” as a means of dealing with economic situation he inherited when he came to office in September 2015.He said unlike other Caribbean countries, notably, Barbados and Jamaica, that had sought assistance from the IMF, “We will take our own medicine and manage ourselves.”Defends closure of PETROTRINIn his presentation, Rowley defended the decision to shut down the loss-making oil refinery at the state-owned company, PETROTRIN, noting that while it meant the inevitable loss of thousands of jobs, thousands others however have found employment with the new companies formed to take on the role previously undertaken by PETROTRIN.He said four billion dollars in royalties were not paid just to allow the company to continue to stay in business, adding that was the only company in the country that was not paying taxes. He said the forecast for the company was two billion in losses every year going forward.“We restructured the company in 2018. The debt owed by PETROTRIN would be serviced by the Heritage Petroleum Company, a subsidiary of PETROTRIN, so it would relieve the Finance Minister of the burden of servicing PETROTRIN’s debt, which left more money for the minister to do other things in the country.”But Rowley said that while Trinidad and Tobago economy is based on the oil and gas sectors, there was need to diversify into other areas.In the way of diversification, Rowley said the new Phoenix Park will be used for manufacturing aluminum cables and make sheet aluminum as well as aluminum wheels for cars. He said the methanol plant will also be on stream. He said the drydock at La Brea will invite ships to come in for repairs.He also said he has approached the private sector with proposals to invest in agriculture in the over 1,000 acres of agriculture land that has been laid to waste in Aripo.“This is job creation. These areas of employment will generate jobs.”He reminded the nation that the previous coalition government led by Kamla Persad Bissessar had engaged in several policies resulting in a significant decline in revenue to the country.But he said three and a half years later, the statistics show the country is improving.