Neptune –Fortune, who is the parent of an Autistic child, was teary-eyed, as she pleaded for help for the Nation's autistic children.
Uniting for the cause: Republic Bank's Branch Sales Manager, Arima Branch, Debra Carrington (second from left) engages the attention of Public Affairs Officer of the Embassy of the United States in T&T, Alex McLaren (on left), Autism Education Specialist, Kari Dunn Buron (second from right) and Teresina Sieunarine, President of T&T, at the launch of the Autism Awareness Month held at the Society Headquarters in D'abadie last Wednesday.
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, April 8, 2014: Autism (sometimes called "classical autism") is the most common condition in a group of developmental disorders known as the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Autism affects one in 88 children in the world. The disorder may manifest itself in the first three years of a child's life, with males being four times more likely to have autism than females. These were some of the statistics shared before a large audience, at the launch of the Autism Awareness Campaign, held on April 2, at the headquarters of the Autistic Society of Trinidad and Tobago (ASTT) in D'Abadie.
Echoing the sentiments of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Acting Prime Minister, the Honourable Errol Mc Leod stated that the Launch was in fact a call to action. "Every child has the right to enjoy fundamental freedom and I must say that I commend Republic Bank for partnering with the Society, to ensure that every child with Autism enjoys a full life..." he said while challenging other corporate bodies to lend their assistance to the cause.
For the 6th consecutive year, Republic Bank will partner with the Autistic Society of Trinidad and Tobago, to help raise public awareness on this disorder.
Delivering greetings on behalf of Republic Bank Limited, Branch Sales Manager, Arima Branch, Debra Carrington, emphasized the importance of partnering with the Society to help make a positive difference in the lives of children with the disorder.
"It is not about just taking care of an autistic child, it is also about running an institution whose survival, financially speaking, is based on the kindness and attention of others. The Bank and the Society found each other and that is something we are really happy about. We are honoured to be your partner in making a difference." Carrington added.
Sharing a brief history of the ASTT, General Manager, Nicole Alves, said that to date there were over 500 families who were registered with the ASTT and have found a place to call home for their children.
"We provide therapy sessions for both parents and children at the Society. It's a place, which provides a safe haven for them. It's a place where a child could be autistic and not face judgment at the hands of society." Alves said.
Republic Bank is pleased to, once again, partner with the Autistic Society of Trinidad and Tobago, in an effort to raise public awareness on this order. The Bank encourages members of the public, to join with them on Sunday April 27, from 3pm, at the Queen's Park Savannah for the 4th annual Walk and Fair, as they help move the Nation closer to understanding autism and the special people on the autistic spectrum. T-shirts for the Walk can be bought at any outlet of Kenny's Sports Centre – Adults $75 and Children-$60.
Nikki Crosby addresses the audience at Republic Bank's Calypso Ruction staff competition, which took place at the Bank's Sports Club on February 18.
Curlissa "Soca Lissa" Charles performs her song, "De Asylum" at Blue To Meh Heart, Republic Bank's annual Calypso Ruction competition. Soca Lissa won first place at the competition, which took place at the Bank's Barataria Sports Club on February 18.
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, February 21, 2014: Republic Bank‘s High Street Branch staff member, Curlissa "Soca Lissa" Charles, defended her crown at "Blue to Meh Heart", the Bank's annual Calypso Ruction competition, held at their Barataria Sports Club, on Tuesday night (February 18).
Soca Lissa's piece, entitled "De Asylum", won her the challenge trophy and first place prize, along with the prize for Best Social Commentary. This year, the Bank included a Retro Riddims Segment, wherein the performers rendered a vintage Calypso. Soca Lissa also won first place in this segment, with her rendition of Singing Sandra's "Ancient Rhythms".
The competition has taken place for over 25 years. It gives staff an opportunity to display their singing and performing abilities. The staff members attend a series of auditions and they compete for the top three prizes as well as six special prizes.
Second place winner, Credit Card Centre's Jeri-Mia "Jeri-at-Tricks" Antoine, wowed judges, Michael Germain, Penelope Spencer and Jocelyn Sealy, with her "Republic Hustler". Her performance also took the Best Rookie, Most Humorous and People's Choice titles - an excellent feat for a first-time performer. Kirlann "Kirly Wirly" Primus, of the Cipero Street branch, claimed the third place trophy with her Calypso, "Only in Trinidad".
The Best Banking Tune prize went to the team of Curtis "Agent C" Beckles and Tabitha Moore of the Princes Town and Tragarete Road branches, respectively, while Nikeisha "Lil Niks" Hamilton, also of the Tragarete Road branch, claimed the Road March prize. The second and third place winners in the Retro Riddims segment were, Glencoe Agency's Joseanne "Josie" Callender, who performed Ras Shorty I's "Watch Out My Children", and the Operational Risk Department's Xavier "X-Setter" Gaston, with her rendition of Denyse Plummer's "Nah Leavin".
Emcees, Nikki Crosby and Jus Jase, hosted the competition, while Roy Cape All Stars, with Blaxx, Ricardo Drue, Darnella Simmons, Devon Matthews, Erphaan Alves and 5Star Ackil kept partygoers jumping and waving for the rest of the night.
Port of Spain, Trinidad: January 30, 2014: The Republic Bank Group has recorded a profit attributable to shareholders of $291.2 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2013. This represents an increase of 2.2% over the corresponding period last year. The Group's total assets stood at $57.9 billion at December 31, 2013, an increase of 6.7% from December, 2012 and 0.5% over the year ended September, 2013.
Republic Bank Chairman, Ronald F .deC. Harford, in announcing the Group's results said, "We are encouraged by the growth and stability of our loan portfolio which was reflected in a year on year increase of 7.3% and a reduction in loan impairment expense of over $15 million from the corresponding period in 2012. The results of this quarter also include a contribution of $10 million from our 40% investment in HFC Bank Ghana Limited."
Mr. Harford said that the Bank expected this good performance to continue for the remainder of the year, as focus continues to be placed on maintaining a high quality loan portfolio, cost containment and growth in non-interest income. He noted however that the Group continues to be challenged by high liquidity which is leading to declining margins, and indicated that investments in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean will continue to be closely monitored, once difficult economic conditions persist in those territories.
Republic Bank's Social Investment Officer, Nadia Williams, proudly stands in front the commemorative plaque, which was placed on the Multi-purpose Hall of the newly constructed Olive's House facility - the first Senior Citizens Community Housing Facility in the Caribbean. Standing with her is Subesh Ramjattan, founder and pioneer of Bridge of Hope. The Hall is outfitted with a chapel, gym, hair salon, common room and other amenities. The event was held on the compound of Bridge of Hope, Sangre Chiquito last Saturday.