Quebec City-based Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. (IA) is launching a new registered education savings plan (RESP) in conjunction with new electronic enrolment procedures for RESPs to simplify that process for financial advisors and their clients. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media “My Education+” is the firm’s most recent addition to its RESP lineup and it offers a range of segregated funds and a high-interest account. “It is very important for us to encourage and enable families to save for their children’s education,” says Marie-Claude Poulin, director of savings and retirement products with IA, in a statement. “With its guarantee and competitive management fees, My Education+ better meets the needs of our clients and allows them to save more for their children’s future.” IA is also looking to improve the enrolment process for these products as it has developed an electronic tool that will make advisors’ preparation of documents for the sale of an RESP simpler and faster, according to the firm’s announcement. Clients can also now sign up for an RESP through IA’s website and have their contributions invested automatically in a high-interest account. “Our goal is really to make enrolment for clients and the work of advisors easier so that the RESP can become the No. 1 solution for families wanting to save for their children’s education,” says Manon Gauthier, vice president of individual savings and retirement with IA, in a statement. “The government grants offered are a major advantage specific to the RESP and we want to enable a maximum of families to take advantage of them.” Photo copyright: kzenon/123RF Tessie Sanci
Paul Morigi/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the Broadway smash-hit “Hamilton,” appeared live on “Good Morning America” today and opened up about bringing the show to Puerto Rico in 2019.“We’re trying to raise millions” for hurricane recovery efforts, Miranda said. “We’ll have hundreds of $10 tickets available for Puerto Ricans on the island, but we’re also having super-expensive tickets and with those super-expensive tickets we’re hoping to restore arts funding to Puerto Rico for the next few years.”As for performing in the show, “I have to remember my lines,” he joked. “But I’m looking forward to doing it.”Thousands of people are still without power eight months after Hurricane Maria tore through the Caribbean island.Meanwhile, a new Atlantic hurricane season is less than a month away, and many are concerned the U.S. territory is unprepared for any new storm-related threats.Miranda, who is of Puerto Rican descent, has been taking recovery and relief efforts into his own hands.In October 2017, Miranda brought together 21 fellow musicians to record the track “Almost Like Praying” under the collective name “Artists for Puerto Rico.” The proceeds from the song were donated to hurricane relief efforts.“I called every famous Latino person I know,” Miranda said. “We got 21 artists to sing on this song to benefit the Hispanic Federation.”Moreover, through the Hispanic Federation, Miranda has helped raise over $35 million for recovery efforts.He also spent time volunteering on the ground and saw firsthand the rebuilding of a bridge from Morovis to San Lorenzo that had been destroyed by the storm.Despite the long road ahead, Miranda promised to perform “Hamilton” in Puerto Rico in January 2019, tweeting last month that the show will go on whether he has to perform with a “flashlight under my face” or belt out the music “because there’s no power to the mics.”“That’s what I’m gonna do,” he wrote. “See you in January no matter what.”This morning, the launch of Miranda’s latest project, “Hamilton: The Exhibition,” was announced. The traveling exhibition is an interactive, museum-like experience that will debut in Chicago, according to The New York Times.“It’s a 360-immersive experience,” Miranda said today on “GMA.” “I’m in your ear as your loving narrator as we go through Hamilton’s life and times. It’s a deeper dive on the history we couldn’t get into the show.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The University of Florida (UF) is accepting applications for TWOacademic advisor positions (12-month, non-tenure track facultystatus) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ (CLAS)Academic Advising Center (AAC). One position will be at theAssistant In level, and the one position will be at either theAssistant In or Associate In level. Applicants should have anunderstanding of college student development and demonstrate theskills needed to support and advise students. Applicants should bedetail-oriented with a strong ability to prioritize and multi-taskin a fast-paced, dynamic environment; have effective interpersonalskills and experience working with diverse populations; be able towork autonomously as well as within a team; and have anappreciation for the liberal arts and sciences. The anticipatedsalary range at the Assistant In level is $48,000-$51,000, and atthe Associate In level is $53,000-$57,000, both commensurate withqualifications and experience and includes a full benefit package.The start date is flexible with the intention of hiring by July1.General responsibilities:Advising undergraduate students in CLAS on academic requirementsand policies, as well as students seeking admission to a CLASmajor; advising students in the development and achievement oftheir academic and career goals; participating in various AACprograms and initiatives including presenting academic workshops;working with UF’s summer orientation programs for freshmen and newtransfer students; serving as a liaison to other departments andcenters in the college and other offices across campus. Advisorswill also work with one or more special populations: academicallyat-risk students, exploratory/undeclared students, pre-healthstudents, pre-law students, transfer students. Project assignmentsare based on advisor interest and office need. This positionrequires occasional participation in job-related activities outsideof traditional work hours.A Master’s degree is required, preferably in student personnel,higher education, counseling or related fields, along with relevantwork experience. To be considered for hire at the Associate Inlevel, applicants should have at least five years of achievement inacademic advising. All candidates for employment are subject to apre-employment screening which includes a review of criminalrecords, reference checks, and verification of education.Applications must be submitted online athttp://apply.interfolio.com/86906 and must include: (1) a coverletter, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, (3) a response to thesupplemental question on the application, and (4) a list of 3references. After initial review, applicants who are chosen toreceive further consideration will be asked to request confidentialletters of recommendation from the references. Please submit allrequired material by the May 14 application deadline; review of allsubmissions will begin shortly after this date.Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript tothe hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not beconsidered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” isvisible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside ofthe United States are required to be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by National Association ofCredential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/ .The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institutiondedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty andstaff.The University of Florida is An Equal Employment OpportunityInstitution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed toapply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the FloridaRelay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent uponeligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordancewith Florida’s Sunshine Law.#category=133The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.
The Bar Council has recruited law firms to a panel set up under a new initiative to help barristers recover money they are owed by ‘professional clients’ – mainly solicitors. Two debt recovery specialist firms, Thrings and Veale Wasbrough Vizards, have been appointed to the panel, the Bar Council said today. Panel members have a choice of payment options, including ‘no-win, no-fee’ as well as at fixed up-front rates.Andrew Langdon QC, chairman of the bar, said the panel will be an essential service for many barristers. ‘As most of us are self-employed, income is essential to our livelihoods. Balanced against that is the need to maintain long-term commercial relationships with our professional clients.‘The law firms on the panel are adept at handling the sensitivities around debt recovery and are able to handle the recovery of fees owed to barristers delicately.’The Bar Council closed its former fees collection service in 2015 following the introduction of standard contractual terms in January 2013. The statement said that as the body can no longer assist with unpaid fees, it is providing a panel of solicitors’ firms who provide debt recovery services and come recommended by clients.‘The panel is not an exclusive list of those offering debt recovery services for the bar and the Bar Council welcomes further recommendations from barristers and chambers for further additions to the panel,’ the statement said.