Professor Brendan Bain wins lawsuit against UWI

first_imgThe Full Court in Jamaica on Monday ruled in favor of former UWI Professor Brendan Bain. The case involved a wrongful dismissal lawsuit against the University of the West Indies (Mona) campus.In handing down the ruling on Monday afternoon, the court said Bain’s dismissal from the institution was a breach of his right to freedom of expression.University must pay J$4.7 millionThe court also ruled that the university must pay Bain J$4.72 million in lieu of notice of the termination of his contract. It was also ordered that any other sums that may have been withheld should be paid to him.Bain, who was director of the Regional Coordinating Unit of the Caribbean HIV/Training Network (CHART) sued the university for J$40 million in 2014 for defamation of character, and breach of his constitutional rights following his dismissal by the academic institution.In an interview with the Jamaican Gleaner shortly after the ruling was handed down, Bain said he was relieved that the matter is now over but asked for time to study the judgment before making any further comment.Also seeking 9 months’ salaryIn addition to the defamation award, Bain was seeking nine months’ salary for breach of contract. He explained that the nine months was the time left in the employment contract.The UWI fired Bain after alleging that his constituents had lost confidence in him following his participation in a HIV/AIDS court case in Belize.His dismissal sparked widespread public debate, resulting in several protests involving church and lobby groups, which called for a reversal of the University’s decision.last_img read more

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IAAF contributes US$500,000 for hurricane recovery

first_imgCredit: IAAF IAAF President Sebastian Coe meeting with NACAC member federations in San Juan. “It is heartening and humbling to see what has been accomplished by communities, their governments and by collaboration of neighbouring countries and islands.” (Hector Martinez) The International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) on Tuesday announced a US$500,000 solidarity fund to help member federations in the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) area recover from the devastating damage caused last year by the four hurricanes.Athletics federations across the region lost communications, offices, training facilities and equipment during the passage of hurricanes in 2017. Tragically, Hurricane Irma took the life of famed coach Xavier “Dag” Samuels as it passed through the British Virgin Islands. Samuels coached British Virgin Islands’ Kyron McMaster, the 2017 400m hurdles world leader and IAAF Diamond League champion.Announcement made in Puerto RicoIAAF President Sebastian Coe made the announcement during a visit to Puerto Rico, the home country of Victor Lopez, the president of the North American, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC).“I hope these funds will go some way to rebuilding the sport in the countries most affected by the hurricanes,” said Coe, who met with representatives from NACAC member federations in San Juan.Will continue seeking more funding“We know this is not enough but hope it will at least get the member federations affected back up and running. We will continue to seek further funds and work with the region to ensure athletes’ training is as uninterrupted as possible.”Coe praised Lopez for the work he and his team have done in keeping the IAAF informed about the challenges being faced in the region.“I would like to put on record my sincere thanks to NACAC Area President, Victor Lopez and his team for their unflinching and tireless work over the last five months keeping the member federations and me informed of what was happening and conducting a thorough audit of the damage that has occurred across the sport in the region,” Coe said.For his part, Lopez said he was concerned about how the region’s athletes would prepare for competition for the coming season given the devastation brought by the hurricanes.The fund is made up of contributions from the IAAF, the International Athletics Foundation (IAF) and Seiko.last_img read more

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Barbados rated #1 in the world for visitor satisfaction

first_imgThe Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI) says the country’s tourism is once again in winner’s row, beating out destinations such as second-place Seychelles and third-place Bermuda to land the number one spot on the 2017 Destination Satisfaction Index (DSI).On Saturday BTMI said throughout the year, over 70,000 travelers were interviewed around the world, giving their feedback on 20 categories including beaches, accommodation, cuisine and shopping.Highest world scoreBTMI said Barbados had the highest overall World score, 8.8/10, of the 144 countries included. The destination also ranked highest in the Accommodation category, and highest in the Americas region, ahead of Bermuda and the Bahamas.The awards were presented to the Barbados delegation, led by Donna Cadogan, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, during a ceremony at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show held in Germany’s capital city, BTMI said.According to William “Billy” Griffith, BTMI’s chief executive officer, the island plans to leverage the accolade in the destination’s marketing communications over the next year. “For us, it’s going to be very advantageous because, with our marketing and our public relations, we’re going to be saying, ‘we’re best in the world,’ at least for the next 12 months,” he said. “And I think it helps us in our quest to move forward in terms of pressing for success for Barbados tourism.”Barbados challengedThe online survey was administered in 24 source markets, with the 70,000 interviews resulted in 1.4 million responses direct from travelers which informed the scores in each category, BTMI said.“The feedback was that people, especially when it comes to Barbados, were extremely happy with the trip provided,” said Marc Leimann, Managing Director of Norstat Germany. “Barbados, basically, really challenged and won against the world in total.”Griffith also congratulated the accommodation sector and lauded their contribution to the destination’s high overall score.He said the DSI Accommodation award further supports Barbados’ outstanding performance in the highly-recognized TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards, according to BTMI.last_img read more

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Guyana President calls for non-discriminatory admissions to regional law schools

first_imgGuyana President David Granger says the Council for Legal Education (CLE), should seek new ways of improving access to, and delivery of, affordable legal education to all corners of the Caribbean region.Addressing the opening of the 50th Meeting of the Council of Legal Education (CLE) on Friday, Granger called on the Council to ensure non-discriminatory admissions to the regional law schools.Not satisfied with present quota“Guyana’s need for a greater number of practitioners cannot be satisfied with the present quota it has imposed on our students of our regional law schools. Guyana looks forward to the Council of Legal Education to facilitate the education of more specialized legal practitioners in the Caribbean and of course, Guyana,” the Head of State told the gathering of legal luminaries.Currently, Guyana is allowed a quota of 25 students to pursue studies at the Hugh Wooding Law School.Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams   weighed in the matter, noting that each year, Guyanese law students are faced with an enormous financial burden of fees amounting to TT$98,000 “Our students simply cannot afford this high cost and therefore are deterred from a legal career. As Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, I have received many calls and visits from students who have excelled at the undergraduate level but because of cost cannot complete their legal education,” the Attorney General said. He added that although the government assists with 25 per cent of the cost, the balance remains a hurdle.This is the fifth time the CLE meetings are being hosted by Guyana. Previous meetings were held here in 1975, 1981, 1987 and 1994.last_img read more

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Reggae connects with Windrush in London exhibition

first_imgA new exhibition has been mounted at P3 gallery in London highlighting the ways in which Jamaican music helped shape modern Britain.According to a Jamaica Observer report, Bass Culture 70/50 — a new, four-week exhibition – explores this impact. On display at Ambika P3 gallery in London, the show marks 70 years since the arrival of Empire Windrush at Tilbury Dock, Essex, and 50 years since the advent of British reggae. The exhibition, which opened on October 25 and run to November 23, feature previously unseen artwork, specially commissioned film, top industry speakers, UK reggae label pop-up showcases, live performances, 10 years of Natty, and over 70 hours of individual testimonies, linking — for the first time — the memories and experiences of black British musicians, industry practitioners, academics and audiences.The exhibition offered two opportunities to witness two exhibition exclusives. The first, a ‘Rude Boy Catwalk’, invited attendees to come dressed as they were when they first experienced a gig influenced by Jamaican music, be it ska or reggae, jungle or grime. That took place on November 9. The second is a mini film festival that will premiere Bass Culture, a 60-minute documentary mapping the impact of Jamaican music from a youth perspective.Bass Culture ResearchThe exhibition is staged by Bass Culture Research, a three-year Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project set up to explore the impact of Jamaican music in the UK. The project made headlines last year after issuing The Grime Report, which led to the withdrawal of Form 696 — a controversial risk assessment form criticized for being discriminatory and targeting genres such as grime.Soundtrack to multiculturalismMykaell Riley, principal investigator and director of the Bass Culture Music Unit at the University of Westminster, said “This is the story of the soundtrack to multiculturalism, a hidden history that is still impacting on new music.”In 1948, hundreds of Caribbean nationals embarked on a journey to the UK, having been invited, to help rebuild Britain post World War II. They arrived on passenger liner Empire Windrush which carried 1027 passengers and two stowaways on the voyage from Jamaica to London. Of this number, 802 passengers gave their last country of residence as somewhere in the Caribbean, of whom 693 intended to settle in the United Kingdom. This group has become known as the Windrush Generation.The Windrush Generation shot into the headlines earlier this year after it was made public that a number of individuals belonging to this group were being wrongly detained, denied legal rights, threatened with deportation, and, in some cases, wrongly deported from the UK by the Home Office.last_img read more

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EDITORIAL: Florida legislators: Don’t divert funding from public schools

first_imgThe Florida Legislature has convened for the 2019 session. As happens annually when the Legislature meets there are several issues critical to the well-being of the community that will be debated, and possible passed into law. One of the issues of greatest concern is one that could impact the future of Florida’s public school system.Desantis wants to divert funds to private schools Last year during Ron DeSantis campaigning to be Florida’s governor, there was concern over his stated support for private schools. Now that he’s governor the concern has heightened. He has publicly stated he favors using public funding to provide more scholarships to students to attend private schools. Furthermore, he has tried to defend this policy by saying said if taxpayers are paying for education it’s public education.But there’s much disagreement with this statement. Most Floridians believe tax payers money is should be allocated for basically funding public school education.The concern escalates as it’s believed Desantis will attempt to influence Republicans in the Florida Legislature to increase state funding of vouchers and scholarships for students to attend private schools. If such a law is passed it would mean millions of dollars usually appropriated for public school education would go to private schools.It’s the right, of course, of parents to choose the best method of education for their children whether it’s private schools, home schooling, or public schools.Public education no longer inferior educationLong gone are the days in America where public-school education was regarded as an inferior form of education. Thanks to visionary, dedicated, hardworking elected officials and school superintendents, public schools in Florida has improved through Kindergarten to high school, and are no longer stigmatized as institutions for educating students from less privileged, low-income families. Children from every race, social and economic class, are attending public schools, and more students have been successfully graduating to either join the state’s work force or advance to colleges.Still, public education isn’t mandatory. Irrespective of the positives of public schools, parents do have the option to send their kids to private or charter schools. It’s just that funds sourced from the public ostensibly to fund public schools shouldn’t be diverted by the state to private schools, most of which already benefit from the elaborate fees they charge. While the Legislature is responsible for the curriculum related to students of all Florida schools, it doesn’t have responsibility for funding private schools where most students are undoubtedly from financially well-off families.Increasing demand for education at public schools As the student population of Florida increases with new residents arriving daily from foreign countries there’s a persistent priority to improve the public school infrastructure, train and hire more teachers, and pay them more. There really is very little budgetary flexibility for diverting public funds from public schools to private schoolsIt’s difficult for some people to understand why if Florida’s public-school system is excelling, with local school superintendents and boards praised regularly for their achievements, are state officials so determined to fund students attendance at private schools. Cannot accept educational segregation People cannot be blamed for thinking the effort to push students into private schools reflect an ideology that perpetuates educational segregation with one type of education preferred for one class of people, over another class. Education must not be subjected to segregation. Like healthcare education is a right, not a privilege of any class.    Learn from the Jamaican experience It would serve the Florida Legislature to learn from the experience of Caribbean countries like Jamaica. During the colonial experience the British pretty much segregated education. Up to the early 1960s’ Jamaica had only a handful of secondary/high schools eligible to receive government funding. These schools were accessible mainly to privileged middle-class families and few students who received government scholarships  The majority of students attend underfunded elementary schools or small business colleges.After independence successive Jamaican governments liberalized public education, creating and funding more high and junior-secondary schools This led to access to sounder education for more Jamaicans. Today the liberalized Jamaica public education system produces graduates from all classes who consistently attain high levels of achievement academically, with several excelling n sports and cultural activities.Staring in the face of Florida legislators is the success of the public-school system. But this success isn’t complete. The demand for public school education grows each year. It would be wrong for the legislature to pass a law that take funds from public schools. While the Legislature should ensure private schools provide sound education,  funds paid by tax payers must be directed to the continued development of public schools which are ironically reducing the demand for being educated at private schools.last_img read more

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Jamaican athletes disappoint at IAAF World Relays in Japan

first_imgAlthough Jamaica finished second to the US at the IAAF World Relays held at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Japan over the past weekend, they finished with just 27 points, the lowest ever points gained during the four staging at the event. The US amassed 54 points. Although much from anticipated at the relays from participating athletes like Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the Jamaican team ran into several misfortunes on the trach and managed to win just three medals.In the mixed shuttle hurdle race. Hurdler Andrew Riley hurt his hamstring in the preliminary round of the mixed shuttle hurdle, then his replacement Norman Pittersgill had to withdraw from the finals after injuring his thigh while warming up.The Jamaican women’s 4x400m looked like they would medal in the finals of that relay,  but anchor runner Janieve Russell who was in the lead mistimed her move to the finish line, seem to tire, placing her team in fifth position.Jamaica clocked 3:28.30 minutes as Poland won the race in 3:27.49, ahead of the USA, who clocked 3:27.65.In the men 4x400m Jamaica with a time of 3:01.57 minutes placed second to Trinidad and Tobago wo had a world leading time of 3:00.81.Jamaica best hope for a gold medal was in the women’s 4x200m relay with the team of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson, Olympic sprint double champion Elaine Thompson, and Stephenie Ann McPherson. However, in a very unlikely manner the team experienced two fumbles in their baton change and finished a disappointing third in 1:33.21 minutes.  Jamaica placed second in the women 4 x 100m relay. During the  Jonielle Smith ran a superb anchor leg, but the Jamaicans in a time of 43.29 seconds just missed overtaking the US which won in 43.27 seconds.The Jamaica men 4 x 100 team managed to place only sixth in their finals in a time of 38.88 seconds. Brazil won gold in 38.05 ahead of the USA, who clocked 38.07.last_img read more

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Perform Group bolsters football performance dynamics acquiring Scout7

first_img Sportradar: Football’s match fixers enter the betting early June 19, 2020 BetUK replaces Royal Panda as QPR’s official betting partner January 30, 2020 Submit EFL set to broadcast remaining games whilst behind closed doors April 17, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Seeking to bolsters its football data dynamics, sports media firm Perform Group has moved to acquire Scout7 (undisclosed fee) a specialist software provider for professional football technologies focusing on athlete scouting, performance and monitoring.The acquisition of Scout7 assets will be integrated within Perform’s content division which includes leading football data and insights provider OptaPro which is currently used by over 200 professional sports teams and national federations.OptaPro has a prior relationship with Scout7 operations, serving as the technology’s lead data provider.Ben Mackriell, Head of OptaPro, commented on the acquisition “Scout7 have been a key partner of OptaPro for a number of years and the relationship has enabled us to provide market-leading data and technology to football clubs in more than 14 countries. By aligning Scout 7’s technological expertise and industry knowledge with OptaPro, we will be able to provide clubs with enhanced tools that assist them in affecting on-pitch performance and scouting processes. We have exciting and innovative plans to develop a product set that will service clubs across multiple departments and we look forward to working with our clubs to deliver solutions that are at the cutting edge of elite sport.”Confirming the acquisition Perform governance, stated that Scout7 assets would enhance the firm’s leading football data and insights offering, creating new provision for its multi-market partners.Lee Jamison, Scout7 Managing Director, backed Perform as new owners: “Today marks the start of an exciting new chapter for Scout7 and a defining moment for professional sports technology. Since 2001, we have been the market leader for scouting management solutions in football, supporting clients of varying size and infrastructure in professionalising their player recruitment and assessment processes. Now as part of Perform, we will be working in parallel with another industry leader, OptaPro, to continue to drive and innovate in a fast-moving industry. With our combined knowledge, skills and expertise, our clients can look forward to strong technology partnerships and cutting-edge products, driven by the evolving requirements of the industry, to support and enhance their information management and evaluation processes.”last_img read more

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Rapid expansion Degree 53 moves to the heart of Manchester

first_imgShare Degree 53 ‘UX Review’ reviews operators against latest Apple app guidelines January 15, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Manchester-based industry focused UX design and development agency Degree 53 has moved offices, taking two floors within the historic Steam Packet House on Cross Street in the heart of Manchester city centre.Updating stakeholders, Degree 53 management details that a new office was needed to fulfil the company’s rapid expansion in projects and staff headcount.Last February, the specialist agency announced a recruitment drive to aid the delivery of new igaming/betting contracts secured by the company. Detailing its growth,  In 2017 Degree 53 has undertaken 30 new hires, taking its headcount to +75 staff members.The new offices have been refurbished to provide a collaborative, modern space for the teams, with larger breakout and kitchen areas across the two floors. As a celebration of their core skills, the decor in meeting rooms is inspired by Las Vegas casinos.Andrew Daniels Managing Director at Degree 53 says: “It’s been an exciting year for us in terms of growth and expanding our team with talented individuals. The gaming division has been evolving rapidly and we’ve recruited more people than we’d originally planned for. We’ve created brand new positions to bring more structure and additional expertise to support our projects.”He continues: “The new office in Steam Packet House is fantastic and will no doubt inspire more creativity in our team members. There’s enough space for additional hires, as we’re looking to fill a number of positions over the next six months. We work with clients and partners from all over the world and being located in the centre of Manchester will make their visits much more convenient. We look forward to welcoming them in the new office.“ Degree 53 expands technical and product development teams   July 22, 2020 bet365 continues Manchester expansion with new offices March 13, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Yggdrasil agrees Pinnacle deal

first_img StumbleUpon Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Yggdrasil Gaming has agreed a deal to supply Pinnacle with its content and promotional tools.The deal with the online gaming operator will see popular Yggdrasil titles, such as Jungle Books and Pumpkin Smash, made available to its customers for the first time.To help support and promote the slots Pinnacle will be granted access to Boost, its collection of in game promotional tools, and Brag, a social sharing tool.Fredrik Elmqvist, Chief Executive Officer at Yggdrasil, said: “In what is still a relatively young industry, Pinnacle has been offering world-class online gaming to its customers for almost 20 years. It enjoys a loyal following of dedicated players who we are certain will enjoy Yggdrasil titles. “This is the latest major commercial signing for Yggdrasil, as we continue to add scale to the business and enter the next stage of our development.” Paris Smith, Chief Executive Officer at Pinnacle, added: “In a highly competitive sector, content is king, and it is essential that we add games from top developers such as Yggdrasil. “Yggdrasil slots are instantly recognisable, but what has really impressed us is the arsenal of promotional tools that help us boost retention and engagement.”This follows news of a recent similar link up with Jackpotjoy Group brands Vera&john and InterCasino, allowing the company to enter the Danish market for the first time as a result. Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Submit ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020last_img read more

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