Dalton Myers | Wanted: More awareness of JAIP

first_imgI’ve always believed that the Jamaican Athletes Insurance Plan (JAIP) was a very good initiative by the Government that is geared at developing sport in Jamaica. It therefore bothers me that ever since the launch and implementation of the programme in 2016, several ministry officials, including the Minister of Sports, Olivia Grange, have had to publicly urge athletes to be part of the plan. In 2015, Cabinet approved the Insurance plan to provide more than 1,000 athletes across all sports with group health as well as life and personal accident insurance. The plan was then launched at the Office of the Prime Minister in 2016. At the time, the Government outlined that Guardian Insurance would provide group health insurance for 1,323 athletes from approximately 28 national sports associations that were registered with the JAIP. The Government also indicated that as part of the plan, Allied Insurance Brokers, through Sagicor, would provide personal accident insurance. You can understand then why it bothers me that the Government has had to be pleading with member associations to have their athletes apply to this plan particularly because medical expenses have been among the major challenges for Jamaican athletes, especially amateurs trying to make it to the professional level. Lack of medical support leads to issues with athlete-injury management and injury prevention as well as creates psychological barriers for athletes when they are then not able to train and compete at their best . Sadly, many athletes are still not aware of the plan, and in some cases, are ignorant of the benefits. In April 2018, Director of Sport Policy in the ministry Suzette Ison, speaking at the ‘More than an Athlete: Not Just a Player’ symposium, mentioned that many athletes were still not aware of the programme. She encouraged all athletes to check with their national associations to ascertain registration status. She even said that once an athlete was on the development squad or the national team, he/she should be registered so as to be eligible for the plan. Grange has made similar comments over the past six months, even suggesting that associations need to find ways to get athletes on board. In a space where we argue that Government is not doing enough, I would want to believe that any support given would be taken up by athletes and their support personnel. The interesting thing is that ever so often, we see or hear of athletes who meet the criteria for the JAIP but have not applied, seeking financial support from the Government or the general public. The minister wants more athletes registered in the plan, especially since her Government had seen the importance of the project and continued to fund it through the National Health Fund, the Sports Development Foundation, CHASE, and the Tourism Enhancement Fund for over $60 million. INDUSTRY CHALLENGES This is part of a broader issue, though, and speaks to some of the challenges we have in this country in building our sports industry. Some athletes do not opt into the plan because they already have personal plans or coverage through their tertiary institutions, et cetera. Others don’t because they believe being part of it equates to being “controlled” or bonded by the Government. Others are told by support personnel not to apply for various reasons. The other challenge is that some athletes genuinely are not aware of the benefits because their support personnel themselves are not familiar with those benefits. Lastly, some athletes genuinely believe that any sport benefit is for track and field and other ‘traditional’ sports and not for those in the other disciplines. Maybe greater public awareness is needed so that we can get more persons on board. I think the ministry should conduct some focus groups to ascertain the reasons for athletes not taking up this opportunity. They should also host more forums and workshops while working closely with the Jamaica Olympic Association and the Sports Development Foundation to get more support from national sporting associations for the JAIP. We have several athletes whose careers were cut short due to the inability to source funding to manage an injury. I hope this urging by the Government will be helpful. – Dalton Myers is a sports consultant and administrator. Email feedback to [email protected] or tweet @daltonsmyerslast_img read more

DONEGAL GAA CLUBS ‘COULD MERGE TO COPE WITH EMIGRATION’

first_imgDONEGAL sporting hero Martin McHugh says he fears smaller GAA clubs in the county may be forced to merge in the future to cope with emigration.The All-Ireland winning player and double All Star was reflecting on how so many young players are now having to leave the county to find work.He says his homeclub Kilcar has always punched above its weight in terms of getting big performances out of a small squad: they won last year’s minor championship with just two substitutes on their bench. Kilcar would always have been susceptible to the affects of a recession.“We are down Barry McGinley and Oisín McFadden, both former county minors,” McHugh said in an interview.“But as it happened, both of them left through choice. We are lucky in that there is work here in Kilcar at the moment (an announcement has just been made for a huge hydro-dam in the area).“But we are never overburdened with players and it is always a concern. “In general, I do think it is worse now than in the 1980s because of the fact that it is not just a recession but the huge debt we are saddled with.“And I think we are going to see a lot of smaller clubs amalgamating in the coming years in order to field teams.”Two years ago Donegal’s then manager John Joe Doherty spoke of his fear his squad would be decimated by players forced to leave to find work.It’s thought eight of the current Donegal squad are unemployed. It’s not known if any have plans to emigrate.The county is being hit by young people leaving – many of them choosing to go to Australia. DONEGAL GAA CLUBS ‘COULD MERGE TO COPE WITH EMIGRATION’ was last modified: February 6th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

JCF to be Redefined as Protection and Service Entity

first_img The Government is to develop a policy framework, which will redefine the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) as a protection and service organisation.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said the policy is expected to be in place by November 2017.“That will become the launching pad for a discussion about what our new Jamaica protection and service institution will be; (and) what should our new law-enforcement institution be,” he noted.He said it is hoped that the policy will also change people’s perception of the JCF.“I think that once we get to that point where the people recognise that the JCF is there to serve us, then their job, the Commissioner’s job will be much easier, because at that point, we would have enlisted the entire community in this business of enforcing the law and supporting the rule of law,” he added.The Prime Minster made the remarks as he joined scores of volunteers at the Central Police Station in downtown Kingston yesterday (May 23), to beautify the facility as part of activities for Labour Day 2017.Central Police Station was one of two national projects. The other was the renovation of the Ward Theatre, also located in downtown Kingston.The scope of work at the Central Police Station included cleaning, bushing and painting as well as landscaping.The police station has also been selected as one of 55 sites across the island where a mural will be painted as part of the ‘Jamaica 55’ celebrations.The JCF, among other things, is responsible for the maintenance of law and order, the prevention and detection of crime, the investigation of alleged crimes, the protection of life and property and the enforcement of all criminal laws as defined by the Jamaican Penal Code. Story Highlights The Prime Minster made the remarks as he joined scores of volunteers at the Central Police Station in downtown Kingston yesterday (May 23), to beautify the facility as part of activities for Labour Day 2017. The Government is to develop a policy framework, which will redefine the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) as a protection and service organisation. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said the policy is expected to be in place by November 2017.last_img read more

Will somebody please give Norm Macdonald another TV show

first_imgAdvertisement “The only thing that would happen is I would destroy. Which leads to nothing.”It is a strange mix of confidence and fatalism.“I’m telling you, I know. As a matter of fact, if there was somebody writing a story about that night, I would not be mentioned.”I’d mention you, I tell him. This seems to have no effect.“I could do better than all of them. Which is possible. I’m not saying I’m better than them. I’m saying that on any night, I could do material that’s super strong and I’d probably be better than Rock’s material for the Oscars. But it leads to nothing.”Over the next four hours, Macdonald barely budges from his seat in the two-bedroom condo he recently bought in a planned community not far from the airport. But he does talk – about his first book, a kind of memoir that is overdue and torturing him, his various TV ideas, his various TV failures, his dashed dream of hosting a late-night talk show, Rodney Dangerfield, gambling, religion, Russian literature, his son, why he was “Saturday Night Live’s” best “Weekend Update” anchor ever, why he’s a terrible actor, his obsessive tweeting and his belief that nothing is more important professionally than being the greatest stand-up comic of his time. Five more times, he will get up to grab another Klondike. And then, around 2:37 a.m., he’ll stand up, lift up his shirt to rub his stomach and say, “Maybe I shouldn’t have had all six of those.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Norm Macdonald has just unwrapped his first Klondike bar when he mentions the Chris Rock show. Turns out he has a chance to appear at a surprise gig at the nearby Comedy Store that also includes Louis C.K. and Dave Chappelle.Wouldn’t performing in L.A. with the hottest comedians on Earth two nights before Rock’s much-anticipated #OscarsSoWhite hosting spot be good for his career?Macdonald, 56, shakes his head. His mouth is full of chocolate crust and ice cream, and he chews as he talks. He’s in his favorite chair, sneakers kicked off, ESPN on with the sound down. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

SOCAN Confirms Recordsetting Royalty Collections and Distributions to Music Creators and Publishers

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement 2 SOCAN is one of very few music rights organizations worldwide that returns 100% of royalties collected from international sources to its members, with no administration percentage applied. “We are delighted to deliver to our members a record overall amount of royalties in 2017, but there is still much work to be done to ensure that Canada’s music creators and publishers receive what they rightfully have earned and deserve a larger piece of the pie for their extraordinary work,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “Today, SOCAN is accessing, creating and harnessing technology so that we can even more fully and completely identify, license, track, match and distribute more for our members. SOCAN continues to fight for the rights of our members to receive a fair portion from businesses that use music to help their bottom line.”An example of SOCAN’s increasing use of technology is the company’s work with the University of Toronto’s Department of Computer Science & Innovation Lab. At the annual general meeting, SOCAN Vice President of Information Technology Janice Scott led a special session with Adjunct Professor of Music Technology & Digital Media Catherine Moore. The technology leaders discussed the two organizations’ exclusive work together, including in artificial intelligence and machine learning, providing a snapshot of technology-driven projects designed to find and match more music performances with even better volume and accuracy.At the meeting, SOCAN also announced that it surpassed the 150,000-members milestone when songwriter Ariel Goldof Toronto joined Canada’s largest organization in the Canadian music ecosystem. This summer, Ariel is planning to release her next single, “Weather,” from her upcoming album of the same name.The company also introduced its board of directors for the 2018-’21 term. The new 18-member SOCAN board now counts eight women, improving gender balance, reflecting the balance and diversity long enjoyed in the organization’s management team and overall staff.For full financial statements and an overview of 2017, please visit www.socanannualreport.ca.About SOCANSOCAN connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. More than 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.com ______________________ 1 As always, SOCAN’s revenue information is subject to pending decisions of the Copyright Board and the courts and such potential changes are discussed in SOCAN’s audited financial statements in accordance with applicable accounting standards.  Advertisement Twitter Highlighted by a 44 percent increase in revenue from Internet sources to just less than $49-million, and a 13 percent surge of $76-million in royalties from countries outside of Canada, a record $295-million was distributed to music creators and publishers.SOCAN 2017 Financial Highlights:Record total revenue – approximately $352-million in overall revenue in 2017, an 8% year-over-year increase.$49-million from Internet collections – while growing with the popularity of music from digital sources, the reality is that because of the dynamics of digital services and the relatively poor discoverability of Canadian content, the average SOCAN creator-member who earned royalties from digital sources collected only a few pennies more than $37 in 2017.Nearly $300-million sent to members – SOCAN’s administration rate is one of the smallest of the world’s top-10 performing rights organizations.A 48% increase in foreign royalties2 since 2013 – royalties identified, collected and distributed to SOCAN members from international radio, television, online, on-stage and other public performance uses came to $76-million, an all-time high and SOCAN members’ #1 royalty source. TORONTO, June 19, 2018 – SOCAN confirmed today at its annual general meeting in Toronto that a record $352-million1 in total royalties from the use of music by its songwriter, composer, and music publisher members were collected in fiscal year 2017, continuing a seven-year trend, surpassing the previous record set in 2016 by eight percent. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

KFC NASSAU HELPS THE HUNGRY WITH OVER 13000 NEW YEARS DONATION TO

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppFor release on January 13, 2015: Nassau, Bahamas – Committed to giving back to communities in which its brand operates, KFC Nassau brought cheer to the start of the Bahamas National Feeding Network’s (BNFN) new year with a sizable donation in support of its commitment to combat the epidemic of hunger in The Bahamas by supporting those in need of essential food resources.On January 13th the franchise made the generous donation of over $13,000 to the Bahamas National Feeding Network, which reflects the brand’s support in making a difference in the lives of many children and families facing hunger daily in the community and by increasing the access to nutritious food supply to those in need.“It was fitting to start the new year off with such a charge as the number of people at immediate risk of hunger continue to rise in The Bahamas and that’s why rendering support to charitable organizations like the Bahamas National Feeding Network are so important to us,” said Kerry Wong, Director of Operations for Restaurants (Bahamas) Ltd – KFC Nassau’s franchise holder. “The organization’s tireless efforts to get nutritious meals into the hands of those in need makes a tremendous impact to many Bahamians, and we are happy to support their mission and charitable efforts with this donation.”“We are very grateful for the generosity of KFC Nassau,” said Felix Stubbs, Chairman, Bahamas National Feeding Network. “It is only because of donations from corporate partners, individuals and the general public at large that the efforts of the BNFN can ease the burden of those who feed the less fortunate and are often all that stands between them and hunger. KFC’s generous contribution will assist in the yearlong plight of providing food items to those in great need.”With the critical and increased demand for hunger relief and the rise of food prices in The Bahamas, organizations like the Bahamas National Feeding Network work year-round to fulfill its commitment to help eliminate hunger, and companies like KFC Nassau fill an acute need for organizations to achieve their on-going commitment to providing hunger relief as the lack of food resources is faced all year. KFC Nassau is keen on giving back to the community and plays a pivotal role in further enhancing the communities in which they operate.“At KFC Nassau, we are committed to giving back to the communities where we live and work, we are grateful to support the good work of organizations that support Bahamians in need and look forward to further supporting other local charities within the Bahamas that focus on providing hunger relief.” Wong concluded.KFC Nassau has been a staple in the New Providence community since 1967, and currently has eight KFC restaurants throughout New Providence. Visit the company’s website, www.kfcnassau.com, or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/kfcnassau. Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Another Murder in Nassau GB Port Authority given new milestones, with extension of concessions Related Items:bahamas national feeding network, kentucky fried chicken, nassaulast_img read more

TCI Hospital prepared for Hurricane Matthew

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos (Monday, October 03, 2016):- Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital has formally activated its Hurricane Emergency Response Plan in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.Emergency Departments at both the Cheshire Hall and the Cockburn Town Medical Centre will remain open around the clock, however, the outpatient department and other clinics at both sites will be closed as of 5 p.m. today October 3rd until further notice. Essential hospital staff will remain onsite until the passage of the storm.Arrangements are being made to relocate antenatal patients (36 weeks and more) to the hospital for their safety. Dialysis and Oncology patients at both hospital sites will be advised of any potential change in their scheduled treatment plans to ensure minimal disruption. Extended clinics may be considered after the storm has passed, if necessary. Elderly persons and support staff from the Grand Turk Wellness Centre will be relocated to Cockburn Town Medical Centre later today. Other high-risk patients will be determined by medical staff and contacted accordingly.TCI Hospital is currently liaising with the Government’s National Blood Bank to obtain additional blood supplies especially O Positive and O Negative as a precautionary measure. Persons are encouraged to visit the Turks and Caicos Islands Blood Bank located at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre today to donate blood.There are adequate stocks of essential supplies, medication, water, food, and several days’ worth of fuel for backup generators at both hospital sites in the event of an electricity outage. The Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital maintains an updated and effective, all hazards, Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan to respond to both internal and external emergencies and disaster situations. Both the Cheshire Hall Medical and the Cockburn Town Medical Centres are structurally engineered to withstand a Category 5 level storm.TCI Hospital Senior Management team will continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew and remain in constant communication with all sectors of Disaster Management.Patients are reminded to visit their nearest community pharmacy to obtain an adequate supply of prescription refills. Medications should be stored in an accessible, dry location. Ensure all personal hurricane preparedness plans are up-to-date, avoid flood prone areas, and remain indoors until the all clear is given. Sand bags can be collected from TCI Red Cross locations across the islands. Below is a 2016 list of emergency shelters provided by the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies.Salt Cay:  Club House, South DistrictGrand Turk: Green Door, Lighthouse Road                         Community College, Lighthouse RoadSouth Caicos: Community Centre, Sarah HillMiddle Caicos: Conch Bar Community Centre                            Mt. Moriah Baptist ChurchNorth Caicos: Kew Community Centre                          Lighthouse Church, Bottle CreekProvidenciales: All Saints Mission Church, Leeward Highway Related Items:last_img read more

Former Govt Minister Nottage low at hospital rumors of death denied by

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 21, 2017 – Nassau – Rumors took off like wildfire today, circulating about once Deputy Leader of the PLP and former Bain and Grants Town MP, Dr. Bernard Nottage having died of illness. Magnetic Media can confirm and the Progressive Liberal Party also confirmed that the rumor was not true. Dr. Nottage is, however, severely ill at Doctor’s Hospital.His current condition is not surprising considering that the 71 year-old has been in a long battle with his health. Just recently, during the election season, Nottage had to be seen by a doctor for “dehydration” after slurring and stumbling his words while speaking at a PLP mass rally.At the time, PLP Chairman, Bradley Roberts had said that Nottage was on “bed-rest” and “expected to fully recover”, but obviously, his condition has gotten much worse. Nottage is said to be in very fragile state at this hour.#magneticmedianews#nottagegravelyillathopsital Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #nottagegravelyillathopsitallast_img read more