Barbados PM denies ‘poaching’ Ross from Dominica

first_img Share 280 Views   2 comments Sharing is caring! Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley has refuted claims that her government poached or enticed Ross University to move away from Dominica in a statement issued on Tuesday 7 August 2018.Adtalem Global Education, the parent company of Ross University, announced Ross’ departure from Dominica and relocation to Barbados during a joint press conference with Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley on Friday 3 August 2018.Since the announcement, a number of persons both locally and regionally, have criticized Prime Minister Mottley for the decision claiming that it would cripple the Dominica economy at a time when it is recovering from Hurricane Maria.Ms. Mottley, in her statement, said while she is not qualified to speak for or on behalf of Ross, “but what I can say is that the hands of the Barbados Government are clean in this matter”. She further clarified that Barbados came into the picture, “only when, for Ross University, returning to Dominica for the start of the January semester in 2019, was not an option”.“This is not and has never been a case of poaching or enticing anyone away from Dominica,” she emphasized.Further, Prime Minister Mottley stated that the relationship between Barbados and Dominica is strong and noted her “personal” relationship with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.It is not clear however, when the Dominica Government was informed that Ross would not be returning as according to Member of Parliament for the Portsmouth Constituency, Ian Douglas as at 30 July 2018, government was doing all within its power to ensure that Ross returns to the island.The University, which had been operating here for forty years, relocated following the passage of Hurricane Maria in September 2017 as a result of damages to some of its building as well as apartments which housed the students.Prime Minister Mottley said her government inquired from Ross whether all options and scenarios had been explored and fully exhausted and “we spoke with officials of the Dominican Government who were still hopeful of a return of the school, but who conceded that a January start-up was highly unlikely given their circumstances”. However, it is not clear whether Prime Ministers Mottley and Skerrit discussed Ross’ move prior to it being announced.Further, Prime Minister Mottley said it was “only after Dominica was ruled out” for the January 2019 start-up of classes and when attention had turned to at least two other potential locations in the region, “that Barbados then embraced the idea of making itself available as a possible site for relocation”.She added that in all discussions with Ross, “it was stressed, ad nauseam, the impact the move would have on Dominica and the Dominican economy and the clear need to mitigate any fall out”.Her full statement is as follows;“STATEMENT BY THE HON. MIA AMOR MOTTLEY, QC, MPON THE ROSS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE RELOCATING TO BARBADOSGood afternoon.I am a bit disappointed that some Barbadians and others across the region appear duped by the attempt by a few who have sought to create discord and confusion over the decision of Adtalem Global Education to locate one of its institutions, Ross University School of Medicine School to Barbados.I am not qualified to speak for or on behalf of Ross, but what I can say is that the hands of the Barbados Government are clean in this matter. Let me make it absolutely clear. Barbados came into the picture, only when, for Ross University, returning to Dominica for the start of the January semester in 2019, was not an option. This is not and has never been a case of poaching or enticing anyone away from Dominica. Let me give you the facts. The Government of Barbados was first approached on this matter on May 31st, 2018 within a week of forming the Government.In our first conference call the following day on June 1st, I sought to have a number of matters clarified. My first response was to enquire of the state of recovery and rehabilitation in Dominica and whether there was anything sister islands in the Caribbean, like Barbados, could do to fast track the process of rehabilitation in Dominica. It must be known and understood by all concerned that Ross University had not actually been operational in Dominica since the passage of Hurricane Maria and indeed, the student and faculty bodies were temporarily relocated to two separate countries since last year, namely St. Kitts and Tennessee. That situation will continue I am told, into the next semester. The question for Ross therefore was how soon could and would the situation be regularised to the extent of housing all students and the operation of the University, if not under one roof, surely on one island. Indeed, as they expressed it – how could they meet the expectations of all their stakeholders – their students, the parents and faculty – and then their shareholders, as a publicly traded company. We enquired of Ross as I said, whether all options and scenarios had been explored and fully exhausted. We spoke with officials of the Dominican Government who were still hopeful of a return of the school, but who conceded that a January start-up was highly unlikely given their circumstances. It was only after Dominica was ruled out for the January start-up of classes and when attention had turned to at least two other potential locations in the region, two sister Caribbean islands, that Barbados then embraced the idea of making itself available as a possible site for relocation. It should also be noted that Adtalem Global Education has extensive operations all over the world and not just in the Caribbean. Hence their choices have always been not just the Caribbean region. In all our discussions with Ross, it was stressed, ad nauseam, the impact the move would have on Dominica and the Dominican economy and the clear need to mitigate any fall out. I am aware of direct ongoing discussions between Ross and the Dominican Government and I am assured by all parties concerned that there could and would be an amicable resolution of this matter. We look forward to this. Let me stress that the relationship between Barbados and Dominica is strong. Our Governments work closely together and my relationship with Prime Minister Skerrit is very good. Indeed, Prime Minister Skerrit was the first leader with whom I met on becoming Prime Minister of Barbados. Prime Minister Skerrit is on my Whatsapp. Our relationship therefore is not only fraternal, it is personal. Therefore, for anyone to suggest that I would knowingly or deliberately set out to hurt, harm or undermine the interests of Dominica, Dominicans, their Government or their leader, simply do not know or understand Mia Amor Mottley. I am committed to partnering with Dominica in all of its recovery efforts. I said this before assuming office and I repeated this in many of my speeches since coming to Government. I repeat – Barbados embraced the idea of housing Ross University only when and after it was determined that a return to Dominica was not an option at this time. For anyone in the region to suggest otherwise is at best, ignorant of the facts and at worst, downright malicious. I am not at liberty to divulge the nature and focus of discussions currently taking place between Dominica and Ross, but I can say to all concerned that I have certainly made my views known on what can be done to ease the pain of the loss to Dominica of this enterprise. I believe also that over and beyond the issue of Ross and Dominica and Ross and Barbados, there is the bigger question of how we treat as a region to these mega entities and their interests in investing in our Community. That is why we will shortly have before us as Ministers of Finance and thereafter as Heads of Government, the consideration of a Common Community Investment Policy and Investment Code. I firmly believe that we can achieve so much more if we cooperate as a region in these matters. Barbados will remain committed to ensuring that we will continue to help our brothers and sisters in Dominica as we have done as a Nation after each of the storms and hurricanes in recent years. We have made it clear that we will welcome with open arms any persons on faculty from Dominica and any students who come on scholarship to Ross from Dominica. We ourselves as a Government, will offer scholarships at the Barbados Community College and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute to Dominicans so that they may have as many people working ultimately to rebuild Dominica with as many skills as possible as they can. I hope my friends, that this statement provides the clear factual matrix.Thank you.7th August 2018”. Tweetcenter_img Share BusinessEducationLocalNewsPoliticsRegionalTertiary Barbados PM denies ‘poaching’ Ross from Dominica by: – August 8, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

Paddy Power bolsters retail racing content with The Racing Partnership (TRP)

first_imgShare Related Articles Share Submit StumbleUpon Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Updating the market, Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) has announced that it has agreed a long-term racing media rights deal The Racing Partnership (TRP).The partnership will see TRP content distributed throughout PPB’s Paddy Power retail betting estates from the 1 January 2017.TRP racing content will now include UK all-weather racing from Lingfield Park, Southwell and Wolverhampton tracks. Additionally, Paddy Power estates will gain broadcasts of all 15 Arena Racing Company owned-racecourses and seven independent racecourses from January 2018.Commenting on the agreement, Manging Director for Retail at Paddy Power Betfair, Dan Taylor said: “Paddy Power Betfair is delighted to have entered into this agreement with The Racing Partnership to ensure that customers in all of our shops across Ireland and the UK will continue to see fixtures from TRP racecourses, as well as racing from South Africa.”Director of The Racing Partnership, Mark Kingston, welcomed PPB as content partners: “This is a significant step for The Racing Partnership as it continues to establish itself in the market. As one of the leading operators in the UK and Ireland, we are delighted to have agreed a deal with Paddy Power Betfair. This follows strong take up from independents in both the UK and Ireland.”The deal with Paddy Power Betfair brings the total number of UK and Irish betting shops (Licensed Betting Offices – “LBOs”) who are signed up to TRP to more than 1,800 shops.  Larger independent LBOs who are taking the service include Boylesports, Jenningsbet and Stan James, with more recent signings including McLeans, Mark Jarvis and Toal’s bookmakers Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020last_img read more

Pique Plays Down Barcelona, Madrid Rivalry; Confirms WhatsApp Group

first_imgBarcelona defender Gerard Pique has played down the rivalry between his teammates and Real Madrid players.He also disclosed that he speaks to Real Madrid’s Spanish players on a WhatsApp groupPique was speaking on his Players’ Tribune blog which was posted on ThursdayIn his words, Pique said: “I’m going to let you in on a little inside information. Everybody knows that footballers have text groups on WhatsApp. I have one just for my friends from home, and I have another just for my Barca team-mates.”“But my favourite one might surprise you. Earlier this season, when we were already eight or nine points clear of Real Madrid in the league, I started a special group for some of the guys on the Spanish national team who play for Real Madrid and Barcelona.“If you only read what the media says, you would think that we hate one another. But, in fact, we all get along really well, and we text back and forth about tactics and football philosophies and even the books we’re reading.“It’s the best. We’re just like little kids. And the truth is, it’s especially hilarious for me right now, because now we’re up 15 points on Real in the league. So I’m getting very creative in my responses.” he added.Speaking further, the former Manchester United defender: “Last season, when the Real guys were winning everything, they were feeling pretty good. They were talking s**t constantly whenever I saw them at national team training.“Man, every time they won a match last season, they were posting shirtless photos on Instagram from the locker room. Remember that?“They were smiling and flexing their muscles like The Rock and saying #HalaMadrid and posting little trophy emojis. This season, though, it’s a different vibe. All their Instagram photos are looking very somber. “3 points today. We must keep working harder!”“So I’m texting them in the WhatsApp group, “Come on guys, why so serious?!” Then I put a little crying emoji, and a laughing emoji. I even made a special name for the group. It’s called: CONGRATULATIONS.” he concluded.RelatedPique Extends Barcelona Contract Until 2022January 30, 2018In “Europe”Gerard Pique Makes Bold Barcelona ClaimFebruary 28, 2019In “Europe”Gerard Pique Offers To Leave Barca Following “Humiliating” Bayern DefeatAugust 15, 2020In “Europe”last_img read more

Workplace Wellness Programs Change Some Behaviors But Not Outcomes

first_imgWorkplace wellness can mean different things in different places, but new research suggests traditional programs are not effective. (Credit: Twentieth Century Fox)Turns out workplace wellness programs don’t work so well. According to a large-scale study over 18 months — the first of its kind to study the issue — initiatives intended to help employees get healthier and more productive, and cost the boss less money, have decidedly lackluster results. Some employees did adopt better behaviors — or at least said they did. However, health outcomes and productivity did not change, and there was no benefit to the company’s bottom line.In the U.S., about four out of five large employers include a workplace wellness program as part of their health benefits package. Specifics vary, but such initiatives might include free screenings to identify potential health issues, and incentives to modify behavior, such as smoking cessation or weight-loss coaching.Usually promoted as a way to improve an individual’s health, the programs are not entirely altruistic. They’re intended to foster healthy workers who use less health insurance and call in sick less often — boosting productivity and lowering employer expenses. Indirectly, the thinking is that healthy workers are more likely to be happy workers, and less likely to seek employment elsewhere, which saves their employer the cost of recruiting and hiring a replacement.Employers pour about $8 billion annually into these programs, but the first major randomized, controlled test of their value suggests workplace wellness has a lousy return on investment.Work It OutResearchers followed more than 30,000 employees at 160 sites over 18 months. Twenty randomly selected sites offered a wellness program to a total of about 4,000 employees. The other 140 sites, serving as a control, did not offer any wellness options.The good news is that, at workplaces with wellness programs in place, the self-reported rates of workers exercising regularly and actively managing their weight were 8.3 and 13.6 percent higher, respectively, than at control sites. Those numbers might seem to suggest that employees at the wellness-promoting sites were healthier, but researchers found that was not the case.In fact, the researchers found that workplace wellness programs had no significant impact on 27 other self-reported health and behavior markers, such as perceived quality of sleep. Clinically measurable health outcomes, including blood pressure and body mass index, also were unchanged. What’s more, the programs did not reduce employees’ use of healthcare services, including prescription medication, testing and doctor’s visits.The wellness programs also had no impact on absenteeism, job performance or length of employment.Despite the results, the researchers caution that it’s not time to kick workplace wellness to the curb. Previous research that suggested such programs were much more effective were based on observational studies. The new research, along with a smaller-scale randomized controlled trial of similar design, are important first steps in a more rigorous approach to understanding how to promote health in the workplace.The study appears today in JAMA, along with an editorial on the need to reconsider the role, design and expectations of workplace wellness programs.last_img read more