World U20 Champs: Clayton, Cole safely through to 100 semis Loop Jamaica

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Talented Jamaican young sprinter Tina Clayton and her compatriot Serena Cole have safely progressed out of the preliminary round of the women’s 100m on day two of the World Athletics Under-20 Championships in Cali, Colombia on Tuesday.

Clayton, who won the title in Nairobi last year, won the opening heat in 11.38 seconds while Cole proved too much for the field in heat two with an easy-looking in 11.39 seconds.

Clayton’s 11.38 represents the sixth fastest in heats and Cole’s 11.39, is the seventh fastest.

Nigeria’s Tima Seikeseye Godbless, who reached the semifinals in Nairobi, is easily the quickest in the heats with a national U20 record of 11.09.

Clayton is the big gold medal favourite and given her performances this season, the 17-year-old looks in form to gain another gold. Clayton dipped below 11 seconds for the first time last month, breaking the Jamaican U20 record with her world U20-leading time of 10.96 – a mark that puts her fifth on the world U20 all-time list.

She also formed part of Jamaica’s world U20 record-breaking 4x100m quartet in Nairobi last year, alongside Cole, Kerrica Hill, and her twin sister Tia Clayton.

Jamaicans Dejanea Oakley and Rickianna Russell have progressed out of the preliminary round of the women’s 400m.

Oakley, who is expected to challenge USA’s Mekenze Kelley for the gold medal, won her preliminary round heat in 53.70 while Russell progressed on time to the semifinals after clocking 54.63 for fifth in heat five.

Oakley — who ran in the mixed 4x400m heats in Nairobi last year – has registered a 51.81 personal best this season, while her fellow 18-year-old Kelley has improved from 53.65 to 51.98 this summer, and a fierce battle is predicted for the closely-matched pair.

Kelly finished third in her preliminary round heat to safely progress to the semifinals. The American clocked 53.59 to finish behind Great Britain’s Yemi Mary John (52.42, a personal best) and Australia’s Ellie Beer (53.30, a season’s best).

In the men’s 400m, the Jamaican pair of Delano Kennedy and Shaemar Uter are safely through to the semifinals.

Kennedy dropped a new personal best time of 46.24 seconds to secure his spot. The 46.24 seconds was only good enough for third place in his heat behind South Africa’s Lythe Pillay (46.02) and Bahrain’s Yusuf Ali Abbas (46.21).

Uter, the Jamaican U20 champion, secured his semifinal spot with a second-place finish in heat three. He clocked 46.66.

Kennedy’s 46.22 represents the third quickest in the heats behind Pillay (46.02) and Abbas (46.21).

Gold medal favourite Steven McElroy of the USA, who has progressed from 47.86 to 44.93 this year, has the fourth quickest time in the heats. The 19-year-old US U20 champion won heat four in 46.38 seconds. His compatriot Ashton Schwartzman, 19, has enjoyed a similar eye-catching improvement in 2022 – is the 11th quickest in the heats with 46.76.

In the women’s 400m hurdles, Jamaican Oneika McAnnuff has progressed out of the preliminary round while her compatriot Sahfia Hinds is out.

McAnnuff booked her spot in the semifinals following a third-place finish in heat five. She crossed the line in 59.45 seconds, the 16th quickest qualifying time.

Hinds could only manage sixth in her heat. She completed the trip in 1:00.97 to finish 32nd overall out of the 42 athletes who competed over the six heats.

Four things to consider when training a multigenerational workforce Loop Jamaica

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The content originally appeared on: Jamaica News Loop News

As HR professionals and business owners, one of the most important functions you should engage in is providing training opportunities for your employees.

Training develops your employees’ knowledge and skills; increases their productivity and is a strategic tool for organisational growth.

Since there are several delivery methods that can be utilised when conducting training sessions, it is important to consider things like training goals, the number of employees being trained and the demographic makeup of the workforce to determine which delivery methods should be used.

Regarding the demographic makeup of the workforce, several HR Professionals report that they have a growing multigenerational workforce, as there are employees in the organisation from different generations/ age groups. When considering training for the multigenerational workforce, therefore, it is important to be mindful of the varying age(s) of your employees and to ensure that training can meet employee needs, across the different age groups.

Here are a few factors to consider when we discuss training for the multigenerational workforce:

Learning styles and preferences

Though there are commonalities in how employees learn, it is important to note that some persons from different age groups may also have different learning styles and preferences (for e.g. a preference for face-to-face/instructor-led training vs a preference for online training).

Considering this, it is important to note the differences and to be flexible with your delivery methods to accommodate them. This can mean utilising one method more so than another or incorporating a combination of different methods as needed.

Age stereotypes

While differences may exist in learning styles and preferences, it is important not to stereotype, and not to assume that all members of the same age group will prefer to be trained in the same way. This will avoid the error of using a particular training method- merely because we assume all persons of a particular age group will respond well to this method.

Career stages

Employees at different stages in their careers will have different needs, and training must be provided to support them at these different stages. A recent university graduate for instance will not have the same needs as a mid-career employee. Given the differences, training must be aligned with these different stages.

In-house skills

One of the benefits of having a multi-generational workforce is that employee knowledge and skills are wide and varied, and expertise can be found within the organisation for different areas. When considering training, therefore, organisations can utilise in-house expertise and employees from different age groups can train each other, thereby minimising the need for an external trainer for some subject areas (and reducing training costs in some instances).

The importance of employee training cannot be overemphasised. Since it is not feasible (or advisable) to provide separate training courses according to employees’ age group, it is best to design training programmes that can meet the needs of all learners, regardless of age.

This means being aware of the distinct/ unique needs of learners and incorporating varying training methods to accommodate everyone.

Malaika T. Edwards, PhD provides HR advisory services to business owners, HR professionals and individual clients. She is also an academic serving the needs of students in higher education. You can contact her for HR support by email at You can also connect with her on LinkedIn at or on Instagram @drmalaika.edwards.

JUST IN: Cop boyfriend charged with murder of social media influencer Loop Jamaica

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Constable Noel Maitland, the boyfriend of missing social media influencer Donna-lee Donaldson, has been charged with her murder.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey made the announcement a short while ago at a press briefing that is now under way.

Maitland was charged with murder on Tuesday after being arrested last week Wednesday in relation to Donaldson’s disappearance on July 13.

Maitland was arrested following a case review by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and other stakeholders.

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Highly contagious Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants now in Jamaica Loop Jamaica

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The Ministry of Health & Wellness has been advised that the latest gene sequencing performed at the University of the West Indies identified the presence of the Omicron BA.4 and BA5 sub-variants in Jamaica.

Eighty-seven (87) samples were sequenced with sample dates from May 13 to July 11, 2022. All were identified as the Omicron variant.

Of the 87 samples with sequencing, 8 (9%) were BA.5 and 5 (6%) were BA.4 sub-variants.

National Epidemiologist, Dr. Karen Webster Kerr cautioned that “the Omicron sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5 according to World Health Organization (WHO) is the dominant variant globally and are highly transmissible. As a result, there may be an increase in number of COVID-19 cases.”

The public is encouraged to practice infection prevention and control measures, including wearing of masks, hand washing, physical distancing and staying home if you are sick.

The Ministry of Health & Wellness reminds the public that vaccines are widely available and protects against severe illness.

All persons 12 years and older should visit any of the over 200 vaccination centres to be vaccinated if they have not already done so. Persons who are eligible for boosters are encouraged to take the booster dose now as their level of protection may have waned over time.

IGT Brings ‘New Levels’ of Knowledge for Coding & Robotics Camp ‘22

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The content originally appeared on: Antigua News Room

Youth participants recently wrapped up the Level II intermediate course of IGT’s Coding and Robotics Rock! Camp and anticipation is high for the incoming students of its Level I introductory course in a few weeks.

IGT established the regional virtual learning camp in 2021 with an introductory offering through its After School Advantage (ASA) centres in Barbados, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, and Trinidad & Tobago.

For 2022, this number was increased to include Antigua as the newest participating country.

IGT’s Regional Director for the Caribbean Brendan Hames said the project had grown tremendously since the inception. “We’re pleased to renew this vital exercise and to see many of the young participants from the initial cohort move into new areas of knowledge and digital skill,” he said. “We’re sure the new group starting the introductory course in August will finish with an even greater appetite for the next level of the course.”

Dr. Ava Maxam, Acting Executive Director of Mona Geoinformatics Institute (MGI) at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, said the institute was positive that the Level II intermediate training had helped to instil in the youngsters an appreciation of the potential for them to launch careers in the coding and robotics fields.

“We have been able to provide the students with a strong sense of the opportunities that are now available given the evolution of the technology,” she commented. “And we know this will be an inspiration for them.”

Education Specialist Nalini Ramsawak-Jodha from the UWI, St. Augustine campus who provided curriculum development guidance to the MGI team, noted that the right mix of fun and learning were factored into the curriculum design to engage the students in the discussion and action pertaining to regional growth and sustainability in accordance with the Camp’s theme, ‘Youth coding for a sustainable Caribbean.’

“This year’s course design was carefully structured to meet the objective of the programme and cater to all of the participants of varying learning styles and interest.  The theme of regional sustainability being linked to coding and robotics is a very broad topic. We had to ensure that the lessons were in friendly bite sizes that would make the students eager to learn and actively engage in all aspects of the training,” she related.

While incorporating the HTML, CSS and JavaScript tools of the Level I course, the Level II course, offered in two modules, took the students into more complex web development and design functions, and also provided them with an introduction to artificial intelligence (AI), encompassing a brief history of the technology and moving into several of the more widespread current applications, including voice, speech recognition and autonomous vehicles. Students were required to complete one written exam and a practical assessment for each of the modules. Among the test areas were: basic terms in AI; real-world applications of AI; and applications of AI in the electronics industry.

In the practical assessment, students were required to create a website; to introduce themselves and/or their interest area on the page; to break down the various sections of the website and create a webpage for one or more of each of the categories in the previous page created. A group project focussing on cross-cultural website development was also assigned and assessed (historical sites, sports venues, etc) as well as a CSS-centred exercise.

IGT, through its ASA Programme, has consistently played a leading role in increasing access to technology and internet connectivity for youth in underserved communities. Since 2011, IGT and its subsidiaries have opened some 39 ASA computer labs across the English-speaking Caribbean. Through this and other initiatives, IGT aims to continually enhance the technological awareness of students and thus prepare them to contribute to the social and infrastructural development of the Caribbean.


More Caribbean healthcare workers likely to be recruited in the UK amid severe labour shortages

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Caribbean healthcare workers can expect to continue to be recruited to live and work abroad over the next few years, according to Caribbean Employment Services Inc.

The market-leading online talent acquisition service headquartered in Barbados but operational throughout the Caribbean specializes in helping businesses and organizations recruit the best candidates for their roles and jobseekers find their ideal position.

Over the past few months in particular, it has noted increasing efforts by foreign employers to recruit Caribbean talent.

This is especially the case with employers based in the United Kingdom, which has been experiencing severe labour shortages since the beginning of this year.

With the United Kingdom’s staffing crisis worsening in the healthcare sector, recruiting Caribbean workers is becoming an increasingly viable option.

This issue is particularly critical in healthcare, with the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing and a recent outbreak of monkeypox pushing the sector to maximum capacity. According to the Nuffield Trust, the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is currently experiencing a shortage of 12,000 doctors and over 50,000 nurses and midwives.

Further, the UK’s Evening Standard has reported that some 475,000 additional healthcare jobs and 490,000 social care jobs are expected to be needed in the country in the years ahead.

The UK’s labour climate has set the perfect stage for Caribbean workers to benefit, and this is already beginning to play out. Several clients of Caribbean Employment Services Inc. have successfully recruited Caribbean healthcare workers over the past year.

Additionally, most of those employers have offered quite attractive relocation packages, footing the bill for expenses like flights, accommodation and transportation.

They have also offered impressive sign-up bonuses that healthcare workers would have been hard-pressed to find in their native locales.

Continuing efforts to recruit Caribbean workers for healthcare positions could be a mutually beneficial position for the region’s workers who are seeking better opportunities as well as for UK employers who are struggling to fill vacancies.

According to the Evening Standard, a spokesperson for the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care said the government is seeking to recruit over 50,000 more healthcare workers over the next two years.

However, the most recent annual NHS Staff Survey found that dozens of British healthcare workers feel burnt out and are looking to quit the industry on the whole. Additionally, a study by TotalJobs found that 3.4 million British workers are looking to leave the country to live and work abroad. With these factors on top of the already severe labour shortage, Caribbean workers could very well be among those recruited to the NHS.

Caribbean Employment Services Inc. has commented extensively on this situation, encouraging Caribbean workers to pursue the best opportunities for themselves and their families as well as advising Caribbean employers to improve their efforts to retain staff.


Cop loses malicious prosecution claim over protected wildlife

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The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday


Justice Frank Seepersad

A police officer who was accused of being in possession of two protected birds has lost his malicious prosecution case against the game warden who charged him in 2009.

PC Ramdeo Seepaul, who is now assigned to the St Margaret’s police station, sued the State after the case against him was dismissed in the magistrates’ court in 2017 for want of prosecution.

On Tuesday, Justice Frank Seepersad dismissed Seepaul’s claim, ordering him to pay the State’s costs of defending the matter of $14,000.

Both Seepaul and retired game warden Nicholas Leith, who is also a special reserve police officer, testified at the one-day trial before the judge on Tuesday.

In his ruling, Seepersad said he found Leith to be a convincing witness who was doing nothing more than discharging his work obligations in a fair and measured manner without improper motive.

The judge said the court was satisfied Leith had reasonable and probable cause to institute the two charges against Seepaul for having the young blue and yellow macaw and a yellow-headed parrot, both protected species under the Conservation of Wildlife Act.

While he found the dismissal of the charges against Seepaul in the magistrates’ court odd, he said there was no appeal of that decision, but advised that greater caution should be exercised by inferior courts.

Seepersad also reinforced previous calls he has made for judicial and legislative intervention for malicious prosecution cases, suggesting again that perhaps the court’s permission should first be granted for a claim to progress, since they take up significant portions of judges’ dockets.

Seepersad said it appeared that whenever a criminal charge is dismissed, the automatic step was to file a malicious prosecution claim. He said the evidential burden of such claims was very high and was the most difficult tortious one to succeed on. Seepersad also noted that such claims were intended to protect society and individuals from an abuse of authority.

In his lawsuit, Seepaul alleged Leith acted with malice in charging him.

In his evidence, he insisted when Leith, acting Supt Stephen Ramsubhag and other officers came to his home at Tableland, on April 25, 2009, they did not find any birds in a cardboard box at his home.

Seepaul also claimed he was not shown a search warrant, nor was one read out to him.

In his testimony, Leith said an informant alleged he had been robbed by two police officers, four days before, in Moruga, of 146 bullfinches, 286 picoplats, 18 macaws, 33 parrots, three capuchin monkeys, a hawk, a capybara and 314 pounds of capybara meat which he had brought from Venezuela.

Leith said when he received the call, he told the caller to report the alleged robbery to the police. He admitted the man told him he had paid US$5,000 for the array of animals, and the report did cause him some concern, but the man was not arrested.

Leith said warrants were obtained for three police officers and he accompanied the police to Seepaul’s home as part of the robbery investigation.

He insisted he saw a cardboard box with the parrots and Seepaul claimed he had got the birds from a friend. Leith said he asked if Seepaul had a permit and he said no.

Seepaul also testified he said he had no permit, and denied any birds were found in a box at his home.

The birds were photographed and handed over to the Zoological Society.

Leith insisted there was no malice when he laid the charges.

In his findings, Seepersad said there was no evidence that Leith would fabricate the case against Seepaul.

“He was a warden. He was not living in Moruga. His explanation seems and appears to be credible to the report (of stolen animals).”

Seepaul was represented by attorney Ganesh Saroop. The State was represented by Sharad Raghunath, Soleil Baldeosingh, Tricia Ramlogan and Nairob Smart.

Ex-US ambassador Mondello dies

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Former US ambassador to TT Joseph Mondello. –

Former US ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago Joseph Mondello has died at 84.

Mondello served as US Ambassador between October 2018 and January 2021. Before that, he had been a lawyer and Republican politician.

In a press release issued on Tuesday afternoon, the US Embassy said Mondello died on Monday.

Chargé d’affaires Shante Moore expressed his gratitude to Mondello for giving him the opportunity to attain his current position, saying, “Ambassador Mondello hired me to serve as his deputy chief of mission, which eventually afforded me the opportunity to serve as Chargé d’affaires.

“Ambassador Mondello considered serving as the US Ambassador to TT as one of the greatest honours of his career.

“I remember him as a gentleman and leader with an open-door policy.”

Acting deputy chief of mission Cindy Diouf said Mondello had been impressive in navigating through the past two years.

“He was a natural leader who led by example and cared deeply about those under his leadership and the reputation of the US. He demonstrated courage and commitment throughout the covid19 pandemic and refused to leave his team even as infections rose and borders closed.”

On her personal experience of working with him, she added that he provided inspiration and steadfast leadership throughout his tenure, earning the respect and admiration of the US Embassy community. Ambassador Mondello also possessed a good sense of humour and was a great storyteller. He loved and respected the people of TT and was proud to serve his country. Ambassador Mondello was more than our leader; he was our friend.”

She said he was a man of great character and patriotism, and would be deeply missed.

Newsday tried to reach Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Amery Browne for a comment, but did not get a response.

$80M in infrastructural development for Pigeon Island – President

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President Dr Irfaan Ali said Government will be investing $80 million in the infrastructural development of Pigeon Island on the East Coast of Demerara.

The Head of State made this announcement while addressing residents during a community outreach in the area this afternoon.

The president said that the old roads will be rehabilitated while new ones will be constructed. These works, he added, will be done in collaboration with the community. The government is also in the process of regularising an area in the community where more than 50 households are squatting. This process is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Dr Ali emphasised that his government has one narrative and agenda— to unite the citizens under the ‘One Guyana’ banner and to bring prosperity to all. This transformative plan, he added, is well underway.

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs; the Honourable Anil Nandlall; Minister of Agriculture, the Honourable Zulfikar Mustapha; Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, the Honourable Nigel Dharamlall; Minister within the Ministry of Public Works, the Honourable Deodat Indar; Minister within the Ministry of Housing and Water, the Honourable Susan Rodrigues; other government officials and technical staff from the various ministries were also at the outreach. (Office of the President)

WATCH: Pierre Restores Significance Of Emancipation Day – St. Lucia Times News

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One year ago and just three days after he was officially sworn in as Prime Minister, Hon. Philip J. Pierre, vowed to revitalize Saint Lucia’s Emancipation Day holiday.

On August 1, 2022, Saint Lucia witnessed an Emancipation Day observance of unmatched national intrigue and government investment.

What used to be an unremarkable holiday has transformed to more than a month of official celebrations and activities collaboratively produced by a diverse conglomerate of local stakeholders.

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