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University Establishes Scholarship in Honour of Education Minister

first_imgStory Highlights The BAU International University in Washington DC has established a scholarship in honour of Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid.The decision to set up the ‘Ruel Reid Transformational Leadership Scholarship’ was taken by the University to recognise Senator Reid’s lead role in arriving at a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Ministry and the University for the provision of 107 scholarships, over three years, worth $378.2 million (US$3 million).These scholarships are available to student teachers to pursue undergraduate and graduate programmes at any of the tertiary institution’s campuses globally.BAU University Board member, Paul Brunson, said the Ruel Reid Scholarship is to “pay homage and respect to Senator Reid for leading the process”.The surprise announcement, which was made during the MOU’s recent signing at The Mico University College in Kingston, left Senator Reid at a loss for words and saw him welcoming the gesture with an elated “I’m speechless!”.Mr. Brunson said the scholarship is open to any Jamaican student desirous of pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies, either in the United States or any of BAU Global Network’s campuses in Germany, Italy and Turkey, among other locations.The MOU, resulting from the discussions between Senator Reid and Mr. Brunson, whose grandfather was Jamaican, between 2016 and earlier this year, will additionally see the University hiring 200 English language teachers for its global network of schools for the 2018/19 academic year.Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, and the Ministry’s newly appointed International Donor Consultant for the Jamaican Diaspora in the US, Gail Dunwell, who works closely with the National Education Trust, were also instrumental in initiating the partnership.Senator Reid, in welcoming the MOU, conveyed the Government’s gratitude to BAU University.“I have had the opportunity of meeting different segments of the Jamaican diaspora (who) are always very interested in what is happening in Jamaica, and particularly how they can assist our education programme. We are very grateful for the strength of the Jamaican connection,” the Minister said.“There are Jamaicans in very prestigious positions all over the world, and wherever they are able to influence certain decisions, we find that they always step up to the plate,” he added.Mr. Brunson said the initiative’s genesis dates back 10 years when he first met his grandfather.He said the knowledge of his heritage was the primary reason for seeking out how best he could make a tangible and meaningful contribution to Jamaica.Against this background, Mr. Brunson said he made representation to the University’s administration and successfully lobbied their support in March 2016, which resulted in the MOU’s forging.“So for all these reasons and more, I am excited and I am proud. This is only the beginning of this relationship,” he added.President of The Mico, Dr. Asburn Pinnock, said the initiative is a “perfect fit” with the Government’s focus for education.“I think this will go a far way in building our resources as we try to graduate more persons in Jamaica from tertiary education,” he argued.BAU International University is a private, non-profit institution that offers undergraduate and graduate programmes in economics, international affairs, entrepreneurship, global affairs, and international law and economics.The BAU Global Network, which spans three continents, has been providing higher education for over 15 years through its campuses, which are also located in Canada and Hong Kong.Its flagship campus is Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul, Turkey, which has eight faculties, a school of languages, and two vocational schools. BAU University Board member, Paul Brunson, said the Ruel Reid Scholarship is to “pay homage and respect to Senator Reid for leading the process”. The BAU International University in Washington DC has established a scholarship in honour of Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid. Mr. Brunson said the scholarship is open to any Jamaican student desirous of pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies, either in the United States or any of BAU Global Network’s campuses in Germany, Italy and Turkey, among other locations.last_img read more

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Baisakhis husband removed from JU Executive Council

first_imgKolkata: Manojit Mandal, professor of the English Department of Jadavpur University, has been removed from the Executive Council (EC) of the varsity. Mondal is the husband of Baisakhi Bandyopadhyay, who had joined BJP on August 14 along with former Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee. “It is a routine transfer and has nothing to do with any political matter. He has already completed two years. Such transfers have been made in some other areas too,” said state Education minister Partha Chatterjee. Mandal has been the member of EC, the highest decision making body of the varsity, for the last two years. The tenure of an EC member as per terms of the state government is four years. Sources in the Education department said that Soma Bandyopadhyay, Vice-Chancellor of The West Bengal University of Teachers Training Education Planning and Administration, has been nominated as an EC member in place of Mandal.last_img read more

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Manitoba chief says woman tried to blackmail him over images sent from

first_imgkmartens@aptn.ca@katmarte Peguis Chief Glenn Hudson says he is the victim of attempted extortion over an image on his phone. (APTN)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsThe chief of Manitoba’s biggest first nation says someone tried to blackmail him over images that were sent from his phone in a speech in March during the community’s band election.“They threatened me. They threatened my family,” Glenn Hudson said in video of the speech that was posted to Facebook and recently shared with APTN News.Hudson was re-elected to serve four more years as chief of Peguis First Nation in April.APTN left several messages asking Hudson to comment further but he did not respond.The band’s director of communications, Dwayne Bird, also didn’t reply to an email seeking more information.In the video, Hudson said “a young lady” demanded $1,000 or threatened to release a photo of a man’s penis to his election opponents.APTN has learned the photo was sent from Hudson’s phone to a second woman – allegedly by accident.But she told friends about it – one of whom saw it as an opportunity to allegedly extort the chief.Hudson said the woman upped her demand to $1,500 the next day.So he called police.“You can’t allow people to do that,” he said, noting his wife was in full agreement.“She’s said, ‘Charge her,’” Hudson said in the speech. “Otherwise they’re going to continue to do that.”Hudson said the blackmailer backed down and apologized after police arrived.A copy of part of a texting conversation on the phone of Peguis Chief Glenn Hudson. (APTN)Copies of the original messages between Hudson and the second woman in January were posted on Facebook and shared with APTN.APTN is not naming the woman, who was not involved in the blackmail scheme and expressed shock at seeing the photo of a man’s penis that popped up on her screen.“What is that a picture of?” the woman texted to Hudson.“You just sent me a obscene picture.”“Idk (I don’t know) where?” Hudson texted back. “I don’t see anything on my phone.“What crazy must be hacked,” he added.Claiming his phone was ‘hacked’ is the same defence used by Grand Chief Arlen Dumas, who is on leave of absence from the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs after his own texting scandal broke earlier this month.Dumas said someone impersonated him on Facebook Messenger and in cellphone texts despite the texts appearing to come from a phone number that belonged to him.He said “spoof” texts can “make a message appear to come from one cell phone number when, in fact, they originate from another.”Hudson, who co-nominated Dumas for the position of grand chief two years ago, offers alternative theories for the penis photo sent from his phone, including that he hit a wrong button and asked the woman to delete it.He also refused to answer questions about the Dumas texting story from APTN at a recent event.“Promise that you erase that stupid video pic,” he told the woman by message.“Was sent by mistake in hitting a button I guess.”It is not illegal for adults to share nude photos unless the pictures are accompanied by threats or involve child pornography.“Guys shared stupid stuff even to me,” Hudson texted.“I’m sorry. Never do that kinda things.”The Peguis band council released a statement expressing confidence in Dumas following the texting revelation.The community, 170 kilometres north of Winnipeg, has a sexual harassment policy, but it applies to employees – not elected officials.last_img read more

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