first_imgUWI to Provide Training in Animation CommerceJuly 19, 2013Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedLab Accreditation Should Be Mandatory – Minister Hylton RelatedWISYNCO Products to Carry Jamaica-Made Mark Advertisements Photo: JIS PhotographerWorld Bank representative to Jamaica, Giorgio Valentini (left), is greeted by Executive Director, GSW Animation Limited, Wayne Sinclair, following a press conference held on the campus of University of the West Indies, Mona on July 19. Also pictured is Director, Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), Professor Hopeton Dunn. The press conference was held to announce the launch of a new training programme in animation being offered by CARIMAC, in partnership with the World Bank, GSW Animation Limited and Toon Boom Animation Inc.center_img UWI to Provide Training in AnimationJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedIndustry Minister Calls for More Medical Labs to Get Accredited Story Highlights50 young persons to be trained and employed in animation Outstanding participants will be able to obtain employment with GSW Animation Limited The University of the West Indies (UWI) will be collaborating with GSW Animation Limited, Toon Boom Animation Inc. and the World Bank to provide some 50 young persons with training and employment in professional animation.This move is in line with Jamaica’s plans to increase opportunity for local and regional animators to get a foothold in the growing US$222.8 billion global animation industry.The partnership will see the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) providing training for qualified young persons in a specialised new animation programme for six months at the UWI’s Mona and Montego Bay campuses.On successful completion of the training programme, outstanding participants will be able to obtain employment with GSW Animation Limited in the growing field of animation development.Disclosing the details of the partnership during a press briefing, held on the Mona Campus on Friday (July 19), incoming Principal of the UWI, Mona, Professor Archibald McDonald, said the programme will begin in less than a month.Under the programme, trainees will be exposed to a range of professional animation skills sets, including basic principles of animation, digital 2D animation, staging, posing and composition, motion analysis, animating action, character creation, and storytelling.The training programme will utilise software provided by Toon Boom Animation Inc., a Canadian animation company, and students will also benefit from visiting international animation experts, funded by the World Bank, to provide global-level expertise in professional animation.The UWI, through CARIMAC, will provide the necessary certification for all successful participants in the programme.Professor McDonald said it is the hope of the UWI that all students who are trained in the programme will be able to gain early and productive employment in what is emerging as a fast growing and valuable new sector for Jamaica and the Caribbean.“Our involvement in the training programme must be seen as an ongoing engagement in expanding the sector regionally. The interest of the campus is in a sustainable and viable growth industry in which our educational institutions can continue to play a key role in training students at multi levels and producing high quality animation products,” he said.The Professor noted that already, the University, through the Faculty of Science and Technology, is equipping a specialised studio for high level experimental learning in 3D animation. Also, CARIMAC has begun preparing an undergraduate programme in animation and broadcast graphics that will be presented for university review very shortly.Director, CARIMAC, Professor Hopeton Dunn, informed that prospective candidates of the programme are required to have at least five CXCs, including passes in English Language, Mathematics, Visual Arts and/or Computer Science.“Obviously the candidates have to be computer literate and graphics oriented, but also willing to learn quickly, and disciplined enough to come to the sessions and to report for classes,” he said.Professor Dunn further informed that the criteria also include a “flexi-clause,” which makes provision for candidates with “other qualifications deemed to be the equivalent.”“This is a device we use for the bright, young kid who really didn’t get the CXC, but who can blow us all away in terms of his creativity. Some may be able to establish this through portfolios, others may be able to establish it through demonstrations to a crediting panel, so that will be the approach we will take,” he said.He informed that the course will carry a cost; however those details are still being “worked out” and will be made public in short order.“What I can say right now is that when we calculate the economic cost per student for delivery of this particular programme, for many of the prospects, it is going to be too expensive. Therefore, we will be looking to partners to provide supplementation to the students in the form of scholarships and fellowships,” he said.Professor Dunn therefore appealed to Corporate Jamaica, “to join us in helping to supplement the tuition of qualified participants, who cannot afford the cost.”last_img read more

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first_imgUniversity Associate General Counsel Brent Benrud objected to the $5,000 penalty during last Tuesday’s hearing, arguing that the phone had already been examined and found not to contain relevant evidence.While Rotenberg conceded that erasing the phone’s memory had been a mistake, he disagreed with the claim that the University destroyed evidence.“We should have kept the phone,” he said. “But that is not the same thing as destroying relevant evidence.”Harris hired Brenny, 32, as associate women’s head golf coach in August 2010.In mid-September 2010, the University gave Brenny a new job description that essentially stripped her of coaching duties.Brenny met with then-athletics director Joel Maturi the next month. Maturi allegedly gave her two choices: to quit or comply with Harris’ demands. Brenny resigned in late October 2010 and sued the University’s Board of Regents and Harris three months later.The suit hasn’t gone in Brenny’s favor thus far.The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled in May 2012 that Brenny couldn’t sue Harris because his actions fell within his duties as a University employee. Brenny did not appeal the decision.Last month a judge threw out Brenny’s claims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation. Only the sexual orientation part of the suit remains intact.A civil trial is scheduled to begin April 29, but Mark said the suit could go on for a while.“I’m not optimistic it’s going to end anytime soon,” he said. U fights $5,000 penalty in Brenny caseFormer women’s golf coach Katie Brenny is seeking compensation for legal fees resulting from her 2011 discrimination lawsuit. Nate GotliebJanuary 22, 2013Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe University of Minnesota argued in Hennepin County Court last Tuesday against paying $5,000 for mishandling text messages as part of a 2-year-old discrimination lawsuit filed by former women’s golf coach Katie Brenny.Brenny sued the University’s Board of Regents and former director of golf John Harris in January 2011, alleging that the University and Harris violated her rights as a member of a protected class under the state Human Rights Act. The lawsuit claims that Harris did not allow Brenny to perform the role of associate head coach and relegated her to administrative duties once he found out she was a lesbian.The text messages in question might have contained evidence in Brenny’s case against the University and Harris, according to Brenny’s lawyer, Donald Chance Mark Jr.“We wanted to look at what discussions Mr. Harris had had regarding Katie Brenny and particularly her sexual orientation,” Mark said.The University disagreed that the text messages were pertinent to the case.“We had already examined the cellphone and determined that there was no relevant evidence about this case on it,” University General Counsel Mark Rotenberg said.Mark had asked the University to preserve evidence for the case, including Harris’ text messages, in December 2010. He said the University didn’t originally object to his request.Mark said he later submitted two requests for documents, which included specific requests for Harris’ text messages.He said the University objected to his first request for the text messages and responded to his second request by saying it had produced all relevant evidence.Mark said the University didn’t tell him the data on Harris’ phone had been erased until September 2012.“It’s inappropriate to destroy evidence, particularly when you’ve been put on notice to preserve it,” Mark said.A specially appointed judge ruled last month that because the University had wiped data from Harris’ phone, it should pay Brenny’s $5,000 legal fees as a punishment.last_img read more

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