The backlash against the team from the World Cup disappointment left a bitter taste in Bernard’s mouth. “Jamaicans only respect medals, and we suffered great disrespect because we did not get a medal. They quickly forgot the (bronze) medal we won at the Commonwealth Games. But netball is something that we have to be proud of,” she insisted. She backs new president Dr Paula Daley Morris to take the association forward and would like to see her complete some of the projects like the two-year-old semi-professional league. “We had a specific plan, but the new association (leadership) will have to forge their own plans …, so it is for Paula and her team to look at it and see what they can manage. But she must be given the opportunity to lead the association in the direction she sees fit. “I would like to see it continue because semi-professional is the way to go. England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are not fools in doing it. We must also grow the parish associations so they can be vibrant,” she said. Bernard will continue to contribute to netball in her new capacity as treasurer of the Federation of Americas Netball Association. However, her focus will be on her family business, and she has no aspiration of making it to the top netball post (International Netball Federation president). “I want a break. For 20 years I have been in netball non-stop, and 10 years of hard labour as president, so my time has come,” she declared. The election of the new president, Daley Morris, was shrouded in controversy, with some four lawyers required to cipher the articles of the association. “The articles were done by a reputable law firm, and all the lawyers who looked at it said there was nothing to prevent a director from seeking a higher post. In the final analysis, we chose one leader and we should move on. “In the past not many people wanted to support us, but now that my board has taken it to this level several people want to serve. But it should not be that we have to go through such acrimony because it’s a voluntary service. “We want to put this election behind us and accept the decision. I want us to put aside our feelings and behave appropriately. If we can’t do that then there is going to be division. In life there is going to be differences of opinion, but I know we all want what is best for netball,” she reasoned. Bernard walks away knowing she gave her best to the sport. “I leave the sport knowing that I gave everything and more. I leave the sport knowing that I helped move it from one stage to the next. I leave the sport knowing that I did not embarrass the foremothers and that netball became a household game.” GREAT DISRESPECT UNPRECEDENTED FUNDING After 10 years at the helm, charismatic netball president Marva Bernard rode off into the sunset at the end of her tenure as Netball Jamaica’s president, convinced she had done her very best. Even though the country did not win a medal at the Netball World Cup in Australia in August, the veteran administrator is proud she left behind a lasting legacy and solid foundation on which future administrators of the sport can continue to build. Bernard spent 12 years as treasurer of the netball association before she was elected to the top post in 2005. She is responsible for taking the association from a struggling to a thriving entity, rearranging the administration’s structure so that it could run as a business. “I was able to convince the prime minister to give us a house for our national players and that is an achievement many of the presidents before me wanted. I was able to get players overseas in professional and semi-professional leagues in England and Australia. I am happy that the relationships I have made with Australia, New Zealand and England have helped us,” she said. While former presidents found it difficult to generate funds, Bernard, through persistence, was able to convince sponsors to invest in netball, which brought about unprecedented funding and greater support for programmes and players in ways never seen before. Senior team players were given a stipend each month, new programmes that made many high school girls qualified umpires or near-qualified umpires were also incorporated. “They (sponsors) are proud to be associated with netball. We have built on what others that have gone before us left behind, and we helped to make netball a household game,” she said. However, she desired nothing more than the coveted World Cup gold medal. “The biggest disappointment was not being able to win a medal at the World Cup, but that is sports, that is life. But if you go for something and you do not succeed, you try and try again,” she said. “I am proud that since the rankings was introduced in 2007, even though we have not played as many matches as the higher-ranked teams like England, we are still better than many countries in the world that have much better resources than we have,” she added.
In a way to make the college system more transparent and accessible for all, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has recently announced a system that will help in tracking the daily attendance of faculty in all the medical colleges across the nation.(Read: Need to improve PG medical education: ANBAI to government) Details of the monitoring system:Under the Digital Mission Mode Project (DMMP), the Medical Council of India (MCI) will be able to monitor attendance of faculty membersThis digital initiative will be applied in about 439 medical colleges through biometric systemNot only this, the new system also foresees ‘One Country One Registration’The budget allocated for this wide project is Rs 45 croreAs per official data, it will be completed in the next six monthsUnder this system, all the doctors will be issued electronic Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) registration card which will further help them in practicing across the country by registering with the MCI one time only(Read: A new body may replace MCI to monitor medical education in India)Moreover, this project will be enabling online submission of applications for opening of new medical colleges or seat enhancement along with creating a national database of faculty in medical colleges which will be linked with their Aadhar Card.What MCI president Jayshree Mehta has to say:”The most remarkable thing of this project is monitoring of attendance of faculty through a biometric system and a unique identification for each and every medical practitioner across the country. There have been issues of fake and ghost faculty in many medical colleges””With this system, everything will now be online. There will be a server in that particular college as well. Sitting here (Delhi), we can monitor everything, the faculty’s presence in college, how long they have taken a lecture and other such things.” (Read: Problems plaguing medical education: Why India suffers a severe lack of quality doctors)advertisementFurther, Jayshree Mehta said, the DMMP project is a step towards achieving the Digital India project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and this will successfully improve “transparency and efficiency” of MCI’s working.”Every faculty will be issued a RFID-enabled identity card and the attendance, salary and work status of the faculty shall be submitted to the MCI on a real time basis, besides other information required for regulatory compliance,” the medical education regulator said. Read: 7 types of medical degrees with related jobsRead: More MBBS seats added to Telangana colleges Click here f or more education related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Our goal is to put consumers first and provide them with more tools to take control of their financial lives,” said Richard Cordray, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director. He spoke at the Lendit USA Conference in the Jacob Javits Center, New York on Monday. This is a two-day conference for established and emerging online lending companies and investorsCordray said he wants to encourage consumer-friendly innovations in consumer finance. This would include carefully considering the issue of consumer control over personal financial data. He also mentioned that the CFPB is looking into the benefits and risks of using unconventional sources of data to underwrite loans as a way to open access to credit for more consumers.“After crunching the numbers, we estimate that 26 million Americans are “credit invisible,” he said, “meaning they have no credit history at all. Another 19 million people have credit histories that, under most models, are too limited or have been inactive for too long to generate a reliable credit score.” He said there are about 45 million adults nationwide who fall into these two categories. “That is simply a tragedy in a modern economy and a modern financial system like ours,” he said, “and we all need to think harder about what we can do to address it.”He explained that alternative data may be obtained from sources such as rent or utility payments, which in general have not been traditionally defined as “credit.” It may draw from electronic or other records of transactions, such as deposits, withdrawals, or account transfers. And it might include other personal information, such as the consumer’s occupation or educational attainment.Other forms of alternative data may spring from new sources that never existed before, such as the use of mobile phones or the Internet. “By filling in more details of people’s financial lives, this information may paint a fuller and more accurate picture of their creditworthiness,” he said. “So adding alternative data into the mix may make it possible to open up more affordable credit for millions of additional consumers.”He said that these approaches also pose risks, and the CFPB wants to know more about these risks and how they can be mitigated or minimized. “On the whole, we are encouraged by the potential for alternative data underwriting to benefit the very consumers that the fair lending laws are designed to protect,” he said.In considering any new services, Cordray said there are two principles the CFPB seeks to uphold. “First, we believe in a level playing field for all providers of consumer financial products and services….. whether they are large banks or fintech startups.” He said that everyone must be held to the same standards of compliance with the law.He also urged urge all providers to make sure that consumer protections are built into emerging products and services. “Consumer protections and compliance should not be mere add-ons or afterthoughts,” he said. “They must be essential elements of the business model, from beginning to end.” Consumers should be able to understand and access the kinds of responsible products they can rely on throughout their financial lives, he said, and the information consumers need to make decisions about their economic opportunities must be accessible, accurate, and reliable. March 6, 2017 546 Views Share in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News CFPB Credit Lending Lendit 2017-03-06 Staff Writer Cordray Offers New Ideas for Consumer Lending