Court begins hearing Paymaster's copyright appeal
The Court of Appeal yesterday began hearing submissions in the appeal brought by bill payment company Paymaster Jamaica Limited, which is seeking to overturn a 2010 Supreme Court ruling dismissing its billion-dollar breach of copyright lawsuit against GraceKennedy Remittance Services (GKRS) Limited and software programmer Paul Lowe.
Audrey Marks, head of Paymaster, who in 1997 launched the first bill-payment business in Jamaica, is contending that GKRS, which operates Bill Express, has infringed Paymaster's copyright.
Bill Express, which is Paymaster's competitor, was launched in 2000.
Justice Roy Jones ruled in April 2010 that Paymaster did not own the copyright to the software. The judge found that Lowe was the author and owner of the software at issue and he never intended to assign his ownership to Paymaster.
The judge also found that GKRS did not use Paymaster's business plan, but developed Bill Express from its own efforts.
Dunn calls for more business investigative stories
Chief judge of the Jamaica Broilers Group-sponsored Fair Play Awards programme, Professor Hopeton Dunn, yesterday called for more business-related investigative journalism.
"There were noticeably few entries in the area of business, industry, and commerce," he said yesterday in giving his report on the 2012-2013 award. "We feel that that is an area that can and should be subjected to the kind of investigative journalism that we are extending to so many other sectors in the Jamaican public sphere."
JLP welcomes ECJ chairman's resignation
As the leadership race in the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) intensifies, separate releases in quick succession were dispatched to the media yesterday welcoming the resignation of Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) Chairman Dr Herbert Thompson.
Thompson yesterday sent his resignation letter to Governor General Patrick Allen in the wake of controversy surrounding his acceptance of an award at a People's National Party 75th anniversary function.
In the first JLP release, General Secretary Dr Horace Chang made it clear that Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, at a meeting with ECJ independent members, told Thompson that his position as chairman was untenable.
Minutes after the general secretary's release, leadership aspirant Audley Shaw also welcomed Thompson's resignation as chairman of the electoral body.
Shaw said Thompson did the right thing in resigning as his remaining in the position would have cast a shadow of doubt over the ECJ and its function.
The Ministry of Education is seeking to allay fears over the status of the Alternative Secondary Transitional Education Programme (ASTEP).
Radley Reid, senior adviser in the ministry, said the ASTEP curriculum is being expanded to include a bridging programme to help the more than 2,500 students better matriculate at the end of secondary school.
"The bridging programme will lead into the full programme in which we are going to have three parallel pathways to facilitate about 15 per cent of our students who have special needs," Reid said.
He added that these students would now be allowed to stay with the programme from grade seven to grade 11.
Many teachers who were employed with the programme say they are now numbered among the unemployed.
However, in a report, the education ministry in a report stated that all ASTEP teachers were engaged on one-year contracts as the centres established in schools are not permanent and are dependent on the registration of students.