State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says this is one of the major initiatives of the Government to revamp the education system to produce more rounded individuals. Starting in September this year, entrepreneurship classes will become mandatory in all high schools. Story Highlights “[We have] realigned our curriculum in what we now call the new standards curriculum to focus less on the passing of exams and more on the person we create at the end of the educational journey,” he notes. Starting in September this year, entrepreneurship classes will become mandatory in all high schools.State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says this is one of the major initiatives of the Government to revamp the education system to produce more rounded individuals.“[We have] realigned our curriculum in what we now call the new standards curriculum to focus less on the passing of exams and more on the person we create at the end of the educational journey,” he notes.The State Minister was addressing the opening of a two-day Youth for Sustainable Development Conference at the University of Technology (UTech) in St. Andrew on Thursday (July 26).He said that for a long time, in Jamaica and across the Commonwealth, the educational system has focused on the “conveyor belt” approach, where students keep moving along the system regardless of the outcome of their schooling.Mr. Green argued that this practice has to change in order to produce critical thinkers and individuals who are capable of creating sustainable, meaningful futures.He noted that a key part of this undertaking is to provide students with the tools to become self-sufficient through exposure to entrepreneurship principles.To this end, the Ministry has partnered with Junior Achievement Jamaica (JAJ) to incorporate the Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurs (JACE) programme into the ninth-grade curriculum.“So, all our grade-nine students will come together in groups, and they will have to work with a business plan, they will have to put together a business and the business must have the principles of sustainability,” he said.The programme, which has already reached 40 schools, with another 80 high schools targeted in the new school year, provides hands-on experience in running a business while students learn the fundamental skills necessary to make successful enterprises.It is expected that the learning and practical experience gained from running the companies will provide students with a viable option to pursue entrepreneurship as their main income stream or may supplement it while being employed in their particular areas of training.The JAJ is part of the global non-profit organisation, Junior Achievement Worldwide, which provides training for young people in entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work-readiness.
NewsLocal NewsLimerick Council seeks to reduce Pallas Food job lossesBy Alan Jacques – March 27, 2015 855 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous article$10,000 international win for Limerick ‘horror’Next articleGarryowen a ‘hotspot’ for antisocial behaviour Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WhatsApp Email Print by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Seamus BrowneA MOTION calling on the management of Pallas Foods to engage with SIPTU to ensure the retention of the maximum number of jobs at their Newcastle West headquarters has been passed by Limerick City and County Council, despite opposition from Fine Gael councillors.The motion proposed by local Sinn Féin councillor Seamus Browne, who said that Pallas Foods was an important employer in West Limerick, a region which has already suffered a catalogue of blows with jobs losses at Castlemahon Foods, Kantoher, Kostal and Ballygowan.“Hundreds of jobs have disappeared, dealing economic body blows directly to those families involved, and also indirectly to local business and retailers in the area through lost revenues,” he commented.“Now we have one of the last remaining large employers deciding to transfer 65 jobs to Dublin, and it has to be said that the circumstances around these job losses are quite disturbing. I want this council to send a clear message to the management of Pallas Foods that it is not acceptable in this day and age to refuse to engage with the union of the workers choice in order to explore options to retain these jobs.”Cllr Browne also revealed that the only options put to Pallas Foods employees in a six page document, was either voluntary or compulsory redundancy, or redeployment to Dublin.“This document did not address, in any way, alternatives to redundancies or redeployment. The Protection of Employment Act 1977, Part 2 section 9, clearly identifies the obligation on employers to consult employees’ representatives in such circumstances, and Irish law does facilitate looking at various options to mitigate job losses,” he said.He claimed that job losses at Pallas Foods were being implemented without any meaningful engagement with the workers concerned, without any input from their union (SIPTU), and selection for redundancies was being made without any transparency regarding the process.“Sinn Fein view this as a blatant disregard of the employee’s rights and indeed a total disregard for the potential of retention of employment in the Newcastle West area. At the very least, the company should allow workers the assistance of the professional help supplied by the State,” he concluded.SIPTU’s Limerick District Council the local authority’s call on the management of Pallas Foods to enter meaningful negotiations over the ongoing redundancies.SIPTU lead organiser Pat Condon commented, “We are delighted to receive the support of Limerick City and Council for our campaign for the Pallas Food workers. It’s great to see that there is widespread political support for our simple demand that the company engage with our union over these job losses.”“Our union’s prime concern is to protect the maximum number of jobs possible for our members, and ensure that there is a fair and transparent process regarding the selection for redundancies. It’s hard to believe that this far into the 21st century that there are still employers with 19th century attitude to workers rights,” he added. Advertisement Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSCllr Seamus BrownelimerickLimerick City and County CouncilNewcastle WestPallas FoodsSinn FeinSIPTU Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin
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Ohio State sophomore midfielder Justin Inacio (30) wins the face off against Rutgers at Ohio Stadium on Mar. 31. Ohio State lost 14-6. Credit: Willow Mollenkopf | For The LanternThe No. 9 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team fell to No. 2 Maryland in overtime in the Buckeyes final home game of the regular season with a goal from Maryland junior attacker and leading goal scorer Jared Bernhardt.Ohio State (8-3, 1-3 Big Ten) suffered its third Big Ten loss of the season after coming back from down four goals the second half, but ultimately lost 10-9. The win for Maryland (11-2, 3-1 Big Ten) was its third straight victory and second overtime win on the year.“Things just didn’t break our way, these are heartbreakers,” head coach Nick Myers said. Maryland’s sophomore midfielder Logan Wisnauskas was a key component to the Terrapins wins, scoring a hat trick and providing an assist on the day. Wisnauskas ended the game with 37 goals on the season.The matchup between a pair of faceoff specialists in sophomore Justin Inacio and senior Austin Henningsen was won by Inacio on 11 of 17 matchups. Inacio won 15 of the 23 total faceoffs for the entire game.Halfway through the first quarter, Wisnauskas opened the scoring with two goals before the Terrapins added on two more to come out to a 4-0 lead. Just before the end of the quarter, the Buckeyes found the net as sophomore attack Jackson Reid scored his 23rd goal of the season.The Terrapins scored midway through the second to increase their lead back to four, but freshman attack Jack Myers gave the Buckeyes a goal for his 15th on the season. Maryland’s senior midfielder Christian Zawadzki scored two make it 6-2 at the half.The two goals are tied for the fewest amount of goals scored in a half for the Buckeyes all season.Ohio State’s 10 turnovers and 2 to 17 goals-to-shots ratio hurt the Buckeyes in the first half, negating the faceoff play and ground balls that Inacio, who finished with eight ground ball pickups, was giving.“Offensively we finally got into a rhythm in the second half, started generating some really quality looks against a good defense,” Myers said.The Buckeyes started the second half by scoring 15 seconds in, and then scored two more straight, including one from Ohio State leading goal scorer junior attacker Tre LeClaire before Maryland was able to get a goal back.Myers, LeClaire, Reid and senior midfielder Jack Jasinski have now accounted for more than 67 percent of Ohio State’s points this season.In the fourth quarter, Ohio State gained momentum, scoring four goals in the quarter and taking the lead for the first time in the game with less than four minutes left. However, Wisnauskas tied the game with less than 24 seconds left, getting injured in the process of the game-tying goal.Overtime was over in 31 seconds, as Maryland’s Bernhardt found the net for his 40th goal on the season and ending Ohio State’s hope of another comeback this season.“This one stings,” Myers said. “We’ll have to get over this emotionally, and the best way to do that, is focus on the greatest rivalry in this university’s history.”The Buckeyes have Michigan as their final game of the regular season on Friday in Ann Arbor before the start of Big Ten tournament play.Saturday’s game was the last regular season game at Ohio Stadium for the senior Buckeyes, and even in the loss, Myers had nothing but for praise for his veteran players.“[I] just told them I loved them,” Myers said. “The seniors are a special group for sure, and a loss doesn’t reflect what they’ve done here.”