Up to 10,000 Grade 5 and 6 students will, this school year, have the opportunity to get a practical feel of how the economy functions, through an experiential learning programme, which was launched on October 28, by Junior Achievement Jamaica (JAJ), at the Caenwood Centre, in Kingston.The programme, ‘JA BizTown’, is the first of its kind outside of the United States, in the Latin American and Caribbean region. It was conceptualized by JAJ and the Rotary Club of Kingston with approval from the Ministry of Education.Land for construction of the JA BizTown facility was provided by the Ministry at 37 Arnold Road. It features storefronts of businesses of various types. The facility was also officially handed over to JAJ today, by the Rotary Club of Kingston.The programme involves a four-week learning experience, which will increase students’ knowledge of how the economy works, the importance of education in pursuing a career, and how to conduct everyday transactions, which involve filling out forms, among other activities.Students will be taught concepts, such as: citizens responsibilities and rights, savings and investment, banking, ethics, conflict solving, networking, taxes, and other principles of the world of work; trade, and the economy.According to the conceptualizers of the programme, the children will be taught age-appropriate business, financial and workforce readiness concepts, which will help them to master academics and make good decisions in everyday transactions, while preparing them for the future.JA BizTownN was tailored from the United States model, to suit the Jamaican concept.Addressing the launch, Member of Parliament for the area, and State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon, Julian Robinson, welcomed the programme and the facility, noting that it dovetails into the Government’s thrust to engender and develop entrepreneurship skills in the country’s youth.“Any programme which introduces entrepreneurship, which facilitates innovation, which allows our students to develop and create their own opportunities, is more than timely,” he said.“I am proud as a Jamaican, because this is the type of project which needs to be replicated across the country, and that other countries can use this as a model for their own development,” the State Minister added.Meanwhile, Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, emphasized that education and training must be geared towards the demands of the global economy.“It is for the education system to listen to those who see the openings in economic development, and to say – what are the skills that you need us to educate for – so that all our students can be ready to fill the available jobs, and very importantly, to create the jobs that are possible in our society,” he asserted.President of JAJ, Alphie Mullings, emphasised that the JA BizTown curriculum was carefully created. “It parallels with exactly what the teachers are teaching. This is not something that we are simply taking and inserting…this is a Jamaican project,” she said.The programme represents more than $70 million in investment for the business and financial education of students. The JAJ is currently training teachers from various primary and preparatory schools to deliver the JA BizTown programme, and pair it to Ministry of Education curricula.For four weeks, students will spend several hours learning science, technology, engineering, and mathematics under the JA BizTown curriculum, following which they can apply for “jobs” at the JA BizTown facility, where teachers will assign jobs in preparation for a one-day business simulation exercise for each student.The first batch of students will visit JA BizTown next month, with the aim being to eventually facilitate up to 40,000 annually. October 29, 2014Written by: Alphea Saunders FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedExperiential Learning Programme Launched for Grades 5 and 6 Students RelatedExperiential Learning Programme Launched for Grades 5 and 6 Students Story HighlightsUp to 10,000 Grade 5 and 6 students will, this school year, have the opportunity to get a practical feel of how the economy functions, through an experiential learning programme, which was launched on October 28, by Junior Achievement Jamaica (JAJ).The programme, ‘JA BizTown’, is the first of its kind outside of the United States, in the Latin American and Caribbean region. It was conceptualized by JAJ and the Rotary Club of Kingston and approved by the Ministry of Education.The programme involves a four-week learning experience, which will increase students’ knowledge of how the economy works, the importance of education in pursuing a career, and how to conduct everyday transactions, which involve filling out forms, among other activities. Experiential Learning Programme Launched for Grades 5 and 6 StudentsJIS 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 Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites (left), cuts the ribbon to officially open the JA BizTown facility at 37 Arnold Road in Kingston, where up to 10,000 Grade 5 and 6 students will, this school year, have the opportunity to get a practical feel of how the economy functions, through an experimental learning programme. The centre was handed over on October 28, by the Rotary Club of Kingston to Junior Achievement Jamaica (JAJ) at an official launching ceremony at the Caenwood compound. Also participating in the ribbon cutting exercise are (from 2nd left): Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Denise Herbol; Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Kingston, Allison Peart; and Chairman of JAJ, Paul Lalor. JA BizTown is the first of its kind outside of the United States, in the Latin American and Caribbean region. RelatedExperiential Learning Programme Launched for Grades 5 and 6 Students Experiential Learning Programme Launched for Grades 5 and 6 Students Advertisements
We’ve heard rumors floating around for a long time now, but Canyon has finally made it official. From next spring 2017, they will bring their direct sales model to consumers in the United States. Cyclists in the states have been eyeing Canyon’s premier road and trail offerings for several years, with promises of competitive pricing. Now with a flurry of other big brands bringing consumer-direct sales options to American bike buyers, it seems that now is the time…all photos courtesy of CanyonIt hasn’t been an easy step for Canyon, as moving into the huge US market means going head-to-head with a lot of big companies. With Trek and Giant having recently announced Direct to Consumer web sales, the online bike marketplace is blowing up to join Bulls Bikes, Canfield Brothers, YT Industries, Mongoose, and many more. Getting into the US market also means needing to be prepared to ramp up production to meet the expected demand, and dealing with a whole other legal and liability framework. Canyon seems to have even had a few hiccups when they expanded Down Under before they had their expanded production up and running, but says that they’ve learned a lot from moving out of Europe, and this knowledge has built a foundation for their expansion to the States.To make the move work Canyon has teamed up with TSG Consumer Partners, a big US private equity firm, that will bring with them the funding to deal with the growth. As a part of the deal TSG is said to become a minority owner in Canyon. That added capital is what allowed Canyon to more than quadruple their production last fall.Canyon has laid out a rough timeline to have a USA-targeted website up and running at the start of 2017, and is working now to set up a dedicated customer support and tech service center in the US. Bikes destined for the American market will still be built-up in their recently updated Koblenz, Germany headquarter from Taiwanese frames, and then delivered to the US. Just back in October 2015 Canyon opened up the new modernized production facility in Koblenz, with ample reserve capacity, and has seen record outputs ever since.Buyers in the US will be able to expect delivery in 2-6 weeks from online order, with some bikes being shipped from US warehousing and some direct from Germany. Like all of their bikes now, US-delivered Canyons will come almost fully assembled (usually just requiring the stem and handlebar to be rotated and torqued into place), with final assembly easy to do by any home mechanic.Canyon.com
By Charles FerruzzaSince I’m one of those neurotic people who always expect the worst to happen (and I’m rarely disappointed), when I hear the words “ice storm,” I immediately start planning for the worst: power lines crashing down, electricity turned off for days, only a box of crackers in the pantry, eating frozen pizza – still ice-cold — by candlelight.All of those things (and more) really happened to me in 2001 when an ice storm knocked out power around the metro and I slept in my dark, freezing house for several days…mostly surviving on Triscuit crackers, peanut butter and Little Debbie snack cakes.I fully expect the same scenario this weekend as the National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning that, at the time of this writing, is in effect from today at noon until Sunday at midnight.Somewhere – God only knows – in my house is one of those portable radio units that operate by hand-cranking. No electricity required. If I find it, I’ll use it.And unlike 2001, I made certain to stock up on vital staples before my life goes to hell in a handbasket: candles, matches, dog food (the expensive kind, in case I’m forced to eat it myself on Carr’s Table Water Crackers with capers and mustard) and eggs. (I’ve already hard-boiled a dozen…just in case).And on the off chance that I perish like the “freezing persons” in the Emily Dickinson poem (“First – Chill – then Stupor – then the letting go…”), I plan to go out with a full stomach.I made a quick stop at Andre’s (both locations in Kansas and Missouri, to be on the safe side) for essential survival staples like assorted fondant-covered pastries, ham-and-cheese croissants, even a container of frozen beef barley soup that I plan to re-heat over a candle flame. I was, after all, once a Boy Scout. (I still have my merit badges somewhere; probably next to the missing crank-up radio).Since our local Hen House Markets have an excellent array of prepared foods, I stopped in to the Fairway branch for a few pre-packaged sandwiches, pasta salads, and a crusty baguette that I can eat with good sharp cheddar and a crisp, tart Granny Smith apple. This store also carries slices of a perfectly delicious Tippin’s chicken pot pie – just as tasty chilled as it is heated up – and flaky apple turnovers that make a delightful breakfast with a cup of leftover coffee that I plan to heat up (to at least a near-lukewarm) over one of those resourceful candles.I hate making this seem like all a merry game, since I was absolutely miserable 16 years ago. I even cried bitterly one night, feeling sorry for myself as I tried eating a stale cracker with teeth that couldn’t stop chattering from the cold.This time I’m ready to face the worst. I’ve draped my bed with dozens of blankets, washed every sock and article of long underwear that I own, and even learned how to text for help on my cell phone. Even more importantly: I’ve programmed the numbers for every carry-out pizza joint even remotely close to my house.I’m ready for Ice Apocalypse 2017.
Cefiderocol gets FDA approval for use in nosocomial pneumoniaDrug maker Shionogi & Co. of Osaka, Japan, announced yesterday that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the company’s supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) and granted Priority Review designation for the use of cefiderocol to treat adults with nosocomial pneumonia.Cefiderocol, sold under the brand name Fetroja, is a cephalosporin antibiotic with a novel mechanism of penetrating the tough outer membrane of gram-negative bacteria and the ability to overcome resistance mechanisms used by gram-negative pathogens to evade antibiotics. It was approved by the FDA for treatment of complicated urinary tract infections caused by gram-negative pathogens on Nov 12, 2019.According to a company press release, the sNDA is based on results from a phase 3 study that showed cefiderocol met the primary endpoint of non-inferiority compared with high-dose extended-infusion meropenem in treatment of patients with healthcare-acquired and ventilator-associated pneumonia caused by gram-negative pathogens.The results showed that 14 days after initiation of treatment, all-cause mortality in the modified intention-to-treat population was 12.4% for cefiderocol (18 of 145 patients) and 11.6% for meropenem (17/146).The company said cefiderocol also met key secondary endpoints of clinical and microbiologic outcomes at test-of-cure and demonstrated no unexpected safety signals.”We are committed to working with the FDA in order to bring Fetroja to more patients fighting these challenging and life-threatening Gram-negative infections as quickly as possible,” said Akira Kato, PhD, president and CEO at Shionogi Inc., the company’s US-based subsidiary.Jun 1 Shionogi press release Discharge stewardship linked to better antibiotic prescribing, study findsExpanding an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) to ensure that hospital patients are discharged with appropriate therapy was associated with improvements in appropriate antibiotic prescribing and fewer days of antibiotic therapy at an Ohio hospital, researchers reported today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.The study assessed the percentage of patients discharged on appropriate therapy before and after implementation of the discharge stewardship intervention, in which the discharge ASP pharmacist at Northeast Ohio Medical University reviewed patient medical records and anti-infective regimens and provided recommendations on antibiotic therapy to the medical team, if appropriate.Other outcomes included antimicrobial days of therapy (DOT) and the percentage of readmissions of healthcare visits for treatment failure within 30 days. A total of 122 patients were included in the study, with 61 each in the pre-intervention and post-intervention groups.Analysis of the two groups found that the percentage of appropriate therapy on discharge was 47.5% before the ASP expansion compared with 85.2% afterward (relative risk [RR], 0.28; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.147 to 0.538; P < .001). In the post-intervention phase, 48 recommendations were made across 40 patients upon discharge, with an 81% acceptance rate. Recommendations included change in duration (44%), followed by discontinuation (17%), change in dose (14.5%), and change in drug (10%).The average duration of therapy was 7.8 days in the post-intervention group, compared with 8.9 days in pre-intervention group (P = 0.079). Antimicrobial DOTs were also lower after the intervention than before (555 days vs 626.5 days, respectively). The total 30-day readmission rate was 19.7% in the pre-intervention group versus 11.5% in the post-intervention group (RR, 0.583; 95% CI, 0.246 to 1.38; P = 0.212), a difference not considered statistically significant. "This project demonstrated that the expansion of an ASP significantly improved the rate of appropriate discharge anti-infective prescribing," the authors of the study write. "A larger patient population is necessary to fully describe the effect on readmissions, adverse events, and treatment failure. Time spent on ASP will also be useful to determine the real-world feasibility of expanding to a larger population."Jun 2 Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol abstract