Education Ministry to Launch School Design Competition

first_imgRelatedEducation Ministry to Launch School Design Competition Advertisements Education Ministry to Launch School Design Competition EducationJune 8, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A competition, to come up with a winning design, which will become the model for future school construction, will be launched by the Education Ministry later this year.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Andrew Holness, made the announcement at the dual launch of the Child Friendly School sensitisation programme, and a public education campaign to promote Alternative Methods of Discipline in Schools, on Friday (June 5) at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Montego Bay, St. James.He said that the aim is to come up with a modern school model that is child friendly, secure, and environmentally efficient.“We want to build the schools with the children, who are going to use them in mind, so I am going to launch what we are going to call the ‘Future Schools Design Competition of Jamaica’,” he informed.“Effectively, we are going to ask our architects, our designers, and our scientists, to create a school environment that is child friendly. We are going to be looking for people to come to us with cost effective building systems that minimise heat and increase air flow. We are going to be asking our designers, our architects and our planners to develop a school plant that will increase security and safety, ensure easy access, that is ergonomic and aesthetically appealing,” he outlined.The Ministry plans to abolish the shift system and will be constructing schools to ensure that there is adequate accommodation for students. Dr. Holness said that the Ministry is looking to develop public/private partnership in the effort.Meanwhile, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative to Jamaica, Robert Fuderich, in his address at the function, acknowledged the work of the Ministry towards creating child-friendly schools and promoting alternative methods of discipline.UNICEF has developed a Child Friendly School programme as a framework for rights-based, child friendly education systems and schools. Copies of a manual, which will serve as a practical tool in implementing the model, were presented to some educators at the function.center_img RelatedEducation Ministry to Launch School Design Competition RelatedEducation Ministry to Launch School Design Competitionlast_img read more

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Nebraska addition to benefit Big Ten

first_imgNebraska addition to benefit Big Ten Samuel GordonJune 28, 2011Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter gaining official approval last June, the University of Nebraska will officially join the Big Ten on Friday.The institution, its historic football program and its 22 other varsity sports will join the conference that will remain known as the Big Ten âÄî despite the fact that it now has 12 teams. On June 4, 1990, Penn State was the 11th team to join.âÄúThe University of Nebraska would have new opportunities with membership in the Big Ten âÄî and I believe the Big Ten would be a stronger conference as well,âÄù university President J.B. Milliken said after the move was announced.NebraskaâÄôs economic effect could also be profound.NebraskaâÄôs entrance into the Big Ten paved the way for the two six-team football divisions and a subsequent Big Ten football championship game, which is set to generate as much as $19 million by itself, according to Indiana-based Sports Corp. research.Couple that with the exposure the school will receive from the Big TenâÄôs $1 billion contract with ABC/ESPN and the financial incentive for Nebraska to switch conferences is apparent.Through the television deal, bowl games and other rights, the conference apportioned roughly $20 million to each school in 2009, the most of any league in the country, and approximately $22 million in 2010.The conferenceâÄôs television revenue alone is projected to grow to $196 million by 2014, according to Indiana University professor Bruce Jaffee, head of the Big Ten program and budget review committee.In the short term, Nebraska is poised to add anywhere from $20 million to $22 million to the value of the Big TenâÄôs television deals. That figure wonâÄôt increase the other conference schoolsâÄô share of that money, but a school of such magnitude could add to the conferenceâÄôs leverage in future television contract negotiations, according to USA Today.Nebraska is also set to begin research collaborations with the conferenceâÄôs institutions, a move that carries potential benefit for every Big Ten school. Nebraska also brings 23 varsity sports to the table, none more prominent than football.For the last century, the Cornhuskers have been a powerhouse. TheyâÄôre one of just six teams in Division I football with more than 800 victories and have claimed five national championships.However, football isnâÄôt the only dominant sport Nebraska brings to the table.The Huskers possess one of the premier volleyball programs in the nation, and have won three national titles since 1995.Its wrestling team has quite the reputation, crowning 11 national champions and 89 All-Americans in the programâÄôs history.The Nebraska baseball team has taken three trips to the College World Series since 2001, and has eight 40-win seasons in the last 10 years.Both the softball and womenâÄôs gymnastics teams were ranked in the Top-25 for the majority of last season.It also has womenâÄôs bowling and rifle programs, neither of which can be found at the University of Minnesota.     All of those programs will be a part of the Big Ten in just a matter of days. How they will change the landscape of the conference remains to be seen.last_img read more

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Tech Puts Unbeaten Record on the Line at Alexandria Tonight [AUDIO]

first_img Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip 360p About Connatix V56892 1080p HD A pair of unbeaten teams meet in Alexandria tonight on the final night of the high school football regular season.  The 7-0 8th ranked Tech Tigers play at the 7-0 6th ranked Alexandria Cardinals.  Kickoff tonight is at 7pm, pregame on WJON at 6:45 with myself and Joe Putz begins at 6:45.  I talked with Tech Offensive Coordinator Mike Trewick on WJON today on the WJON Morning News Watch.  Listen to our conversation below. Tech likely needs a win tonight to secure a first round bye in the upcoming Section playoffs.center_img About Connatix V56892 720p HD Auto (360p) 1/1last_img read more

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