Germany’s Hubert Burda Media buys Radio Times and other UK magazines for £270m

Announcing the deal this morning, Burda noted that Immediate has more than 19m consumers each month, and described Radio Times as the UK’s most profitable media brand.Burda is a technology and media company with more than 540 brands across the world.Read more: The most rock ‘n’ roll deal of 2017: Media firm buys, and saves, music magsIn Germany, it has titles in the news, fashion, gardening, lifestyle, food and entertainment sectors.In the UK, Burda already publishes magazines including YourHome and Wedding, and recently led a funding round for Notonthehighstreet.com. Tom Bureau, chief executive of Immediate Media, added: “Since we formed Immediate with Exponent in 2011, we have created a dynamic, thriving business. We have grown revenues and profitability substantially, and have invested in people, technology and business models.“The business is primed for further growth, and I am happy that we have found a partner that shares our vision for growth and innovation. Burda is an exciting, global business and we are happy to become part of their network of entrepreneurs.” Immediate was established in 2011 following a merger of different media platforms, which was backed by Exponent Private Equity.“Immediate Media is a great platform for print as well as digital consumer businesses in the UK,” said Burda chief executive Paul-Bernhard Kallen.“The successful management team brings strength and depth across publishing, technology and e-commerce and has built a growing, profitable company with a large and loyal customer base.Read more: Non-Ascential items: Events company puts 13 magazines up for sale“We believe Burda and Immediate Media match perfectly – with regards to the business segments as well as to the entrepreneurial mindset of both companies.” A German media company has announced a deal to buy Radio Times and more than 70 other magazines.Munich-based Hubert Burda Media is understood to have acquired Immediate Media from its private equity owner Exponent and Management for £270m. Germany’s Hubert Burda Media buys Radio Times and other UK magazines for £270m William Turvill Share whatsapp Thursday 12 January 2017 12:10 pm More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com whatsapp read more

Gardentalk – Bolting vegetables

first_imgListen to the July 7 edition of Gardentalk:Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2016/07/garden070716.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Share this story: Gardentalk | OutdoorsGardentalk – Bolting vegetablesJuly 11, 2016 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:This bolting and flowering mint in an indoor herb garden needs to go. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)Do you have vegetables and herbs that are bolting and flowering because of the long daylight hours? It’s time to harvest them quickly and plant something new in their place.“They have gotten the signal from Mother Nature that the daylight hours or temperatures, whichever triggers the bolting,” said Master Gardener Ed Buyarski. New side shoots will also bolt.Buyarski warns that bolting vegetables like lettuce and Swiss chard tend to get stringy or bitter tasting. He recommends harvesting them completely and planting a new crop of radishes, lettuce, mustard greens, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach and peas now.last_img read more

Uber suspends UberPop taxi app service in Spain after court injunction

first_img More From Our Partners ‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org Taxi app company Uber has suspended its UberPop service in Spain after a court ruling banning the ride-sharing app was confirmed.UberPop is a ridesharing service and platform connecting private car owners with passengers who also have the option to split the fare. UberPop mirrors UberX in the US. Uber has been operating in Spain since April but was challenged with an injunction by the Association Madrileña Del Taxi and was given a formal ruling yesterday.Uber said in a blog post:We are temporarily suspending uberPOP in Spain while we appeal the court ruling and look to develop new options to give Spaniards access to safe, reliable rides.During this temporary suspension of uberPOP, we will also collaborate with Spanish politicians to develop the modern framework needed to create a permanent home for Uber and the sharing economy.The company highlighted the conclusions of the Spanish Competition Authority that the current taxi market was uncompetitive and that regulations were making it far too difficult for new players to enter the market.Uber has suffered several blows on the European continent in recent months. France has promised to ban UberPop on 1 January after Parisian taxi drivers staged a mass protest against the San Franciso startup.Earlier this year UberPop was banned in Brussels and there has been a tug of war over the service’s regulation in Germany. The company has been on the receiving end of barrage of criticism over surge price policy, which sees prices rise as demand surges.Uber has warned fares in central London at 2:00am could reach £75 because of high demand after New Year’s Eve. Jeff Misenti whatsapp Uber suspends UberPop taxi app service in Spain after court injunction Show Comments ▼center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.com Share Wednesday 31 December 2014 7:28 am Tags: Uber whatsapplast_img read more

Pharmalot, Pharmalittle: Drug companies hiring hemophilia patients, Merck settles lawsuit

first_img @Pharmalot Tags drug pricesMerck Merck agreed to pay $830 million to resolve a long-running, class-action lawsuit that accused the drug maker of hiding the risks of its Vioxx painkiller. The drug maker withdrew the pill in 2004 after a clinical trial indicated an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Three years later, Merck agreed to pay $4.85 billion to settle lawsuits brought by patients. The company expects that insurance will cover about $150 million of the latest settlement.The Italian Medicines Agency reached a deal with drug makers that sets payment for cancer treatments based on how well patients respond, Bloomberg News reports. And in situations in which a medicine does not help patients, a drug maker is obligated to offer a refund. More than 90 such contracts were signed in 2014, compare with fewer than 20 in 2012.advertisement And so, another working week is about to come to a close. And this was a particularly long one for us, since we were traipsing around the annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference the past few days. What better way to recuperate, though, than to daydream about weekend plans? Our agenda is quite modest. We look forward to spending time with Mrs. Pharmalot and our shortest of short people, and take a few naps. And you? The long weekend may be a good time to catch up with friends, tidy around the castle and simply enjoy life. Whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe. See you soon …One person is brain dead and five others are seriously ill after participating in a clinical trial for an unnamed drug company at a clinic in France, The Guardian reports. The French health ministry said the six patients were in good health until taking the pill. Another report said the drug was a painkiller containing cannabinoids, an active ingredient found in cannabis plants.More companies that make hemophilia drugs, as well as specialty pharmacies that dispense the treatments, are hiring patients and their relatives in hopes of gaining access and boosting sales, The New York Times writes. “There are a lot more patients that work in industry now than ever before,” Michelle Rice, vice president for public policy and stakeholder relations at the National Hemophilia Foundation, told the paper.advertisement By Ed Silverman Jan. 15, 2016 Reprints The US Patent and Trademark Office denied petitions filed by Amgen to review two patents on Humira, which could set back its efforts to sell a biosimilar version of the best-selling AbbVie drug, Reuters says.Five years after a partner at the Reed Smith law firm stepped in front of a train, his widow moved closer to trial accusing GlaxoSmithKline of hiding the suicide risks of its Paxil antidepressant, The American Lawyer says.More than 62,000 bottles of Azithromycin tablets manufactured by Wockhardt, one of India’s largest generic drug makers, are being recalled by PD-Rx Pharmaceuticals in the US, The Economic Times reports.A federal appeals court upheld a lower-court ruling that found Eli Lilly did not discriminate against three former female employees, The Indiana Lawyer writes.Philidor Rx Services, the specialty pharmacy that Valeant Pharmaceuticals had used to boost its sales, is letting go of 264 employees in the Phoenix area, The Phoenix Business Journal says.Giving healthy gay men HIV drugs before they are exposed to the virus could prevent many cases and significantly reduce incidence of the disease, Pharma Times tells us. About the Author Reprintscenter_img [email protected] Ed Silverman Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Alex Hogan/STAT PharmalotPharmalot, Pharmalittle: Drug companies hiring hemophilia patients, Merck settles lawsuit last_img read more

Exercising Bayh-Dole march-in rights would handicap Covid-19 innovation

first_img Scientists across America are working hard to develop treatments for and vaccines against the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19. Unfortunately, several activist groups are making their jobs harder.Doctors Without Borders is urging governments to seize the patents on any coronavirus therapies that benefited from taxpayer-funded research. Universities Allied for Essential Medicines is making a similar push. These groups claim that such steps are necessary to prevent industry price gouging.Their efforts are misguided. Confiscating patents would damage the innovation ecosystem that has generated breakthrough therapies and enabled scientists to work so quickly on Covid-19.advertisement Despite these actions to ensure that coronavirus treatments are widely available, activist groups still want the government to seize patents outright or to exercise the “march-in” rights detailed in the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980. To see why such action would backfire, consider how the drug development process currently works.The federal government funds much of the country’s basic scientific research. Typically, this research has no immediate medical application. University and nonprofit labs receive relatively small federal grants — generally less than $3 million — to investigate unanswered questions, such as whether a specific genetic mutation puts patients at higher risk of developing a particular disease.These investigations often don’t lead anywhere. But sometimes academic scientists discover crucial insights. The Bayh-Dole Act allows those them to patent their findings and license them to private companies, which have the resources to turn the insights into tangible products.Those resources don’t guarantee success, of course. Just 12% of experimental medicines that enter clinical trials ultimately receive FDA approval. Accounting for this failure rate, firms spend $2.6 billion, on average, to bring a single drug to market. A federal grant of $3 million is just one-tenth of 1% of this cost.When the process does succeed, the results can be awe-inspiring. The Bayh-Dole Act played a role in the creation of almost 300 new vaccines and drug therapies, including breakthrough treatments for human papillomavirus, hepatitis B, HIV, and Crohn’s disease.Before the law was enacted, the government retained ownership of patents filed by academic institutions that received federal grants. But before 1980, the government licensed fewer than 5% of its 28,000 research patents to private firms. The rest effectively sat in folders gathering dust — a huge waste of taxpayers’ dollars and scientists’ hard work.Universities have done a much better job of licensing patents than the government ever did. In 2018 alone, academic institutions issued 9,350 licenses to commercialize their discoveries.All told, the law has grown the U.S. economy by up to $1.7 trillion, helped launch over 11,000 technology startups and, from 1996 on, supported over 5.9 million jobs — a stellar return on investment for taxpayers. First OpinionExercising Bayh-Dole march-in rights would handicap Covid-19 innovation Fred Reinhart About the Author Reprints An engineer works on an experimental vaccine for Covid-19 at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing. NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images Invoking Bayh-Dole may be needed to get affordable Covid-19 treatments And leading research universities, through an initiative led by Harvard, Stanford, and MIT as well as one led by the organization I once led, AUTM, have promised to make patented inventions requiring less investment and risk freely available so they can be developed quickly.advertisement By Fred Reinhart May 4, 2020 Reprints Newsletters Sign up for D.C. Diagnosis An insider’s guide to the politics and policies of health care. [email protected] Leave this field empty if you’re human: Bayh-Dole could soon play a role in the production of lifesaving coronavirus therapies. Consider Moderna, a biotech firm that’s already conducting human trials for its coronavirus vaccine. According to the firm’s website, its intellectual property estate includes “licenses to pioneering discoveries from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania.”Researchers are also studying potential Covid-19 therapies at the University of Pittsburgh, Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, the University of Texas at Austin, Colorado State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Washington University in St. Louis, and others.They will likely license any discoveries to private-sector firms — unless politicians stifle this cooperation by misapplying Bayh-Dole’s “march-in” rights. That provision allows the government to force the relicense of patents in rare instances, such as when a firm has licensed a patent but deliberately not commercialized it.Activist groups want the government to use march-in rights as a price control — but that was never Congress’ aim. In 2002, Sens. Birch Bayh (D-Ind.) and Bob Dole (R-Kan.) explicitly clarified in a letter to the Washington Post that their law “did not intend that government set prices on resulting products. The law makes no reference to a reasonable price that should be dictated by the government. This omission was intentional …”No administration has ever employed the Bayh-Dole march-in rights for that purpose — and for good reason. Doing so would undermine America’s innovation ecosystem. After licensing university patents, private firms spend enormous sums on additional research and development.If the government could arbitrarily march in and seize intellectual property, investors would hesitate to fund the research that has brought us so many innovations. There would be far fewer partnerships and licensing deals between companies and universities. And that would inevitably slow the development and reduce the availability of new treatments and vaccines, hurting patients everywhere. Affordability is a goal all parties share, but without a pipeline of novel products, pricing becomes irrelevant.Fred Reinhart is a past president of AUTM with 35 years of experience in academic technology transfer at the University of Massachusetts, New England Medical Center, Wayne State University, and the University of Michigan. Privacy Policy Please enter a valid email address. Several firms have already pledged to make coronavirus treatments widely accessible. Gilead says it will donate enough doses of its experimental antiviral remdesivir to treat 140,000 seriously ill patients. Johnson & Johnson promises that if its vaccine proves effective, it will provide 1 billion doses at cost. Cigna and Humana, two of the nation’s biggest health insurers, have already waived all coronavirus-related copays and coinsurance. Tags Coronavirusdrug pricing Related:last_img read more

Electric Picnic announce first act for sold out 2020 festival

first_imgHome Lifestyle Electric Picnic Electric Picnic announce first act for sold out 2020 festival LifestyleElectric Picnic WhatsApp Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Well this is exciting news!Rage Against The Machine have been announced as the first act for Electric Picnic 2020.The rock band, who got back together last year, announced on their website a string of tour dates.And sandwiched in between performances in Paris and Berlin – Rage Against The Machine will play Electric Picnic on Friday September 4.Rage Against the Machine (often abbreviated as RATM and shortened to simply Rage) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California.Formed in 1991, the group consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk.Their songs express revolutionary political views. As of 2010, they had sold over 16 million records worldwide.Electric Picnic fully sold out back in December 2019 without an act even being confirmed.Orgainsers announced an increase in the capacity of the event of 15,000 – from 55,000 last year to 70,000.It means that the capacity of the Electric Picnic has more than doubled since 2013 when 32,000 people attended the festival.While also back in December, it was announced that the days of meeting in the Body & Soul at Electric Picnic are over.After 16 years, the people behind that area of the festival in Stradbally have announced that they are ending their association with Electric Picnic.This news comes after Early Bird tickets for the event went on sale in September of this year but sold out in a matter of hours. A further line-up announcement usually takes place in March.SEE ALSO – In Pictures: A selection of brilliant images from Day 2 at the General Election count in Portlaoise Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Pinterest Facebook Electric Picnic announce first act for sold out 2020 festival Electric Picnic Twitter Electric Picnic Previous article‘Vicious personal campaign’ didn’t deter Flanagan as he gets elected for eighth timeNext articleGardai announce eight new speed van zones are coming to Laois LaoisToday Reporter News By LaoisToday Reporter – 11th February 2020 Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest TAGSElectric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Quality of surfacing raised as ‘spending more and more money on roads’

first_img GAA Twitter WhatsApp “It needs to be looked at. Is there a stronger material we can use?”SEE ALSO – People reporting drug dealing should be ‘protected at all times’ The state of the county’s roads and the never-ending issues of potholes was raised at the recent Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District meeting in Laois County Council with councillors agreeing that they “need to look at the quality of material being used”.“Why are all the roads cracking and crumbling,” queried Cllr Aisling Moran (Fine Gael).“I did some research into it and it seems that the tar being used now is 70% water based,” before adding that previously the tar used was more oil based.“When it freezes, the water base freezes and then is cracking.“We are spending more and more money on roads – is there any way of going back to more oil-based tar?”Cllr Tom Mulhall agreed with his colleague, saying that “after a couple of years we’re going back to the same road.“We have to look at the quality of the material being used. Three years is a very short time to be going back to the same road,” he said.“I agree we need to have some discussion on potholes,” added Cllr Padraig Fleming (Fianna Fáil). Home News Community Quality of surfacing raised as ‘spending more and more money on roads’ NewsCommunity Quality of surfacing raised as ‘spending more and more money on roads’ Electric Picnic Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Twittercenter_img Pinterest TAGSAisling MoranGraiguecullen Portarlington Municipal DistrictLaois County CouncilPadraig FlemingTom Mulhall News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role By Steven Miller – 21st February 2020 Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Friday, February 21, 2020Next articlePre-season boost for Ballyfin and The Harps as former county players transfer in Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point.last_img read more

OBSI hosting info session on suitability and loss assessment process

Former MFDA rep permanently banned for suitability failures FCAC to probe banks’ complaints handling processes OBSI updates terms of reference The session, which is scheduled for June 14 in Toronto, will give investors the opportunity to ask questions, discuss the methodology, and provide feedback to OBSI staff. Pre-registration is mandatory by June 11. Investors should please email [email protected] or call Christina Vivani at 1-888-451-4519 ext. 2276. OBSI notes that the event mirrors sessions being organized by the Investment Industry Regulatory Association of Canada and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada for their members, and it asks dealers to attend the sessions organized by their self-regulatory organizations, rather than the one for the general public. Related news James Langton Keywords Suitability obligations,  Dispute resolutionCompanies Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) is hosting an information session for investors on proposed changes to its investment suitability and loss assessment methodology. OBSI issued a consultation paper last year, which set out its process for assessing suitability and calculating losses in assessing investor complaints. Earlier this year, in response to the comments received on the paper, it proposed a number of changes to those processes. Now, it’s organizing a public information session on those processes. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Fidelity makes changes to capital yield funds

Fidelity Investments Canada ULC said Monday it is taking steps to protect existing investors in its capital yield funds by closing the funds to additional investments. Changes proposed in the 2013 federal budget are expected to remove the tax advantages of mutual funds, such as capital yield funds, that employ character conversion transactions. Specifically, the budget noted that the returns produced under these structures will be treated as income, as early as 180 days following March 21. Budget 2013: Funds, ETFs take a hit Fideltiy notes that it has become clear that increasing the size of existing character conversion transactions is not permitted. Accordingly, as of end of business Tuesday, April 2, the company will be closing its capital yield funds to additional investments. The funds that will be closing to additional investments are: Fidelity Premium Fixed Income Capital Yield Private Pool Class Fidelity Premium Tactical Fixed Income Capital Yield Private Pool Fidelity Corporate Bond Capital Yield Class Fidelity U.S. Monthly Income Capital Yield Fund Fidelity American High Yield Capital Yield Fund Fidelity Tactical Fixed Income Capital Yield Fund Fidelity Canadian Bond Capital Yield Fund Fidelity completes capital yield fund mergers Sentry reopens corporate class fixed-income funds Invesco simplifies product offering Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Character conversionCompanies Fidelity Investments Canada ULC Share this article and your comments with peers on social media IE Staff Related news read more

Minister Smith Advocates Expansion of e-Learning Project

first_imgMinister Smith Advocates Expansion of e-Learning Project Office of the Prime MinisterMarch 28, 2009 RelatedMinister Smith Advocates Expansion of e-Learning Project RelatedMinister Smith Advocates Expansion of e-Learning Project RelatedMinister Smith Advocates Expansion of e-Learning Projectcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Mining and Telecommunications Derrick Smith, says he will be pushing for the expansion of the e-Learning Project to include primary schools.Currently the project is being implemented across the island at the secondary level and at teachers colleges and special schools, but Minister Smith says he thinks it would be better served if the project is extended to the primary system.“I’ll surely be making representation and I’ll be an advocate, for further improvement to the project, because I firmly believe that this programme should equally be offered to the primary schools (which) accommodate the larger block of students in this country,” he said.Mr. Smith expressed this view while delivering the keynote address at the graduation ceremony of 296 teachers who participated in the e-Learning summer programme in 2008.He said he was positive that after all the kinks have been worked out in the programme, consideration will be given to expansion.Mr. Smith noted that funding for the expansion would not be a problem, because of the way the programme is financed, through the Universal Access Fund. The Universal Access Fund was established via a levy on overseas telephone calls, which terminate in Jamaica.The pilot for the project was implemented in 28 high schools in 2006, at Grades 10 and 11, and three teachers colleges. Following this test phase, it was rolled out to 150 high schools from Grades Seven to 11.Speaking with JIS News following the ceremony, Mr. Smith explained that primary and in some cases pre-primary school students are the best exposure cases for e-learning and Information Communication Technologies (ICT), as they have a quicker adaptability to technologies and new ways of doing things.However, he acknowledged that “the problem there is that there are much more children at that level, so it might be a bit more difficult to manage. But I think that’s the way we ought to go ‘eventually,’ after we’ve completed implementation at the public high schools”.Chief Executive Officer, and Project Manager of e-Learning Jamaica Company Limited, Avril Crawford, explained that the e-learning project was intended to use ICT-based materials and equipment to improve passes in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination in 11 subjects.“So it is giving instructional material to both teachers and students in these 11 subjects, providing computer and audio visual equipment so that the teachers can use the equipment to teach and students can use it for remedial and group work. It’s training the teachers to use the material in instructional technology. Those are the main three components of the programme,” she explained.Mrs. Crawford further noted that there is a remedial component of the programme where students who are slow learners, or have special disabilities receive special educational software and equipment. Another component institutes across-the-board standard examinations from Grades Seven to Nine.“As soon as we have all the components in and the teachers have had a year to operate at full mastery, then we will begin to see the full effect of the programme,” she said. Advertisementslast_img read more