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Four third-year students from the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) School of Hospitality and Tourism Management are this year’s recipients of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards scholarship.

Based on academic accomplishments and financial need, Venice McFarquhar, Ilsaya Kerr, Kaleisha Thompson and Johansen Gordon were the four students shortlisted to be awarded full scholarships. Tuition fees coupled with book grants and other much-needed supplies put the value of each scholarship at approximately $450,000. The outstanding quartet made indelible impressions on the judging panel as they shared their passion for the culinary arts, their personal challenges and how they overcame them.

The judging panel, headed by Observer Managing Director Julian Rogers and Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards conceptualiser Novia McDonald-Whyte, was very pleased with the calibre of the shortlisted students. The panel also consisted of UTech Director of Student Financing Garcia Green-McLennon, Scholarship Officer Pauline Madourie and Food and Service Management Programme Director Camille Jackson.

McFarquhar recounted that her passion didn’t always lie within the food industry, as her dream was to become a paediatrican. However, with the introduction of Food and Nutrition while she was a student at St Catherine High School, she fell in love with food and has never looked back since. She also shared with the panel her plight of meeting her academic financial obligations and said that selling pastries had become her source of funds.

“I started by selling 30 gizzadas on the bus from Spanish Town to UTech and before I would reach to school they would be finished,” she revealed. Realising demand outweighed supply, McFarquhar upped the ante and started producing gizzadas on a large scale. She expressed that this was still only barely making ends meet, which was why the scholarship would be a great blessing as it would allow her more time to concentrate on completing her degree.

Thompson meanwhile shared with the panel the development of her love for food by watching her mother in the kitchen from a tender age. When asked about her favourite meal to prepare she replied, “Barbecue chicken and mash potatoes,” a refashioning of her mother’s famous baked chicken and mashed potatoes.

Montegonian Ilsaya Kerr had her sights set on becoming a marine biologist but quickly fell in love with the aroma of freshly baked cakes in the oven. Taking a leap of faith, Kerr began baking Christmas cakes and sold to close family members and friends before subsequently establishing her small business in 2017.

The lone male, Johansen Gordon, hailing from Clarendon, spoke about the importance of reinventing traditional Jamaican food even while keeping its essence. He stressed the value of school as a building block for honing the God-given skills and talents of students. With the completion of his degree, he aspires to put Jamaican cuisine on an international platform.

After a short deliberation, the judging panel delivered the good news that all four applicants had been awarded full scholarships to fund their final year of studies. Rogers expressed that he was very impressed by each applicant’s presentation. He remarked that their passion and purpose within the culinary arts were evident and he had no doubt that they would make good use of their scholarships and represent Jamaica well in the near future.

A feature of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards scholarship programme is automatic placement as part of the work team for the annual awards extravaganza at Devon East Lawn, scheduled this year for May 30, 2019.

As an added incentive to the stipend received for working at the event, students will be able to earn course credits towards the successful completion of their degree programme.

The scholarships were first introduced in 2002 by McDonald-Whyte, a former lecturer in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, who utilises ticket sales from the annual staging of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards to asssist academically sound but financial needy students in the faculty.

The scholarship programme remains a strong component of the annual Table Talk Food Awards and UTech, Jamaica continues to be a strong partner in its mission.

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BY KIMONE FRANCIS
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Monday, November 11, 2019

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MINISTER without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator Pearnel Charles Jr, yesterday put several government agencies on notice that the Andrew Holness-led Administration will not tolerate the “mismanagement” of projects.

“I know that there will be some who will be a little bit upset, but I have a number of agencies that the prime minister has asked me to get in shape. National Water Commission, Rural Water [Supply Limited], National Works Agency (NWA), these agencies get yourself together. There will be no room for mismanagement. There will be no room for these inordinate delays,” said Charles Jr, who has responsibility for water.

He was speaking at a Jamaica Labour Party Area Council One meeting at Mona High School in St Andrew yesterday when he made the statement.

Charles Jr pointed to the Ferry transmission pipeline along Nelson Mandela Highway where work is still under way, arguing that it was scheduled for completion in April.

Work is under way to replace the broken 18-inch transmission main, which is buried 35-feet deep. The break has disrupted water supplied to sections of the Corporate Area, since last December.

“When I came in as minister, someone come to my office and said to me, ‘Minister, why yuh nuh fix the Ferry pipeline since December?’ That time me a foreign affairs; me nuh know nothing ’bout that. But I made a commitment to make sure that every single person that is involved in the repair of that pipeline must be put at the start line,” the minister stated.

“Understand, if you are a contractor, if you are one of the workers in the agency, if you are the lead in the agency, it doesn’t matter to me. Once you have a job, get your work done or get somebody who can get the work done,” he added.

The Jamaica Observer can report that work has not yet been completed on Hagley Park Road, Constant Spring Road and in the vicinity of Portia Simpson Miller Square.

NWA, in a news release last Friday, said important finalising works are continuing on the Hagley Park Road improvement project as the sewer main is now being extended onto side roads and the installation of street lights is currently 75 per cent complete.

A mid-November timeline has been set for the “substantial completion” of the US$56-million project.

“Our responsibility as a Government is to make sure the people of this country do not suffer one day more than is needed. And so we are doing everything that is possible to make sure that the work is done at cost, in time, for the people of this country,” said Charles Jr.

Last December, the Government-run Jamaica Information Service reported that major works on all the legacy road infrastructure projects would be completed by March.

Some of the major roadworks include the US$19-million Constant Spring Road Improvement Project, the US$64-million Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction Project, the US$56-million Hagley Park Road Improvement Project, the US$24.9-million Ferris Cross to Mackfield Project, and the US$4.4-million Barbican Road Upgrade Project.

The road infrastructure legacy projects fall under the Government of Jamaica’s Major Infrastructure Development Programme, which is being financed through a concessionary loan from the Government of the People’s Republic of China.

— Additional reporting by JIS

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Today’s Horoscope — November 12, 2019

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, November 12, 2019: This year, you can easily see the pros and cons of situations. You will appreciate the logic behind some very different ideas. It may be difficult to make a decision as you see the viability of many perspectives. If single, you might want to date a while before deciding. You certainly draw many people from diverse lifestyles. You often will feel in love. If attached, both of you come from different styles but have the same long-term goals. Agree to disagree. TAURUS is conservative and stabilises situations.

 

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Expenses could be off and out of control. Pressure builds to make a strong statement about a work or community situation. Curb a need to handle as much as you have been. Pick and choose your battles. Tonight: A sudden appearance, only after some shopping.

 

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You could be juggling more than your share. You could realise that a long-term objective is harder to achieve than you originally thought. You have endless energy when it comes to advancing a project. Tonight: Use your charisma.

 

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Listen to what is being shared. You might feel conflicted because you see both sides of an issue. Try to stay centred. A partner could be more stubborn about a money matter than you thought. Tonight: Use your energy.

 

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Zero in on priorities and follow through on them, despite distractions from various people. A partner could be unusually stubborn and unwilling to move from his or her position. Work with this person’s stubbornness to achieve what you want. Tonight: Where the fun is.

 

LEO (July 23-Aug 22): You might feel cornered by a boss or an authority figure. Fatigue could be a factor in accomplishing what you want. It appears that many people around you are animated and working toward a certain goal, but not necessarily your goal. Tonight: Make peace with some confusion.

 

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22): Reach out for someone at a distance who you care about. You hear many different versions of an interaction. You might need to redefine your goals. Your fiery personality draws strong reactions, some good and others not as positive. Tonight: Work with a changing perspective.

 

LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22): One-on-one relating draws others’ attention. You might be able to lead someone you care about in a new direction. Though you might feel conflicted at first, you will be able to adapt. Tonight: Accept a loved one’s offer.

 

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21): Defer to others knowing that they have a similar goal but a tendency to get there by different means. Know what you want. Try to relax as you watch the results. You might need some time to review the information. Tonight: Be spontaneous.

 

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): Assume a low profile. Note what others share, especially around a work-related or day-to-day issue. You might hear various ideas and wonder what is needed to stabilize a situation. Your high energy helps get a domestic matter moving. Tonight: Take a personal night.

 

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19): Your creativity emerges when dealing with a friend who seems unusually resourceful. You could become quite enthusiastic when having conversations with friends, as well as with someone who serves as a muse for you. Tonight: Do not lose sight of your goals.

 

AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): Basics count. You might be eyeing a serious situation in a different light. The situation revolves around your home, real estate and security. You could change your perspective after a lengthy conversation with an adviser. Tonight: Happy at home.

 

PISCES (Feb 19-March 20): Communication could be far more direct than you intended. One person might hold a very conservative perspective, which intrigues you. You can also stretch and understand a far-out idea. Tonight: Respond to an unusual invitation.

 

(c) 2019 by King Features Syndicate Inc.

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BY ANTHONY LEWIS
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MONTEGO BAY, St James — President of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Pastor Glen Samuels has urged the Government to ensure that working conditions under which members of the security forces operate do not add to their already stressful lives.

“I would like to challenge all sides [that] the issue of violent crime knows no political colour. When it comes to supporting the police force and all the agencies that are responsible for protecting and preserving lives we must ensure that the conditions under which our police officers and soldiers work are conditions that will not add to the social stress of their already stressful life,” said Pastor Samuels.

The SDA pastor, whose denomination in western Jamaica has been supporting the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the security forces, also pointed to the importance of the church not only delivering the word of God, but to tackle projects that will impact lives.

“The Jamaica to which we come demands of us, who stand in the name of Christ, a ministry that is more than pulpit presence, a ministry that puts on overall and working clothes and gets its hands, and feet dirty in the rugged trenches of life where real life takes place,” he said.

Pastor Samuels was addressing the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Second Annual Security Forces and Youth Mentorship prayer breakfast at the Seventh-day Adventist Conference Centre in St James on Sunday, where more than 200 members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, and Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) were recognised.

The Adventist leader, noting that crime is a resulting factor of a breakdown in family life, stressed the importance of parents playing a vital role in the lives of their children.

“If we are going to stop violence we must build better homes. We must be better men and women, better fathers and mothers. We must be our brothers’ keeper in creating a culture of care in building better communities,” he argued.

Brigadier Radgh Mason, Jamaica Regiment Brigade commander, who represented the Chief of Defence Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force Lieutenant General Rocky Meade, disclosed that there are more than 140,000 unattached youths in Jamaica. He said the JDF is “trying to fill the gap” by engaging some 20,000 youths through the Jamaica National Service Corp.

Brigadier Mason argued that it requires Jamaicans to provide leadership and as such, each member of civil society needs to stand up and lead as talking alone is not enough.

Brigadier Mason, at the same time, said there is a need to break the back of the anti-informer culture, stressing that perpetrators of crime and violence must be reported so that “persons with blood on their hands can be brought to justice”.

Meanwhile, Pastor Samuels challenged members of the security forces to ensure that the example they set is worth emulating.

“No one can deny the stress of your job, but no one can excuse the fact that you are still required to maintain the regulations for which you took an oath. You are still required to ensure that processes and protocols are followed as you seek to provide for those who are coming behind you,” said the pastor.

“If what you do and if how you do it, is the only example of what the youngsters in this country can look at, it is my faith and conviction that they will walk away following the best role model that they could ever find.”

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