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Inner-City Cooks to Showcase Skills on May 17

first_imgInner-City Cooks to Showcase Skills on May 17 JIS Think TankApril 23, 2014Written by: Oroyo Eubanks RelatedPM Youth Awards Celebrates ‘Sweet Sixteen’ Advertisements RelatedMaritime Authority Ready for Expansion of Panama Canal FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedWater Sector Policy Consultations Begin Thursdaycenter_img Budding chefs and household cooks in the inner-city communities of Southside and Tel-Aviv in downtown Kingston will get a chance to showcase and improve their talent on Saturday, May 17, as Gas Products Limited (GASPRO) partner with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) to stage the first ‘GASPRO Street Style Cook-up’ at Tower Street in Parade Gardens, Kingston.The initiative, which is part of the PIOJ’s Community Renewal Programme (CRP), aims to engage and empower members of the community in a public/private sector approach.Speaking at a JIS Think Tank session on Tuesday April 22, Implementing Manager for the CRP/GASPRO project, Carrington Morgan said the event will be entirely focused on empowerment, building a relationship with the community and integrating the residents with members of the public and private sector.“We want to connect with the community in smaller ways, we want to be able to go to where they cook on a regular Friday or Saturday night and be a part of their own setting,” Mr. Morgan added.He said that the cook-up activity is the first in a series to be rolled out over a four-year period and will include several inner-city communities island wide.For the competition on May 17, participants will be guided by a coach and provided with products from the sponsors to prepare a complete meal.In addition to empowerment and employment prospects, the winner of the cook-up will receive several gifts including a six-burner stove from Singer and other appliances.Prior to the ‘Street style cook-up’, participants and members of the inner-city communities will benefit from workshops featuring topics such as: how to invest, growing your business, preparing nutritious meals and cooking in sanitary and safe conditions.Technical Specialist for Socio-economic Development Community Renewal Programme at the PIOJ, Charmaine Brimm, said this CRP/GASPRO project “fits perfectly with the CRP’s socioeconomic development component which looks primarily at improving the quality of life of community members.”“Unemployment is the main issue for residents in these communities and any project for these communities must incorporate empowerment, improving employment, employability and entrepreneurship,” Ms. Brimm highlighted.The project will also allow the CRP to gather data to channel resources, address needs and provide the necessary intervention programmes for the community.Meanwhile, Sales Manager for GASPRO, Nicola Dawson, highlighted that the project will help to meet its main objective of creating value and transforming lives.“When these communities are alive, when they can provide for their children and the elderly, then all of this will work together for the growth and for the good of the country” Ms. Dawson said.Several private sector companies have joined in to help the PIOJ and GASPRO with this project including GraceKennedy, Pepsi, Azan Supercentre, JN Small Business Loans and Singer. Inner-City Cooks to Showcase Skills on May 17JIS 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 Story HighlightsBudding chefs and household cooks in the inner-city communities of Southside and Parade in downtown Kingston will get a chance to showcase and improve their talent.GASPRO will partner with the PIOJ to stage the first ‘GASPRO Street Style Cook-up’ at Tower Street in Parade Gardens.The initiative, which is part of the PIOJ’s Community Renewal Programme (CRP), aims to engage and empower members of the community. Photo: JIS PhotographerChief Strategic Planner at Carrington Direct project management Services, Carrington Morgan (centre) outlines activities and events to be rolled out under the CRP/GASPRO street-style cook up project at a JIS Think Tank session on April 22 at the JIS head office, Half-Way Tree Road. Also participating in the session are: Sales Manager at GAS PRODUCTS Limited, Nicola Dawson, (left) and Technical Specialist for Socio-Economic Development Community Renewal Programme (CRP) at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Charmaine Brimm (right). last_img read more

PHOTO: OMC 2015 Opens Doors for Visitors

first_imgThe twelfth bi-annual Offshore Mediterranean Conference (OMC 15) started in Ravenna March 25, attracting 680 exhibiting companies from 23 countries. The opening session titled ‘Focus on Change: Planning the Next 20 Years,’ chaired by Giuseppe Tannoia, Executive VP central and Southern Europe at Eni, offered an insight into short-term and mid-term outlook for the oil and gas industry.Tannoia said that after a long period of stable and high oil prices, the industry has recently seen a drastic change in its fundamentals, namely a decline in oil demand and prices, a steady increase in the US production, and geopolitical uncertainty in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.However, Tannoia said that even though the short-term outlook is negative, the mid-term outlook for the industry looks more promising, as the low price of energy is forecast to increase economic growth.“If the drop in investment continues, the industry will not be able to counter the decline in existing fields,” Tannoia said. “We will have a situation in the mid-term where we will see an increase in demand, due to the economic growth, with a decrease in supply, due to the cuts in investments and declining production from the existing fields. It is reasonable to assume, therefore, that the oil price will increase in mid-term, even without OPEC’s intervention.”Tannoia added that already now gas is the fuel for the transition to an economy based on renewables and a less pollutant source. Speaking about the European independence in short and mid-term period, he said that investments are of major importance for creating a positive effect on the national perspectives in the oil and gas industry.Speaking about the effects of the energy related challenges, the OMC Chairman, Innocenzo Titone said that the development of the unconventional hydrocarbon development, especially in the United States and Canada, has provided high availability of resources which brought about a dramatic drop in oil prices causing a slump in investments.This has also brought about a drop in LNG prices. Regarding Europe, Titone said that it is unrealistic for Europe to manage without imports, urging the European Union countries to support domestic production through searching for new resources and maximizing production in the existing reservoirs as a way to improve its energy efficiency and balance diversification of primary energy mix.The three-day conference will also host a number of technical sessions, with a special attention given to the latest developments in Enhanced Oil Recovery methods (EOR), the latest EU directives for the offshore sectors, as well as the ways of reducing safety and environmental risks.[mappress mapid=”11697″]last_img read more

Walking in Autism’s shoes

first_imgThe annual 5 mile Menlo Walk in aid of Ability West will take place on Sunday 10th February and will start at 12 noon from Scoil Bhríde Menlo, Galway City. Pictured from Left To Right: This popular event which will celebrate its 12th year has raised in the region of close to €80,000 for Ability West and is open to everyone. The walk is organised by the Kelly Family whose youngest child Andrew has Autism. Since turning 18 Andrew has transferred to the adult services of Ability West. Andrew receives a day service from New Directions and a respite service, both in Galway City. These support services are vital to him and to the family.“The transition for Andrew has been seamless from child to adult service with Ability West. Andrew is very happy in himself and it was definitely down to forward planning and an eased move from services that has Andrew in such a good happy, relaxed place, “Explained Ray Kelly, Andrew’s Dad and Chairman of the Board of Ability West.The Menlo Walk is one example of an important event where much needed funds are raised for Ability West. All of the proceeds raised for and on behalf of Ability West from the Menlo Walk will be used towards their ongoing capital programme which includes new builds, extensions and refurbishments of existing buildings, the purchase of essential aids, appliances, specialised equipment and minibuses.“The walk is a huge part of our year but also it’s all about community. The Menlo community, our friends and friends of friends who come each year and support us and Ability West. We are so delighted to have raised close to €80,000. There is tea, coffee and loads of cakes and bakes afterwards, so even if walking isn’t your thing, you can reward yourself with a slice of cake for your effort if nothing else,” said Brega Kelly, Andrew’s Mum, and co-organiser of the Menlo Walk.Ability West is a voluntary, not for profit organisation, set up by parents and friends, that provides services and supports to over 580 children and adults with an intellectual disability and autism in 13 locations with 58 centres located across Galway City and County. Ability West is also supported by local branches in communities throughout Galway City and County. These branches are made up of parents, friends and volunteers and they are greatly appreciated for the work they do. The Galway City branch is one of several branches of Ability West.Services provided by Ability West include day, residential, respite, rehabilitative training, supports towards employment, active ageing, community support and multidisciplinary supports such as speech and language therapy, psychology, behaviour support, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social work. Ability West is also patron of four special schools located in Ballinasloe, Carraroe, Galway City and Tuam. It is only through the continued support and generosity of the public that they can continue to deliver high quality services well into the future.A walking fee of €10 per person or €25 per family is payable on the day. For more information phone Ray on 087-7694153 or Brega on 087-6179886. Donations can also be made online through WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img Annual Menlo Walk taking place this Februarylast_img read more