Thursday, 16 August 2018

CULTURE VULTURE: Denese Dacres Reeves wins Nurse of the Year + Sagicor selects 73 scholarship recipients + Martin Zsifkovics named Champion Farmer again

BEST IN THE FIELD: For the second consecutive year, Martin Zsifkovics has been named Jamaica’s Champion Farmer. The announcement came at the recent 66th staging of the Denbigh Agricultural & Industrial Show in Clarendon. Meanwhile, the trophy for Champion Woman Farmer went to Diandra Rowe and Nicholas Anderson was adjudged the Most Outstanding Young Farmer. The trophy for Champion Blue Mountain Farmer went to Ainsley Edwards, while Samantha Thomas-Myrie was crowned National Farm Queen. From August 4-6, farmers and other agri interests from across the island showcased their products at over 100 booths on the showgrounds. The final day of the agri-industrial show has become known as Prime Minister’s Day. “For too long we have seen agriculture as a pastime,” PM Andrew Holness said. “For too long we have seen it as more of something that Mass Joe does. Now, we have to see agriculture as business because agriculture is big business.”

HEALING HANDS: A manager at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, Denese Dacres Reeves is the Lasco/NAJ Nurse of the Year for 2018/19. At the recent awards ceremony, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, Nurse Reeves received the champion trophy, a cash award of $350,000 and several other prizes. Desmond Campbell Jr, who attends UWI Mona, collected the award for Nursing Student of the Year. Current Chair of the Welfare Committee and co-chair of the Friends of the Bustamante Hospital Committee, Nurse Reeves said she finds the huge honour humbling. “I note from observation,” she says, “that being Nurse of the Year is a great honour as I am expected to be the face of all the nurses in Jamaica.” 

MONEY WELL SPENT: For the 2018-19 academic year, the Sagicor Foundation has awarded 73 scholarships, valued at $8.4 million. The funds will be disbursed to the beneficiaries who will be embarking on studies in September at secondary and tertiary institutions across Jamaica. The successful candidates were selected from over 1000 applications received.

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