Education by degrees

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Education by degreesOn 1 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Whatis the most appropriate qualification for an occupational  health nurse and does it match whatemployers, public or private, really want? By Nic Paton In recent years, the pressure on occupational health nurses to be qualifiedto degree level has intensified. But according to Dr Alan Feest, course director and senior lecturer inoccupational health nursing at the University of Bristol, there remains adiscrepancy between what the profession feels should be the yardstick forexcellence and what some employers actually want from their OH team. “I have heard employers say they do not interview people who havespecialist practitioner status because they are not prepared to pay specialistpractitioner wages to someone who they will then have to train,” he says. What do employers want? It is this sort of attitude that goes to the heart of the education debatein occupational health – what is the most appropriate qualification for OHnurses and does it match what employers – public or private – really want? May Ryan, lecturer in occupational health and leader of the pathway foroccupational health nursing at Brunel University, argues that, while the degreeor postgraduate-level specialist practitioner qualification remains theprofessional benchmark, the reality is that, for some people, a diploma orlesser qualification is adequate. “A number of people will want nursing specialist practitioner’squalifications but there will be others who will want to go for a course thatoffers a more discrete qualification,” she says. “Employers will make decisions in terms of who they are going to wantto take on. A specialist practitioner qualification is not a mandatoryrequirement.” Ryan, who is also a member of the Association of Occupational Health Nurse Educators,adds that a diploma-level qualification may, for instance, be favoured byemployers who already have a comprehensive health team in place. “They mayalso suit people who feel they do not want to sit at degree level,” shesays. Dorothy Ferguson, MSC coordinator at Glasgow Caledonian University, concurs.”If you want a professional qualification in occupational health nursing,then you have to look at the specialist practitioner qualification. And youhave to make sure the course you are doing is recognised by the UKCC,” shesays. Specialist practitioner courses A specialist practitioner course has to be 50 per cent theory and 50 percent practice, Ferguson adds. In Scotland students do not have the option of adiploma course because no-one offers occupational health at that level. Anincreasing number of students are graduates anyway. While, according to Bristol’s Feest, scepticism remains among employersabout the relevance of a professional qualification within the workplace, thisshould in no way put OH practitioners off striving to attain professionalstatus. “Everybody should try to go for the degree. We have had people who havebeen suppressed all their working lives. One of my best students came to us atthe age of 52 after spending 25 years working as an OH nurse,” he says. “When she came to us she was a nervous, shaking chain smoker. In thefirst week she was angry, in the second week she was quiet and by the thirdweek she was asking questions. She has now worked through a whole range ofsenior positions.” The university offers a BSc Honours degree in occupational health nursing,based in the engineering faculty because “it is run by people whounderstand the technology”, although the course is registered with themedical faculty. The two-year residential course is taught entirely by practisingpractitioners, and includes an assessment of the student’s workplace and has aNebosh component. Says Feest: “We have a facility here that allows us to give people apass degree or a diploma, but they enter into the degree course.” “Some people are not interested in getting specialist practitionerstatus. It is really only relevant to those in the NHS. The English NationalBoard [the statutory body in England that ensures programmes meet UKCC standards]is very hospital orientated, but most OH nurses do not work in the NHS,”he contends. “Most of the large institutions offer extensive and large nursingcourses and they have to fit OH nurses into that. We just do OH nursing. Itcovers the core syllabus but entirely from the OH point of view. “Occupational health has a special client base, problems ofconfidentiality and other things. It is really inappropriate to lob it in witha school of nurses,” says Feest. In the past, practitioners have often turned to the ENB for careers adviceor information on the best choice of course. Technically, according to TomLanglands, director of primary health care nursing education at the ENB, theboard has now passed its careers advisory role to the NHS Careers AdvisoryService in Bristol. But he adds, “Because of the network the board has, and its links withhigher education, very often we are able to respond to individualqueries.” Course information The ENB publishes a circular outlining where courses are located, includinga brief outline of what each individual programme is about. While it is mostlyaimed at university departments, it is available to the public. The board alsohas a publications department, where information on specialist practitioner standardscan be obtained. Whether students are in Scotland or the rest of the country, geography islikely to play an important part in helping to decide where to study, saysCaledonian’s Ferguson. Speaking to former students who have already done acourse should also be a crucial part of the decision-making process. “From the basic education point of view, the course you choose willprobably be dictated by where you live and what is available locally. For mostpeople, gaining access to a programme is a question of whether they canphysically get there,” she says. This is particularly relevant when it comes to day release courses, althoughit is less of an issue on residential courses. Yet, if the course is right,students will invariably find a way of getting there, adds Brunel’s Ryan. “People need to enquire of the colleges and to discuss the times andthe ways in which they can access the courses available. Distance learning The option of studying through distance learning has so far been limited – withonly Aberdeen University offering such a course. But this may be about tochange. Graham Johnson, occupational health nurse at Interact HealthManagement, formerly MTL Medical Services, is in the final stages of linking upwith a university in the north-west of England to offer a BA Honours distancelearning course in Occupational Health and Safety Management – which will leadto a specialist practitioner qualification in OH nursing including a Neboshdiploma. “We feel that that there is a market ready for tapping into. It isoften difficult for individuals to get the day release they need,” hesays. He hopes to have the course up and running from October. “Governmentstrategy appears to have put occupational health nursing on the map at last.Now our education needs to catch up. The more courses there are and the moremodes available the better,” he says. Financial benefits OH practitioners also need to think carefully what they may be giving up ifthey discount the option of a specialist practitioner qualification, Johnsonargues. Salary levels can differ markedly between pre- and post-specialistpractitioner qualified nurses, with the latter expecting to make about £30,000or more compared with about £10,000 less for the former. The cost of the course itself is unlikely to be an issue, as most employerscan be expected to foot the bill, recognising the benefit that will come theirway from having a professionally qualified occupational health nurse on board. Would-be students should turn to the ENB, speak to universities andcolleagues and read journals such as Occupational Health or Nursing Times,Johnson advises. And, according to Sue Lamb, recruitment and development manager at OH Recruitment,employers looking to recruit OH professionals do still generally want nurseswith a specialist practitioner qualification. Some are unsure of the layers of qualifications and all the differentdegrees, but in the end what the employer really wants is a course that hasbeen recognised by the UKCC and ENB, adds Lamb. A pure occupational health qualification is a luxury few organisations canafford these days, and OH nurses would be well advised to obtain a parallelhealth and safety qualification, asserts Lily Lim, project leader for the BScand MSc occupational health and safety degree course at Middlesex University. “If you are studying for a qualification in safety, then it seems verylogical that both health and safety and occupational health should be part ofit,” she says. Pure OH courses are able to provide greater clinical depth and knowledge,she concedes, but that can now often be provided through practice nurses in GPsurgeries and OH nurses with specialist clinical knowledge. The Association of Occupational Health Nurse Educators, of which Lim ischairwoman, has been collating a database of all the courses available. This isdue to be published on the internet but, until then, Lim has said he is happyto field individual queries by e-mail. The old-fashioned route of learning your OH skills on the job can stillapply, albeit now in a much more limited form, argues Ryan. “People often gain access to occupational health by simply going intodepartments, where they are usually given a lot of supervision and training, solearning on the job is still an option.” But, according to the ENB’s Langlands, where the specialist practitionerqualification comes into its own is that it gives nurses greater clinicalknowledge and the ability to attain a higher level of responsibility. “The specialist practitioner qualification is a leadership preparationfor the occupational health nurse,” he says. “It is not a requirementfor anyone to be a specialist practitioner. What you want depends on what youremployer wants you to do or what you are seeking from your career. Yourqualification is about what competencies you need for that role,” heconcludes. Bristol University OH course: http://vll.fen.bris.ac.ukEnglish National Board publications department: 020-7391 6314 Lily Lim: [email protected] study: Bristol UniversityCarol Standish, an occupationalhealth nursing officer at Akcros Chemicals in Manchester, is due to finish aBSC Honours degree at Bristol University in occupational health nursing underDr Alan Feest in a matter of weeks. But getting to this point was an uphillstruggle.Standish originally enrolled on a diploma course in communityhealth nursing at the University of Manchester – the nearest college to herhome – with the intention of then going on to a degree course and obtainingspecialist practitioner status.On the Manchester course, she found herself sitting in lecturesattended by 80 other students, mostly midwives, community psychiatric nursesand district nurses. “Particular parts of it I found relevant, but I foundit difficult to apply it to my work,” she says.Also, as the day release course was based on a modularstructure and not all her modules fell on the same day, she was forced to takemore time off from her employer than she had anticipated. Then, to cap it all,just before she completed the course, the ENB removed its trainingrecommendation.”I had signed up for four years and now my plans werescuppered. My options seemed to be Leeds, Sheffield or Wolverhampton,”says Standish.But she saw the residential course in Bristol advertised inOccupational Health. “It was much more relevant in terms of myorganisation than any of the others that I had seen,” she says.”If you go into an OH department, you have got to know thelaw and health and safety law in particular. It is not like nursing on a ward.Sometimes in occupational health you are on your own.”Case study: Caledonian UniversityProximity to home and work was thebiggest selling point for occupational health nurse Tracy McFall when it cameto choosing a course in 1998. But McFall, an OH nurse with IBM in Greenock,also chose Caledonian University’s occupational health nursing degree course”because I rather liked its approach to OH, which takes in quite a publichealth agenda”, she says.McFall found studying alongside community nurses, districtnurses and community psychiatric nurses a very positive experience, particularlyin helping her understand how the different health professionals meshed in thecommunity, and could be used in the workforce. It also helped in building upcontacts. “I am particularly interested in how public health canlink into occupational health strategy. What can OH nurses do to link in withGovernment strategy, for instance?”McFall, who has just had a baby, is now working on a PhDlooking at the role of occupational health nursing in the prevention anddetection of coronary heart disease in the workplace. She says, “I found the course really beneficial. I usedthe community psychiatric team in my workplace. If I had not studied with theteam I may not have known that resource was there. “I think the difficulty with occupational health is thatit sometimes operates in isolation. We are not very good at telling otherhealth professionals what we do, it is about working in collaboration.”last_img read more

FC Goa co-owner Virat Kohli Wants to Invest Further in Indian Football

first_imgNew Delhi: His passion for the game of football is no secret, but India’s cricket captain Virat Kohli wants to go further with his love for the beautiful game and wishes to involve himself on a larger scale in improving the standard of the game in India post-retirement.Co-owner of FC Goa in the Indian Super League, Kohli feels the game has a lot of potential in the country and can actually reach the next level. And he wants to help in this endeavor once he hangs his boots.“Football has always intrigued me. I love it. I see myself being involved more, and at a larger scale. Football has huge potential in India and I want to see it grow to a great level. That would be amazing,” he told FIFA.com.With the number of countries in the 2026 edition of the World Cup increased to 48, quite a few teams will be looking to make it to the showpiece event. And Kohli believes the day isn’t far when the Indians will also be playing in the football World Cup.“Honestly, not far off. We have improved drastically in our football over the last three-four years. With new talent coming in to make the difference, and our skipper Sunil Chhetri leading the team with amazing composure and inspiration, I see us qualifying very soon for the World Cup,” he said.The cricket captain feels it is a shame that someone as talented as Chhetri hasn’t been able to play on the greatest stage.“It’s a sad fact to realize, especially after all that he’s done for the nation. If anyone deserves it, it’s him. And the team should rally behind that motivation and qualify, and dedicate it to him. He’s an absolute champion and an inspirational human being,” the batsman said. IANSAlso Read: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo Inspires Everyone, He is on Another Level’: Virat Kohlilast_img read more

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Nature Prints Anti-ID Letters

first_imgThe May 19 issue of Nature1 printed seven letters responding to its editorial about the intelligent design movement (see 04/27/2005 entry).  They were all critical of ID.  Not one even tolerated Nature’s suggestion that scientists try to help students integrate their faith with science.  Apparently, last month’s editorial was not sufficiently vicious against ID, says Rob Crowther on Evolution News.  Crowther knows that at least one letter favorable to ID was not printed: the one by Stephen Meyer, interviewed in the April 27 article, who wrote in to correct some misconceptions (see it at Discovery Institute).1Correspondence, Nature 435, 275 (19 May 2005) | doi: 10.1038/435275a.OK, since some readers are intimidated when Big Science raises its collective voice against anything, let’s examine this correspondence.  First, we don’t know how many readers wrote responses, and of those, how many were pro vs. con.  Since Nature was born as a pro-Darwin mouthpiece (see 03/04/2004 commentary), it is not surprising the editors would continue the propaganda campaign of associating Charlie with science and anything else with foolishness.  Second, scientists are fallible.  The majority has been wrong before, often strenuously, sometimes for long periods of time.  Third, scientists can be woefully ignorant of issues outside their specialties; in fact, one of the writers (Roy, below) admits it.  This means that a molecular biologist or geneticist may know a lot about a particular molecule or gene but very little about intelligent design theory and the history and philosophy of science except what his liberal Democrat ivory-tower colleagues in academia tell him or her (see 12/02/2004 entry).  They may be oblivious to the fact that their work rests on the shoulders of centuries of creationists and believers in design (see online book).    What onlookers must do is get past the hot air, bluffing and bandwagon tactics of these selectively-printed letters and evaluate the strength of the arguments.  See if you are impressed with what any of these self-styled Darwin champions have to say:Jerry Coyne (U of Chicago) uses the word science or scientist 17 times in 3 paragraphs, but really means materialism.  Substituting in the correct word makes his whole point fall apart, i.e., “scientists” have no duty to help “religious” people come to terms with “science” – recast as: materialists have no duty to help non-materialists come to terms with materialism.  By perpetuating the either-or fallacy of science vs. religion, Coyne contributes nothing to the discussion.  Remember how Coyne flip-flopped in the 07/05/2002 entry?David Leaf (Western Washington U): this letter is all about politics and strategy for fighting ID.  He thinks high schoolers are too dumb to understand the controversy, because they are “just learning the basics of science” (read: materialism).  He recommends waiting to allow students to think until they have been thoroughly indoctrinated by their junior or senior year of college.  (In the film Icons of Evolution, a high school student takes offense at the suggestion they can’t handle the controversy.  He points out that evolution is taught to kindergartners.  “If we can’t handle it, we shouldn’t be in high school,” he quips.)Chris Miller (Brandeis U): no merit in this letter, either; he just perpetuates the dysteleology argument with a presumably witty remark about Tinkerbell in the kitchen, “Evolution is a short-order cook, not a watchmaker.”  Read the 05/18/2005 entry again, and the 03/11/2005 commentary.Douglas Yu (East Anglia U): perpetuates the non-overlapping magisteria science vs. religion stereotype, making the odd claim that “ID actively undermines the basis of Christianity.”  Presumably Darwinistic materialism does not.  He defines all of Christianity in terms of the advice to doubting Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  Talk about a quote out of context (see half truth).  Jesus often urged his disciples to follow the evidence, not engage in blind faith (and especially not human tradition).  Thomas should have followed all the overwhelming prior evidence he had rather than demanding more physical proof.  Jesus meant that future disciples would not have the benefit of his bodily presence.  It does not follow that they had no evidence or should have believed out of ignorance.Rustum Roy (Penn State) equates ID with the ignorance of different cultures or belief systems, and advocates a relax and stay-the-course strategy.  “Ham-fisted efforts will simply alienate much larger numbers of people from the rest of science,” he says, so just treat ID like you would those who are ignorant or illiterate.  Even for scientists, “amazing ignorance” of things outside their specialties does little harm, he argues.  Maybe if they ignore ID it will go away.  What if it doesn’t?  Again, no effort to understand or answer the case for ID was offered.Michael Lynch (Indiana U) pounds the nail about ID being equivalent to intellectual laziness: i.e., just giving up and saying “the Designer made it that way.”  That didn’t seem to be an obstacle for James Joule (see Joule’s own words) and many other great scientists (see also von Braun’s own words); on the contrary, their fascination with God’s design was their motivation to do good science.  Lynch also tries to distance evolution from dependence only on natural selection – interesting admission that Charlie’s famous mechanism is not omnipotent, but then what naturalistic mechanism can produce a wing or an eye? (see 05/15/2005 attempt).  Lastly, he repeats the faulty analogy that evolution is not just a theory, but a fact like respiration or digestion.  Surprisingly, Lynch touts evolution as the most quantitative field in biology, and suggests that teaching evolution will help students gain the mathematical skills necessary to compete in our technical world.  Is this a record for non-sequitur density per paragraph?Dan Graur (U of Houston) embarrassed himself with a senseless rant, equating ID with “flat-Earthers, tea-leaf readers, astrologers, geocentrists and phlogiston theorists” who, like ID (he thinks), “cannot publish their studies in respectable journals.”  This guy is clueless; the egg is on Nature’s face for printing it, unless their intention was to make ID look good by contrast.  Jonathan Wells on Discovery Institute shouldn’t have had to give it the dignity of a response.So thank you, Nature, for giving us a sample of your best and brightest Darwin defenders taking on intelligent design.  If this collection of ridicule, straw man arguments, loaded words, false dichotomies, big lies, equivocation and pure ignorance of the issues is the best the Darwin Party can offer, then all ID must do is stand back and watch evolutionism implode.  Just don’t let them try to delay the inevitable by letting their illogic and ignorance go unchallenged.Suggested reading: The Design Revolution by William Dembski.  This 2-PhD mathematician/philosopher answers typical objections to intelligent design, including all those of the above challengers.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Weight, foe fail to fluster champ

first_img“His eyes were a reflection of his determination to clinch my crown,” said the reigning IBF junior bantamweight king. “But it’s not for the taking.”Ancajas and Gonzalez square off Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) here but the Mexican made his intent clear during the stare down that capped their press conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He got too close and it looked like he wanted to eat me,” said Ancajas in Filipino. “He’s trying to play mind games, but I didn’t bite. He’s just trying to psyche me out.“I have Filipino pride; we’ll know who’s the better man in the ring,” added Ancajas, who will make his fourth defense of the 115-pound crown at the 10,000-seater American Bank Center. Read Next UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: La Salle targets three-peat Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Jerwin Ancajas weighs 115.8 pounds after Thursday morning’s workout.CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS— There was nothing that could rattle Jerwin Ancajas Thursday. Not an added pound less than 24 hours before the official weigh-in. Not an opponent who tried to employ mind games during a stare down.With the clock fast ticking down to fight night, Ancajas remained confident that Israel Gonzalez’s won’t knock the crown off his head.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:04Ancajas wary of ‘unpredictable’ Sultan00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img View comments LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH First, though, he has to make weight. Just under a pound overweight two days before Friday’s weigh-in, Ancajas was two over Thursday. But his camp wasn’t alarmed.“It’s normal for Jerwin,” said trainer Joven Jimenez. “He can shed two, four or even five pounds in one solid training session” because he perspires a lot.The Ancajas camp revealed a makeshift weapon just in case the pounds stubbornly hang on to Ancajas’ frame leading the weigh-in: An improvised sauna fashioned out of the thick hotel sheets and pillows.After Thursday’s training session, Ancajas was under the beddings to drip off some of his gained weight.Gonzalez said Wednesday that he and his trainer Adalberto Sanchez have thoroughly studied videos of Ancajas’ last few fights and hope to pounce on some flaws they noticed.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stinglast_img read more

Contribution to 2013 Sectoral Debate: Mikael Phillips, MP

first_imgMr. Speaker,I want to express my gratitude to the electors on North West Manchester for their confidence and commitment.I want to also thank former Member of Parliament Dean Peart and all who those who have toiled hard and long in the vineyard to the service of our Jamaican people.I would like to thank the Prime Minister for the guidance she has given to me since I have entered the field of representative politics. I also wish to express my appreciation of support of my Parliamentary colleagues.And you, Mr. Speaker, for the guidance you have given to me as we both hail from the happiest parish in Jamaica.I would like to acknowledge the love and support of my family.Words cannot express the feeling one gets serving in the Parliament with one’s relative, more so, serving at the same time with one’s father, I want to thank my father for his guidance and love in making me the man I am today.My job would be harder if I did not have an able team around me, my four counselors, Deputy Mayor Ervin Facey, Faith Sampson, McCauther Collins and Firbourne Maxwell, the Constituency Executive and my assistant Jackie.Serving as a Member of Parliament is not a right but a privilege. We have come a far away as a people, but we have a lot further to go.It has been a privilege to serve the constituency of Manchester North West, which spans from Troy in the North to Pepper in the South.Farming is our main source of employment, and I would like to thank Minister Roger Clarke and the team at RADA for the guidance and technical assistance that they have given to our farmers.My first year as Member of Parliament, I can say it has been one that has deepened my understanding more about our people in rural Jamaica.I have found that they are no different than our neighbors uptown, or in urban areas, they have the same dedication and love for their country.Most of all, Mr. Speaker, they are seeking the same opportunities to uplift themselves as Jamaicans.Mr. Speaker, the more I serve, is the more I learn, which should make me a better representative of our people and country. I am happy to see that the Prime Minister will be seriously focusing in the area of rural development, as a priority at this time…READ MOREDownload Contribution to 2013 Sectoral Debate: Mikael Phillips, MPlast_img read more

CISF nabs four passengers with fake passports

first_imgNew Delhi: The CISF on Tuesday said that they have nabbed four passengers with fake passports and handed over to immigration officials at IGI Airport.According to CISF on July 23, four persons were taken to the random checking point for thoroughly checking of their documents and bags. According to CISF on checking of their travelling documents and passports, it came to light that the serial number of their passports engraved on passport covers were different with the serial numbers mentioned in the passports. All were apprehended as the case was related to fake passports.last_img read more

Former Deputy Commissioner of Police Rodney Adams case has been delayed

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe start of the case of former Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Rodney Adams is pushed back, it was scheduled for start yesterday December 3, but for reasons undisclosed the case was postponed to Monday December 9. Adams who was to answer to corruption charges contrary to the Integrity Commission was arrested on October 1st, 2013 and charged a month later by the Integrity Commission. The allegations are related to what the Commission describes as Adams’ improper involvement in the murder case of Kaziah Burke in which Adam’s son Roderick Adams was one of the accused. Charges against the 24 year old have been dropped. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Agriculture Minister Cautions Against Importing Pork

first_img Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Recommended for you Related Items:agriculture minister, importing, jamaica, montego bay, pork Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMONTEGO BAY, March 29 (JIS): Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, hascautioned consumers and stakeholders in the food industry, not to panic in the face of the reported shortages in the pork industry and to resist the urge for imported alternatives.“I wish to refer to the current situation as it relates to the reported shortages in the pork industry. While we appreciate that there may be a current tightness in the market, we need to resist the urge to open (the) floodgates of importation and thereby destroying our hard-earned achievements in the sector,” Mr. Kellier said.He issued the caution as he addressed the recent official launch of Jamaica’s ninth Agro-Park, the Sweet River Abattoir Agro-Park near Ferris Cross in Westmoreland. Mr. Kellier noted that the Ministry will do its best to safeguard the gains made and will therefore be calling all stakeholders and industry players to a meeting next week to assess the situation and discuss the way forward.He further told participants at the launching ceremony of the $292 million abattoir, that the Government was committed to providing the legislative framework to ensure the success of the abattoir, by making it mandatory that all commercial meat pass through certified abattoirs.“Together with the National Animal Identification and Traceability System and the recently established Praedial Larceny Unit, we are confident that this arrangement will deal another blow to praedial thieves. I am sure that we can all together make this work,” the Agriculture Minister said. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more