Scholarships for Students Wishing to Pursue Studies in Agriculture

first_img “As part of our Youth in Farming initiative, the Jamaica 4-H Club also provides training in entrepreneurship for youngsters across the island. After successful completion of the entrepreneurship training, the beneficiaries are provided with the necessary support to start their own farming enterprise,” Mr. Ewart told JIS News. Students wishing to pursue studies in Agriculture at high schools, colleges and vocational institutions may apply for one of the many scholarships in this area, donated  by the Jamaica 4-H Club.The students  must reside or attend school in St. Ann, Manchester and St. Catherine. They may apply for the Rio Tinto scholarship using application forms available at eligible institutions in the parishes or through the Jamaica 4-H offices in the parishes. Applications for the 2018/2019 academic year close mid-August.“We currently operate the Rio Tinto (Alcan Legacy) Fund where we provide scholarships to students in these parishes, because these are the parishes in which Alcan (Bauxite Company) conducted operations in the past,” Director of Field Services, Jamaica 4-H Club, Garfield Ewart, told JIS NEWS.“What they are doing is to help residents of those parishes have alternative means of income outside of bauxite mining,”  he said.Since 2015, the 4-H Club has awarded over 300 such scholarships. During the 2017- 2018 academic year, a total of 147 awards were granted to students in the value of $8.8 million.“A lot of people are not aware that through the 4-H Club you have the opportunity to study at a tertiary agricultural institution,” noted Public Relations and Marketing Manager at the Jamaica 4-H Club, Karelle McCormack.She told JIS News that scholarships from the organisation can be accessed through the Youth in Agriculture programme, as well as other specialized entrepreneurship training schemes.Under the Jamaica 4-H Club’s scholarship programme, grants are awarded in three main categories – Youth in Agriculture, Youth in Farming and Youth in Agricultural Education.Scholarships are also given in partnership with other institutions, such as the Hanover Charity, a non-profit organization which provides scholarships for students attending agricultural institutions, including Knockalva and the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE).“As part of our Youth in Farming initiative, the Jamaica 4-H Club also provides training in entrepreneurship for youngsters across the island. After successful completion of the entrepreneurship training, the beneficiaries are provided with the necessary support to start their own farming enterprise,” Mr. Ewart told JIS News.The value of the scholarships depends on the institution, and covers tuition fees and related expenses. Students need to get a recommendation from the school and must ensure that their institution is aware of the application. Students wishing to pursue studies in Agriculture at high schools, colleges and vocational institutions may apply for one of the many scholarships in this area, donated  by the Jamaica 4-H Club.   “A lot of people are not aware that through the 4-H Club you have the opportunity to study at a tertiary agricultural institution,” noted Public Relations and Marketing Manager at the Jamaica 4-H Club, Karelle McCormack. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Drewry Container Shipping Heading to a Better Tomorrow

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay (Pixabay License) The container shipping industry is facing an exceptionally high level of uncertainty amid numerous headwinds, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.The uncertainty ranges from the extra cost associated with IMO 2020 and how much carriers will recover from shippers, to the possibility of a trade recession and unknown future engagement by shipowners in large vessel building programmes.“The degree of uncertainty is probably the highest it has been in a decade,” said Simon Heaney, senior manager, container research at Drewry and editor of the Container Forecaster.Every region is expected to see container port handling growth in each and every year of the five-year forecast horizon of the Container Forecaster, albeit at a slightly slower pace than Drewry was previously anticipating. Moreover, supply growth is expected to be below that of demand through 2023, which will assist the industry’s ongoing effort to rebalance an over-supplied market.Drewry expects that the industry will be close to equilibrium by 2023 with its Global Supply-Demand index reaching a reading of 97.1.“Our analysis makes it very clear that it is essential that carriers increase their fuel recovery ratio, or else there will be serious consequences,” said Heaney.“What gives us confidence of a better tomorrow is that despite weaker supply-demand fundamentals, carriers last year managed to secure marginally higher rates, proving themselves capable of exerting a greater degree of pricing discipline. We expect IMO 2020 to raise the industry’s fuel bill by around 50% in 2020, which will certainly sharpen minds and serve to keep carriers on track.”Drewry expects strong resistance from BCOs to new BAF formula, but carriers could be more successful than in the past due to the wider market acceptance of burden sharing and the fact that lines started discussing mechanisms early with shippers, giving them time to iron out any teething pains.“Most shippers accept that they will have to pay more but they rightly expect any increase to be justified with a credible and trusted mechanism – in other words the ball is very much in the carriers’ court,” said Heaney.last_img read more

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