Tour Helps Chefs Source Local Foods

first_imgTours of some of Nova Scotia’s top food producers will help 20 chefs have a better idea of the quality, fresh products they offer. The chefs will spend a day exploring farms and facilities on the Get Close to Your Food tours, Oct. 19 and 26. The chefs will learn first-hand about the local, flavour-packed products they can use in their dishes. “It is important for chefs to be familiar with the ingredients available to them and to appreciate the unique and quality products that are produced here in Nova Scotia,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “By using local products, chefs can offer their customers flavourable meals while supporting a sustainable food system.” In conjunction with the tour, the departments of Agriculture and Fisheries and Aquaculture have produced a new publication. Local and Direct — A Chef’s Guide to Buying Local will help chefs get in touch with local producers and become familiar with the seasonal availability of local ingredients. The tour will take chefs to farms and facilities of companies in the guide. “Local products are the freshest choice, and they deliver amazing flavour,” said Michael Howell, owner of Tempest Restaurant in Wolfville. “Nova Scotia has such a diverse food industry of farmers, fishermen and producers selling meats, dairy, product, seafood and beverages.”last_img read more

State Minister Praises Administrators of Edufocal Online Learning Platform

Story Highlights Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, has praised the management and staff of the social learning website, EduFocal, for the work being done to empower young people through education.The facility, which was established in 2012, uses the principles of game elements in learning (gamification) to present test material to students preparing for final examinations at the primary and high school levels.The principal tests are the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination.EduFocal is headed by Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gordon Swaby, whom the State Minister encouraged to “continue to devise programmes to challenge our students and to help them to think critically”.The State Minister was speaking at EduFocal’s seventh annual Excellence Awards ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday (July 24) Ten primary and 10 high school students were recognised for academic achievements resulting from their using the Edufocal online interactive learning platform to prepare for PEP and CSEC.Top awardee at the primary level was 12-year-old Jeremiah Shim, formerly of Mavisville Preparatory in Kingston, who was placed first on the EduFocal PEP leader board.He will attend St. George’s College in September, when the 2019/20 academic year begins.Richard Greenwood, a 17-year-old Kingston College student, was the top EduFocal CSEC leader board performer.Each received a $50,000 bursary, and, along with the other awardees, were given plaques and gift certificates.In congratulating the students, Mr. Terrelonge encouraged them to stay motivated and inspired, and to think critically and endeavour, at all times, to be the best they can be. “It is only through education that you will be empowered… and your empowerment is critical to national growth, development and prosperity,’ he added.To date, over 20,000 students have used the EduFocal platform to prepare for the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT); its replacement, PEP; and CSEC. The State Minister was speaking at EduFocal’s seventh annual Excellence Awards ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday (July 24) Ten primary and 10 high school students were recognised for academic achievements resulting from their using the Edufocal online interactive learning platform to prepare for PEP and CSEC.         Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, has praised the management and staff of the social learning website, EduFocal, for the work being done to empower young people through education. In congratulating the students, Mr. Terrelonge encouraged them to stay motivated and inspired, and to think critically and endeavour, at all times, to be the best they can be. “It is only through education that you will be empowered… and your empowerment is critical to national growth, development and prosperity,’ he added. read more