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Nutrition in Demand summer camp

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IMG_3032Providenciales, 05 Aug 2015 – Nutrition in Demand held its second annual fitness and nutrition summer camp during the week of July 20th – 24th, 2015 at the Edward Gartland Youth Center in Providenciales. The camp was designed so during the first half, that students learned about the importance of fitness and nutrition in living a healthy lifestyle; but, there was also a practical portion of the camp where everyone was involved in making and tasting a healthy recipe and participated various forms of physical activity.

Children between ages 11 – 17 took part in Cross Fit, a fitness craze that is a core strength and conditioning program that can be adapted to any fitness level; they also were exposed to the different equipment at a gym, yoga, aerobic exercises and a hike to Bird Rock Trail. “We thought it was important to expose the children to many different types of activities so that they could then choose which activity (ies) they like best. They could also choose based on their desired goal.” Mrs. Tamika Handfield explained.

This year, Ms. Lisa Lagace travelled from Canada to volunteer her time and expertise with Nutrition in Demand. Ms. Lagace has been working in the field of fitness for many years; she is the former owner of the Fun N’ Fit Gym, commonly known as Erebus Gym and currently works in the area of teaching communities on the importance of physical activity and nutrition.

When asked about her involvement in the camp, Ms. Lagace had this to say, “Children today are spending many hours a day in front of a screen (TV, computer or video game) and very few children are physically active for 60 minutes a day (the recommended minimum). In the Fitness component of the camp, these were some of the topics we touched upon. Our goal was to give the youth the basic tools to lead a healthy lifestyle, no matter what their size or level of fitness. They were taught about different body types and the importance of being comfortable in their own skin. They were introduced to many different activities and shown that being active is for everyone. The camp was a huge success. The participants took on every challenge we gave them and together we had a great week.”

Each year, the camp is open to 20 children but this year much more children were interested. Mrs. Handfield said, “We were ecstatic that so many children wanted to be a part of the camp because it shows that either they or their parents saw the importance of learning about health and nutrition while still young.”

Nutrition in Demand would like to say profound thanks to everyone that helped to make this year’s camp a success. Ms. Lagace says she would volunteer with the camp again in a heartbeat!

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UN Sec-Gen has special Message on Nelson Mandela Day

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Nelson Mandela showed us the extraordinary difference one person can make in building a better world.

And as the theme of this year’s Nelson Mandela International Day reminds us – combatting poverty and inequality is in our hands.

Our world is unequal and divided.

Hunger and poverty are rife.

The richest one per cent are responsible for the same quantity of planet-wrecking greenhouse gases as two-thirds of humanity.

These are not natural facts. They are the result of humanity’s choices. And we can decide to do things differently.

We can choose to eradicate poverty.

We can choose to end inequality.

We can choose to transform the international economic and financial system in the name of equity.

We can choose to fight racism, respect human rights, combat climate change, and create a world that works for all humanity.

Every one of us can contribute – through actions large and small.

I join the Nelson Mandela Foundation in urging everyone to perform 67 minutes of public service on Nelson Mandela International Day – one minute for each year he fought for justice.

Together, let’s honour Madiba’s legacy and turn our hands towards building a better world for all.

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AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum (ACTIF2024) set to strengthen Africa-CARICOM linkages  

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Speakers at ACTIF will include global superstars Viola Davis, Serena Williams, Didier Drogba and African and CARICOM Heads of States

 

Nassau, Bridgetown, Georgetown, May 28, 2024 – Excitement mounts as The Bahamas prepares to host the Afreximbank Annual Meetings (AAM) and the AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum (ACTIF) from 12 – 14 June 2024 in The Bahamas. Themed “Owning Our Destiny: Economic Prosperity on the Platform of Global Africa,” ACTIF2024 is set to forge significant pathways for economic prosperity between Africa and the Caribbean.

Other distinguished speakers will include Heads of State from seven CARICOM countries, former Prime Ministers, Ministers of Trade, Economic Development and Finance, Dr. Roger W Ferguson, Former Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve, USA, Prof. Andreas Klasen, Professor of International Business and Director of the Institute for Trade and Innovation at Offenburg, and many more.

Professor Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Afreximbank, said: “We are witnessing shifts in the global economic landscape and the trade strategies of major economies, making it imperative for African and Caribbean nations to unite for mutual prosperity. The Afreximbank Annual Meetings and AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum in The Bahamas will serve as a strategic platform to enhance our economic bonds. These events indicate a vibrant assertion of our shared destiny. We are poised to harness the dynamic economic growth within our regions, enhancing our collective resilience and prosperity.”

The event promises to be a pivotal platform for high-level discussions on economic development and regional integration.

Building on the successes of the inaugural AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum held in Barbados in 2022 and the gathering last year in Guyana, this year’s Forum in The Bahamas will further elevate and expand upon the discussions and initiatives previously set in motion. ACTIF2023, which focused on strengthening economic bonds and creating new investment opportunities, sets a precedent for meaningful collaboration between Africa and the CARICOM nations.

Afreximbank invites industry leaders, trade organisations and other stakeholders in the CARICOM region to participate and attend.

Registration is now open at https://2024.afreximbankevents.com.

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International Community must address conflict between Israel and Iran

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Garfield Ekon

Staff Writer

With tensions between Israel and Iran at an all-time high, a United Nations affiliated group is urging for calm and dialogue as their violent actions can cause tragic devastation on innocent civilians.

According to Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an organisation that is dedicated to promoting peace through civilian-led initiatives, “it is a clear indication that the greatest victims of war are innocent civilians. 

How could those lost lives ever be brought back? What could compensate for the outcry of children and the anguish of the youth in devastated dwellings?,” the group noted in a media statement, adding that  the international community should  take “decisive measures” to address the conflict.

It is also advocating for the establishment of “comprehensive international laws” to safeguard peace for future generations. “HWPL remains steadfast in its commitment to fostering dialogue and reconciliation, offering hope for a peaceful resolution to the conflict between Israel and Iran,” the group said.

HWPL is a non-profit organisation, with a mission to promoting peace through education, and advocacy. It has a global network spanning over 170 countries. The organisation works to build bridges of understanding and cooperation, striving towards a world free from conflict and violence.

According to reports in various international media outlets, Iran and its militant partners on April 13 initiated a large-scale attack against Israel through launching several hundred ballistic missiles and drones. The international society expressed concerns over the possibility of war between the two states, since Tehran’s direct attack on Israel was unprecedented.

Experts have pointed out that the attack on Israel was Iran’s response to an airstrike on the Iranian embassy in Syria on April 1, which killed seven military advisers including three senior commanders.

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