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“Do More Than Congratulate,” says Olympian to Corporate Barbados

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#Barbados, August 22, 2022 – After victories in the recently finished Commonwealth Games, a former athlete tells corporate Barbados to show support for their athletes beyond social media posts.

Freida Nicholls, who became the first female to compete for Barbados at an Olympic Games in Munich in 1972, believes companies have to get serious about supporting athletes, and not only after reaching the podium.

“Companies have to include in their budgets and strategic plans which sports they are going to support and what they’re going to do… I would like to see all companies starting to promote, recognise, and identify the sports people that are in their companies – you can start there,” she said in an interview with Barbados Today.

Nicholls highlights the importance of first-class and specialist coaching and support systems for athletes. She noted that while success on the track is evident, the focus appears to be lacking in the growth and development of athletes in field events.

“Getting to the gold medal, to the podium is not an overnight affair. Listen to the stories; usually, it takes about ten years… It is a tough road, they had to take the steps, the adjustments (maybe some setbacks), and all of that has to be discussed in the boardroom,” she expressed.

The former athlete is adamant that Barbados should start thinking strategically. She recalls that “Akela Jones is the last outstanding long jump female that we’ve had, but I don’t see many other field event persons coming through the ranks.”

“I am sure there are young people looking at doing field events. Every coach can’t coach an elite athlete, and a coach has to know what their limits are. If you are a coach that coaches sprinters and you have in your club or group someone doing field events, connect to the field event coach that can coach your athlete. It doesn’t matter if that person is in your group or not, pull a field event specialist into your group. I know that is easier said than done, but that is the way it is done,” she added.

Nicholls says it is important for a major reset in Barbados’ sports so the sector can move forward in a sustained way.

She suggests that there should be an inspection of the government’s role in sports development and what they can do to ensure that athletes have the best opportunities and resources in all areas of sports. She also suggests the involvement of Barbadians, who are spectators, to be involved in this reset.

“By resetting, we identify the roles of all the players, which would be the schools, principals, teachers, and coaches. Then you look at the particular federations, what are they doing? How are they working? You also have to include Barbadians. I am seeing a resurgence in spectators. The Road Tennis Association people are coming out, local cricket people are coming out again, so that whole reset pulls all those particular players together,” she said.

Nicholls added that Barbadians need to stop, think and start getting serious.

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Barbados to Host 41st Caribbean Travel Marketplace this Spring

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#Barbados, February 2, 2023 – Barbados has been selected to host the 41st edition of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) Caribbean Travel Marketplace. The event will be held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Bridgetown from May 9 -11, and it is expected to build on the success of the 40th staging held in Puerto Rico last fall.

CHTA President Nicola Madden-Greig, who made the announcement recently, said it’s the first time in the organization’s history that the association’s largest annual event, which brings together buyers and sellers of the region’s tourism products and services, will be staged in Barbados.

“CHTA has a very strong relationship with both public and private sector stakeholders in Barbados, and as we position the region’s top earner for robust growth this year, we are delighted to lock arms with our Bajan partners to drive business to the Caribbean,” she stated.

Noting that: “This year’s Marketplace will also provide unique access to the Eastern Caribbean for buyers and tour operators as the region places a strong focus on the revival of multi-destination travel.”

Minister of Tourism and International Transport of Barbados Ian Gooding-Edghill, said the Barbados tourism industry was undergoing a major renaissance in the post-COVID environment, and the timing could not be better to welcome Caribbean Travel Marketplace to local soil.

“We are honoured to host such a preeminent gathering of tourism stakeholders from around the world,”  Minister Gooding-Edghill said, noting that the meeting aligns with Barbados’ value offerings, which appeal, among others, to the very important MICE [Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions] market.

The launch of the first Caribbean Travel Forum & Awards, a highlight of the Puerto Rico meeting, will return for a second edition and will be held in Barbados on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, ahead of the official opening ceremony of Caribbean Travel Marketplace.

The Forum will also focus on the business of tourism, and business appointments will be conducted on Wednesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 11.

Over 150 delegates, including Ministers of Tourism and key private sector leaders, engaged in the Caribbean Travel Forum last year.

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National Food Policy to be created in the Bahamas

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By Shanieka Smith

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#TheBahamas, February 2, 2023 – A new initiative by the Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs in the Bahamas will see the creation of a National Food Policy geared towards ensuring food security on the island.

“This agricultural policy would encompass a holistic approach and incorporate regulations, legislation, and other aspects to assist the farmers who have not really gotten the attention they deserve for a long time,” said the Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs, Hon. Clay Sweeting.

Other initiatives within the agriculture sector will also be implemented, such as the digitalization of applications and forms, which will make farming more efficient.

Clay said, “we have already digitalized for the most part the Department of Marine Resources and soon we will unveil new services such as dog licences, import permits, and other services needed for a successful agricultural sector.”

The construction of the Cultivation Centres (TCC) in Eleuthera and New Providence with produce exchange, food processing kitchens and farm stores will continue.

Sweeting said he hopes these initiatives will help to decrease the country’s yearly $1 billion food import bill.

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Guyana secures cryotherapy machines to help fight cervical cancer

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#Guyana, February 2, 2023 – Guyana will see a significant boost to its healthcare system soon as the health ministry has acquired 20 cryotherapy machines to help treat and prevent cervical cancer, the second most prevalent cancer among women in the country.

Cryotherapy, also known as cold therapy, involves cooling the body’s tissues for therapeutic purposes and removing the abnormal tissue. This type of therapy is also used to treat many skin conditions and some cancers, including prostate, cervical and liver cancer.

The Health Ministry said the machines will help clear the backlog of patients needing such treatment.

Director of the Non-Communicable Diseases Programme of the Health Ministry, Dr. Latchmie Lall, said the equipment will be very instrumental in providing immediate service to patients.

“We are indeed very thankful for this donation of cryotherapy machines that were brought through the IDB project; a total of 20 machines that are going to be used to improve our screening services for cervical cancer; this will come as a great measure for not only screening but to provide immediate medical treatment in that if we do find a pathological cervix, cryotherapy can be applied immediately, and we have one healthy patient going back home to her family,” Dr. Lall said.

Director of Primary Healthcare Services, Dr. Ertensia Hamilton, said the equipment comes at an opportune time when the ministry is extending its services for women of reproductive age across the country.

“We recognise that Guyana still has a high incidence of cervical cancer in our women, and so we want to be able to have services available to them as we work towards ensuring that each individual across their life course has services to meet their medical needs,” she said.

Minister of Health Dr. Frank Anthony, during his comment, revealed that Guyana is trying to develop a comprehensive programme for cervical cancer.

“One of the things that we are trying to do is to have a comprehensive cervical cancer programme. The first level will be to prevent cervical cancer. We want to do that by encouraging people to get the HPV vaccination. We have these vaccines available. We have been rolling them out to ensure that every person eligible for these vaccines gets them.”

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