CARIFTA GAMES BAHAMAS 2023 – MEDIA INVITED TO COVER THE CARIFTA GAMES BAHAMAS 2023
#TheBahamas, February 1, 2023 – The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the CARIFTA Games Bahamas 2023 is set and ready to host an exciting championship April 8 – 10, 2023. The event is expected to be highly viewed globally. The LOC is inviting local and international Media partners onboard to lend coverage.
Although the CARIFTA track and field championships is a junior level competition, Media covering this event will be treated to similar facilities and services as accustomed to at professional competitions like the World Athletics Relays.
Director of Event Media Services, Tonique Williams, has indicated that four of the seven Media areas offered during the World Athletics Relays will be at the Media’s disposable during the three days of activity. These areas include:
The Media Press Center, which will be a co-shared space with the Copy Centre. This space will be available for the Media to work their news stories and receive results. The Center will be equipped with high speed Wi-Fi, concierge check-in service and timely results;
The Media Tribune or Press Boxes located in the spectator’s stands, with direct view of the finish line, offers the best seats in the house for journalists;
Trackside, just near the finish line, the Mixed Zone allows journalists first contact with athletes at the end of their competition; and
The Press Conference Room allows journalists to conduct interviews of top finishers and performers.
“We are preparing to host well over 100 journalists, photographers and broadcasters. There is a lot of interest from the regional CARIFTA community because these 2023 championships is the second CARIFTA championship since the opening of many Caribbean countries post pandemic. Additionally, this is the 50th anniversary of CARIFTA Games and the Bahamas – it is important that the significance of this very important time in history is captured in all its splendor and color.”
Tonique and her team are well capable of delivering a high quality experience for the Media. Tonique has served as the Sr. Director of Event Media Services for the World Athletics Relays 2014, 2015, 2017 and CARIFTA 2018. Her assistant Rudina Miller who has gained experience from serving in this area for the Relays 2015 , 2017 and CARIFTA 2018 joins her.
Media wishing to cover this event are asked to complete the registration process as soon as possible.
To make application, the online Media Application Form located at https:// www.carifta50.com/mediaapplication on the Media page of the CARIFTA website, must be completed. All applications must be submitted with an official letter of employment from the Media Outlet stamped by the national track and field federation where the Media Outlet is domicile.
Completion of the Application process does not automatically guarantee accreditation.
Once the application has been reviewed and approved by the LOC, the applicant will receive a link to apply for Media Accreditation.
The online Accreditation process opens February 6, 2023. The deadline to make application for Media Accreditation is Tuesday March 30, 2023.
FBI and Bahamas looking into woman’s death
#TheBahamas, March 17, 2023 – The FBI is investigating a woman’s ‘suspicious’ death on a Carnival Cruise ship in February. The unnamed woman and her husband boarded the Carnival Sunshine on February 27th, for a trip to the Bahamas, but she was dead before they arrived in the port in The Bahamas.
The FBI said Carnival’s team had administered life saving measures when the woman was reported unresponsive, but they were unsuccessful. The body and the woman’s husband were released to the Bahamian authorities when the cruise arrived in the country.
In a statement shared with US media houses, Carnival Cruises claimed the death has been a natural one. The Nassau Guardian said a source told them the police findings had concurred with that assessment saying it was a “normal sudden death of a tourist who wasn’t feeling well.”
The FBI was waiting for the cruise and when it got back to South Carolina on March 4th, they immediately boarded and began to investigate the room based on ‘evidence of a crime.’ The FBI also searched the couple’s car.
No updates have been shared to contradict the currently established cause of death.
Why Sargassum Matters
#TheBahamas, March 17, 2023 – “If you don’t like it, go to another beach!” Is what Aaron John, an Education Officer from The Bahamas National Trust jokingly tells our news team about sargassum blooms; his quip, motivated by the necessity of nature when pit against the notion that there is a real threat when the stinky seaweed makes its annual appearance.
John can admit, he says, that Sargassum isn’t very pretty but life isn’t all about aesthetics and in this instance that ugly patch serves a purpose.
“We love our sandy beaches, but in order to keep them we need Sargassum. When storms come, they wash away all the sand off the beach but sargassum acts as a mulch to protect the sand from water erosion. It doesn’t look good, it doesn’t feel good but we need it.”
He said it also provides a habitat for small crustaceans, crabs, and insects that are all necessary to our ecosystem and islanders have found use for the weed.
“Historically, (in The Bahamas) we have been using sargassum as fertilizer, especially in the family Islands as far back as I know,” he said. “Birds don’t go on the beach unless there is Sargassum and what do they do? they feed – it’s beautiful.”
He encouraged residents to just leave it be if they came across it.
Sargassum isn’t harmful to humans, except for people with respiratory issues who may find the rotten egg smell triggers asthma. Despite this, it’s not advisable to walk through the weeds which may hide sharp rocks and bottles or vulnerable animals.
Experts say Sargassum blooms began to increase in size around 2011 and have continued to get bigger and bigger since. This year‘s bloom is around 5000 miles long and 300 miles wide and visible from space.
“I know it’s not a general outlook, but I would like to change the perspective on sargassum,” John said, pointing out The Bahamas National Trust is actively working to decrease alarm over the less worrisome events like sargassum as it raises the profile on the environmentally devastating.
Lease agreement approved for diaspora office
#TurksandCaicos, March 17, 2023 – The Turks and Caicos’ Bahamas Diaspora Office is moving closer and closer to opening day, following the Cabinet’s approval for the signing of a lease agreement.
The lease will be signed with FINCEN ltd in the Bahamas. Several weeks ago, Arlington Musgrove, Minister of Immigration confirmed to our news team that the location had been found and was being finalized; now a lease is approved at the Cabinet level.
The interest in the TCI from TC Bahamians was evident in the diaspora meetings held in early February. The two meetings held in Nassau and Grand Bahama were completely full and over-subscribed by hundreds.
It’s interest which the Government hopes will translate to real life population growth, bolstering the local population before the native population ‘goes extinct’.
The Opposition PDM is on the record with what it feels is a far more viable solution to a dwindling native population; seek out the country’s own citizens and bring them back home.
Cabinet did not state when the office will open.
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