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Grenada at World Boxing Championships, Russia

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Grenada’s Super Heavy Weight Boxing Champion Andy Christopher Andall accompanied by International Boxing Association (AIBA) ranked 3-Star Coach Sebastian Stiell, left the state last Friday night to participate in the 2019 International Boxing Association (AIBA) World Boxing Championships in Yekaterinburg, Russia scheduled to take place 9 -21 September 2019.

Andall has just returned from Trinidad and Tobago, where he attended a six-week robust regional boxing training camp, courtesy the National Lotteries Authority and the Grenada Co-operative Bank, and he is now fit and ready for this great challenge.

Andall and Stiell, no doubt apart from the competition at the World Boxing Championships in Russia, are expected to gain and benefit from various technical and tactical boxing training sessions and observe first hand from their boxing counterparts, several inter-continental boxing fight plans, techniques and fighting skills from the hundreds of international participating countries worldwide.

This wonderful experience will certainly lead to strengthening Team Grenada participation and performance in the upcoming Caribbean Boxing Championships in Trinidad and Tobago in December 2019 and qualifying in the Americas for the Summer Olympic Games Qualifier in Argentina and France in March, April and May 2020 and hopefully on to the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.

Chairman of the Caribbean Boxing Steering Committee Steve Ninvalle from Guyana, assisted Team Grenada tremendously, to participate in this very prestigious event in Russia, where our country is expected to be featured prominently and get worthwhile mileage and coverage by the various worldwide Media Giant Networks zooming down at the games.

The Boxing Association of Grenada is kindly asking the nation to rally and support Team Grenada in their usual way, in this highly charged World Boxing Championship in Russia.

Super Heavy Weight Andy Andall is expected to take on his counterpart Maksim Babanin of the host Country Russia, in “fist to fist” and “toe to toe boxing combat action” on the evening of 16 September 2019, to advance towards the medal rounds.

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Flooding aftermath in Brazil's Belo Horizonte

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Dozens of people died during recent severe rainstorms in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state.



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Ministry of Agriculture and Lands begins animal health outreach clinic series for 2020

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Given the importance of animal disease control thus, safeguarding global food safety and animal health through the implementation of International Standards for better agricultural practices, the Veterinary and Livestock Division will hold a series of animal health outreach clinics throughout the tri-island state in 2020.

The division recognises the importance of monitoring animal health and preventing animal disease outbreaks and its impact on the economy and safety of the country. Hence, this year’s focus will be on best practices in the prevention and control of priority diseases and animal health.

“The aim of these clinics is to provide good quality veterinary and livestock services to farmers and animal owners. The ministry also sees this as an opportunity to strengthen the relationships with the farming community and animal owners,” said Acting Chief Veterinary and Livestock Officer, Dr Kimond Cummings.

The nationwide drive for 2020 commenced with the first Animal health Outreach clinic at the Woburn playing field on Tuesday, 21 January 2020. Officers of the Veterinary and Livestock Division collaborated with officers of the Southern Agricultural District in offering rabies vaccination, deworming medication, wound management, hoof trimming, and best management tips to residents of Woburn and surrounding areas.

Yolande Lord Telesford, Livestock Specialist, attached to the Southern Agricultural District also spoke of the importance of the initiative. “What we have realised is that in this area, a lot of people in the community practice tethering. Based on the number of animals in this area, some of them have one or two animals tied in the same location, which allows for cross-contamination and cross infestation. This is why we went out prior to the clinic to speak to the animal owners to get an idea of their challenges in caring for their animals. It was based on their responses that we saw it fitting to have the clinic in this area.”

Farmer, Eunice Nelson, who got her 43 animals treated expressed appreciation. “I am really thankful for this exercise, right now I do not have to purchase as much medication for my animals or pay a veterinarian to deal with all these animals. I won’t have to worry about the rabies virus that much, as with the dry season mongoose normally run in and out of the land.”

Dr Cummings said that the series of clinics provide an opportunity for officers to explain the diseases and issues affecting livestock and other animals to farmers and animal owners. “As a ministry, this provides us with an opportunity to establish what is on the ground, as a result, we would be able to improve on our prevention and eradication efforts. We would be better equipped to develop a working plan, to execute in case an outbreak arises.”

He added, “The ministry is investing heavily in these programmes because we understand the needs of those farmers, thus ensuring that they have technical assistance and other services.”

During the outreach clinics, animals will be given preventive vaccines, treatment for internal and external parasites, while providing an opportunity to educate animal owners and farmers on at home and on the farm care and nutrition.

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Grenadians represent at Caribbean Youth Leaders’ Summit

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Young Grenadian leaders Ali Dowden, Garvel Stanisclaus, Terick Frank and Zoë Hagley, represented the Spice Island at the recently concluded 6th Caribbean Youth Leaders’ Summit (CYLS). 

The young Grenadian delegates represented their respective organisations: The National Democratic Youth Movement (Dowden), the New National Party Youth Arm (Stanisclaus, Frank) and the Commonwealth Youth Council (Hagley).

The 6th CYLS was convened under the theme of “Promoting Youth Economic Empowerment for Sustainable Caribbean Development’ and was held from 21–23 January 2020 at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Trinidad. The summit brought together approximately 200 delegates, 150 of whom were youth from 13 countries and territories from across the Caribbean and the Americas Region. The overarching aim of the summit was to provide a platform for young leaders and youth development workers in the Caribbean to engage in a dialogue with stakeholders on how decent can be achieved for youth at national, regional and global levels.

The summit consisted of several presentations, and group discussions on the many issues surrounding youth employment in the Caribbean.

The participants were selected from National Youth Councils (NYC), the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC), youth organisations and other key youth development partners and stakeholders; including the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB); Commonwealth Secretariat; International Labour Organisation (ILO); United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC); and, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.

Following the summit, delegate Dowden reflected on his attendance. He said, “For me the summit was an important opportunity for us young people from around the region, to engage on issues affecting us by sharing our challenges and providing solutions.” He continued, “Now that we’ve all attended, it is my hope that we will return to our respective countries and share the knowledge gained from the summit with our respective youth organisations.”

In light of the presentations and discussions at the summit, all delegates are committed to continue efforts for youth policy development, empowerment, inclusion, engagement and participation. The Grenadian delegates share the hope that the island will soon have its own National Youth Council leading up to the 7th summit in 2022.

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