CEO at the National Cultural Foundation Carol Roberts Reifer and Chief Cultural Officer Andrea Wells talks about the NIFCA upgrades.

There are more events on the NIFCA 2019 calendar and more venues are being utilised. Barbadians and tourists alike willhave more opportunities to engage with the work of Barbados' creatives this year, as pieces entered into the NIFCA competition will go on showcase in several public spaces andat least four new events have been added to give performers more exposure. [related node_id='38c827e3-55b2-4205-b5d9-6ea7c179ab10'] Sharing this good news was the Chief Executive Officer of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) Carol Roberts-Reifer. She made it known that exhibits in the NIFCA Visual Arts category will no longer only be situated at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC), but this toss the pieces will go into spaces where the average Bajan can peruse and enjoy the culture as expressed with paints, charcoal, photography or craft. NIFCA works will be hung and placed throughout all the floors of the Supreme Court. They will be staged at the Northern Business Centre in Speightstown. Pieces will be on display in post offices and libraries. In Bridgetown, through a partnership with the University of the West Indies (UWI) works will also be exhibited in the Mutal Building at Lower Broad Street. Roberts-Reifer, therefore, encouraged persons to "be immersedin the art as they go about their daily activities"because NIFCA ismeeting them where they are at. Additionally, some pieces will be recorded and displayed on the screens in the bus terminals andsupermarkets. Chief Cultural Officer at the NCF, Andrea Wells also made mention of the additional Dance Battle event which will offer more exposure and another set of prize money for the island's dancers. Three other events have been added to the NIFCA 2019 card as well and there is much excitement around these additions because they pay tribute posthumously to some outstanding Barbadian talents. The three events will be in tribute of Richild Springer (Dance on December 4), Janice Millington (Music on December 6) and Andrea Gollop-Greenidge (Theatre on December 8). The Dance and Music nights will be staged at the Frank Collymore Hall, while the Theatre treat will be in Queen's Park at the Daphne Joseph Hackett Theatre. A Richild Springer scholarship of $10,000 has also been created for any creative who wins using the Barbadian vernacular. The funds will be used to help heor shefurther his or her studies. NIFCA 2019 was launched officially today, October 12, 2019.

Cindy Marshall performing at Art in the City earlier on Saturday

There are many changes in the works this NIFCA season and the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) is announcing its ‘rebrand’ of the now 46-year-old festival with a celebration of ‘Art in the Park’ on Saturday, October 12 at Queen’s Park. This all-day fair atmosphere is expected to be a taste of nothing but the best in the arts, offering a mix of activities from a dance class, performances and battles; to musical performances; open mic sessions; art appreciation classes; film screenings; outdoor painting and caricature artists; a book fair; and live interactive culinary workshops in an outdoor kitchen space. You can even leave your mark on the NIFCA mural. These are but some of the things free on offer to patrons during this 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. art in the park celebration. [related node_id='1ad63484-e0ae-414c-8e83-0943d4b66f8d'] The activities on Saturday will also allow patrons to learn something new as they talk with experts in varying fields on film production, lighting and design, new ways of promoting your art online, connecting socially through art and what’s trending in publishing. Learn how to incorporate regular things in our environment as interesting ingredients with top NIFCA Chefs, like that sargassum seaweed to make unique flours and cakes or what about the Pusley weed to make Bread and Pizza. If cooking is not your thing, then you can get tips on cocktails from the Mixologist. The Foundation decided to use this opportunity of the launch to identify all the ways that people can interact with art and gain an appreciation for some aspect of the arts. The changes to this year’s festival, the underlying reason for the big celebration to herald the start of the new face of NIFCA, are designed to ensure its continued survival. The overarching objective of this event is to build awareness about the ‘rebrand’, rebuilding its image, especially within the artistic community, attracting new audiences and by extension an interest from a new crop of hopefuls eager to open doors in the pursuit of excellence in the disciplines that NIFCA represents.

Stayinghydrated these days seems like an impossibletask, but it is crucial. In Barbados, there are some drinks and treats that Bajans enjoy to stay cool. Here's how Bajans beat the heat: 1. Soursop punch [related node_id='1a144838-afec-432d-9847-84caab6b8f97'] Full of health benefits, soursop is a favourite for many. But it is an acquired taste. Some people hate the smell. It is also known asgraviola orguyabano. In Barbados, we say soursop punch, in Jamaica they say soursop juice. 2. Sucka bubbies Other islanders call these baggies or bag juice. Juice is placed in small clear plastic bags,then they are tied securely and put in the freezer. Once frozen, to eat themyou simply bite the corner of the bag and suck the juice and ice through the hole without making a mess. Fun fact: You call these by the colour not the name of the juice. You will hear, "I want a red sucka bubbie". Never will you hear, "I want a fruit punch sucka bubbie." 3. Koolaids Bajans like any excuse to drink condensed milk. So milk koolaids outdo regular koolaids. 4. Fruit ice Smoother than shaved ice or a snocone but not exactly a slush puppy, this is a treat. However, the new eco-friendly containers are not it. Please find an alternative! 5. Snocone They may becosting $3 now with the single-use plastic ban, yet in this heat, vendors continue to make money. Fun fact: Loop believes the most popular snocone in Barbados is a coconut with milk - top on or off! 6. Lemonade Made with limes and Barbados brown sugar, Bajans version of lemonade is great especially if placed in the freezer to get semifrozen like a slushy... A pitcher of Bajan lemonade with some vanilla essence or Angostura bitters can cure dehydration faster than an IV drip. 7. Mauby This bitter-sweet Bajan drink is an acquired taste, but luckilymost Bajans are born with the mauby-loving gene. 8. Sorrel Once upon a time, this was a Christmas drink but now Bajans have applied the whole mantra of 'Nobody has a tomorrow put down' to all aspects of life and you can now find sorrel in the supermarket year-round. A pinkish/purple colour, Barbadians are playing with sorrel and fusing it with many flavours now, especially with ginger. 9. Baby Bim (Maybe these will return someday) This tiny glass bottled drink used to cost 60 cents and it came in flavours like cream soda and banana. Yum yum! 10. BWA H20 Water, water, water! In this heat, you need to drink plenty of water and thankfully in coral limestone Barbados, our tap water is safe. In the parishes where drinking water flows through the taps daily, citizens should have a water bottle and monitor their water intake. They should set targets and drink to attain their goals. 11. De one eye man Some Bajan men rise with the sun and open the neighbourhood rum shops to fire one or two or sixteen before they close the shop at night. You know a man is a professional Bajan rum drinker when he has two bottles on the table and one glass. If he has a white rum and a bottle of water, just take his car keys if he has any. 12. Plus A glucose energy drink that some like and some dislike. However, know that some people would revoke your Bajan passport for disliking Plus. Be careful! 13. Malt If you love malt the Caribbean will love you. If you love a Tiger Malt, a Bajan would love you more. 14. Goat milk Everyone may enjoy cow's milk, but a true true, real real Bajan would boil some goat milk, dip off the scab when it 'boils up', and pour that milk in a bottle to place in the fridge. Then once chilled, he or she will pour a tall glass and drink until they have a nice white moustache! 15. A mixed drink Bajans seem to be some of the only people on the planet who ever order a mixed drink at fast food establishments. What is a mixed drink? It literally is a little bit of all flavours of soda pop or sweet drink from the dispenser. So it's a dash of Frutee, Sprite, Coke, Fanta, Ginger Ale, Sorrel and Pineapple or it's a combination of 7UP, Pepsi, Red Ju-C, and Pine Ju-C. Overseas, if you order a mixed drink, most servers will look at you dumbfounded! What do you drink to stay hydrated and keep cool?

Uh oh! It's that season which could leave you home from work or school and have you confined to bed for days. What season? It is flu season. And this virus is spread easily if persons fail to stay out of public spaces as much as possible. You could besitting in the middle of a meeting or on the bus and the next thing you hear … 'Ahhhhhh choo!' That is backed up with a chesty cough and a sniffle. Behind that, you hear someone say, "I'msorry"and although they may mean it, it's quickly followed by another coughand another sniffle. Your mind starts racing as you tell yourself . . . 'I don’t want a cold!' [related node_id='6b46374f-fcea-4120-911c-1b1df20c4043'] In Barbadoscurrently, there is a concern about the spike in respiratory illnesses on the island. So when you hear a cough or sneeze now, it doesn’t help to know thatSenior Medical Officer of Health with the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dr Leslie Rollock has cautioned parents, teachers, employers and all citizens along with visitors about thisincrease in the cases of respiratory illness being recorded. So how do you catch a respiratory illness like the common cold or flu? When you think about it, it is really easy to catch a mild and self-limiting respiratory illness.The flu is spread mainly from person to person through droplets expelledwhen contagious people cough, sneeze or talk. Some viruses can also live outside the body for a short period of time. So if someone coughs or sneezes on a surface you can catch it by touching saidsurface or object that has thevirus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, or possibly eyes. When is someone contagious? The thing is, people infected with the flu may be able to infect others from day one before symptoms develop and up to five to seven days after becoming sick. That means you may be able to spread the flu to someone else before you even know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. And watch out…young children, those who are severely ill, and those who have severely weakened immune systems may be able to infect others for longer than five to sevendays. But what can you do? Here are a few suggestions: Try to avoid coming into close contact with sick people. Yeah we know it might not be easy but still try. While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands. If a tissue is not at hand, you shouldcough or sneeze into the inside of the elbow. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs that can cause respiratory illnesses like flu . . . frequently touched objects and surfaces like doorknobs, keyboards, and phones. Remember too, speak to your doctor about possibly getting a flu shot. That also helps. And if it is a bit too late for prevention because the flu bug gotyou already, see your doctor. Take any drugs that are prescribed, as early treatment is especially important. Take the full course of medication as well. Do not share the medicine with your friend or family member who starts presenting with the same or similar symptoms.

Minister of Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Commerce Dwight Sutherland

A liquor licence should not take three months to be approved. Recognising the downfall to businesses due to this prolonged process, the Minister in charge of Commerce is on the job to see licences returned within one full week. Minister of Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Commerce Dwight Sutherlandsays the government is taking steps not only to speed upthe time it takes for persons to get liquorlicences but also to reduce the backlogs in the system. Addressing the opening of a consultation on changes to the Liquor Licences Act, he noted that draft legislation had been prepared to repeal and replace the Liquor Licences Act Cap. 182 with the Liquor Licences Bill, 2019 and the Liquor Licences (Fees) Regulations, 2019. Sutherland said the idea is to modernize the liquor licence regime and move administrative responsibility of liquor licences from the Magistracy to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs under the Ministry. He also revealed that a Liquor Licensing Authority would be established to police the new legislation to ensure that business and commerce is conducted "civilly". The minister told several stakeholders drawn from the public and private sector that when his ministry was doing its mapping and background research they found that business was held up regarding the sale of liquor. “It took too long for those small shops and retailers to have a liquor licence approved for the sale of liquor whether on the export market or locally. "We mapped the process and we found that we had some 1,000 liquor licenses waiting to be approved in the Magistrate’s court. They were not approved by the Magistrate.They were approved by a Clerk in the Magistracy jurisdiction. This is way too long and it took as long as three months to get a licence approved. "Those small shops and the small business people suffered and those manufacturers and other retailers whether it is in the hotel industry, restaurants . . . we saw the need to address it,” Sutherland said. He noted that currently, the entire process seamlessly takes 21 days from submitting the application to approval. However, once the remodelled legislation is completed and enactedthe time for approval would move to seven days. The minister noted that a key aim of today’s consultation at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre was to update stakeholders on the several initiatives that should soon be introduced under the new regime.

François Baltus-Languedoc is the new CEO of the Martinique Tourist Board

The Martinique Tourism Authority hasappointed François Baltus-Languedoc as CEO effectiveSeptember 25. François Baltus-Languedoc’s missionat the helm of the Martinique Tourism Authority will be to devise and implement innovative strategies to develop the appeal of the destination, both in terms of promotion towards international markets, as well as to advance the tourism offer in Martinique. Eager to take on this new challenge, Baltus-Languedoc said: “I am proud to represent a region that is dear to my heart and that I deeply love." “Martinique has so much to offer and it is an honour for me to contribute to the development of this beautiful destination thanks to my new position.” Having held a variety of management positions within prestigious international group* during his 25 years in the travel and international hospitality industries, Baltus-Languedoc has many assets to succeed in this new challenge among them expertise in tourism strategy, experience in business tourism, and in-depth knowledge of the prospecting markets (North America and Europe) and potential markets (Latin America, South East Asia) of the Martinique Tourism Authority Karine Mousseau, Tourism Commissioner of Martinique said:"With his skills and international experience, I am convinced, that along with the teams of the Martinique Tourism Authority and both the public and private sector professionals, Baltus-Languedoc will be able to fashion an innovative and imaginative strategy to advance Martinique’s travel industry." The new CEO will meet the industry in Montreal and New York in late October.