COVID-19 Sensitization

COVID-19 Sensitization

COVID-19 Sensitization

BDF Media Release| 18 Mar 2020

Photography credit: Able Bodied Seaman Bryan T

The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) conducted a COVID – 19 sensitization briefing with its members in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Port Health Medical Officer, Dr. R.A. Manohar Singh MD, Dip. Chest & Lep, Dip.  Cmed, Dip. HSM, MPH. COVID – 19 is a new strain of the novel Corona virus, identified in January by the Chinese authorities, not previously identified in humans. Dr. Singh reminded the Command and Staff of the BDF that although the virus was first discovered in Wuhan China, it has affected every continent and is rapidly spreading.

Coronaviruses are said to be a family of viruses that cause illness ranging from common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). They can also lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. These viruses were originally transmitted between animals and people. Dr. Singh advised at the possibility that the main cause of the virus’ spread, is due to the illegal trading of live food in Wuhan Food Markets, known to sell over 112 live animals.

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The members of the BDF were also informed that the symptoms of the novel coronavirus are:

1. Fever

2. Cough

3. Shortness of breath/breathing difficulties.

4. Aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea.

Dr Singh cautioned that while these symptoms may seem easy to detect as they are mostly external they are also mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. However, about 80% of persons infected without the need for any special treatment. It was recommended that persons with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should see medical attention especially older persons, and those underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes are most likely to develop serious illness. This virus can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to rapidly expand scientific knowledge on this new virus, to track the spread and virulence of the virus, and to provide advice to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak. WHO has set out the following guidelines as safety precautions from COVID – 19.

1.     Travellers arriving from a country of a concern you must inform the port of Entry officer.

2.     In the case of symptoms suggestive of acute respiratory illness either during or after travel, the travelers are encouraged to seek medical attention immediately and share their travel history with their health care provider.

3.     Maintain social distancing.

4.     Wash your hands frequently.

5.     Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

6.     Practice respiratory hygiene

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Barbados Regiment Week

Barbados Regiment Week

Barbados Regiment Week

BDF Media Release| 17 Mar 2020

Photography credit: BDF Media

The Barbados Regiment hosted a week of activities in recognition of the receipt of their Colour 67th Anniversary. The week of activities held from 23 – 28 February 2020, included a number of events such as; Barbados Regiment Colour to Church held at the St Paul’s Anglian church under the theme of “A Sense of Organizational Unity, Unity in History, Unity of Purpose, Unity of Vision”. Lieutenant Colonel, the Honourable Jeffrey D. Bostic, M.P. Minister of Health and Wellness was the principle guest and reviewing officer.

Other activities comprised of a general cleaning of the Sterling Children’s Home environs, a Treasure Hunt around the Garrison Historical area and a traditional Regimental Dinner.

The week of activities culminated with the Freedom of the City March from Pelican Village via Cheapside to Independence Square. This Military tradition started in the 1950’s when Ernest Deighton Mottley, the first Mayor of Bridgetown and grandfather of Prime Minister, the Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P. gave the Barbados Regiment the Key to the City, thus, granting them permission to March into the city with its Colour displayed, beating drums and bayonets fixed.

 

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BCC Promoting Literacy for Youth Development

BCC Promoting Literacy for Youth Development

BCC Promoting Literacy for Youth Development

BDF Media Release| 4 Feb 2020

Photography credit: Able Bodied Seaman Bryan T

A contingent from the Barbados Cadet Corps (BCC) recently visited the LOGOS HOPE II, often referred to as the “book ship,” docked at the Bridgetown Port. Captain of the LOGOS HOPE II James Berry and first mate Jas Soler warmly welcomed the 17 cadets and three officers aboard the ship for an exclusive tour.

Major David Clarke noted that this tour strategically aligned with one of the Corps’ youth development initiatives, the promotion of literacy. He further explained that, this was the first visit to the vessel by the Corps and it provided the cadets with a greater knowledge of the ship’s history, the over 50 diverse cultures of its volunteers, the importance of reading for knowledge and opportunities for maritime careers.

BCC Sea Cadet, Leading Seaman Britney Scott, noted that she was very thankful to the Corps and the Captain and crew of the LOGOS HOPE II for the educational tour which expanded her methods of learning. She said, she was given a unique opportunity to interact and network with fellow seafarers and welcomed other similar opportunities to assist with her development as a Sea Cadet and beyond.

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BDF in Partnership with the EUREC4A

BDF in Partnership with the EUREC4A

BDF in partnership with EUREC4A

BDF Media Release| 22 Jan 20

Photography credit: Able Bodied Seaman Bryan T

The Barbados Defence Force in partnership with the French Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER) commenced a scientific campaign in the Caribbean Sea from 10 January – 29 February onboard the French oceanographic vessel the Atalante.

The research campaign called EUREC4A, will take place partly in the seas under the jurisdiction of Barbados. Its aim is to observe the ocean and atmosphere system in the western tropical Atlantic taking into account the hydrological and low-atmosphere observations at the ocean meso-scale.

Mr. Robbie Deane the director of deployment operation at Sail Drone, stated that they will be launching the last sail drone (SAILDRONE 1060) for the atomic partnership mission during the January phase of the project. This process is expected to last approximately 60 days for the first period and another 180 days for the second phase.

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Professor Karen Harewood, the principal scientist from the University of East England stated that this will be the first time they will be launching the drone AUTONAUT. She further mentioned that this type of research was being conducted in Barbados due its geographical location, as the most easterly Caribbean island.

The Barbados Defence Force in its partnership with the Sail Drone Company will provide a launch base and other support services to the project at the Barbados Coast Guard. Both drones will be monitoring different aspects such as wind speed, the speed of the water, solar radiation, water current and air temperature. The Barbados Coast Guard operational updates will be provided to all mariners to keep clear of the drones, via CH 16 VHF and 4.4478hz HF.

The team as expressed their satisfaction with the keen support provided by the Barbados Defence Force and envisages that this strategic partnership will be developed greater in the near future.

Follow the updates for this project via the following links:

NOAA Research News

EUREC4A Operational Center

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BDF Media Operations Course

BDF Media Operations Course

BDF Media Operations Course

BDF Media Release| 17 Jan 20

Photography credit: Corporal Maynard D 

The Barbados Defence Force in partnership with the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence conducted a Media Operations Course. The course was held at the Hodgson Hall Conference Room, St Ann’s Fort the Garrison and facilitate by Colonel (retired) Ronald McCourt.

The course was comprising of 20 participants including personnel from the Barbados Fire Service and Regional Security System, was focused towards equipping these strategic media operators with the skills and tools needed to achieve command intent. It is further envisaged that these skills would be employed when communicating both in Barracks and during operations.

The course was timetabled to include presentations, exercises and visits to media facilities such radio and television stations. They participants also received one – on – one tutorials with local journalists. This will equip them with methods of media interaction as a spokesperson, while enabling them to justify key messaging advice to members of command.

The Barbados Defence Force and the UK Ministry of Defence sees this opportunity to shape interagency relations, where the methods of media operations and engagements can be streamlined to meet optimum strategic success. 

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Tevyn Walcott Selected The Barbados Pride Senior Team

Tevyn Walcott Selected The Barbados Pride Senior Team

Tevyn Walcott Selected The Barbados Pride Senior Team

BDF Media Release| 3 Jan 20

Photography credit: Kenmore Bynoe | Bynoe Photography

The Barbados Defence Force proudly congratulates Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme Cricketer, Pioneer Tevyn Walcott on his selection to the Barbados Pride Senior Team. Walcott secured his place in the team after amassing a score of 175 runs during the trial games held recently at the Kensington Oval. The Barbados Pride Senior Team, captained by Mr Kraigg Brathwaite, will compete in the Regional 4-Day series against the Windward Islands at the Arnos Vale Pavilion, St. Vincent.
Pioneer (Pnr) Walcott, enlisted in the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) in 2014 and credits the Force for his mental, academic and physical development, as he continues to strive for excellence in his sporting and professional endeavors. Walcott went on to further express gratitude to his mentor and BDF SP cricket coach, Mr Alvin Greenidge, for encouraging him to join the programme and his consistent attention to his cricketing skills and development.
During the 2019 season, Walcott amassed 4 centuries and received the coveted Jeffrey Dujon award for the Best Overall Wicket Keeper. He has attributed his cricketing success while in the BDFSP to the structure of the programme which includes 4-hour coaching sessions rather than the 2-hour system found in local cricket clubs.
Walcott stated that he will continue to play cricket to the best of his ability to bring glory not only to the BDFSP and the BDF by extension, but also to Barbados and hopefully one day the West Indies. Walcott intends to enlist in the Officer Corps of the Barbados Defence Force at the completion of his cricketing career.

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