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Guardian Media Ltd has been
adjudged the overall media house
winner of the Inter-American Insti-
tute for Cooperation on Agriculture
(IICA) and the Caribbean Agricultural
Research and Development Institute
(CARDI) 2013 media awards.
According to a media release yes-
terday, Trinidad Guardian s Shaliza
Hassanali and CNC3 s Khamal Georges
and Vern Teekasingh led the way for
GML with four individual awards in
the print and television categories.
Hassanali won the Best Business
Feature and Best Human Interest Story
categories, Georges won the Best
News/Feature Story, while Teekasingh
won the Best News/Feature Video cat-
egory. These achievements earned
GML the Overall Media House Award.
Last year s Excellence in Agricultural
Journalism in Trinidad and Tobago
theme was "Food and Nutrition Secu-
rity in our Hands: Linking Policies and
IICA s T&T representative, Gregg
Rawlins, and CARDI s executive direc-
tor, Dr. Arlington Chesney, said the
awards were about recognising jour-
nalists for their work on reporting on
agriculture and all facets of the sector.
Chesney said: "We value the media
and we do believe the fraternity has
an important role to play in reporting
on the agriculture sector as it is linked
to life and livelihoods, health and nutri-
tion, urban poverty and employment
and much more and that is why we
celebrate excellence in agricultural
journalism via these awards."
The awards function will take place
at the Capital Plaza on February 15.
Obesity among children in T&T has become an
epidemic, says research medical officer in the Min-
istry of Health Dr Anjani Sharma.
"This has been validated by local studies, such as
that carried out by the University of the West Indies
(UWI) on overweight schoolchildren in Trinidad,
which showed a high risk of developing diabetes in
the one to 17 age group.
"Studies carried out by the Caribbean Food and
Nutrition Institute and the T&T Olympic Committee
have confirmed overweight and obesity throughout
the island," Sharma said yesterday.
Sharma made the comment as she read a speech
on behalf of Health Minister, Dr Fuad Khan, during
the opening of the Regional Paediatric Conference at
Hilton Trinidad, St Ann s.
Two weeks ago, Khan stirred up controversy when
he publicly stated that nationals of T&T were too
"lazy" and need to exercise and have healthier lifestyles.
Sharma again detailed some of the information
which justified concerns by the minister, saying in
some areas the obesity rate is as high as three out of
"In the counties of St Patrick and Victoria, approx-
imately one out of every four school aged children
is overweight or obese, and in the county of St George,
approximately one out of every three primary and
secondary schoolchild is overweight. These figures
are comparable and in some places worse that in the
United States," she said.
She said this high rate of obesity has led to societal
"The issue of childhood obesity has created a sig-
nificant healthcare burden on our society and threatens
the well-being of our future generations.
"It is imperative that agencies work together to
develop and implement strategies at all levels. From
the Government and the food and beverage industries,
to our schools, communities as well at an individual
level," she said.
She added that the regional health authorities
(RHAs) have already begun to address the problem.
"The Primary Child Care Assessment Unit at
Barataria, and soon at St James, will accommodate
referrals of overweight children," Sharma said.
She said the ministry hosted the We Fit and Healthy
Me camps for the past three years, as well as a school
health caravan for primary school pupils in 2013.
Child obesity at
Best News Story -- Sue-Ann Wayow
(Trinidad Express) Pleading For
Best Business Feature -- Shaliza
Hassanali (Trinidad Guardian)
Fishermen Get Pushed Out
Best Human Interest Story - Shaliza
Hassanali (Trinidad Guardian) One
Man Stands in the Way
Best News/Feature Story -- Sterling
Henderson (i95.5 FM) Challenges of
Livestock Farmers in T&T
Best News/Feature Story -- Khamal
Georges (CNC 3) Protest on the High
Best News/Feature Video -- Vern
Teekasingh (CNC 3) Protest on the
Best News Photograph -- Sureash
Cholai (Newsday) Farmer's Flood
Best Feature Photograph- Jermaine
Cruickshank (Trinidad Express) Bird's
Web-based and Digital Media --
Keron Bascombe - The Misunderstood
IICA/CARDI Special Award to
Youth/Citizen Journalist - Kevonne
Kerr - Four-Point Plan to Reduce Food
Overall Media House Winner
Guardian Media Ltd
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GMLtops IICA/CARDI media awards
THE 2013 WINNERS:
T&T figures worry Health Ministry
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