Sport For Life! charity expands out of Caribbean – This as UK Foreign Minister pledges review of APD before March 23 while Barbados Sports Minister pledges Cultural Action Fund will soon be replenished

The charity devised to perpetuate the memory of Cricket World Cup 2007 Coordinator, Stephen Alleyne, is so successful it is now in St Lucia, St Vincent and a branch is now just set up in Pakistan.  The organisation which uses cricket as a fulcrum to encourage remedial children to learn Maths & English got its launch here in Barbados with similar satellites in Trinidad & Antigua.

Some of the youngsters benefitting from the Sports For Life! Programme at Kensington Oval

Only last year, there was a fund-raiser at the Royal Pavilion resort with noted tenor Sean Ruane and the patron was one of Sport For Life’s director’s, Lord Richard Newby, and there was a very popular Silent Auction with many keenly contested items.

Envoys & Dignitaries prepare to field questions from not only Mainstream but Social Media at the conference room by the Halls & Griffith stand

This year, after the settling of the David Cameron Tory coalition administration with the Liberal Democrats, their Foreign Minister Jeremy Browne, MP for Taunton, came to Barbados to inspect the Sport For Life! Headquarters. He is liaising with local Cabinet and will perform similar duties in both Kingstown and Port-Of-Spain this week.

Jeremy Browne inquiring what the young Bajans are studying in their Sports For Life! session at KOMI

In a briefing session after the tour at Kensington Oval with Barbadian Sports Minister Stephen Lashley & UK High Commissioner Paul Burchell, there was a Q&A session and this Web Magazine asked Minister Browne since Britain’s Government now had time to adjust to the pooling of resources between two political entities, are there any plans to review the Airline Passenger Duty which is considered crippling to travel for not only Barbados but the entire region?

The UK Cabinet Minister pledged while not attached to Finance or Treasury, nevertheless, he will bring the matter up on his return home {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

The Taunton MP sought to reassure everyone that Barbados remains a key destination for Britons, where more of the UK visits here than what is the entire population of Barbados – he also indicated he spoke to BA and Virgin, who say they are increasing airlift out to the Caribbean and not just Barbados

Minister Browne also revealed that Olympics for London in 2012 will be ecologically responsible {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Completed a year ahead of planned schedule, London’s Olympic Park used latest technology to purify the area which was once a landfill

After the Q&A at KOMI/Kensington Oval, the Ministers conferred on the best way to reach Ben Mar (UK High Commissioner's residence) where everyone relaxed afterwards for Cocktails

The Barbadian Cabinet Minister also came under scrutiny and he was alerted how at the Launch of Caribbean Tales they said the NCF’s Cultural Action Fund was defunct and were there any plans to revive this initiative {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Stephen Lashley was quick to point out the NCF’s inituiative was not abandoned but hibernating until the economy revives at which point he would recommend in a subsequent Budget to replensih the grant which assists many Sports, Cultural & Tourism-driven entrepreneurs

BR also asked the DLP MP what is his assessment of the programme which was created in tribute to the late Stephen Alleyne {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Minister Lashley observed how Sports For Life! assisted in amending the behaviour of young males in Pakistan and he looks forward to similar results in Barbados

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