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Uttar Pradesh, India, January 1, 1901. The cries of a newborn baby boy rang out from a modest house on that winter’s day.
Since their arrival in 1845, East Indians, not only within T&T, but throughout the West Indies, have made and continue to make an indelible mark on all spheres of life: the arts, academia, politics, culture and more. Throughout the decades, the contributions of the East Indian community have become part of our mainstream culture and have added further character and distinction to our multi-ethnic artistic expressions.
Parfaits originated in France and it translates to “perfect”. That only seems fitting, since that’s exactly what this dessert is: perfection in a glass. These layers of plump, soft berries, whipped cream and crunchy streusel are easy to assemble and satisfy all your sweet cravings.
In this harsh economic time, members of the United National Congress (UNC) Toco/ Sangre Grande executive decided to honour mothers. One of the recipients was centenarian Mathar Farria of Church Street, Matura.
Bake and Shark, or Shark and Bake — whatever you call it — is arguably Trinidad and Tobago’s most famous food. It’s the first stop you make at Maracas before even putting your toes in the sand. And that makes total sense.
The names Quincy Taylor, age 29 years, and Justin Eligon, 27, may have been known in their living community as good, bad or indifferent youths, but at some point in our growing, we all were a bit of each, and either merely grew and matured or grew and matured “well.” While growing/maturing, the famous question posed to many children is: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and most times, we are clueless or state a career that we only know of superficially. Truly funny, though, very few of us evolve into what we really wanted to be.
Like the Spanish Flu a hundred years ago, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), or as it’s more widely known as the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, reminded mankind of its insignificance in the universal order of things. In the health policy world, we often use the phrase “diseases know no borders” and COVID-19 can attest to this.
They started in early April, blowing up social media with their videoed rendition of Heal the World during the initial stage of the pandemic’s global lockdown. Incorporating 15 of their male and female local and foreign seasoned pan players, respectively, BP Renegades Steel Orchestra would present to the world a soothing, first-rate reproduction of the 1992 release from the late Michael Jackson.
As we continue to adapt to the multiple changes in our lives, we recognize that the impact on children and adolescents has been significant. Recent articles have identified teens as a group of “unsung heroes” of these times, as they have had to rapidly accept an abrupt end to their school year, missed milestones including graduations for which they are grieving and changes to their relationships with friends.
If we can think of mental health and wellbeing in terms of prevention it will serve us well in our lives altogether but, even better now, as we begin to reintegrate after a period of isolation and working from home. Our emotional health, while traditionally disregarded or placed second to other health issues, remains equally important as our physical wellbeing.
None of us can deny the fact that prescription drugs are on the rise. Note I am not against prescription drugs as it has its place and can save lives for a number of folks. But what if you want to live a medication-free life? Which begs the question is it possible to be healthy and live a long life without the aid of prescription drugs?
When a teenager is diagnosed with cancer it is a harder pill to swallow. They are exposed to more of life and therefore their knowledge of what cancer is makes it harder for the entire family to cope. JBF talks to Anesha who beat the odds, and is now a part of the healthcare system in a very positive way.
When the first International Pan Ramajay Competition is staged in June, more than US$16,000 will be up for grabs to the winners in three categories—Solo, Duet, Quartet. Pannists from around the globe are being invited to register to compete in the first virtual pan competition of its kind. With competition days set between June 13-June 27, registration closes at 6 pm, on Wednesday, June 3, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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