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Shanti Ramsamooj, 54, a mother of four and grandmother of eight from La Brea Trace, Siparia, can be seen on her daughter's Facebook page bonjaying a large pot of curry crab on a chulha she made.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Derek Walcott Festival, together with Arrowsmith Press and the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, has announced the short list of the first annual Derek Walcott Prize for a full-length book of poems published in 2019 by a living poet who is not a US citizen. The winner, to be selected by Glyn Maxwell, will be announced in July.
The eldest of 17 siblings; from age seven years, the performing arts was the light bulb illuminating the mind; started ballet and folk dance at age nine. This was local soca artiste Denise “Saucy Wow” Belfon. Dancer, football, gymnastics, Howard University Football Scholarship recipient, chef, mother, grandmother, mentor, pro-songbird characterise, but as a teenager, trying to rationalise how school education was going to fulfil the music and performing dream, haunted. Boys were on the mind a bit too; but who, besides the Creator, truly knows what’s in store for you.
Akhenaton "Ken" Simmons has been a popular voice on the radio airwaves for years. Now, in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, he is not only providing quality entertainment but also leading the charge for healthy lifestyles.
When Maegan Pollonais left T&T 12 years ago to pursue tertiary studies, she planned to study sociology to become a criminologist. In pursuit of that dream, she enrolled in a degree programme at SUNY Plattsburgh in New York.
The iconic Barbadian poet Kamau Brathwaite, who died in February this year, would have been 90 on May 11.
Naaz Khan, owner of Maison Culinaire, is a pro at creating recipes free from processed ingredients, dairy, refined sugars and gluten. In her episode of Community Kitchen, she showed Lurbz how to make a vegan, dairy-free, sugar-free chocolate mousse using Naturally Almond‘s almond milk.
As we begin to “open up” T&T after almost 50 days of lockdown, there is a sense of relief from most quarters. Significant in this entire time of social distancing and shelter in place were the conversations on social media about food—doubles and roti running way ahead of KFC in my estimation of the conversations.
Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional Irish dish that features corned beef slowly simmered with onions, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, beef broth and beer. But Caribbean people know it as something completely different, mainly because we use canned corned beef, like this one from Target.
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