Mother and daughter ‘giving back’ to help children and seniors in Grenada

Mother and daughter ‘giving back’ to help children and seniors in Grenada

By Lincoln DePradine Shenae Harris and her mother, Marsha Hector, were both born outside of the Caribbean but have grown up with a passionate love for the region. So deep is that love that mother and daughter have embarked on projects to provide assistance to children and the elderly in the Caribbean. Canadian-born Harris spearheaded […]

Program to support black parenting skills launched in Durham

Program to support black parenting skills  launched in Durham

By Lincoln DePradine A program to “support and enhance black parenting skills” has been launched for families in Whitby, Ajax and Pickering. The program which is funded through the Ontario Black Youth Action Plan (BYAP) will receive $30,000 over four years and is being administered by Side by Side Access Services. “We are very excited […]

Food Safety During Pregnancy

Food Safety During Pregnancy

FOCUS ON HEALTH   Food Safety During Pregnancy By Sylvanus Thompson Food poisoning is a major cause of preventable illness and avoidable death. The true impact of foodborne illness is not known because most persons who become ill do not seek medical attention or report their illness. However, available data suggests that approximately 30 per […]

ABC teacher meets her author-student

ABC teacher meets her author-student

An elderly woman stunned guests at the Annual Mothers’ Day and Arrival Day celebrations of the Zoomers’ Association of Trinidad and Tobago ( ZATTIC) in Mississauga on Sunday. Dr Kris Rampersad, a Trinidad-based journalist and author was speaking about her efforts at ” developing literary and  heritage sectors  and creating global connections with Caribbean groups” […]

Caribbean warned to prepare for possibility of severe outbreak of dengue fever

Caribbean warned to prepare for possibility of severe outbreak of dengue fever

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – While Chikungunya and Zika which swept the region in 2014 and 2016 are not expected back anytime soon, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is warning residents to “gear-up for the possibility of a major outbreak of dengue fever in 2018.” It says that’s because the pre-conditions of abundant mosquito […]

BADC supporters told the road ahead ‘still needs to be walked’

BADC supporters told the road ahead ‘still needs to be walked’

  Ontario Independent Police Review Director Gerry McNeily, the keynote speaker at a fundraising brunch last Sunday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Black Action Defense Committee (BADC),  told supporters that the organization  is today respected and widely consulted by government. But he reminded them that  their work ” is still unfinished.” “And the […]

‘ No time to cut seniors care’ – Ontario Premier

‘ No time to cut seniors care’ – Ontario Premier

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne  told a convention of long- term care and retirement home professionals in Etobicoke  yesterday that her government will “invest in care – not cuts.” “ All told, we’re investing more than $3.3 billion over the next three years to improve care for our seniors,” she said. Speaking at the “Together We Care” […]

Fight the Flu

Fight the Flu

FOCUS ON HEALTH By Heather Aspinall Influenza (often called the flu) is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs that is caused by influenza viruses.   In North America, although infections can occur at any time of the year, most infections occur during the fall and winter months, with peak activity occurring from December to […]

Guyana pastor sentenced to 40 years in jail for having sex with a 15-year old girl

Guyana pastor sentenced  to 40 years in jail for having sex with a 15-year old girl

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -A High Court judge in Guyana has sentenced a 46-year-old pastor to 40 years in jail after he was found guilty of having sex with a minor two years ago. “The victim has been grossly violated in every conceivable way. She had to face criticisms and publicity take the stand and recount the […]

Activist issues message of resistance against forces trying to deport him

Activist issues message of resistance against forces trying to deport him

NEW YORK –  Trinidad-born immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir issued a message of resistance against the forces trying to deport him and others as he returned last Thursday to the site here of his January 11 arrest. “There is a psychological warfare out there, and they want us to be weak,” said Ragbir outside 26 […]

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