Recipe: Pepper Pot (Guyana)

By Celina DeCastroThis Amerindian dish is considered the national dish in Guyana. Often cooked during the Christmas or wintertime festivities, this stew-like dish can be served alongside Guyanese homemade white plait bread for dipping into the stew or with rice and beans. The flavor of this dish develops over time; it can be left un-refrigerated due to the cassareep for it acts as a preservation. If left un-refrigerated, heat it up to a boil and serve over and over to hungry friends and family who cannot wait until Christmas for this mouthwatering dish. This dish is best cooked a day before serving.What you’ll need:5 lbs. of stewing beef or beef brisket1 lbs. of pork trotters or cow’s heels (optional)1 lbs. of pig tails or ox tails (optional)1 cup of Amerindian seasoning (cassareep)3 red hot peppers of your choice.4 cinnamon sticks1/2 cup of brown sugarSalt to taste2 stalks of basil1 bunch of fresh thyme1 large onion, chopped4 chopped garlic cloves1 tbsp Whole cloves1 tbsp of granulated garlic1 tsp of cayenne powder4 tbsp of oilWhat to do:Season oxtail or pigtail with 1/3 of the 1/2 cup of brown sugar, and other ingredients except the cinnamon, whole cloves, sugar and pepper. Add 1/3 of the cassareep. Set mixture aside.Repeat this step to marinade the beef and cow heel.In a large stock pot, add 2 tbsp of oil and saute 1/3 of the onion and garlic cloves on high heat.Add the seasoned beef, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and pepper. Saute until beef are brown all over.Once meat has turned brown, add about 6 cups of water and bring to a boil on high heat. Then reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmerWarm about 1 tbsp of oil in a pressure cooker set to high heat. Add seasoned oxtail or pigtail and add 1/3 of onion and garlic. Saute until brown and then add 5 cups of water. Cover and cook until oxtail or pigtail is tender.Repeat step 6 to cook cow heel.Add oxtail to the beef and mix together, then add cow heel to mixture and mix together.Add 2 cups of water, enough to cover the meat, and use remaining cassareep.Increase the heat to high and bring mixture to a boil. Let it bowl for 10 to 15 minutes.Reduce the heat and let simmer on low heat, let it simmer for 2.5 hours until meat is falling off the bone.Add 1/2 cup of brown sugar and salt to taste if needed. Mix seasoning in until satisfied with taste.Serve to hungry friends or family read more

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South Florida public school’s first day of school coincides with Great…

first_imgA solar eclipse can cause unusual changes to your surroundings, and can last for several hours. The solar eclipse is projected to take place between 1:26 p.m. and 4:20 p.m. EDT in South Florida on August 21, with maximum coverage at approximately 2:57 pm. Broward District’s Office of Academics has provided teachers with sample lesson plans, and guidance and information regarding the 2017 eclipse for instructional activities. STEAM-related curriculum in schools.Most outdoor classes/activities between the hours of 1 p.m.and 4:30 p.m., including physical education, recess, after-careprograms, athletic/band practices, outdoor games, field trips andextra-curricular activities will be moved indoors. Some safe outdooreducational activities may take place.The safest way to experience the solar eclipse is online athttps://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-live-stream. We are encouragingschools to provide online viewing opportunities for students.Parents are asked to speak with their children about thedangers of looking at the sun, especially if they walk home from school.Only devises recognized by NASA and the American Astronomical Society (AAS) with a solar filter, such as “eclipse glasses,” can beused to safely watch the eclipse. Homemade devices cannot beused to view the eclipseParents are also urged to use extreme caution when drivingDuring dismissal times as extra traffic congestion is expected. Looking directly at the sun during a solar eclipse can cause severe damage to the eyes. To strike a balance between ensuring student safety and leveraging this once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity, both Districts will be taking the following measures:center_img A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun in a path that positions the moon right in front of the sun. The moon, sun, and Earth are directly aligned. Dismissal times have not changed.Principals and educators may incorporate appropriate As Miami-Dade and Broward County Public Schools kicks-off a new school year on Monday, August 21, the Great American Solar Eclipse will be traversing North America; and will be visible in South Florida.last_img read more

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US politicians push to extend CBTPA

first_imgThree members of the US Congress have tabled legislation extending the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), which is set to expire in 2020.Democrat Senator Bill Nelson and Republican Senator Marco Rubio, both representing Florida, recently unveiled the “Caribbean Basin Economy Recovery Act.”The proposal extends the CBTPA, which allows Caribbean countries aligned with the US federal government in battling drug trafficking and with high labor standards to export goods containing American dyes and fabrics into the US duty-free. The CBTPA was established in 2000.Senator Bill Nelson introduced billNelson introduced the bill, which was then sent to the US Senate Finance Committee. “These trade programs are a lifeline for some of our closest allies, which also happen to be some of the poorest countries in the Caribbean,” Nelson said.Stability in Caribbean “Extending this trade program not only helps provide stability in the region, it also helps the Florida businesses that rely on international trade.”Rubio said that “extending these targeted trade preferences helps boost key American exports and solidifies fragile economies, like Haiti’s, in a crucial region for US security.“This bill will help reaffirm the US commitment to developing deeper economic relationships with our regional allies, and supporting stable and democratic political institutions in the Caribbean,” he said.Congressman Sewell introduces similar billAlabama Democratic Congressman Terri Sewell also introduced a similar bill in the US House of Representatives last week, with Florida Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo as the chief sponsor on the Republican side.“This bipartisan legislation to promote US trade with Caribbean island countries is needed as many islands begin to recover from the devastation of recent hurricanes,” Sewell said.“Economic growth in Alabama is one of my top priorities, and this bill represents a great opportunity to expand my home state’s trade with Caribbean basin countries,” he added.Sewell said that reauthorizing CBTPA until 2030 and improving trade with Caribbean countries encourage future investment, promote job creation, and lay “the foundation for economic development for decades to come.“Since coming to Congress, I’ve worked to build a stronger, more competitive US economy, and today’s bill takes a big step towards that goal,” he said.last_img read more

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Health Update: Only 1 in 10 Adults Get Enough Fruits or…

first_imgJust 1 in 10 adults meet the federal fruit or vegetable recommendations, according to a new study published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).Depending on their age and sex federal guidelines recommend that adults eat at least 1½ to 2 cups per day of fruit and 2 to 3 cups per day of vegetables as part of a healthy eating pattern. Yet in 2015, just 9 percent of adults met the intake recommendations for vegetables, ranging from 6 percent in West Virginia to 12 percent in Alaska. Only 12 percent of adults met the recommendations for fruit, ranging from 7 percent in West Virginia to 16 percent in Washington, D.C. Results showed that consumption was lower among men, young adults, and adults living in poverty.Very few Americans“This report highlights that very few Americans eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables every day, putting them at risk for chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease,” said Seung Hee Lee Kwan, Ph.D., of CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, lead author of the study. “As a result, we’re missing out on the essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that fruits and vegetables provide.”Reduces risk of illness and deathSeven of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States are from chronic diseases. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables daily can help reduce the risk of many leading causes of illness and death, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity. Men, younger adults, and those in poverty are consuming the fewest fruits/vegetables according to the CDC. Men, younger adults, and those in poverty are consuming the fewest fruits/vegetables according to the CDC. Strategies to increase consumptionThe CDC Guide to Strategies to Increase the Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables suggests 10 strategies to increase access to fruits and vegetables, including these:Start or expand farm-to-institution programs in childcare, schools, hospitals, workplaces, and other institutions.Improve access to retail stores and markets that sell high quality fruits and vegetables.Ensure access to fruits and vegetables in cafeterias and other food service venues in worksites, hospitals, and universities.To address other barriers, families can save time and money by chopping extra fruit or vegetables at one time and freezing the extra or choosing frozen or canned fruits and vegetables at the store. For more tips on convenient and affordable ways to eat a healthy diet, please visit www.choosemyplate.gov.“Families can benefit from having healthy foods available wherever they live, learn, work, and play,” said Ruth Petersen, M.D., director of CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. “Communities, worksites, schools, hospitals, and other institutions can work together to support healthy eating for all Americans.”CDC researchers analyzed data from the 2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to estimate the percentage of each state’s population meeting the intake recommendations by age, sex, race/ethnicity, and poverty-income ratio for the 50 states and District of Columbia (DC).To learn more about how CDC works to make healthy eating and active living accessible for all Americans, visit the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity.center_img The findings indicate a need to identify and address barriers to fruit and vegetable consumption. Previous studies have found that high cost, limited availability and access, and perceived lack of cooking/preparation time can be barriers to fruit and vegetable consumption.last_img read more

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Jamaican government cannot fund Tallawahs

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The Jamaica government says it cannot provide the level of funding required by the Jamaica Tallawahs, dealing a major blow to the aspirations of the Caribbean Premier League franchise ahead of the new season.Sports Minister Olivia Grange said while government would continue to provide financial support for Tallawahs, the over US$1.5 million needed by the franchise was outside of the country’s current reach.Hope to find a way“I am in discussions with the Tallawahs and hope to find a way to give some support as I stretch the little that we have,” Grange told the awards ceremony of the Melbourne Cricket Club recently.“The Tallawahs need in excess of US$1 million each year for the next three years. We cannot find that. I have to be clear and up front about that. We cannot find that.“In fact, it’s in excess of US$1.5 million. But, working with the private sector we could find a way. So … I make a special appeal to corporate Jamaica to come on board with the Jamaica Tallawahs.”Tallawahs are one of six CPL franchises which contest the annual Caribbean Twenty20 competition. The Kingston-based franchise is owned by Florida-based businessman Kris Persaud, whose Worldwide Sports Management Group, took over operations two years ago. Proposal to relocate Tallawah’s to South Florida Media reports, however, have said there are plans afoot to shift the franchise to Florida, with games to be played at the Central Broward Regional Park. Last year, three of the Tallawahs’ five home matches were played at the Lauderhill venue.Grange said government had supported Tallawahs financially in the past, dishing out US$25,000 in 2015 and a further US$35,000 in 2017. No support was provided last year because the request for help came after the budget process had finished.She explained that government already supported more than 40 sports associations and the amount needed by Tallawahs was in excess of the total subventions provided to these organizations.Grange also warned that if Tallawahs were to be given what was needed to keep games being played in Jamaica “then we would have to shut down shop and give support to no one else – and that’s not possible. But we’re still trying. The little that we have, we will stretch it and give them something. Yes, we have put something in the budget for them.”Grange said even Prime Minister Andrew Holness had gotten involved, in an attempt to galvanize support for the franchise. “I must tell you we went as far as having the Prime Minister himself arrange a meeting with the Tallawahs and a private entity in Jamaica which also has an international connection,” she revealed.“Several meetings were held. Unfortunately, just maybe a couple weeks ago, the Tallawahs were told that this company is unable to assist.”The 2019 CPL is set to bowl off in August.last_img read more

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Jamaican Football Community Mourns Death of Slain Reggae Girl

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaican football community is mourning the death of slain Reggae Girl, Tarania Clarke, the midfielder for the Jamaican women’s senior football team, who was killed in Kingston on October 31.Reports are that the 20-year-old athlete was stabbed with a knife by another female in a dispute over a cellphone in Half-Way-Tree. She later passed away at a hospital in Kingston, having succumbed to her injuries.The Reggae Girlz Foundation and the Jamaica Football Federation both made tributes to the footballer, who was affectionately called “Plum Plum” by her teammates and coaches.President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Mr. Michael Ricketts stated in his statement that he was saddened by the news.“The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is indeed deeply saddened by the untimely passing of young Ms. Clarke, someone who would have shown so much promise, not just as a player but as a person. I must use this opportunity to personally and certainly on behalf of the JFF extend my most profound condolences to the immediate family members and friends of Ms. Clarke, her school family at Excelsior and of-course her club Waterhouse. The JFF must give as much support as we can during this time of bereavement to her mother and close friends.”Meanwhile, the Reggae Girlz Foundation President Michelle Adamolekun said that football truly changed Tarania’s life. “Tarania “Plum-Plum” Clark was the breadwinner for her family at the tender age of 20. Football provided her with the opportunity to develop academically and athletically, to travel and to utilize her talents to achieve her dreams and goals. Tarania’s Family, community, teammates and friends are mourning the loss of a beautiful young woman.”Clarke scored for Jamaica on debut when Jamaica drubbed Cuba 12-1 at the National Stadium in Kingston on September 30. The 20-year-old midfielder was also captain of the Waterhouse FC in Jamaica’s Women’s League.Clarke was a recent graduate of Excelsior High School where she was also captain of the football team. Her coach Xavier Gilbert, devastated by the news, described Clarke as a wonderful individual who put the needs of others before her own.“We were very close. She was captain for the last three years and was a wonderful leader, a wonderful person,” he said.He revealed that Clarke was set to leave Jamaica in January 2020 for school at Daytona University in Florida and was awaiting the completion of paperwork.Other tributes came from the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange who said the incident was a “senseless killing” and Cedella Marley, one of the major investors of the Reggae Girlz, who said she was heartbroken by the news.Just last month, the Reggae Girlz pulled off four stunning wins against Cuba, Barbados, St. Lucia and the US Virgin Islands to top the Caribbean zone of the qualifiers. The girls advanced to second round of Olympic qualifiers to be played in February 2020. The top two teams from that final round of eight will advance to the Tokyo Olympics next summer.last_img read more

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President Moise Commemorates Haiti’s 216th Anniversary of Independence

first_imgJovenel Moise, the winner of Haiti’s presidential election, speaks during an interview in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, December 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jeanty Junior Augustin/Files PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian President Jovenel Moïse broke with tradition on Wednesday and celebrated the country’s independence day in the capital for security reasons following months of political turmoil.Moïse, whose government has been accused of corruption, denounced graft during his speech at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince and urged Haiti’s elite to work with the government and help create employment.“We’re still extremely poor,” he said. “Those who continue to get rich find it normal that they do not pay taxes, find it normal that there can be no competition, find it normal that they set prices for consumers, especially when this consumer is the state itself.”Moïse also apologized for the country’s ongoing power outages and renewed his 2016 campaign pledge to provide electricity 24 hours a day, saying it was harder to accomplish than he imagined.The speech that marked the 216th anniversary of the world’s first black republic was originally slated to take place in the northern coastal town of Gonaives, where Jean-Jacques Dessalines declared Haiti’s independence. But the celebration was moved to the capital, Port-Au-Prince because of the destruction caused by protests in Gonaives. Opposition parties also warned the President not visit the town on Independence Day.On Monday, Jules Charles Faustin, the Political Advisor to the Head of State made the announcement, stressing “January 1 is a national holiday that deserves to be celebrated throughout solemnity required. This is not the time to enter into confrontations.”He explained that nothing forces the President in the Constitution to celebrate the independence of Haiti in historical sites recalling that during his 2nd term, President Préval did not go to Vertières.Responding to threats from the opposition to prevent Moïse from going to Gonaïves, Faustin recalled that the Head of State had made two visits to Gonaïves on December 14 and 28.For his part, the senator of the radical opposition Youri Latortue welcomed the absence of the Head of State in Gonaïves. The opposition will celebrate Independence Day with a patriotic vigil and a ceremony in memory of activists who fell during anti-government protests in the Artibonite.last_img read more

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Ways To Care For Your Teeth This Flu Season

first_imgPLANTATION, Florida – We’re at the peak of flu season and one thing that helps you feel a little more like yourself when you’re feeling under the weather: brushing your teeth.When you have a cold or the flu, taking care of your body is the top priority — and that includes your mouth.It’s important to take care of your dental health all year round, but especially when you’re sick.Here are some simple ways to care for your dental health when you’re not feeling well:Practice good hygiene: Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze, and don’t forget to keep your dental and toothbrush hygiene as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu virus can live on moist surfaces for 72 hours. That means don’t share your toothbrush anytime, but especially when you are sick.Choose sugar-free cough drops: Read the label of cough drops and avoid those with ingredients like fructose or corn syrup. The longer you keep a sugary cough drop in your mouth, the more time cavity-causing bacteria has to feast on that sugar, which produces the acid that can leave holes in your teeth.Swish and spit after vomiting: If you’re vomiting, you might be tempted to brush your teeth right away. You should swish with water or diluted mouth rinse first — then brush about 30 minutes later. When you vomit, stomach acids are coming in contact with your teeth and coating them. If you brush too soon, you’re just rubbing that acid all over the hard-outer shell of your teeth.Stay hydrated to avoid dry mouth: One reason to drink plenty of fluids when you’re sick is to prevent dry mouth, which are sometimes caused by medications for a cold or flu. Dry mouth is not only uncomfortable but can also put you at greater risk for cavities.Choose the right fluid: There’s one beverage that always the best: water. When replenishing electrolytes, drink sports drinks in moderation and opt for a sugar-free version. In addition, if you drink tea, try not to add sugar or lemon if you can avoid it. Sugar can help fuel cavity-causing bacteria, and lemon is acidic.Dr Sharon Robinson, DDS, owns and operates the Dental Place in Plantation, Florida, with a second office – the Dental Place Cosmetix Spa in Kingston, Jamaica. She may be contacted at 954-792-1857. Visit their website, www.dentalplace4u.comlast_img read more

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TRP dispute sees ARC shut down Ladbrokes racetrack betting points

first_img Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Arena Racing Company (ARC) has ordered Ladbrokes to shut down its six racecourse properties due to its ongoing content dispute with joint-venture subsidiary The Racing Partnership (TRP).The bookmaker has been told that retail points at Doncaster, Wolverhampton, Lingfield, Worcester, Southwell and Windsor racetracks will be shut down for an ‘indefinite period’.ARC’s decision follows legal charges by TRP against Ladbrokes and other major UK highstreet bookmakers, over misuse of data relating to bookmakers providing ‘offtube commentary’ using TRP syndicated content without signing-up to TRP services.TRP governance has placed its legal charges against UK bookmakers Ladbrokes, Coral, Betfred and racing content supplier SIS. ARC stated that Ladbrokes racetrack betting points would be closed from this Friday, with the company having no betting representation at Doncaster this weekend.Speaking to the Racing Post David Williams Ladbrokes Director of Media commented on the matter; “We have recently been informed that our on-course shops would need to close as a result of the ongoing media rights discussion with TRP. They will remain closed indefinitely.”TRP which officially represents all ARC racing content, states that only bookmakers that have signed up to its broadcast service should be allowed to publish its syndicated data. Bookmakers offering ‘offtube commentary’ are therefore in breach of its broadcast rights by undermining its services. Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020last_img read more

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Partypoker confirms John Duthie as President of new live tour

first_img John Duthie, the founder and former CEO of the European Poker Tour (EPT), has agreed a five-year deal to become President of partypoker’s new poker tour, partypoker LIVE.The new live global tour was only announced in January of this year. As a poker player, Duthie has over $3.2 million in live tournament winnings and won the inaugural Poker Million in 2000. Originally a TV director, he founded the EPT in 2004.Duthie commented: “I have been impressed with the progress of partypoker and in particular the number of trusted, experienced and well respected individuals and organisations that have chosen to put their support behind the partypoker brand.“I believe there is a gap in the market for an operator whose primary focus is poker and who will listen to, and work with, the poker community, as this was key to the growth and success of the EPT.“I still love the game just as much as the first time I saw my first flop, and I believe this passion will help partypoker LIVE become the largest and most fun poker tour in the world. I plan to enjoy myself immensely working with and meeting old friends.”Tom Waters, MD of partypoker, added: “We are thrilled that John has joined us at the beginning of this journey. Very few people in the world have made such a significant contribution to poker and his experience, relationships and understanding of players will be a huge asset to us.“Our guarantees are ambitious, but our marketing strategy is to provide value to players instead of investing money outside of the poker community. We are confident that with John’s guidance we can optimise this strategy for the benefit of the live poker market.“partypoker LIVE will offer a minimum of 5M GTD for 5K buy-in, 1M GTD for 1K buy-in and 500K GTD for 200 buy-in and we plan to visit as many continents and countries as possible. All events will feature at least one Online Day 1 for players who have limited time to spend away from home or simply wish to reduce their expenses.” StumbleUpon Share partypoker returns to tough Czech Rep market February 28, 2019 Submit Share Related Articles GVC confirms Swedish launch for bwin and partypoker January 3, 2019 GVC to meet shareholders to discuss executives pay plan June 6, 2019last_img read more

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