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Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Hiking to the Naranjo summit

This is a great time of year to climb the heights of our ranges. Trails are dry, streams are crystal clear, forest fruits are bearing aplenty and the air is, to say the least, energising We made our way up the old bench trail that runs from Maracas/St Joseph to Las Cuevas. Our famous silk-cotton tree still stood tall along the way, despite the tangled mess of its surroun­dings where once sturdy neighbours flourished but now lay down the steep slopes, their lives extinguished by natural progression. Read more »

  • Vanessa and Friends’ Easter family fun

    During the past few weeks, several themed events were held in the lead-up to Easter. On April 6, a Fun Day was hosted by Vanessa and Friends at St Mary’s Anglican Rectory grounds in Tacarigua. Read More »

  • A need for understanding

    It is devastating enough for a parent to outlive their child; it’s worse when a child’s life is snuffed out because of crime. Read More »

  • Ebola outbreak response scales up

    As of April 9, 157 people, including 101 deaths, have been infected with Ebola in Guinea. In Conakry, the capital city, efforts are now being intensified to further control the outbreak of this deadly virus. Efforts include the resources needed to track the people that may have been exposed to the virus. Read More »

  • Affected by contact dermatitis?

    What is it? Contact dermatitis is a rash that occurs at the site of exposure to a substance that inflames the skin. It is inflammation of the skin, which results from contact of an external substance with the skin. This can occur through one of two mechanisms: irritant or allergic. Read More »

  • In style for Easter

    Next to Christmas and the New Year, Easter is another time of the year that women get an excuse to go clothes-shopping; not that they really need one! Read More »

  • A traditional treat

    Like many holidays, Easter is associated with several traditions. When it comes to food and treats, enjoying hot cross buns is most common. Hot cross buns are considered a must-have for Easter and in Trinidad the tradition is taken very seriously. Read More »

  • Ellis holds on to her faith

    On the second day of Holy Week Selina Ellis is sitting in a corner of the East Side Plaza, Charlotte Street store she runs for her daughter, which also bears her name. Read More »

  • Tarrus Riley to jump-start Jazz in the East

    The increasingly popular annual Tobago Jazz Experience will this year see an even more exciting line-up of musicians pulsating with vibes of Caribbean energy. On the agenda is New York-born Jamaican reggae artiste, Tarrus Riley. A repeat visitor to Tobago’s shores, and famous for hits like She’s Royal and Stay With You, Riley will jump-start the Tobago Jazz Experience at Speyside tomorrow. Read More »

  • Climate change vs food security

    ‘BIG freeze shatters North America temperature records’. ‘UK storms: Man dies amid almost unparalleled natural crisis’. ‘Australian heatwaves more frequent, hotter and longer’. ‘Drought hits St Lucia’. It is only the fourth month of the year but already extreme weather events have grabbed news headlines around the world. Read More »

  • Chart your destiny

    Carolyn Correia wears many hats and on March 29 she launched the pilot for her motivational workshops entitled “Charting Your Destiny” which took place at Daniell’s Institute of Learning. Read More »


    THE Gift For Life Foundation admits that St Anthony’s College is a college where young men are groomed into respectable gentlemen. This commentary was made after the college’s Young Leaders hosted the Miss Gift For Life Pageant 2014’. Read More »

  • An eye for music

    The 22-year-old visually impaired man, who plays violin and guitar on the pavement in San Fernando, wants to be treated with respect. And he wants to be able to earn a living despite his disability. Read More »

  • WHO: Need for greater awareness of hepatitis C risk

    On April 9, the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued its first guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C. These guidelines were released on the eve of the opening of the 2014 International Liver Congress that will be attended by nearly 10 000 delegates in London, England. Hepatitis is a significant global concern due to the vast burden of illness, death and the potential for outbreaks and epidemic spread. Approximately 150 million people around the world have been infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV), causing 350,000 to 500,000 deaths a year. Read More »

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