Vegetable Day

Vegetable Day

What’s Vegetable Day?

June 17 was declared the National Eat Your Vegetable Day in the United States. This is a good thing because it reminds and encourages people to take part in a healthy eating diet.

Things to do during Vegetable Day

  1. You can visit a vegetarian restaurant – you will learn and see the many different way if turning vegetables into an art and tasteful delight. Many dishes that are made will nightly supplement the need and urge consume meat.
  2. Cook some vegetables
  3. Get your five vegetables intake for example: You can have a veggie scramble for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and roasted veggies for dinner. For desert you can have a apple pie or carrot cake.

Reasons why National Eat Your Vegetables Day is good?

  1. It’s healty
  2. It’s a side dish or entree
  3. Good for Farmers – you can support your local farmers or attend a farmers market to get the latest fruits or vegetables that are in for that season.
  4. You can plant and consume your own vegetables – one thing that is gratifying is growing your own vegetables. It is a source of responsibility and therapeutic habit. To see the final product you have nurtured is a great accomplishment.
  5. Teaching you g people the importance of planting what they eat. This is a life long learning experience and when you start from an early age it teaches responsibility and accomplishment of reaching a goal.

Vegetable Day and I

In this day I really didn’t know it was National Eat Your Vegetables Day. In fact I didn’t know this even existed. I recall and thought about First Lady Michelle Obama encouraging children the importance of eating vegetables, fruits and staying fit. Furthermore, she thought kids how to plant their own vegetables.

Harvest time: A gloved Michelle Obama wielded a pitchfork Tuesday to show some student helpers how to harvest the sweet potatoes in her White House garden

These examples could be demonstrated at home and even in schools so that children can feel a gratification of learning seeing results, having responsibilities and being encourage to not just take care if there responsibilities, but be educated in having a more healthier lifestyle.

On this day before realizing the type of day it was I decided to take a few orange and tangerines, pealed it completely with added a or 3 cups of water or more with a few tablespoons of brown sugar (no measurement, just eye balled lol). In addition to this, I cut a few Romain lettuce, peeled and cut ruby red grapefruit, a hand full of grapes, mixed with Mango Chardonnay Vinaigrette and grilled diced chicken. This was a relaxing and healthy meal ate at lunch time followed with a could glass of fresh orange and tangerine drink

It’s not easy being healthy but taking the first step is the most important piece to the puzzle. Then after consistency you have climbed over the hill.

Caribbeans consuming enough fruits and vegetables?

As Caribbeans we generate tuns of vegetable and fruits for many parts of the world.

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Take a first step, what did you do for National Eat Your Vegetable Day

Ex: Caribbean Agribusiness are you reaping the benefit and consuming your daily intake? If not start now, set goals, take notes and see results appear.


Emancipation Proclamation

Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary on September 22nd, 1862. It stipulated that if the Southern states did not cease their rebellion by January 1st, 1863, then Proclamation would go into effect. When the Confederacy did not yield, Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st, 1863.

Five months after the Emancipation Proclamation. It outlawed slavery and freed over 500,000 enslaved African Americans.

Many people did not realize that this monumental decision had taken place and because of this it resulted into many people being remained enslaved until the news reached them…two-and-a-half years later.

As news broke two and a half years later many Slave owners headed West to avoid freeing their slaves. Texas, being the farthest west and still apart of the South they became the last to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. There are many rumored stories that that gives presumption of why Texas did not receive the news of freeing slaves.

One of the versions told throughout the years is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another, is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations.

Another is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. We may not really know what the actual reason behind the Texans not having knowledge of the Emancipation Proclamation, it remained a status quo.


The Emancipation Proclamation freed over 500,000 enslaved African Americans, many challenged the fact of letting go the enslaved African Americans and challenged the Proclamation. More over, some of the the reasons why Texans did not free slaves was partially due to intentional prevarication on the part of state governments, as well as slave-holding individuals.

General Granger road into Texas delivering one of his first order after the defeat of General Robert E Lee and the surrendering of his 28,000 troops to Union General Ulysses S Grant which ended the American Civil War.

General Order Number 3

General Granger read to the people of Texas the General Order Number 3 of which began with:

The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.”

After Granger announces the General Order Number 3, on plantations many Slave owners did not want to announce the news — or wait for a government agent to arrive — and it was not uncommon for them to delay until after the harvest.

Nevertheless, justice prevailed, however, and the first African American community to formally celebrate their freedom was in Galveston, TX.

Galveston was the site of the first public reading of the proclamation in the south, as well as the first community to celebrate the holiday now known as “Juneteenth,” and for the date of the reading of the historic Proclamation.

June 19th

Today, every June 19 many African American celebrate Juneteenth with music, festivals, outdoor cookouts etc.

Mothers Day

You deserve everything full of goodness, blessing, prosperity and all above. A world wouldn’t be without you. Nurturing with the love and kindness for a new born child can only be bonded with a mother’s touch, a mothers love, a mothers existence, and the simplest twinkle of joy in that ever seeing galaxy eyes.

Her smile that sets the moon on fire and changes the dynamics of the atmosphere. Remembering the little things that a mother has done and that has brought joy to your life, reflect on that today and everyday.

The things that was thought to you from an infant to adult life. It is forever instilled in your life because of a mother’s teachings.

We look for guidance as a child, and like the ducklings gliding on the water surface following the lead of the mother duck or goose, so are we.

A mother does not have to be directly birthing a child, but nurturing, and instilling the love and guidance, protection, traits, and character of how you should exhume a child’s upbringing.

Should we wait one day a year to really celebrate our mothers?

No matter the title you may categorize yourself to be; you are a “mother”!

  • biological
  • spiritual
  • guardians
  • adoptive
  • mother like
  • fathers that’s mother and father

How are you being celebrated?

Should you be acknowledged just once per year?

Regardless of celebrating the day you came into the world Mothers Day should not just be honored and celebrated just once per year.

You need to find the time, show the little things with gratitude and appreciation. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that matter.

Wishing a blessed Mothers Day to all who know that they are a mother in some form of way to others that call you “Mother”.

Paul Bogle

Paul Bogle

Paul Bogle was born in Jamaica in 1822 in St. Thomas.

He grew up in the village of Stony Gut in St. Thomas which was made up of farmers.

Bogle was a Baptist minister and land owner of which he owned 500 acres of land.

A good friend of his was George William Gordon a big landowner and politician who was very instrumental in Bogle being a Baptist deacon.

The era that Paul Bogle was in the time of slavery being abolished in Jamaica in 1834.

Despite slavery being abolished the power was still held in the hands of the white population.

Although black Jamaicans could vote after the abolishment, most did not vote because of the requirement of reading and writing along with the high fee for voting excluded most of them from being able to vote. Bogle was one of the few that was able to vote.

In 1865 a black Jamaican was charged and found guilty for trespassing along an abandoned plantation.

27 men of the village of Stony Gut freed the person accused of trespassing and arrest warrants was issued for these men for assisting the police and causing riots.

After hearing about event and news Paul Bogle on October 11, 1865 lead a group of about 280 black men and women into the town of Morant Bay. They protested about poverty and injustice that occurs in society. They marched to the courthouse to make their voices heated regarding the arrest warrants of the 27 men.

Unfortunately, they were greeted by military personnel who open fired in the crowd killing about (7) seven of the protesters. This sparked a riot and another 18 people died.

What started as a protest turned out to be a rebellion. This was known as the Morant Bay Rebellion.

2,000 others joined in and the white population feared that the revolt would spread into the rest of Jamaica and the British Governor of Jamaica Edward Eyre sent troops to slowdown and stop the uprising.

By the time the troops came things had already calmed down and it did not stop the authorities from committing massacre of nearly 439 black Jamaicans were killed, 354 arrested and executed later on, and another 600 punishments were carried out, including sentences and flogging. Paul Bogle was one of those arrested and later executed, while his friend and supporter George Gordon, who had very little to do with the uprising, was arrested in Kingston, tried under martial law and hanged on October 23rd.

Paul Bogle was later named a National Hero of Jamaica and his head appeared on the Jamaican $2 note from 1969 until it was phased out in 1989, and on the 10c coin since 1991.


Awareness of Breast Cancer in the Caribbean.

Awareness of Breast Cancer in the Caribbean.

What is Breast Cancer?

Cells in the body grows and multiply abnormally is the start of breast cancer. When the cells that normally control cell growth does not work properly anymore this cause the development of breast cancer also.

As a result of this the cells grow uncontrollably and may result in the formation of tumors. One of the most recognized symptoms of breast cancer are lumps and mass within the breast tissue.

Lumps may be felt under the skin and most individuals do not find out about signs of cancer until they revealed by image test such as mammogram (breast -X-ray)


In addition to the signs of lumps and masses it is important to also observe and be aware of any other changes of the breast and nipple.

Such signs include:

  • a lump or thickness in or near the breast or under the arm
  • unexplained swelling or shrinkage of the breast, particularly on one side only
  • dimpling or puckering of the breast,nipple discharge (fluid) other than breast milk that occurs without squeezing the nipple
  • breast skin changes, such as redness, flaking, thickening, or pitting that looks like the skin of an orange a nipple that becomes sunken (inverted), red, thick, or scaled

Breast cancer in Men

You should not be surprised to find out that men can retrieve breast cancer. Even though breast cancer occurs mainly in women; breast cancer starts out within the breast tissue. Cells in nearly any part of the body can cause cancers.

Between the age of 9 and 10 both young boys and girls have a small amount of breast tissue consisting of a few ducts located under the nipple and areola.

Even after puberty, boys and men normally have low levels of female hormones, and breast tissue doesn’t grow much. Men’s breast tissue has ducts.

When to get evaluated?

  • Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so.
  • Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
  • Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.
  • Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.
  • All women should be familiar with the known benefits, limitations, and potential harms linked to breast cancer screening.
Women should also know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast changes to a health care provider right away. Some women – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRI’s along with mammograms.

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USA13,933,653 8,230,001 274,743
India9,484,506 8,915,158 137,933
Brazil6,344,345 5,601,804 173,229
Russia2,322,056 1,803,467 40,464
France2,222,488 162,281 52,731
Spain1,664,945 N/A 45,069
UK1,643,086 N/A 59,051
Italy1,620,901 784,595 56,361
Argentina1,424,533 1,257,227 38,730
Colombia1,316,806 1,210,489 36,766
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274,743 Death Cases
8,230,001 Recovered Cases
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1,480,023 Death Cases
44,221,639 Recovered Cases
Sir Grantley Herbert Adams

Sir Grantley Herbert Adams

Born on April 28, 1898 at Colliston, Government Hill, St. Michael to Fitzherbert Adams and Rosa Frances Turney. Sir Grantley Herbert Adams was a Barbadian and British West Indian statesman and the founder of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and the First Premier of Barbados.
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Educated in Barbados at Harrison College, in 1918 after winning a Barbados Scholarship he left the island and went to undertake his undergraduate studies at Oxford University in England where he studied Classics and Jurisprudence.
Adams was admitted to the Bar at Grey’s Inn and functioned as a Counsel of Her Majesty, the Queen of England.
He returned to Barbados in 1925, and in 1929 the former Grace Thorne became Mrs. Grantley Adams. Acclaimed a highly respected lawyer, Adams was elected to the House of Assembly in 1934 as a member for St. Joseph, where he was able to proficiently debate on the floor. He returned to office in the 1935 and 1936 General Elections.
In 1937 after the riots and arresting, trial and deportation of Clement Payne. Adams represented Payne and vowed that he will make every effort to restore order in Barbados.

The Birth of the Barbados Labour Party
On March 31, 1938 the Barbados Labour Party was formed. The intention of the party was to focus on the unity of workers. Although Grantley Adams was absent from Barbados, the party elected him the first deputy leader in and in 1939 he took over leadership of the party.

In the mid 1940s Adams along with Hugh Worrell Springer,

were able to use power and influence due to their membership on the Governor-in-Executive Committee.
His pivotal role in the many key changes throughout Barbados are numerous; for example:
• The opportunity for all women to vote on equal terms with men
• The construction of the Deep Water Harbour
• The construction of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital
• The birth of Erdiston Teacher’s College in 1948
• An increase in old age pensions
• An improvement in the working conditions for shop assistants
• And increase in the public sector wages
• The Barbados Workmen’s Compensation Act
The Workmen’s Compensation Act was passed in 1946 while Adams was Leader of the House.
In addition, 1940 under the leadership of Adams the party (then called Barbados Labour Progressive League) won five seats in the House of Assembly, and in 1941 the Barbados Workers Union was firmed and Adams became the president until 1954.
In 1947 the Montego Bay Conference held in Jamaica and organized by Labour Leaders, Adams proposals called for a strong central federal government. It was accepted and later established in 1958 in with its Capital in Trinidad.
Following the federal elections in March 1958, Adams assumed the office of Prime Minister of the first West Indies Federation, which comprised the countries of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, Grenada, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent.

On September 19, 1961 because of a lack of support for the federation in Jamaica and the matter was tested in a referendum Jamaica withdrew from the federation. Soon after so did Trinidad and Tobago.
In 1966 he led the Barbados Labour Party in the general election and he was again elected to the House of Assembly, where he served as opposition leader.
In October 1970 he was forced to retire from the House of Assembly for the second and final time.
His son Jon Michael Geoffrey Manningham “Tom” Adams would eventually follow in his fathers footsteps and attend Oxford University to study law. He would also become the second Prime Minister of Barbados from 1976 until 1985.

Grantley Adams International Airport
In 1939 when the first airplane landed in then known as Seawell Airport, it was only a grassy airfield.

In 1976 the Seawell Airport was renamed to honor the First Premier of Barbados Sir Grantley Adams.

Joseph Chatoyer

Joseph Chatoyer

Carib Indians in the Island of Hairouna as the original Caribs called it or present day St. Vincent; these Carib Indians prevented the European settlements on the Island until the 18th century.

Enslaved Africans no matter if they were shipwrecked on shore, or escaped from nearby islands of Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia and seeking refuge in St. Vincent. The Enslaved Africans that escaped where known as the Maroons.

Most of the Maroons were probably from the present Senegal, Nigeria, Angola (Ambundu) and Akan people) and Grenada (where there were many slaves from Guineas, Sierra Leone, Nigeria (specifically Igbo), Angolans, Yoruba, Kongo and Ghana). The Bajans and Saint Lucians arrived on the island in pre-1735 dates.

Later, after 1775, most of the slaves who came running from other islands were Saint Lucians and Grenadians. After arriving at the island, they were received by the Caribs, who offered protection, enslaved them and, eventually, mixed with them.

The intermarried between the Caribs and the Africans became known as Garifuna or Black Caribs.

By the 1770s, both Britain and France had made inroads on St. Vincent. In 1772, the native population rebelled. Led by Joseph Chatoyer (Satuye) a Garifuna (Carib) chief

the First Carib War forced the British to sign a treaty with them — it was the first time Britain had been forced to sign an accord with indigenous people in the Caribbean. By 1795 it became apparent that Britain was not going to keep to the treaty and rose in rebellion.

At this time the Caribs were joined the french radicals that were inspired by the french revolution.In the second Carib War Chatoyer divided the island with another Garifuna (Carib) chief of St. Vincent name Duvalle.

Working his way from coast to coast Chatoyer met up with his french allies in Chateaubelair. The two alliances worked their way to Dorsetshire Hill where they would launch their attack on Kingstown.

March 14, 1795 British soldiers lead by General Ralph Abercromby marched toward Dorsetshire Hill. That night Chatoyer was killed by Major Alexander Leith. Though the rebellion continued until June 1796, Chatoyer’s death led to the desertion of the French supporters and turned the tide of the war.

On March 14, 2002 it was declared that Joseph Chatoyer The chief of the black Caribs (Garifuna) was named the first National Hero of St. Vincent.

In accordance March 14th has been declared the National Heroes Day as well as a public holiday.


Ernesto “Che” Guevara

Ernesto “Che” Guevara

Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, otherwise known as “Che” was born in June 14, 1928 in Rosario, Argentina into a middle class family.

He studied medicine at Buenos Aires University and during the time of studying traveled widely throughout South and Central America.

After traveling and seeing a great deal of poverty with his interest in Marxism he then realized to himself that the only solution to the South and Central American problems was armed revolution.

In 1954 he went to Mexico and the following year he met with Fidel Castro a Cuban revolutionary leader.

After joining the July 26th movement of Castro’s Guevara played an important role which lead to he success of its guerilla war against Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.

In 1959 Castro overthrow Batista gained power into Cuba. From 1959–1961 was president of the National Bank of Cuba and then minister of industry

As a strong opponent of the United States Guevara helped guided the Castro regime towards the alignment with the Soviet Union.

Three years later he was appointed minister of industry.

Guevara left his post in 1965 to export the ideas of Cuba’s revolution to other parts of the world. In 1966, he began to try to incite the people of Bolivia to rebel against their government, but had little success.

With only a small guerrilla force to support his efforts, Guevara was captured and killed in La Higuera by the Bolivian army on October 9, 1967. Guevara was buried in a secret place in Bolivia.

In 1997 his remains were discovered, exhumed and returned to Cuba where he was reburied.

Since Guevara’s death many remember how ruthless he was by ordering Cuban prisoners execution without trial. While others look at him as a legendary political figure. Guevara’s name is often equated with rebellion, revolution, and socialism.

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