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Bahamas House of Assembly reconvenes, Election Date to be announced

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Bahamas, April 11, 2017 – Nassau – The House of Assembly reconvenes today in The Bahamas and when it does, the Prime Minister, Perry Christie is expected to tell the nation the exact date of the General Election and then dissolve Parliament.

Ring the bell is the cultural command as thousands rushed last week to ensure that they have a voice to vote at the polls.  Registration centers were opened late to accommodate the 40,000 plus people who were eligible but delayed registering before now.

The goal for the Parliamentary Registration department was to get to at least what the 2012 voter list reflected, which is 172,000 electors.  At last report, the Department was 5,000 voters away from that goal.  Grand Bahama yesterday reported having over 30,000 people registered to vote.

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TCI & Bahamas and over 20 other countries put at higher risk by CDC, Residents say DIVERSIFY

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#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – ‘We need to diversify!’ is the main call from residents of the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas after the recent bumping of their countries to a level 4 in the US, Centres for Disease Control’s Travel Health Notice index. The Turks and Caicos Islands along with the Bahamas, Cayman, Bonaire, Curaçao Trinidad and Tobago and 16 other countries were officially added to the CDC’s level 4 list on Tuesday.

Jamaica was also moved up to level three.

Level 4 is the highest level of risk according to the CDC and non-essential travel, including vacations, to countries listed as such is not advised by the organization.

Despite a record breaking year for arrivals, one TCI resident said, “Maybe now the PNP will put something credible into place to go with their words about diversifying the economy.”

A Bahamian resident added his views from Grand Bahama.

“Tourism is running the whole country, which is ridiculous because every time something goes down in the rest of the world tourism is the first thing that drops off.  With Covid you think they would have learned a lesson, no, they’re still using Tourism as a base for everything.”

This is a blow for all the Caribbean countries listed, who are still trying to rebound from 2020’s economic shocks due to the freeze on travel and tourism when the Coronavirus Pandemic first started.

It is especially difficult for the Turks and Caicos which mandates that travelers must have travel insurance to vacation on the islands as level 4 ratings makes that security more difficult to procure.

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Back to the Bush, Traditional Remedies make a Come-back

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By Shanieka Smith

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VERVINE

You may know it as the Wild Hyssop; American blue verbena, mosquito plant, holy herb or simpler’s joy. You may even know it because of its rich purple colour or its tiny and delicate leaves and five-petaled blossoms. But what you really need to know is that Vervain has several healing properties; it is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, and analgesic (pain-relieving).

Among its purported benefits, vervain is used to treat headaches, other aches and pain, insomnia, digestive dysfunction, depression and anxiety, and upper respiratory tract infections.

This means it’s perfect for the time we live in now as the coronavirus infamously attacks respiratory systems.

 

NEEM

Neem – the tree for solving global problems grows “almost anywhere” in the lowland tropics.

So, if you don’t already have the broad-leaved evergreens in your backyard, it’s not too late to start growing it.

Every part of the Neem tree is beneficial: the bark, leaves, seed, fruit, and twigs. It has over 130 biologically active compounds that can keep viral and bacterial diseases at bay. It is also a powerful immune stimulant.

Yes, it is bitter and has a garlic, nutty aroma but that is a sign that it is good for your body but not so good if you are trying to become pregnant, according to experts on the plant.

Neem is “A” class, which means it is antiviral (inhibits the growth of viruses), antifungal (inhibits the growth of fungi), antibacterial (destroys the growth of bacteria), analgesic (provides pain relief), anti-inflammatory (reduces certain signs of inflammation, swelling or tenderness), antimicrobial (destroys the growth of microorganisms) and it is age-defying.

 

MORINGA

As everyone is in survival mode, Moringa, the survival food, which contains all the nutritional elements may be just what you need.

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Moringa has protein, calcium, eight of the nine essential amino acids, iron, Vitamin C and A minerals and more. The best part is that all parts of the Moringa plant have their unique health properties and you have different ways to use the plant.

Moringa leaves can be dried and grounded in powder form or as supplements. You can also use it to make an essential oil as well as a delicious drink from fresh leaves.

To improve both health, cure digestive disorders, protect your heart and cardiovascular system, reduce blood sugar levels, boost energy levels and immunity, try Moringa.

 

CERASEE

“Go home Elena, go home Elena, go boil Cerasee fi yuh belly” – This Caribbean folk song was loved more than the plant itself. But if your grandmother could not convince you enough, COVID-19 is here to remind you that your body needs to remain healthy and Cerasee can add to your body that renewed look and feel. The fruit, leaves, and seeds of the bitter melon plant have medicinal properties and are used as traditional medicine in many parts of the world. The herb is a natural detoxifier, containing vitamins A and C, as well as phosphorus and iron.

It is mostly used to make a hot beverage to calm symptoms of hypertension, diabetes, liver problems, fever, and constipation.

 

LEAF OF LIFE

Miracles still happen and if you do not believe, have a nice warm tea or a cool blended drink made from the Leaf of Life. You can also enjoy the raw plant. The tall, erect, succulent perennial herb is native to Madagascar and has become naturalised in tropical and subtropical areas.

It is used as a herbal remedy to treat respiratory conditions like asthma, colds, coughs, shortness of breath and bronchitis. The Life plant has several health and beauty benefits and the good news is, you can even have it as a houseplant.

 

ALOE VERA

Aloe for the hair, aloe for the skin, and aloe is also for the immune system.

The Aloe Vera plant is packed full of immune-boosting polysaccharides, just what you need now to strengthen your body and build resistance against harmful bacteria and viruses. Along with being used in cosmetics, the thick, short-stemmed plant has antioxidant and antibacterial properties that help to inhibit the growth of certain bacteria that can cause infections in humans.

It also enhances insulin sensitivity and helps improve blood sugar management, so if you are diabetic, it is good to add Aloe Vera to your medicinal list.

 

PAPAYA

A single papaya contains more than 200% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C, another booster for your immune system.

Papaya trees are almost everywhere on the island, so you have no excuses. Moreover, the nutrition filled fruit is not only a healthy choice, it’s a tasty one too.

Add papaya to your fruit salad, scoop the raw fruit with a spoon, blend the seeds into a creamy salad dressing and don’t forget to add the green fruit to your meat pot.

As you enjoy the juiciness and freshness of the fruit, it will help your body to reduce stress, prevent cholesterol build-up, arthritis, and ageing.  The leaves are also proven to be helpful in preventing cancer.

Papaya is also one of nature’s natural contraceptives, they say.

 

LEMONGRASS

This tall grass-like herb has a fresh, clean, lemony scent.

Lemongrass or Fever grass is commonly taken orally, applied directly to the skin, or inhaled as aromatherapy.

It contains substances that can relieve pain and swelling, reduce fever, improve levels of sugar and cholesterol in the blood, stimulate the uterus and menstrual flow, and it has antioxidant properties.

A hot cup of lemongrass tea every morning can significantly improve your health.

Also, the leaves and the oil are used to make medicine. So what better way to enjoy the benefits of this herb than to grab it fresh from your backyard and enjoy the pure scent and the soothing taste?

 

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“Boosterize” naturally and visit your favourite produce department

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Build your internal arsenal as we try to beat back COVID-19 and Non-Communicable Diseases

 

By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer

 

#TurksandCaicos, January 19, 2022 – Imagine, your home is being attacked by a hundred thousand invaders but you have a hundred million soldiers; easy win right? Maybe not.  Imagine your soldiers are too weak to pick up their swords, the fight becomes significantly harder, in fact it may become a losing battle and your quality of life or life itself is the prize.

Every day, our immune systems are engaged in these unseen battles.  However, there are too many of our systems are losing to invaders like Covid-19 because they are simply not strong enough.

How do you build up your fighters to turn around a losing battle, to give your body the victory?  Magnetic Media has searched out eight superfoods to help your effort.

They are easy to find and very affordable at your local grocer.

Our natural boosters list includes: Spinach, Beets, Garlic, Dasheen, Callaloo, Ginger, Onions and Celery are eight superfoods that are readily available to Islanders and are known to inject our immune systems with a serious boost.

 

Spinach

There’s a reason Popeye the Sailor popped open a can of this leafy green when he was in trouble. A single cup of spinach contains .86 grams of protein, 30 milligrams (mg) of calcium, .81 g of iron, 24 mg of magnesium, 167 mg of potassium, 2,813 international units of Vitamin A and 58 micrograms of folate says the United States Department of Agriculture.

So yes, it does make you super strong!

Spinach, delicious raw cooked or blended into smoothies helps to  “improve blood glucose control in people with diabetes, lowering the risk of cancer, and improving bone health, as well as supplying minerals and vitamins that can provide a range of different benefits,” says Medical News Today.

Spinach also helps with asthma prevention and bone health, however please avoid spinach if you are using blood thinners, say medical experts.

 

Beets

This richly colored root vegetable has a bad reputation for not being the tastiest morsel on the plate but there are several ways to consume beets that you just might try after hearing the mounds of benefits associated with the red vegetable.

“Beetroot provides a wide range of possible health benefits, such as reducing blood pressure, improving digestion, and lowering the risk of diabetes. A 2019 review of studies Trusted Source found that certain compounds in beets can disrupt the cancerous mutations of cells. Such compounds include betalains, which are pigments that give beets their red and yellow color,” Medical News Today explains.

Highly recommend is making beetroot juice by peeling beetroot and blending it with a combination of fresh orange, mint, pineapple or apples, lemon, and ginger.  Beets can also be roasted, steamed, boiled or pickled.

 

Garlic

Since the Middle Ages Europeans have used garlic for all sorts of reasons, but you would be better served popping it in your mouth than using it to ward off Count Dracula, you know the vampire guy. Mainly because garlic is widely used for several conditions linked to the blood system and the heart, including atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), high cholesterol, heart attack, coronary heart disease, and hypertension.

Medical News Today says researchers recommend raw garlic as the most effective. Cooked garlic also retained much of its properties.

 

Dasheen

This root vegetable also called Taro root in certain countries is Asian in origin and is similar to yams or potatoes. Dasheens contain a wealth of nutrients including Fiber, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Potassium, Copper, Vitamin C, Phosphorus and Magnesium says Healthline.

It is rich in fiber and may reduce risk of heart disease and may even assist in weight loss journeys. Dasheen can be mashed or fried as well as added to soups and stews.

 

CallalooA breakfast staple in countries like Jamaica this green leafy vegetable can be added to soups or steamed with fish.

Callaloo is a good source of vitamin C. According to the Food Composition Tables for the Caribbean the vegetable provides iron, potassium, calcium, fiber, sodium, vitamin C and protein. The vegetable can reduce blood pressure and regulate heart health.

Like spinach, persons with kidney disease should avoid this vegetable as it is rich in potassium.

 

Ginger 

Every Caribbean child has been treated with ‘a little ginger tea’ for some ailment or the other at some point in time so it’s no surprise that the spice has made the elite list.

Medical News Today says antioxidants and other nutrients in ginger may help prevent or treat arthritis, inflammation, and various types of infection. Researchers have also studied its potential to reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer, and other health problems.

Ginger has been proven to reduce gas and improve digestion as well reduce nausea and ease colds and the flu so grandma’s faith in the remedy was well placed!  Ginger even helps in reducing belly fat, as it has a thermogenic effect to activate the metabolism and help in burning fat.

Ginger can be blended, drawn as a tea or incorporated into meals like stir fry.

 

Onions

The quintessential Caribbean spice. Whether they’re red, white or yellow, if it’s a Caribbean dish you can bet your conch shell it’s going to have onions somewhere in the mix.

However, there is more to this layered cooking staple than just its taste.  Research proves  onions also provide potential health benefits. These include reducing the risk of several types of cancer, improving mood, and maintaining skin and hair health. The spice also contains high levels of vitamin C B-6 and Manganese.

LifeHack.com shares that onions stops colds in their tracks, can help rid your skin of blemishes, eases the pain of  bee stings, helps with detoxifying the body, lowers bad cholesterol and nourishes the brain for improved mental health.

Onions can be roasted, grilled, sautéed, caramelized or eaten raw.

 

Celery 

One of the greatest enemy of toddlers’ dinner plates and even some adults, this crunchy veggie is another food which carries the reputation for not being the tastiest.

But whether it’s juiced, added to lunch boxes as a side or blended into smoothies this vegetable helps to prevent inflammation and lowers blood pressure.

Celery is also extremely hydrating and a good source of fiber according to Medical News Today. 

It is important to note that an occasional munch on these foods will not provide serious immune support, but its seeds do offer a one two punch to germs, and a juice proves to be an excellent diuretic, supporting detox and weight loss.

Celery cleans up the liver and for the skin, it helps in reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

 

 

 

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