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auline Catlin-Reid is the founding member of the 70s/80s Lovers Rock group Brown Sugar. Panache met with her recently and below she tells us exclusively about how the group started and what she has been doing in the mean time. We will also hear exclusively about her new albun under the pseudonym, ‘Shezekiel’. Caron Wheeler and I (Pauline CatlinReid) met in secondary school ‘Kingsdale Comprehensive, West dulwich London. I’m originally from Streatham Hill in South London, Caron was from East Dulwich and we used to sing at the back of class in our French lessons and get told off by the teacher. I learnt to sing because my father used to sing and read music; he bought a piano for the house locked away in our famous Caribbean style front room! and would teach my siblings and I to sing harmonies and parts from a hymn book. My Sister Carolyn later known

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mergence of Shezekiel! as the Lovers Rock singer ‘ Sister CC ‘ was at the time singing at American Bases with a Singer called Tracy King. I invited Caron home to meet her and she taught Caron harmonies and so we used to practice together and went on to win a competition at the Bali High the night club in Streatham, I think the event was organised by Castro Brown around 1976. My Sister being the older was doing her own thing and I soon came across an article in the South London press about a young girl called Carol Simms (Kofi) who wanted to be a singer and could play the piano. I made contact with her and we met on Clapham Common. I convinced her to join myself and Caron Wheeler to form a group.

My mother came up with the name ‘Brown Sugar’ as she said we were a natural shade of different shades of Brown just like sugar from the Caribbean, Demerara, muscavado, molasses etc There is a lot of detail in between and I guess this history is tied to what was happening with us as young Black females and also the various issues in our community from a social perspective ...... for example I got involved in Rastafarianism at the young age of 15. I’d previously had little contact with other Black kids outside of my family, who were the first Black family as far we know, to live in Streatham Hill. So when I got to secondary school and met a whole heap of youths from Peckham & Brixton... I changed ... we changed, radically! DIP Lovers Rock Label Brown Sugar influenced the term ‘Lovers Rock’, and also the design of the Lovers Rock label which was

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The first song I sung as lead singer was released in 1977 a tune called ‘I’m in love with a Dreadlocks’ Followed by ‘Hello Stranger’; ‘Free’ & ‘Black Pride’ these songs were produced by Dennis Bovell and John kypaye. Following our disillusionment in terms of how we were treated by the label Brown sugar separated temporarily and I continued to record as Pauline from Brown Sugar releasing songs as part of the Studio 16 Label run by Winston Edwards such as ‘ I’m so Proud’ , ‘Runaway love’ and later recordings such as ‘Confessions Hurt’ with the Mad Professor of Ariwa.

The rest is History I guess.

In 1984 Caron went on to international fame with Soul to Soul and Carol Simms continued a career as Kofi and has fronted Brown Sugar material over the years

During the 80’s I became a Christian and began performing on the Gospel Circuit with a successful group called ‘Chosen’ which included Paul Boldeau , Greta Hinkson and Karen Brown. I’ve also been working as part of the arts mainstream in senior capacities for over 15 years now.

In 1978 Brown Sugar reunited and went on a UK tour with Dennis Brown. We won numerous Awards including a Black Echoes’ award and performed and supported many artists such as Aswad and Janet Kay. Well every artist knows, you can’t

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mergence of Shezekiel! run away from yourself and so I am now working on a new album which will define who I am as an artist today under the pseudonym ‘Shezekiel’. The album is an amalgamation of the past to the present.

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by Leonar Who Were The Ashanti People? Ashanti, or  Asante, are an  Akan people  who live predominantly in  Ghana  and the Ivory Coast. They speak  Twi, an  Akan dialect. Prior to European colonization, the Ashanti people developed a large and influential empire in West Africa. The Ashanti settled in the central part of present-day Ghana, about three hundred kilometres from the coast. Ashanti are one of Africa’s  matrilineal  societies where the line of descent is traced through the female. Present day Ghana was named after the Ghana Empire that existed many centuries ago, this empire was dominant from 830 to 1230AD situated near present day Mauetania. This region of modern Ghana was called the Gold Coast a name giving by the Europeans. Ashanti Were Powerful Warriors The Ashanti strongly resisted attempts by  Europeans, mainly the  British, to subjugate them. The Ashanti aligned themselves with the  Dutch  to limit British influence in the region. Britain annexed neighbouring areas. The Ashanti were described as a fierce organized people whose king “can bring 200,000 men into the field and whose warriors are evidently not cowed by sniper rifles and 7-pounder guns”. Ashanti was one of the few African states able to offer serious resistance to European colonizers. Between 1823 and 1896,  Britain  fought four wars against the Ashanti kings (the  AngloAshanti Wars). In 1900, the British finally defeated the kingdom and incorporated it into the Gold Coast colony as a protectorate. Because of the long history of mutual interaction between Ashanti and European powers, the Ashanti have the greatest amount of  historiography  in sub-Saharan Africa. The British touted the Ashanti as one of the more civilized African peoples, cataloguing their

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religious, familial, and legal systems in works like R.S. Rattray’s Ashanti Law and Constitution. The Ashanti (or Asante) Empire (or Confederacy), also  Asanteman  (1701–1896) was a  West Africa  state of the  Ashanti people, the  Akan people of the Ashanti Region, now in Ghana. The Ashanti (or Asante) are a major ethnic group in Ghana, a powerful, militaristic and highly disciplined people of West Africa. Their military power, which came from effective strategy and an early adoption of European  firearms, created an empire that stretched from central Ghana to present day  Togo  and  Côte d’Ivoire, bordered by the Dagomba kingdom to the north and  Dahomey  to the east. Today the Ashanti monarchy continues as a constitutionally protected, sub-national traditional state in the Republic of Ghana. Between the 11th and 13th Century AD the Ashanti and other  Akan peoples  migrated into the forest belt of present-day Ghana and established several states. At the height of the  Mali Empire  the Akan people became wealthy through the trading of gold mined from their territory. The Ashanti Empire was one of a series of kingdoms along the coast including Dahomey, Benin, and Oyo. All of these states were based on trade, especially gold, ivory, and slaves, which were sold to first  Portuguese  and later Dutch and British traders. The region also had dense populations and large agricultural surpluses, allowing the creation of substantial urban centres. By 1874, the Ashanti controlled over 250,000 square kilometres while ruling approximately 3 million people. Ashanti in Jamaica The Ashanti were one of a few nations or tribes who actively took part in what we call the Transatlantic Slave Trade. They were numbered with other coastal nations like Dahomey, Benin

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their escapes. For over 150 years, the Maroons helped to free slaves from the plantations whilst they damaged land and property belonging to the plantation owners. Nanny was born in 1686 in Ghana, Western Africa, into the Ashanti tribe, and was brought to Jamaica as a slave. It is believed that some of her family members were involved in intertribal conflict and her village was captured. Nanny and several relatives were sold as slaves and sent to Jamaica. Upon arrival in Jamaica, Nanny was likely sold to a plantation in Saint Thomas Parish, just outside of the Port Royal area. Such plantations grew sugarcane as the main crop, and the slaves toiled under extremely harsh conditions. Maroons at Nanny Town and similar communities survived by sending traders to the nearby market towns to exchange food for weapons and cloths. The community raised animals, hunted, and grew crops, and was organized very much like a typical Ashanti tribe in Africa. The Maroons were also known for raiding plantations for weapons and food, burning the plantations, and leading slaves back to their communities Nanny was very adept at organizing plans to free slaves. For over 30 years, Nanny freed more than 800 slaves Nanny’s name is also an Ashanti name sometime spelt Nani, she also had brothers whose names were Accompong, Cudjoe and Quao, the root of all three names is Ashanti. Some of the Elders of the Maroons preserved part of the Twi language of the Ashanti.

The Maroons mainly consisted of people from the  Akan  region of West Africa. The Ashanti tribe, from which Nanny came, lived in this region. However, slaves originating from other regions of West Africa joined the Maroons in

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and Oyo, all powerful tribes that traded Gold, Ivory and Slaves with the Europeans. Though some of the Ashanti’s were known as slave traders they also found themselves enslaved and that’s why we have a strong Ashanti presence in Jamaica. Most historical accounts of the Ashanti in Jamaica are to be found amongst the Maroons, a separate community in Jamaica that were descendants of runaway slaves who formed their own communities in the mountains and the deep forests. The term “Maroon” is not an ethnic definition but a name given by the Spanish that derives from the word “to rebel”. The Maroons had several leaders

Today there are three towns that were allocated to the Maroons by the British after they fought three wars with the British. They are named Accompong Town, Nanny Town and Cudjoe Town.

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We spent another year living at Daryell road, when we were told that we would be moving home again. This time, however, we would be moving to our own home. My Mother and Father had managed to save a deposit; it had taken them 5 years. I am full of admiration for them. When I consider where they were coming from and what they achieved with the limited opportunities available to them, I am proud to be their child. I’ve been to Jamaica many times since and seen people working the same land that they used to work and living in zinced roofed, dirt floored houses and I think if not for my parents desire to make more of their lives that may well have been me. My sister and I were very happy; we were going to have our own house! We would no longer have to wait our turn to use the one cooker in the kitchen and we would no longer be restricted as to where we could go in the house and how much noise we could make, or so we thought. Our greatest reason for joy, however, was that we would no longer have to share a bedroom! Or so we thought. That weekend we went to visit our new home at 7 Talma Road in the heart of Brixton. The road ran parallel with one of the most infamous roads in Brixton at that time, Railton Road or as I would come to know it “The frontline”. The house was great, there was a small area at the front with a single tree near the gate and a 3 foot high wall which made it ideal for sitting on. I remember seeing many women returning from shopping in Brixton market stopping

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for a little rest on our wall before continuing on their journey. When you opened the front door there was a passage way with a door to the first reception room on the left, further on was another large reception room. We noticed straight away that the reception rooms were not divided by a wall but a huge folding door that stretched from floor to ceiling. Further on was a flight of stairs that led to the first of three bedrooms, however, if you continued straight ahead you came to the kitchen which led out to what was a fairly large backyard. I remember my Dad making a part of the garden into his allotment and there still been enough room to practice football and basketball in the space that was left. Upstairs were 2 double rooms and a master bedroom. My sister and I both wanted the room furthest away from where we felt my Mum and Dad would make their room. We were in for a shock, however, when we were informed that neither of the rooms would be ours. All the bedrooms would be rented out to help with the mortgage and living expenses. My parents would occupy one of the reception rooms and my sister and I would share the other! I had not yet managed to escape the little fold-up bed. My sister, however, had now joined me in the foldaway bedding department; she would now sleep on the newly acquired sofa-bed. The two bedrooms on the top floor were rented out to a married couple by the name of Mr. and Mrs. East they were members of my mother’s church. The other room was rented to a single man by the name of Mr. Douglas. I’m not really sure how my sister felt, but I was only a little disappointed. I was ten years old and had never had a room of my own, and they say what you never had you never miss. It was another two years before we finally got our own rooms! Unfortunately our house had to burn down first!

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through her talks she inspires, educates and empowers other investor landlords on how they can self let and manage their arie Parris has their own due diligence on own property, should been investing a property and I definitely you choose to. She also in property did not associate myself speaks at various council since 1994. She started to any investment club”. and landlord forums. to build her own property portfolio whilst she was The company eventually Marie is a member of into other Professional Speaking working full time. Her grew areas, such as letting Association (PSA) inspiration to get into property was through a friend who was doing so well, long before the “Buy-to-let” word was even mentioned. He always helped with advice, introduced her to contacts and was a tremendous support mechanism for Marie, especially in her early years.

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here has been an increase of accidental landlords to the residential rental market, mainly because of the economic climate and also the opportunity the Olympics has offered. Hotels, Bed & Breakfast establishments and even some professional landlords may feel aggrieved by the rise of those home owners joining the long band wagon of eager soon-to-be landlords who are hoping to add extra income to their already cash strapped expenditure. Although the main event is centred in London, there are many other events that are happening around the country. Whilst it is clear to see that there are still lots of properties that remain advertised waiting for firm bookings. I believe that if you pitch properly and do not go over the odds and request a realistic price for your rental (remember we are all feeling the financial pinch), you could still grab Olympic gold - but be warned. There are a number of things you need to consider before you even go down this road, so you do not fall foul of the myriad of regulations that you must adhere to. 1. Firstly, ascertain whether you will require planning permission - it is a mandatory requirement within several Boroughs. If so, you may have left it too late, as the process can take some time. If planning is required and you do not have it, there is a penalty of up to ÂŁ20,000. 2. Seek permission from your Lender, if your property is mortgaged. If it is a leasehold property, also seek permission from your Freeholder. It is an offence to sub-let your council property. 3. If you are renting the entire property, you must ensure you have a valid gas safe certificate. Go to the Gas Safe Register for details of qualified engineers in your area.

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4. You do not need an EPC for a holiday let, which in essence, renting for a short time during the Olympics will be classified as. 5. However, you must ensure your property is electrically safe. Some things to consider include, identifying any potential risks, have adequate fire detection and ensure your guests know their escape routes. Your local fire station will gladly assist you to make sure you are not falling foul of any regulations/ guidelines. 6. Assuming this is your main residence - you are potentially opening up your home to strangers. A listing agency will only put the owner and 'visiting tenant' together. Therefore, it is imperative that you satisfy yourself that your 'visiting tenant(s)' are purely here for a vacation and not for any other reason. Take details of names of the others in the group and their relationship to each other. Have the right template documents, which could include, but not limited to; a booking form to include terms and conditions and the correct agreement. A welcome Pack - would give the reader an idea of area and its facilities, transportation routes, restaurants close by, how to use the appliances, etc and who to contact/ what to do in an emergency. This should not be mistaken for an inventory that I personally and professionally recommend that every home owner should have one. Naturally take a deposit and make it clear in your terms when the balance is due - in advance of course and do not hand over keys until all monies owing have been paid. 7. On a practical level, if you are renting your main residence, make sure you

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remove any papers/documents that could expose you to fraud. Go one step further and have your post temporarily put on hold by the Post Office. In addition to this you will need to de-personalise your home - move all clothes and personal possessions, or at least lock them in a cupboard. If you have any valuable items you may want to ensure that these are locked away or removed. How would you feel if your 'visiting tenant' accidently smashed your Lalique vase? 8. The expectations of guests are varying greatly. Standard requirements are, flat screen tvs, wi-fi, with interiors being clean, uncluttered and you may need a fresh lick of paint all round. You will also need to think about clean/new linen and towels and also ample crockery and the right small kitchen appliances where a PAT test is needed. When getting your properly ready for an Olympic let - just think of the standard of a hotel let and that standard should be reflected in the price you are requesting. 9. No rental property manages itself. You must think of a professional strategy for emergencies, cleaning and perhaps chambermaid services - if this forms part of your agreement. Are you prepared to be called at 2am in the morning? 10. Lastly and not least, make sure you protect you, your property and contents with the right type of insurance. Public liability, legal expenses, emergency service and contents. It may be possible with some insurance providers to adapt your existing policy. If things go wrong which they sometimes will, insurance is

there to protect you and give you that added peace of mind. Do not ignore this last point. As it is when things go wrong and with hindsight you really wished that you invested wisely and purchased the right insurance. Besides the Olympics is a once in a life time opportunity to make some money from your house, but you also also owe a duty of care to your 'visiting tenant' and their family. Don't let a disaster happen because of a landlord's negligence. Do it right, do it professionally and you may want to do this permanently and add this as another income stream to your household budget. Although, the rules are much more complex with landlord and tenant law. By following some of these pointers, I hope you enjoy a hassle free let and enjoy your pot of gold at the end, regardless of what many think of landlords cashing in. The internet trolls would too, if they only had the inclination, mind-set and property. Don't forget that the tax man may want his share of your earnings, which you will need to declare if above £4250.00 per year. This article has been written by Marie Parris who is a specialist in residential lettings and management. Marie is a hands-on accredited landlord with 18 years experience. She is also the Managing Director of George Ellis Property Services - a company that provides a letting, management, consultancy and training seminars to all landlords. For the last seven years, she has been a speaker at the Landlord & Letting exhibition shows held nationally in the UK. She has been on the judging panel at the Landlord & Letting Awards Show for the past three consecutive years. Her book, "The Simplified Guide to Letting & Managing Your Own Property " will be published in September 2012. Marie, educates, inspires and empowers landlords who choose to self let and manage their property without the use of a ­sub-standard agency.

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Workplace Bullying Institute claims that women are 71% more likely to be bullied by another woman. Whereas, the chances of a woman being bullied by a man is at a much lower 46%. One would assume that bullies looked and appeared stern and fierce, but that’s not the case. The passive/aggressive bully is on the rise. She is very talented, often independent and well liked outside of work. She looks and acts very girly but can cut you down with the twist of an eyebrow and the twitch of her top lip in a single heartbeat. Most of us wont admit to knowing a female aggressor and many wont blow the whistle on a female boss who is subtle but relentless in her pursuit of taking another woman down with her snide remarks on a daily basis. Many are afraid of her, after all who would want to be the next target in line for her natural abuse. We prefer to use words to describe her like “she needs a man in her life” to explain her bad behaviour.

for hundreds of years and have competed with each other and it would seem that women are adopting/mimicking this behaviour with vigor and no longer find the experience so masculine. It’s survival of the fittest! This might all be great in our quest to climb the ladder but the question most of us have to ask ourselves is, are you willing to allow adult bullying to escalate just like domestic and schoolyard bullying ... waiting until it gets out of control to then stand with placards outside of Parliament, asking for a law to be implemented in order to stop the abuse in the work place? Ask yourself if you are willing to carrying on as a bystander to this new and growing abuse! Sherry Ann Dixon is a Journalist, Broadcaster and Life skills and Confidence Building Lecturer.  Visit her at www.sherrydixon.net 

So why are we witnessing this rise of adult bullying, yet turning a blind eye to the demise of our colleagues on a daily basis? The answer is most people don’t know how to react to be quite honest. They are frightened of losing their jobs or worried that they could be next in line, yet at the same time they are sickened by their lack of interference and usually move positions or jobs in order to get away from the bully. It’s certainly not surprising that these adult bullies are on the rise and with such few senior positions for women in the workplace, some women will resort to drastic measures to secure them! Men have controlled the workplace market

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have always been interested in the West Indian herbal remedies my parents and grandparents used for their various ailments. My interest, however, was purely intellectual. (I’m one of those people who shies away from taking a tablet for a headache. When I am prescribed pills by my doctor for severe back pain I read the little leaflet inside which contains a list of all the possible side effects and usually decide that I would rather bear the pain) I wondered how the first African brought to Jamaica knew which plant did what. I thought that obviously, someone with the requisite knowledge had survived the Trans Atlantic voyage and by word of mouth the information had been disseminated. However, the Caribbean region consists of over 3500 mainly volcanic islands and islets grouped into 22 island territories lying in an archipelago east of Central America. Together, the land area covers approximately 240 000 square kilometres and is home to a richly diverse flora, with over 13 000 species of flowering plants, including approximately 205 endemic genera. So the question remains, if 205 plants/ herbs can only be found in this region, how did ‘bush doctors’ know which to use and for what? Herbal medicine is the oldest form of healthcare known to mankind. Herbs had been used by all cultures throughout history. It was an integral part of the development of modern civilization. Primitive man observed

and appreciated the great diversity of plants available to him. The plants provided food, clothing, shelter, and medicine. Much of the medicinal use of plants seems to have been developed through observations of wild animals, and by trial and error. As time went on, each tribe added the medicinal power of herbs in their area to its knowledgebase. They methodically collected information on herbs and developed well-defined herbal pharmacopoeias. Indeed, well into the 20th century much of the pharmacopoeia of scientific medicine was derived from the herbal lore of native peoples. Many drugs commonly used today are of herbal origin. Indeed, about 25% of the prescription drugs dispensed in the United States contain at least one active ingredient derived from plant material. Some are made from plant extracts; others are synthesized to mimic a natural plant compound. So there we have our answer, trial and error along with observation. Sound scientific principles! It wasn’t until I had an accident with a machete whilst visiting my mother in Jamaica that I actually had first-hand experience of herbal remedies. I was tending to some corn that I had planted, and like all Jamaican farmers I travelled with my machete or more accurately my nephew’s new machete which he had spent the last 3 days sharpening. I was going to mould up the dirt around the roots of the corn, but after doing the first two I realised that they were not yet big enough and decide

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h Jamaican herbs! to stop and give it another week or so. As I stepped out of the wet dirt and unto the dry ground my foot slid and I fell. Time went quite slowly during the fall, I knew while falling that I had the machete in my hand and that I needed to let it go to stop myself falling on my face. I let go of the machete and stretched my hand out to cushion the fall, however, instead of the machete falling flat somewhere away from me, it landed on its edge and bounced back up whilst I was falling and met my head. I felt a dull sensation in my head. I looked at the machete and saw blood on it. I put those two facts together and put my hand to my head to confirm my suspicion. I shouted for someone, and luckily my cousin-in-law Denzil was in the kitchen with the window opened and heard my cry for help. When he got to me I told him immediately that I needed to go to the hospital. He didn’t need me to tell him. The copious amount of blood issuing from my head spoke volumes. Denzil is a Rastaman who had met my cousin and decided straight away (so he told me) that he would marry her. It so happened that he also new every herb and ‘bush,’ and how to use them as herbal remedy. He rushed me up to the house told my nephew to call a taxi and hastened to the kitchen, he came back with some iced water which he poured over the cut then gave me a towel to hold against my head to stem the flow of blood. He then went over to one of the banana trees in the garden and cut the bud out of

the young banana plant and brought it over. He told me to raise the towel. I asked him what for, He told me that the sap from the plant would hold the wound together and ease the flow of blood. I asked for another towel and wondered where the taxi was. It seemed I had faith in herbal remedies to cure a cold or stomach ache maybe, but would rather trust a doctor and his needle when it came to what I felt was a life threatening issue. However, although not for me, the use of complementary and alternative medicines is burgeoning globally, especially in developed countries. However, over 80% of the population in developing countries depend on traditional healing modalities, including herbal remedies, for health maintenance and therapeutic management of disease.

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The first of which is, ‘LEAF OF LIFE’. Leaf of life is native to Africa but is now grown widely in tropical and sub-tropical areas. It is a succulent plant that grows up to 1.5m high, with reddish tinge to the stems. The leaves have indented edges, from which other small plants can grow. When mature, leaf of life bears clusters of bell shaped flowers. Traditional Uses Leaf of Life-Scientific Name: (Bryophyllum pinnatum – Crassulaceae) Other Names: Tree of Life, Life Leaf, Air Plant, Miracle Leaf, Aporo, Kalanchoe Parts Used: Leaves, Stems, Juice In Jamaica the juice of the leaf of life is used to treat colds and coughs. The juice is sometimes mixed with salt or honey, for headaches, colds and bronchial problems and hypertension. The heated leaves can be applied externally for abscesses and swellings. Similar use is made of leaf of life in Africa, where it is also used for earaches, eye problems and as a diuretic. In the Eastern Caribbean leaf of life is used as a tea for colds and the juice used externally for sores or to apply to a headache. In Brazil, leaf of life is used for respiratory problems from asthma to bronchitis. It is also used to treat kidney stones and gastric ulcers and externally for boils, burns, ulcers, insect bites and eye infections.

Modern Research Several studies have documented that leaf of life is antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal. The plant is also said to have effective antihistamine and anaphylactic properties that might explain its traditional use for asthma, insect bites and stings. In recent research in Hawaii, leaf of life demonstrated noticeable effects on cancer tissue and confirmed powerful antimicrobial activity. Leaf of life also exhibited pain relieving and anti-diabetic properties in a study on mice in Africa. The reported immuno-suppressant properties of leaf of life might therefore be useful in treating conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Other Uses Some types of leaf of life are available as ornamental plants. These plants are hybrids and do not have the same medicinal properties, therefore they should not be used internally. Caution! Due to the immuno-supressant properties in leaf of life it is not advisable to use it internally for extended periods. The information provided is referenced for those who want to do further research on particular plants. The information provided is accurate according to published studies and other sources. The properties and activities of the herbs which are reported indicate possible uses for these herbs in humans. The vast majority of the reported effects are either laboratory experiments with test tubes (in vitro) or on animals (in vivo). All the herbs, however, have a long tradition of use in humans.

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For most common ailments and conditions, herbs are a safe and effective first or self aid. However, where there are persistent and serious symptoms, it is always advisable to seek the help and advice of a qualified, medical professional.

The Caribbean region comprises several small, tropical, mainly volcanic islands, which possess a rich diversity of flowering plants; hundreds of these plants are used to make traditional folk remedies for a variety of ailments. However, some of the natural constituents in these herbal folk remedies may be injurious to human health

References • http://www.jaherbs.com/ • http://www.herbpalace.com/ • Akinpelu, DA – Antimicrobial Activity of Bryophyllum Pinnatum Leaves - Fitoterapia – (2000) Vol 71: 2, April. Pp 193-4 • Asprey, GF & Thornton, P - Medicinal Plants of Jamaica Parts 1-4 - West Indian Journal of Medicine vol. 2-4 (1953-1955) • Ayensu, ES – Medicinal Plants of the West Indies – (1981) – Reference Publications Inc.

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Honeychurch, PN Caribbean wild plants & their uses - (1986) - Macmillan Caribbean Mitchell & Ahmad - A Review of Medicinal Plant Research at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica 1948-2001 - WI Med J (2006);55(4):243 Ojewole, JA – Antinociceptive, Antiinflammatory and Anti-diabetic Effects of Bryophyllum Pinnatum (Crassulaceae) Leaf Aqueous Extract – Journal of Ethnopharmacology – (2005) May, 99(1): pp

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met a young lady the other day who, at first glance,  seemed unremarkable. But boy was I wrong. Which proves the age old saying, “Never judge a book by it’s cover!”  At 20 years old this humble young lady has achieved so much that you are left with the impression that she should be older than her tender age.    At the age of 15 Chavanese founded her own company called “Voice of Young People (VOYP) which aimed to draw young people away from knife crime and gang culture. Living in Stockwell, Chavanese understood the pressures that her peers were experiencing and wanted to do something positive to help.   Inspired by her father who could see the budding dramatist in his midst, he paid for her to put on performances in theatres and encouraged her to apply for funding and with his assistance, an application has just been completed for a Prince’s Trust grant.    Chavanese now produces performances & workshops for young people who wish to showcase their talents such as singing, acting, dancing, modelling, poetry and more.  Also, one of her plays has been taken to the National Theatre and will be performed by professional actors.

The multi-talented Chavanese has also published a book of 50 poems called “Life is what you make it”.  (This is, by the way, the title of the play that will be performed at the National Theatre).  As I thumbed through the pages of this petite little book my senses tingled. This young lady’s poetry was so moving that it reminded me of when I first read Iyanla Vanzant’s “Acts of Faith” (an inspirational and spiritual resource of meditative statements for people of colour). 

 

Chavanese told me that she has another 200 or so poems waiting to be published and I can’t wait to read them.    I believe that Chavanese is on the right path and fully support her in her quest to engage with young people and keep them off the streets by helping them to channel their frustrations with their lives into something positive.

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Just a few of the wonderful poems written by Chavanese Wint. The price of her book is £5.00. To obtain a copy please contact her on: 07572265226

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eigning World and European 5,000m champion, Mo Farah has confirmed that he will use the 5,000m at the Aviva London Grand Prix on 13 July, as a crucial part of his preparation for this summer’s Olympic Games.   Last year, Farah stormed to victory in the 3,000m on the Friday night of the Samsung Diamond League meet to a rousing standing ovation, with a time of 7:40.15.   Farah, who currently trains in Portland, Oregan, is looking forward to returning to London for his last meet in Britain before the Olympic Games.   “It’s nice to race back home as I miss London and it’s not until you’re back you realise how much you miss it.   “At Crystal Palace we always get a great crowd and I’m really looking forward to competing on home soil before the Olympics. “I think home support really gives British athletes an edge over our rivals, and that support will not only make a massive

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difference to us at Crystal Palace but also at the Games.   “The London Grand Prix is always one of the most exciting events on the Diamond League circuit. As it’s over two days, it always attracts the best athletes so it’s a great way to prepare for the summer ahead.” Farah enjoyed an eventful winter season. Shortly after setting a new British and European indoor record over two miles at the Aviva Grand Prix in February, Farah narrowly missed out on a medal in the 3000m at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul.   But for Farah, the indoor season has been an important part of his preparation for the summer.   “Things are going well. I’ve had a good winter racing different distances to build up my speed and I’m feeling good going into the summer. “I’m definitely where I need to be but there is still a lot of work to be done before August.”  

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