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COVID-19 and Trinidad and Tobago education's digital divide

On March 16, 2020, a week before the country went into its version of lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Trinidad and Tobago government ordered the closure of all educational institutions. For the most part, universities and other tertiary educational institutions have been able to transi

Easy chocolate chip cookies

How to make cookies with a clever hack to have them any time you fancy. Freeze this chocolate chip cookie dough then simply slice and bake when you feel like making soft chocolatey cookies. Ingredients275g/9¾oz unsalted butter, softened275g/9¾oz soft light brown sugar225g/8oz granulat

Couples turn to `minimonies’ to salvage wedding plans

Couples trying to salvage weddings put on hold by the coronavirus are feeding a fresh trend in the bridal industry: the “minimony.” Rather than wait, they’re getting hitched alone or with a few local loved ones looking on at a safe social distance as other guests join virtually. T

Concern mounts that border measures threaten EU free travel

The future of ID-check free travel across 26 European countries is at risk if governments do not ease soon the emergency border restrictions they introduced to halt the spread of the coronavirus, European Union lawmakers and officials warned Tuesday. As the virus outbreaks expanded in Italy in Febr

How to avoid the problem of bloating during Ramadan

Eating your meal too fast, plunging into a large, varied meal, swallowing air with the food that you eat, not chewing enough, eating fried and salty foods, and indulging in sweets. The slowing down of your metabolism due to prolonged periods of not eating, and the stress caused by your hormones bec

Sweet potatoes with a Middle Eastern twist

The dish is gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free, meaning that it won’t leave you feeling lethargic or bloated after iftar. Ingredients: Large sweet potato 1 teaspoon dried coriander 1 teaspoon organic mixed herbs 1 teaspoon zaatar 1 teaspoon sumac Pinch of salt 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1

The ‘real’ way to make pizza

When you think of Italy’s most memorable dishes, its beloved pizza will most likely be among your top five, if not top three, favourites. It’s an ultimate comfort food that has become an ever-growing obsession around the world. But what is it that makes pizza from Italy so special, and w

Idled help the isolated: Med students aid homebound seniors

Aspiring doctors in Cincinnati whose studies were interrupted by the coronavirus outbreak have morphed their mission into taking care of people who are especially vulnerable to the pandemic’s dangers. University of Cincinnati medical students started a “COVID-19 match” program mod

Cook clever: how to save time and energy in the kitchen

Reducing waste in the kitchen isn’t just about saving food: the time and energy it takes to cook food are also important resources that are easily squandered. The best way to save energy, besides loving your leftovers, is by cooking less: swap out a cooked element of your meal for a nutritiou

Should I wear a mask when I'm exercising outside?

To mask or not to mask while getting fresh air is the question many of us are asking ourselves. According to the CDC, we should wear masks in “areas of significant community-based transmission”, such as grocery stores and pharmacies. While the CDC doesn’t list the outdoors as a hig

How to Handle a Team that Does Not Want You as Team Leader?

Most team leaders consider the task of establishing and maintaining a productive and collaborative team as the first and most important step in the journey towards achieving the company’s goals. This task, however, can prove to be challenging when a team leader is having a hard time winning th

Why is this city so tolerant?

Dressed in a Union Civil War junior officer’s frock coat with epaulets and a purple-felt top hat displaying an array of long feathers in red, green, yellow and blue, Joseph Amster leads a group of eight – men, women and teenagers – across Powell Street near San Francisco’s Un

Domestic tourism to resume in Egypt; coastal cities ‘healthier’, says minister

The Egyptian government has announced that domestic tourism, which had been suspended for over two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, can now resume. The government approved a number of measures in coordination with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Ministry of Health, and in accord

Iran’s tourism lung choked by Covid-19

Iran’s tourism sector, the pearl of the post-nuclear accord and one of its last economic lungs under sanctions, now faces coronavirus-induced unraveling. The industry “cannot survive and will collapse” in the face of the recession precipitated by the global Covid-19 crisis, Iran&r


Pictures on social media showing passengers crammed on board an Aer Lingus flight from Belfast City airport to London Heathrow have raised concerns about social distancing on planes during the coronavirus pandemic. The incident highlights the problem with re-starting aviation, known as “Proje

Homeschooled Authors: France’s Lecayes on ‘Motivating Each Other’

‘In the End, We Haven’t Done So Badly’Temporarily handling their children’s educational needs at home during the COVID-19 pandemic is something parents in many countries feel unprepared to do—especially while trying to keep their own careers on track in lockdown and wit

6 Books That Will Transport You All Around the World

While you're grounded and social distancing, you can still travel the world through the pages of these novels whose setting is often the main character. Whether going back in time to Cartegna, Colombia in "Love in the Time of Cholera" or getting lost on a remote volcanic Russian peninsula in "Disapp


We’re now seven weeks into the pandemic and while it’s still very real and very threatening, the suddenness of it all has subsided. Forced business closures, seeing people walking down the street wearing masks, Zoom happy hour invites… They were all surprising at first, but now, a

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