PHOTOS: Wreath Laying Ceremony for Late President Chavez

first_imgPHOTOS: Wreath Laying Ceremony for Late President Chavez RelatedPHOTOS: Wreath Laying Ceremony for Late President Chavez FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, at today’s (March 7) wreath laying ceremony for the late President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela……..Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Her Excellency Maria Mendoza Ortega, places a wreath at the statue of the Great Liberator, Simón Bolívar, at National Heroes Circle in Kingston. Occasion was today’s (March 7) wreath laying ceremony for the late President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, His Excellency Hugo Chavez Frías, who died on March 5. An emotional moment for Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, at today’s (March 7) wreath laying ceremony for the late President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, His Excellency Hugo Chavez Frías, who died on March 5. The wreaths were laid at the statue of the Great Liberator, Simón Bolívar at National Heroes Circle in Kingston. Also participating were: Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, the Hon. Phillip Paulwell; Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Her Excellency Maria Mendoza Ortega; and the Chairman of the Petro Caribe Development Fund and Financial Secretary, Devon Rowe.Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, the Hon. Phillip Paulwell (left), consoles Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Her Excellency Maria Mendoza Ortega, at today’s (March 7) wreath laying ceremony for the late President of Venezuela, His Excellency Hugo Chavez Frías, who died on March 5. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator, the Hon. A.J. Nicholson (right), also participated in the ceremony. The wreaths were laid at the statue of the Great Liberator, Simón Bolívar, at National Heroes Circle in Kingston. Advertisements RelatedPHOTOS: Wreath Laying Ceremony for Late President Chavez RelatedPHOTOS: Wreath Laying Ceremony for Late President Chavez March 8, 2013last_img read more

Seeking solace in my green oasis during pandemic

first_imgMy balcony turned into a lush green oasis in a city surrounded by the dense concrete jungle. To ward off the Pandemic blues, my hobby turned into a passion. Not being able to travel or go out, I spent time on my balcony experimenting and growing plants. A good time was spent watering and caring for them. It kept me distracted and occupied. I realised nurturing these plants and sitting in midst of the greens, acted as a stress buster during these unprecedented times.It was not only me, I found out around me that people in general engaged with plants to soothe their weary souls. A growing group of home gardeners saw an opportunity and began to grow whatever they could and wherever they could. With markets shut during the lockdown and no access to pots and planters, people recycled things at home like wooden crates, milk packs, empty bottles, old cans, buckets and what have you… They were sprawled out on terraces, balconies and even window sills. Seeds and compost were ordered online. Soon fresh herbs and plants like chillies, mints, coriander, curry leaves, turmeric, tomatoes, radishes and many more were organically grown in abundance in many home gardens.Stuck in homes, many urban families discovered their green thumb. Some households took up gardening not only as a pastime but also as a move to ensure health and wellness for their families. Building immunity and having good health became crucial to prevent infection. Most of the herbs like tulsi, mint, lemongrass and fresh turmeric found their way into steaming chai or the ‘kadha’.A new trend emerged – lots of gardening groups were seen mushrooming on social media. I too became a member of such a group of garden enthusiasts. Most of the group members posted photos of their balcony or terrace gardens created in little spaces. It was encouraging how others were creating their little green havens. Often there were posts on gardening tips and their experiences. Some were inspiring posts. Learning from them helped avoiding oft repeated mistakes. I too learnt growing plants from cut stems and some cut slices of vegetables especially tomato. Making my own compost helped recycle the kitchen waste. Thank god ! the omnipresent Google Guru was always there with tips and answers. You could always search on the internet to get expert advice.Family and friends What’s app groups were another boosts to these little garden spaces. Often families would regularly post homegrown yields of fruits and vegetables and the colourful blooms of the day in their terraces. This was very encouraging for novices like me. Friends with bigger gardens generously shared their yields, saplings and seeds.  And the taste of these freshly plucked veggies added up to the taste of the dish and gave a very fulfilling experience.This experience of having your own little green space is so rewarding. Imagine a pod of peas hanging from its creeper, a long green chilly peeping through the thick plant and the abundance of red tomatoes leaning towards one side with their weight- all add up to this ecstatic experience. This has created positivity around me. Sitting on the balcony with a cup of tea, I am reassured every morning that my little green haven has been well worth the effort.last_img read more