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Pot Pouri
« on: February 14, 2012, 10:06:42 PM »
Indo-Trinidadians make up the country's largest ethnic group. They constitute about 40% of the nation's population.

The Afro-Trinidadian and Tobagonian ethnic group is  the country's second largest, constituting approximately 37.5% of the total population.

The European population is primarily descended from early settlers and immigrants. About half are of British origin. The rest are of Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and German heritage. According to the last census, there were 11,000 of British, 4,100 Spanish, 4,000 French, 2,700 Portuguese and 2,700 German descent. These numbers do not include people who have at least some European ancestry but who identify themselves as African or Indian. Those who are descended from Spanish settlers or from mixed-raced immigrants from Venezuele are commonly referred to as “Cocoa Panyols.”

There are also Chinese who, like the Portuguese and the Indians, are descended from indentured labourers. There are about 20,000 of them. They live mostly in Port-of-Spain and San Fernando.

There are also about 2,500 Arabs originally from Syria and Lebanon. They live mostly in Port-of-Spain.

The Syrian and Lebanese communities of Trinidad are predominantly Christian. They came from the Middle East in the 19th century. They fled from religious persecution under the Ottoman empire and ended up in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Other Lebanese and Syrians moved to Trinidad and Tobago in the early and in mid-20th century to escape the war and turmoil in the region.

Finally there are the Caribs who are descended from the native, precolonial people of the islands. Many of them are also racially mixed. They collectively identify themselves with the Santa Rosa Carib Community and live mostly and around Arima.

The Santa Rosa Carib Community is the major organisation of the indigenous people in the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. It was formed to preserve Carib culture and speak for the indigenous people.

 The people of Trinidad and Tobago belong to different religions and denominations.

The largest religious groups are Roman Catholic and Hindu. Others are Anglican, Muslim, Presbyterian, and Methodist. But all these are relatively small.

Two Afro-Caribbean syncretic faiths, the Shouter or Spiritual Baptists, and the Orisha faith – formerly called Shangos, a less than complimentary term – are among the fastest-growing religious groups in the country.

The fastest growing groups are the American-style evangelical and fundamentalist churches collectively – and often erroneously – identified as “Pentecostal.” Next to them in terms of numbers are the Seventh-day Adventists who have established themselves well in a number of Caribbean countries such as Barbados and Jamaica.

The Mormons – the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – have also increased their presence activities in Trinidad and Tobago since the mid-1980s.

According to census figures in 2000, 26% of the population was Roman Catholic, 24.6% Protestant (including 7.8% Anglican, 6.8% Pentecostal, 4% Seventh-day Adventist, 3.3% Presbyterian or Congregational, 1.8% Baptist, and 0.9% Methodist), 22.5% Hindu, and 5.8% Muslim.

A small number of individuals subscribed to traditional Caribbean religions with African roots, such as the Spiritual Baptists (sometimes called Shouter Baptists), 5.4% percent; and the Orisha, 0.1%.

The smaller groups were Jehovah's Witnesses (1.6% percent), atheists (1.9%, or those listed as “other” which included numerous small Christian groups as well as Baha’is, Rastafarians, Buddhists, and Jews (altogether constituting 10.7%), or undeclared (1.4%).

Comparing the two sets of data, and examining previous sets of data, it's obvious that Roman Catholicism, Hinduism and other traditional religions are declining, with the main conversions being to the born-again and other Protestant churches.

The government of Trinidad and Tobago provides substantial subventions to religious groups.

Other Eastern religions such as Buddhism and Taoism – besides Hinduism – also have adherents. They include members of the Chinese community.

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Re: Pot Pouri
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2012, 09:10:08 PM »
Chile experts: Trinidad Moruga Scorpion is hottest
By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | Associated Press – 11 mins ago

This undated image provided by New Mexico State University shows the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion …

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There are super-hot chile varieties. And then there's the sweat-inducing, tear-generating, mouth-on-fire Trinidad Moruga Scorpion.

With a name like that, it's not surprising that months of research by the experts at New Mexico State University's Chile Pepper Institute have identified the variety as the new hottest pepper on the planet.

The golf ball-sized pepper scored the highest among a handful of chile breeds reputed to be among the hottest in the world. Its mean heat topped more than 1.2 million units on the Scoville heat scale, while fruits from some individual plants reached 2 million heat units.

"You take a bite. It doesn't seem so bad, and then it builds and it builds and it builds. So it is quite nasty," Paul Bosland, a renowned pepper expert and director of the chile institute, said of the pepper's heat.

Researchers were pushed by hot sauce makers, seed producers and others in the spicy foods industry to establish the average heat levels for super-hot varieties in an effort to quash unscientific claims of which peppers are actually the hottest.

That's something that hadn't been done before, Bosland said.

"The question was, could the Chile Pepper Institute establish the benchmark for chile heat?" he said. "Chile heat is a complex thing, and the industry doesn't like to base it on just a single fruit that's a record holder. It's too variable." The academic institute is based at the university's agriculture school and is partially funded by federal grants, as well as some industry groups depending on the project.

The team planted about 125 plants of each variety — the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, the Trinidad Scorpion, the 7-pot, the Chocolate 7-pot and the Bhut Jolokia, which was a previous record-holder identified by the institute and certified by Guinness World Records in 2007.

Randomly selected mature fruits from several plants within each variety were harvested, dried and ground to powder. The compounds that produce heat sensation — the capsaicinoids — were then extracted and examined.

During harvesting, senior research specialist Danise Coon said she and the two students who were picking the peppers went through about four pairs of latex gloves.

"The capsaicin kept penetrating the latex and soaking into the skin on our hands. That has never happened to me before," she said.

Chile peppers of the same variety can vary in heat depending on environmental conditions. More stress on a plant — hotter temperatures or less water, for example — will result in hotter fruit.

The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion's new notoriety is already making waves in the industry and among those who love their hot, spicy foods.

"As with all the previous record holders, there will be a run on seeds and plants," said Jim Duffy, a grower in San Diego who supplied the university with seeds for four of the super-hot varieties. "Like Cabbage Patch dolls right before Christmas or Beanie Babies, it's like the hot item."

Not even Duffy or the researchers would dare to pop a whole Trinidad Moruga Scorpion in their mouths, but there are plenty of videos on social networking sites where heat-loving daredevils have tried.

The blood flow increases and the endorphins start flowing. Their faces turn red, the sweat starts rolling, their eyes and noses water and there's a fiery sensation that spreads across their tongues and down their throats.

"People actually get a crack-like rush," Duffy said. "I know the people who will eat the hottest stuff to get this rush, but they've got to go through the pain."

Pepper experts said there are a handful of people who are crazy enough to subject themselves to the pain, but the rest just want to try out these super-hot peppers on their friends or make killer hot sauce — and it doesn't take a whole pepper to do that.

More bang for the buck is how Bosland describes it. He said a family could buy two of the super-hot peppers to flavor their meals for an entire week.

The beauty of the peppers is they're not only the hottest in the world, but they're also some of the most flavorful peppers, Duffy said.

"You can make a barbeque sauce or a hot sauce at a mild to medium level using small amounts of these peppers and it will be so darn addictive that you won't want to put your spoon down," he said. "You'll want to eat and eat and eat."
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Re: Pot Pouri
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2012, 09:56:52 PM »
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Re: Pot Pouri
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2012, 06:07:38 PM »
Guillermo Antonio Prospect (born February 10, 1928 – 2000) was a conductor and promoter of the Steelpan.
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Prospect grew up in Port-of-Spain where he attended School and won a scholarship to study military bandmastership in England.[1]

He joined the Trinidad and Tobago Police Band in 1944 and retired in 1982.

Anthony Prospect won the Steelband Music Festival in 1982 with the Casablanca Steel Orchestra.

I remember going to the band stand of what is now the President's House to listen to concerts put on by the TTPS and Inspector Prospect!

A real nice fella with a love for music and steel pan   


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Re: Pot Pouri
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2012, 06:10:04 PM »

Taken from the T&T Hansard  Tuesday, May 09, 2000

Condolences Tuesday, May 09, 2000

Mr. President: Hon. members, we now pay tribute to four deceased persons of our national community.

The first three, the late Sundar Popo, the late Anthony Prospect and the late Patrick Castagne, were all members of the fraternity of music, entertainment, arts and culture, and the fourth, the late Sen. Vernon Gilbert was a Member of this honourable Senate until recently.

I propose to pay tribute to the three first named together and, thereafter, pay tribute to the late Senator separately. I start with the late Sunilal Popo Bahora better known as Sundar Popo, who died on May 02, 2000 and was cremated on May 05, 2000.

The late Sundar Popo came to prominence in 1969, when he sang the now famous “Nani and Nana”, which catapulted him to national fame. He subsequently became one of the major exponents
of the chutney music.

He made several records, and these records were sold in various parts of the world, and his name also became quite known in the international Indian Diaspora.

He won very many competitions; both locally and internationally and, for his contribution to that art-form, was recognized by the country when, in 1993, he was awarded the Humming Bird Medal.

The late Sundar Popo leaves to mourn his wife Kayso, his children and many other close relatives and friends.

I pay tribute now to the late Guillermo Antonio Prospect better known as Anthony Prospect, who died on May 03, 2000 and was interred yesterday, May 08, 2000 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The late Anthony Prospect was a former Police Superintendent of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and musical director of the police band. He is credited with having virtually revolutionized the police band,
by fusing calypso music with military music.

Those of us who had the privilege and opportunity to see him conduct the police band, can well
describe his actions then as perfection personified. He was truly a great exponent of the music and a truly great conductor.

He was also awarded the Medal of Merit by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. He leaves to
mourn the loss, his wife, children and grandchildren.

The third person in that category is the late Patrick Castagne who died on May 05, 2000 and will be interred tomorrow, May 10, 2000. He was best known as the composer of our National Anthem, almost 40 years ago, but was also a very avid composer of traditional songs and calypsoes.

Many of us may remember Lord Melody's mega hit, “Ice Man” of which the late Patrick Castagne was its composer. He was also the producer of many shows and, at one time produced the carnival Dimanche Gras show.

He himself was very well-known and recognized in the entertainment industry. He leaves to mourn the loss, several children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, amongst other many close friends and relatives.

He also was awarded the Chaconia Gold Medal during the course of his life.

read more please  http://www.ttparliament.org/hansards/hs20000509.pdf
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