Caribbean Recipes – Banana Fritters

Repeating Islands

A report from News Americas Now.

This week, we journey virtually to St. Lucia for some delicious Banana Fritters. Here’s how you can make it this weekend thanks toTaste St. Lucia.

Ingredients

3 ripe bananas

1 egg

1 tsp ofvanilla extract

1/2 tsp ofground cinnamon

1/2 cup ofSugar

2 cups offlour

1 tbsp ofbaking powder

3 cups ofvegetable oil

Confectioners sugar

Method

1.Peel and mash the bananas.

2. Beat egg, add sugar, vanilla extract and ground cinnamon.

3. Blend the egg mixture with the mash bananas. Sift flour and baking powder and add a little bit at a time to banana mixture, mix well.

4. Heat oil in frying pan.

5. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture into frying pan. Turn on each side when golden brown.

6. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar and serve.

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Trends in County-Level COVID-19 Incidence in Counties With and Without a Mask Mandate — Kansas, June 1–August 23, 2020 | MMWR

The governor of Kansas issued an executive order requiring wearing masks in public spaces, effective July 3, 2020, which was subject to county authority to opt out. After July 3, COVID-19 incidence decreased in 24 counties with mask mandates but continued to increase in 81 counties without mask mandates.

What are the implications for public health practice?

Countywide mask mandates appear to have contributed to the mitigation of COVID-19 transmission in mandated counties. Community-level mitigation strategies emphasizing use of masks, physical distancing, staying at home when ill, and enhanced hygiene practices can help reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

Source: Trends in County-Level COVID-19 Incidence in Counties With and Without a Mask Mandate — Kansas, June 1–August 23, 2020 | MMWR

U.S. could ‘see another 100,000 deaths by Inauguration Day,’ doctor says

  • “Once we get into the spring we easily could be at 450,000 or even 500,000 deaths,” said Dr. Ashish Jha as he assessed the Covid-19 surge in the United States.
  • Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said that he “feels pretty good” about hospital capacity in his state, but that he is worried about the well-being of healthcare workers in those hospitals.
  • The U.S. on Thursday reported a record 187,000 new cases of coronavirus and 2,015 deaths, the most since May, as the country faces severe outbreaks heading into the holiday season.

Source: U.S. could ‘see another 100,000 deaths by Inauguration Day,’ doctor says

Trump’s legal team seemingly didn’t notice its allegation of election fraud in Michigan is based on data from Minnesota

One, from a Texas resident who works in cybersecurity, was filed in Georgia on Wednesday, but claims vote tallying machines in Michigan are highly susceptible to fraud. It goes on to list several “statistical red flags” that purport to show how those machines may have been manipulated, including numbers that imply as many as 350 percent of estimated voters in a range of Michigan towns cast ballots. The problem is, the towns the affidavit lists are all scattered across eastern Minnesota, not Michigan.

The affidavit also claims there have been reports of votes switched from Trump to Biden in “Antium County, Michigan.” There’s no such county in the state, or in the United States at all. And if the affidavit means to imply there was fraud in Antrim County, Michigan, well, its county clerk has already corrected and testified regarding any mistaken voting tallies there.

Source: Trump’s legal team seemingly didn’t notice its allegation of election fraud in Michigan is based on data from Minnesota

New COVID-19 cases hit new high – ORANGE COUNTY TRIBUNE – California

New coronavirus cases in Orange County hit a record high in Friday’s count from the county health care agency.

The OCHCA is reporting 1,169 new COVID-19 related infections, a sharp rise from Thursday’s 582. The number of deaths declined from nine to three.

According to agency statistics, the previous one-day high was 1,058 cases on July 7.

Source: New COVID-19 cases hit new high – ORANGE COUNTY TRIBUNE

Why Erdogan seeks fresh military mandate for Azerbaijan

At home, the media portrayed the authorization bill as a reflection of Turkey’s expanding influence from the Middle East and Africa to the Caucasus and Central Asia, emphasizing Turkey’s ethnic kinship and historical bonds with Azerbaijan. “A reunion after 102 years! Turkish soldiers off to Azerbaijan” read the identical headline that many pro-government media outlets used. The likewise identical reports read, “Turkish soldiers will once again go on a peace mission to Azerbaijan, having rescued Baku from Armenian gangs and the Bolshevik occupation 102 years ago. The historical reunion of one nation and two states will be once again demonstrated to the world. By creating a peace corridor from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean, Turkey will command strategic importance as an element of tranquility, peace and stability in the region and the world.” The reports listed 15 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe where Turkey currently has a military presence.

Read more: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/11/turkey-russia-azerbaijan-armenia-parliament-troop-deployment.html#ixzz6eN5Rrkx7 Source: Why Erdogan seeks fresh military mandate for Azerbaijan

We must change attitudes, abide by guidelines: El Paso Times reader

This morning I woke up with a strong urge to call my mother, but as I reached for the phone, I realized that mom was no longer here with us. She left us back in 2014 at the age of 98. I then went into my art studio where I saw a picture of her and that’s when I told myself, what would I do if she was still here with us in the middle of this pandemic? I would climb the highest mountain, swim the oceans wide to protect her, so why are there so many of us so careless when It comes to protecting yourself or your loved ones.

Too often we hear and see just how many people are so careless when it comes to ignoring the guidelines set by our law officials or medical experts on what to do in combating the coronavirus.

A few weeks ago, cases were on the decline, but now they are shooting sky high and what do you think is one of the main reasons? If we don’t change our attitudes we’ll be entering into the valley of darkness with no light at the end of the tunnel.

Ramon Valenzuela

East El Paso

Source: We must change attitudes, abide by guidelines: El Paso Times reader

El Paso County officials seek help at morgue as coronavirus fatalities climb | The Texas Tribune

EL PASO — El Paso County officials sent out a plea Thursday evening for applicants to work at the county medical examiner’s office as the number of fatalities caused by COVID-19 here continues to rise.

“The Morgue Attendants will be provided maximum PPE [personal protective equipment], and will receive a COVID test prior to starting. All Morgue Attendants will be tasked with physically moving Decedents,” the notice reads. “Not only is this assignment physically taxing, but it may be emotionally taxing as well.”

The request comes as the county has resorted to using low-level offenders from the county jail to help transport the deceased. Their work will continue until there are enough new hires, County Judge Ricardo Samaniego said Thursday.

Source: El Paso County officials seek help at morgue as coronavirus fatalities climb | The Texas Tribune