Konshens on his wedding day (Source: IG)

- by Daveny Ellis Jamaican Dancehall artiste Konshens has attemptedto apologize to his wifeher via social media. But the very public movehas causeddebates to erupt online. Konshens, real name Garfield Delano Spence known for his hits like "Bruk Off Ya Back" as well as "Gal Dem Ah Talk", took to Instagram in anattempt to apologize to his wife Latoya Wright. “You will wake up and grow up when she already gone,” the dancehall artist stated. “All she did was – Bring me the greatest happiness only rivaled by mi kids births. – stick by me no matter what and who going against me... “Put up with Countless f**kery and handle it all with class and maintain respect and protect me image. - Love mi daughter like she is yours and grow her into a Lady. - Transform my mindset financially and show me seh the way i was handling money all those years was totally wrong. "Match me perfectly spiritually and physically- partner with me in business and life, and me still find so many way fi mek this f#@% up” Konshens wrote. He even made mention of having suicidal thoughts after his brother's untimely death and said that his wife was there through that time as well. "Stop me from kill miself COUNTLESS times after mi bredda drop out an mi get f**king unstable. And counsel me when the world a come down pan mi." With this fact, thedancehall star not only apologized butwent on to promise to work on his mental health and become a better version of himself and a better husband. “Mi ago fix miself as a person and fix mi head to.” This is the second occasion this year that Konshens and his wife have parted ways. Earlier this year, the two split after two years of marriage. Wright also took to Instagram. “New chapter!!! accept the wounds and grow from them and don’t...fall in the same trap again,” she wrote. “Ever had that ONE person you always said is your rider? your closest. The one you would always swear for when it comes to loyalty and being in your corner, your ace.” It is still not clear what may have caused the possible split. This viral apology has caused tremendous debate online with some interpreting Konshens' apology as a manipulative tactic or "begging" while others are commending the artiste for his attempt at exposing himself and his flaws while strongly coming to his defense. The two were marriedin Florida at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa on November 19, 2017.

The semi-finalists for the 2019 St Kitts & Nevis Sugar Mas Senior Calypso competition have been announced. The semi-finals of the 48th staging of the competition will be held on December 14 at Old Carnival City at Warner Park, Basseterre. Carnival chairman Noah Mills said:“To date, all activities have seen great success. Judged from the tremendous turn out at events, the comments on social media, timeliness of events, overall management and other estimates.” He said Sugar Mas 48has been living up to expectations. Mills said there has been an increase in the number of registration for both senior calypsonians and soca artistes. “The eliminations for both competitions, this past weekend, have trimmed the field to 16 calypsonians who will deliver two songs each on December 14.” The soca competition will include 12 groovy soca and 12 power soca semi-finalists. As in the case of TT Soca Monarch 2019, Sugar Mas re-introduced two segments: groovy and power, after two years of having only one segment. Asked about strong contenders, Mills said Queen Independent, Karisia Willet is on track to becoming the most widely-decorated female calypsonian. “After claiming two junior calypso crowns in her earlier years, she made her debut at the senior level in 2016-2017.” Willet won the Senior Calypso Monarch that year and successfully defended in 2018. She placed first runner-up in her opening year at the National Female Competition in 2016- 2017 but went on to win the crown in 2018 – successfully defending it this year in the opening night of Sugar Mas 48 on November 25. “She also placed 2nd Runner Up at the Leeward Islands Open Calypso Competition and will represent us in Montserrat, at the Regional Female Calypso Show on December 28,” Mills said. The competitions have seen the introduction of a Junior Soca Monarch Competition for 2019, which will be merged with the Best of the Rest.Mills described the Best of the Rest as a unique show where calypsonians who do not make it to semi-finals battle for a Best of the Rest crown. “Our bar crawls are islandwide motorcades with bands, DJs, free drinks, dancing and live performances. We had the biggest bar crawl to date in St. Kitts on November 23. We now head to Nevis on December 7.” Mills said the regional networking model is also paying dividends. After visiting St Marten, Barbados and Antigua with sands, soca artistes, calypsonians and folklore characters, Antigua is now coming to St Kitts for Sugar Mas 48. “A government delegation plus a folkloric group will be here as part of an exchange program that was born from our 4Cs, Caribbean Carnival Chairperson Convention held last December. Present at the convention were French and Dutch St Martin, Anguilla, Barbados, Nevis and St Vincent.” Annual semi-finals are held at the Old Carnival City at Warner Park and Finals and Pageants are held at the Sugar Mill at the National Cricket Stadium, Basseterre.


Konshens on his wedding day (Source: IG)

- by Daveny Ellis Jamaican Dancehall artiste Konshens has attemptedto apologize to his wifeher via social media. But the very public movehas causeddebates to erupt online. Konshens, real name Garfield Delano Spence known for his hits like "Bruk Off Ya Back" as well as "Gal Dem Ah Talk", took to Instagram in anattempt to apologize to his wife Latoya Wright. “You will wake up and grow up when she already gone,” the dancehall artist stated. “All she did was – Bring me the greatest happiness only rivaled by mi kids births. – stick by me no matter what and who going against me... “Put up with Countless f**kery and handle it all with class and maintain respect and protect me image. - Love mi daughter like she is yours and grow her into a Lady. - Transform my mindset financially and show me seh the way i was handling money all those years was totally wrong. "Match me perfectly spiritually and physically- partner with me in business and life, and me still find so many way fi mek this f#@% up” Konshens wrote. He even made mention of having suicidal thoughts after his brother's untimely death and said that his wife was there through that time as well. "Stop me from kill miself COUNTLESS times after mi bredda drop out an mi get f**king unstable. And counsel me when the world a come down pan mi." With this fact, thedancehall star not only apologized butwent on to promise to work on his mental health and become a better version of himself and a better husband. “Mi ago fix miself as a person and fix mi head to.” This is the second occasion this year that Konshens and his wife have parted ways. Earlier this year, the two split after two years of marriage. Wright also took to Instagram. “New chapter!!! accept the wounds and grow from them and don’t...fall in the same trap again,” she wrote. “Ever had that ONE person you always said is your rider? your closest. The one you would always swear for when it comes to loyalty and being in your corner, your ace.” It is still not clear what may have caused the possible split. This viral apology has caused tremendous debate online with some interpreting Konshens' apology as a manipulative tactic or "begging" while others are commending the artiste for his attempt at exposing himself and his flaws while strongly coming to his defense. The two were marriedin Florida at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa on November 19, 2017.

Mint tea stock photo. (Photo: iStock)

The mint plant is one of the most popular herbs and most developed in the world. It comes in some 25 species and is grown in most tropical countries with minimum care needed. The plant iscommonly consumed astea and is also usedin smoothies, salads, sauce andsoups. It is a great healer and is known to have a variety of uses in making for healthier living for those who ingest it regularly. Mint is very good in easing muscle aches due to the antispasmodic content in it. This substance worksvery well to loosen muscles which are tensed. Fresh mint flavour makes it ideal to relieve bad breath. Mint tea made from fresh mint leaves or dried effectively get rid of bacteria that cause bad smells of breath. Mint will also keep the mouth moist by stimulating saliva production. The ingestion of mint also serves to increase one’s appetite and the plant is also able to relieveheartburn, increasing the flow of digestive fluids through the digestive system. It is also good in defeating nasal congestion. Plant mint contains menthol, ingredients commonly used in commercial drugs sold to combat the flu. The smells of menthol can help open the respiratory tract because it contains anti-inflammatory properties. The antibacterial properties of mint leaves also helptreat infections due to bacterial attack. Mint leaves are also good to combat nausea and indigestion. It has the potential toaid the digestive system and relieve stomach cramps. Mint has a mild anesthetic effect so as to relieve pain in the stomach and menstrual cramps. Consuming mint is also helpful in overcoming fever, and providinga sense of cold, refreshing feeling to the body. Antioxidants in mint leaves are useful to combat free radicals linked to a number ofdiseases, one of which is cancer. The plant is also rich in vitamin A and beta carotene which is very good for maintaining eye health. Drinking mint tea also helps to reduce stress and improve the immune system. It is also good to counteract itching in the throat andovercoming allergies. It also promotes and maintains healthy skin, weight loss and is good for preventing cracked nipples in lactating mothers. So your mother or grandmother knew what they were doing when they gave you mint tea in the mornings. Don’t break the cycle. Consume mint, it isgood for you. Some of this content was taken fromwww.drhealthbenefits.com


Vendor showed his plunger that he uses daily at the Berinda Cox Fish Market in Oistins to battle the drainage issue.

- by Daveny Ellis Vendors at the Berinda Cox Fish Market are appreciative but not pleased with all the renovations made there. ReopenedNovember 20, 2019, several vendors at the Oistins-locatedcomplex who preferred to remain anonymous were vocal about the drainage problems being experienced, with some calling the work "shoddy" and in need of immediate attention. One vendor demonstrated to Loop News using a plunger how he has to tackle the problem consistently throughout the day. While some were okay to accept the facility as is, another felt the government had a dutyto fix the issues for the vendors regardless, as they had assured them things would improve. Over at the Bridgetown Fish Market, vendors there were empathetic, understanding their Christ Church colleagues plight,but they felt as though the problems being experienced do not warrant an uproar and they did not share the Oistins vendors' complaints. Since the renovations at their owncomplex in The City, they too experienced some challenges with their drains but over time have adjusted tousingthe newer systems that call for more careful maintenance by the staff in clearing the drains. Adrian Wiltshire, a vendor of the last 33 years, said that maybe the Oistins Facility is nowexperiencingthe same issues thatonce affectedBridgetown, but he proposed thatin time they may adjust too. Though hopeful that the government will address their issues at the Berinda Cox facility with haste,one vendor confessedthat a fix even at this pointmay not help sales. Hewho had been working in the facility for over a decade felt there was no need to raise an alarm right now because"sales areslow" and he cannot see anyway of improving things before Christmas.

Ground-breaking ceremony of Health City Cayman’s Cancer Treatment Centre.

Health City Cayman’s Cancer Treatment Centre has broken ground. This is a monumental occasion for the Cayman Islands as the state-of-the-art multi-million dollar facility will be the first in the Caribbean to provide dedicated cancer care under one roof. The ground-breaking ceremony took place on November 28 at 8.30 am and featured addresses from Premier, Alden McLaughlin, Minister of Health, Dwayne Seymour and a speech by Health City Cayman Islands Clinical Director, Dr Binoy Chattuparambil. [related node_id='7950c89f-66fc-4cad-8f96-104d958a8c8e'] The new facility will provide treatment in the areas of medical oncology, surgical oncology and radiation, among other services,as well as a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) facility. There will be accommodations provided for overseas patients. According to the Master of Ceremonies, Director of Business Development, Shomari Scott, the new facility will provide patients with the added value of affordability, accessibility and proximity. “We allow your village to physically be with you through this journey,” he said. Premier McLaughlin beamed:“Today we are celebrating more than a ground breaking- we are breaking new ground in cancer treatment.” The Premier also highlighted that the facility will provide a valuable service to “international patients who need treatment at an affordable cost... and for Caribbean people who cannot get a US visa” or would prefer treatment that is more geographically and financially accessible. Minister of Health,Dwayne Seymour added:“There are many logistical barriers to having health care overseas. This Cancer Treatment Centre is filling a major need... This Centre will attract patients from around the Caribbean and Central America.” Health City Cayman Islands Clinical Director, DrChattuparambil closed the ceremony, conforming that the services offered will be “safe, efficient and effective” and will offer a service “not offered anywhere else in the region” and “the safest and most up to date treatment anywhere in the world.” The name of the facility will be unveiled in the ribbon cutting planned for Spring, 2020.