A jury has heard rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine (six-NYN') describe getting abducted at gunpoint last year amid a dispute between rival factions of a violent street gang he joined. The account came on Wednesday during 6ix9ine's testimony at the Manhattan trial of two alleged members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. One of the defendants, Anthony "Harv" Ellison, is accused of abducting and robbing 6ix9ine. The 23-year-old 6ix9ine claimed that after Ellison and another armed man forced him into a stolen car, they beat him and drove him to his Brooklyn home. He said they stole a bag of his jewelry before releasing him. 6ix9ine was testifying as a prosecution witness after pleading guilty earlier this year. He previously testified that he had joined the gang to increase his street credibility.

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek says he's had a setback in his battle with pancreatic cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy again. Trebek told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday that after a short period of optimism when he stopped chemotherapy, his "numbers shot up" and doctors ordered him back on the treatment. The 79-year-old game show host announced in March that he had advanced pancreatic cancer. But he hasn't missed a day on the show, which tapes episodes in advance. Trebek said his goals for the summer were to get his strength and hair back, and his progress on both fronts was dismal. There have been no changes to this season's taping and production schedule, producer Sony Pictures Television said. Trebek is taping the Tournament of Champions shows Tuesday and Wednesday as planned. Those episodes, with last season's star James Holzhauer among the 15 contestants, will air November4-15. So far, 40 episodes have been taped out of the 230 planned. "Jeopardy!" typically has a compressed shooting schedule which, as Trebek has said, gives him long breaks. Trebek said he didn't feel terrible, although he had fatigue and occasional pain in his back. "There are moments when, for no reason at all, I feel this surge of sadness, depression," he said. "It doesn't last for very long, but it takes over your whole being for a period of time." While he's concerned about what his passing would mean for his loved ones, Trebek said he's not afraid of what lies ahead. "I'm 79 years old," he said. "I've had one hell of a good life."


Adrian "A.O.NSkillz" Wilkinson turns 32 today! Co-founder of A.O.N (All Or Nothing) Entertainment and Disc Jockey at 98.1 FM,has solidified his name in the entertainment industry in Barbados. Speaking to Loop, the DJ reminisced abouthow the group A.O.N Entertainment came into existence and transitionedthroughout the years. "A.O.N (All Or Noting Entertainment), started from a love for music and ambition. Ryan “Giggz” Grandison, Akil “Kun” Dowridge and myself decided to created a group with a difference. We all grew up in the same neighbourhood and had similar dreams and goals. The aim was to kick off by making beats and working with artistes but over time it went in the direction of DJing." During his 14 year DJ career, A.O.N Skillz has worked at BCC Radio, while pursuing a degree inMass Communication, Kairi FM in St. Lucia and 98.1 FM for 3 years and counting,as well as various events across the island. He always lights the airwaves on fire during Get Litt Saturdays (12PM - 4PM) and Sundays (5PM), as well as AfroVibes Online Radio during Club Caribbean on Fridays. He shared 5 lessons he has learnt along the way: 1. Give your all! (Hence All Or Nothing) 2. You can’t please everyone! 3. Know your worth! 4. Always be punctual! 5. If you don’t love music, this isn't for you!

The study found that the Romanian Leu, made from Polymer, was the dirtiest of the currencies tested.

With money finding its way into different hands daily, the probability ofcontamination is pretty high. However, one study found that the material money is made from may contribute to the levels of bacteria transmitted. The study found that money made from polymer may be more susceptible to transmitting contagious bacteria. This was the finding of a study called Money and Transmission of Bacteria which was conducted by Habip Gedik, Timothy A. Voss, and Andreas Voss and published in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, vol. 2, no. 2, 2013. The study won the Economics Prizeat the Ig Nobel Prize Awards on September 12. The aim of the study was to ascertain the survival status of bacteria includingStaphylococcus aureus,E. coli, and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) on banknotes from different countries and the transmission of bacteria to volunteers getting in contact with contaminated banknotes under experimental conditions. The study looked at the following currencies: the Euro, US Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Croatian Luna, Romanian Leu (RON), Moroccan Dirham, and Indian Rupee. The notes were sterilised with UV light, squirted with bacteria, and then allowed to dry before being tested for bacteria over the next three, six, and 24 hours. In another trialwith some less-dangerous bacteria, people were instructed to rub these bank notes between their hands for 30 seconds, to see if anything rubbed off. After testing, the Romanian Leu yielded all three microorganisms afterthree and six hours of drying, and it was the only currency which yielded a microorganism, VRE, after one day of drying. The Leu is made from Polymer. “Our experiments showed that the polymer structure of the Romanian Leu banknote allows growth and transmission of multi-drug resistant pathogens. This, in theory, could contribute to the transmission of microorganisms within the Romanian community. Countries using polymer-based banknotes should take this into consideration, especially, if a currency is not exclusively used within one country, such as the Euro and US Dollar,” the study said. The Ig Nobel Prizehonours achievements that make people laugh and then think. Prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honour the imaginative and spur people’s interest in science, medicine, and technology.


Relationships between managers and employees within the workplace are not at optimum level. This is the view put forward by Joan Underwood, of the Public Relations Committee within the Human Resources Management Association of Barbados (HRMAB), during an interview on Mornin’ Barbados on CBC TV 8 to promote the upcomingPeople Leadership Conference. Underwood stressed the onus was not just on those within theHuman Resources Department to effectively manage and keep employees engaged but rather, all those persons within the organization who are in managerial positions. “People still exist within organizations and this is why people management is so important. No matter what role you have within an organization, as a manager it is important for you to manage the resources that are assigned to you. Everyone has to manage people.” She said mismanagement of employeerelationships can lead to having workers who are "actively disengaged" and this, Underwood noted, can spell troublefor an organization. Referencing a Gallup Poll, Underwood revealed “that up to 70 percent of the variants associated with employee engagement is linked directly to the manager”. “So sometimes it is the relationship between the manager and the employee that causes this disengagement.” She said the conference, slated from October 2 to 4 at Sandals Royal, is aimed at enhancing people management skills. The conference lineup will feature an array of national, regional and international practitioners. Conference participants will be exposed to best practice case studies and practical frameworks in a wide array of highly interactive sessions. Dominant themes include Innovation and Digitization, Business Re-Engineering, Health and Wellness and Leadership and Emotional Intelligence. Underwood stressed employee management was not only for those who work within the Human Resource department. All persons, she explained, who are responsible for managing resources at work can and should take advantage of the conference offerings. More information about the conference can be found at https://www.hrmab.org.bb/

Gary Allison, left, waves while standing with other union members picketing outside the General Motors Plant in Arlington, Texas, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. More than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers walked off General Motors factory floors or set up picket lines as contract talks with the company deteriorated into a strike. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Talks are set to resume Tuesday after a pause overnight, but there was no end to the strike against General Motors. Brian Rothenberg, spokesman for the UAW - the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, better known as the United Automobile Workers,said Tuesday "They are talking, they've made progress, we'll see how long it takes." The walkout by upward of 49,000 United Auto Workers members has brought to a standstill more than 50 factories and parts warehouses in the union's first strike against the No. 1 USautomaker in over a decade. Workers left factories and formed picket lines shortly after midnight Monday in the dispute over a new four-year contract. The union's top negotiator said in a letter to the company that the strike could have been averted had the company made its latest offer sooner. The letter dated Sunday suggests that the company and union are not as far apart as the rhetoric leading up to the strike had indicated. Negotiations continued Monday in Detroit after breaking off during the weekend. But Rothenberg said the two sides have come to terms on only two percent of the contract. "We've got 98 percentto go," he said Monday. GM on Monday cancelled the workers' company-sponsored health insurance, Rothenberg said, but the UAW had policies in place and is covering striking workers. GM said that under the UAW contract, responsibility for health insurance shifts from the company to the union if there is a strike. "We understand strikes are difficult and disruptive to families," said Daniel Flores, GM spokesman. "While on strike, some benefits shift to being funded by the union's strike fund, and in this case hourly employees are eligible for union-paid COBRA so their health care benefits can continue." Asked about the possibility of federal mediation, President Donald Trump, said it's possible if the company and union want it. "Hopefully they'll be able to work out the GM strike quickly," Trump said Monday before leaving the White House for New Mexico. "Hopefully, they're going to work it out quickly and solidly." Wall Street did not like seeing the union picketers. GM shares closed Monday down more than four percent, and edged down 15 cents to $37.06 Tuesday morning. On the picket line Monday at GM's transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio, workers who said they have been with the company for more than 30 years were concerned for younger colleagues who are making less money under GM's two-tier wage scale and have fewer benefits. Paul Kane, from South Lyon, Michigan, a 42-year GM employee, said much of what the union is fighting for will not affect him. "It's not right when you're working next to someone, doing the same job and they're making a lot more money," he said. "They should be making the same as me. They've got families to support." Kane said GM workers gave up pay raises and made other concessions to keep GM afloat during its 2009 trip through bankruptcy protection. "Now it's their turn to pay us back," he said. "That was the promise they gave." UAW Vice President Terry Dittes told GM that the company's latest offer might have made it possible to reach an agreement if it had come earlier. "We are disappointed that the company waited until just two hours before the contract expired to make what we regard as its first serious offer," Dittes wrote in the letter to Scott Sandefur, GM's vice president of labour relations. There are many important items left in the talks, including wage increases, pay for new hires, job security, profit sharing and treatment of temporary workers, Dittes wrote. "We are willing to meet as frequently, and for as long as it takes, to reach an agreement that treats our members fairly," the letter said. GM issued a statement saying it wants to reach a deal that builds a strong future for workers and the business. The automaker said Sunday that it offered pay raises and $7 billion worth of USfactory investments resulting in 5400 new positions, a minority of which would be filled by existing employees. GM would not give a precise number. The company also said it offered higher profit sharing, "nationally leading" health benefits and an $8000 payment to each worker upon ratification. Before the talks broke off, GM offered new products to replace work at two of four USfactories that it intends to close. The company pledged to build a new all-electric pickup truck at a factory in Detroit, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The person was not authorised to disclose details of the negotiations. The automaker also offered to open an electric vehicle battery plant in Lordstown, Ohio, where it has a huge factory that has already stopped making cars and will be closed. The new factory would be in addition to a proposal to make electric vehicles for a company called Workhorse, the person said. It's unclear how many workers the two plants would employ. The closures, especially of the Ohio plant, have become issues in the 2020 presidential campaign. President Donald Trump has consistently criticised the company and demanded that Lordstown be reopened. Kristin Dziczek, vice president of labour and industry for the Center for Automotive Research, an industry think tank, said the letter and resumption of contract talks are encouraging signs. "It makes me think that both sides are probably closer than it might have seemed before," she said. But both Dziczek and Art Wheaton, an auto industry expert at the Worker Institute at Cornell University, say GM left out key details when it made part of its offer public, and working out those details could make the strike last longer. "I think GM kind of sabotaged some of the negotiations by going immediately to the public," Wheaton said. "It really distorts the offer." The strike shut down 33 manufacturing plants in nine states across the US, as well as 22 parts-distribution warehouses. It's the first national strike by the union since a two-day walkout in 2007 that had little impact on the company. Workers at Fiat Chrysler and Ford continued working under contract extensions. Any agreement reached with GM will serve as a template for talks with the other two companies.