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The 5th Annual Diamond Ball, hosted by Barbadian superstar and business womanRihanna, will be honouring Prime Minister, Mia Mottley, as well as American activist Shaun King. The announcement was made on Wednesdayregarding the annual gatheringwhich is held to benefitThe Clara Lionel Foundation in New York. "I can't imagine a better night than this year's Clara Lionel Foundation event with Seth Meyers, Pharrell and DJ Khaled," Rihanna said in a newstatement. [related node_id='83adae38-5504-4bcd-82bf-c5a80204e9da'] "I am particularly honored to present Prime Minister Mottley and Shaun King with this year's Diamond Ball Awards for their groundbreaking work. We are so thankful to them for joining us and making the night better than ever." The pair will receive thethe 2019 Diamond Ball Award. Besides the guests of honor, the evening will also include plenty of entertainment for attendees. Itwill be hosted by Seth Meyers and include performances by Pharrell Williamsand DJ Khaled. Rihanna has thrown her support behind PM Mottley ever since the landslide victory at the polls in the May 24 General Elections last year. Shaun King came to prominence for his writing and utilizing social media to shine a light on social justice causes. In 2018, he co-founded Real Justice PAC, an organization that works to elect prosecutors, as well as city and county officials who are in support of criminal justice reform. He also relaunchedThe North Star, a publication first established by Frederick Douglas and known for its influence in the anti-slavery movement. Rihanna started the Diamond Ball in 2014to help support her foundation, named after her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. Over the years, the non-profit has funded over 59 global projects and committed $13 million in grants. Last year alone, the ball raised almost $6 million for CLF's education and emergency response programs throughout the globe. The 5th Annual Diamond Ball will be held on September 12 in NYC.

It was the perfect blend of local excellence, unique hospitality and international brilliance. Crop Over 2019 was elevatedwhen the fourth edition of Lifted was held at the Bushy Park Racing Circuit. Hosted by recently crowned Starcom Network and FLOW People’s Monarch Justin “Jus Jay” King, the midweek summer party was full hype and vibes from start to finish, matching their 2019 theme “Altitude”. With an automobile frame placed on the stage, the night’s deejays were precisely aligned to the fixture as technicians and they engineered a world class performance which kept the thousands of patrons fully engaged. Jus Jay and Patrick the Hypeman spearheaded the deejay cast with a number of soca tracks and mixes from past to present. Kevin Crown and Riggo Suave represented the visitors well and mixed some popular dancehall songs during their soca dominant set. DJ Salt and Don maintained the standard with their energetic, while witty presentation that had the crowd demanding more well beyond the closing time. Award winning soca superstar Skinny Fabulous was the feature act of the evening and he showed just why he is one of the biggest global performers in entertainment. His energy was contagious; as he dropped tracks like “Watch thing”, “Happy”, “Behaving the worst” and crowd favourite “Famalaay” which he used to fuse the many cultures and nationalities in the audience. 2019 People’s Monarch Lead Pipe and partner Saddis were in their usual immaculate form and were well matched by the people’s favourite Mole.The trio performed their respective hits and were suitable backups for each other via song and dance. Mahalia of the band Two Mile Hill delivered a mesmerizing performance of her 2019 track “Run it”, which attracted a few unofficial dancers from the crowd. The organizers of the event, definitely lifted the standard of the event this year.a


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There are three words guaranteed to give any parent or guardian the heebie jeebies in the month of August- back-to-school shopping. Books, uniforms, stationery, outfits for extra-curricular activities, shoes, book-bag – the list of needed supplies grows longer every school year, threatening to break parents’ pockets and the bank Shopping for a school-aged child can be ridiculously expensive rangingbetween $500 and $1,000 per child, depending on the level of education. Here are a few back-to-school shopping tips to cut corners on your budget: Ask friends/family if they have school items available Don’t be afraid to ask around for used textbooks and other supplies. Check what items are already available at home: It is not necessary to purchase every item new. Do a check to determine what items, such as pens, pencilseven socks and exercise books can be reused in the new school year. Make a list and determineyour budget. When you have decided what items to buy, make a list and stick to it! Make no additional purchases because your child pesters you or because you figure they may need it. Start shopping early Shop early and save money. As soon as the school term closes and children go on summer vacation, plan and begin your back-to school shopping. You can avoid the rush and nothave to worry about items being out of stock with the last-minute rush. Shop over weeks/months When back-to school shopping consider purchasing items during different pay periods (if you are paid bi-weekly or monthly). Shop around and compare prices before you buy. Everyone loves a good bargain! Comparing prices can be more time-consuming as opposed to buying all school supplies from one store but the money saved will be well worth it. Buy items that are bargain not brand Some back-to-school items, particularly shoes and book-bags are more popular than others and also much more expensive. Remember the purpose of school is for your child to gain an education, not fashion points.

The moringa oleifera - also known as horseradish tree, ben tree, or drumstick tree -is a small tree native to South Asiathat has been used for generations in eastern countries to treat and prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, anemia, arthritis, liver disease, and respiratory, skin, and digestive disorders. The moringa leaves, pods, roots, bark, flowers, seeds, and fruits are all edible. They have been used as a traditional remedy for many ailments, and is a super food that can be had via a powder in smoothies or asa tea among other means of consumption. Moringa hasa rich source of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It contains significant amounts of vitamin A, C, and E; calcium; potassium; and protein. Moringa contains antioxidants called flavonoids, polyphenols, and ascorbic acid in the leaves, flowers, and seeds.Antioxidants fight free radicals, molecules that cause oxidative stress, cell damage, and inflammation. It reduces inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes and proteins in the body, and moringa leaf concentrate can significantly lower inflammation in the cells. Moringa leaf powder has been effective at reducing lipid and glucose levels and regulating oxidative stress in diabetic patients, which means it lowers blood sugar and cholesterol and improves protection against cell damage.It alsohas heart-healthy benefits, particularly in blood lipid control, the prevention of plaque formation in the arteries, and reduced cholesterol levels. What's more, it supports brain health and cognitive function because of its antioxidant and neuro-enhancer activities. It hasalso been tested as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Moringa contains high concentrations of polyphenols in its leaves and flowers that protect the liver against oxidation, toxicity, and damage. This means it can reduce liver damage and fibrosis and reverse oxidation in the liver. Moringa oil can also restore liver enzymes to normal levels. Moringa has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that fight infections. It's been effective against types of fungi that cause infections on skin and strains of bacteria responsible for blood and urinary tract infections and digestive problems. It also has blood-clotting properties in its leaves, roots, and seeds that benefit wound healing and can reduce clotting time, which means it reduces the time it takes for scratches, cuts, or wounds to stop bleeding.


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Global stock markets were back in positive territory Wednesday as investors looked ahead to a speech by the Federal Reserve chairman for signs of possible plans for more U.S. interest rate cuts. Market benchmarks in London and Frankfurt rose in early trading. On Wall Street, the futures for the S&P 500 index rose 0.7% to 2,918 and futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 0.6% to 26,085. After a three-day run of gains, U.S. stocks fell Tuesday after a slide in bond yields and a mixed batch of corporate earnings. Financial sector stocks led the declines. Investors are now looking ahead to the Fed's Wednesday release of notes from its policymaking meeting last month and a speech Friday by Chairman Jerome Powell. Markets have "entered a holding pattern" ahead of Powell's afternoon speech at an annual gathering in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Jeffrey Halley of Oanda said in a report. Investors expect Powell to signal the Fed "is about to embark on a reinvigorated wave of easing," said Halley. However, he said U.S. data "simply does not support the need for an aggressive easing cycle." London's FTSE 100 rose 1.1% in midday trading to 7,205 and Frankfurt's DAX also climbed 1.1% to 11,784. France's CAC-40 jumped 1.5% to 5,426. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 shed 0.3% to close at 20,618.57. Hong Kong's Hang Seng inched up 0.2% to finish at 26,270.04. The Shanghai Composite Index was little changed at 2,880.33. Seoul's Kospi gained 0.2% to 1,964.65 while Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 fell 0.9% to 6,483.30. India's Sensex lost 0.6% to 37,114.28. Taiwan was higher and New Zealand was lower, while Southeast Asian markets were mixed. The U.S. market has been volatile this month as investors try to parse conflicting signals on the U.S. economy and determine whether a recession is on the horizon. A key concern is that the U.S.-Chinese tariff war will weigh on global economic growth. ON TARGET: After mixed results from retailers on Tuesday, Target Corp. topped expectations Wednesday for its second quarter as it pushes faster delivery and invests heavily in new private label brands. Shares in the retailer jumped 15% in premarket trading. ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude gained 63 cents to $56.76 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract shed 1 cent on Tuesday to close at $56.13. Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 96 cents to $60.99 per barrel in London. The contract advanced 27 cents the previous session to $60.03. CURRENCY: The dollar rose to 106.45 yen from Tuesday's 106.22. The euro inched up to $1.1105.

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Global shares were mostly higher Tuesday after Wall Street rallied on the U.S. decision to give Chinese telecom giant Huawei another 90 days to buy equipment from American suppliers. That decision appeared to inspire a buying mood among investors eager for any signs of progress in the trade war between the U.S. and China. France's CAC 40 added nearly 0.2% in early trading to 5,380.18, while Germany's DAX inched up nearly 0.1% to 11,723.98. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.2% to 7,205.60. U.S. shares were set to drift higher with Dow futures edging up 0.1% to 26,143. S&P 500 futures were also up 0.1% at 2,926.50. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.6% to finish at 20,677.22. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 1.2% to 6,545.00. South Korea's Kospi rose 1.1% to 1,960.25, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 0.2% to 26,231.54. The Shanghai Composite was down 0.1% at 2,880.00. Recently, investors have been trying to determine whether a recession is on the horizon in the U.S. A key concern is that the escalating and costly trade conflict between the world's two biggest economies will hamper growth around the globe. Earlier this month, Trump announced plans to extend tariffs across virtually all Chinese imports, many of them consumer products that were exempt from earlier rounds of tariffs. The tariffs have been delayed, but ultimately will raise costs for U.S. companies bringing goods in from China. Huawei has become part of the trade war, with the White House showing a willingness to use sanctions against the company as a bargaining chip. The U.S. government blacklisted Huawei in May, deeming it a national security risk, meaning U.S. companies aren't allowed to sell the company technology without government approval. "While it is not unexpected, the extension for the easing of Huawei sanctions had added to the relief for markets at the start of the week," said Jingyi Pan, market strategist for IG in Singapore. ENERGY: Benchmark crude oil rose 14 cents to $56.28 a barrel. Brent crude, the international standard, rose 10 cents to $59.84 a barrel. CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 106.43 yen from 106.36 yen on Monday. The euro weakened to $1.1074 from $1.1104.