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Five days following the announcement of their first child together, Reggae crooner Romain Virgo and his wife Elizabeth announced the birth of twins! The singer shared the baby news and a beautiful photo of himself and wife Elizabeth on Instagram on Monday. But, mid-afternoon Friday– which happens to be Romaine's30th birthday – heshared the news of the twins' arrival with the following caption: There’s no greater gift that anyone could give on this my 30th Birthday to make me this happy. Thank you [Elizabeth] for making it look so easy. We should go again soon 😂. Thank you, God for doubling our blessings. #TheVirgos #OurTwins #CountingAllOurBlessings #BestBirthDayGiftEver To that, we say Happy Birthday Romain and congrats to you and ‘Liz’ on the safe and timely arrival of your newborns.

Jamaican actor Kevoy Burton has his eyes set on entering the booming Nollywood industry. Touching base withLoop Newsduring the week-long Barbados Independent Film Festival (BIFF), Burton revealed he will be moving to Ghana in February. It can be said that the main actor identified with the multifaceted and conflicted character of Joseph as he follows in his steps to create a home in his “motherland”. Burton recently left BIFF audiences wowed at the premiere of the thought-provoking production, Joseph, by celebrated Barbadian director and producer Marcia Weekes. [related node_id='b2206018-cb31-4bae-9ad4-cc9c23bcae73'] “Joseph is someone who wants to go back to Africa [and] Kevoy is someone who wants to go back to Africa. Kevoy is going back to Africa . . . . I have always known that my home wasn’t Jamaica.I have always known that it isn’t somewhere else where I can build, where I can create a legacy for my kids or my generation so I always thought the ceiling was too small in Jamaica,” Burton toldLoop News. “I didn’t see opportunities for me as a person so I decided I wanted to go back to Africa or wherever it was, and I went to Ghana and I found home. I want to break into Nollywood so I am going to Ghana to settle but I want to work in Nigeria,” he continued. The film Joseph tells the inspirational story of a young Jamaican doctor who was raised to follow in his father’s footsteps but seeks to deny his family’s norms and embrace the natural and herbal approach of healing taught by his Maroon father. After experiencing tragedy, he decides to fulfill the promise made to his grandfather and journeys to Ghana to find his truth and the truth of his ancestry. Though the film has been getting quite the buzz since its premiere, Burton believed that the Caribbean peoples have failed to recognize Africa as their home and embrace their ancestry. He sought to dispel stereotypical images and ‘fake news’ that Africa was poor and its people were on the brink of starvation. “The important message is this; Africa is not suffering, Africa is not a place where children have big bellies and flies on their nose and their faces. There are a lot of rich places in Africa and people in Africa and Africa wants people to come home hence the year of the return last year. People need to wake up and go back to Africa and build and develop their own.” The Loop family wishes Burton all the best. Burton was a writer with Loop Jamaica for a stint.


Olympian, World Record holder, businessman Usain Bolt will soon add another title to his repertoire – Daddy. The eight-time Olympic gold medallist made the announcement via his Instagram page on Thursday morning when he posted a photo of longtime girlfriend Kasi Bennett in a flowing red gown with a visible baby bump. View this post on Instagram I just want to say a KING or QUEEN is about to be HERE. @kasi.b A post shared by Usain St.Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) on Jan 23, 2020 at 2:03am PST His caption “I just want to say a KING or QUEEN is about to be HERE. @kasi.b” Bennett also posted three images from the photoshoot to her own Instagram account. View this post on Instagram Our greatest celebration... A post shared by Kasi J. Bennett (@kasi.b) on Jan 23, 2020 at 2:27am PST Congratulations to them both.

A smooth US$5,000will get you a taste of L’Imperial: a vintage Chartreuse-infused drink made by mixologist Antoine Hodge. To get it you’d have to sit in at the Baccarat Hotel in Manhattan. But, what makes L’Imperial so special? WATCH as InStyle senior producer Emily Christian visits Hodge at the Baccarat and savours the US$5k cocktail. According to New York Lifestyles Magazine:“The L’Imperial at US$5,000 is a potent blend of gin, 100-year-old green Chartreuse, Maraschino liqueur and lime juice perfectly presented in a majestic Tsar Glass designed in 1909 for Nicholas II.” This Tsar Glass – of a popular design beloved by Russian Tsars – is overlaid in coloured crystal with a high stem, a scalloped base, and diamond and palm leaf decorations. On the other hand, the key ingredient and the most expensive bit is the vintage Green Chartreuse from Spain. Recently, Hodge got a hold of the peculiar spirit (also known as the Elixir of Long Life) that is speculated to be made circa 1921-1926. Hodge, the bar and spirits director at the Baccarat Hotel,is quoted gushing about his now popular creation stating: “…having just acquired an impossible-to-get vintage bottle of Green Chartreuse from Spain, I was very intrigued and felt as if I was holding a piece of history in my hands." The higher price point is allocated to the souvenir Baccarat Crystal glass, valued at US$3,600, and an exquisite 100-year-old bottle of green Chartreuse valued at US$1,150 per ounce. The aperitif, described as “intense” with “a powerful smell” initially, was deduced to “warm” “comfortable”, and “delicious!” Other ingredients include Nolet’s Dry Gin, cherry-oak-aged Maraschino liqueur, lime juice, a golden cherry, and a pinch of saffron to garnish. Check out more pricey concoctions here! Though it is not the most expensive cocktail in the world,L’Imperial comes close. L’Imperial would therefore rank #4 in price point of the top 10 most expensive cocktails in the world.


Mr Peanut plummets to his demise
(Courtesy: Planters YouTube Page)

It's nuts! Mr Peanut is dead. In one of the strangest advertising moves this year, Planters Peanuts has killed their beloved mascot, Mr Peanut. Mr Peanut, whose actual nameis Bartholomew Richard Fitzgerald-Smythe, was killed off by the marketing team of Planters, parent company Kraft Heinz, after only at the age of 104. However, the brand is pushing a narrative saying he sacrificed himself for his friends. His shell may have cracked in the fall over the cliff to the canyon-floor but it wasthe hot flames which roasted him, that really snatched the most popular monocle and top hot-wearing, cane holding legume from his fans around the world. On the Mr Peanut Twitter Account the team posted the following; “It is with heavy hearts that we confirm that Mr. Peanut has died at 104. In the ultimate selfless act, he sacrificed himself to save his friends when they needed him most. Please pay your respects with #RIPeanut.” [image_gallery] Switching the Twitter account to now read The Estate of MrPeanut, a video was subsequently tweeteddetailing the precise way in which MrPeanut died via their YouTube page. In the video, Mr Peanut along with actors Wesley Snipes and Matt Walsh are driving in the "Nut Mobile" when MrPeanut swerves to dodge an armadillo and the vehicle flies off a cliff. MrPeanut then sacrifices himself so the other two can survive despite them asking him not to let go. He just gives one last tip of his black top hat and let go of his cane. All this marketing drama supposedly is meant to culminate with a Superbowl ad that the team from Planters is using as a funeral for Mr Peanut. As such, theyhave asked those who are mourning him to tune inon February2 to see. If you want to see the commercial you can see it below: {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/6UIKq9u6xUM.jpg?itok=1tnbIV-Q","video_url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UIKq9u6xUM","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]}

FILE - This Oct. 8, 2019, file photo shows the Netflix app on an iPhone in New York. Netflix reports financial results Tuesday, January 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

Netflix is holding its ground in the streaming wars, passing its first big test since Apple and Disney launched rival services. The company added 8.8 million worldwide subscribers during its fourth quarter, surpassing expectations at a time when it faces heated competition. Netflix had said it expected to add 7.6 million subscribers, and analysts thought the service would fare even better. The increase pales slightly next to the 8.9 million subscribers the service added in the fourth quarter of 2018. The stock dropped about 2.5 percentimmediately in after-hours trading, likely due to a cautious forecast for the first quarter. But shares rebounded and later traded up more than two percent. The company — a pioneer in producing streaming media and binge-worthy shows — now boasts more than 167 million subscribers worldwide, bolstered by a list of well-received movies and shows released late last year. That includes the fantasy show “The Witcher” and Oscar nominees “The Irishman” and “Marriage Story.” The boost helps reaffirm Netflix’s strong standing in the increasingly crowded world of video streaming. The fourth quarter was an important milestone for Netflix, as it was marked its first head-to-head competition with Apple’s $5-per-month streaming service and Disney’s instantly popular $7-a-month option. Still, it’s unlikely to be a smooth road for Netflix. NBC, HBO and startup Quibi are all planning to launch new streaming services soon. Two big questions loom: How much are consumers willing to pay for each video streaming option? And how many will they pay for before reaching subscription fatigue? Netflix CEO Reed Hastings acknowledged the increased competition in a call following earnings, but said he believes the services are mostly capturing new viewers who are transitioning from traditional TV watching. "It takes away a little bit from us,” he said of the Disney Plus launch. “But again, most of the growth in the future is coming out of linear TV.” Netflix has one major advantage over competitors: it has been collecting data on the shows viewers crave for years. “Netflix's scale allows it to reach mass audiences, which makes it easier for them to create hits when compared to newcomers to the market," EMarketer analyst Eric Haggstrom said. Netflix’s most popular plan costs $13 a month, far more than competitors from Disney, Apple and Quibi. But its price is comparable to HBO Now, and it boasts one of the largest libraries of TV shows and movies, not to mention regularly updated original shows. Hastings reiterated that Netflix isn't interested in introducing ads. Noting that the digital advertising market is dominated by companies such as Google, Amazon and Facebook, he said, “there's not easy money there.” It's also less controversial to avoid digital advertising and the scrutiny around companies making customers' personal information that comes with it, he said. In its quarterly letter to shareholders, Netflix included a chart of Google search trends that showed people searching more often for “The Witcher” than for competing shows including “The Mandalorian,” “The Morning Show” and “Jack Ryan,” from Disney, Apple and Amazon, respectively. In the US, Netflix added 420,000 subscribers, below its own estimates. Growth in its home country has been slowing in the last year, partly because most people in the USwho want Netflix already subscribe. The company reported profit of $587 million on revenue of $5.47 billion, exceeding expectations. Netflix said it expects to add sevenmillion subscribers during the first three months of this year, well below the 9.6 million subscribers it added in the first quarter last year.


This Oct. 22, 2013, file photo shows Serena Williams of the US keeping her eyes the ball. Williams has been voted the AP Female Athlete of the Decade for 2010 to 2019. Williams won 12 of her professional-era record 23 Grand Slam singles titles over the past 10 years. No other woman won more than three in that span. (AP Photo/File)

Serena Williams dominated the decade, on the court and in conversation. There were, to begin with, the dozen Grand Slam single titles — no other woman had more than three over the past 10 seasons — and the 3 1/2 years in a row at No. 1 in the WTA rankings. And then there was the celebrity status that transcended tennis, making everything she did and said newsworthy, whether it was the triumphs and trophies and fashion statements or the disputes with tournament officials, the magazine covers or the Super Bowl ad with a message about women's power, the birth of her daughter or the health scare that followed. Still winning matches and reaching Grand Slam finals into her late 30s, still mattering as much as ever, Williams was selected by The Associated Press as the Female Athlete of the Decade on Saturday after a vote by AP member sports editors and AP beat writers. The AP Male Athlete of the Decade will be announced Sunday. "When the history books are written, it could be that the great Serena Williams is the greatest athlete of all time. ... I like to call it the 'Serena Superpowers' — that champion's mindset. Irrespective of the adversity and the odds that are facing her, she always believes in herself," said StaceyAllaster, CEO of the WTA from 2009-15 and now chief executive for professional tennis at the U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the U.S. Open. "Whether it was health issues; coming back; having a child; almost dying from that — she has endured it all and she is still in championship form,"Allastersaid. "Her records speak for themselves." Gymnast Simone Biles, the 2019 AP Female Athlete of the Year, finished second to Williams in voting for the decade honor, followed by swimmer Katie Ledecky. Two ski racers were next, with Lindsey Vonn finishing fourth and Mikaela Shiffrin fifth. Three of Williams' five AP Female Athlete of the Year awards came during the last decade, in 2013, 2015 and 2018. She also won in 2002 and 2009. "She's been my idol growing up," Biles said. "She's remained humble. She's stayed true to herself and her character and I think that's really neat about an athlete," Biles said. "Once you start winning, some get cocky, but she's stayed true to herself, win or lose." It's the defeats that seem to drive Williams, helping propel her to heights rarely reached by any athlete in any sport. "Whenever I lose, I get more determined, and it gives me something more to work toward," Williams said in a 2013 interview with the AP. "I don't get complacent, and I realize I need to work harder and I need to do better and I want to do better — or I wouldn't be playing the game." With a best-in-the-game serve, powerful groundstrokes and relentless court coverage, she has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, more than anyone else in her sport's professional era, which began in 1968. More than half came from 2010-19: four at Wimbledon, three apiece at the U.S. Open and Australian Open, two at the French Open. That includes a run of four in a row from the U.S. Open in 2014 through Wimbledon in 2015, her second self-styled "Serena Slam." Williams also was the runner-up another seven times at major tournaments over the past decade, including four of the seven she's entered since returning to the tour after having a baby in 2017. In all, she made the final at 19 of the 33 majors she entered during the decade, a nearly 58% rate. The decade began inauspiciously in 2010, when Williams cut her feet on broken glass at a restaurant and was hospitalized with blood clots in her lungs. Among her many accomplishments, though: — reaching at least one Slam final every year, a streak that dates to 2007; — winning gold medals in singles and doubles (with her sister, Venus) at the 2012 Olympics; — becoming the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles trophy in the professional era; — becoming the oldest No. 1 in WTA history and equaling Steffi Graf's record for most consecutive weeks atop the rankings; — leading the tour with 37 singles titles, 11 more than anyone else in the decade. The day she won Wimbledon in 2016, Williams discussed the way she constantly measures herself. "I definitely feel like when I lose, I don't feel as good about myself," she said. "But then I have to, like, remind myself that: 'You are Serena Williams!' You know? Like, 'Are you kidding me?'" Williams continued with a laugh. "And it's those moments that I have to just, like, come off and be like, 'Serena, do you know what you've done? Who you are? What you continue to do, not only in tennis (but also) off the court? Like, you're awesome.'"