In this July 25, 2016, file photo, actress Eva Longoria speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Actresses America Ferrera and Eva Longoria are leading a group of more than 150 writers, artists and leaders who have written a public "letter of solidarity" to U.S. Latinos after the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, and an immigration raid in Mississippi. The letter, published Friday in The New York Times and in a handful of Spanish-language newspapers, says the signersstand with U.S. Latinoswho may feel "terrified, heartbroken and defeated by the barrage of attacks," citing the shooting in El Paso, whichtargetedHispanics, andanother shootingin Gilroy, California. The two attacks killed nearly two dozen Latinos. A hugeimmigration raidof Mississippi poultry plants this month that rounded up 680 mostly Latino workers, leaving behind crying children searching for their detained parents, also has unnerved some Hispanics. "We have been smeared by political rhetoric and murdered in violent hate crimes. We have been separated from our families and have watched our children caged," the letter said. "But, we will not be broken. We will not be silenced." The letter says such "indignities and cruelty" won't diminish the contributions Latinos have made to the U.S., and it urged Hispanics to keep standing up to bigotry. Signing the letter were some of the most important Latino figures in entertainment, art, literature and activism, including novelist Sandra Cisneros, Academy Award-winning actress Rita Moreno, civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, singer-actress Jennifer Lopez and Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda. The violence has some Hispanics looking over their shoulders, avoiding speaking Spanish in public, and seeking out escape routes amid fears they could be next. The shootings and the raid come against a backdrop of racially charged episodes that include then-candidate Donald Trump referring to Mexican immigrants as "rapists"; Trump, as president, referring to migrants coming to the U.S. as "an invasion"; and viral videos of white people chastising Hispanics for speaking Spanish in public. Longoria told The Associated Press that she and Ferrera got the idea for the letter after they talked and found out they were both depressed and sad after the El Paso shooting. "Once we started talking to other people, we found out others were feeling the same way," Longoria said. "Instead of us all suffering alone we wanted to unite and tell our community that is going through all of this ... we are with you and we will fight for you." Longoria said the letter is not meant to take political sides but to reach out to Americans regardless of party to say Latinos are hurting. Ferrera told The AP that Latinos have been subjected to a number of racist attacks recently, but the El Paso shooting and the Mississippi raid was "just soul-crushing" for some. "We wanted to do something to let people know we aren't growing to lie down and take it," America said. "We are going to stand up and fight." Mónica Ramírez, a civil rights lawyer and activist who helped organize the letter, called it a "letter of love" and hopes it changes some hearts. "We also wanted to make sure that people understand that our community is powerful and we have many allies," Ramírez said. "We don't want other groups to be targeted."

All of these photos were taken with a phone by Loop journalists.

The world will celebrate World Photo Day 2019 on Monday and one skilled photographer will win some Digicel credit compliments Loop. We are on the search for the phone photographer who can best showcase his or her island. What is World Photo Day? According to, on August 19photographylovers across the globe will be celebratingWorld Photo Day. World Photo Dayis to inspire positive changes across theworld, connectpeople and raiseawareness through the use ofphotography. What is the Loop‘Capture Your Island’ Phone Photography Competition? We want to what makes your island unique!Whatis that one thing that sets your island apart from all the rest? Using your phone, snap a photo and submit it. Who wins? One winner will be selected to win the grand prize of BBD $200 Digicel credit whether post or pre-paid. Your photo will also be ourLoop World Photo Day 2019 photo! [image_gallery] Competition rules: 1. Photo MUST be taken with a phone only. 2. Photo must be posted directly to entrant’s PUBLIC personal page tagging@loopnewsbarbados 3. Captions for the photo must include,#CaptureYourIslandBBand#LoopBB 4. Entrants must be following and tag Loop (@loopnewsbarbados), Digicel (@digicelbarbados) and Trend Media (@trendmediagroup) on Instagram 5. Last date for entries is on August 18th, 2019 at 11:59 pm. Winner will be chosen based on creativity, composition and audience appeal. Good Luck!

Where’s the rum? Although some might say they celebrate rum every day, Rum Day is celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago on August 16. [related node_id='eb528d41-f846-4ac9-ba6f-b73f17e85c23'] Here are 10 things you may not have known about one of the Caribbean’s most famous exports. 1. Rum is good for you This was the thought of sailors and pirates back in the day. In the 18thand 19thcenturies, rations of rum were given to sailors in the British Army to be mixed with lime juice because it fought off the scurvy. 2. Rum is money Eighteenth-century sailors were often paid in rum. To test the rum's authenticity, they allegedly mixed it with gunpowder — successful ignition means it was authentic. Additionally, when wealthy titles were given to parsons, they were thanked with a glass of rum. 3. The oldest rum... said to be Bajan rum. The oldest surviving deed for the company is from 1703, making Mount Gay Rum the oldest existing brand of rum in the world. Trinidad and Tobago's first rum still is located in Otaheite, La Brea, and is a national heritage site. 4. Nelson’s blood British legend says that Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson's body was preserved in a cask of rum before being shipped back to England. Later, it was discovered that a hole had been drilled into the bottom of the cask so that all of the sailors could drink the rum before the cask's arrival. Thus, the moniker "Nelson's blood" was born. 5. The darker the better The ageing process determines the colour of the rum — oak cask-aged rums become dark whereas stainless steel aged rums remain virtually colourless. 6. The Caribbean is the home of rum We already knew this. More than 80 percentof the world's total output comes from here. 7. Rum is an investment The most expensive rum in the world is said to have been bottled in the 1940s by the Jamaican distillers Wray and Nephew and contains blends that are believed to date as far back as 1915. The bottle was displayed at Europe's first Rum Festival (RumFest), and there are only four such bottles remaining in the world, valued at a US$40,000 a bottle. 8. ‘One of sour, two of sweet’ The oldest rum punch recipe is said to begin with the rhyme: "One of Sour, Two of Sweet, Three of Strong, Four of Weak." That is: one part lime juice, two parts sweetener, three parts rum, and four parts water, served with a dash or two ofAngostura bittersand nutmeg. 9. Some for the spirits The tradition of spilling a little rum ‘for the spirits’ can be traced back to traditional African religions and was carried over to the Caribbean and the US. Sacrificial offerings of alcohol were usually made to their Africanancestors and deities in religious ceremonies. 10. Don’t mess with our rum In 1808 the “Rum Rebellion” was a revolt by the armed forces against the governor of Australia for his interference in trading and trafficking in rum. Happy Rum Day! Please drink responsibly, and do not drink and drive.

In our Instagram-obsessed culture, the golden hour is overused, bikini pics are been-there-done-that and the classic morning cappuccino snapshot, all havegotten stale. The epidemic of social media imagery has taken over the way we see the world. Queue some modern-day insecurities— is it a nice-enough sunset, or is this the perfect golden hour selfie-opportunity? Loop Cayman to the rescue! Here are five perfect settings that take you away from the Instagram cliché. 1. Countryside Shopping Centre We bet you wouldn’t expect to find a photogenic spot to up your Insta-game over at Countryside Shopping Centre in Savannah. Yet, there are many! The beauty about this spot is the simplicity of the scenery. Although the area offers a multitude of simple cement and wooden walls, check out the aesthetic juxtaposition of our model against them. These shots speak character. Whether you’re aiming for something goofy or would prefer a serious pose, this location does it all. 2. The Dart Tunnel The dark lighting and dramatic landscape of this pedestrian-friendly tunnel makes it the perfect location for a dramatic photo opportunity. The cars zooming by and the striking edginess of the atmosphere makes for a breathtaking photograph with the photo subject leaning against the wall. 3. West Bay Swamp Down in the swamps of West Bay resides a particularly intriguing landscape. With the dark effect of a wasteland, this shot appears to be in the middle of nowhere, almost isolated from civilization. Where this spot differentiates itself from other sites is that it could be anywhere; in the tropics of the Caribbean or in barren grounds off in some foreign nation. This location gives an air of mystery that will grab the attention of your followers. 4. Prospect Point Hidden away, just off of the Prospect Point roundabout, there is a dirt path leading to a mysterious body of water, with a tree hanging just over the water’s edge. It is truly an idyllic sight as the sun goes down. There is no way to ruin this shot, as the scenery has so much personality and is naturally gorgeous without being cliché. 5. Flip-Flop Tree [related node_id='733aed61-9c3b-4dae-8e26-e2f3ddb987cc'] Cayman’s flip-flop tree is a landmark and our most cliché selection. Sitting on the coast of South Sound, an assortment of flip-flops, sneakers, and flippers have been nailed here, making it a well-known photo-opp. Despite the potential eye-roll, it’s still an incredible shot, and as the shoe trend was created to raise awareness for pollution, your post can also have a meaningful message. Whether you have run out of new ideas for venues or you just want to shake up your feed, these are our five fave spots for your next post. Go ahead and send us some of your own selections and who knows, we might share them on our page!

A man looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Global stock markets looked set to end a turbulent week on a positive note although worries about the U.S. economy and the trade conflict between the U.S. and China still have the potential to derail Friday’s recovery. Investors in stocks were spooked earlier this week by developments in the U.S. bond market, which was pricing in a likely recession next year. Add in worries over the trade conflict between Washington and Beijing, Brexit, weak economic performance in Germany and political unrest in Hong Kong and stock markets have endured one of their worst weeks this year. On Friday, amid a dearth of economic data, sentiment appears to have turned more positive, although confidence that it could be sustained for the rest of the session was low. “Exhausted traders the world overhead into the weekend in a more buoyant mood,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA. “While I’d like to think there’ll be no more drama in the final hours of trading, I’m just not that optimistic.” In Europe, Germany’s DAX was up 1% at 11,523 while France’s CAC 40 rose 1.1% at 5,294. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was 0.7% higher at 7,115. Trading on the FTSE was delayed by over 90 minutes by what the London Stock Exchange said was a “services issue.” U.S. stocks were poised for solid gains at the open too with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures up 0.9%. “Despite the positive start today, it seems unlikely that it will be enough to prevent another negative week,” said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets. “Nothing we’ve heard over the last few days has come close to changing investor concerns that the global economy is on the cusp of a sharp slowdown, and if anything, a lot of the data has only served to reinforce those fears.” Investors are also keeping a close watch on the trade backdrop. Hopes of a swift resolution between the U.S. and China have been dashed and investors appear to be digging in for a protracted dispute. U.S. President Donald Trump has defended his stance once again and insisted that a resolution with China has to be “on our terms.” Earlier in Asia, Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 recouped early losses to gain 0.1% and finish at 20,418.81. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 was little changed, inching down less than 0.1% to 6,405.50. South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.6% to 1,927.17, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.9% to 25,734.22. The Shanghai Composite gained 0.3% to 2,823.82. ENERGY: Oil prices recovered in the slipstream of stocks. Benchmark U.S. crude added 82 cents to $55.29 while Brent crude, the international standard, rose $1.01 to $59.24. CURRENCIES: The euro was down 0.2% at $1.1079 while the dollar rose 0.2% to 106.32 yen.

A large group congregating in patient anticipation for Starbucks to open its doors.

Caymanians have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of coffee franchise, Starbucks, for quite some time and as of today the wait is over. Although there has been some controversy surrounding the island’s “new addition” it appears from the turn out at the grand opening that Starbucks may not have any trouble reeling in customers. [related node_id='11428196-1085-490c-af3e-f1b75f6d576a'] It was announced a while back that local business, Café del Sol, that formerly occupied the Camana Bay location of Starbucks, was being replaced. There was uproar from many Caymanians regarding the new chain infiltrating the island’s economy, especially given its encroachment on the territory of a smaller, local business that had been there for a decade. Many responded to the backlash with optimism, arguing that Starbucks would provide a new set of jobs for locals and perhaps a bit of good competition between the coffee joints. This morning at the grand opening, reusable coffee cups were being sold for $3 KYD/ $3.60 USD, in order to avoid the use of plastic. We were also happy to see that the new chain is displaying beautiful artwork by a local artist, Tansy Maki. Unlike most Starbucks locations, calorie counts were not publicly displayed and some of the more trendy Starbucks menu items such as “Pink Drink” and “Nitro Cold-Brew” were not listed on the menu. Local employees have responded that these items are not being offered as yet, implying that they may be coming at a later date. We wait in anticipation. Altogether, it is very exciting to have a large chain such as Starbucks open on our little island. The chain reports that this is to be the first out of four locations to be opened in Cayman over the next threeyears.