Magnum Ambassador  Spice (left) is joined on set by Donisha of Loud Fashion and Marlon Samuels aka The Icon for the first episode of her new talk show Spice It Up! The show premieres on Wednesday November 13 at 4pm on

Newly minted Magnum Ambassador, dancehall artiste Spice steps into a new role with her new talk show,'Spice it up'. Spice it Up, which is powered by Magnum, made its debut on on Wednesday, November 13. The first episode featuredDonisha of Loud Fashions and Marlon Samuels, aka the Icon, along with Richie Feelings discussing a range of issues that affect a romantic relationship, according to press release by Magnum. In the first episode, 'What if the Tables Turned', Spice posed the question: 'Do you embrace Bun fi Bun?' Donisha indicated that she was the receiver of unfaithfulness from her partner and did not reciprocate, however she now endorses the concept of repaying a cheating partner with unfaithfulness. Marlon Samuels laid out a simple response:“I keep my thing simple, so I usually have more than two and three girls. When me a gi bun mi cannot keep up so I don’t know when I’m getting bun…. It’s hard to focus on one woman in times like these when it is 40 women to one man."

Meet Tara Lynne. Remember that name, for it is sure to become a well-known one around the entire globe. This youthful, vibrant soca artiste, hailing from the small island of Bimini in the Bahamas, has now joined the Pyramid Entertainment family, one of the leading entertainment agencies within the Caribbean, which boasts a roster of some of the most successful artistes from across the region. Though originating from an island that spans a mere sevenmiles long and ½ mile wide, Tara’s heart and passion for her craft transcends the physical limitations of her place of birth. The daughter of a calypso singer, Tara’s holds fond childhood memories of performing with her father’s band, Ossie Brown and the Calypsonians, which fostered a natural love for that genre of music. “I always knew that music was what I was destined to do. It’s definitely my passion and I truly believe that it was a gift from God, that he passed down from my dad. It’s in my blood,” she resolutely shared. Tara Lynne loves all types of music and has drawn inspiration from the likes of other Caribbean soca artistes like Alison Hinds and Patrice Roberts to multi-platinum R & B songstress Faith Evans and even gospel singer and songwriter Karen Clarke-Sheard, whom she considers an amazing performer. Tara Lynne loves her ability to touch and see the masses. In her recent travels to London she was genuinely moved by the fact that some ladies in the front row were singing her song word- for- word, never missing a beat. To have one of her productions embraced as someone’s personal anthem was an especially moving experience for the Caribbean singer. She endeavours to capitalise on her every opportunity and her one regret is that it is physically impossible to be in two places at once. She lamented the fact that she sometimes loses out on one opportunity because of performance commitments elsewhere. Having been involved in music-making from the time she was a young child, Tara Lynne took a short break from the industry for a while but there was no escaping the bond that she has with music. She was soon back to doing what she loved. Over the past three years, the vivacious vocal powerhouse has been honing her skills and focusing on her artistry. She returned to her roots with soca and it has brought her nothing but sheer ebullience. “Soca is very uplifting, it is such a positive vibration and I feel if everybody would listen to soca the world will be a much better place,’ she reflected. The multifaceted singer, who is also skilled in song-writing, promises fans nothing but positive vibes, vowing to always deliver high-energy, relatable material. The marriage of Tara Lynne’s innate, creative talent and authentic zeal to be among the best in her field propels her forward and success continues to follow her. Tara Lynne has been actively promoting her brand and expanding her fan base. In addition to taking part in Bahamas Carnival with Xtreme Mas Carnival band she also took to the mainstage at Miami Carnival last year. This year she shared the limelight with Nailah Blackman and I-Octane at the New Orleans Caribbean Festival after which she made a massive impact at Notting Hill Carnival, jumping with Candy Mas alongside Young Chow and Asa Bantan. Although she describes herself as a Caribbean soca artiste, Tara’s versatility is boundless. Her craft has seen her working with a plethora of artistes from across different genres. She has shared the stage with Reggae powerhouse Sizzla Kalonji, successful rapper Ball Greezy and even R & B icon Monica. She noted that one of her greatest professional accomplishments was being on Lil Wayne’s album “Tha Carter II” with the song Mo Fire, which sold over a million copies in the USA. Regionally, Tara was also included on the Queens Riddim with MMG Music earlier this year, alongside Trini soca divas like Fay- Ann Lyons, Nadia Batson, Patrice Roberts and Jadel. She was the only person on that riddim who did not originate from Trinidad and considered it a true blessing. “I was on there with some huge hitters and basically some of the top women thriving in soca. Being on there was a huge accomplishment for me and really helped to push my career forward!” It should come as no surprise therefore that this Bimini beauty has even shared the stage with the King of Soca, Machel Montano. In addition to this feat, Tara is also featured on the Caribbean Unity song “I Believe in You” which features major Caribbean artistes such as Montano himself, Julien Believe, Skinny Fabulous, Alison Hinds, Bad Gyal Cecile and Rik Carey, dubbing this the “We are the World” of the Caribbean. Tara Lynne’s performances are always chalked full of energy and she possesses an undeniable ability to connect with her audiences. Fans have often remarked that she seems to be having so much fun on stage, which Tara confirmed, without hesitation. “I really love to perform and a lot of the times I have my dancers with me so the crowd interaction is characterised by playfulness.” Any time she hits the stage she guarantees her fans that they will be in store for a great time. “When the shoes come off, its action time!” the songbird quips. It was during one of her recent performances at Notting Hill Carnival in the UK that Tara’s sensational performance and awe-inspiring stage presence commanded the attention of Ruel Ward, Chief Executive Officer of Pyramid Entertainment. “I was immediately impressed with her confidence, self-image and brand. After reviewing her catalogue and performances, we realised that she possesses good, strong material and content and is competent to passionately deliver to her audience,” the talent-recruit expert, with years of experience, shared. The discussions which followed with Tara Lynne only confirmed for the entertainment executive that Tara would indeed be a great fit for the organization. Tara Lynne’s recipe for the success she has reaped along her musical journey so far is simple but significant. “Persistence, confidence and belief in myself and my talent,” is what she has identified as the key essentials. “Your career, like life, will have peaks and valleys. Sometimes people get discouraged in the valley and they don’t keep going. So, I’m just a person who believes what God has for me, is for me, and I will never miss it. It doesn’t matter if I turn left or right when I am supposed to go straight. He will find a way to give it to me,” Tara concludes. As for her journey ahead, Tara Lynne will continue striding forward. “Even if I’m making one small step, that is still progress. I am doing something that I love, so that is motivation right there.” She is intent on being instrumental in promoting soca across world markets. Brimming with exuberance, Tara warns. “In five years, you are going to see the Bimini gal everywhere. I plan on travelling the world, taking my craft, my culture and the soca genre with me!”

In a study of the world’s most dangerous countries for LBGT travelers to visit, Barbados ranked at number 8 out of 150and is the only Caribbean country to make the top 10. The study titled ‘The Worst & Safest Countries for LGBTQ+ Travel in 2019’ was published on a travel blog, Asher & Lyric earlier this week. “Instead of relying on hearsay and anecdotes from other travelers, we took a deep look at LGBTQ+ rights, country by country. We’ve gathered data from a variety of trusted international sources to create a LGBTQ+ Danger Index…” The article notedthe Danger Index was created using eight factors which were: whether acountry has legalized same-sex marriages, workers protections and protection against discrimination for LGBT persons, criminalization of violence, adoption policies for LGBT persons, level of living comfort, criminalization of same-sex relationships and propaganda or morality laws. A point-system wasused to demerit countries which have not implemented LGBT-friendly policies. Coming in at number eightwas Barbados with a score of -118 and a grade of F on the Danger Index. The study noted that the legislation in Barbados criminalizes same sex acts. “Buggery earns life in prison. Serious indecency, defined as any homosexual act, results in 10 years in prison.” Other Caribbean territories were also included in the poll - St Lucia was ranked at number 12 and Jamaica at number 18. For both of these countries, it was noted that buggery results in prison time of up to ten years. In a statement, the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE) recently announced plans to launch legal challenges to “draconian laws” related to buggery and indecency laws in five Caribbean countries: Barbados, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and St Lucia. ECADE said the premise of the legal challenge was due to the fact that legislation unfairly targets LGBT people in the Caribbean.

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Limes are a citrus fruit often used to accent flavours in foods. They are a frequently-used ingredient in Caribbean, Mexican, Vietnameseand Thai cuisine. They are grown year-round in tropical climates and are usually smaller and less sour than lemons. One lime can provide 32 per cent of the vitamin C needed in a day. Vitamin C has been shown to reduce all-cause mortality and act as an antioxidant, whichcan help counteract harmful, disease-causing free radical cells. What's more, the nutrients in lime can support the heart, reduce the risk of asthma and promote healthy complexion and hair. Studies have also revealed that increasing consumption of limes decreases the risk of obesity and diabetes, and enhances energy levels. Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency, and pairing foods that are high in vitamin C with foods that are rich in iron will maximize the body's ability to absorb iron, particularly when taking in iron from plant-based iron sources. In Jamaica and the wider Caribbean, limes are used to flavour a number of dishes and salads.Jamaicans tend to use the juice to make a refreshing drink called ‘lemonade’ but which really is limeade. The juice is also used to enhance the flavour of a variety of fruit juices. Lime juice is also used to to keep down the ‘raw’ scent that may accompany some meats including chicken and fish.

Fashion designers listen attentively at a Caribbean Export Development Agency workshop.

The Caribbean Export Development Agency, in cooperation with the European Union and the Caribbean Market Center is engaging fashion designers in the region in workshops intended to move them forward in their careers. In Bridgetown, Barbados, regional stylists concluded trainingthis week underthe Caribbean Fashion AcceleratorPart Two programme, subsequently followed by the International Fashion Festival (IFF), held at the Hilton Barbados Resort, where they showcased runwaydesigns. Sixteen designers from Barbados, Haiti, Jamaica, StVincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago were involved in the workshop which was led bySandra Carr of the Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design at the University of Trinidad and Tobago who has done work with global brands, Calvin Klein and Valentino. The two-week workshop focused on brand development and refining products for the export market. Caribbean Export, in a release on the training event, said designers were required to collaborate and develop a collection to premiere at the IFF. Ahead of their runway show they received feedback and critique from fashion industry experts Sharifa Murdock, co-founder and owner ofLiberty Fairs; Ouigi Theodore, founder of theBrooklyn Circus; Danielle Cooper, a fashion influencer and Channing Hargrove, a Fashion writer forRefinery 29. Barbadian Carla Gittens and Jamaican Moses Fenell, former reality stars of the television show Mission Catwalk, produced a line called Maison de Lori et Moses. The events, which ran over two weeks, offered training in mood boards, colour, fabric and international finishing techniques.They also cut patterns, sewed and created brand packaging. Caribbean Export is a regional export development and trade and investment promotion organisation of the Forum of Caribbean States (CARIFORUM). It is also aiming to increase competitiveness among regional producers who export to global markets. It is currently executing the Regional Private Sector Programme (RPSDP) funded by the European Union under the 11thEuropean Development Fund (EDF).

Communications groupLibertyLatin America has completed sale of Cable & Wireless Seychelles. All its operations are now in the Caribbean and Latin America. Liberty made the announcement earlier this week, when it also released its financials for the nine months to September which showed revenue for the period at US$2.757 billion, up two per cent year over year. For the third quarter,Libertyreported US$967 million in revenue, US$70 million inoperating loss and US$380 million in operating cash flow. The company said it has sold its subsidiary, Cable & Wireless Seychelles, to a consortium of local investors. In the transaction, Cable & Wireless Seychelles wasvalued atUS$104 million on a cash- and debt-free basis. The net proceeds from the sale are expected to be used for general corporate purposes. CEO Balan Nairsaid, “we will be focused entirely on the Caribbean and Latin America region. As we look to finish the year strongly, we remain on-track to deliver our 2019 financial guidance targets and are excited by the platform we are building to drive sustainable free cash flow growth.” LibertyLatin Americaoperatesin over 20 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean under the consumer brands VTR, Flow,Liberty, Más Móvil, BTC, UTS and Cabletica.