Julian Marley (PHOTO: Instagram)

The management of singer Julian Marley has announced that the singer has withdrawn from his North American tour with EDM group Thievery Corporation which kicked off at Toad's Place in Connecticut last week. A statement issued by the management team outlined that the critical illness of a family member had led to the cancellation. “Due to the critical illness of a family member, Julian has decided to take this time to be with family and won't be able to support Thievery Corporation on their US tour.We are currently in communication with our agents regarding future shows outside of this tour which are still in place as normal and would take place later this year," the release read. The tour is scheduled to end October 28 in St Louis, Missouri. Born in England, Julian Marley is the son of reggae king Bob Marley and Lucy Pounder. His 2009 album, 'Awake', was nominated in the Grammy Awards' Best Reggae Album category. The award, however, went to his brother, Stephen, for 'Mind Control — Acoustic'. From Washington, DC, Thievery Corporation was formed in 1995 and are known for experimenting with different sounds including EDM, jazz and reggae. Their current tour is in support of the Treasures From The Temple album. For the latestnews, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.

International fashion and style icon Grace Jones receiving her award from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen at the 2018 National Honours and Awards Ceremony at King's House on Monday. (PHOTOS: Llewellyn Wynter)

Her sense of fashion was on display for all to see on Monday, when Grace Jones, the famedsinger, actress, author, film producer and of course fashion icon walked gracefully up to the dais at King’s House where she was conferred with the Order of Jamaica (OJ). [related node_id='84acb41b-9433-443b-91b2-171b1567fac8'] The country’s fifth highest national honour was presented to Jones for her stellar accomplishments across the various fields. As she glided up to the platform where Governor General Sir Patrick Allen stood waiting for her, her wide-brimmed hat and A-shaped dress stood out. Sir Patrick had some difficulty getting the insignia over and around the hat but all the while a smiling Jones curtsied, putting the GG at ease. In fact, Jones appeared to have curtsied onto the platform. She received a ringing round of applause from the hundreds in attendance at the 2018 National Honours and Awards Ceremony. Jones was recognised for her exceptional contribution to the field of entertainment internationally. During a recent media interview, Jones expressed gratitude to the Government and people of Jamaica for the award. “I am excited. It is a great honour. I love Jamaica so much, which makes it even better. This award is very special,” she said. Jones was born in Spanish Town but left Jamaica at age 12. She would later gain worldwide recognition for her fashion, singing and acting. Jamaican-American congresswomanYvette Clarke (left) shares a light moment with Jones. She was one of four Jamaicans to be conferred with the OJ on Monday. The others wereGodfrey Dyer, for his over 45 in the field of tourism; Earl Jarrett, for exceptional contribution to the banking and financial sectors and public service and volunteerism for over 20 years; and Giuseppe Maffesanti, for exceptional contribution to the construction industry, social development, welfare, and philanthropy, also for over 20 years. Another entertainer, Winston 'Yellowman’ Foster also received a ringing round of applause from the audience at the awards ceremony and he appearedto bask in the moment. Dubbed ‘King Yellowman’, Foster is highly regarded as the entertainer who put dancehall on the map, and was widely known for his ‘not fit for airplay’ lyrics. He was twice nominated for a Grammy Award. For the latest news, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.


Wishing her more birthdays to come! Ursula Caddle-Sobers now has a St. Lucy road named after her.

The Barbados Labour Party has named a road in St. Lucy after one of its oldest living residents. Receiving an early birthday gift, on the eve of her 104th birthday was Ursula Caddle-Sobers. Surrounded by family and friends as well as the former Member of Parliament for St. Lucy Denis Kellman and the current contestants vying to be the St. Lucy Ambassadors at this year's Spirit of the Nation show, the star of the North Caddle-Sobers was the guest of honour. The namingceremony was organised by the present Member of Parliament for St. Lucy and Minister in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance, Peter Phillips. Not only did Caddle-Sobers live to see the day that her name and legacy would live on in this tangible way, but she also held a replica of the sign with her own two hands. Watch the video below:

In this file photo dated Saturday, May 19, 2018, Britain's Prince Harry and his bride Meghan Markle, ride in a carriage after their wedding ceremony. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)

Kensington Palace said Monday that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child to be born in the spring of 2019. Here are answers to some questions about the baby-to-be. Will the baby ever be King or Queen? It is very unlikely. Harry and Meghan's first child will be seventh in the line of succession for the throne when it is born next spring. The baby will be behind its grandfather, Prince Charles; its uncle, Prince William; its cousins, William's three children: George, Charlotte and five-month-old Prince Louis; and the baby's father, Prince Harry. Will the baby be a prince or princess? The baby will not automatically become a prince or princess, although it is possible that could happen if Queen Elizabeth II chooses to intervene. Titles were limited by King George V in 1917 in a way that would exclude Harry's children unless the queen takes action. The baby will also not be entitled to the HRH designation, meaning "His royal highness" or "Her royal highness." The children and grandchildren of the queen are made princes and princesses — that's why Harry has that title — but this doesn't apply to great-grandchildren. The only exception, as expressed by the king in 1917, is for "the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales" — in this case, that would be Prince George, the first child born to William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. The queen can intervene if she chooses to, as she did in the case of William's other children, but it is unclear if she will do so in Harry's case because his children will be farther from the line of succession. What would the baby’s title be? If it's a boy, he would likely be known as the earl of Dumbarton. A girl would likely be known as Lady Mountbatten-Windsor, with her first name inserted after lady. Since the baby is unlikely to become monarch, Harry and Meghan will have a fair amount of leeway when choosing the child's first name without having to worry too much about royal tradition. What citizenship will the baby have? The baby will have British citizenship due to its father. Harry and Meghan would also be able to apply for U.S. citizenship for the baby because Meghan is an American who lived in the U.S. long enough for her child to qualify. It will be up to them to decide if they want to do so. It might be awkward for a British royal to also seek a U.S. passport, but the two countries are close allies and there is so much goodwill for Meghan that such a move might not be controversial. Meghan herself is in the process of obtaining British citizenship. She has not said if she plans to give up her U.S. passport when she becomes British, but British law does not require her to do so. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store: http://bit.ly/GetiLoop


'BLP cares' was more than a catchy slogan. (FILE)

The students enrolled at Washington University of Barbados will not be left out in the cold, hungry and uncertain of their future, if the Prime Minister of Barbados has her way. Barbados' leader asserted, "we do not need to have a humanitarian crisis on our hands". Giving the assurance that the students will be taken care of as the saga concerning 'the University' and its Directors unfolds, Prime Minister Mia Mottley is showing that 'Mia cares' and 'BLP cares' were not merelycampaign slogans and politricks to get her and her now Cabinet members into parliament to represent Barbadians. In her Address to the Nation on Sunday evening, October 14, 2018, she said: "These children who have been left out to sea, and I call them children, because in many instances they are 18, 19 and 20 [years old], young people who are thousands of miles away from their home, have at least to be treated like the human beings that they are, and to ensure that they are given access to shelter and to food and to the basic necessities of like, while we sort out what is to happen with them." [related node_id='ae3b67f0-4546-4e11-811c-6594230104db'] Noting that the country is now left with "a bill" as a result of this circumstance, she said that some options are on the table for those affected. The Prime Minister disclosed that now is the time for the students, who are victims in this whole debacle, to decide whether they wish to continue to pursue their studies in Barbados or elsewhere or return to their homes in India. She shared that they will have a say in"whether to be transferredto existing schools nationally or whether to return home to their countries." She said that the next step is "dependent on their indicative preferences." But to Barbadians in herhour-long address, she added that this is but one of the "things" which has confronted the duly-elected Barbados Labour Party (BLP) government since taking up the reins of this country on May 25, 2018. [related node_id='8c11e581-5954-476c-849b-4c248424a0ac'] To date, the Chief Executive Officer of Washington University of Barbados Rao Venkata Gopi, 42 of Falcon Crest, Tuscany, Oldbury, St Philip and one of its Directors,Deoraj Jaimangal Dalchand, 33, ofJacaranda Circle, Apple Drive, Union Development,are both on remand at Barbados' prison - HMP Dodds. The duofaces the following charges: 1) Three counts of Fraud in relation to Casa Grande Inc. located at Oldbury in St. Philip, by disbursing $210 000 between three bad cheques in the District 'C' jurisdiction. 2) Disbursing a bad cheque in the amount of $30 000 to Furniture Limited, sometime between December 28, last year and September 30, in the District 'A' jurisdiction. They are remanded until November 12, 2018. According to the President of the Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) Julia Hope in a recent interview with Loop News, so far the country's jurisdiction as it relates to international businesses seems unimpacted by this situation, however she saysit is proof that even greater due diligence needs to be done before doing work with anyone who wants to operate here. She assured that presently Barbados asks a lot of interested investors and businesses but more can be done. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store:http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:http://bit.ly/GetiLoop

Before there was Amazon — or, for that matter, Home Depot or Walmart or Kmart — there was Sears. From its beginnings as a mail-order watch business in Minneapolis 132 years ago, the company grew to become America's everything-under-one-roof store and the biggest retailer in the world. For generations of Americans, the brick-like Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog was a fixture in just about every house — a miscellany of toys and clothes and furnishings and hardware that induced longing for this or that dream purchase. The Sears brand loomed as large over the corporate landscape as its 108-story basalt-like headquarters did over the Chicago skyline. "It was the Amazon of its day," said Mark Cohen, a professor of retailing at Columbia University and a former Sears executive. But how the mighty have fallen: Plagued by falling sales and heavy debt, Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization Monday and announced plans to close 142 of its roughly 700 remaining stores and eliminate thousands of jobs in a bid to stay afloat, if only for a while. Analysts have their doubts it will survive. "In our view, too much rot has set in at Sears to make it (a) viable business," Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, said in a note to investors. Its bankruptcy was years in the making. Sears diversified too much. It kept cutting costs and let its stores become fusty in the face of increasing competition from the likes of Walmart and Target. And though it expanded onto the Internet, it was no match for Amazon. "In point of fact," Cohen said, "they've been dead for a very long time." In its bankruptcy filing, Sears Holdings, which operates both Sears and Kmart stores, listed assets of $1 billion to $10 billion and liabilities of $10 billion to $50 billion. It said it has lined up $300 million in financing from banks to keep operating and is negotiating an additional $300 million loan. The company once had around 350,000 employees; as of Monday's filing, it was down to 68,000. At its peak, it had 4,000 stores in 2012; it will now be left with a little more than 500. Sears was born in 1886, when Richard W. Sears began selling watches to supplement his income as a railroad station agent in North Redwood, Minnesota. By the next year, he had opened his first store in Chicago and had hired a watchmaker named Alvah C. Roebuck. The company published its first mail-order catalog in 1888. Together with companies like Montgomery Ward and J.C. Penney, Sears helped bring American consumer culture to middle America. "It's hard to imagine now how isolating it was to live in a small town 100 years ago, 120 years ago," said Marc Levinson, author of "The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America." ''Back before the days of cars, people might have a ride of several days in a horse and buggy just to get to the nearest train railhead, nearest train station." "What Sears did was make big-city merchandise available to people in small towns," he said. There was a time when you could find just about anything for your house in the Sears catalog — including a house. Between 1908 and 1940, the company sold about 75,000 build-from-a-kit houses, many of which are still standing. Sears' offerings could cover you from cradle to grave: It even sold tombstones. In between, there was everything from girdles to socket wrenches, dresses to guns, dolls to washing machines. The Sears catalog "was second only to the Holy Bible in terms of the household importance," said 71-year-old novelist Allan Gurganus, author of "The Last Confederate Widow Tells All." He grew up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and recalls the way tenants on his grandfather's farm loved the catalog. When the new one would arrive, Gurganus said, the old one was consigned to the outhouse as reading material and, well, toilet paper. He said they always started at the back of the book when pulling out pages. "That's where the least important parts are — the plumbing fixtures and so forth," he said with a laugh. "I was especially interested in the underwear ads." Gurganus uses the catalog as a research tool for his novels. A 1917 edition occupies his bedside table. He still has the six-string Silvertone guitar he ordered in 1963. For generations, Sears was an innovator in practically every area, including home delivery, product-testing laboratories and employee profit-sharing. When post-World War II prosperity led to the growth of suburbia, Sears was well-positioned to cash in on another major development — the shopping mall. By the late 1960s, Sears was the world's largest retailer. In 1975, it completed the black Sears Tower, which at 1,450 feet (442 meters) was the world's tallest skyscraper for 25 years. Between 1981 and 1985, the company went on a spending spree, acquiring the stock brokerage Dean Witter Reynolds and the real estate company Coldwell, Banker. It launched the Discover credit card nationwide. "They diverted all of their retail cash flow into other enterprises," Cohen said. "And the retail business had come apart at the seams." Sears eventually got rid of those businesses. And to save money and generate capital, it sold off some of its most familiar brands, Craftsman and DieHard among them. In 1993, it killed the general merchandise catalog. Not long thereafter, its sold its skyscraper. Sears introduced its popular "Come see the softer side of Sears" ad campaign in 1993 and had a turnaround starting in the mid- to late 1990s, but it didn't last long. Hedge fund manager Eddie Lampert bought the company in 2005 and created Sears Holdings Corp. He began cutting expenses and selling off real estate, but the hemorrhaging continued. Retail historian Vicki Howard, author of "From Main Street to Mall: The Rise and Fall of the American Department Store," said Sears was too slow to adapt as consumers drifted away from the malls and more toward online shopping and big-box stores farther out in the suburbs. Levinson said that for too long, Sears catered to "a broad middle market" and failed to change with the times. "There are a lot of stores specializing in particular parts of the market, and no longer very many stores that are seeking to serve everyone," he said. "And so Sears was stuck there in the middle at a time when the market was fragmenting." Eventually, Cohen said, Sears will disappear. "It's an American tragedy," he said. "It did not have to be this way."