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.

Architect Gabriel Raij shows the proposed designs for the Hyatt Ziva in Barbados.

Hyatt Ziva maybe a USD$175Million direct investment but itis not in the clear yet as it relates to permissions. And as such, transparencyis the byword of developers and architects as they seek to bring the Hyatt Ziva to Barbados. To this end as they work to have full disclosure with the public, tonight at the public presentation at Copacabana in Bridgetown, developer Mark Maloney confirmed that planning permission has not been granted as yet. However, even at this early stage, he stressed thatthe intention is to give the public the details to better inform them as the phases unfold. Planning Consultant and Attorney Derick Oderson chaired the meeting and added that the current status of the project entails completed studies and submissions which were used to inform the new design. Noting that the Ziva will have an 18-storey building included in its new design, Maloney clarified that contrary to the belief that the edifice will block out much of the beach view,he compared the height of the proposed building to the Central Bank. He said that persons need not confuse “storeys and floors”. He said regardless of the fact that the building will be 18 storeys tallit will only be 20 feet taller than the Central Bank because of the technology being used in the construction and the floor to ceiling heights. Attorney Lalu Hannoman, wearing his Marine Trust hat,also challenged the light which will be generated by the tallbuildings as an issue for turtles seeking to nest; whileothers spoke to the shadow created by the three main buildings. With height being a bone of contention with many commenters who posed questions during the Q & Asegment, developer James Edgehill also confirmed that they are in discussions with the firefighters and the building standards authority because new equipment will be needed to be acquired. However he went on to say that the equipment will benefit the country as buildings may continue to climb higher beyond Hyatt in the future. Oderson said the final design and architectural drawings will be submitted in coming weeks. And Maloney emphasised that the questions posed at tonight’s presentation will be taken into account as they move ahead to the Town Hall Meeting. He said that such will be held as is mandated by the legislation to ensure that Barbadians are not blindsided as they move forward. Seemingly having learned from his initial attempt to successfully construct a Hyatt Centric at the same location previously, Maloney also confirmed that this toss an environmental study has been conducted and submitted. Hyatt Ziva is projected to bring in 2500 jobs during construction and 1500 when in operation along with a total number of indirect jobs in the area of 3270. Caricom Ambassador David Commisiong posed three sets of questions, the Ram Merchandis also asked questions along with some from The City, real estate, quality surveying and tourism.

Update: 12.45 pm Four pumping stations back up. Thanking the Barbados Light and Power Company, the Barbados Water Authorityis happy to report that power has been restored at four stations and three other facilities are back in operation as well to help service the island. The notice stated: The Barbados Water Authority(BWA)wishes toadvisethe public that the following stations are back online using standby generators–Hampton, New Market,Bowmanston and Alleynedale.The facilities at theBelle,St. StephensandHalf Acreare also back online thanks to electricity from the Barbados Light & Power Company (BLPC). Customers are reminded thatwater pressure will be restored graduallyto the areas fed from these locationsasthe distribution network recovers. Work is in progress at Lodge Hill, Waterford,Whim, Haymans,Sweet Valeandthe Ionics Desalination Plantwith a view to getting them onlineduring the afternoontodayTuesday. Do note that this is largely dependent on the restoration ofastable electrical supplyto these stations. The Authoritycontinues tothank its valued customers who are currently still suffering water outagesfortheirpatience during this period of inconvenience. Customers whohave tapborne waterare remindedto collect and storesomein the event that the outages continue or recur.We are still within the Hurricane Season and persons should collect fivegallons per person, per household per day. BWA’swater tanker crewswhichbegan assisting customers this morning at 5.00 amwillcontinueto work to meet the demandthroughout the day and into tonight. Please bear with the Barbados Water Authorityasit seeks to attendtothe essential services and most vulnerable first. Update: 10.45 am Water works was diligently striving to restore services in the face of an all-day power outage but a second day of outages has retarded plans. The Barbados Water Authority(BWA)apologisedtocustomerswho are currently still suffering a water outage. The Authority issued the following update: The power outage which occurred this morning has impacted our pumping stations which last night were systematically being put back on line. The process will begin again once power has been restored. However, in the interim we ask customers who are still receiving water to please collect and store the same in the event that the outages continue or recur. All our water tanker crews began service again this morning at 5.00 amand will work toassist persons inthose areas withoutrunningwaterduring the day and into tonight as the team continues towork to meet the demand. However, customers are reminded that low reservoir levels persist as the distribution network recovers.