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Simon Cowell is recuperating and grateful to the team of medical personnel who helped fixed his back injury. He broke part of his back over the weekend. Witty and in a jovial spirit seemingly, one hour ago, around 9 pm, Sunday (August 9) he made his first public comment in relation to the tragic and painful incident. He tweeted: "Some good advice... If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time. I have broken part of my back. "Thank you to everyone for your kind messages. And a massive thank you to all the nurses and doctors. Some of the nicest people I have ever met. Stay safe everyone Simon." The tweets were also shared on his Instagram page. View this post on Instagram Some good advice... If you buy an electric trail bike,read the manual before you ride it for the first time. I have broken part of my back. Thank you to everyone for your kind messages. And a massive thank you to all the nurses and doctors. Some of the nicest people I have ever met. Stay safe everyone Simon. A post shared by @ simoncowell on Aug 9, 2020 at 6:17pm PDT Cowell underwent back surgery Saturday night after reportedly breaking his back earlier on Saturday. The 60-year-old entertainment mogul had been testing his new electric bicycle at his home in Malibu, California when the incident occurred. According to reports, he had been immediately rushed to the hospital after the accident. Aside from his extensive work on the entertainment scene on shows such as "Britain's Got Talent," "American Idol" and the "X-Factor," Cowell is also known for his philanthropy in Barbados. Various charities, namely those with a focus on animals,being the recipients ofhis generosity over the last few years. He is a frequent visitor to the island and has expressed his love Barbados on numerous occasions. PEOPLE has reported thatCowell will not be taking part in the August11 and August12 episodes of America's Got Talent (AGT) when thefirst live show airs on Tuesday from Universal Studios in Universal City, California. AGT is in it's 15th season now.

2020 Starcom Network & FLOW People’s Monarch Coopa Dan  (File Photo)

The absence of Crop Over this year did not stop the people from selecting their monarch and Coopa Dan proved that he “Deserve It”. Jermaine ‘Coopa Dan’ Gittens walked away with $5,000 and the 2020 Starcom Network & FLOW People’s Monarch title, defeating fellow finalist Mikey. Coopa Dan’s “Deserve It” amassed 73 per cent of the final votes against Digicel Ambassador Mikey’s “Getting it Good”. Speaking to Loop News shortly after he was announced the winner, Gittens said that it felt great to win and finally have his first accolade. “It’s fitting that it’s the People’s Monarch, and it definitely was a people’s song and I had the people behind me all the way,” the artiste shared. Gittens believed that instead of adversely affecting his creativity, the lockdown, caused by the pandemic, propelled him to get even more inventive in terms of how he promoted the song.The track had already been completed before COVID-19 impacted the island. In his opinion the song was released at the right time, even in the absence of an official festival season. “It was never a competition song. It was a song from the heart. It was a song that came from a real place. It was so perfect to release in the times we are in now because so many people are suffering mentally, financially, emotionally so ‘Deserve It’ was one of those pick-me-up songs to let people know-you know what, keep pushing, your time will come and you deserve your happy ending.” The song, which only took one session to write, was done in collaboration with producer Jus D. In explaining the inspiration behind the track, Gittens explained: “It is basically a song about a person, anybody feeling undervalued or underappreciated. Somebody who’s been putting in the hard work for years. In my case, I believe I’ve been putting in the work in the soca music for over ten years, without the accolades and what’s not. So, it’s just a song for anybody who believes that they deserve something for their efforts.” {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/AsZgcb4_y8s.jpg?itok=AQHkcfkl","video_url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsZgcb4_y8s","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} The father of two plans to reinvest some of the winnings and is already thinking about the future. He has no plans to enter the song into any of next year’s competitions as “it already is the people’s song” and “served its purpose”. However, he is promising his fans that he will be coming with fresh material in 2021 as he can't stop now but intends to stay on top of his game.


Jameela Hollingsworth, the HR Boss.

Jameela Hollingsworth has redefined what it means to be a Human Resource Manager in this generation. Though she has been working in Human Resources Managementfor nine years, one of which was for the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI), Jameela felt as though she had more to offer to, not just Barbadian youth, but the Caribbean at large. In 2016, she envisioned a platform where Caribbean youth could get the most out of their careers. This is when she decided to create the HR Boss brand. Jameela sees herself as a millennial HR person. “I don’t have the typical look or feel of an HR Manager…so when people see me in my capacity as a small HR Consultant or see me in my capacity as an HR Manager for BTMI, I think people kinda take a step back to ask how old are you and how long have you been doing this”. She spoke to Loop Lifestyleas to what she believes the future world of work will entail and one factor stood out - technology. Hollingsworth stated that the future world of work will be infused with technology. Desk jobs will be a thing of the past and working from home will become the new office. In 10 years, she feels as though persons who are quicker to adapt to digital work will be better assets in the workplace than those who are holding fast to the belief of coming to an office everyday and wearing a suit. Due to her love and strong beliefs in using technology, she sees the HR Boss being a pioneer for the use of technology in the workplace. In this regard, Jameela already conducts online courses for her clients and is hopeful of building on this venture. She finds that this area is highly important especially now that COVID-19 has become a global pandemic. Jameela not only has plans for the HR Boss in 10 years, but she has personal goals that she wishes to accomplish during this time. “I think I want to be a thought leader in the industry, not just in the region but internationally. I think I’m pretty well known in Barbados and in the Caribbean, but I think internationally I see myself being a go-to expert in terms of HR and basically the future of work. Regardless of the fact that Jameela has branded herself as the HR Boss, this was not her original career path. She began her studies pursuing a degree in Law at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. “It’s not that I wasn’t good at it, but I wasn’t inspired to use the Law Library a lot. I like socialising and talking to people and seeing what makes people tick. I’m not a psychologist…but I really do like understanding how teams work and understanding the construct of teams which really meant that I had a love for HR and team dynamics”. After Jameela made this life-changing discovery about herself, she transferred to the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus to pursue a degree in Human Resources Management. She later completed her Graduatedegree in Business Administration. “I have a love for people. At the age of 20 years old I kinda knew that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.” Not acting as though it was smooth sailing after picking HR, Jameela admitted that she wasn’t always the best at balancing her social life and her work life. However, she’s now in a new relationship and ensures to manage her time properly. She keeps a schedule of everything to ensure that she doesn’t neglect any of her responsibilities. “Everything is scheduled like when I eat, when I get my nails done and even date night. I’m very big on time management. When I was first starting my business, I didn’t have time to work-out so it affected my health and I didn’t have time to see my friends”. This is why she made a conscious effort to prioritise her time efficiently. When asked about how to advise other women as to how to be their own boss, Jameela’s answer was pretty simple. “I would say that if you want to do it, do it with all that you have. I don’t think that you should do anything half-heartedly because if you go into it with doubt, the rough months that will come or the first difficult client, you will give up”. In essence she urged once you're passionate about it and good at it, regardless of what it is, "aim for it".

Barbadian stylist, designer and creative, Junior Sealy (photo by Kris Shot It)

Barbadian-born stylist and designer, Junior Sealy, has gotten one of his dreams come true and now he's set toforgenew pathsfor Caribbean designers. The 32-year-old has been named as the Caribbean Fashion Director for Fashion Week Brooklyn 2020. Sealy shared the exciting news on his Instagram this week with the caption: “OKAY SO THIS HAPPENED. Wish yuh boy some blessings and love on this new journey as Caribbean Fashion Director of Fashion Week Brooklyn…I hope to create an amazing platform for the talented people for our region to shine…”. He also thanked Ricky Davy who is the creator of the bi-annual fashion show and is the founder of the BK Style Foundation. Davy, is from the Caribbean as well, hailing from the twin-island republic, Trinidad and Tobago. According to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Davy started Fashion Week Brooklyn, to help talented black designers who don’t have the opportunity to make it into New York Fashion Week. Speaking to Loop Lifestyle, Sealy expressed he was "overwhelmed" and "happy" when he was informed of the decision. "They could have chosen anyone else to do it," he remarked. The Barbadian designer/stylist will be responsible for showcasing the works of new and upcoming Caribbean designers to the international market. It is no easy feat but he is ready to tackle the job. Sealy expressed that he wanted to use this opportunity to put the spotlight on the works of young Caribbean designers. "This is an opportunity for me to put on the younger generation who wouldn’t have had a platform is really something I am excited about. . . . I feel this platform can allow a lot of designers to grow and improve themselves by knowing that they have a place to be seen now," Sealy said. Sealy also wantsto use his position as creative fashion directorto mentor and "expand the thought process" of young local designers. He added: "I would like to use my position to mentor people to get to the level of foreign fashion weeks. I feel like now there is an angle outside of Barbados that they would push harder and also create a brand that is more international". Sealy revealed that FW|BK2020 will be a virtual show. Themed Empowering Brooklyn Style, the first seasonwas rescheduled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, the virtual show is expected to take place in mid-September.


At Scotiabank August 2020 is “Seniors Month” and to celebrate they bank haslaunchedBank with Confidence - a new Information Hub for Seniors. Managing Director, Scotiabank Barbados,David Parks said: "As one of the most vulnerable groups in our community, we’re committed to helping Seniors complete their banking outside of Branches, reducing touch points, and allowing them to bank at home and stay safe.” The Hubwill help to guide the senior customers through the numerous possibilities Digital Banking has to offer. The resource is available on the Scotiabank Website bb.scotiabank.com, and will be particularly useful as customers continue to navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19. With social distancing and face coverings part of the new normal, the Information Hub will help seniors feel more comfortable banking at home. It includes OnLine Banking Tips, Step by Step Guides, information on understanding the safety and security of OnLine Banking, and more. Scotiabank encourages all customers to get online and learn about the tools and advice available to them. The digital support team is available via phone at 426 -7000 to help seniors and all customers learn about Online Banking and the ease and convenience it adds to their lives. Five things aboutthe Seniors Centre, according to Scotiabank: Our Bank with Confidence Digital Hub helps Seniors learn the basics of Digital Banking. Digital options are available for your everyday banking needs, such as accessing account statements (e-statements), checking your account balance and account history, paying bills, transferring money between accounts and sending money to other local banks using Scotia OnLine Banking or the Scotia Caribbean Mobile App. Once you’ve registered for Scotia OnLine Banking, you’re automatically signed up for Scotiabank Alerts. This means you get real time Alert messages, based on your preferences, for every transaction on your account(s). Enhanced security The Scotia Caribbean App offers multiple layers of security including support for Fingerprint and Face Recognition Sign-in (depending on your device and OS). Signing-in to Scotia OnLine is safer and more secure – a verification code will be sent to your valid email address, each time you sign in.

The World Bank has said it expects global remittances to low- and middle-income nations to fall by $109 billion, or almost a fifth, in 2020 to $445 billion, with most countries confirming this trend in remittance inflows.As Central America’s most unequal country, with a poverty level of68 percent,60 per cent of Honduras'populationworks in the informal sector, with no secure form of employment. With about one million Hondurans living outside the country, the economy relies heavily on remittances from its diaspora, most of which reside in the United States and Spain. Last year, remittancesmade up 21.4 per centof GDP. With the crisis,many Hondurans,mostly employed in the service, constructionand manufacturing sectorslost their jobs in the United States and Spain but remittances were not impacted to the extent that many experts predicted. Central Bank of Honduras (BCH) statistics reflect a year-on-year increase in remittances of 15.2 per cent to 496.3 million dollars this June.Inflowswere most severely affected in March andApril with the declaration of the national coronavirus emergency in Honduras, but remittances have begun to increase once again. In January this year, remittances came to $420.2 million, with a slight improvement to$431 million in February. The lowest levels of remittancesrecorded were in March and April at $368.3 million and $332.7 million respectively.In May, remittances exceeded pre-crisis levels at $451.8 millionwith another jump in June, to$496.3 million. (Before the crisis, Hondurans made up the seventh largest expat population in the Cayman Islands contributing to 7 per cent of the $64,626,957 in remittance outflows during the 3rd quarter of 2019, as tracked by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority). Intuitive and informed economic predictions have suggested thatremittances to theCentral American countrywould crash during the crisis, but this has not been the case. Payments have in fact increasedcompared to the same period in 2019, after a dip earlier this year. For 2020-2021, BCHpredicts a deceleration but not a reduction in the amount of remittances sent to Honduras, from 13.1per cent to 8 and 7 percent in 2020 and 2021, respectively (UNDP). Inflows are expected to rise from $5.562 billion in 2019 to $6.007 billion in 2020 and $6.427 billion in 2021. TheCentral Bank of Honduras(BCH) has also reported a significant increase in bank savings during the crisis. Early in the year, it was estimated that deposits in thefinancial systemwould increase by about 8 per cent, but with mobility restrictions and business closures, this figure has almost doubled. Asof April, the balance of savings deposits of individuals amounted to $5,283 million, 15 per centmore than during the same month in 2019. With regards to aid in the form of remittances and other support, diasporic organizations have provided a great deal of help. Informal efforts such as@unidos.por.honduras, have been incredibly successful. Growth projection recalculations as per the pandemicare also more optimistic than for other countries. According to the UNDP, growth projections have been reduced"from 2.7 per centto 1.5-2.5 per centfor 2020 and between 2-3 per centfor 2021." These impacts are contrary to what experts would have predicted and are not consistent with trends elsewhere in the world. “We understand the economics of migration and how people make decisions in times of crisis a lot less than we thought we did,” said Andrew Selee, the president of the Migration Policy Institute. Honduras has recorded 43,197 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,377 COVID-19 related deaths as of July 30, 2020.