Konshens on his wedding day (Source: IG)

- by Daveny Ellis Jamaican Dancehall artiste Konshens has attemptedto apologize to his wifevia social media. But the very public movehas causeddebates to erupt online. Konshens, real name Garfield Delano Spence known for his hits like "Bruk Off Ya Back" as well as "Gal Dem Ah Talk", took to Instagram in anattempt to apologize to his wife Latoya Wright. “You will wake up and grow up when she already gone,” the dancehall artist stated. “All she did was – Bring me the greatest happiness only rivaled by mi kids births. – stick by me no matter what and who going against me... “Put up with Countless f**kery and handle it all with class and maintain respect and protect me image. - Love mi daughter like she is yours and grow her into a Lady. - Transform my mindset financially and show me seh the way i was handling money all those years was totally wrong. "Match me perfectly spiritually and physically- partner with me in business and life, and me still find so many way fi mek this f#@% up” Konshens wrote. He even made mention of having suicidal thoughts after his brother's untimely death and said that his wife was there through that time as well. "Stop me from kill miself COUNTLESS times after mi bredda drop out an mi get f**king unstable. And counsel me when the world a come down pan mi." With this fact, thedancehall star not only apologized butwent on to promise to work on his mental health and become a better version of himself and a better husband. “Mi ago fix miself as a person and fix mi head to.” This is the second occasion this year that Konshens and his wife have parted ways. Earlier this year, the two split after two years of marriage. Wright also took to Instagram. “New chapter!!! accept the wounds and grow from them and don’t...fall in the same trap again,” she wrote. “Ever had that ONE person you always said is your rider? your closest. The one you would always swear for when it comes to loyalty and being in your corner, your ace.” It is still not clear what may have caused the possible split. This viral apology has caused tremendous debate online with some interpreting Konshens' apology as a manipulative tactic or "begging" while others are commending the artiste for his attempt at exposing himself and his flaws while strongly coming to his defense. The two were marriedin Florida at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa on November 19, 2017.

The semi-finalists for the 2019 St Kitts & Nevis Sugar Mas Senior Calypso competition have been announced. The semi-finals of the 48th staging of the competition will be held on December 14 at Old Carnival City at Warner Park, Basseterre. Carnival chairman Noah Mills said:“To date, all activities have seen great success. Judged from the tremendous turn out at events, the comments on social media, timeliness of events, overall management and other estimates.” He said Sugar Mas 48has been living up to expectations. Mills said there has been an increase in the number of registration for both senior calypsonians and soca artistes. “The eliminations for both competitions, this past weekend, have trimmed the field to 16 calypsonians who will deliver two songs each on December 14.” The soca competition will include 12 groovy soca and 12 power soca semi-finalists. As in the case of TT Soca Monarch 2019, Sugar Mas re-introduced two segments: groovy and power, after two years of having only one segment. Asked about strong contenders, Mills said Queen Independent, Karisia Willet is on track to becoming the most widely-decorated female calypsonian. “After claiming two junior calypso crowns in her earlier years, she made her debut at the senior level in 2016-2017.” Willet won the Senior Calypso Monarch that year and successfully defended in 2018. She placed first runner-up in her opening year at the National Female Competition in 2016- 2017 but went on to win the crown in 2018 – successfully defending it this year in the opening night of Sugar Mas 48 on November 25. “She also placed 2nd Runner Up at the Leeward Islands Open Calypso Competition and will represent us in Montserrat, at the Regional Female Calypso Show on December 28,” Mills said. The competitions have seen the introduction of a Junior Soca Monarch Competition for 2019, which will be merged with the Best of the Rest.Mills described the Best of the Rest as a unique show where calypsonians who do not make it to semi-finals battle for a Best of the Rest crown. “Our bar crawls are islandwide motorcades with bands, DJs, free drinks, dancing and live performances. We had the biggest bar crawl to date in St. Kitts on November 23. We now head to Nevis on December 7.” Mills said the regional networking model is also paying dividends. After visiting St Marten, Barbados and Antigua with sands, soca artistes, calypsonians and folklore characters, Antigua is now coming to St Kitts for Sugar Mas 48. “A government delegation plus a folkloric group will be here as part of an exchange program that was born from our 4Cs, Caribbean Carnival Chairperson Convention held last December. Present at the convention were French and Dutch St Martin, Anguilla, Barbados, Nevis and St Vincent.” Annual semi-finals are held at the Old Carnival City at Warner Park and Finals and Pageants are held at the Sugar Mill at the National Cricket Stadium, Basseterre.


Lady with relaxed hair (FILE)

If you relaxand dye your hair regularly, you may be at risk for developing cancer. A study from the International Journal of Cancer, published on December 3, has found that there may be a link between harmful chemicals in those products and breast cancer. The scientists said theyobserved a higher breast cancer risk associated with any straightener use and personal use of permanent dye, especially among black women. The study found that products used predominately by black women may contain more hormonally‐active compounds. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The studytracked 46,700 American women enrolled in aSister Study, which recruited breast-cancer-free women whose sisters had been diagnosed with the disease. The women ranged in age from 35 to 74 and were questioned about their lifestyle, health and demographics. They provided researchers with updates over a follow-up period of approximately eight years. At the end of the study, 55percent of participants reported using permanent dye at enrollment. Overall, using permanent dye was associated with a nine percenthigher risk of developing breast cancer, compared to non-use. Black women who used permanent dye had a 45 percenthigher risk of breast cancer, compared to non-users, and those who used these products every eight weeks or more often had a 60 percenthigher risk. Black women were also far more likely to report using chemical straighteners with 74 percentcompared to three percentof white women. Alexandra White, a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences epidemiologist and one of the study authors, told Time Magazinethat this may be due to differences in the formulations of the dyes and straighteners used by women identifying as black compared to those identifying as white. Her co-author Dale Sandler adds that coarser, thicker hair may also absorb more dye. White noted that the study tracked a relatively small group of women who actually developed cancer, and the disease is almost never caused by one thing alone.

Konshens on his wedding day (Source: IG)

- by Daveny Ellis Jamaican Dancehall artiste Konshens has attemptedto apologize to his wifevia social media. But the very public movehas causeddebates to erupt online. Konshens, real name Garfield Delano Spence known for his hits like "Bruk Off Ya Back" as well as "Gal Dem Ah Talk", took to Instagram in anattempt to apologize to his wife Latoya Wright. “You will wake up and grow up when she already gone,” the dancehall artist stated. “All she did was – Bring me the greatest happiness only rivaled by mi kids births. – stick by me no matter what and who going against me... “Put up with Countless f**kery and handle it all with class and maintain respect and protect me image. - Love mi daughter like she is yours and grow her into a Lady. - Transform my mindset financially and show me seh the way i was handling money all those years was totally wrong. "Match me perfectly spiritually and physically- partner with me in business and life, and me still find so many way fi mek this f#@% up” Konshens wrote. He even made mention of having suicidal thoughts after his brother's untimely death and said that his wife was there through that time as well. "Stop me from kill miself COUNTLESS times after mi bredda drop out an mi get f**king unstable. And counsel me when the world a come down pan mi." With this fact, thedancehall star not only apologized butwent on to promise to work on his mental health and become a better version of himself and a better husband. “Mi ago fix miself as a person and fix mi head to.” This is the second occasion this year that Konshens and his wife have parted ways. Earlier this year, the two split after two years of marriage. Wright also took to Instagram. “New chapter!!! accept the wounds and grow from them and don’t...fall in the same trap again,” she wrote. “Ever had that ONE person you always said is your rider? your closest. The one you would always swear for when it comes to loyalty and being in your corner, your ace.” It is still not clear what may have caused the possible split. This viral apology has caused tremendous debate online with some interpreting Konshens' apology as a manipulative tactic or "begging" while others are commending the artiste for his attempt at exposing himself and his flaws while strongly coming to his defense. The two were marriedin Florida at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa on November 19, 2017.


Uber, as part of along-anticipated safety report, revealed that more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during its USrides in 2018. That figure includes 235 rapes across the company's 1.3 billion rides last year. The ride-hailing company noted that drivers and riders were both attacked and that some assaults occurred between riders. The Thursday report, which the company hailed as the first of its kind, provides a rare look into the traffic deaths, murders and reported sexual assaults that took place during billions of rides arranged in the USusing Uber's service. It is part of the company's effort to be more transparent after years of criticism over its safety record. In 2017, the company counted 2936 reported sexual assaults -including 229 rapes -during 1 billion UStrips. Uber bases its numbers on reports from riders and drivers, meaning the actual numbers could be much higher. Sexual assaults commonly go unreported. “I suspect many people will be surprised at how rare these incidents are; others will understandably think they’re still too common,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahitweeted about the report. “Some people will appreciate how much we’ve done on safety; others will say we have more work to do. They will all be right.” Uber's share price dropped more than one percent in after-hours trading. Uber and competitor Lyft have faced harsh criticism for not doing enough to protect the safety of their riders and drivers. Dozens of women are suing Lyft, claiming the company should have done more to protect them from driver assaults. A Connecticut womansued Uber last month, claiming she was sexually assaulted by her driver. Londonrefused to renew Uber's licenseto operate in the city in November after the company was plagued with safety issues including concerns about impostor drivers. Uber said it will appeal the decision. The companies have both formed partnerships with sexual assault prevention networks and other safety groups, and have touted their background check policies for drivers. But many say they haven't gone far enough to protect passengers and drivers, who are contract workers for the companies. “Keeping this information in the dark doesn’t make anyone safer,” Uber said in a statement announcing the report. It plans to release its safety report every two years going forward. Lyft said last year it would also release a safety report. A company spokeswoman confirmed Thursday that it "remained committed" to releasing a report, but did not say when it would be released. Mike Bomberger, a lawyer representing more than 100 victims of sexual assault in lawsuits against Uber and Lyft, applauded Uber for releasing the numbers. “One of the problems with both of these companies is that they have hidden and have tried to conceal the number of sexual assaults that occur in their vehicles,” he said. In response, an Uber spokesperson pointed to the just-released report. Lyft called Bomberger's charge “baseless.” Bomberger said he believes 80 percentto 90 percentof the assaults in the Uber report could have been prevented by measures such as cameras in the cars recording rides and the companies reporting every assault they learn of to the police. The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network said it appreciated Uber's transparency. "This is an issue that affects every institution in America," RAINN press secretary Emily Robinson said in a statement. She added that organisations in every industry, including education, should "make a similar effort to track and analyze sexual misconduct within their communities.” The report stated that Uber rides were involved in 97 reported crashes in 2017 and 2018, resulting in 107 deaths. The company said the figure represents about half of the national rate for fatal crashes. Sexual assault in the report is defined broadly into categories including non-consensual kissing of a non-sexual body part, attempted non-consensual sexual penetration, non-consensual touching of a sexual body part, non-consensual kissing of a sexual body part and non-consensual sexual penetration. The company also said Uber rides were involved in nine murders during 2018, and 10 during 2017. Uber noted that the vast majority -99.9 percent— of its rides had no reported safety issues.

Foot traffic in terms of visitors at the Geriatric Hospital has been halted for the safety of patients and clients. This news was disclosed by the Government Information Service this evening, December 5, 2019. The temporary restriction is due to an outbreak of respiratory illness at the Geriatric Hospital, Beckles Road, StMichael. Thishas forced the temporary restriction of visitors to the hospital until further notice. Effective Friday, December 6, no visitors will be allowed on Wards 6B, 7B, 8B, 9B and 10B. The day care programme will also be suspended on that date, until further notice. Management of the Geriatric Hospital isassuringthat the public will be notified as soon as visiting hours are restored and the day care service reopened.